By: Rebecca S. Jones
HOUSTON- The Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development, Inc. recently held its Monthly Business Networking Luncheon at located at 6112 Wheatley Rd., 77091. Esteemed dignitaries, educators, politicians, clergymen and residents of the Acres Homes’ community all gathered to attend the event. Chairman Roy Douglas Malonson started the luncheon off with a raffle drawing. Afterwards, those in attendance begin to network with one another as lunch was served.
After which, Senator John Whitmire graced the podium, and commenced to inform the gathering that, “public office is a serious position – like ministers and pastors.” Senator Whitmire spoke of the severity of the life and death decisions that Congress has to make on a daily basis. “As I speak Congress is making one right now.” He continued as a prelude to introduce the keynote speaker, Congressman Al Green by stating that he “has faith that he will do the right thing.” Followed by a hefty round of applause Congressman Al Green acknowledged Senator Whitmire and reverenced him as being the Dean of the Senate, as well as “a distinct senator”. He also recognized State Representative Sylvester Turner and thanked him for all of the work that he has done and continues to do. Congressman Green continued by highlighting Chairman Roy Douglas Malonson for the consistency that he and his wife (Shirley Ann) extends and demonstrates to the community. Afterwards, he expressed his sincere gratitude to Mrs. Andrea Hilliard Cooksey of Quality Properties 360. As Congressman Green went on, he made reference to a sign that he saw while riding along one day. “Come in and see the price of freedom – VA Hospital”, in which case he saluted all of the veterans in attendance and around the world.
Throughout his very informative delivery he addressed several key issues. Firstly, he spoke on Healthcare and the importance of President Barack Obama implementing ObamaCare. “We had to do something about it – Obama stuck to it and did it”, exclaimed Congressman Green. He also encouraged the audience to continue to support our president. He proceeded to speak on the issues associated with the 30-year fixed rate mortgage. He stated that it is his desire that, “everyone in America should be able afford a home”. He briefly spoke on the banking and lending ailments that plague the country. After humbly opening the floor for a question and answer period, he addressed concerns that members of the community presented. Congressman Green admonished the attendees, “to make sure that the people we vote into office are responsible.” He continued, “I got to know what I commit to before I commit – I read everything before I vote.” He summed up his message by simply stating, “Even on bad day, it is still a privilege to be an American!”
Chairman Roy Douglas Malonson followed by quoting the infamous words of Anthony T. Browder. “We Africans in America have been socially engineered to reject our past, and too far too many of us live in a state of suspended animation. We deny the historical realities confronting us daily. Too many of us mistakenly believe that the past has no bearing on the present and is unrelated to the future. Thus, we have been conditioned to live our lives disconnected from cultural values, principles, and ideals – essential for peaceful living.” He further went into detail to explain the harmful effects that this mentality has placed on members of the Black community. Concluding he stated, “The world don’t care who you are but what you can do for your fellowman.” One sentiment that all of the speakers had in common was the thought that together, “We can make a Difference!” Rev. Joseph Baker concluded the event with wholesome words of encouragement.
Ultimately, the September Monthly Networking Luncheon was a success. As this was displayed by the smiles that adorned the faces of the attendees of the luncheon; while they each received a free watermelon upon exiting the Beulah Ann Shepard Building. The speaker for the October Monthly Networking Luncheon will be Senator John Whitmire. For more information or details of how to become a member of the Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development contact: Anthony Stewart at (713) 692-7161.