The Growing Years

The Growing Years:  2001 - 2010


The 200l-2003 years had a new president, Clarice Marshall.  Membership grew to one hundred sixty.  A tour committee was formed to provide frequent tours and trips for members on a volunteer basis.  With excellent fun and fellowship, the year proved to be exciting.  In 2002, Megan Schmidt of Humble High School and Kacey Moore of Kingwood High School received fifteen hundred dollars each.  The following year Megan McElligott of Humble High School and Kristin Wade of Kingwood High School received HARTA scholarships of two thousand dollars each.


Jo Priddy accepted the position of president in 2003-04, the first year of the second decade for HARTA.  Membership flourished and a committee was established to search for a larger meeting facility.  The constitution and bylaws were updated and two scholarships were presented to Elizabeth Dawn Likos of Kingwood High School and Nicholas John Likos of Humble High School in the amount of $1500 each.  Arthur Tipton was honored for serving the unit for eleven years as treasurer with distinction and dedication.


Carolyn Clapp assumed the leadership of HARTA for the 2004-05 year and the other officers were: Pat Dinhoble, 1st Vice-President; Dottie Wilner, 2nd Vice-President; Sally Johnson, Secretary; and Mary Peterson, Treasurer.  The meeting place was changed to the newly built Humble ISD Instructional Support Center on Magnolia Cove Drive to better accommodate our thriving membership.  Melissa Emekli of Humble High School and Amanda Rosenburg of Kingwood High School were recipients of HARTA scholarships.  The Jane Turner HEART of HARTA Award was established for a member who demonstrated dedicated and sustained service to HARTA.  Jane Turner was named as the first recipient for 2004 and Arthur Tipton was the second recipient in 2005.


Carolyn Clapp, Sally Johnson and Mary Peterson continued serving in their offices for 2005-06 and were assisted by Dottie Willner as 1st Vice-President and Julia Kerr as 2nd Vice-President.   The organization increased its number of tours offered to members to sixteen, only one example of the increased participation of our 500 members. Two scholarships were awarded in May 2006.  Brittani Wooten of Humble High School and Rachel Gros of Kingwood High School plan to major in education.  Bruce and Sunny Smith were recipients of The Jane Turner HEART of HARTA Award.


Pat Dinhoble took the reins as President for the 2006-2007 HARTA year. Dottie Willner continued as 1st Vice-President and Mary Peterson remained as our Treasurer. New officers were Connie Arndt, 2nd Vice-President, and Carol Porter as Secretary. The Jane Turner HEART of HARTA award was given to Bob and Gayle Cunningham. Special Interest/Hobby trips were initiated for gardening and birding in addition to our monthly tours.  HARTA showed our appreciation to the staff of the Humble Instructional Support Center with a School Friends statue that is displayed in the reception area. Our membership grew to near 500, providing us with a sixth delegate to represent us at State TRTA in El Paso for the first time.  Scholarship winners were Roccio Serrana from Humble High School and Jodi Meyer from Kingwood High School.   Honored for their service to HARTA with the Jane Turner HEART of HARTA Award were Carolyn and Mark Clapp and Bill and Betty Wood.


During 2007-2008, President Pat Dinhoble continued to work toward linking through HARTA, sending our newsletters electronically.  Juanita Jordan laid the groundwork, and by February 2008, HARTA members began receiving HARTA Headlines and updated communications by email. Glenda Carriere became 1st Vice-President, Shirley Meeker, 2nd Vice-President, and Linda Abdmoulaie, Secretary. Mary Peterson continued to keep the Treasury in order. With additional high schools opening, we still awarded two scholarships, but on an alternating basis.  Scholarship winners were Brianna Tutor from Atascocita High School and Kaveeta Marwaha, a Kingwood High School graduate.


During 2008-09, HARTA members elected a new slate of officers. Leading the group were Glenda Carriere, President; Jo Nell Parker, 1st Vice-President; Ron Westerfeld, 2nd Vice-President; and Carolyn Monroe, Secretary. Mary Peterson continued in the office of Treasurer. The organization continued community projects with donations of funds to the Humble ISD Adult Literacy Program and through awarding $1500 scholarships to two graduating seniors.  Scholarship recipients were Samantha Bennett, Humble High School, and Lisa Carter, Atascocita High School.  Pat Dinhoble was honored for her continued service to HARTA with the HEART of HARTA Award.


For the 2009-10 year all officers returned to their same positions. Students receiving scholarships of $1500 each were LeAntranell Gipson, Humble High School and Amanda Burrell, Kingwood Park High School. The prestigious HEART of HARTA Award was given to Mary Peterson. Everyone congratulated Mary on six years of commendable service as the HARTA Treasurer.