Wishing you good health, good cheer
and a Happy New Year.
Thank you to all of our volunteers that took missions in 2018!
May 2019 be a good year for us all!
Good Housekeeping's Best New Year's Resolutions
for a Healthier, Happy Year

  1. Add more citrus to your grocery cart
  2. Eat more veggies
  3. Book all doctors' appointments for the year if possible
  4. Become an indoor plant owner, it is good for the soul and mood
  5. Sanitize your phone weekly
  6. Plan a vacation now
  7. Do Yoga
  8. Listen to novels as you exercise
  9. Explore new hobbies
  10. Move more, sit less, just move
  11. Play upbeat music
  12. Volunteer, help others
  13. Keep a journal
  14. Go to bed on time
  15. Give yourself more compliments
  16. Be current on current events
  17. Meditate every day
  18. Keep a food diary for at least two weeks
  19. Keep a financial journal for one month, list every cent you spend
  20. Make a new friend, and talk to more people each day
  21. For more on Good Housekeeping's Resolutions, Click Here

Houston Ground Angels
Management Review
January 2019
 
Tony Castiglie, Vice President & Treasurer
 
The Christmas Season has come to an end and a new year begins. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday and 2019 brings continued joy and happiness. For Houston Ground Angels, the Christmas Season began with the Appreciation Gathering of the Volunteers, this year held at Cullen Oaks. The venue turned out to be ideal and the catering and food was excellent. At one time, the volunteers really did not know each other but over the years, we have had several gatherings and people now know each other. The comradery was nice to see, and it made for an enjoyable evening. A number of volunteers were unable to attend, stating that they no longer feel comfortable driving at night. In all likelihood, we will have our 2019 gathering ending at 6:30 P.M rather than beginning then.
 
And now for the final 2018 tally! 79 volunteers ran 2,603 Missions, hitting our target of 2,600.  Unfortunately, we were unable to fulfill almost 600 requests for missions. We simply do not have enough volunteers to satisfy all the requests we receive. New volunteers are hard to come by; many non-profits seek the same folks we do. We are trying to make an arrangement with Uber and probably will do so. That is less than ideal since Uber drivers will not provide the personal interaction and comfort that our volunteers do. But at least the patients will have a ride.
 
We are thankful for our Archangels, the volunteers who run so many missions. Who are they:
 
Top 10 Volunteers – 2018
 
1. Sandra Begalke 395
2. Dick Stabell 348
3. Charles Whitworth 345
4. Tony LaRosa 151
5. David LaFargue 150
6. Charles Gibson 118
7. Laurie Galland 86
8. Derek King 81
9. Bo Hunter 77
10. Maria Aranovich 64
 
Please take note of the Top three. Sandra, Dick and Charles each ran over 345 Missions. That’s about one per day for a whole year! How fortunate are we to have folks like that? While we appreciate what any volunteer does, these Archangels are very special to go above and beyond.
 
December brought us one new volunteer: Christy Jennings, daughter of volunteer Barbara Oxsheer and father Jacko Garrett, and she lives in the Memorial area. Barbara and Jacko attend many of our events, and so many of you may have met them. It is great having you aboard Christy and thank you for choosing to be part of our great organization.
 
As always, to every volunteer who steps up, thank you for your contribution. 2018 was another good year and hopefully, 2019 will be even better. 
 
Happy New Year to all,
Tony
Holiday / Christmas Party

We will have the Holiday/Christmas Party photos on the website in the next few days. Having a few challenges with the computer right now. Hope you take a moment and look at the photos. It was wonderful to see our volunteers and board members at the gathering!

We are looking forward to 2019, and will have gatherings throughout the year and we hope to see you there!
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Missions Anyone?

Please visit the website to see if there is a Mission or more that fits your schedule. Our patients are counting on us!