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Category: Volunteering

The Heroes of Hurricane Harvey

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane (classified as Category 3 or stronger) to hit the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.  Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane in Rockport, Texas with winds of 130 MPH.  My Aunt Sam lives in this wonderful small town on the Gulf Coast.  While her house has suffered damage, thankfully she is safe. Harvey, much like life itself, was erratic in its development and it’s path remains unclear.  At first the storm was not well-defined and there was a chance it would not become a Tropical Storm.  Once the eye formation started, it quickly grew in size and strength.  Much like our words and actions, the impact of the storm extends far beyond the area where it makes landfall.  The slow speed and size of the outer bands of this storm will cause life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and tornadoes in many Texas counties for several days. This morning KTRK reported that an estimated 370 billion gallons of rain fell here in Harris County…

My Experience as a RodeoHouston Volunteer

For 3 years, I have had the privilege to be a member of the Communications & Special Services committee at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. If you have never been to this rodeo, I encourage you to do so!  I have been to many rodeos and this one is the biggest and the best! HLSR was founded in 1932 to promote western heritage, entertainment, education and agriculture.  The event, also known as RodeoHouston, runs for 20 days in March.  In addition to the paid staff, there are 33,000 volunteers on 107 different committees working hard to make this event run smoothly. The Communications & Special Services committee was formed in 1972 to help promote the Show. Our committee of 170 members works under the umbrella of the marketing group taking surveys, hosting the press box, and doing photography for several other committees.  I asked my teammates for 1-2 words to best describe our volunteer experience, here are some of their responses: family, rewarding, proud, extreme gratification, humbling, inspiring, life-changing, team work, youth & education, for the…