Friends and Neighbors Of FM 1960February 2020FANPRESIDENT’S MESSAGEGeneral MeetingsFAN meets on the first Tuesday of eachmonth at 10:00 a.m.(September thru April) atFaithbridge Church18000 Stuebner Airline DriveSocial hour beginsat 9:30 a.m.Our next general meeting will be onFebruary 4.Oscars are coming!Join Movie Lovers’Matinee to see more ofthe winnersJoin FAN members on the thirdMonday each month for a moviematinee, usually featuring awardcaliber performances or Oscarbuzz films. Sign up at the ActivitiesTable at any General Meeting oremail Lin Fish, [email protected] month she chooses a movieand sends a blast email to everyone on the list naming the movie,theater and performance time. It’seasy: Go when you are free or if themovie appeals to you; skip thosenot of interest!Well, we hit the ground running in January 2020! It was a greatturnout at our first meeting of the New Year even with a locationchange! We added new activities and listened diligently to JackieBachmeier, CCEI, CFAS, regarding functional longevity and thedifferent phases of primary and secondary aging. Push-ups anyone?Also, if you know of someone in FAN who goes above and beyondto grow enduring friendships, I would love to hear who they areto present them with our FANtastic FAN mum at our GeneralMeeting.The Nominating Committee is working towards a slate of officersfor 2020-2021. Input is always welcome and encouraged. CallSue Behnke for more details.We also are seeking volunteers for the Spring luncheon for 2020.heme suggestions? Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, International? Plus, our Bylaws are getting a “face lift”.I look forward to seeing you on February 4.Bring a friend or two.Jennifer Banks, PresidentBRIDGE ANYONE?Have you thought you would like to learn how to play Bridge?Now is your chance! Cissie Alexander will be teaching a beginner’s class starting Wednesday, March 4 and continuing eachWednesday in March. The classes will be held at Don Ramon’sMexican Grill in Champions Village from 11:30 – 2:30. The bestpart is the classes are FREE to all FAN members. If you wouldlike to sign up, please contact Cissie [email protected]

FRIENDS OF FAN SpotlightKLEIN FUNERAL HOMES & MEMORIALPARKS, 16131 Champion Forest Drive, Spring (281320-2674) “Houston’s Oldest andMost Trusted Family Owned Funeral Firm” with fourlocations in our immediate area (see FAN directory,page 22, for locations). Klein Funeral Homes offersmausoleums, monuments, crematories, cemeteries,etc. and personalized, compassionate service appropriate for every faith, need and budget. With an almost100-year history of three generations, they are recognized for their experience and sensitivity, so importantwhen their services are needed.BLEU OYSTER BAR AND SEAFOOD, 9305Spring-Cypress Road., Spring 77379 (281-251-0596).This is a small, family-owned restaurant nestled in theheart of Spring across from Gleannloch Farms subdivision. Their family has been serving seafood to Houstonfamilies since 1995. They specialize in fresh seafoodand oysters with a little Cajun flair.Lunch Specials Under 10.00 - 10% Discount for FANMembers 5.00 Wine - Happy Hour 2:00-6:00 pm Everyday All Day SundayA Perfect Valentine’s Dinner Date!Please remember to support our Friends of FAN everychance that you get. Mention that you heard of themfrom our FAN directory and that we certainly appreciate their support.Carole Corey, Directory AdsSeeing disability as a gift inspires youngartistCombining conservation, creativity and a charmingstory about overcoming his personal challenges,Grant Manier teaches and inspires other childrenthat “Different is More.”That’s the name of a book Grant wrote and illustrated with his mother, Julie Coy. The story ofGrant, the Jigsaw Giraffe, the book shows childrenthan differences are positive and should be cultivated.Grant and Julie will talk to FAN members at theFebruary 4 General Meeting about his eco-art andtheir efforts to share his ideas with childrenthrough outreach and demonstrations.Living on the autism spectrum, Grant discoveredhis artistic bent when tearing pieces of colorful paper into small bits, reassembling them into fascinating puzzle pieces to form intricate and colorfulimages. He and his mother recognized that activitywas therapeutic, soothing his anxieties and focusing his attention – and behavior – on somethingpositive: making art!Autism became his channel to create masterpieces.Grant collects recycled materials, organized bycolor and texture. He sketches an image onto canvas, then glues thousands of small bits of recycledpaper to create a colorful image.Today, he is an award-winning artist, special needsadvocate, author and illustrator. Through theirfoundation, Grant’s artwork raises funds for thosewith special needs, providing wheelchairs andhearing aids, summer camp tuition, horse therapyand more. Selling prints of some of his collages,calendars and notecards raises money for thosepurposes.FAN returns to its home base this month: Faithbridge Church, 18000 Stuebner Airline Drive.Lin Fish, 1st VP, Programs

NOMINATING COMMITTEEA Nominating Committee is being “rounded up”. If you would like to join in the fun and becomemore involved with FAN’s administration, please consider taking a Board position. If there is aseat for which you are well-suited, please let me know. The positions are listed below, and I amhappy to give you more information about the job responsibilities.President1st V.P. – Programs2nd V.P. – MembershipSecretaryTreasurerHistorianNewsletter EditorSue Behnke, Chair, Nominating CommitteeTHANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!I would like to thank all the FAN ladies who helped make the luncheon a success. Kim Gerrish, ourmodel,’ Claudia Gallagher, Lucy Sanfilippo and the rest of the team that made our silent auction and raffle a big success. Corinne Precup and all of the greeters. Shelley Gross, JenniferBanks, Cissie Alexander, and Jacquie Stamates for attending our meetings with Raveneaux.Etta Gager and Linda Comeaux for all of the hours it took to do the table assignments and menuset-ups. Our ladies from the line-dancing group were so fun to watch. My friend Ed White for playing piano for us. Linda Comeaux and Cissie Alexander also made our name tags and placecards, and Linda Nagel provided our collection boxes.Also, our sponsors, Houston Distributing, Klein Funeral Home and A Splash of Sass. (There aremore and I will let Claudia add to the list.)Also, all of the ladies who helped Cissie sell raffle tickets. Most importantly, all of our members andguests who attended the luncheon. Andrea Gross who baked Angel Cookies for our table favors.Jennifer and Claudia who took care of the wine pull which brought in 400.00.I hope I didn’t leave anyone out by name. I have said this many times: It takes many volunteers tomake any event successful and our luncheon was no exception. Our Charity picked by Sue Due,Shelley Gross and the members who voted and those who helped us collect sponsors for this veryworthy cause.I want to thank our membership for entrusting me to chair this event. It was such a pleasure for meto get to know many of you so much better. I don’t want to leave out Chef Paul and the RaveneauxStaff. They did a great job!Thank you again,Colleen Bradford, ChairChristmas Charity Luncheon Committee

Sunshine WishesPlease keep the following FAN ladies in yourthoughts and prayers:ANNETTE MURRAY – Severe AnemiaCLAUDIA GALLAGHER – Pleurisy and BronchitisFRANCES ELMORE – Hospital with A-FibJULIET WANG – Fell in Taiwan and broke elbow;required surgeryLANI HENDERSON – Ovarian Cancer and hasstarted chemotherapyMALVINE WOLF – Chemo (return breast cancer)MARY KAY DRYER– Husband passed awaySANDY GUILBEAU – Eye procedureBest wishes and a ray of sunshine to each of you forcontinued healing and thoughts and prayers for you,Mary Kay Dryer, in the loss of your husband.Carole Corey, Sunshine ChairMemories from our ChristmasText 713/859-3613 for Sunshine needsCharity Luncheon 2019.The FAN Members’ Website Trip, Thursday, February 20You can find there the FAN activities calendar,current and archived copies of the newsletter,the membership form, as well as elected boardand extended board members’ names and theirpictures.We’re on Facebook, too! In the FacebookSEARCH bar; type “Friends & Neighbors ofFM 1960 Women’s Club,” and our Facebook page will come up.Depart at 9:15 a.m. fromMcDonald’s at Spring-Cypress Roadand Champion Forest Drive. Comejoin the trip to the HealthMuseum. We will view the exhibitsand exercise with the Great AgeMovement and Fritz McDonald.Please like the page and add comments orhappenings/events about your activity groupsif you wish. Contact me with any questions.A free box lunch will be provided.Put on your tennis shoes and joinin! Upon returning we will stop atthe Chocolate Bar for thechocolate lovers in the group.Jennifer Banks, Web ManagerSharlene Wesson and Linda [email protected]

Antiquers and JunkersThis group meets on the third Wednesdayofeach month at a different hostess’ home forcoffee, then on to a fun-filled day of antiquing, eatingand shopping.We travel by carpools. Each person is responsible forthe cost of her lunch and 5.00 to her driver.FAN BOOK CLUBSLiterary Review Kathy CourtDate:February 26Time:1:30 p.m.Book:Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely FineAuthor:Gail HoneymanPlease let both Sandra and me know by noon Monday,Hostess:Marie RemickFebruary 17,. if you are coming. I will email a list ofthose coming so you can arrange your carpools.Cover GirlsMaria BocchinoAll are welcome!If you are interested in joining our group which meets the4th Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m., please let me know.Loni Dennis, [email protected]:February 26Time:1:00 p.m.Original Lunch BunchBook:Power of OneMembers of Original Lunch Bunch will meetAuthor:Bryce CourtenayWednesday, February 19 at noon at SharleneWesson’s home. June McMillin is co-host.Page TurnersAdrienne Juno(This group is closed due to size. When thereDate:February 12is an opening, a notice will be in the newsletTime:1:30 p.m.ter.) As usual bring a non-dessert dish toBook:The Day the World Came to Townshare. RSVP to Sharlene Wesson not laterAuthor:Jim DeFedethan Monday, February 17. See you there!Hostess:Margaret HeinJune McMillin, ChairThis month we are meeting at Sandra Castillo’shome on February 19 at 9:00 a.m. From there we willcarpool to the Memorial area of Houston. Lunch willbe at Los Tios.Treasurer’s ReportBylaws Committee UpdateThe proposed changes to FAN’s Bylaws werepublished in the December—January FANfarenewsletter for your review. They were also displayed at the January meeting and will be displayed again at the February meeting. We plan tovote on them at the March meeting. After youhave reviewed the proposed changes if you haveany questions, please let one of the Committeemembers know and we will be glad to answerany and all questions.Thank you!Sherry Dunn, Jennifer Banks, LindaComeaux, Kathy Court and Lin FishGreat meeting to start our new year move it orlose it!!The 50/50 Raffle grossed 284 FAN kept 142for our treasury and Cheryl Smith and SusieCody each won 71. Congratulations!!Thanks to my wandering ticket sellers JacquieStamates, June McMillin and Sue Behnke.See you all next February!Cissie Alexander, Treasurer

A Big Thank You to the Basket/Raffle Team MembersThe following people attended meetings and worked diligently on the creation, transportation, set-up and distribution of over 50 baskets and 20 raffle items. Please make sure to thank the following people for their helpin making the silent auction and raffle a great success:Debbie ClancyMargaret HizakLinda ComeauxHelen MoormanLin FishEmma RuiKim GerrishLucy SanfilippoShelley GrossJennifer Banks was responsible for the Wine Cork Pull bottle collection and beautiful bags which held thewine. I am sure the recipients were grateful for her hard work!Cissie Alexander and her team showed great organization, accuracy, and speed in the sale of the raffletickets and winning basket money collection.We would also like to express our appreciation to Jennifer Banks, president of FAN, and Colleen Bradford, leader of the entire Christmas luncheon. Because of their organization and guidance, the luncheonand activities were enjoyable for all.The following businesses donated to our auction/raffle and helped to make it a fun and successful day.A Dog’s LifeKendra ScottA Splash of SassKlein Funeral HomeAdelyne’s BoutiqueKlein Volunteer Fire DepartmentBrisket HouseLa MadeleineCaroline’s Healthy EateryLizzie G’s Fine GiftsCostcoMelodee Bolt PotteryEstee NailsMia Bella TrattoriaGringo’s Mexican GrillOriental GardensHasta la PastaPeli PeliHaute BoutiqueRockfishHearthstone Country ClubSweetness by AndreaHEBTanya Russell – Mary KayHero Martial ArtsTodd Kastendieck – Texans GameJazzercise Cypress NorthwestVero’s Italian KitchenKaren Lembrich - Mary KayKathryn Casey, author

Membership ReportWe are getting close to meeting our goal of 260 members by the end of the 2019/2020 fiscal year. With fivenew members since my last report, we are at 250. The five new members to be added to your directory are:NamePhoneEmail AddressMary Jo ButlerLeona Leona [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] e to FAN!If your contact information changes, please let me know so I can keep our membership records up to date.The helpful ladies at the membership tables at the January meeting were Margaret Burgess and Lu AnnKubis. Thanks so much for your help!Kathy Court, 2nd VP, MembershipOVERNIGHT TRIP UPDATEEver been to a Cowgirls Museum and Hall of Fame? How about a Botanical Garden? Or, the Stockyards Historical District? You guessed it: we are going to Fort Worth, Texas! Mark your calendarfor the last week in April 2020 for a fun experience visiting “cow town”. We will travel in privatecars as the Harris County Precinct 4 bus will not take us that far or overnight. If you are familiarwith Fort Worth and have any suggestions for places to see or things to do there, please let eitherValerie Murray or Sherry Dunn know. More information will follow, but for now, mark your calendar and let’s plan to have a few days of fabulous, FANtastic, fun in Fort Worth! A 25 deposit willhold your reservation.Sherry Dunn [email protected] Murray [email protected] Charity CommitteeThis was a very successful year for FAN's charity, Sleep In Heavenly Peace, due to the efforts of manymembers. Whether you volunteered at the Charity Build Day, bought sheets and comforters, made basketsfor the Holiday Luncheon, donated items for the raffle at the luncheon, or made a personal donation, youcontributed to this success. Thanks to all of you for your support!We will need this same energy and support for the charity that is selected for next year.Sue Due and Shelley Gross, Co-chairs, Charity Committee

February 2020Newsletter Editor:Sherry Dunn1106 Austin Manor CtSpring, TX 77379-3995FRIENDS &NEIGHBORSof fm 1960PURPOSETo provide an opportunity for membersto become acquainted with others in thecommunity in an atmosphere of friendliness, goodwill and helpful information.To undertake and to promote charitableand humanitarian projects within thecommunity.To form enduring friendships.EDITOR’S NOTEAll articles for the March 2020 newslettershould be submitted before February 14to Sherry Dunn at [email protected] for last-minute changes isFebruary 21.Want to donate more to ourcharity? Let us email yourFANfare newsletter ratherthan mailing it. Saves paperand postage,THE COST OF WHICHHAS GONE UP AGAIN.