Vol 45, Issue 1

September/October 2005

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STC Houston - Dateline Houston - September/October 2005

Member Spotlight

Building Success

by Yvonne Wade Sanchez, AspenTech

On a professional level, STC Houston members work hard to add value and to support the success of businesses in our community, but we do much more than that.

We are dedicated and caring individuals with accomplishments that touch every aspect of life. To spotlight some of those accomplishments, Dateline Houston is now dedicating an entire column each month to showcase the accomplishments of local members.

This month Dateline Houston spotlights the activities of four local members: Dianne Johns, Julia Land, Jessie De Jong, and Heather Shelly. These members recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity project sponsored by BMC Software.

Inspiring Words

BMC Software crew

Dianne Johns, STC Houston member and BMC employee, shared the following thoughts about her experience:

"The Habitat build project was one of the most satisfying experiences I have had in a long time. The house was built on five Saturdays by BMC employees.

"The young couple (Candice and Steven Brown) whose house we were building were usually there by our sides. They were both so very nice and so grateful. Steven would walk around the lunch table thanking each person individually.

"Most of the days it was hard work, but I was surprised and pleased that I managed as well as I did. And I always left feeling tired but inspired. There was a real feeling of camaraderie among the workers. There were also friends and family of the Browns working with us.

The ribbon cutting

"I didn't think to bring my camera on the first day I worked, but on all the subsequent days I took pictures. I don't remember at what point it occurred to me to make an album, but I was really glad I thought of it.

"I gathered pictures from others on the team as well. And on the dedication day I took the album and showed it to Candice and Steven. They were thrilled with it, and that made me feel wonderful. It was worth all the work. I plan to finish the album and send it to them at their new home.

"I think Habitat is a wonderful organization, and I would encourage everyone to participate in a build. You will come away with more than you give. I know I did."

Thinking of Volunteering?

For information about how you can become a volunteer, contact the Houston Habitat for Humanity office at 713-671-9993 or www.houstonhabitat.org.

Future Stories

If you have a story or an accomplishment that you would like to share, please send an e-mail to Yvonne Wade Sanchez at membership@stc-houston.org.

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