(Orange, Texas)

May 11, 2013

Mardi Gras Rally Days way

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The 2013 44th Annual Rally Day was such a success! It took place from 9 am until 1 pm at the VFW Hall on Hwy 87 on Tuesday. Over 350 people attended not including the 85 vendors and over 25 volunteers. The day began with a health fair and BINGO, followed by Beth Roche as the MC.

The theme this year was Mardi Gras and all 40 vendors had amazingly decorated booths that matched the theme.

Southeast Texas Hospice won the best decorated booth.

Dr. Castellanos, Board Certified Cardiologist offered a presentation on heart disease and answered questions from the participants.

Nominations were received for outstanding community service and one man and one women is selected each year.

The 2013 Female Citizen of the Year Carol Bishop was selected for her service. Bishop has a heart that truly cares for others. Bishop volunteers weekly at her church in West Orange running the audio visual equipment, making copies, helping with the weekly bulletin, cleaning, and much more.  She went through the Texas AgrilIfe Extension Master Wellness Program and she has been teaching individuals and groups healthy lifestyle choices and how to live successfully with Diabetes. Bishop has a passion for teaching and sharing what she knows with all who are interested.

The 2013 Male Citizen of the Year, Reuben Stringer was selected for his service.

Stringer is a man on a mission. He is very instrumental in the Soil and Water Conservation, his church, and is still teaching Agricultural classes each day all while in his 70’s. He is a very special person to his students and all who know and work with him. He has been a mentor, role model and a true friend to each and every individual he has been associated with since coming to Orange County in 1958.

Several special awards were given by Commissioner pct 3. John Banken. Banken awarded the person who “Traveled the Farthest” to AJ Mott from West Vally, Utah ; “The Most Grand children” to Lillie Moses who has 48 grandchildren; “The Most Years Attended” to Margie Farley who has attended for the past 18 years, and “The Oldest Senior Citizen in Attendance” to Inez Turner who is currently 104 years old.

The free lunch was Gumbo, potato salad, and banana pudding catered by Robert’s in Orange and served by the Kiwanis Club of Orange and other volunteers. The Gumbo was a tasty way to tie up the Mardi Gras theme and enjoy lunch together.

The finale that topped off the successful event was entertainment by Britt Godwin and Huey Buxton. Everyone left ready to hear them sing again with a smile on their face and a swing in their step.