A Moment at Bank of America

By Dr. Sheila Pope

On Saturday, February 9th, I went to the Bank of America to open my first campaign bank account. All of my donations must be separate from my personal account. I made an appointment for Saturday at 9:30 am. Yet it took some time to be waited on by an agent.

While I waited, a Pearland resident came in and sat down and we started to talk. She actually spoke with my daughter first. I listened then I joined the conversation. As we talked she said she recognized me. I said I was running for a seat on Pearland’s City Council. We talked about her desires for Pearland, working from home, and being single mothers. I told her I wanted to make sure I made

Pearland residents aware of resources in Pearland.

I shared with her information about the Homeowners Assistant Program. They have millions of dollars to help Brazoria County residents. I learned about the program while attending the Governmental Relations Meeting. Her uncle, who lives in Brookside Village lost everything during Harvey. She got the information and said she would share it. We made the most of our time waiting. I felt good that I did what I wanted to do. I want to let Pearland residents know about the resources that are available to them. When I finished, I opened up my account. I enjoyed my moments at the Bank of America.

Attending My First “State of the City” Luncheon!

Me and Mayor of Pearland, Tom Reid

ttending State of the City!

I attended my first “State of the City” presented by Mayor Tom Reid. If you are an entrepreneur, I am going to encourage you to invest in your local chamber of commerce. Previously, I did not join my local chamber because of their meeting were during the day and I was working full-time and doing business part-time. However today, I am a full-time entrepreneur and I can attend their events and serve on various committees. While attending the luncheon, I saw a major benefit in making the financial investment in myself as a business owner and community leader.

Small business owners play a major role in generating revenue for their local city government and communities. We need to recognize our importance to our communities and we need to work with other business owners and local and state politicians. I invited my Campaign Field Director, Novella Bean to attend the luncheon and we both learned a great deal about Pearland’s history and its current movers and shakers.

More important, the luncheon was filled with hundreds of business owners, city council members, and state representatives. State Representative Ed Thompson attended the luncheon. I purchased insurance from him before he became a city council member and a state representative. I want to encourage businesswomen to join their local chamber of commerce and get active in their communities. I am leading by example.

Read to Serve on Pearland City Council

by Dr. Sheila Pope

On January 18, 2019, I felt empowered and ready to take my life in a new direction. I attended Brazoria County Democrats Executive Committee Meeting and I looked around the room and realized I needed to do more. I have served as a Brazoria County Precinct Chair, Election Judge, and I have been a delegate to several Texas Democratic Conventions, including the 2018 convention.

To be honest, I never saw myself as a politician. Instead, I identified as a Community Leader! Yet something was stirred in me when I watched Houston City Council member Amanda Edward’s video about the issues that I cared deeply about. She created opportunities for female business owners in Houston. She held a Senior Empowerment Expo. I love advocating for seniors. When I watched the videos, I saw myself doing the same thing in Pearland. We do not have a female serving on the City Council and I can solve that issue by volunteering to serve.

In order for me to make those changes in Pearland, I would have to run for a position on the City Council. On January 18, 2019, I decided to add my name to the ballot for Pearland City Council Position 5. This was a huge leap of faith! I will keep you posted on my next steps.

Adding My Name to the Ballot

Attending Brazoria County Democrats Executive Committee Meeting

No Talking! Just Do it!

By Dr. Sheila Pope

One year ago, I moved into my first office. My friend Michelle and I celebrated. Now, I am working from my home office and shifting my visions and focus. My business address has changed and so have I. I am my brand; I do not have limits, except for those that exist in my mind. My faith in God has expanded and my focus on ways to generate revenue for others and my businesses have become more focused and strategic!

I am amazed at how much change has taken place since I took these photos a year ago! I am grateful for all of the support, lessons learned, and the mindset changes I have had in the two years since I have been a full-time entrepreneur. My clients have taught me so much about conducting business with integrity.

Michelle and I Celebrating

The View

Our Chats!

Thanks to State Representative Shawn Thierry, I realized I am a Community Leader. I never heard someone else address me in that term. I am normally called an educator. I have transitioned into another arena! I have served children, seniors, and community organizations in Sunnyside for four years. As a small business owner, Precinct 12 Chair in Brazoria County, and advocate, I have advocated for students at Worthing, TSU, Capella University, and I have advocated for senior citizens.

I have attended community meetings, political events and conventions (Democrat), graduations, served on Boards of outstanding nonprofits such as Smaart Incubator and Junior Achievers and Sunnyside Silver Hair Senior Group, Inc. I have served as a community partner with the Peoples United Summit and I founded the Boss Ladies Professional Network.

My latest transformation into a television producer of Conversations With Dr. Pope is the result of years of listening, watching, sharing, working with other people, and understanding there is a need to tell the stories of those no one else sees as valuable. I want people to see what I see as I do the work in the community.

From the time I launched into full-time entrepreneurship, I became a full-time community and business leader. It all happened while I was actively doing the work! Here is the shocking part, I never saw my evolution because I was living it not talking about it.

Helping Others Serve

By Dr. Sheila Pope

I am one of four Board of Directors charged with helping the Honorary Mayor Sandra Massie Hines’ grow her non-profit organization’s outreach programs and to raise funds. Ms. Sandra Massie Hines has served residents of Sunnyside for decades.

She founded Junior Achievers and Sunnyside Silver Hair Senior Group, Inc to be able to generate more support for her community outreach services. Ms Hines is the CEO of her organization.

501c3’s Facebook Page

Under the guidance of the Board of Directors, President, Ms. Shawn Aker and Vice President, Pastor Milton Bradford, Advisor Kris Ougrah, and Secretary, Dr. Sheila Pope, her nonprofit will raise funds and raise awareness of Mayor Hines’ programs. Board members Shawn Aker and Pastor Milton Bradford have served with Ms. Hines for years.

All of the Board of Directors support Mayor Hines’ vision and her passion to help the homeless, women, children, seniors, and ex-offenders. Board members all work professionally with the same population in different capacities.

This year, Mayor Hines decided she needed a website (www.jrachieversandsunnysidesilverhairseniors.com), a facebook page@jrachieverssilverhairseniors501c3, and to utilize other tools to help her bring awareness to her organization and its purpose.

We are having our first fundraiser to support seniors in Sunnyside. Mayor Hines is presenting her royal court at the Senior Cinderella Ball on September 27, 2018, at the Sunnyside Multi-Service Center from 10 am – 1 pm in the auditorium. We will have a catered lunch and live band. Tickets can be purchased for $50.00 on Eventbrite. If you want to sponsor a table or other seniors to attend, contact me at jrasshg@gmail.com.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/senior-cinderella-ball-tickets-49896482723?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

Connections Matter to Voters!

By Dr. Sheila Pope

I had the opportunity to watch Judge Fredricka Phillps(she was an attorney at that time) become Vice Chair of Texas Democrats Convention in Dallas (Royce West hosted) in 2008/2009. Since her election as Vice Chair, her career has sky rocketed. I have seen her actively make the rounds with Democrats too.

When she came into SD11 Caucus yesterday before we began to vote and announced she was moving forward in her journey, I realized I was witnessing a transferring of power. I was able to see how two African American women were able to obtain one of the most coveted seats in the Texas Democratic Party.

I was grateful I was able to see Judge Phillips groom and actively support her possible replacement, Dr. Carla Brailey (won nomination at Black Democrats Caucus). Women helping women is critical in any endeavor. Black women supporting each other in politics and business is powerful on many levels.

Both of these ladies are beautiful, smart, and ambitious. They were active in their communities and excelled in their careers before they earned the right to get on the ballot for Vice Chair of Texas Democratic Party. More important, they understood the power of working together to ensure their agenda becomes a reality.

If no one else was woke, I was! To have the outgoing Vice Chair support you speaks volumes to the entire party. Carroll G. Robinson provided a fantastic introduction to Dr. Brailey. Deborah Peoples gave an outstanding speech at the Black Caucus. The crowd loved her speech. You could support her just as well as Dr. Brailey if you were voting based on speeches. Mr. Robinson added credibility to Dr. Brailey. I knew him and I have followed his political career for years. Their connection was important to me.

Yet when I asked my children who they wanted me to cast my vote for, London said Dr. Carla Brailey because she said she “knew her”.

Dr. Brailey and Judge Phillips came to Pearland Democrats Club’s June meeting and spoke to the club and both of the ladies spoke with me about being a mom and teaching our children early about serving the community. I had a connections with Judge Phillips from 2009 and from her work with Adrienne Bell. I discovered Dr. Brailey and I worked at TSU during the same time. I helped students in the sociology department with their research papers. She spoke to my children and London loved the way she looked. A girly girl is London’s Shero!

Dr. Brailey made a connection with me and my family. When I saw her at the convention she again spoke with us. Her team was nice and gave us goodies. I also observed how she and Judge Phillips were working together. Voters need to see who you are connected to and with and voters need to see candidates working before an election and after an election. If you googled Dr. Brailey like I did, you could see she was on her grind for years.

I understood after watching this tranference of power between two dynamic African American female democrats at the 2018 Texas Democrats Convention, connections matter! If you want to hold a seat of power, it is vital you have the right connections.

Serving Senior Citizens Over 60 in Sunnyside with Mayor of Sunnyside Sandra Massie Hines

by Dr. Sheila Pope

I have loved working with senior citizens for most of my life because of Zeffie Lee Frazier, my aunt, who took care of me while my parents worked. While my cousins Lorraine Joseph, Charlie Mae, and Joann Smith were at school, I was with Muh (Zeffie).

My days were filled with activities. I watched the Edge of Night. I collected the eggs out of the hen house. I ate homemade biscuits and drank coffee at the age of six. I think Muh was around 50 when I was six. Muh’s love and nurturing shielded me from my mother’s and father’s dysfunctional relationship. Muh helped me figure out who I was as a child and as a woman. I thought I was white for a year or two because of my complexion and my long hair (Lol!).

When I was 16, I returned to Winnfield. Louisiana. I would sit on the front porch with Uncle Charlie and Muh and tell them my dreams. I know they were over 65 at the time. I was ambitious at a young age. She believed me. On our many fishing trips, she had me drive her and Alice to go fishing. Alice and Muh we well over sixty and very independent. I dumped spit jars filled with Snuff.

My first job was in Winnfield, Lousiana at Troy’s Supermarket. Muh’s encouraged me to apply for the job. She explained to me why it was important for people to work for a living. She was my first cheerleader. I am not sure when dementia started to steal memories of me from Muh but I never lost my memories of her and my childhood.

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I have advocated for senior citizens because of the love and kindness I received from a senior citizen named Zeffie Frazier. People do not know, I fought for seniors like Marie Johnson from Acres Homes and for the ladies over 55 who worked in the kitchen over at Spring Branch Hospital before I became a teacher. Those ladies almost died from the stress and phsycial requirements of working in a hot industrial sized kitchen. Working with those senior citizens made me respect the value of a college degree. I was not designed to wash dishes in a hospital kitchen. I washed those dishes long enough for me to get to know each of ladies I was assigned to help. I was able to help them obtain their disability, helped one retire (hospital tried to fire her), and helped them obtain their social security. I even learned how to help one senior obtain her widow’s benefits.

I was never paid with money. I gained knowledge of how government systems worked. I learned literacy was critical. Many of the seniors I helped could not read. I learned I was smart and could do more by myself than I thought. After advocating for the seniors at Spring Branch, I thought I was going to become a lawyer. I became an educator instead. I still wonder how those seniors worked in the kitchen for 20 years.

I am sharing my story because the Mayor of Sunnyside, Sandra Massie Hines helped me to refocus my vision. She reminded me that money is not everything. She reminded me that I have a greater calling and God will order my steps to do more than I have ever thought. I woke up ready to continue my passion to do what I am called to do in business and in the Sunnyside community serving children and senior citizens.

Ms. Sandra Massie Hines and Harris County Sheriff Department

You are Appreciated!

God has partnered me with two community leaders in Sunnyside: Mr. Allen Provost, Treasurer of Peoples United Summit and Mayor Sandra Massie Hines, founder of Junior Achievers and Sunnyside Silver Hair Senior Group, Inc so I can stay focused and walk by faith to serve senior citizens and children while I continue to build my businesses.

I want to encourage each my readers to listen to your inner voice to help giuide you do the thing you know you are called to do in business and in the community. I want you to know serving others and volunteering are underrated. Being happy, helping others, and being at peace is priceless.