News & Upcoming Activities...
TI Sugar Land Campus Update
Another month has passed and the Texas Instruments Sugar Land campus appears to be nearing completion from the outside, as seen in this photo taken November 13th. Windows are being installed and the outside painting is in process. Workers are busy installing all the necessary equipment to turn this into a great work venue. We can't wait to see on the inside. Stay tuned to this website and we might surprise you with an inside view in the near future.
Upcoming Lunch Meeting:
o December 11 - Our next Lunch/Business Meeting is at the America Buffet, 12815 Southwest Freeway, at 11 AM. We meet the 2nd Wednesday each month for our lunch meetings.
* All attendees participate in a free drawing for America Buffet meal coupons and other valuable door prizes.
Upcoming Day Trips:
o December 16 - Another evening Day Trip is scheduled to Santa's Wonderland at College Station. The cost is only $12 per person to ride the Harris County bus to College Station. The dinner will be out-of-pocket at the Wrangler Steakhouse. This trip, along with our Christmas Party should put you in the Christmas spirit. Call Mary Brown at 832-498-5980 or 713-690-5587 to reserve your seat on the bus. The cutoff date for payment is 11/29/13. Again, you must be a senior to ride the Harris County bus.
NOTE: If you are not a senior and would like to attend one of these trips, if you can provide your own transportation to the locations, Mary can usually get you discounted tickets if you contact her. Unfortunately, the county sets the age limit for riding the bus.
o December 6 - The annual TIHAA Christmas Party has been organized this year by Della DuHart and Mary Gomez. The location is the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Southwest Freeway, as in the last few years. Check all the details in the brochure to the right. This is a great way to compliment your Christmas season.
o Story and photos of the Texas Instruments/TI Houston Alumni Association BBQ Event have been posted to the photos page. Also recently updated are the October and November Day Trips to Galveston and Theatre Suburbia. Enjoy!
o Lynn Stefan heads our Sunshine Committee. If you hear of a club member illness or death, call Lynn at 713-344-1437 and she will send a card on behalf of the club.
o Do you have news that would be of interest to other TIHAA members? Click HERE for a form that you can download and save to your computer, edit with a Word Processor and then attach to an email to TIHAA for inclusion in the next issue of the Vigor.
o Got a question about the Club? Now you can call us at 832-551-8025. Leave a message and we will call you back. Or send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Message from the President...
This is my third and last year (term limits) as TI Houston Alumni Association (TIHAA) president, my last chance to promote our club via the website. The TIHAA continues to grow, from 216 memberships beginning this year to over 221 at present. The transitioning board served the overall membership in so many ways, obvious if you attended our numerous activities, snacks & Bingo, BBQ & Christmas Party. I want to particularly thank my V.P., Lawson Cook, who substituted for me occasionally. Additionally, he updated and maintained our website and assumed a key vigor role. My sincere and heartfelt thanks to the entire board for sticking around and supporting me during my three terms, especially during the time I returned to work. Let’s review a very successful year via the efforts and results by individual board members. Special Thanks to Vivian and Beverly for all their help with the Calling Committee.
Program’s chair, Jean Houston, arranged a variety of 7 educational and entertaining speakers for our monthly buffet luncheons, 2nd Wednesday. They were: February, Keith Ogboenyiya, the C2000 Program Manager, discussing TI’s MCU business and layout of the new forthcoming plant in Sugar Land; March, Karon Safarov, Visiting Angels representative discussing short term home care and assistance; May, David Edwards, United National Insurance, an independent agency specializing in insurance for non-profit organizations; June, Dr. Clyde Nguyen, UT Health Science Center, spoke on strokes: analyzing, types and prevention; August, Bridget Yeung, Sugar Land City Council, discussing the city’s history, growth, businesses new and planned, and cultural sites now and in the future; October, Toni King, Medicare expert, returned with the latest advice and updates; November, Vickie Coates presented the function of and massive aid given to families in need living in and around Ft Bend by the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry. Looking ahead to January, 2014, Jean has invited lawyer Evelyn Gordon to talk about “Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning”. A synopsis (that sometimes includes contact information) of all the individual speeches through the years is posted on our website under the meetings tab.
Our day trip coordinator extraordinaire, Mary Brown, continues to find attractive places to go. She arranged 7 trips. They were: Jan, the Liberty Opry, country-western music at its best; Feb, the Villa de Matel, a very unique convent and chapel; May, the George H.W. Bush Library and Messina-Hof winery, presidential memorabilia and fine wine; June, the Orange Show and Houston Public Broadcasting; October, Moody Gardens in Galveston, a ride on the Colonial Paddle wheeler and visit within the Rainforest Pyramid; November, a ‘Santa Claus’ live stage play at Theatre Suburbia, and (yet to come in mid-December) a return visit to Santa’s Wonderland to view up close their mile-long ‘Trail of Lights’ and Santa’s Town shops and songs. As the saying goes, “Who could ask for anything more?” Thanks be to Mary, truly appreciated….continue on. Our day trips (and events) synopses is posted under the photos tab on the website.
Our April Spring Event, Snacks and Bingo, well attended by 60 members and guests, was organized by Tony and Susan Leigh, second year for these gracious volunteers. The entire board worked flawlessly to help TI with the annual TI (BBQ) Retiree Evening, held this year on September 12 at the Stafford Centre, since Bldg. 1 was shut down around mid-July. Over 265 attended and enjoyed a great band, excellent BBQ, and an update from TI’s marketing manager, Jerold Givens, covering TI-Stafford’s ongoing business and moving plans. The Christmas Party this year is yet to come with a cut-off date of December 2nd to sign up, but Della DuHart and Mary Gomez have indicated over 80 will attend Friday night, December 6.
Since Daryl stepped down as vigor editor earlier this year, the last five vigor issues have been published on time by a volunteer, divide-and-conquer committee under the leadership of Lawson Cook. Thanks to Ralph Garcia, Mary Brown, Gary Luckett, Daryl Moss and DeAnn Thomas, all key players in aspects of writing/editing/publishing the current vigor(s). If you’d like to volunteer in some way, big or small, call or email Lawson, Gary, or me, or leave a message at our general TIHAA telephone number.
Those who read the vigor and attend the luncheons are aware that new officers were elected at the last luncheon, November 13th. Thanks to all of you who returned absentee ballots and voted unanimously in person! I worked closely with three of these board members—Gary, our present treasurer but voted in as new president, Mary Brown, vice president to be, Jean, upcoming treasurer—and their experience will continue to guide the club expertly. George Wolf, as newly elected secretary, attended a few board meetings, many luncheons and day trips, so he understands the club structure very well. I wish them (and the returning chairpersons) the best of everything during the coming year that inevitably involves TI’s move to the Sugar Land office.
I hope all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Also, have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I encourage all of you, especially the new members who may not have gone to much yet, to venture out for our next meeting, trip, or event. I plan to be there to meet and greet…and have some fun. See you soon!
Lucy Salas email@example.com