Humble Area Retired Teachers Association
The Early Years: 1993 - 1998
In the Spring of 1993, Jane Turner received a telephone call from Mary Stephens, a long time member of the North Harris County T.R.A. Mary wanted Jane to help her get a unit started for the Humble area. Jane, who had belonged to the North Harris unit, agreed and called all the retired teachers in the area that she knew. On April 22, 1993, nineteen people met with Emma Jean Tanner, then District IV president, and our HARTA unit was born. Officers were elected and Emma Jean installed the new officers who were Jane Turner, president; Jewel Ulbricht, vice-president; Joyce Jenkins, secretary; and Arthur Tipton, treasurer. The summer of 1993 was a busy one contacting new members and writing our constitution and bylaws. The Northshire subdivision club house became the official meeting place.
The official first year of the organization began in September, 1993. At the December meeting, the members voted final approval of the constitution and bylaws and hosted our first annual Christmas luncheon. At the May meeting a five hundred dollar scholarship was presented to Megan Maxwell, a Kingwood High School senior. At the spring leadership meeting for District IV, the Humble Area Retired Teachers Association won the membership trophy for our one hundred percent increase in membership. We were off to a good start.
The next year, 1994-95, saw no changes in the slate of officers except Madonna Hunter was elected vice-president. HARTA hosted our first annual luncheon in August to honor newly retired teachers. Michelle Devor, an Humble High School senior, received the scholarship. We made the move to hold our meetings at the newly built Humble Civic Center on Will Clayton Boulevard.
The year 1995-96 began with the August luncheon honoring new retirees. The officers were Bill Wood, president; Peggy Hanks, vice-president; Sondra Pate, secretary, and Arthur Tipton returned as treasurer. We were able to hand out our first official yearbook, a product of hard work by June Glover, Joyce Jenkins, Sue Taylor, and Jane Turner. We had grown to seventy-seven members. Another milestone occurred when we were able to present two five hundred dollar scholarships, one to Zoe Buttitta of Humble High School and one to Abraham Khalaf from Kingwood High School.
Dr. Jane Nelson was elected president for the 1996-97 year. The by-laws were amended and we presented scholarships to Clara Kruljac, Humble High School and Amber Laroche of Kingwood High School. Increasing our membership to one hundred two members, we again won the membership trophy for District IV.
The years of 1997-99 again saw our membership increase. We were fortunate to have the same slate of officers serve under the leadership of the president, Ruth Hutto. Our scholarship recipients for the year were Jeremy Lynn Jack of Humble High School and Elizabeth Forest of Kingwood High School. The 1998-99 recipients were Katie Pruitt from Humble High School and Jimmie Wilkerson from Kingwood High School.
The Growing Years: 2001 - 2010
The 200l-2003 years had a new president, Clarice Marshall. Membership grew to one hundred sixty. A tour committee was formed to provide frequent tours and trips for members on a volunteer basis. With excellent fun and fellowship, the year proved to be exciting. In 2002, Megan Schmidt of Humble High School and Kacey Moore of Kingwood High School received fifteen hundred dollars each. The following year Megan McElligott of Humble High School and Kristin Wade of Kingwood High School received HARTA scholarships of two thousand dollars each.
Jo Priddy accepted the position of president in 2003-04, the first year of the second decade for HARTA. Membership flourished and a committee was established to search for a larger meeting facility. The constitution and bylaws were updated and two scholarships were presented to Elizabeth Dawn Likos of Kingwood High School and Nicholas John Likos of Humble High School in the amount of $1500 each. Arthur Tipton was honored for serving the unit for eleven years as treasurer with distinction and dedication.
Carolyn Clapp assumed the leadership of HARTA for the 2004-05 year and the other officers were: Pat Dinhoble, 1st Vice-President; Dottie Wilner, 2nd Vice-President; Sally Johnson, Secretary; and Mary Peterson, Treasurer. The meeting place was changed to the newly built Humble ISD Instructional Support Center on Magnolia Cove Drive to better accommodate our thriving membership. Melissa Emekli of Humble High School and Amanda Rosenburg of Kingwood High School were recipients of HARTA scholarships. The Jane Turner HEART of HARTA Award was established for a member who demonstrated dedicated and sustained service to HARTA. Jane Turner was named as the first recipient for 2004 and Arthur Tipton was the second recipient in 2005.
Carolyn Clapp, Sally Johnson and Mary Peterson continued serving in their offices for 2005-06 and were assisted by Dottie Willner as 1st Vice-President and Julia Kerr as 2nd Vice-President. The organization increased its number of tours offered to members to sixteen, only one example of the increased participation of our 500 members. Two scholarships were awarded in May 2006. Brittani Wooten of Humble High School and Rachel Gros of Kingwood High School plan to major in education. Bruce and Sunny Smith were recipients of The Jane Turner HEART of HARTA Award.
Pat Dinhoble took the reins as President for the 2006-2007 HARTA year. Dottie Willner continued as 1st Vice-President and Mary Peterson remained as our Treasurer. New officers were Connie Arndt, 2nd Vice-President, and Carol Porter as Secretary. The Jane Turner HEART of HARTA award was given to Bob and Gayle Cunningham. Special Interest/Hobby trips were initiated for gardening and birding in addition to our monthly tours. HARTA showed our appreciation to the staff of the Humble Instructional Support Center with a School Friends statue that is displayed in the reception area. Our membership grew to near 500, providing us with a sixth delegate to represent us at State TRTA in El Paso for the first time. Scholarship winners were Roccio Serrana from Humble High School and Jodi Meyer from Kingwood High School. Honored for their service to HARTA with the Jane Turner HEART of HARTA Award were Carolyn and Mark Clapp and Bill and Betty Wood.
During 2007-2008, President Pat Dinhoble continued to work toward linking through HARTA, sending our newsletters electronically. Juanita Jordan laid the groundwork, and by February 2008, HARTA members began receiving HARTA Headlines and updated communications by email. Glenda Carriere became 1st Vice-President, Shirley Meeker, 2nd Vice-President, and Linda Abdmoulaie, Secretary. Mary Peterson continued to keep the Treasury in order. With additional high schools opening, we still awarded two scholarships, but on an alternating basis. Scholarship winners were Brianna Tutor from Atascocita High School and Kaveeta Marwaha, a Kingwood High School graduate.
During 2008-09, HARTA members elected a new slate of officers. Leading the group were Glenda Carriere, President; Jo Nell Parker, 1st Vice-President; Ron Westerfeld, 2nd Vice-President; and Carolyn Monroe, Secretary. Mary Peterson continued in the office of Treasurer. The organization continued community projects with donations of funds to the Humble ISD Adult Literacy Program and through awarding $1500 scholarships to two graduating seniors. Scholarship recipients were Samantha Bennett, Humble High School, and Lisa Carter, Atascocita High School. Pat Dinhoble was honored for her continued service to HARTA with the HEART of HARTA Award.
For the 2009-10 year all officers returned to their same positions. Students receiving scholarships of $1500 each were LeAntranell Gipson, Humble High School and Amanda Burrell, Kingwood Park High School. The prestigious HEART of HARTA Award was given to Mary Peterson. Everyone congratulated Mary on six years of commendable service as the HARTA Treasurer.
The Recent Years: 2010 - present
New leadership marked the opening of the 2010-11 year. Newly elected officers were Mary Widmier, President; Carolyn Monroe, 1st Vice-President; Nancy Rogers, 2nd Vice-President; Glenna Bagley, Secretary; and Carol Parten, Treasurer. The year was an active one with many officers and other members attending the state and district conventions and traveling to Austin to meet with state Senators and Representatives regarding the proposed state budget and other legislation affecting retirees. Membership continued to be near 500 and meeting attendance grew to 100 or more members at each meeting so we truly appreciated having the ISC as our meeting site! Scholarship recipients for the year were Ruth Elizabeth Lee, Kingwood Park High School and Sara Michelle Miniuth, Kingwood High School. Donations were made to the Humble ISD Adult Literacy Program and to the Humble ISD Educational Foundation for teacher grants. The HEART of HARTA Award went to Pete and Jackie Hinojosa for their tireless work with the Social Committee.
Members elected all officers to return for the 2011-12 year. Although the Leadership Team remained the same, there were many “new faces” appearing as committee chairs and members of working committees. The year was an exciting and interesting one with new programs, new tours and outings, and our involvement in helping our own District 4 in hosting the State TRTA Convention at the Westin Galleria in Houston. More than 25 members worked as volunteers and attended convention events. HARTA was delighted when Glenda Chapman and Jeanette Guidry, representing the former organization of HESP (Humble Educational Support Personnel), announced a donation of $8770. This was a transfer of funds from the HESP accounts to the HARTA Scholarship Fund. For the first time in the history of our organization we were fortunate to have a truly healthy balance in May, 2012 of more than $16,700. Thank You, HESP!!! Scholarships of $1500 each were awarded to Kirsten White from Summer Creek High School and Faith Moore from Atascocita High School. The HEART of HARTA award went to Karen Seay for her many years in coordinating our trips and tours.
Officers for 2012-13 were President Carolyn Monroe, 1st Vice-President Carolyn Mashburn, 2nd Vice-President Faith Hiller, Secretary Susan Burroughs and Treasurer Carol Parten. These officers adopted the motto “Keep Calm and Carry On.” During this year HARTA members turned out with other retirees across the state to lobby for and succeed in receiving a 3% increase in the annuities of those who retired before 2004. Membership continued to grow and HARTA received the TRTA District 4 award for the most increase in membership. We began looking for ways to raise money for scholarships and conducted a highly successful raffle which cleared $2,970.20. Scholarship winners for 2012-13 were Victoryah Watkins from Humble High and Jennifer Frericks from Kingwood High.
2013-14 marked a change in Bylaws to allow for a 3rd Vice-President (for Programs), thereby allowing the 1st Vice-President to focus on membership and recruitment. Officers were President-Carolyn Monroe; 1st Vice-President-Susan Burroughs; 2nd Vice-President-Karen Geffert; 3rd Vice-President- Carolyn Mashburn; Secretary-Faith Hiller; and Treasurer-John Widmier. Our day trips and tours increased in both numbers and popularity and we added our 1st week-long trip with Road Scholars to the beautiful area around Sedona, AZ and the Grand Canyon. We researched ways to become a 501 (c)(3) organization and offer tax-exempt status for donations. The decision was made to join Humble ISD’s Education Foundation. Under this agreement funds that HARTA places in the Foundation are ear-marked for scholarships and grants for the benefit of students, employees, or programs within Humble ISD. Scholarship winners for 2013-14 were Jonathan Lee Resby from Summer Creek High School and Allison Guerro-Prat from Kingwood Park High School. Mary Lou Schouweiler received the HEART of HARTA award for her outstanding work as editor of the HARTA newsletter.
In 2014-15 another change in leadership was seen with Susan Burroughs-President; Kathy Joseph-1st Vice-President (membership); Sandye Nelson-2ndVice-President (public relations); Carolyn Mashburn-3rd Vice-President (programs); Faith Hiller-Secretary; and John Widmier (assisted by Janet Orth) as Treasurer. The year was marked by an increase in membership, well-attended meetings, interesting programs and tours, a book drive netting 463 books that went to three area elementary schools, and a new adventure when 33 members and friends enjoyed a Caribbean cruise! Our HARTA Foundation account continued to grow with the receipt of a generous donation from the family of past-president Carolyn Monroe. HARTA members were active in the legislative session, convincing our representatives and senators to provide funding for health care plans for the next two years. Past-president Mary Widmier was appointed to the TRTA Board of Directors as the State Historian. Student scholarships were awarded to Madeline Zapata of Humble High School and Ty Countryman from Kingwood High School. Carolyn Monroe was honored with the HEART of HARTA award for her many contributions to the success of HARTA and many years in leadership roles.
During 2015-16 many officers were elected to continue in their same offices. Exceptions were Marjo Stach elected as 3rd Vice-President; Carolyn Mashburn assuming the office of Secretary; and Janet Orth elected as Treasurer. The year was marked by many successful programs, a Road Scholar trip to Natchez, continued focus on hearings related to the repeal of WEP, and the involvement of many HARTA members as volunteers with the 63rd Annual TRTA State Convention in Houston. HARTA gave out 13 scholarships and awards to active teachers through the Humble ISD Foundation. The awards assisted educators working on advanced degrees, certifications, or going to conferences to enhance their knowledge and skills. In addition, a new committee, Readers Love Teachers, put children’s books (donated by our members) into the hands of local school children. The students nominated teachers who had inspired them, and 4 teachers were chosen to receive awards and gift certificates. Student Scholarships were awarded to Jordin Maye from Atascocita High School and Jordan Eley from Kingwood Park High School.