Last week, I received a letter in the mail from a lady who lives in Colorado, but she spends a few months a year in Timbergrove. She wanted us to know that she really enjoys our community newspaper while she’s in town, and she even sent us a contribution.
The people who write stories and take photos for our newspaper do an incredible job compiling a report of local news each week that is hardly matched in this community. As I tell our writers as often as I can remember, our goal is to always be relevant to the lives of our readers, and the folks who work with us do a lot of great work for a fraction of the glory.
We do a lot more than just write stories here. Over the years, we’ve extended the branches of The Leader to new fields, and we’ve found a fun niche hosting events in this area of Houston.
This year, we’ll host our 5th annual Senior Expo, where 500 of our closest friends from neighborhoods near and far eat free food and mingle with local businesses that offer valuable products and services.
That’s coming again this fall.
And last year, for the first time ever, we hosted a Media Camp for youngsters, designed to teach students about real news – not that fake stuff. We had 40 students attend last year, and in the next couple of weeks, we’ll announce our second camp scheduled for this summer.
I could spend the next 400 words telling you about the wonderful work our staff does here, but that’s not really the point. Instead, let me tell you about the single-most proud I’ve ever been at our community newspaper.
Last year, right before Mother’s Day, we held a luncheon designed to honor the women in our community who work so hard, both at home and in our businesses, but rarely get the attention they deserve.
This was long before the #MeToo movement, and it wasn’t designed because we felt guilty for past wrongs. Instead, as we looked around the Heights, Oak Forest, Garden Oaks and neighborhoods of North Houston, we felt there was a lack of opportunity to connect all the wonderful women who live and work here.
I’m a bit jaded when it comes to this topic. My wife, a partner at a wonderful law firm in Houston, absolutely floors me each and every week. Meghan’s job is tough, and her clients expect the absolute best. But she has very few clients who care what happens when Meghan stops working on a brief at 2 a.m. They don’t know what she does when she has an extra waking hour away from her office.
Usually, my wife wakes up long before I do (she apparently needs more dress-up time than I), and before I’ve stumbled my way to a toothbrush, she’s packed our son’s lunch, sent a dozen emails, and gotten clothes ready for both boys.
And most days, when Meghan has one of her easy, 11-hour workdays, she bathes our boys, plays with them, and then pulls out a 3-ring binder the size of a small Toyota for another couple of hours of reading.
This is not some placating description in hopes of a round of golf this weekend; this is the dedication my wife has to her family first and her job second. She is incredible in every sense of the word.
Which gets us back to the luncheon we held last year. A local restaurant agreed to host, and we had 50 women from this community attend our inaugural Women @ Work Luncheon. As I stood in the back of the room (I was one of a few guys allowed in), I can’t forget how impressed I was with the ladies who all shared stories just like my wife’s. Our speaker last year told about her balance between work and home, and in that audience, you could see how many of our honored guests were touched to hear from someone who also struggles to find enough hours in the day.
This year, we’re hosting that event again, and we’re doing it in conjunction with one of the best community partners an organization could have. Memorial Hermann Greater Heights has agreed to sponsor and host our event on Friday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
What’s even better is that one of my most favorite leaders in this community, Susan Jadlowski, has agreed to be our event speaker. Susan is the CEO of the hospital, and knowing just a small amount of her history, climbing from a nurse to a CEO, I can promise it will be a luncheon our attendees will remember.
And it gets better. We have partnered, again, with a non-profit called Mission of Yahweh, and we give them 15% of the proceeds of the event. If you don’t know about the Mission, they’re a faith-based shelter that works to restore the lives of homeless women and their children, and their facility isn’t too far from The Leader office.
That’s where you, our readers, come in: We’d really like ladies in our community to consider attending.
Whether you have a full-time job at home, or you’re like my wife who balances life at an office and at home, I personally promise you’ll leave this luncheon motivated and excited.
Tickets are $50 each, which is hardly anything for the great lunch, the wonderful speaker, the chance you’ll have to meet women just like you, and the donation you’ll make to the Mission of Yahweh.
If you’d like more information, please just reach out directly to me at my email address below this column.
I’m always proud of our staff at The Leader for the work they do, but there are few events as important to me, both personally and professionally.