Neighbors wish lifelong happiness to David Lorms and Andres Pineda, our neighbors in Oak Forest, who were married on Jan. 29th. Lorms, owner of Lorms Insurance Services, and an involved supporter of our community’s schools and neighborhood fundraisers, has been offered an exciting opportunity by Farmers Insurance and the newlyweds are getting settled in Tacoma, WA.
Lorms’ father passed away in January after a struggle with Parkinson’s Disease and Lorms himself had a very serious health scare when he was diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease in September 2015. His doctor advised him a pivotal part of regaining his health would be to reduce the stress in his life and focus on healthy life changes.
Doctors always advise us to reduce stress, don’t they?! Unfortunately, I usually giggle – and then outright laugh. Well, doctor, which stressor should I reduce? Work? Cleaning my house? As if, right?
On the contrary, Lorms didn’t laugh; he was really thrown. As he worked to regain his health he reflected, thinking, “what do I want the rest of my life to look like?” And he said the answer was obvious.
Lorms’ gratitude for his career which has allowed him to help and give back is obvious, and he feels very fortunate for all the opportunities he’s had and the people who have come into his life in The Leader community. At the same time, he allowed the stress of his job to affect his health and realized he had to make some dramatic changes in order to take care of himself.
When asked what his favorite volunteering experience has been here, Lorms stated without hesitation, “Working with the schools.” His father was a high school industrial arts teacher (in Lorms’ own high school) and so he grew up in that culture of teachers. The experience built a strong appreciation for what teachers do – using their own resources and bringing joy to kids’ lives. Lorms created The Oaks Business Association (“TOBA”) and gathered numerous members of the business community (Garden Oaks, Oak Forest, Mangum Manor, Candlelight Oaks, Candlelight Estates, Candlelight Plaza, Shepherd Forest, Shepherd Park Plaza and surrounding neighborhoods). In late 2015, the TOBA Board named architect Greg Ryden, designer of Fire Station No. 13’s new building, as its new president.
Lorms, who will be training other Farmers Agents in sales and marketing strategies, as well as working with community outreach in Tacoma, was surprised to be honored with a coveted 2016 Houston Grand Opera Ovation Award just a few weeks ago. The award honors Houston’s next generation of dynamic young leaders.
Pineda, an architect, and Lorms are overjoyed with these new personal and professional changes, and one of the prime reasons for their joy is they will be living near Lorms’ godchildren. Lorms has already taken his goddaughter, Greer Brewer, on a funtabulous road trip to check out the University of Montana, one of her choices for her college career. And that is just where he wants to be.
“Thank you to all my friends and clients for their business and friendship. It has been a wonderful 10 years and I’ll miss everyone and my life in Houston,” Lorms said.
Junior Girl Scout Troop 24987 is completing their Bronze Award projects and needs your help. Group 1 is working on a project involving swamp rabbits at the Houston Arboretum and Group 2 is constructing a Little Free Library to be located at the Garden Oaks SPARK Park. They are in need of cardboard type egg cartons and books for all ages, gently used. Contact Sandra O’Guynn at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will let you know where to direct your donation.
Linda Younger of the groundbreaking Houston punk band MyDolls (est. 1978) and one of our awesome neighbors was thrilled when her granddaughter, Molly Field, age two, daughter of Jessica and Ted Field, attended a MyDolls show for the first time ever at The Last Concert Café. Linda maintains, “Some grandmas knit … Real grandmas play music.” Molly danced while her beautiful grandmother sang and rocked the guitar!
No need to cook on Friday night ! Friday, Mar. 11th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. is St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church’s Men’s Club’s Annual Lenten Fish Fry, a special tradition in the community. The succulent, fresh, hand-breaded catfish, flash fried on the spot, along with hush puppies, french fries, coleslaw and iced tea, is sure to please. Coffee and delectable desserts will be available, too. You may dine in or take out at the East Hall at 3600 Brinkman between Wakefield and W. 34th St. Tickets are $8 for adult plates and $5 for child’s plates. Tickets are available at the Parish office, St. Rose School, from any St. Rose Men’s Club Member, and at the door. The Men’s Club is always very generous and each year the Fish Fry proceeds go back to the Parish and benefit Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the St. Rose School.
Need something to do this Saturday night? Classic cars are back at Mytiburger at 2211 W. 43rd Street. For the fourth year in a row, twice a month now that the evenings are warmer, classic car owners will cruise into the Mytiburger parking lot, park their beauties, and open up the hoods for eager car lovers to examine. You can take your time car gazing and chatting with fellow classic car buffs. Starting this Saturday, Mar. 12th, the Cruizins at Mytiburger will start up again around 5:00 pm. Mytiburger owners and Candlelight Oaks neighbors Shawn and Jill Salyers invite the community to come see what’s old, what’s new, and make a few new friends. Invite a friend who loves classic cars and hamburgers, and come hungry.