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Past Events and Photos - 2018
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Events Held in 2018
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Event Name Date Location
Seminar - Downsizing January 24 Jungman Neighborhood Library
Theater - "Ann" February 14 Stages Reparatory Theater
Bordeaux Tasting March 6 Rice Hotel Crystal Ballroom - Hosted by Specs
Spring Bus Tour March 10 Galveston Historical District 
Houston Open Mar 28-Apr 1 Golf Club of Houston
Cooking Class March 29 Art of the Meal - Clear Lake City
Spring Golf Tournament April 16 Windrose Golf Course
Spring Luncheon April 18 Northgate CC - Marvin Odum
Barbecue Luncheon May 16 Palacio Maria Banquet Hall
Baseball Game May 23 Minute Maid Park - Astros vs. Giants
Senior Seminar June 5 “Aging in Place” - The Abbey @ Westminster
Cooking Class June 21 Central Market
Skeeters BB Game June 26 Sugarland - Constellation Field
Theater - Summer Chill July 17 Alley Theater - Holmes and Watson
Happy Hour August 1 Nundini Chef's Table in the Heights
Fin Sem - New Tax Law August 23 Marriott Energy Corridor
Astros Game August 29 Minute Maid Park
NW Happy Hour September 6 Woodlands - Guadalajara Hacienda
Fall Bus Trip September 29 Austin - Texas Craft Beer Festival
Cooking Class October 4 Central Market
Annual Luncheon October 10 Marriott Energy Corridor
Golf Tournament October 16 Cypresswood CC
Senior Seminar November 14 TheVillage of Tanglewood
Holiday Event December 11 Northgate Country Club
Christmas Luncheon - December 11

116 Shell Alumni and their guests attended the Christmas luncheon held at the Northgate Country Club. Glennie Scott, a local talent pianist played Holiday music following the luncheon. She has performed at numerous hotels, piano bars, restaurants, cabarets, and churches in Houston as well as in other cities including Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Many thanks to Chuck Ingham and Linda Durant for organizing this event.





Seminar on Financial and Legal Challenges for Seniors - November 14

A panel discussion from financial and legal experts about how to avoid common and costly mistakes faced by seniors was attended by over 100 Shell retirees. Hosted by Liz McNeel, certified senior housing professional, with panelists Henry Neal of Fidelity Investments, Michael Holland of Holland Elder Law Firm, and a CPA. The program was held at The Village of Tanglewood with light refreshments served. Many thanks to SAAGH Director, Vaughn Phillips for organizing this event.

Fall Golf Tournament - October 16

Nearly 100 Shell retirees and their guests participated in the 2018 Fall Golf Tournament and Luncheon held at the Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring, TX. Congratulations to the winning team of Ray Hernandez, Jeff Kyne, Larry Curbello and Glen Reyes. Many thanks to Steve Paul, Mike Maiers, Jimmie Isaac and John Bowser for organizing this event.



Annual Luncheon - October 10

Over 200 Shell retirees, spouses, and guests attended our Annual Fall Luncheon at the Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel.
Shell Oil Company President, Bruce Culpepper addressed the company's performance and prospects in the current economic and political environment and reassured us that our pension plan is secure. Anna Babin, President of the United Way discussed activities of the organizations they support and role in Hurricane Harvey recovery. SAAGH President, Val Brock, reviewed our association's 2018 activities and introduced the 2019 Board.






Central Market Cooking Class - October 4

30 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 a delicious, full course surf and turf meal and other delicious dishes. Many thanks to SAAGH Director, Steven Paul, for organizing this event.


Texas Craft Beer Festival Bus Tour - September 29

18 SAAGH members left on a rainy morning in Houston to go to Austin where the rain had stopped to attend the state’s largest craft beer event, focused exclusively on Texas-brewed craft beer. Initially, we met  with our fellow Austin Shell Alumni for lunch at Pinthouse Pizza and then headed to Austin’s beautiful Fiesta Gardens on the shores of Lady Bird Lake for the main event. This was the greatest showcase of Texas craft beer ever - the festival featured over 70 Texas craft breweries and approximately 200 handcrafted beers for sampling, plus local food vendors, live music, and a variety of local artisans. Many thanks to SAAGH President Val Brock and Director Rick Swain for organizing this event.


Northside Summer Social - September 6

Shell Alumni and guests from the North, Northeast, Northwest parts of Houston met for a Happy Hour social at the Guadalajara Hacienda Restaurant in the Woodlands. Many thanks to event hosts, Linda Durant and Kelley Lang, for organizing this event.

Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics - August 29

Over 110 Shell Retirees cheered on the Houston Astros as Tyler White hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 in a hard fought game. Many thanks to SAAGH Directors, Chuck Ingham and Ken Broussard, for organizing this event and arranging for bus transportation from the northwest area.

Financial Seminar on Tax Reform - August 23

150 Shell Retirees and their guests attended a very informational seminar presented by Willis Johnson & Associates that covered the recent tax law changes accompanying the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and how these changes will impact tax planning. The event was held at the Marriot Energy Corridor and hosted by SAAGH Past President, Randy Petty.


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.