Is it just me or did summer seem to fly by? Hard to believe that school and football season are starting up, preparations are in full swing for the Fall Garden Tour, and we are about to enter the peak of the Gulf hurricane season…it all might be easier to believe, and take, if the heat would just give us a break. As my mother used to tell me when I would ask her when dinner would be ready…soon, son, soon!
And with the start of school, a reminder that the traffic patterns are about to change and school zones will be in effect, so please be patient with the buses and the little ones…they aren’t always watching out for you, so please watch out for them. Also, there are many needs in our area for back to school supplies, clothing, etc. We had one on the EEHDA Facebook Page recently about a need for underwear at Rosenburg Elementary; thank you to those who responded. There are many other opportunities out there to help.
For those of you who didn’t attend the Evening with Michael and Ashley Cordray at the Bryan Museum on August 3rd, you missed a very fun evening. It didn’t take very long watching the two of them interacting together to realize why HGTV chose them for a TV show…they are full of energy, and very entertaining. The theme of the evening was Saving Galveston – Preserving History One Home at a Time, and Ashley and Michael are certainly the embodiment of that…except for the show they were saving 8 homes at a time…wow! It was very interesting to hear their story and what motivates them about saving history; it was very inspiring. It was also inspiring to hear JP Bryan’s words as he opened the evening…he challenged the sell out crowd to step up and do more to preserve Galveston’s heritage. That is certainly a message that resonated with the EEHDA members in the audience. He also suggested some ways that we could collectively do that…definitely gave us some food for thought as we explore our partnership with the Bryan Museum.
I’m sure many of you have been receiving emails from Tracy Tatom; I apologize for the volume, but Tracy and theÂ Membership Committee have been working very hard to reach out to members who have let their memberships in EEHDA lapse for whatever reason to encourage them to rejoin, and to those whose yearly memberships are coming due, to renew for another year. We really do depend on your memberships as an organization to be able to fulfill our mission of encouraging historic preservation and education in our community. We also depend on your willingnessÂ to volunteer your time to be able to put on the many events and activities we have throughout the year – Block Parties, special events such as the Evening with the Cordrays, the Holiday Homes Tour, and the Fall Garden Tour, which is rapidly approaching. It also takes volunteers to maintain Darragh Park, Alderdice Park, and the Cottage. We have recently created a Facebook Page and updated our Web Page in order to be able to better communicate with our members and the community. We are also working on setting up a way to renew your membership on line, including a method to pay. Until then, I realize it is an extra effort to print the membership form and submit a check to us via mail; the information doesn’t have to be on an official form……the key thing is that we get a current e-mail address for you………and the renewals can be dropped off at our Treasurer’s house, 1228 Sealy. And if you call or email me, I am happy to come pick them up…have golf cart, will travel! I would welcome the opportunity to meet you if I haven’t already.
JEFF PATTERSON| T: 281.433.4417 | E: Jmpatterson80@yahoo.com