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  ...Financial Seminar on Tax Reform - Thursday, August 23...

The Shell Alumni Association of Greater Houston (SAAGH) is a non-profit organization that promotes fellowship and volunteerism among Shell pensioners and maintains a connection between Shell and its pensioners. SAAGH’s mission is to be a vibrant, attractive and relevant organization for Shell pensioners by providing events, activities and services that appeal to a wide range of interests, and keep people connected to each other while having fun doing it.
 


Financial Seminar on Tax Reform - Thursday, August 23 - SOLD OUT


Willis Johnson & Associates will provide an informational seminar covering the recent tax law changes accompanying the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and how these changes will impact tax planning for retirees. We think this seminar will be of interest to all our members. The event will be held in the Ballroom at the Marriot Energy Corridor on Thursday, August 23. For more information on the event and on-line registration: CLICK HERE

 

Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics - Wednesday, Aug 29 - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Cheer on our world champion Astros! We are pleased to be able to offer you another opportunity this season to bring your friends and family to see the Astros when they meet the Oakland Athletics. Baseball fans, please take advantage of this opportunity to visit with fellow Shell Retirees from around the Houston area. We have a limited number of tickets so be sure and reserve your tickets early for this event. For members living in the Northwest part of Greater Houston, we will be providing bus transportation from Champion Forest Baptist Church. The bus capacity is 59 seats and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. For more details and on-line registration: CLICK HERE

 

Northside Summer Social - Thursday, September 6

We are taking this happy hour to the north side of the Houston area. Inviting all Shell Alumni and guests, especially those in the North, Northeast, Northwest and anyone willing to make the drive to join us on Thursday, September 6th, starting at 4:00 pm at Guadalajara Hacienda, 27885 Interstate 45 (west side I-45 at Lake Woodlands Dr) Spring, Texas. Separate checks with gratuity included will be provided. For map showing location of Guadalajara Hacienda CLICK HERE. If you plan to attend and agree to the SAAGH event waiver, please CLICK HERE to send an email to the event hosts, Linda Durant and Kelley Lang, indicating you will attend and list any guests.
 

2018 SAAGH Membership

All Shell retirees are eligible to join the Shell Alumni Association of Greater Houston (SAAGH). The annual dues are $10.00.  Membership is required to attend SAAGH events. Please submit your dues early to assure you receive SAAGH newsletters and notifications of events. Membership covers you and your spouse or one guest at SAAGH events. If you haven't already signed up or renewed for 2018, you can do so online: CLICK HERE
 

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts - Volunteer Support Opportunities

With 10's of thousands of homes in the Houston area impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the recovery effort is expected to take many months. A number of organizations and activities are dedicated to helping effected residents to get back on their feet and need volunteer support. Shell has provided SAAGH with a listing of the organizations that employees are encouraged to support. For details and registration information on these efforts CLICK HERE.
 

Shell AlumniNews

The Shell AlumniNews is now being delivered to U.S. pensioners in a new electronic format and will no longer be offered as a printed and mailed publication. If you haven't already, you can sign up and receive an email when the latest version of AlumniNews is posted online. To sign up and view the latest issue as well as past copies of the Shell AlumniNews: CLICK HERE.


RECENT PAST EVENTS
 

Summer Social - August 1

Shell Retirees met at Nundini Chef's Table in the Heights for a most enjoyable evening, meeting some new folks and discovering a great place for antipasto. Many thanks to SAAGH Director, Vaughn Phillips for organizing this event.
 


 

 
Summer Chills Night at the Theater -  July 17

What a great evening with dinner at Birraporetti’s and a suspenseful and surprising play at the Alley!! Watson and Holmes was full of twists and turns and kept us in the dark until the very end. Thankfully with it being a one act play, we didn’t have to wait through an intermission for the end. And the extra bonus of a one act play was we were on our way for dessert or bed before 9. It is no wonder that the 40 discounted tickets for our “Summer Chills” event sold out in 3 days from posting!
 


 

 

 

 
Sugar Land Skeeters vs Lancaster Barnburners - June 26

Converging from around the Houston area, 77 Shell Alumni and their guests cheered on the Sugar Land Skeeters in an 8 - 6 loss to the Landcaster Barnburners at Constellation Park. They enjoyed the game from the shaded Picnic Plaza and dined on a BBQ themed buffet.
 


Central Market Cooking Class - June 21

28 Shell Alumni and their guests enjoyed an evening of hands-on cooking aided by professional chefs at the Central Market Cooking School. This class featured Crab Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli on Field Greens, Sesame Crusted Snapper on Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and other delicious dishes.
Many thanks to SAAGH Director, Steven Paul, for organizing this event.
 


Seminar on Housing Options "Aging in Place" - June 5

 

Well over a hundred Shell retirees attended the senior living seminar "Aging In Place".  SAAGH Director Vaughn Phillips did an outstanding job in organizing and leading this event. The moderator, Liz McNeel, and panelists were very informative and receptive to questions. Thanks to The Abbey for hosting.
 

                     


Houston Astros vs San Francisco Giants - May 23


130 Shell retirees and their guests cheered on the Houston Astros in their victory over the Giants. Many thanks to SAAGH Directors, Chuck Ingham and Ken Broussard, for organizing this event and arranging for bus transportation from the northwest area.
 

BBQ Luncheon - May 16


Over 100 Shell Alumni and their guests attended the Annual BBQ Luncheon at the Palacio Maria Banquet Hall catered by Demeris. A number of door prizes were given away to lucky winners. Many thanks to Jimmie Issaacs, Rick Swain and other SAAGH Directors for organizing and supporting this traditional event.
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Spring Luncheon - April 18

Marvin Odum, retired Shell Oil Co. Chairman & President, was the guest speaker and did a great job discussing his role in Houston's Harvey recovery, ongoing efforts, politics, and plans to reduce the risk of future flooding. Marvin graciously spent an hour answering questions (and dodging none). 144 Shell retirees and their guests attended this event at the Northgate Country Club.  SAAGH Directors Linda Durant, John Kiappes, Chuck Ingham and Jose Solano did a fantastic job in organizing this event.
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
2018 Spring Golf Tournament - April 16


A great day at the Windrose Golf Club in Spring, TX where the SAAGH Spring Golf Tournament was held on April 16th, with over 130 players participating. A great time and much fun!
 

1st Place: Levy, Davis, Johnson & Estorage - Score 61,with handicap 51.5

2nd Place: Klug, Ryan, Potts & Riener - Score 65, with handicap 52.7

3rd Place: Lyne, Boaze, Reyes & Hernanadez - Score 62, with handicap 53.6

4th Place: White, Cain, Saccomannol & Shipper - Score 66, with handicap 54.3

5th Place: Wesley, Thomas, Arrington & Bowser - Score 64, with handicap 54.4

Closest to the Pin: Hole #2 Jimmie Isaac, #6 Bill Lowery, #11 Bill Lowery and #16 Tom Connolly.

 

Many thanks to organizers Mike Maier, Steve Paul, Jimmie Isaacs, John Bowser and all the volunteers that supported this tournament.
 


 

 

 

Spring Cooking Class - March 29 (Clear Lake Area)

Fourteen SAAGH members and their guests enjoyed an evening of hands-on cooking aided by the owner/chef at Art of the Meal cooking class in Clear Lake. This class will feature Fresh Fettucine, Seared Salmon in Rosemary Cream Sauce, Sauteed Spinach with Burst Tomatoes and Bacon Crumble, and Grand Marnier Souffle. The next cooking class will be held at Central Market on June 21.
 

Historical Galveston Bus Tour - March 10

40 Shell retirees had a grand time exploring the history and attractions of our neighboring Galveston island. The tour included visits to the Texas Seaport Museum and Tall Ship Elissa, the Ocean Star drilling rig, story of the Great Storm of 1900, or a walking/shopping tour of the historical Strand district in the morning. Lunch was at the Fisherman’s Wharf, followed by a boat trip on the Historical Foundation’s Seagull II for a tour of the harbor to learn about the history of the local waters and a trip to Seawolf Park and the American Undersea Warfare Center for guided tours of the USS Cavalla, a World War II submarine that sank a Japanese aircraft carrier involved in the Pearl Harbor attacks, and the USS Stewart, the only Edsall-class destroyer escort preserved in the United States. Many thanks to Val Brock and Rick Swain for organizing this wonderful day.
 

Spec's Bordeaux Wine Tasting - March 6

This event was originally scheduled in January but due to weather conditions was cancelled and held in March. Thirty eight Shell retirees attended the tasting held in the elegant Crystal Ballroom at the Rice Hotel. Over 60 mostly Cru Classe' wines, all from the fine 2015 vintage, were available for sampling. Many thanks to Bill Chalmers for coordinating our participation in this popular event over the last six years.
 

An Evening at Stages Theatre -  February 14

40 SAAGH Members and their guests enjoyed opening night of the one woman play, Ann, at Stages Theatre. We had a special meet & mingle with the star, Sara Edmondson, who vividly portrayed Ann Richards, while enjoying wine, appetizers and dessert. Many thanks to SAAGH board members Brenda Schroeder and Bill Chalmers for arranging this fun Valentine’s event.
 


Seminar "Downsizing Made Easy" -  January 24

Sixty Shell Alumni attended the first SAAGH event of 2018 held at the Jungman Neighborhood Library. It was a very informative session on 5 easy steps to a downsizing move. We learned the 5-steps for a successful move are 1) create a plan that fits your lifestyle, 2) communicate with your family and friends, 3) surround yourself with highly qualified professionals, 4) dealing with a house full of possessions, and 5) celebrate your new lifestyle. Attendees had many questions that Liz McNeel, a certified senior housing professional, was glad to answer. If you missed this session and would like to find out how to make a downsizing move easier, Liz will be presenting this topic and other related topics to the public as part of her Houston Senior Living Series. You can contact her for more information and the schedule at lizmcneel@kw.com or (713)826-2731. You will not be solicited for any sales or services by contacting Liz.
 

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Last Updated 4/18/2018