Month: January 2006

Scott defends Resource Center practices after donor’s complaint

Mallory says he stopped giving after organization repeatedly did not acknowledge his donations, did not cash checks for more than a month Paul E. Scott Dallas resident Jim Mallory says he no longer donates money to the Resource Center of Dallas because he believes the agency does not properly keep track of or acknowledge donations. But Paul E. Scott, executive director of the Resource Center, says the organization has made extensive changes in its development staff and its procedures for acknowledging donations since he first heard of Mallory’s complaint more than a year ago. Mallory said this week that he first began giving money to the Resource Center in 1999, and that he donated about $2,000 a year to the agency over a five-year period. He said he had problems from the beginning in getting receipts for his donations and in not getting any acknowledgement that the donations had been received. “I went down in person to make a donation, and the people at the front desk didn’t have the first clue about how to take a donation or give me a receipt. And they didn’t seem to know who to call to come and take the donation,” Mallory said. He said the following year he sent his donation by mail. The check was not cashed for more than a month, and he received no acknowledgement that it had...

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Pet of the Week

Jake is a 1-year-old, 58-pound rough-coat Collie available for adoption from Operation Kindness. He’s extremely friendly, playful and good with other dogs. Like most Collies, Jake is very intelligent and loves to please. He’ll make a great companion for anyone who’s ever wanted their very own “‘Lassie dog.’ Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are available for adoption from Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive (near Keller Springs Road and Midway Road), Carrollton. The no-kill shelter is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (until 8 p.m. Thursday) and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Cost to adopt is $110 for cats and kittens and $135 for dogs and puppies. The cost includes spay or neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations and other tests. Those 65 and above and those who adopt two pets at the same time get a $20 discount. For more information call 972-418-PAWS, or visit www.operationkindness.org. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition of January 27, 2006. нужен копирайтеранализ сайта тиц и...

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Wichita Falls church recruits pastor from San Francisco

By David Webb After leading 500-member church on West Coast, Brown set to be installed as leader of 55-member MCC in North Texas The Rev. Lea Brown said she expects to miss the fog and the ocean after living in San Francisco for 18 years. The Wichita Falls Metropolitan Community church will install the Rev. Lea Brown as its new pastor on Sunday. Brown formerly served as a volunteer on the clergy staff of the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco before accepting the position with the 55-member, 19-year-old Texas church. She led worship services, retreats and programs for the 500-member California church before moving to Texas. Brown said although she misses the ocean and the fog after living 18 years in San Francisco, she is excited by the challenge of leading the church in Wichita Falls. “I just adore the congregation,” Brown said. “I so admire the courage of these people to be who they are.” Brown said Wichita Falls has “tons and tons” of GLBT residents who are not affiliated with the church that she hopes to attract to services. “I think this church is ready to take off,” Brown said. “It’s really exciting. There’s lots of good energy.” The church is meeting at Faith Lutheran Church until another permanent worship service is acquired. Brown said the church is raising money to build a new church. An...

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Houston group hires field director

By Staff Reports The Houston Equal Rights Alliance has hired Emily Langdon as field director, offiicials with the organization announced this week. Langdon will oversee day-to-day operations for voter identification, volunteer management and office management. She will also organize fundraisers for the alliance. Tammi Wallace, president of the alliance, said the organization considers voter identification work as a top priority, and that by hiring Langdon, the alliance has demonstrated its commitment to that goal. “If we are to hold legislators accountable, educate the public about our lives and stories, and change the political landscape locally, then we can’t engage in voter identification in crisis mode, such as when responding to anti-gay legislation,” Wallace said. “Voter identification work must be in progress every day of the year in our community. It is most effective on an ongoing basis when it’s embraced by the community as a key effort to fight for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights,” Wallace said. April Ayers, vice president of the alliance, said board members are thrilled to have Langdon as field director for the organization. She said Langdon’s experience in helping launch the alliance and with the No Nonsense in November campaign last fall “gives her a wealth of knowledge to push forward with our efforts.” “We are also pleased that hiring her meets one of our primary objectives, which is to develop and...

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Voting for Houston Pride grand marshals set

Voting to determine the grand marshls for the 2006 Houston Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade will be held on Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Meteor, 2306 Genesee; on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Pride Houston 2006 Logo Unveiling Party at Meteor, and on Feb. 4 and Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pride Office, 1415 California St., Ste. 110. All residents of Harris County and surrounding counties are eligible to vote in the grand marshal election. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill, is required. Voters will choose an honorary grand marshal, and organizational grand marshal, a female grand marshal and a male grand marshal. Nominees for the honors were chosen based on the contributions to the GLBT community. For more information, go online to www.pridehouston.org or call 713-529-6979. This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition of January 27, 2006. сайтраскрутка сайта в яндексе...

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