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Chamber luncheon to welcome new Aldine teachers

ALDINE — Each year, the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce welcomes hundreds of new teachers into the Aldine Independent School District family at the New Teacher Welcome Luncheon. Scheduled for Tuesday, August 3, hundreds of school administrators, community leaders and area businesses will fill the M.O. Campbell building, located at 1865 Aldine Bender Road, to help welcome and thank these educators. Registration is open from 11:15 – 11:40 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 11:45 a.m.

This year, the Chamber along with sponsors Aldine Improvement District; CenterPoint Energy; Greater Greenspoint District and Hines will welcome highly acclaimed motivational speaker Mike Jones, Discover Leadership Training. Jones, a father of four and a native Houstonian, received his degree in aeronautical science and aviation, and became a commercial multi-engine, instrument-rated airplane pilot as well as a commercially rated helicopter pilot. He flew with Continental Airlines before he moved on to pilot helicopters for the Houston Police Department fulfilling his childhood dream.

In 1990, Jones responded to the inescapable reality that young people were falling by the wayside by establishing the not for profit organization called Soul Patrol (now Beyond Excellence). Targeting at-risk students at middle and high school campuses, the program exploded into a national phenomenon by the mid-nineties and has touched the hearts and changed the lives of millions gaining recognition nationwide by being highlighted on shows such as ÒOprahÓ and ÒGood Morning AmericaÓ.

As the Executive Director of Soul Patrol, Inc.(now Beyond Excellence) Jones developed programs and has conducted motivational presentations to over 5 million children, educators and parents. Jones found that the best way for the Soul Patrol to succeed was to immerse teachers in the same philosophy taught to the students, so the program could be maintained. From there, Jones saw an opportunity to take leadership training to adults in the business community. Jones retired from the police department in 1998 and now spends his time and shares his enthusiasm as President of Discover Leadership Training. The outcomes of Discover Leadership Training are based upon the principles and techniques that had proven successful in the programs he conducted for young people, educators, and parents.

Tickets are $20 for Chamber members or $25 for non-members or without a reservation. Please call the Chamber office at 281-872-8700 for more information.