PART Houston members celebrating the last Tuesday’s at Tony’s of 2018 with Houston restauranteur Tony Vallone

DEAR PAN AMERICAN ROUND TABLE HOUSTON MEMBERS & FRIENDS: 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and are preparing to bring in a New Year in a fantastic way. I personally had a special Christmas and as always ate too much.

Since I became Director last June, it has been a whirlwind of activity. Our Member Event in August was such a success it gave some of our members an idea to hold an Artful Wednesday Sale which was also quite a success.  Many thanks to those who participated. We held our Latina Law and Order in October and honored a fantastic Latina in our community, Capt. Patty Cantu of the Houston Police Department. Then came our Posada at the end of November which was enjoyed by all who attended.  In the middle of all the events, six of our members and myself went to the Alliance of Pan American Round Table Convention in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The new board elected has three people from the Texas Tables.

I would like to acknowledge the last months of 2018 have been hard on some of our members, horrific auto accidents, illness or illness in their families and even some deaths. We are praying for those members and extend out a hand of friendship.

The board is planning our direction for the New Year.  We have some exciting events planned.  We encourage each of you to get more involved.  We are planning a Cultural Event in February so stay tuned for further details. March is Pan American Round Table of Texas Convention being held in Fort Worth. Then the Pan American Day Celebration in April followed by our Scholarship Award Event. The board is also evaluating ways to help the immigrant population at the border of Texas. Our founder, Florence Terry Shaw Griswold, started PART as a result of attitudes towards those fleeing the Mexican Revolution.  History is repeating itself.  We are not a political organization but we can assist in a humanitarian way. My hope for these events is to enjoy our time together, promote our organization, become involved, and pay forward.

In closing, I wish all of you a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,
Kaye Fraser

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