Call To Action – PART II

Pan American Round Table was established to give aid, comfort and humanitarian relief for those fleeing Mexico because of the Mexican Revolution of 1914. It has become apparent to the Pan-American Round Table of Houston that it is time to go back to the original purpose of our organization by providing humanitarian aid to those who have been allowed to cross to the United States. 

Team Brownsville Team members pose with donations received to build care packages

Letter from Membership Chair Flor:

Hello hermanas, first of all, I would like to thank you all for the support and donations that you gave from the heart. May God multiply the blessings back to you and your loved ones.
Secondly, the need is still there and I have been asked to inquire about additional donations, specifically of reusable grocery bags. These are used by Team Brownsville to give to people at the bus station in Brownsville essential items in, and I am told that they go through 40 of them a day. If any of you can, please donate some. I looked on amazon and saw a pack of 10 for $16.99 here is the link. If you order them on Amazon you can have them shipped directly to Team Brownsville c/o Sergio Cordova, please contact me at for the mailing address or “like” Team Brownsville on Facebook.
BROWNSVILLE: Team Brownsville (TB) was very appreciative of the donations received from the efforts at PART-H as well as the money donation. Sergio at TB stated that he would prefer that people knew where their money is going; therefore, donation of the actual reusable grocery bags will be better than actual cash. 
MCALLEN: The respite center in McAllen is in need of items specifically as listed in the attached form. Any lightly worn clothes donated MUST BE SORTED by GENDER, and SIZE to ensure that upon delivery the respite center is not overwhelmed with that task. 
They currently are seeking volunteers to do just that in McAllen: sort donated clothing. If that is you or you know someone in McAllen who can volunteer for this non-glamourous but very necessary job, please email me at to get their contact information. 
For the adults they MOSTLY need medium and small size clothing.
When you travel, bring those unused hotel toiletries! The McAllen Respite Center can definitely use them.
If you choose to purchase via amazon, donations can be sent directly to them. Please email me at for the address.
If you choose to donate items locally, our member Belinda Kaylani will be able to accept this donations. Please email her for details on location and time available at  
A new trip to the McAllen Respite center is being planned for July 20th, please make sure to submit all donations no later than July 19th.

We are looking for a donated vehicle for this trip and time from anyone who can drive the truck from Houston to McAllen. The truck Needed is a panel/box truck like this one:

On behalf of the recipients, mil gracias.

Flor Hoill

Membership Director 

If you are interested in learning more about how your donations helped, please click on this report submitted to us from Elva Alvarez who volunteered at the McAllen Respite Center in May. 

“ Una Para Todas y Todas Para Una – One for All and All for One”

Team Brownsville Team members sort through donations to build care packages

Thank You 2018!

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


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.

Kaye Fraser

2018 PART Posada

We Thank All who participated in our Silent Auction both in donations and purchases.

The silent auction featured a variety of special items from fine dining gift certificates, ballet tickets, hotel stay, wine baskets and a full bar set.  The evening began with the auction, cocktails and conversation.  Then our guests dined on a mediterranean buffet while enjoying the singing of Magallie Montiel, a 15 year old with a power voice.  Afterwards everyone enjoyed the Cuban band, El Rectorador del Son, and danced the night away. It was a wonderful night to start the holiday season.

Thank you to all of our silent auction donors:
Dr. Z.S. Kaylani and Mrs. Belinda Kaylani | Yvonamor Palix | Igor Kliakhandler | Katya Podossinnikova | Martha Innskeep | Kaye Fraser | Josie and Susan Houston | Anclamar’s W. Reception Hall | Barbara Van Postman | Charley Hall, Rose Hall Designs | Hotel Magnolia | Nguyen T. Nguyen | Beau Theriot | B&B Butcher’s | Rainbow Lodge | Tony’s

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event and stay up to date on the latest information about PART Houston. 

Artful Wednesday

Art, unique jewelry, incredible clothes & delicious bites…Thank You for joining us at Artful Wednesday Pop Up Sale curated by Yvonamor Palix Fine Arts & friends. PART Houston was the featured non-profit and beneficiary of the sale hosted at a beautiful River Oaks home thanks to NAN Properties. The event featured a beautiful art exhibit by Houston Artist Richard E. Fluhr & the following vendors:

Carmen Armstrong’s Plata Del Carmen | Nancy Tennant | Odette’s Secret Closet | Manos Queretanas | C-Products | The Cookie Lady | Joy’s Biscotti 

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event and stay up to date on the latest information about PART Houston. 

Latina Law & Order IV

PART Houston was proud to honor the first Latina Captain of the Houston Police Dept on Oct 4th.  Capt. Cantu headed two teams that went to our Sister Territory of Puerto Rico to aid their police force after Hurricane Maria. Ivette Mayo, owner of Yo Soy I am, served as the emcee of the night and many of Captain Cantu’s fellow officers attended in support of her. Students from Sam Rayburn High School and Austin High School (her alma mater) were present and Capt Cantu was able to speak with them as a group. A great time was had by all.

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event and stay up to date on the latest information about PART Houston.