Houston Greeters was featured on ABC’s KTRK-TV, Channel 13 newscast. Many thanks to Greeter Joy Huntington for conducting a greet of the Downtown Tunnels for our visitor, Ann Ellis. Joy was exceptional in sharing her insights about the tunnel system and Houston Greeters. Reporter Cynthia Cisneros also interviewed Susan Borches about Houston Greeters, our formation and the unique nature of our service.
Archive for July, 2010
Janis Scott has been a “natural greeter” her whole life. The enthusiastic retiree has never met a stranger and she is always offering assistance to anyone who may be needing directions. So when the opportunity came to become a Houston Greeter several years ago, she didn’t hesitate.
“I encourage everyone to be friendly to visitors because we all represent Houston to the world,” said Janis. “As a city, we may not depend on tourism as much as other places, but we can share our Southern hospitality and have a positive impact on people’s experiences and memories of Houston.”
Janis is still friends with the first visitor she met as a Houston Greeter. “She was here because of a conference and had never been in Houston. We visited places every day after the conference and I showed her the real Houston. We ate barbecue and Tex-Mex and traveled by METRO bus to city landmarks. We became friends and still stay in touch with each other.”
Her passion for helping others is also evident in Janis’ volunteer work as a Community Associate with Rice University where she mentors students and helps them with many different issues and areas of college life. “I like seminars and learning new things and these students keep me learning.”
Janis hosts several greets and has accompanied visitors to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, jazz concerts, the museum district and Rice University. She travels by METRO bus everywhere and even knows most of the drivers who she introduces to visitors.
“Being a Houston Greeter is the most satisfying and enriching experience and it can allow you to form lifelong relationships,” said Janis. “When people leave the city after an experience with Houston Greeters, they leave with a different and better opinion. It’s a way of passing on your enthusiasm for the city and I am proud of spreading the good word about Houston.”
Love dogs? Want to learn more about various purebreds? Then, this is the greet for you. A local and well-informed dog fancier will discuss the study, breeding, exhibition and advancement of the purebred dog. Our Greeter Rosemary will share her expertise with those who are active in the sport or who are interested in entering the exciting world of American Kennel Club dog show competitions. Learn the ins and outs of a dog show just in time for the 33rd Annual Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows that will be held July 21-25.
Houston Greeters has joined the Randalls Good Neighbor Program and we encourage you to participate! It’s easy. Simply go to the Randalls Courtesy Booth and link your Remarkable Card to Houston Greeters account # 12405. Houston Greeters will receive a quarterly donation of 1 percent of all purchases made by shoppers who linked to our account. It’s an easy way to give and help us continue to offer our free service that showcases Houstonians as the city’s best asset. Thank you Randalls for supporting Houston Greeters.
Houston Greeters is the proud recipient of a grant from the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, a foundation that supports non profit organizations that offer opportunities for advancement through education, enrichment of the human spirit and contribution to the quality of life in our society.
“The efforts of our volunteers allow Houston Greeters to enhance Houston’s image and to celebrate its diversity by contributing to cross-cultural understanding, building stronger ties with the ethnic communities of our city, and helping preserve cultural assets through knowledge and appreciation,” said Naila Qureshi, Executive Director and CEO of Houston Greeters. “We are honored to receive this grant that recognizes our contributions and continues the legacy of the Herzsteins to bring about meaningful and positive change in the city they called home.”
The grant will be utilized to further promote Houston Greeters’ free service both locally and internationally.