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Posts published in “Day: June 2, 2022

GP-JC Rotary Awards GPHS Scholarships

Scholarship recipients in alpha order: Francisco Barrientos, Carla Carranza, Nathalie De La Cruz, Carlos De Leon, Camila Flores, Ronaldo Guzman, Ayelen Plascencia-Marquez, Isabella Martinez, April Muñoz, Valeria Perez, Keven Reyna & Mikayla Sanchez. Not in the photo was Ahlyssa Seals and Deyanira Ramirez who were participating in a school activity.
FRONT ROW adults L-R: Front row- State Representative Ana Hernandez, Rotary President Elect Julien Guillory, GPISD Trustee Norma Hernandez, Rotary International Server Maria Cortez-Ochoa & Rotary Treasurer Jennifer Ledwith.
BACK ROW – L-R: GP Middle School Principal Lee Ramirez, Rotary member Larry Helgesen, Woodland Acres Middle School Principal Juan Ramirez, Rotary Past President current Assistant Governor & GPISD Police Chief Bryan Clements and Rotary President Brian Shepard. (Photo by Allan Jamail)

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, TX — Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the Galena Park High School Library, the Galena Park/Jacinto City Rotary Club gave fourteen college scholarships to graduating seniors. (See names above.)

Bryan Clements opened the event with a prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, and explained what the Rotary is. He said their Rotary Club has been in existence since 1950, and they give an average of $20,000 in annual scholarships. Recipients must qualify based on their grades and extra activities by the clubs review committee.

Treasurer Jennifer Ledwith also explained how the decision is made for who gets the scholarships funds. She thanked the Review Committee and announced the students’ names as they came forward to obtain their Certificate of Scholarship from President Shepard.

Each student received $1,000 except for two named scholarships. Ahlyssa Seals and Deyanira Ramirez got $2,500 in the names of Dr. John Nichols and Mr. Abbi Awdi, both former loyal supporters and contributors to the Rotary. They qualified for the larger amount based on their exceptional high grades and extra after school activities.

Galena Park’s A.C. Bourgeois Celebrates 100th Birthday

A Texas town, and a nation, mourn for the senseless killings of 21 victims in Uvalde.

By Allan Jamail

Galena Park, Texas ~ Sunday, May 29, 2022, over 300 family members and friends of Archie Bourgeois turned out to help him celebrate his 100th birthday. Galena Park’s Mayor Esmeralda Moya presented him a Proclamation honoring his birthday, and Pct. 2 Constable Jerry Garcia made a congratulatory speech.

Each of his children took to the stage and made personal comments about their upbringing and fond memories of their beloved dad. Guests enjoyed live music and refreshments of bar-b-q, birthday cake and other goodies. His family members wore tee shirts with Archie’s favorite saying printed on them, EVERYTHING’S LOVELY.

Uvalde mass shooting stirs up Gun Control debate

A Texas town, and a nation, mourn for the senseless killings of 21 victims in Uvalde.


HOUSTON – Protestors outside the NRA (National Rifle Association) national convention at GRB Convention Center this weekend, blamed the proliferation of guns and lack of regulations in Texas and nationwide with the increase in mass shootings, as evidenced recently in Texas with mass murders in Uvalde, Sante Fe, Sutherland Springs, El Paso, and Midland.

Last week’s school shooting of 19 victims at Robb Elementary in Uvalde has focused the public’s attention on the need for government leaders to increase restrictions on gun ownership, rather than loosen rules as has happened recently in Texas.

Speakers at the NRA Convention in Houston last weekend included Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, but Governor Abbott withdrew and sent a recorded message.

Speakers at the NRA convention talked of the increased safety by arming the public, but most public opinion rejected that theory, and called for action from government to bring a reduction in shootings. Proponents of restrictions in gun sales and military style weapons, point to experience in other countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, where total bans on guns has brought a sharp reduction in killings, both mass shootings and individual deaths.

Even in Texas, they point out that a ban on assault weapons was effective, but when it expired the number of deaths from mass shootings increased sharply.

Crosby Rodeo Opens June 3rd for two weeks

The popular Crosby Rodeo opens this weekend, and runs June 3, 4, 10, 11. Each night includes a CPRA Rodeo and a featured entertainer.

Admission is $20, and tickets are available on the website

5pm Cook-Off

8am BBQ-Cookoff
10am Parade

10am Cowpoke Pageant

4pm Buyers Dinner
5:45pm Awards
6:00pm Livestock Auction

10am-12pm FFA & 4-H Day
7:30pm CPRA Championship Rodeo

10am Little Wrangler Rodeo
7:30pm CPRA Championship Rodeo

Sen. Carol Alvarado on Gun Safety Reform

Austin, TX — The Texas Senate Democratic Caucus sent the following letter to Governor Abbott:

Dear Governor Abbott:

The members of the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus urge you to immediately call an emergency special session to address gun violence in Texas in the wake of this latest gut-wrenching tragedy. We demand that this special session include passage of legislation that would:

• Raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm to 21;

• Require universal background checks for all firearm sales;

• Implement “red flag” laws to allow the temporary removal of firearms from those who are an imminent danger to themselves or others;

• Require a “cooling off” period for the purchase of a firearm; and

• Regulate civilian ownership of high capacity magazines.

Texas has suffered more mass shootings over the past decade than any other state. In Sutherland Springs, 26 people died. At Santa Fe High School, 10 people died. In El Paso, 23 people died at a Walmart. Seven people died in Midland-Odessa. After each of these mass killings, you have held press conferences and roundtables promising things would change. After the slaughter of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, those broken promises have never rung more hollow. The time to take real action is now.