Houston Ground Angels
Tony Castiglie, Vice President & Treasurer
Fall weather finally arrived about one month after the official first day of Fall, this year September 23
. It sure is nice. Hopefully, it is something we can enjoy, if only for a short while. Watching the Houston Astros win the American League Pennant was a nice way to begin, but watching them lose the World Series was disappointing.
Missions Run, October – 418; previous October high, 279 in 2018
Missions Run, 2019 – 3,321; previous high – 2,905 in 2015
Daily Average – 11; the best ever
Monthly Average – 332; previous high - the best ever
Annual Forecast – 4,000
Volunteers Running Missions – 69
Unfilled Missions – 26 (0.78%); none since June
Uber Missions – 1,216; 37% of total for the year
Thus far, we have run 3,321 missions since January, 48 percent of which are run by the Archangels, our top 10 volunteers. They are:
Top 10 Volunteers – 2019
Sandra Begalke 230
Gerry Rein 183
David LaFargue 125
Tony LaRosa 111
Derek King 67
Jacko Garrett 59
Charles Gibson 53
We are deeply appreciative for the dedication of all our volunteers but there are always a few who stand out. Dick Stabell continues to amaze. January through October, there are 304 days meaning Dick has averaged more than one mission a day for the whole year. Gerry Rein also continues to amaze. His first mission was August 5
and he has already run 183 missions. That’s more than two per day! Really special!
The real success of this organization has always been those select few who run lots of missions, some who have been with us for many years & have chalked up big numbers. The accumulative contribution of these volunteers is:
All Time and Still Active:
Charles Gibson 836
Mary Hutto 636
Uber continues to work out well, at least in terms of providing ground transportation for medical patients between airports and Texas Medical Center. Our “Unfilled Missions” have been reduced to zero. Thus far since January 2019, Uber has satisfied 1,216 missions, about 37 percent of total for the year, missions that would have gone unfilled. The huge number is due primarily to the increase in patient requests for our services.
But this is coming at great financial cost, which we will be unable to sustain. Have we lost sight of our true mission and are we trying to do too much? Our mission is to offer compassion and information to patients in need, not just a free ride. By using Uber every time we do not have a volunteer, are we simply paying for ground transportation for people who can afford to pay for it themselves? This is an issue the Board of Directors will be addressing in November.
October 02, 2019
To the Houston Ground Angels,
Enclosed is a memorial gift in the name of Mattie Jo.
Please notify her family of this gift.
John & Jean
October 06, 2019
In memory of Mattie Jo, Wichita, Kansas.
Troy & Vonola
Hot Spring, Arkansas
October 08, 2019
Thank you for all you do.
Gordon & Maureen
October brought us Don Riggs, a friend of Board Member Derek King. Don resides in the Champions/FM1960 area. Welcome aboard and thank you for joining. You will find this a very rewarding experience.
As always, to every volunteer who steps up, thank you for your contribution. This year, 2019, is looking great! Thanksgiving is always an uplifting time of the year. Happy Thanksgiving and peace and love to all.