Founding members of the Ladies for Literacy guild, including some of Houston’s most influential women, held their inaugural meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 over tea with Former First Lady Barbara Bush at the home of Alice and Keith Mosing.
The purpose of the guild is to support the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. The founding members discussed ways to advance Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s legacy interest in the literacy cause and support the Foundation’s efforts by raising awareness and mobilizing volunteers.
Attendees mixed and mingled over tea, mint lemonade, hors d’oeuvres and desserts catered by Kiran’s. Betty Hrncir opened the program by welcoming attendees on behalf of Maria Bush, Co-Chairman of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and Alice Mosing, hosts of the event. She praised all attendees for committing their time and energy towards notable causes that make Houston a better place to live, work and raise a family.
Dr. Julie Baker Finck, President of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, continued the program by sharing evidence of the literacy crisis in Houston, referencing the Foundation’s special report, called Houston’s Literacy Crisis: A Blueprint for Community Action released last year. She also shared the key roles the Foundation plays in helping to increase literacy rates—raising awareness, mobilizing volunteers to serve through Connect 4 Literacy, contributing research and innovation, and investing in community impact.
Barbara Bush shared several ideas she had for how members of the Ladies for Literacy guild can be active in the literacy cause and described several volunteer-based literacy programs being implemented in Houston and across the county, including Read Houston Read and Teen Trendsetters programs.
Maria Bush then gave closing remarks and commended the guests’ support and commitment to creating and maintaining a literacy movement in Houston.