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Council Member Thomas Hosts Swim & Water Safety Seminar

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As temperatures soar into the high 90s, Council Member Tiffany D. Thomas is bringing her “Summer of Safety” initiative to the pool. Pools offer a refreshing escape from the heat, but they also come with inherent risks. According to the latest U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the CDC report, there is an annual average of 389 pool or spa-related fatal drownings and 6,300 nonfatal drowning injuries among children under 15. Alarmingly, 73% of these fatalities and 80% of the injuries involve children under five. Tragically, as recent as June 1st of this year, a 5-year-old girl drowned in a pool in the Westchase area of District F.
“This speaks to the overall importance of why we need to make sure that our families, young people, and adults have the tools they need in order to swim,” said Council Member Thomas.
Launched in 2023, the “Summer of Safety” initiative is returning with enhanced programming. This year’s events continue to focus on the health and safety of young residents in District F, aiming to improve the quality of life for all constituents in the district and across Houston.
The “Summer of Safety” initiative kicks off with a Swim and Water Safety Seminar at the Alief Neighborhood Center Pool. Hosted by Council Member Thomas in collaboration with Houston Waves, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and Coach CPR LLC., the seminar will feature a beginner’s swimming class and essential pool safety guidelines.
This event is a prime opportunity to update, educate, and empower the community with the knowledge that swimming skills and pool safety are crucial at any age.
Event Details:
WHAT: Swim & Water Safety Seminar
WHEN: Saturday, June 15 and Saturday, July 13, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Alief Neighborhood Center Pool, 11903 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77072
WHO: Tiffany D. Thomas, Houston City Council Member for District F, and a staunch advocate for quality of life and public safety; Moms, Dads, kids, and adults enjoying the first summer in the new Alief Neighborhood Pool.
WHY: There are approximately 4,000 fatal unintentional drownings each year, which averages to about 11 drowning deaths per day. Additionally, there are around 8,000 nonfatal drownings annually, resulting in an average of 22 nonfatal drownings per day.

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Okwesilieze Holds 20th Anniversary & Induction in Houston

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The Okwesilieze Women’s Club of Nigeria International Inc., Houston, Texas will be hosting its 20th anniversary and induction ceremony on October 7, 2023, at the Igbo Catholic Community Hall on 825 Creekbend Drive in Houston. The event starts at 8.00 pm. According to the Founder, CEO, and National President, Dr. Mrs. Gboliwe Chukwu (Ochiora), the event will highlight a thread of historical moments relevant to the group as well as pay tribute to the departed members.

“This is a great moment for our group if you recall how we started and how far we have gone. Also, do not forget that the Houston Chapter is the very first in North America to be fully registered and incorporated. So celebrating this in Houston, which by the way is the headquarters means so much to us,” Dr. Chukwu said.
Group leaders and members from all over the world are expected. In addition, many Houston community and political leaders are on the guest list. Guests will also witness the induction of new members.

The Okwesilieze Women’s Club of Nigeria was founded in 1976 by the wives of the original People’s Club of Nigeria in Enugu. The First induction took place on April 1, 1978, in Enugu-Nigeria. Today, the club has grown extensively with numerous chapters around the world. On January 21, 2003, the Texas Chapter was founded and officially inaugurated by Dr. Mrs. Chukwu
On October 11, 2003, the Lifetime National President, Chief Mrs. Alice Nwandu led a delegation of original group leaders, founders, and members from Nigeria to preside over the launching of the Houston Chapter. It was launched as a non-profit organization designed for women of substance and means. The goal according to Dr. Mrs. Chukwu was to “Sufficiently address issues that affect the quality of life of the Nigerian Women, their families, and the society in both the United States and Back home.”

She continued, “Our mission is to keep promoting family values and harness our members for wellness, economic opportunities, and other activities; helping less fortunate women, abused, and the homeless through our influence and operations.”
For more information about this event, please contact 281-772-5548 or 832-746-4988.

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Houston’s Church Partners with Christian Association of Nigeria to host National Bible Quiz Competition

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The Voice of Evangelism International (VOEI) in Houston, Texas in partnership with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) will be hosting the 2023 Champion of Champions National Bible Quiz Competition in Abuja Nigeria. The event themed “The Word in a Fragile World” has commenced with a Bloc Competition that would end this month.  The Grand Finale will be held on September 20, 2023 at the National Christian Center, Abuja – starting at 10.00 am.

  • Theme: “The Word in a Fragile World”
  • Date: Bloc Competition, June – August 2023
  • Grand Finale: 20th September 2023
  • Venue: National Christian Center, Abuja
  • Time: 10.00 am

The competition is categorized into three age grades, Adult, Youth, and Teen. Three winners will emerge from each category during the Grand Finale. All winners will receive trophies, including ministerial support, donations, and consolation prizes.

Left: His Eminence, Archbishop Daniel C. Okoh, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria; Archbishop Dr. Emeka & Dr. Mrs. Chizoba Agwu, General Overseas of the Voice of Evangelism

Sponsored by Archbishop Dr. Emeka & Dr. Mrs. Chizoba Agwu, General Overseas of the Voice of Evangelism based in Houston, Texas, this event serves as the foundation and basis for evangelism, and serving God. According to Archbishop Dr. Agwu, the quiz affords children a better opportunity to read and understand the Bible. It offers them the spiritual values to abide by the tenets of the Bible.”

CAN under the leadership of His Eminence, Archbishop Daniel C. Okoh serves as a basis for response to the unity of the church and promotes understanding, peace, and unity among the various people and strata of society in Nigeria through the propagation of the gospel.

The VOEI is a nondenominational worship center established in 2006 to spread the word, unite persons, families, and businesses, as well as galvanize souls for Jesus Christ. The ministry has over the years, illustrated the retention of traditional Christian family standards consistent with the preaching and values of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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Book Launch & Thanksgiving Bash Hosted on Behalf of Mrs. Henrietta Okoro

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Book Launch & Thanksgiving event was hosted on behalf of  Dr. Mrs. Henrietta Okoro at Crown Plaza Hotels & Resorts on 6050 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross GA. The event took place on July 2, 2023

Dr. Henrietta M. Okoro is an adjunct professor of computer information systems and business studies at the Colorado Technical University, National University, and the University of Cumberland.

The book titled Organizational Culture and Performance: The Practice of Sustaining Higher Performance in Business Merger & Acquisition Paperback. In the book, Dr. Okoro integrates organizational culture traits with insights from research to provide readers with distinctive strategies to improve and sustain employee retention, job satisfaction, and higher organizational performance. Emphases were made on distressed banks, global bank mergers, acquisition trends, and implications for sustainability.

Recommendations were provided to leaders in various industries and future research prospects. The book highlights the factors of job satisfaction, employee commitment, thinking beyond financial gain in mergers and acquisitions, failure as a learning tool, and the cultural traits necessary to sustain creativity and higher organizational performance.

The event was attended by who-is-who in the governmental, community, business, and academic communities.

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