Event Date: September 21, 2022
Location: Junior League of Houston
No. of Attendees: 200
Beneficiary: Houston Symphony League
Chairpersons: Tammie Johnson and Heidi Rockecharlie
Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Joanne King Herring
Interviewer: Lilac Guzman
Emcee: Dominique Sachse
Photography: Daniel Ortiz
A Houston Legend Leads a Discussion at Symphony League Luncheon on Volunteering and Establishing Lifelong Relationships
Chaired by Tammie Johnson and Heidi Rockecharlie, Houston Symphony League’s season-opening Fall Membership Luncheon at Junior League of Houston was a huge hit for the 200 ladies and gentlemen who were on-hand to dine and listen to guest speaker The Honorable Joanne King Herring.
Emcee Dominique Sachse and HSL President Cheryl Byington opened the program and welcomed the excited guests.
Joanne King Herring, interviewed on-stage by Lilac Guzman, is a Houston and international legend, and at the bright young age of 17, was one of the first Symphony volunteers. Her remarkable life made her the perfect keynote speaker to share her stories. Former President George W. Bush once said, “Joanne Herring is an extraordinary woman who was and still is a real catalyst in our world.” She has been the subject of film (Charlie Wilson’s War, portrayed by Julia Roberts), numerous documentaries, dined with presidents, royalty, world leaders, and entertainers. An audience with her is always treasured.
With humor, wisdom and honesty, this patriotic icon spoke to the sold-out audience about how establishing relationships can create positive change in life, work and the community. She brought her “inner magic” to communicate life lessons everyone should possess, which were, “Forgive. Forget. Go on and do your business. Know what you are doing. Enjoy it. Make people laugh. Make people happy, and you will be happy too!”
Socially present (not previously mentioned): Hallie Vanderhider, Cheryl Byington, Betty Tutor, Beth Wolff, Evelyn Lightman, Leisa Holland-Nelson Bowman, Sandra Porter, Leila Perrin, Jerre Parsons Williams, Jacquie Baly, Alex Blair, Susan Arnoldy Hansen, Vicki West, Mary Ann McKeithan, Diane Roederer and Leslie Siller