Welcome home to Roy and Loretta McAllister of Garden Oaks! The McAllisters were treated to the trip of a lifetime as guests of Loretta’s sister Kathleen and her husband, Steve. Steve spent part of his childhood in Australia and worked on planning this special trip for a year.
The couples went on a cruise around New Zealand and also a land trip of Australia which included Sydney, Great Ocean Road, Great Barrier Reef & Kangaroo Island. Loretta said they saw koalas, kangaroos, penguins and seals and, she said, it was a wonderful way to dodge the ice and snow back here in Houston. The McAllister’s children and grandchildren are very happy to have them home once again.
Shawn and Phil Simmons of Oak Forest danced the night away at the Ivy Isle Foundation of Texas and Beta Phi Omega Chapter Mardi Gras Gala held in the Grand Ballroom of the Galveston Island Convention Center on Feb. 10. The fete was thrown by Shawn’s sorority. Shawn wore a glamorous royal purple fitted and ruched floor length gown with a gold lame cape and Phil was decked out in sharp black tie. A striking couple!
Scarborough’s Varsity Basketball Team, currently killing it in the playoffs, would like to thank the neighbors and area businesses involved in raising the funds needed to buy their new court shoes for the playoffs. Word got out that their shoes were in bad shape and the cost to purchase team shoes was substantial and not something the school’s budget could accommodate. Scarborough’s Coach Jackson knew the shoes were needed so the team could run and play without concern for tripping; it was a real need and a cost the boys themselves could not cover. Neighbors and area businesses instantly and very generously donated to a PayPal account set up by the Coach once he was made aware of the outpouring of support. The Varsity team is still winning in the playoffs and I would think part of the lift in their step is the knowledge that the neighborhood believes in them and supports them. That is a beautiful thing.
Another beautiful thing: Lulu M. Stevens Elementary has a field trip set for the entire 4th Grade to visit the Houston Livestock Show and spend the day there. The school’s teachers are asking the community to contribute to help fund the buses for the trip. Part of the funds are being requested from the school’s PTO; however, $500 is still needed. As I write this, neighbors and community members are filling that need, so very generously. Folks, you are making a real difference. Thank you, all!
Many people do not realize HISD schools’ budgets do not cover field trip bus expenses and HISD charges all of its schools for each bus they use for field trips. It is up to teachers, PTAs/PTOs, parents, and community to raise funds to be used for this purpose. One well known band director in the community put it best a few years ago when he said, “When I was in college working towards my degree in Education, I didn’t know I needed to minor in Fundraising!” Pay it forward! Love your neighbor!
One of our sweetest Garden Oaks neighbors has gone on home. Beloved mother and grandmother Hattie Mae (Liebham) Weirich, born in Plantersville, Texas on Nov. 14, 1923, passed away Jan. 28, 2018. She was preceded in death by husband Alvin Weirich and son James Weirich and is survived by son Richard Weirich, grandchildren Michelle Weirich, Vanessa Weirich Koller and Keith and Wendy Weirich, and great-grandchildren River Koller, Bradly Weirich and James Weirich.
Hattie was an original member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and volunteered in the food pantry and was a member of the Altar Society for many years. Hattie and her husband Alvin, a policeman, were also lifetime members of the Elks Lodge No. 151, SPJST Lodge 88, and Sons of Hermann Lodge No. 4. Hattie loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed dancing to big band and country and western music.