Happy 4th of July
Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American
 colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2. 

Christmas / Holiday Party Planned

Please mark your calendars for
Houston Ground Angels' Christmas / Holiday Party, Saturday, December 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

We hope to see all of our volunteers at this complimentary party. We will have food, beer and wine, door prizes, and more. Plus, v olunteers have the opportunity to meet and interact with other volunteers, and these events are always fun!

The party will be held on the University of Houston's campus, in the community center of Cullen Oaks Apartments, 4600 Cullen Blvd., There is easy access via the Gulf Freeway (I-45) or Highway 288. 

The community center i s not part of the University, just on their campus. It is a wonderful community center, and the French doors open to a lovely green space.

Again, please mark your calendars now, and RSVP before November 1. Hope to see you there!
RSVP: ladymaitland@msn.com or call

Houston Ground Angels
Management Review

July 2018

Tony Castiglie
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.


Please visit the website to see if there is a mission that fits with your schedule.

Our patients are depending on us!
Thank you to all of our volunteers that donate their time to help those coming to Houston!
May you have a wonderful July 4th, filled with good food and
good rest.

Thank you for all that you do!