Archive for the ‘Bellaire Events’ Category

Jingle Bell Express 2009 at Community National Bank in Bellaire

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

CNB Holiday Party '09-Kelly & Donna-AngleWebThe Jingle Bell Express 2009, the December Business After Hours Networking Event and Holiday Toy and Book Drive, was a tremendous success this year. Community National Bank and the Greater Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, for which guests truly embraced the holiday spirit, generously donating children’s toys and books to benefit the Christian Community Service Center Jingle Bell Express. Community National Bank Business Development Officer Donna Alley orchestrated the party, which included delectable appetizers by Jami’s Fine Foods in Bellaire. Kelly Finkenbinder, development director of the Christian Community Service Center was on hand to represent the Jingle Bell Express.

Annual Free Child I.D. Kit Day Set for Sat., Aug. 8 at Community National Bank

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Bellaire – July 20, 2009. . .  . Community National Bank (CNB) will sponsor its eighth annual “Free Child I.D. Kit Day” Saturday, August 8, 9 a.m. to noon, in the bank’s Bellaire Room, 5123 Bellaire Boulevard at South Rice. The bank, along with the Bellaire Police Department, Bellaire Lions Club and McGruff, the Crime Dog, will distribute the free child identification kits to area families as a community service.”If you don’t have a Child I.D. kit for your child, we encourage you to come get one on August 8. If you have a Child I.D. kit, we hope you will come update the photo, which should be done annually,” said Bellaire Police Department Community Resource Officer Tim Quimby.

According to Community National Bank CEO Randy Dobbs, the bank has distributed hundreds of kits to help protect local children over the past seven years. Geared to children from 2-1/2 years to early teens, Free Child I.D. Kit Day will include children’s on-site instant photos and fingerprinting for their families’ records. The bank will serve complimentary lemonade and donuts and distribute “goody bags” to the children.

Completed Child I.D. kits contain pertinent identification data such as names and contact information of the child’s friends and family, blood type, allergy information and DNA hair sample, in a compact, comprehensive, confidential and convenient format. Bellaire Police Department Officer Quimby notes that having a recent casual photograph of the child (as opposed to a posed portrait) is a major help to law enforcement in search efforts. He will be available to answer crime prevention questions.

The Bellaire Lions Club is a member of Lions International, the world’s oldest and largest service club. It’s mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. The Bellaire Lions Club is a group of service-minded men and women who serve their community and their state by carrying out the organization’s mission.  Service-minded individuals, who can spare an hour or two each month, are invited to join the Bellaire Lions Club. For more information, please contact Lion Morris Dante, 713-843-6323 or morwdan@sbcglobal.net.

Community National Bank, independently owned and operated, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The drive-through bank, 5235 Bellaire Boulevard at Ferris St., is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to noon. The FDIC insures the deposits of Community National Bank, an equal opportunity lender. For further information on Community National Bank’s Child I.D. community service program, call (713) 664-4777.

Community National Bank Community Club Hosts Health Screening July 28

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Bellaire, TX – July 6, 2009. . . Area citizens can help protect themselves against such life-threatening diseases as stroke, vascular disease and erratic heart rhythm at a Life Line health screening Tuesday, July 28 sponsored by the Community National Bank (CNB) Community Club. Presented by Memorial Hermann, the screenings will be held at ChristChurch Presbyterian, 5001 Bellaire Boulevard in Bellaire.

“I learned from my husband’s (Bill Williams), experience six years ago that preventative screenings like this with Ultrasounds can be life-saving,” said CNB Community Club Director Judy Williams. “Community Club member Betty Zumwalt encouraged us to attend a health screening in 2003, where Bill’s Ultrasound turned up some red flags, including swollen lymph glands. He then made an appointment with his personal physician, who referred him to an oncologist who diagnosed Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Bill also had an abdominal aneurysm and subsequently had a stint put in.” The Williams’s refer to Betty as Bill’s ‘guardian angel.’ Had he waited to see the doctor when symptoms for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma showed up, it most likely would have been too late to help him, according to the treating physician.

Life Line Screening, which has screened more than five million participants nationally, provides these four facts to know about stroke prevention:

  • 80% of stroke victims have no apparent warning signs
  • Ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stoke
  • Stroke is a leading cause of death and permanent disability
  • Screenings are fast, painless, affordable and convenient

July 28 Stroke/Vascular/Heart Rhythm screening includes: stroke/carotid artery disease; abdominal aortic aneurysm, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Atrial Fibrillation. The cost of the screening is $129. One may add an osteoporosis test for $10, for a total of $139. To add a heart and diabetes fingerstick blood to the ultrasound package costs $50, or $179 total. Advance registration is required; the registration form is available at Community National Bank, 5123 Bellaire Boulevard at South Rice. A Life Line Screening representative will call within 48 hours to schedule the appointment, provide screening preparation instructions and secure payment by credit card.  Participants may pay the day of the screening for an additional handling charge.

Community National Bank, an independent bank in Bellaire, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The drive-through bank, 5235 Bellaire Boulevard at Ferris Street, is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to noon. The FDIC insures the deposits of Community National Bank, an equal opportunity lender. For further information on the Health Screenings or the Community National Bank Community Club for seniors 50+, call (713) 664-4362 or go to the web, www.commnatlbank.com.

Community National Bank and Susan Farb Public Relations

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Since Community National Bank’s (CNB) grand opening in June 2002, Susan Farb Public Relations counseled the bank to embody its name, “Community.” In fact, the firm created the theme of the bank’s grand opening, securing nine integral leaders of the Bellaire community — from the Bellaire Police Department to the Bellaire High School Belles, Boy Scouts to City Hall. A representative from each entity held up a letter at the grand opening to spell out the word, C-O-M-M-U-N-I-T-Y.

Since then Susan Farb Public Relations has orchestrated the bank’s community service programs, beginning with partnering with the Bellaire Police Department on what has become an annual Free Child ID Kit Day. Soon after, the bank’s commitment to community continued with partnerships with the Bellaire Fire Department, civic groups, schools and organizations to sponsor programs that further promote the safety and well-being of children, families and the overall community. Citizens have responded to the programs very favorably in terms of their attendance, support and goodwill generated in the schools and the community overall.

Since August 2002, the bank has joined forces with the Bellaire Police Department to kick off National Night Out by administering free child identification (ID) kits to local families. The Bellaire P.D.’s community outreach officer will take children’s’ fingerprints and Polaroid photos of them.  For the seven of the past eight years the bank has collaborated with Bellaire Lions Club and McGruff the Crime Dog on the bank’s Free Child ID Kit Day. In addition to distributing free ID kits to participants, the bank gives each child a gift bag with a banking coloring book.  The program has been so well received that the bank now distributes free Child ID kits year-round on request. Susan Farb Public Relations handles the media relations for the event, which this year included in-studio television interviews on KPRC-TV Ch. 2 and FOX 26 morning news, a Univision Ch. 45 news story, announcements on KPRC-TV, KTRK-TV and KHOU-TV morning news, news articles in local weekly newspapers, listings on family-oriented and missing children websites and blogs as well as posting an SEO news release..

For the past seven consecutive years, CNB has co-sponsored the National Fire Prevention Week poster contest in Bellaire with the Bellaire Fire Department and Greater Southwest Chamber of Commerce. The program has helped teachers disseminate fire safety messages to thousands of Bellaire-area elementary school students and their families this year. Susan Farb Public Relations organizes the bank’s free celebration for the poster contest winners and runners up from Kindergarten through fifth grade from the schools, as well as their parents and siblings. The event includes an educational presentation by the Bellaire Fire Marshal, an appearance by Sparky the Fire Dog and the display of a Bellaire Fire Truck. CNB rewards all runners up and first-place winners with honorable mention and blue ribbons while the best overall winner received a plaque from the Chamber. CNB displays the children’s Fire Prevention posters in its lobby for two weeks as a community service and a source of pride for the young artists on their fire safety mission.

Another well-received community event that is free to the public is CNB’s “The Great Bellaire Paper Shred,” which is growing at a significant pace every year. A project of Community National Bank, Iron Mountain® Secure Shredding and the Bellaire Police Department, it provides the opportunity for local citizens to receive free document shredding services to help minimize their risk of becoming victims of identity theft. Individuals could bring up to 100 pounds of paper to feed into Iron Mountain’s mobile shredding unit. More than 3,000 pounds of documents were collected in three hours at the first event; 4,500 pounds the second year and close to 9,000 pounds the third year.  In 2009, Susan Farb PR recommended moving the date of the event to be the first Saturday after April 15th Tax Day to generate greater publicity opportunities. With increased media coverage (television interviews and announcements, newspaper articles and SEO optimized news releases), the Great Bellaire Paper Shred truly lived up to its name. Two Iron Mountain shredding units were needed (capacity is 15,000 pounds of paper per unit) for the collection of 27,000 pounds of paper in three hours.

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