Friday, December 2, 2011

Texas Representative Ron Reynolds to speak at Alpha's 105 Anniversary Program

The Honorable Ron Reynolds is the State Representative for Fort Bend County's House District 27 is the speaker the 105th Anniversary Founders’ Day Observance of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in Prairie View.

Area members of the fraternity will join Alphas around the world in commemorating the founding of the fraternity with a special observance program on December 4, 2011 in the Johnson Phillip All Faith Chapel at Prairie View A&M University at 3 p.m. The Public is invited.

Representative Reynolds is the first African American elected as State Representative in Fort Bend County since Reconstruction. He represents parts of Houston, Missouri City, Sugar Land, Stafford, Fresno, Arcola, Richmond and Rosenberg. Ron holds the Bachelor of Science degree in public affairs from Texas Southern University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Ron currently serves on the House Environmental Regulation and the House Economic Development & Small Business Committees. Speaker Straus appointed him to serve on the Energy Committee of the National Conference of State Legislators. He is most proud of his sponsored legislation to provide more opportunities for small business through the Economic Development Corporation 4A and 4B.

Ron is an Attorney and the managing partner in Brown, Brown & Reynolds law firm. He has the distinction of being one of the youngest persons appointed to serve as an Associate Municipal Judge for The City of Houston. Ron was also an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University and is past President of the Houston Lawyers Association.

Ron has received numerous achievement awards for his legal and legislative work. Recently he was voted "Freshman Legislator of the Year" by the House Democratic Caucus and "Best Attorney in Houston" by H Texas magazine. Some other awards include: Houston's Top 40 Leaders under 40, Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce "Business Pinnacle Award", NAACP Drum Major for Justice Award, EEOC Civil Rights All-Star Award, American Red Cross Humanitarian Award, Missouri City Juneteenth Community Service Award and YMCA Minority Achievers Award. He holds membership in several civic and social organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Texas and American Bar Associations.

Ron believes that "to whom much is given, much is required." Above all his accomplishments, Ron is most proud and grateful for his wife, Dr. Jonita Reynolds and his children, Lacey, Ronald and Reagan Reynolds.

The program is sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Texas District Area IX hosted by Epsilon Tau Lambda (Prairie View), Pi Omicron (TAMU) and Pi Alpha Lambda (College Station) Chapters. The program is open to the public. Several community awards will be presented to outstanding citizens who have made significant contributions throughout the year. A reception will follow in the Art Gallery of the John B. Coleman Library.END

First United Methodist Church presents 20th Annual Christmas Cantata

The First United Methodist Church in Prairie View is set to host its twentieth Annual Christmas Cantata on Thursday, December 8 at 7 p.m. at the Church on Owens Road in Prairie View.

The Cantata, Shout the Good News by Lloyd Larson will be performed by the community wide singers from area churches and singers from the Prairie View A&M University Concert Chorale, with Dr. Lucius R. Wyatt as director.

Accompanying the choir on piano is Anne Marquis, Music Teacher at Royal in Brookshire and on the organ is Dr. Danny R. Kelley, Dean of the Marvin and June Brailesford College of Arts and Sciences at PVAMU. Narrating the affair is Reverend Kelly McIntosh, pastor of Waller First United Methodist and Wilmer R. Bonner, Pastor of Prairie View First United Methodist.

The St. Francis Community Bell Troupe, directed by Dr. Vick Seldon, will make its guest appearance for the third consecutive year.

The public is cordially invited to attend the free event.

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