Monthly Meetings


ICH meetings are held the third Thursday of every month at 10 am, (except July and December) at Trini Mendenhall Sosa Center, 1414 Wirt Rd., Houston, TX 77055.  Meetings  are open to all ICH members.  Would you like to attend?  We'll be happy to see you and invite all members  or prospective members to join us for lunch afterwards. For any questions please email or

November Monthly Meeting, November 16, 2017

Tha Accessory store, Alice & Jesse,  is our guest speaker at the November monthly meeting, she will talk about " Holiday table decoration and floral arrangements"

Alice has been in the interior design business for 20 years,, following her dreams after practising law for 20 years. Jesse has been working in the store for 15 years, making beautiful floral arrangments and assisting customers to do the interior designing.

The presentation will consist of ideas for seasonal decorations, from thanksgiving to New Year.

October Monthly Meeting, October 19, 2017

It's all about FUN !! 

The charismatic Damon Damico and partner will "trip the light fantastic" and show us how anyone can dance, with many styles, and just have fun !

September Monthly Meeting, September 21, 2017

Join us for Coffee and a chat,

Harvey made a landmark in Houston, We all have stories to share and catching up with friends to offer our support during hard times.

June Monthly Meeting, March 15, 2017

Our speaker for June 15th meeting was John Shay, a licensed acupuncturist
John Y. Shay, L. Ac., M.A.O.M.
Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners (TSBAE) Certified
Licensed Acupuncturist # AC01022
Originally from Taiwan, John went through four years of extensive training, and received his Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine degree from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Houston Texas.
John is an licensed and insured acupuncturist, certified by the State of Texas Medical Board and the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners. He is also a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). John is fluent in both English and Chinese.
His presentation included the following topics:
- How does acupuncture work?
- What can acupuncture help with or treat?
- Benefits of acupuncture treatments.
- Chinese herbs, electrical stimulation and cupping.
- How is acupuncture covered by medical insurance?
- Q & A

May Monthly Meeting, March 18, 2017

Brookwood Founder Mrs. Yvonne Streit was the guest speaker at the May monthly meeting 

Mrs. Yvonne Streit is the founder of the Briarwood School and The Brookwood Community, an entrepreneurial as well as residential community for adults with Special Needs. She will be the speaker at the ICH May monthly meeting.

We had  the opportunity to learn about the community’s achievements and the great life lessons they have to share.  Information was available about The Café at Brookwood, which is a five star restaurant with spectacular garden view available for daily dining or events. We found out more about Brookwood's amazing shopping (regular and seasonal, including an art gallery), famous nursery, donations & volunteering opportunities at Brookwood

Mrs. Streit and her colleague Jana Mullinsl introduced us to their new book, "Everybody's Got a Seed to Sow".

The book’s humorous and heart-warming story tells how Mrs. Streit daughter's sudden, devastating illness changed the course of her life. One family’s tragedy turned into a far-reaching and life-enhancing program for people with special needs and hope for their families.

There was a book signing by the author.

enjoy this opportunity.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book supports The Brookwood Community, its citizens and its outreach programs. 


March Monthly Meeting, March 16, 2017

Houston Symphony 

Guest Speaker Pam Blaine, Chief of Education and Community Programming from Houston Symphony. After her brief presentation we will get the opportunity to enjoy musical performance by Rainel Joubert. He is newest Community Embedded Musician, Rainel Joubert will be joining us and performing during our visit. Rainel is a Cuban-born violinist who has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Opera and Ballet Orchestras of Havana. His many awards include being named one of the four finalists of the 15th Annual Sphinx Competition, First Prize in the Concerto Competition of the University of Southern Mississippi, and Second Prize in the Violin Competition and Best Interpretation of Cuban Music at the 2006 Union de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (Cuban Artists and Writers Union). As a member of Sphinx Virtuosi (SV) he performed in important halls such as New World Center (Miami), Kennedy Center (Washington), Carnegie Hall (New York), and participated in extensive community engagement activities. He speaks three languages (Spanish, Portuguese, and English) and holds a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Feburary Monthly Meeting, February 16, 2017

Guest Speaker Mattie Provost, Asssistant Chief of Police West Patrol Command

Mattie Provost, Assistant Chief of Police West Patrol Command will address some of our police related concerns such as: personal/property/internet safety; how to handle threatening situations; reporting a crime; police procedures and your rights. There will be insight on some specific Texas laws regarding guns, alcohol and traffic violations.

January Monthly Meeting, January 19, 2017


At Southeastern Guide Dogs, we create and nurture partnerships between visually impaired individuals and guide dogs, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity. We also provide service dogs for veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder.


November Monthly Meeting

It was a great meeting with the Accessory Place, Alice and Jesse talked about how to decorate your home for the festive season.

Past VP Activities received the pin.

Good-bye Simone and Canan, we will miss you!!

October Monthly Meeting

At the October monthly meeting ladies enjoyed a wonderful performance by Damon Damico;

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Raffle winners !!

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September Monthly Meeting

"Coffee and Chat"

Everyone got a chance to meet friends

August Monthly Meeting

The ICH August Monthly Meeting was held at the Trini Mendenhall Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston 77055,

ICH congradulate and welcome the 2017-18 Board of Directors. 

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Activities Expo

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June Monthly Meeting

The ICH June Monthly Meeting was held at the Trini Mendenhall Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston 77055, It included a very useful set of information about Chinese medicine and acupuncture. 

Congratulations to this month's raffle winners! 

May Monthly Meeting

Great speech was given by Yvonne Streit and Jana Mullins at the May ICH Meeting on Thursday. Yvonne is the founder of Briarwood School and the Brookwood Community, and Jana is the Director of Outreach and Community Engagement at Brookwood. Such an inspirational story! For more information, please click:


Click below link to access the Spring into Summer Photo Gallery


Thank you all for taking part in the 2017 ICH Spring into summer luncheon!

We all had a great time in a superb setting and décor at Legacy Ballroom, Pine Forest Country Club.

It was a great ICH team work, as all of us had a contribution to the success of this event: the SISL Committee, the volunteers, the invited guests and last but not least all of you who were present at the event were such  good company!

Amy, Diana, Fran, Lorraine and Judy did a superb job welcoming us to the event.

Canan, Hande, Simone, Charlotte, Maria del Pilar and Juliette did a fantastic job modeling Elaine Turner's latest collection, Modern Havana!

We  enjoyed a delectable spring buffet lunch, had a lot of fun as well as had the chance to browse Elaine Turner's pop up shop.

Wendy and Anne did an amazing job with the raffles display as well as advertising the beautiful hand work donated by Fran and Marcia.

The highlight of the event was the Queensbury Theatre Broadway inspired musical performance!

The ICH Board presented a check for $500 to the Best Buddies. Juliette was a great ambassador for Best Buddies. She won many of our hearts and made a few new friends.

Six lucky winners won the raffles prizes.

Thank you for your generosity! We managed to raise another $680 for Best Buddies from the raffles and $188.16 from Elaine Turner's sales.

Congratulations to Susan for winning the Best Dressed prize and to Carmen for the Best Hat award!

Carin and Elma, our photographers for the day, took many photos that will be available to everyone the first week of May on the ICH website.

A big Thank You from the SISL Committee: Prashanthi, Dana, Tammy and Patricia


March Monthly Meeting

At March ICH meeting, Pam Blaine, Chief of Education and Community Programming at the Houston Symphony, introduced us to Houston Symphony's Community Embedded Musician Program. This program  reaches out to the diverse population of greater Houston in hopes that more people will gain an appreciation for music.

Rainel Joubert, one of four Community Embedded Musicians, treated us with a beautiful and interactive violin performance. He spoke about his experience as a violinist performing with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, the Opera and Ballet Orchestras of Havana as well as performing in important halls such as New World Center (Miami), Kennedy Center (Washington), Carnegie Hall (New York).

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Rainel Joubert performance at March ICH meeting

February Monthly Meeting

The ICH February Monthly Meeting was held at the Trini Mendenhall Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston 77055,It was a very informative meeting  with Chief Mattie Provost and her colleagues from the Houston Police Department Lt. Susan Wheeler and Lt. Christopher Baltazar. We learned to be aware of our surroundings and to how to give a more detailed description of a suspect. Also, she gave us the number to call in the case of NON-EMERGENCIES which is 713-884-3131.

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Crime Prevention

January Monthly Meeting

On January 19th, 2017, Linda Frederick, a member of ICH and a Guide Dog Puppy Raiser, told us about the important work that South Eastern Guide Dogs provides and shared her rewarding experiences as a Puppy Raiser. We'd like to extend our deep appreciation and respect for all the work and dedication the Puppy Raisers do. And of course, we won't forget the puppies, a big pat for them for all their hard work too!

Linda's presentation was heartwarming especially since was very personal. 

ICH donated  $500 to support the start of a Guide Dog's intensive training.

Specifically, at the end of February, Springfield, a yellow lab raised in Houston, will be going back to the Florida campus to attend Guide Dog College. She will live in residence and the first month she will be in the Assessment Kennels undergoing extensive medical, skills and personality tests by the campus vets and certified Guide Dog Trainers. The $500 donation will go towards this new chapter in her life. Springfield attended the ICH Meeting on January 19th. She was happy to say hello to the members of ICH and thank them personally for their contribution to her advanced education.

September Monthly Meeting

The ICH Monthly Meeting was held at the Trini Mendenhall Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston 77055. Johnnie C. Tatum, MBA, RT (R) (CT), Founder and Owner of Second Chance Consulting, is the speaker for the morning. Second Chance Consulting LLC & Second Chance Outreach, Inc. specializes in empowering individuals and communities through consulting services for an array of re-entry programs, professional development for law enforcement/ co...rrections personnel, and various outreach services. Its mission is to empower communities, decrease recidivism by promoting individual responsibility and accountability through life skills and behavioral services; helping one person, one family and one community at a time, ultimately reducing crime and incarceration.

August Monthly Meeting

We welcomed the incoming 2016-17 ICH Board of Directors.


Learned the essentials of hurricane preparedness with Haskell L. Moore

June Monthly Meeting

Delicious aromas, traditional outfits and decorated tables laid out with food, greeted the ladies who attended the International Potluck held at the June Monthly Meeting.

Ladies were able to sample, and even take home, food that was prepared and presented by our very own members. 

There was also a stunning performance by the beautiful Balinese dancers whose graceful moves and colorful costumes captivated their audience. 

This was truly a spectacular collaboration of many individuals, whose generous efforts and contributions, brought together many different countries and culture and ultimately, this is what being part of the ICH family is all about. Thank you to all who participated.



May Monthly Meeting



Packed house for May ICH speaker on human trafficking

ICH members filled the meeting room to capacity on Thursday morning, May 19th, to hear Natalie Shirley speak about human trafficking. According to Natalie, the journey to prostitution often begins with abuse in the home, which damages a child's self-esteem and makes him or her vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers. ICH members were dismayed to learn that Texas, particularly Houston, is a major hub for traffickers.

Members asked hard questions about these organizations, and the speaker answered with diplomacy and grace.  Although ICH members did not agree with all policies, all members agreed that the presentation was informative, worthwhile and heartrending.  

ICH donated $500 to Nightlight International to support their efforts to help victims of this type of slavery.   

Members who would like to help end human trafficking can report any suspicious establishments (example massage parlours or nail salons) or any situations that raise concerns to the National Trafficking Hotline at 8883737888, or by using the free iWatchHarrisCounty app, which can be downloaded from your App Store. More information can also be found at, 

A young person's future may be at stake.



April 2016 - Spring Into Summer Luncheon 








Beautiful flower arrangements, hand made r ibbon napkin ring holders and rose scented soaps adorned massive round tables which spread across the room bringing spring and summer into the opulent ballroom at Pelazzios. 









The morning started of with a bang as our very own members strutted their stuff like professional models, weaving around tables and showing off some stunning outfits put together by Cabi stylist, Kristina Fielder. 

After a delicious meal which was efficiently served, we were captivated by our guest speaker Mica Mosbacher, as she shared her life experiences with us.  $1000 was donated to SafeAustin/SafePlace, a charity close to Mica's heart.


March 2016 Monthly Meeting

Thank you to our VP's Programs, Prashanthi and Carol, for giving members a complete Bollywood experience at our March monthly meeting. From bindi's (forehead decorations) and henna painting to samoosas and sari draping, everyone was enthralled. However, the highlight of the morning was the Bollywood dance lesson that had members swaying their arms and shaking their hips. To see our talented members in action, check out the video posted on Instagram:  ic_houston                                                                                                                               

A special thank you to our dance instructor, Dolly Goyal and the artistic henna painter, Dalila Suleimanji.