Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast District Scribe

posted Nov 21, 2012, 1:18 PM by Crissy Nolen   [ updated Nov 21, 2012, 1:18 PM ]

A Letter from our president, Clark Walter. 

When I accepted the nomination as President of our District, I had no idea how much time and energy this position would command during the past 15 months, I have learned that communication with and between our 19 clubs is the most important job the president has. Bob Dunham, our District Secretary, and I are committed to sharing information from the clubs that choose to share it, so that everyone knows when other clubs meet, has programs and fundraisers. Much of this information is on our website, If you would like to publicize your events, please e-mail the Who, What, When, Where and Why details to me,

Everything we read and hear about from National has reference to new club building. Debbie, Hebert and Catherine Nocella, of the Pearland XC and Kathy Huebner of the Hobby XC have been working diligently with a group in the Friendswood area to organize their club. CONGRATULATIONS!

Club renovation has the attention of our Committee Chairs, officers and directors. I plan to use the resources of our National, Regional, and District offices to restore the five clubs in our district that are struggling. Brenda Robinson, National Foundation Trustee, Debbie Hebert, Volunteer Field Representative, and Susan Schwartz, a past District President, are helping with this.

Every club in our District should strive to complete the Programs of Service, which qualifies for awards such as; 1) the National Service Award, 2) the Big E award, 3) Distinguished Officer(s) awards and 4) Club Excellence awards, Reporting your club activities not only qualifies your club for an award, but also assists our National office to get more funding from large National organizations, Government \Grants and private sector monies. Each hour of volunteer service is equivalent to $20.50 in public money. Together, we can make our communities better.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and your clubs. I look forward to working with you to achieve our goals, to expand Exchange and to the opportunity to have a great deal of fun along the way. 

District Convention, June 7th-8th, 2013

Embassy Suites Hotel Baton Rouge, LA

Matjorie Evans looked at and priced a few venues in Texas and Louisiana. When Richard Flicker learned that our Board is willing to consider having the convention in Louisiana , he offered to look into the possibility of Baton Rouge, Richard has made plans such as these for other organizations. The people at the Embassy Suites were quite interested in welcoming a group such as ours. The specific details will be sent very soon. Driving distance from our home, in Sugar Land, to the hotel is about 280 miles. No farther than some of the best attended District Conventions in West Texas, about 5 hours away. 

Start saving your pennies!

A little bit about the past ...

Our District was well represented at the National Convention, in Chandler, Arizona, July 11-14, 2012. Chandler is Southeast of Phoenix. There was stiff competition but ...our District won the "Spirit Award." Ladies of the Pearland XC assembled cowboy hats, red scarves, complimentary cups and candy -for all of us to wear and distribute, spreading Southern Hospitality. 

The W. St. Tammany, Louisiana XC had another successful "Ultimate Tailgate Party" in August. A significant fundraiser for them! 

The Alexandria, Louisiana XC prefared hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixins at the Rapides Parish (county) Fair, October 11-14 , 2012. This, too was a significant fundraiser for their club!

The Fort Bend XC has had several successful events since July 1. Most recently was a golf tournament, October 15, 2012. A very good fundraiser for the club!

The Pearland XC has produced several significant events. Some to raise money and some just to have fun!

The Sugar Land XC had a huge birthday party, celebrating 25 years in the community - and marking $2,500,000. in funds raised to support several C A P organizations in the area...which reminds me. Our ESCAPE Center, in Houston, has lost their lease and had to move to different quarters. Not as large and not as well suited to their work! Your club presidents should have been receiving info directly from Lidya Osadchey, Executive Director. We will devote more space to explaining their needs and various means of supporting them, in our next issue. 

Clark Walter and I (Bob Dunham) are interested in your degree of acceptance and participation in the "Bucket Donations" requested by National Exchange Club (NEC) Foundation. Officers of each XC in the U.S. have recently received an e-mail explaining that the NEC Foundation has been awarding $10,000 each year to the National Youth of the Year and another $10,000 to the National A.C.E. student of the year. BUT ...they would like to be able to increase these awards to three YOY and ACE students each year. This means that our nominees would have a better chance of being chosen, but, this will cost $40,000 more each year- and the money would be coming from the Bucket donations.

Your new officers and directors have gotten off to a good start, since July 1st. We have had a couple of planning meetings, and one official Board meeting. Duties have been assigned and a budget has been adopted . Our District Convention plans are complete and will be distributed very soon. Clark and our president elect, Steve Wells, have visited most of the clubs in our district. Several of our District Division VPs have visited clubs in their divisions. Most are doing very well. However, as Clark mentioned in his cover letter, we have five XCs that need some help in stabilizing. We have has a couple of meetings to discern the wants and needs of these clubs. Speaking as your district secretary, I am pleased with the two way communication with most XCs. Please continue to send your newsletters and event information to me. Page three has names, and contact information for your officers and directors.
Crissy Nolen,
Nov 21, 2012, 1:18 PM