Socially Speaking with Lori Gunn, April 2016

| April 1, 2016




Arc of Katy’s 2016 Triumph Gala

The Arc of Katy’s 2016 Triumph Gala dinner and auction was held on March 4 at Pine Forest Country Club. The Arc honored the Houston Council of Beta Sigma Phi, a women’s social, cultural and service sorority, as the recipient of the 2015 Ann Davis Founder’s Award.

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1) Don and Ida Faye Elder

2) Bob and Chaille Voelkel

3) Bob and Ann Hodge

4) Lori and Alan Gunn

5) Jimmy and Ann Adele Ross

6) Karen Rosenfeld, Carolyn Haynes, Suzanne Winkler, Suzanne Breaux and Charlotte Engelke

7) Vicki Knowles and David Woodham

8) Lauri Ramsey and Austin Hanson

9) Victoria Preston



Eagle Scout Coronation

Seventeen-year-old Kasey Dean Hodge of Katy has earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement award, the Eagle Scout Award. Kasey was recognized in ceremonies on Saturday, January 30. The Court of Honor was held at The Club at Falcon Point. Kasey was honored to have the following special guests join him at the Court of Honor Ceremony: U. S. Congressman Pete Olson, Texas State Rep. Dr. John Zerwas, Former Waller County Commissioner Stan Kitzman, Matthew Conner representing U. S. Senator John Cornyn, and Ron Servis representing Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Also attending were Kasey’s great- grandmother, Marilyn Hodge of Fairfax, Virginia; grandparents Bob and Ann Hodge of Katy; his great-uncle and aunt, Ron and Lisa Hodge of Great Falls, Virginia; and his uncle Sammy Alfano, also of Great Falls.

The following dignitaries participated in the Court of Honor Ceremony and helped to recognize Kasey’s attainment of the Eagle Scout Award: Don Abrahamson, Randall Gardner, Paul Stirrup, Pete Olson, Dr. John Zerwas, Ricky Nietsche, Ryan Pever, Wilson Riddle, Jeremy Smith, and Stan Stanley.

A member of Sam Houston Area Council, Texas Skies District, and Troop #73, Kasey is one of only approximately 2 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to Sam Houston Area Council vice Chair, Stan Stanley. Each candidate must earn at least 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project to earn his Eagle; Kasey chose to enhance the City of Katy Dog Park. The project included building a shady spot for guests to sit and enjoy watching their dogs play. The trees were reshaped for easy accessibility to the custom bench Kasey built for the park. They also installed a paved 4-foot-wide path from the concrete to the bench under the shade tree. Kasey also paved the entire area around the bench to add beauty and provide easy access to the bench.

Brad Barnes, director of the City of Katy Parks and Recreation Department, expressed the City of Katy’s appreciation: “I am impressed with Kasey’s commitment to this project that benefitted the community – the heart of Katy – his home town.” Barnes also added that Kasey went to great lengths to ensure everything went smoothly and thanked Kasey for allowing the City of Katy residents to be the beneficiaries of his Eagle Project.

Kasey is a senior at Katy High School and involved in many community projects. He believes the Boy Scouts of America has taught him leadership, discipline, proper preparation and consideration to others. Kasey credits his experiences with the Boy Scouts of America as being an instrumental part of strengthening the love and bond he has with his dad, Richard Hodge. He is the son of Richard and Jessica Hodge and Jackie and Bill Bay of Katy.

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1) Richard and Kasey Hodge

2) Bob and Ann Hodge

3) (Front row, l-r): Richard Hodge, Kelsey Hodge, Jessica Hodge; (Back row): Bob Hodge, Ann Hodge, Marilyn Hodge, Kasey Hodge, Christian Durr, Olivia Durr, Michael Durr, Lisa Hodge and Ron Hodge

4) (L-R) Stan Kitzman, U. S. Congressman Pete Olson, Kasey Hodge, Texas State Rep. John Zerwas, M. D. and Ron Servis

5) Kasey Hodge and Jackie Bay

6) Paul Hattermann with Boy Scouts from the Katy area

7) Stan Stanley

8) Paul Hattermann




KCAM & Chinese Jazz

The Color of Contemporary Chinese Jazz in a Contemporary Art Setting wowed KCAM museum members as they enjoyed the VIP opportunity to meet and listen to two of The Golden Buddha Orchestra’s master musicians play ancient Chinese instruments in a contemporary fashion, surrounded by the paintings of Chuck Hipsher’s “Gestural” exhibition. An event presented and sponsored by KCAM and facilitated by The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston, Historic Downtown Katy experienced a once-in-a-lifetime artistic event to rival any big city.


1) Burton Wolfe, Ana Villaronga-Roman, Cultural Consul Mr. Yang Song for The People’s Republic of China, Lawrence Wong, Mrs. Lilly Song




Tribute to Katy – Annual Gala

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce held its 47th annual Gala. The event included live and silent auctions and Password as their live band. Volunteer of the Year went to Christ Clinic; Business of the Year, Country Park Portraits; and Citizen of the Year, Woody Mann. Photos by Debi Beauregard.

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1) Business of the Year winner, Sam Schultze and Emily Schultze

2) Citizen of the Year winner, Woody Mann and Cathie Mann

3) Volunteers of the Year – Christ Clinic

4) Joel and Eileen Newsome

5) Nicole and Toby LeBouef

6) Marcus and Deanna Henneke

7) Joe and Candice Trimm

8) Mayor Fabol and Paula Hughes

9) Dr. Ryann and Nikki Donaldson

10) Tom and Brownie Shott


11) Susan and Jeff Smith

12) Stan and Patsy Stanley

13) Drs. Stacey and Mennen Gallas

Socially Speaking with Lori Gunn, April 2016


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