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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A "2013 LEADERSHIP SERIES SALUTE" Goes out to Mayor Allen Owen, Councilman Don Smith, State Rep. Ron Reynolds, Constable Ruben Davis, Commissioner Grady Prestage

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The Juneteenth Celebration in Missouri City is the Largest of its Kind in the Nation.
A "2013 LEADERSHIP SERIES SALUTE" Goes out to Mayor Allen Owen, Councilman Don Smith, State Rep. Ron Reynolds, Constable Ruben Davis, Commissioner Grady Prestage for Recognizing the importance of Juneteenth


Aubrey R. Taylor 
Publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper

Former State Rep. Al Edwards sponsored House Bill 1016 that made Juneteenth an official holiday in the state of Texas back in 1979.

WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?

In case you aren't familiar with Juneteenth, its a holiday that pays tribute to the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas by Union General Gordon Granger (and 2,000 federal troops) in Galveston, Texas in June of 1865--nearly 3 years after Abraham Lincoln had declared all slaves be freed.

Pictured (left to right) Derrick Woods, Mayor Allen Owen, Councilman Don Smith, and State Rep. Ron Reynolds

THE LARGEST EVENT OF ITS KIND IN AMERICA

The Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation puts on one of the largest events of its kind in the nation. Below are some of the highlights from their 2013 Kick-Off Reception. According to the city of Missouri City facebook page: "The reception featured the robust, tantalizing flavors of Germany wines coupled with the culinary delicacies of Chef Ken Lewis. Light remarks from supporters and board members to highlight the kick-off reception."

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SCENES FROM THE ANNUAL MCJCF KICK-OFF

"On behalf of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper we would like to salute all the city leaders who played a role in making the 2013 Juneteenth Celebration a huge success." - Aubrey


Pictured (from left) Constable Ruben Davis, Derrick Woods, Commissioner Grady Prestage, Councilman Floyd Emery, Councilman Don Smith, State Rep. Ron Reynods, and Judge Joel Clouser.
Picture (from left) Councilman Robin Elackatt, Council member Elect Yolanda Ford and Councilman Don Smith.
Attendees of the 2013 MCJCF Kick-OFF Celebration.
Attendees of the 2013 MCJCF Kick-Off Celebration talking with Constable Ruben Davis (far right).
Pictured (far right) Derrick Woods receives a hug from one of the attendees.
Pictured (center) Councilman Floyd Emery with event attendees.
Pictured (left) Mayor Allen Owen talks with attendees.
Attendees at the 2013 MCJCF Kick-Off Celebration.

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THE SPIRIT OF GIVING ABOUNDS

"On behalf of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper we would like to salute Missouri City Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, Mayor Allen Owen, State Rep. Ron Reynolds and Missouri City Fire Chief Russell Sander for assisting families displaced by wildfires in neighboring counties. Way to go guys!" - Aubrey

Surrounded by donations from Missouri City residents for families impacted by the Texas wildfires are from left, Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, Mayor Allen Owen, State Rep. Ron Reynolds and Fire Chief Russell Sander. This photo is provide courtesy of Missouri City.


Spirit of Giving Abounds in Missouri City; Donations Still being Accepted through September 30th

Donations to assist families who have been displaced or impacted by recent wildfires in neighboring counties are pouring in as part of a Missouri City partnership with State Rep. Ron Reynolds to collect items for those in need.

Residents and businesses are urged to continue bringing non-perishable food items, toiletries, diapers, and new or gently-used clothing, jackets and blankets to the Fire & Rescue Service Station 1 building. The station is located at Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Rd. Donations will be accepted until Sept. 30 and should be placed in boxes or carrying bags.

No monetary donations will be collected by the City; citizens and businesses interested in giving money should contact the American Red Cross of Central Texas at 512-928-4271 or mail@centex.redcross.org. The agency will handle distribution of donations.

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A FEW RECENT HAPPENINGS 

"On behalf of Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper we would like to salute Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen and other leaders working to make the 'Show Me City' a better place to live work and play." - Aubrey

Councilman Danny Nguyen, Mayor Allen Owen, Constable Ruben Davis and Rep. Ron Reynolds fight for Fort Bend.
Mayor Allen Owen (center) at the state capital with State Rep. Ron Reynolds (third from left), former Missouri City Councilman Bobby Marshall, and other leaders.
Pictured (from left) Councilman Floyd Emery, Mayor Allen Owen, Councilman  Danny Nguyen at the Quail Valley Proud's Memorial Day Parade.
Quail Valley Proud's Memorial Day Parade: Mayor Allen Owen, Councilmen Floyd Emery, Bobby Marshall, & Danny Nguyen along with Missouri City Police and Fire supported the 12th Annual Q. V. Proud (QVP) Annual Memorial Day Kids, Bike, Dog and Wagon Parade at the City Centre where kids of every age are reminded about the real meaning of Memorial Day. Q. V. Proud's co-sponsors in the event were the Exchange Club of Quail Valley, Starkey Mortgage, Leonetti Graphics & the Cottage Residents who provided refreshments along the parade route!