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Bridgewood Farms

“Providing Heart and Hope for a Community devoted to the challenges of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities”

11680 Rose Rd, Conroe, TX 77303 (936) 856-6460 Fax: (936) 856-2620

Chairman May & June 2018
Rod Chaves
Vice Chairman On Saturday, March 24th, Bridgewood Farms
Sheri Brown hosted the 10th Annual “Around the World
Treasurer in 180 Minutes” Wine Tasting event at Fly’s
Pat Sendelbach Right Aviation Services hangar at Conroe/
North Houston Regional Airport. With more
Board of Directors than 250 people in attendance sampling
Shawn Cannon amazing wines from 12 wine regions from all
over the world, it was a true party with an
Deborah Ellsworth impact for an organization that continues to
Jim O’Hare serve the community of Special Needs Adults
after more than 50 years!
Eduardo Rodriguez Oh So Elegant Events did an amazing job catering delectable treats
Jerry Shumpert and also donating the Wild Game Chef’s Dinner for the live auction
that sold for $2,800!!
Executive Director Each participant received a wine glass with a handmade ceramic
Flo Nelson wine charm made by our clients with a passport that guided the
attendee through the wine regions represented at the event. We
Associate Executive also enjoyed guests from Goldschmidt Wineries and their Goldmark
Director Wine Club from California, Bending Branch Winery in Austin and
Banfi wines that originate from Italy. Volunteer servers were once
Karen Jones again hard at work pouring wines and making sure all of the
Administrator attendees had a great night. Events such as this would simply not be possible without the dedication
Enid Goodman and commitment of our wonderful volunteers!!!

Our Mission The event would also not be possible without the generous
support of our sponsors and community partners, including:
Bridgewood Farms is the
premier provider of Wiesner Auto Group
Action Communication Technology
programs and services
in partnership with fami- Décor Builders Hardware
lies and the community, Fly’s Right Aviation Services

enabling individuals Troy Construction
with intellectual and Cannon Custom Homes
developmental disabili- Community Services Associates
ties to reach their Woodforest National Bank
The Dental Centre of Conroe
highest potential Advantage Pest Control, Huntsville
through training and
Judge Claudia Laird
life experiences Strike
that build self-esteem
and promote personal HEB #595 - Conroe
Kevin Brady for Congress
Chicago Title
Bridgewood Farms Board of Directors

The Krolczyk Family
Mrs. Helen Schwisow
And Many Other Devoted Parents!
Thank you so much for your donations and support!

Page 2 Bridgewood Farms

Events & Happenings

Burn Your Buns Bike Ride

Get ready to ride in our 15th Annual Burn your Buns Bike Ride! Bridgewood Farms will once
again be hosting an exciting event on Wednesday, July 4th. Over 400 riders are anticipated to
ride in this year’s charity bike ride. Registration begins at 6 am and the ride officially starts at
7:30 am. We will have routes available for 20 miles, 31 miles and 62 miles. Tell your family,
friends, and neighbors about this exciting ride in the countryside of Conroe and Willis. If you
are interested in volunteering or sponsoring, please contact Enid for any questions @ 936-856-6460 X 104.

BWF PROM Waterpark Blast

Bridgewood Farms will be having our annual Prom on May 19th at Summer is here and it’s time to cool off by
The Woodlands Community Center between 7-9:30 p.m. We need bringing out your swimsuits for the Conroe
Parks & Recreation Waterpark. Reservations
everyone with Birthdays in April, May, and June to help provide
refreshments for the festivities (Sandwiches, chips/dips, fruit/veggie are first come, first serve.

trays, assorted desserts, birthday cake, candy treats, assorted In order to RSVP, please prepay $12.
canned drinks and bottled water). Proper bathing suit attire is required and
clients must bring a sack lunch and drink.
ALL ATTENDEES: Chaperones are welcome and needed.
Attire for Event: Suits, Sport Coats, Ties, Formals, Church Don't forget to bring a towel, swim shoes,
sunscreen and clothes to change into!
NO BLUE JEANS ALLOWED! June 5th– Men; June 19th– Women

Contact Enid and let her know what you are going to bring @ NASA
(936)856-2620 X104.
Texas Special Children’s
Sponsored by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, National Projects has generously do-
Charity League (Bluebonnet Chapter) and National Charity nated 100 tickets for August
18th. Sign up early and
Aqua Zumba RSVP your spot for $5 for

Free lunch included; Bring

money for souvenirs.

Our summer activities again this year will include Aqua Zumba at Conroe Parks & Recreation Aquatics Center in June
and July. Aqua Zumba is a water fitness and dance exercise program that keeps everyone motivated by creating a
party atmosphere in the water, making everyone laugh, smile, move and let loose. Our clients will be joining in with
other participants from the community. Zumba classes will be on Tuesday and/or Thursday from 1:00 - 2:00 and the

cost of this class is $30.00 for 10 sessions. We will provide staff and transportation to and from Conroe Parks and Rec
Aquatic Center. Sign-up will be on a first come, first serve basis. The first 36 clients that sign-up and pay will participate!

Attached in the newsletter is a flyer to fill out and return to
Karen with your payment of $30.00 by Thursday, May 31.

The dates for Aqua Zumba will be:
June: 12, 14, 21, 26, 28
July: 12, 17, 19, 24, 31

Page 3

Family Picnic a Success! Albert Nelson goes to
Macau, China, for
Even though it w as bit cold and damp, everyone had a terrific time at our Special Athletes!
Family and Friends picnic held in the Bridgewood Farms gymnasium on
April 14th. Lots of delicious food was provided and shared and the group Though he was a little upset about missing the
played a fun array of games thanks to the continued efforts of Paula’s annual Friends and Family picnic, Albert Nelson
Posse, including the always fun Cake Walk! Everyone left with a cake, has been on an exciting journey to China to play

prizes and sodas from the ring toss. in the Macau Golf Masters for special needs
We were also blessed with some great live and silent auction items that athletes, the biggest golf tournament in the world
were generously donated by our family members and friends. We raised
$3,413, with a a portion of those proceeds going to horticulture for plants for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The
main goal of the event is raising awareness and
and future client fair projects.
We also allowed clients whose projects establishing a platform for exchange between
did not place at Montgomery County Fair, athletes from around the world. With the help of
to offer their projects as silent auction
items. Those dollars were paid directly to sponsors, they are able to host 24 golf
delegations from more than 20 countries. Way to
the clients. go, Albert! We can’t wait to hear all about your
Special thanks to Greg Slaughter and
Mike Nelson for cooking up the wonderful exciting adventure!

brisket and sausage!

Family of the Year 2017 We were also happy to award certificates
The Bubela Family to some of the great contributors to
Bridgewood Farms!

Family of the Year - The Bubela Family

Stan, Edna & Melinda

Board Member of the Year - Sheri Brown

Volunteer of the Year - Karen Pinnell

Client of the Year - Tiffani Blake

Organization of the Year - Paula’s Posse

Kiwanis Track Meet Results Becky Dindot

On March 24, Bridgewood Farms athletes competed in The November 20, 1961 -
Kiwanis Invitational Track & Field Meet at Oak Ridge High March 16, 2018

In Memoriam

School. Our athletes competed in field events, such as shot April Anne Allard

put, turbo javelin, softball throw and standing long jump July 8, 1968 -
March 26, 2018
and in track, our athletes competed in 25, 50, 100,200 and

400 meter walking and running events.
All in all, we had 18 1st place finishers, 10 2nd, 9 3rd, 3 4th
and 1 5th place finishers! It was a beautiful day for a track

meet and our athletes did a great job! Everyone came

home with medals in their events and a good time was had

by everyone!

Page 4 Bridgewood Farms

Meet Our Clients
Jennifer Bair

Jennifer was born and raised in the great state of Texas, graduating
from Magnolia High School in 2006. Jenny and her family moved to
Conroe in 2014 and they still reside there.
Jenny has one brother and one sister. She is one amazing aunt to her
nieces and nephews! Jenny loves to shop, as well as watch movies and
her favorite TV shows.
Jenny really enjoys participating in Special Olympics and spending time with her friends.
She is a wonderful team player, always cheering on her peers. She enjoys the many fun
activities at Bridgewood Farms including bowling, the fair, dances and holiday parties.

Montgomery County Fair Project Results

Congratulations to all our clients for their superb efforts to create unique projects for the Montgomery County Fair!
We had a total of 75 clients submit projects in photography, baked goods, handicrafts, woodcraft, creative arts, and
horticulture. We are excited to share the competition results with you below:

Lucy Schwantz - Baked Goods (Grand Champion - “Pizzells”)
Hannah Hafer - Baked Goods (Reserve Champion- “Blueberry Oatmeal
Stacy Brown - Baked Goods (3rd Place - “Strawberry Cake”)
Brennon Life - Handicrafts (Grand Champion - “Desert Scene Hanger”)
Christian O'Connell - Handicrafts (Reserve Champion - “Painted
Ceramic Fish”)
Octavia Jackson - Handicrafts (3rd Place - “Sunflower Noodle Bowl”)
Lindsay Carter - Woodcraft (Grand Champion - “Lindsey’s Lincoln
Stephen Harris - Woodcraft (Reserve Champion - “Wooden Plaque”)
Ryan Warner - Woodcraft (3rd Place - “Handmade Wooden Table”)
Albert Nelson - Creative Arts (Reserve Champion - “Latch Hook Rug”)
Chris Phillips - Horticulture (Grand Champion - “Combat Boots”)
Jody Shumpert - Horticulture (Reserve Champion - “Plant Variety”)
August Ward - Horticulture (3rd Place - “Large
Planter with Perennials)
Linda Tiernan - Photography (Grand
Champion - “Angel in the Garden”)

Page 5

Bridgewood Farms Family Council

“The Bridgewood Guardians”
Come and meet with other family members of BWF clients!
After several years of not having a family council, we are excited to hear your
thoughts, concerns and ideas! Our first meeting had 10 parents and 3 clients in
attendance, and we can’t wait for it to grow! Our next meeting is scheduled for May
17th @ 7PM and Conroe Central Library located at I45 and FM. Board member
Deborah Ellsworth will be speaking on special needs trusts and guardianships.
For more information, contact Mary Gail Doddridge ( or

Rita Schumacher (

Thank you for providing clippings, Romelia Buentello
transplants and seeds for our Horticulture * The Brown Family *The Bodman Family*

Department! The Gardner Family

Here are just a few ways that you can give back to Bridgewood Farms!

 Purchase items on the Wish List  Give your time to assist teachers in class

 If your employer provides matching charitable  Assist the office staff with general office activities for
donation fund, donate and match! 1-2 hours a month

 Help with fall craft fairs (Sept, Oct)  If you are handy with tools, assist with property
maintenance one time a month
 Chaperone Waterpark outings (June-Aug)
 Help with Burn Your Buns bike event (July)

A Special THANK YOU to all who have volunteered and made
contributions to Bridgewood Farms!

Patrick McGannon; Sarah Matej; Nancy Hicks; Shelby Nelson; Bill, Sheri & Stacey Brown; Cindy Garza; James, Cathy &
Stephanie Silva; Stacy Hudson; Katherine Dittman; Ruby Page; Jay Jones; Helen Downey; Linda Carter; Karen Pinnell;

Della Perrin; Helen Schwisow; Edna O’Neill; Ellie Tetzlaff; Karen Simmons; Mary
Gail Doddridge; Pam & Davy Holak; Richard Murray; Michelle White; Rita & Jimmy
Schumacher; Melinda Niewiemki; Mary Krolczyk; Gena Shaw; Denise Fisch; Kim &
Rob London; Darius Holak; Linda Burgess; Joe Giovanniello; John, Marge & Curtis

Hildebrandt; Rita Casey; Joe Hillen; Paula Anderson; Sue Ann Corke; Ginny
Bodman; Stan & Edna Bubela; Cindy Greenway; Page McGraw; Deidra Pisha;
Kristi Boyce; Patti Kitchura; Taylor Willhite; Becky Musgrave; Mike Nelson; Greg
Slaughter; Bridgewood Farms Board of Directors; Gail Swik, NCL (Bluebonnets
Chapter); NCR; CJCLDS (Woodlands); All BWF Clients & Parents Involved with

CJCLDS Project

Page 6 Bridgewood Farms

May Happenings 2018 Important Dates

5/4 – Incredible Pizza $14.00 May 19: Prom
5/19 – BWF Prom – TWCC 7:00-9:30PM TWCC 7:00-9:30PM

5/22 – Star Cinema $18.00 May 28: Memorial Day - Closed
5/28 – BWF Closed for Memorial Day

June Happenings July 4: Burn Your Buns
BWF Closed
6/5 – Conroe Water Park (Males) Prepay $12.00 when you RSVP
6/7 – Incredible Pizza $14.00 Sept 3: Labor Day—Closed
6/12 – Aqua Zumba
6/14 – Aqua Zumba Sept 8: Fall Dance
6/18 – Star Cinema $18.00 TWCC 7:00-9:30PM

6/19 – Conroe Water Park (Females) Prepay $12.00 when you RSVP Oct 26: Shriners Circus @ Knights
6/21 – Aqua Zumba Oct 31: of Columbus Hall
6/26 – Aqua Zumba Halloween Luncheon

July Happenings Nov 20: Thanksgiving Feast

7/04: Happy Birthday America! BWF Closed
Burn Your Buns Bike Ride

Nov 22-23: Thanksgiving— Closed

August Happenings Dec 8 : Christmas Dance
TWCC Noon-3:00
8/18 NASA Trip - $5 when you RSVP
Jan 1: New Year’s Day
*Please sign up in advance and prepay for all Community BWF Closed

Meet Our Staff

Bridgewood Farms teachers and staff are an integral component to the success of Bridgewood Farms! Each
issue we will highlight individuals so that we can all get to know them better!

Cary Main Marian Franks

Cary was born in Galveston, Texas, but Marian grew up in Houston with
was raised along with her brothers in five siblings. She has three
Houston after turning 2. While in high children and six grandchildren! In
school, her father was transferred to addition to working part-time, as
Austin, Texas, where she graduated needed in Ceramics at
from high school and went on to attend Bridgewood Farms, she is also a
junior college. She also did missionary full time student at Sam Houston
work in Africa and Ecuador where she State University and on track to
met so many wonderful people! receive her Bachelor of Arts in
Cary moved back to Houston in 2011 to Business Management in the spring of 2019. She also
care for her mother who has dementia. As Cary says, “She began and runs her own rental property management
is my angel and I’m honored God gave her to me to care company in the greater Montgomery County area.
for.“ While caring for her, Cary decided to go back to school, When she’s not studying or helping out in ceramics, Marian
completing online courses through Liberty University enjoys spending lots of time in the great outdoors, whether
majoring in theology. She moved to the Willis area around hiking, backpacking, cycling or soaking up some sun by the
three years ago where she resides with her husband. lake! She also loves to cook, read and watch thrillers on
Cary is a Christian with the love for God and his will. As she TV.
says, “ I have a taken a few detours in my life while caring This summer, Marian plans to participate in an exciting
for my mom, but I am so honored and thankful that the Good study abroad program in Germany. The program will focus
Lord brought me to Bridgewood Farms. I love my on coursework in international economics and she is one of
bosses...Mr. Gregory, Karen and Flo are wonderful! I can’t only ten chosen from Sam Houston State University to
say enough about Enid….she’s the rock for all of us!” accompany the faculty-led program!
When Cary’s not working at Bridgewood Farms, she enjoys
swimming, bike riding, playing tennis and reading a book What a privilege it is to have both of these
that’s good for the soul!. She has three daughters, two wonderful ladies on staff at Bridgewood Farms!
stepchildren and five grandchildren whom she loves and

PagPea3ge 7

May 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
6 7 1 2 3 5

Pizza $14

8 9 10 11 12

13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 Board Mtg BWF Family PROM @
28 Council TWCC
21 22 23 24 24 26
Sun Star Cinema
& Grill $18 31 Sat
28 29 30

June 2018

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

3 456 7 89
Waterpark— Incredible
Men $12 Pizza $14

10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Aqua Aqua
Zumba Zumba

17 18 19 20 21 22 23
Star Cinema Waterpark— Aqua Zumba/
Women $12/ BWF Family
Grill $18 Board Mtg Council

24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Aqua Aqua
Zumba Zumba

Bridgewood Farms

11680 Rose Road
Conroe, TX 77303
Phone: 936-856-6460
Fax: 936-856-2620
“ Bridging the gap for the
Intellectually Disabled”

Become a fan of Bridgewood Farms

We enjoy having visitors come see our
facilities and meet our clients & staff. To

request a tour or learn more about our
programs, services, and volunteer oppor-
tunities, call us at 936-856-6460 or visit

our website


Pre-Vocational Training: Scrapbooking Paper, Bingo Prizes, Hobby Lobby/Michael’s Gift Cards
Ceramics: Studio Equipment & Materials, Kiln Shelves RF159 21” x 1”; NRA-04 Pugmill (to recycle clay); Assorted Mayco Glazes; Firing

Rods; Slip; Clay; Stilts (bed of nails)
Shop: Large bench vise; 4” Angle Grinder (With Grinding & Cutting Wheels); Riding Mower; Stihl of Husqvarna 20-24” Bar Chainsaw

Horticulture: Potting Soil; Four (4) Oscillating Fans
ACE: Pre-K Activity Books; K-1st Books; Prizes for Prize Box;
Health and PE: Soccer Nets; Nerf Soccer Balls; 18” to 23” Kickballs (3)

Grace Manor: Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
Hick’s House: Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, New Gas Weed Eater
Residential Properties: New Riding Lawnmower; 50’ Extension Cords (2), Shop Vacuum, Leaf Blower

Lunchroom: 2 Microwaves

Celebrating 50 Years Serving the Special Needs Community 1967-2018

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