Houston Ground Angels
Tony Castiglie, Vice President & Treasurer
One of the first comments made by a patient I recently picked up at Bush Intercontinental was how humid it was. Welcome to Houston! She was from California and this was her first trip here. Although humidity rarely leaves us, the cooler temperatures of Fall brings relief. It is the beginning of tolerable climate that takes us up to & through the holiday season. And we never have to shovel heat.
So how is business. Volunteers ran 185 Missions during September, exactly the same number we ran last September. With three-fourths of the year gone, 73 Volunteers have run 1,918 Missions. We are still on target for our goal of 2,500, a bit of an increase over last year.
And now for the leaders:
Top 10 Volunteers – 2018
Charles Gibson 75
Although there is always a sense of accomplishment for the successes we have, the down side is that we are still unable to satisfy all the requests we receive. We had 34 unfulfilled Missions during September, down from the 51 we had in August. Thus far this year, we have 392 unfulfilled Missions, already more than any other year. This is the major factor in delaying an effort to expand our patient base. We do not have enough volunteers to service the requests we have now have. With continued focus on this issue, we may have a potential solution coming down the road.
Another area of focus is our Mission Management System, including the website. The system was developed at the organization’s inception in 2007. Our developer was Rickey Sewell, an experience IT Professional retired from ExxonMobil, and he did an outstanding job. Unfortunately, the system was written in what is now an obsolete language on an obsolete platform. Ever since Rickey passed away several years ago, our ability to maintain and modify the system has been an on-going problem. Since our whole operation is dependent on this system, it is imperative that we have knowledgeable and qualified IT people helping us out. We cannot afford any system failures. We are beginning to make some serious progress.
We would like to welcome our new volunteers that joined us in September:
Tommi Davis – Ellington Field area
James Taylor – FM1960 area
Henry Killen - FM1960 area
Ross Hablinski – Neartown Montrose
Great having you aboard and choosing to be part of our great organization.
As always, to every volunteer who steps up, thank you for your contribution. 2018 is another good year.