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| May 1, 2014

Bob Boyette gets ready to make his famous omelets.

Bob Boyette gets ready to make his famous omelets.

KATY ELKS HONOR AREA POLICE, FIRE AND EMT PERSONNEL.The annual Katy Elks breakfast honored local  police, fire and EMT personnel and their families. Serving hours, which were 4-11 a.m., brought in approximately 110 attendees to enjoy breakfast. This year’s efforts were led by Norma Griffin Coston, Katy Elks member.  In addition, many dedicated volunteers rearranged their sleep schedule to say “thank you” to this group of special members who serve the community. This year the Katy Police Department and Katy Fire Department were highly represented, but the group with the most representatives in attendance was the West I-10 Fire Department.
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Katy Elks officers for 2014-15.

Katy Elks officers for 2014-15.

KATY ELKS LODGE 2628 INSTALLS NEW OFFICERS AND PRESENTS AWARDS. Katy Elks Lodge No. 2628 held its annual installation of officers on March 29. New officers are Exalted Ruler, Dean Holtke; Leading Knight, Lacie Kellogg; Loyal Knight, Kevin Iund; Lecturing Knight, E.L. “Bo” Williamson; Esquire, Cherie Guilory; Chaplain, Deb Watson; Inner Guard, Norma Coston; Tiler, Gabriel Manrique; Secretary, Cathy Kosiak; Treasurer, Debbie Thorp; 1-year Trustee, Philip Stoltz; 2-year Trustee, Vince Morelli; 3-year Trustee, Dudley Johnson; 4-year Trustee, Charles Conley; and 5-year Trustee and Board of Directors Chair, Matthew Minnick.

Awards were presented to a number of members for their work, dedication and commitment to the lodge including Officer of the Year, Phil Stoltz; Elk of the Year, Kevin Iund; Citizen of the Year, Deb Watson; Rookie of the Year, Vince Morelli; Family of the Year, Mike and Darlene Crisamore; Committee Chairperson of the Year, Carla Clark; House Committee, Sweetheart Champion, John and Linda Penkivich; Heart of Elkdom, Norma Griffin Coston; Outstanding Female Member of the Year, Kelly Minnick; Outstanding Male Member of the Year, Dean Holtke; Karaoke Kween, Tammy Iund; Sweetheart, Outgoing Trustees Daniel Tass and Scott Sypert; Exceptional Service Awards, Gerry McGill, Ann Powell, Van Poorman, Judy Farley, Betty Taylor, Susan McGill and Gabriel Manrique.

Awards were also presented to three outstanding individuals in the area of Law Enforcement and EMS. Judith Wick, city of Katy EMS; Stefen Wolff, Katy Police Department officer; and Deputy Theodore Knatte, Harris County Constable’s Office, Pct. 5.
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Jackie Marte and Ana Monola with the KCM Crisis Center programs received fleece “comfort blankets” from Marlene Oldham of the New Creation Quilters.

Jackie Marte and Ana Monola with the KCM Crisis Center programs received fleece “comfort blankets” from Marlene Oldham of the New Creation Quilters.

NEW CREATION QUILTERS DONATE TO KCM CRISIS CENTER.The New Creation Quilters made fleece blankets that will be distributed to local women who are clients of the KCM Crisis Center programs.

Donations of gently used fleece and cotton fabric are needed by the quilting group to be recycled into warm blankets. Fabric collection totes are available at the Irene Stern Community Center building and the Bob Lutz Library in Fulshear. In addition, women who are interested in sharing their time and talent to prepare fleece blankets and baby quilts for distribution to local charities and Lutheran World Relief are invited to the monthly work sessions held at the Fulshear Library. The quilting group has been supported by a grant from Thrivent Financial under its Caring in Communities program.
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Whitney Clark, fitness enthusiast and physician assistant at MD Anderson in Katy and The Woodlands, pumped up the cyclists during the MD Anderson Regional Care Centers Ride of a Lifetime event.

Whitney Clark, fitness enthusiast and physician assistant at MD Anderson in Katy and The Woodlands, pumped up the cyclists during the MD Anderson Regional Care Centers Ride of a Lifetime event.

MD ANDERSON HOSTS RIDE OF A LIFETIME EVENT.MD Anderson presented the MD Anderson Regional Care Centers Ride of a Lifetime event in the CITYCENTRE plaza. This event was unique in that it was the first time a cancer institution has partnered with a fitness center to actively encourage Houston and surrounding communities — Woodlands, Bay Area, Katy, Sugar Land and Memorial City — to get into fitness.

In partnership with the Lifetime event, MD Anderson created a high-energy fitness event that included a two-hour, 300-person cycling class, followed by a one-hour Zumba celebration. Woodlands physician assistant Whitney Clark spoke at the event. In addition, participants also enjoyed a laser light show, motivational words from cancer survivors and the interactive Strikeout Cancer Wall. Gabe Canales, a prostate cancer survivor and founder of the Blue Cure Foundation, was the emcee for the evening. Information about how a healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of cancer was shared with 800 participants and 2,000 spectators.
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(L-R) Norma Coston, Gary Frizzell and Ernie Cormier.

(L-R) Norma Coston, Gary Frizzell and Ernie Cormier.

KATY AMERICAN LEGION PRESENTS POW-MIA FLAG TO KATY ELKS LODGE. Katy American Legion member Ernie Cormier presented a POW-MIA flag to Katy Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Gary Frizzell.  This flag holds a very special meaning to veterans and Elks and is flown daily at the Katy Elks lodge, just below the American flag.

The POW-MIA flag was recognized “as the symbol of this nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for…” by the 101st Congress on Aug. 10, 1990. This flag, along with each of the American flags which have flown over the country, is presented and posted by American Legion, VFW and Boy Scout members at the annual Flag Day Ceremony held June 14 at the Katy Elks Lodge. The Elks ceremony will be followed by a flag retirement ceremony conducted by the Katy American Legion.
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Volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints prepare to spread mulch in the flower beds at Katy Christian Ministries.

Volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints prepare to spread mulch in the flower beds at Katy Christian Ministries.

KCM BENEFITS FROM SERVICE PROJECT. More than 100 members of a local congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints volunteered to prepare the gardens at Katy Christian Ministries for spring planting. The group raked, planted and mulched the garden. Organizers of the effort titled the service opportunity “Spread the Love.”


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