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Jim & Honey

Jim & Honey

Jim Hicks delivers Meals on Wheels

When Jim Hicks stopped by the Dolphin Talk office, he has just finished his 83-mile round trip delivering Meals on Wheels. His route starts at Jack and Jill Road in Port Lavaca, goes down to Indianola, and then back through Seadrift. Currently he delivers to 18 clients, but today two of them were in the hospital. Jim’s met lots of interesting folks as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. One elderly gentleman, since passed away, told him he had landed on Normandy Beach on D Day. One of his favorites, he says, was the late Goldie Sanders of Seadrift. The thing that disturbs him is that there isn’t much time to visit on his route and for many, “I might be the only person they talk to that day.”

About five years ago, Jim saw an article in Dolphin Talk about the need for volunteers for Meals on Wheels. He remembered that his mother had been served by the program in Houston and that the delivery person had been there when his mother collapsed. He wanted to give something back, and this seemed the perfect opportunity.

Prior to moving to Port O’Connor eleven years ago, Jim resided in Grand Prairie and kept a boat here. Tired of traveling back and forth to fish, he decided to “join the boat”, bought a motorhome, and moved to an RV park. He had spent 22 ½ years in the Air Force, retiring in 1984 with the rank of Major, and then twenty years as a program manager for a major building association. Both positions required him to travel all over the world. Now that he’s settled in Port O’Connor, his traveling days, (except for an occasional trip to see family and friends) he says are over.

Other than his weekly meal delivery, Jim doesn’t get out and about too much. He does enjoy get-togethers at the RV park, where he’s made friends with a lot of “winter Texans”. He gets his exercise taking his little dog “Honey” for walks four times a day. He got Honey four years ago from the Humane Society and can’t imagine life without her. With Honey being about seven years old and Jim 71, he thinks he and Honey “will go out about the same time”.

Honey is an interesting looking little dog, (You may have seen her at the Post Office or Speedy Stop in a milk crate on the back of Jim’s scooter.) Jim had her DNA tested, just out of curiosity. The test showed her to be a mix of seven different breeds, including Mastiff, but mostly Parsons Terrier.

Speaking of Meals on Wheels Jim said, “I get so much more from my ‘clients’ than I’ll ever give to them.” Referring to his good health, his life in Port O’Connor, and his little Honey, Jim says, “I’m the luckiest person you’ll ever meet. There’s no reason I should be where I am today except for the grace of God.”

Meals on Wheels through Calhoun County Senior Citizens Association, Inc. (CCSCA), serves approximately 1,600 meals a month. Meals are delivered to seniors age 60 and above Monday through Friday by volunteers.

“Volunteers are very important to our organization,” said Monica Pelech, Executive Director CCSCA. “Without them, we would not have a way to deliver meals.”

To inquire about receiving Meals on Wheels or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call 361-552-3350, and they will gladly explain the program to you.

Port O’Connor Historical Marker Unveiling April 11

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The Port O’Connor Cemetery Association invites you to the unveiling of Port O’Connor Cemetery’s Historical Marker on Saturday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m.

If you have loved ones interred at Port O’Connor Cemetery or if you plan to make it your final resting place, please come to celebrate this historic occasion. If you have marked a spot for yourself and/or your family, the Association would also like to talk with you to gain a little more information about the spot you have marked off.

Refreshments will be served and a there will be a social hour at the Chapel after the unveiling.

Warrior’s Weekend Coming Soon by Joyce Rhyne

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It’s hard to imagine that a small community like Port O’Connor plays host to the largest event of its kind in the world – Warrior’s Weekend. And it’s been doing so every May since 2007.

For anyone who’s not from around here and somehow never heard of “Warrior’s Weekend”, here is the group’s mission statement:  Founded in 2007, Warrior’s Weekend is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 Corporation dedicated to the support of veterans of The United States of America with an emphasis on those wounded in The Global War on Terrorism. This is accomplished through holding an annual fishing event for wounded military personnel in May in Port O’Connor, Texas as well as donations to veterans and veterans-based causes.

Last year the event hosted over 800 wounded veterans and their families and this year more than 900 are expected. Most who have been a part of the event request to be included again and the Board of Warriors Weekend does not turn them away.

Board President, Ron Kocian, when asked why no celebrities are involved in promoting Warrior’s Weekend, said, although they have been approached by some, “This is about the guys, fishing, and Port O’Connor.”

The Board of Directors, all unpaid volunteers from the Victoria area, devote a great deal of their time all year to planning the event and raising funds to make it happen.  Last year’s event cost $800,000. Much of the funds are raised at the Warrior’s Weekend Muster, a dinner, auction and raffle held at the Victoria Community Center (this year on March 21).

A great many of these wounded warriors have expressed how meaningful was the reception they received here in our area, the fun of their fishing experience and how touched they were by the kindness and expressions of appreciation for their service. Many have said it made a huge difference in their lives.

But to accomplish the goal requires many volunteers. The most obvious needs are housing and boats, but from setting up to cleaning up – there is something for everyone to do. Even if you have only a few hours of time to give, your help is needed and appreciated.

The first meeting of local volunteers was held on March 5, where volunteers heard updates from Board members.  The next volunteer meeting will be held April 9, 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. We hope to see you there!

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Lodging Needed for Wounded Warriors

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Boats Needed for Warrior’s Weekend

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