HOUSTON – Like all successful civic groups, the New Century Club keeps their focus close to home.
“We live here, work here and want to see those around us in need lifted up,” said Club President Ashley Brooks. “We want to be an impact on the community around us.”
Founded in 1994 as an offshoot of the Cosmopolitan Club, the Houston New Century Club quickly found its niche in assisting local breast cancer patients.
“We offer meals to those who have had surgery and we sometimes do gas cards or grocery cards for families who are going through treatments,” Brooks said. “We also will pay for wigs and bras for women who are dealing with the effects of this awful disease.”
The club sponsors a support group which meets monthly in the Fellowship Hall of Houston First United Methodist Church. Club members brings snacks and drinks and at least one member stays on site while breast cancer survivors and those still in treatment share stories, comfort and support. The meeting is near and dear to club members hearts as well.
“Many of our members have been affected in some way by breast cancer and knowing that we can somehow do what we can to make it easier for them during this time is a blessing to us,” Brooks said.
The club contacts breast cancer patients through word of mouth or referral from other local sources.
“Community members make us aware of needs,” Brooks said.
Making strides toward a cure
The suport and assistance the club provides has a funding source in their bi-annual Pink Ribbon 5K events, held in conjunction with the spring and fall Flwheel Festivals.
Registration fees go directly to helping local women in need and costs are defrayed by sponsors.
“We are so blessed by our sponsors,” Brooks said. “They basically pay for the shirts for the walk and all other is profit.”
Club members are adamant about the funds they raise going to provide assistance locally.
“All the money we raise stays right here in Chickasaw County,” said club member Leigh Ann Howell prior to the spring race. “We’re keeping it in the community.”
The fall 5K will be held Sept. 28 with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Kid’s Park on Starkville Road. The race begins at 8 a.m. following the traditional route up Starkville Road to East Madison past the hospital and returning back to Starkville Road via Martin Drive. Local first responders, volunteer firefighters and police officers will man the route for the safety of participants.
To pre-register or for information, contact Howell at 456-2922.
Joining the effort
The New Century Club recruits new members through word or mouth or by referral.
“We meet once a month from September through April,” Brooks said. “If someone is interested in joining.”
Pink Ribbon Run Sept. 28
The annual 5K run/walk sponsored by the New Century Club of Houston and coinciding with the Fall Flywheel Festival will be held Sept. 28 at the Kid’s Park in Houston.
Pre-registration is $15 while race day registration is $20. Both include a T-shirt.
Pre-registration must be received or postmarked by Sept. 25.
Race day registration begins at 7:30 and the race will hit the road at 8 a.m. following the traditional route up Starkville Road to East Madison, Martin Drive and back down Starkville Road to the Kid’s Park.
For information, call 456-2922.
Proceeds from the event are used in support of breast cancer patients in Houston and Chickasaw County.
New Century Club Collect
Lord, never let pride,
Guide what we do,
And when we are tempted,
May we look to you.
Bless our friendships and laughter,
that we often share,
And keep our hearts tender,
To those in despair.
Keep it ever before us,
That our actions today,
Will affect generations,
That follow our way.
- Lori Harrington, 1999
From the beginning
The Houston New Century Club was founded in 1994 by members of the Cosmopolitan Club.
The club scripture is Phil. 4:8
“And now,dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”