Our annual Education Luncheon honors high school seniors who have been awarded Chamber scholarships as well as those area seniors who are entering the military. We will also honor the Teacher of the Year, Staff Person of the Year, and Educator of the Year. And we are pleased to welcome Jonathan Horton, two-time Olympic Gymnastics Champion and Houstonian, as our special guest and keynote speaker.
The goal of the luncheon is to provide as many scholarships as possible to deserving students. Donors are being solicited as we would like to continue our $1,000 per scholarship but other levels will also be awarded. The number of scholarships and amount is determined by your donations. Donations of any amount are welcome and groups can combine donations toward a full scholarship. A variety of sponsorship packages are available: Summa Cum Laude are $2,500, Military are $2,500, Magna Cum Laude are $2,000, Cum Laude are $1,500, Valedictorian are $1,000, and Salutatorian are $500. The final deadline for inclusion in the event program is May 9.
Non attendee sponsors are welcome and for $100 businesses can be the sponsor of a lunch for a scholarship recipient’s parent or school performer.
The members of the Education Committee are over 70 strong with schools and businesses who meet monthly to work towards making our community education strong at all levels, Elementary through high school, public, private and parochial. Donations or sponsorships can be obtained by contacting Jill Johnston at the Chamber, email@example.com. All sponsorship levels are Tax-Deductible and are the only annual Chamber event to provide this opportunity. The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce Community Fund is a 501c3. Since the inception of the scholarship program, the Chamber has awarded scholarships representing over $350,000.
March 2nd was the day of the Chamber’s annual Crawfish Festival and Parade and it was a fulfilling day in more ways than one. First, the crawfish (often called mudbugs), were delicious and we sold out of them. Second, the parade with Grand Marshal Norman Adams, wound down 20th and 19th streets and attracted countless viewers to see the bands, schools, vehicles, and other participants.
Continuous entertainment filled the Budweiser stage throughout the day and culminated with the crowning of the three winners of the Idol of the Heights singing contest. A host of vendors displayed their wares or promoted their services and were met with much interest from folks attending the festival. Not to be forgotten was the kid’s area where a bounce house and other games delighted them.
All-in-all it was a terrific day and the Chamber appreciated the hard work by committee members, volunteers and many others that helped to make it an outstanding day. Great appreciation is extended to these sponsors whose support was invaluable in helping to make the annual event a success.
Thank you to our sponsors!
$5,000 + Sponsors
Law Office of Anne E. Kennedy
Shooting Star Promotions
Cardinal Financial; Flying Fish; Frost Bank; Heights Eye Society; Houston EscapeRoom; Onsite Maintenance; Pure Prosthodontics; renew ACUPUNCTURE; Signarama; You’ve Got Maids
MAYOR TURNER to declare March 15 AMERICAN LEGION CENTENNIAL DAY
HOUSTON – March 4, 2019 – The American Legion is turning 100 and American Legion Post 560 in Houston is planning to celebrate.
The post, located in Garden Oaks, was chartered in 1946. The organization as a whole traces its roots to March 15-17, 1919, in Paris, France, in the aftermath of World War I. The American Legion was federally chartered on Sept. 16, 1919, and quickly became an influential force at the national, state and local levels, dedicated to service to veterans, strong national defense, youth and patriotism.
Post 560, currently numbers 400 members plus 160 in the affiliated American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion.
“The American Legion Family of Houston is excited to share both the legacy and the vision of our organization,” Post 560 Commander Tony Moreno said. “We’ve done a lot of good, and intend to keep doing it for a second century.”
Veterans, family, friends, and the community are invited to an Anniversary Reception on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 5:00-6:00 PM at Garden Oaks American Legion Post 560, 3720 Alba Road, Houston, Texas 77018. D ress is casual attire (with Legion Caps, if possible).
MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER will be our very special guest. He is presenting a proclamation to our commander declaring March 15, 2019 as AMERICAN LEGION CENTENNIAL DAY in Houston, Texas.
Come share the legacy.
Be part of the future.
Close to 300 people were at the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel on January 30 to hear Economist Dr. Luis Torres. Dr. Torres is a Research Economist at Texas A&M Real Estate Center and a leading authority on real estate trends in Texas. His presentation provided insights into the economy not only from the U.S. perspective, but for Texas and the Houston area as well. Citing various studies, indexes, trends and projections, Dr. Torres addressed a variety of segments including real estate, energy, construction, both commercial and residential, and implications of the U.S. monetary policy and governmental decisions.
His presentation began with a statement about “Less growth and more uncertainty. His rational for the uncertainty cited “The fourth-quarter decline in oil prices; trade uncertainty; and volatility in financial markets.” Furthermore, he said “ Expansions don’t die of old age, but they get murdered because of: financial imbalances and the Federal Reserve raising rates too fast. He further stated “The outlook surveys for U.S. and Houston point toward growth slowdown.
Some key presentation points included:
A decline in the Texas Leading index, suggests jobs will grow 1.1 percent this year statewide.
A forecast of 137,000 jobs will be added this year.
Employment in December 2019 will be 12.8 million.
Oil prices dependent on many factors.
Residential construction slowed at the end of 2018.
Housing sales weakened at end of 2018, still a record year in sales.
In 2019, single-family housing sales projected to slowdown.
In 2019, the outlook for commercial real estate is positive.
In summary, he stated that the (1) “the economy is still doing fine. In 2019, it will be slowing but still registering positive growth.” “The housing market will grow in 2019.” “The office market has reached bottom, while retail and ware houses will continue to register strong growth.” “Energy and trade uncertainty will continue.” And finally, “no recession is expected in 2019, how about 2020?”
Jonathan McElvy, President and CEO of McElvy Media Group, was Master of Ceremonies. Through his newspapers and websites, in multiple markets, the organization delivers more than 600,000 print publications each week while reaching more than 100,000 unique visitors on their websites monthly.
Following his presentation, Dr. Torres cited their website, www.recenter.tamu.edu as a great source of information and referenced two additional websites. The first is for the outlook for the Texas economy:
The second is for housing insights:
Thank you everyone who made this event such a great success!
Gold: Adams Insurance, Allegiance Bank, Lane Property Tax Advocates, Members Trust of the Southwest Federal Credit Union, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights, Spirit of Texas Bank
Silver: Allegiance Bank, AmCap Home Loans, BNI-Heights of Professionalism, Frost Bank, Houston Highway Credit Union, Jack Cagle Campaign, Knapp Chevrolet, The May Group, Reibenstein & Associates, Reynolds & Associates
Memorial Hermann Health System Named One of Nation’s “Most Wired” Health Systems for the 14th Consecutive Year
(December 5, 2018) – Memorial Hermann Health System once again earned a spot on the HealthCares’ Most Wired list, achieving the recognition for the 14th consecutive year based on a survey of hospitals across the nation. The list, compiled from a survey conducted by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), annually recognizes hospitals and other healthcare facilities that adopt the latest in technological solutions and strategically apply them to improve population health and operate more efficiently.
“Embracing emerging technology is vital to improving and better managing the care of our patients. Not only does it support the delivery of safe, high-quality healthcare, it also helps lower costs and provide a more seamless experience,” said Amanda Hammel, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Memorial Hermann.
The annual Most Wired survey, now in its 20th year, traditionally tracked the adoption of healthcare IT in hospitals and health systems. This year, CHIME took control over the Most Wired program and revised the questions and methodology to highlight strengths and gaps in the industry. The goal is to identify best practices and promote the strategic use of healthcare IT to elevate the health and care of communities around the world.
The report found two key areas that emerged in 2018: the use of foundational technologies such as integration, interoperability, security and disaster recovery; and the use of transformational technologies to support population health management, value-based care, patient engagement and telehealth. These foundational pieces need to be in place for an organization to leverage tools to effectively transform healthcare.
“The healthcare industry is facing a significant transformation opportunity. The more we embrace the rapidly evolving world of technology, the better we can care for people in a manner that is convenient and more consumer centric. We strive to use technology in a way that is both thoughtful and innovative and aligns with our commitment to help patients improve their overall health,” said Chuck Stokes, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann.
Learn more about Memorial Hermann’s http://www.memorialhermann.org/everydaywell/virtual care innovations and the use of digital tools to improve patient health.
Ready to warm up after a chilly winter? The Chamber has just the event to do that as we kick off the popular Crawfish Festival, right in the heart of the Heights, at the usual site, 411 West 20th Street.
Gates to the Festival open at 10:30. Vendor booths featuring all types of goods and services will be on-hand to show off their wares which can run from cosmetics, to energy services, to clothing and jewelry, art, plus much more. Here’s an opportunity to find that hard to shop for “special gift” for someone’s birthday.
For information about becoming a vendor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please join us for Houston’s premiere annual business event! Reserve your table and invite your clients to this valuable luncheon. Dr. Luis Torres will discuss business, employment, interest rates, energy, and real estate. This is a critical event for all business leaders and will help you prepare for 2019 and beyond.
Dr. Torres is an economist at TAMU’s Real Estate Center and is a leading authority on real estate trends in the state of Texas. Formerly with Mexico’s central bank for more than 15 years, Dr. Torres brings critical international expertise and has invaluable insight into international monetary policy. Dr. Torres has taught classes and seminars at U.S. and Mexican universities, as well as in national and international forums. He has published a number of articles about banking, international economics, trade and applied econometrics.
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For 55 years Literacy Advance of Houston has humbly taught adults to speak, read and write English. And for 35 years Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) has provided a network of services to support families in poverty stay housed, obtain regular employment, manage their finances and become more financially stable. On Friday, Nov. 9th the leadership of both organizations finalized the agreement to make Literacy Advance a program of the MAM network.
MAM Board Chair, Wendy Moreland, announced the decision on Tuesday, November 13th at a donor appreciation event held at Hotel ZaZa. “We are honored to bring this expertise into our MAM programming, as well as offering our life changing programs to the adult students from the Literacy Advance programs.”
“This is a natural fit for both organizations. Our missions stem from the same values which address the root causes of poverty as well as provide humanitarian relief. Over the years we have shared clients, volunteers, donors, program partners, best practices, continuous quality improvement and shared excellence,” stated Martha Macris, MAM President and CEO, “The need for ESL in our community is enormous. Together we can better meet the demand for our programs, bring a broader range of services to more families, and those families can transition to a higher level of stability through combined services. With the consolidation of leadership staff, accounting, development and other administrative functions, we can better steward the community resources.”
Transition teams from both organizations have been set up to help ease volunteers and employees into the new structure. Through the initial stages, both organizations will continue business as usual to serve the students and volunteers who are already committed to the upcoming classes.
For more information about MAM and the addition of Literacy Advance to their programming, please visit www.mamhouston.org/literacyadvance.
Residents of Greater Heights, Oak Forest, Garden Oaks, Lazybrook, Timbergrove, Woodland Heights and surrounding communities in need of after-hours care for non-life-threatening illnesses and minor injuries now have a new option for immediate diagnosis and treatment – Memorial Hermann Urgent Care Greater Heights.
Staffed by board-certified family medicine physicians, Memorial Hermann Urgent Care Greater Heights combines the comfort of a primary care practice with the convenience of extended office hours and walk-in access.
“It’s a situation we’ve all faced – an illness or injury that needs attention after your physician’s regular business hours,” Jennifer Zimmerman, chief operating officer for Memorial Hermann Medical Group. “Instead of waiting it out, or incurring an emergency room charge for a minor issue, patients can now seek immediate care at our new Urgent Care Center.”
Modeled after sister facilities in Spring, Friendswood and Tanglewood, Memorial Hermann Urgent Care Greater Heights is capable of treating patients as young as six months old, and offers an array of services for non-life-threatening conditions such as flu, fever, earaches, insect bites, sprains, simple fractures, eye injuries and cuts requiring stitches. X-ray imaging and laboratory services are also offered on-site, as well as sports and school physicals.
As an added convenience, the facility offers online check-in so patients can reserve their place in line ahead of time. Patients also are able to track their appointment so they know when to arrive, reducing unnecessary time in the waiting room.
Memorial Hermann Urgent Care Greater Heights is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is located at 300 North Loop West, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77008. For more information, or for online check-in to save a place in line, visit memorialhermann.org/urgentcare.