Happy October !
Happy Halloween !
Happy Columbus Day Oct 8 !
Happy Fall !
Houston Ground Angels
Management Review
October 2018
 
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
 
1. Sandra Begalke 287
2. Charles Whitworth 26
3. Dick Stabell 187
4. David LaFargue 116
5. Tony LaRosa 109
6. Charles Gibson 75
7. Laurie Galland 60
8. Bo Hunter 60
9. Derek King 60
10. Maria Aranovich 54
 
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.
 
Sincerely,
Tony
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Advice from a Pumpkin :
Be well rounded,
get plenty of sunshine,
give thanks for life's bounty,
have thick skin,
keep growing,
be outstanding in your field
and think Big!
Complimentary Tour
for Volunteers and Spouses

Budweiser Tour
October 19, 2019
11:00 a.m.
775 Gellhorn Drive,
Houston, TX 77029  

We will see how beer is made, have a tour of the plant, and have a tasting.
Please RSVP as soon as possible to ladymaitland@msn.com
or call 832.752.9645
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Herbs and Our Health
There are many herbs you can grow in your windowsill and use for teas and cooking. These herbs are great for your health. The key to growing herbs year round is to make sure they do not get too hot, or too cold and water them with filtered water. The chlorine in tap water will kill them.
1: Oregano, kills bacteria and funguses. You can put it in your food or make a strong tea and put it on infected areas. Some practicing holistic folks make a strong tea and put it under their arms to draw out any bacteria in their bodies- they believe it helps prevent breast cancer. Also good in salads raw.

2: Thyme is packed with numerous health benefits - minerals and vitamins that are essential for overall wellness. It is also good for coughs, gout, strengthens lungs, etc. Good to chop up and put in salads or on food. Best eaten raw.

3: Spearmint is good for building your immune system and gives you energy.

4: Did you know that Garlic is also an antibiotic?

Even though we are going into fall you can still buy these herbs at Kroger (where the fresh vegetables are - the herbs are in bags with roots), and different plants stores.

Most important things is life are to eat healthy, exercise, stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep.
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Please check the website to see if there is a Mission that fits your schedule

Thank you to all of our volunteers for all you do
 for so many!
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If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining
Houston Ground Angels,
please bring them to the Holiday/Christmas Party or the Budweiser Tour.
Or just have them call us!
Phone: 832.301.2816