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  ...Annual Fall Luncheon - Wednesday, October 10...

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.

Annual Luncheon - Wednesday, October

Retirees, spouses, and guests are cordially invited to attend our Annual Fall Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, October 10 at "The Marriott Energy Corridor" at 16011 Katy Freeway, featuring guest speaker, Shell Oil Company President, Bruce Culpepper.

The social hour (cash bar) starts at 10:30 am with lunch seating beginning at 11:30 am. The cost is $33.00 per person for dues-paying SAAGH members and guests or $38 per person for non-dues-paying SAAGH members and guests. For more details and on-line registration/payment CLICK HERE or for a mail-in registration and payment form CLICK HERE

Fall Golf Tournament - Tuesday, October

The 2018 Fall Golf Tournament and Luncheon will be held Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at the Cypresswood Golf Club in Spring, TX. It will be a 4 Person Scramble Format with a Shotgun Start at 8:30 AM. Following the golf tournament there will be a BBQ luncheon and prizes presented. Shell Retirees, Retirement-Aged Guests and Spouses are welcome to participate. The registration deadline is Saturday, October 6. CLICK HERE for more information and on-line registration and payment or for a mail-in registration and payment form CLICK HERE.

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.


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.

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Last Updated 9/3/2018