FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/09/2015
State Representative James White Welcomes TLBC Scholarship Winners and Community Award Recipient Donita Banks
Austin, TX - This past week, I had the privilege to be a part of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus (TLBC) Summit. The event kicked off with a Gala on Sunday night at the JW Marriott where I was able to host and welcome my friends Donita Banks, Councilman Robert Shankle and his wife, and Roy Perry.
Monday night, the TLBC and I presented scholarships to Brittany Lightfoot of Onalaska High School, and Deontra Morgan of Kountze High School at their bi-annual scholarship banquet in Austin. Also awarded a scholarship was Kiley Young of Warren High School who was unable to attend. It was an honor to host these bright young adults and recognize their hard work. I wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.
Tuesday morning, I was honored to be present at the TLBC award ceremony breakfast where I had the distinct pleasure to award Donita Banks with TLBC Community Award for the service she contributes to her community of Silsbee, Texas. It is people like Ms. Banks that make Southeast Texas a better place. I am honored to be her state representative and am humbled to be able to recognize her with this award.
Later on Tuesday, The ARC of Texas came to visit my office. The ARC is an advocate group that promotes opportunities for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We spoke briefly about funding for group homes and independence for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I hope the discussions we had can lead to bettering lives and promoting sound legislation to aid those in need.
On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of hosting representatives from the American Cancer Society. We discussed cancer reduction choices and the need for increased cancer research. The health and well-being of our citizens is very important to the state of Texas, and I support the efforts and research made by the American Cancer Society in cancer reduction.
I also had a very productive conversation with Kent Batman of Kountze and Terry Johnson Sr. of Lumberton with the Texas Soil and Water Conservation. It is important to preserve the lands and water of Southeast Texas for the future generation.
Despite the weather, several of my constituents were able to make it to my Austin office: board member of the Lower Neches Valley River Authority (LNVRA), former Woodville Mayor, Jimmie Cooley, was able to stop by. Will Scott, Sue Cleveland, Robert Cleveland, and Olan Webb were also able to join Mayor Cooley and I during this productive meeting. I also met with the President of the Angelina Neches River Authority (ANRA) Jody Anderson and General Manager Kelley Holcomb. Along with the representatives from LNVRA and ANRA, some constituents from the Sabine River Authority (SRA) stopped by as well. These folks traveled a long way from the district to meet with me and it is an honor to be able to host them and discuss the issues concerning Southeast Texas water rights.
March is the National Athletic Training Month. I would like to recognize all of our professional and student trainers who act as the first responders when handling our student athletes.
Lastly, my deepest and heartfelt sympathy goes to the Breed family from Kirbyville, TX as their family was struck with tragedy this past weekend. I send my condolences to Pastor Aaron Breed's loved ones and am reminded through Christ in the book of Matthew chapter 5:4 that “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted." Personally, Pastor Breed was a fellow Brother-in-Christ and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.
The House stands adjourned until Monday at 2:00 p.m.