January-March 2015 Newsletter

Happy Holidays from your RECK board. We have had an interesting year and are still adjusting to the complete turnover of board members. We are busy planning exciting adventures for the coming year and hope you will join us. We are going to shake up some of the old events the club has sponsored in the past and add some new destinations. Of course the traditional Christmas party will stay on the calendar. Check your e-mail and our website regularly so you won’t miss out on our trips.

Dues: If you did not pay your dues at the December Christmas Party, you may mail your check for $20.00 to Cass Zabinski, 3211 Parkdale Dr. Kingwood, TX 77339.

Past Events:

October 10, 2014
Flowers, sunshine and good food was the venue for our trip to Woodville and the Harvest Festival at the pioneer village. We took the scenic route so we could enjoy the carpets of wild flowers in bloom. The home style menu really hit the spot with fried chicken, mashed potatoes and of course lots of cooked greens. Everyone seemed to enjoy the busy village with the tradesmen demonstrating their crafts and buses of school children enjoying a special field trip. Jim and Becky Jinnette once lived and worked in the Woodville area and were able to bring first hand knowledge of the pioneer village to the group. Thank you both for all your hard work.

November 12, 2014
The Deerwood Country Club was the setting for our gourmet wine tasting event. Each course served was paired with an appropriate wine including champagne cocktails as you enter the door. Chef Kevin did an excellent job of preparing and presenting the food. Thanks to Don and Paula Armstrong for arranging such an enjoyable night.

Important Information for RECK Members:

Dietary concerns: It has come to the attention of the RECK Board that some members require special diets because of allergies or health concerns. Please notify the sponsors of the event as soon as you sign up so arrangements can be made for alternate dishes. Last minute changes are difficult for the sponsors and the restaurant to accommodate.

Hosts for events: We have several events scheduled for the coming year that do not have host. It is imperative that members volunteer to host the events or the activities will be canceled. Hosting an event is very simple since the event, place, bus, and eating arrangements are already made by the social chairmen. The following events need hosts:

Wednesday April 14th–The Cardinal Neches River Adventure in Beaumont with lunch included
Thursday June 11th — A trip to the Johnson Space Center with a meal on the property
Wednesday July 9th –Tour the Federal Reserve Bank and lunch at the Spaghetti Warehouse


New Events

Houston Ship Channel
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AHOY MATES! Your next adventure with RECK will be a 90 minute tour of the Houston Ship Channel. The ship channel celebrated its 100 year birthday in 2014 and if you’ve never taken the trip, it is really interesting. Ships from all over the world dock at the port to load and unload cargo. After the tour we will have a buffet lunch at Brady’s Landing Restaurant which is located near the ship channel. The cost for the tour and luncheon is $19.50 per person or $39.00 per couple.
Because of the security around the ship channel, everyone must have a picture ID to present to the port authority. Back packs are not allowed and large purses will be inspected before you board the ship. You may take photographs, but video taping is not allowed. This is an early morning trip so everyone will need to be at the Methodist Outreach Center by 8:15 AM. It takes about an hour to reach the loading area and we need time to check in with bags and identification. The tour has a limit of 38 members so get your reservations in early.

Host for this event are Ed and Mary Jasinski. Please send your checks to Mary Jasinski, 3907 Shady Terrace Drive, Kingwood, TX 77345. (281-360-4155) Final day for reservations is January 12, 2015.

Kingwood Pops Orchestra
Friday, February 20, 2015

Want a pleasant evening out and close to home? Join us on Friday, February 20th for Dinner at Carrabba’s Italian Grill then a short drive to the Loan Star College for a concert called “The Final Frontier”. We will meet at Carrabba’s at 5:30 for a dinner with a choice of a 5 oz. Chicken Marsala with a choice of a side or Fettuccine Carrabba (fettuccine pasta, Alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, peas and mushrooms). You will have a choice of soup or salad and a dessert trio. . Please indicate choice of #1 Chicken Marsala or #2 Fettuccine.
The cost for the meal and tickets to the concert is $28.00 dollars per person or $56.00 dollars a couple. Since no bus is available, members are responsible for their own transportation.
Host for the event will be Judy Richeson. Please send checks payable to Judy Richeson at
26 Shorelake Dr. Kingwood TX. 77339. (281-358-2840) Final day for reservations will be February 12, 2015. Tickets have been reserved for 30 people so get your orders in early.

Sam Houston Racetrack
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

On Tuesday March 10th, we will car pool to the Houston Racetrack. SHRP will provide the services of the Jockey Club for our event which will include a buffet lunch. Ice tea and water are included. The cost will be $20.00 per person, which includes the entrance fee to the Park, Lunch and Race Programs. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are available for a fee. This
date is the last day for live horse racing during the Winter Meet at SHRP. Post time for the first race is scheduled for 1:00 pm. Post time for the last race is approximately 5:00 pm. A brief summary about Handicapping will be offered by the track personnel. Betting is available in the Jockey Club for those who plan to participate.
We will depart from the Kingwood UM Outreach Center at 11:30 am and we should return by 6:00- 6:30 pm to the Center.

The Harris County buses are not permitted to transport people to SHRP, therefore, we will car pool (4-6 people per vehicle.) We need volunteers to drive their personal vehicles. Vehicles should have EZ tags for ease in going thru the toll booths on Beltway 8. We will need 6-8 vehicles. Please notify Bill Richard if you are willing to drive members to the racetrack. Deadline to sign up is March 2nd. Please register on line and send your checks to Bill Richard, 20211 Water Point Trail, Kingwood, TX. 77346. (281-360-0181) Reservations have been made for 30 attendees so sign up as soon as possible.


Chairpersons Barbara & Murray Fordree 281-361-3455
Social and Event Coordinators Peggy and Bob Dorrill 281-361-7874
Treasurer/Membership: Janet & Walt Schroeder 281-358-1425
Secretary/Newsletter/Web Judy Richeson 281-358-2840

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