JISD Communications Director Steve Linscomb, JEF President Al Suarez, JEF Exec. Director Yvette Reyna, SSFCU Board Chairman James A. O' Farrell, SSFCU President CEO Jim Laffoon.
Security Service Federal Credit Union is one of the biggest supporters of the Judson Education Foundation and they came through again to help our teachers and students. SSFCU presented a check to Executive Director Yvette Reyna and JEF President Al Suarez for $3,000. The check was presented at the official opening of the newest Security Service Federal Credit Union branch...a stand-alone branch in front of Rolling Oaks Mall. SSFCU President and CEO Jim Laffoon reasoned that this new branch is opening its doors deep in the Judson ISD Community and it's a great way to give back to the area by investing in the future of student education and supporting innovative teachers which is the mission of the Judson Education Foundation.
Security Service Federal Credit Union is one of the top 10 credit unions in the country. There are no professional or military qualifications to be a SSFCU member...anyone in your family can join.
The Judson Education Foundation Board is an important group of volunteers who are instrumental in steering the foundation in its mission to support students and innovative teachers. Some members who have served their term on the board, have decided to step down and JEF and the Judson ISD want to express appreciation for their service.
After serving 3 years on the JEF Board, Rosa Gary is stepping down. She has offered her time and expertise to the board while at the same time as serving as Executive Secretary for Superintendent Dr. Willis Mackey. The Judson Education Foundation wishes to thank her for her service. Ms. Gary accepting an appreciation plaque from JEF Board President Al Suarez.
Starting a three year term on the JEF Board is Kelli Mounce'. Kelli is an account manager at Berlin Packaging and explains her motivation for serving on the board by saying, " I believe in giving back to my local community and I support the endeavors of the foundation." New JEF Board member Kelli Mounce'
Also, returning for another 3 year term on the Judson Education Foundation is Pat McMahan. Pat helped create Alamo Insurance Group in 1995 and serves as its CEO. He is married with two married children and one granddaughter. Many of us know Pat as the voice of the Gala Live Auction. His auctioneer talents go way back to his growing up days in Lometa, Texas. We thank him for his service and look forward to working with his unique talents and perspective. Pat McMahan, JEF Board Member
A word of thanks from JEF Executive Director Yvette Reyna:
I want to thank you for missing family, friends, career and social obligations so you can participate in JEF meetings and events. I want to thank you for bringing your passion, intellect, experiences and resources to the table when we need it most. I want to thank you for giving me the tools needed to be able to manage day-to-day operations and trusting my judgment on decisions, knowing that I have the best interests of JEF in mind. I am thankful beyond measure that of all the organizations/associations/causes you could commit to, you have chosen JEF. You impact the lives of our communities and schools each and every day! You are greatly appreciated!
It was a great evening of fun, food and fantastic support for the Judson Education Foundation. The 2015 JEF Gala featured a variety of fundraising fun like the live auction and the wonderful performance of "What A Wonderful World" by the Coronado Village ES Choir and Marimba group under the direction of Bonnie Anderson. We learned who this year's Judson ISD Hall of Honor inductees were. Douglas Davis (Civic), Mike Jinks (Athletic) and Jim Rackley (Athletic). Coach Rackley got everyone fired up with his acceptance speech right before the auction...nice timing!! Total raised from the event...$40,000. A big thank you to everyone who participated and our course those who put in all the hard work to make it possible.
It's becoming more popular every year it comes around...not just with customers, but with those who want to sell. Jingle Bell Jamboree is a one day event that features vendors with all sorts of unique and popular items that can fit a person's Christmas list. This year around 50 vendors gathered at Judson High School and lined up their merchandise for shoppers to browse and buy. More than $2,000 was raised from the event. The day also included some great music from school choirs across the distirct. Many thanks to everyone who purchased tables to sell and of course all the customers that came out to take advantage of the great gift ideas and shopping. The money raised will go toward the Judson Education Foundation. JEF provides money for scholarships for students and grants for innovative teachers in the classroom.
Judson ISD and the Judson Education Foundation want to thank all the students who submitted entries for the official Fiesta Medal Contest. 62 medal designs were entered from Judson ISD high schools. It'll be the first ever Fiesta Medal for JISD and JEF. We want to thank everyone who worked so hard on their creations...there were some absolutely fantastic ideas. In case you're wondering, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced at the December 18th, 2014 Regular JISD School Board Meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the ERC Boardroom.
JISD & JEF Fiesta Medal Judges:
Erwin De Luna, Senior VP, Fiesta San Antonio Commission
Patricia Morales, Director of Young Artist Programs, SW School of Art
Teresa Ramon, Chief of Police, Judson ISD