Houston Ground Angels
Vice President & Treasurer
July 4th is upon us and for most of the country, the unofficial first day of summer. In Houston, the unofficial day of summer is around May 1st. Thus far, enough rain has kept us “green” but not so much that we experienced any flooding. No matter what, the volunteers keep the organization going.
And what is the tally? Volunteers ran 199 Missions during June. With half the year gone by, 70 Volunteers have run 1,227 Missions. Our target for the year remains about 2,500, a bit of an increase over last year.
And now for the flag bearers: Top 10 Volunteers – 2018
1. Sandra Begalke 187
2. Charles Whitworth 163
3. David LaFargue 82
4. Tony LaRosa 81
5. Dick Stabell 74
6. Charles Gibson 43
7. Laurie Galland 40
8. Bo Hunter 40
9. Paulette Blackburn 36
10. Derek King 33
As mentioned in previous Newsletters, Angel Flight dissolved their “Ground Crew” last year, a group that provided ground transportation for their air mission patients.
We have now been overwhelmed by requests from many Angel Flight’s patients now seeking support from us. We are not keeping up. We had 56 “Unfulfilled Missions” last month, up from 40 we had during May. Many flights go into Ellington Field making it more difficult to satisfy these patient requests. Our unfulfillment rate for 2018 is approaching 19%, far beyond our stated goal of 5%.
We are doing the best we can, but we simply do not have enough volunteers to handle all the requests we have for our services. We are continuing to reach out for more volunteers and also looking at other options.
To every volunteer who steps up, “Thank You” for being part of this wonderful organization and making it the success that it is. 2018 should be another good year.