The Arc of Katy got its start in 1989 when staff from the Katy Independent School District's Special Education Department hosted an informational meeting about The Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), today known as The Arc. The meeting was held at the KISD Outdoor Learning Center and the attendees, both KISD staff and parents of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), decided to form a local Arc Chapter.
The second organizational meeting was held on Sept. 19, 1989 at the Holy Covenant United Methodist Church in Katy. Janelle Jordan, the President of the ARC/Texas was at that meeting.
The chapter's first set of officers were elected at the Sept. 19, 1989, meeting. They were: President Ann Davis; Vice-President. William M. House; Secretary Betty Crites; Treasurer Yolanda Gassert; and Directors Fran Clark-Fielder, Joe Sosa, J. Douglas Trani, and Gordon Fielder. The initial 38 members approved the Articles of Incorporation, constitution and by-laws, and on August 2, 1990, the Articles of Incorporation were approved by the Texas Secretary of State.
During the first year, and for many following years, the Arc of Katy’s membership meetings focused on topics such as inclusion, guardianship, and estate planning. In addition, The Arc of Katy was able to provide some financial assistance to some special education teachers to attend seminars and workshops on various topics such as inclusion.
Dances, parties, and occasional picnics for families were hosted by The Arc of Katy beginning in 1989. Many of the first social events were held at the Club House in Williamsburg Settlement and chaired by Diane Nicodemus, Peggy Dougherty and Robert and Barbara Dale. The dances were always well attended and music was provided by Tim Ford and his wife Debbie using their cassette tape player and Tim’s pre-recorded dance tunes. The Social Committee usually pooled their money to buy pizza for the social events, as it and the dance tunes were always a hit with the attendees.
For more than 25 years, The Arc of Katy has continued to provide informative membership meetings for family and friends of people with I/DD and well- attended monthly social events for Katy area adolescents and adults with I/DD. In addition, since February of 2005, The Arc of Katy has provided an Adult Activity Day Program four days a week during the school year, and a Summer Program for adolescents and adults with I/DD.
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