During a well attended ceremony, Mayor Tom Reid bestowed a proclamation to Earl Newman who served in the armed forces and returned home to faithfully serve his community.
Earl Newman was honored for his many years of service first to his country and in retirement to the Country Place community he has called home since 1983. As one of the first residents Earl constantly looked for ways to improve both the culture and the surroundings of the area. He established a culture of volunteerism which still sets Country Place apart from other retirement communities.
Mr. Newman has served the community he loves in many way and set an example to all residents. He served a president of the HOA, the MUD4 Board, and the Men’s Golf Association which he helped organize. As he viewed his new community, he realized the need for more trees. Earl not only planted trees himself, but established the Arbor Day Golf Tournament, a mini tree farm, and the plant a tree campaign which lead to Earl receiving the National Arbor Day Award. These trees needed trimming, thus, he gathered a group of men in the community to do the pruning that later became the Special Projects Group that meets every Monday to volunteer to complete projects needed to keep up the buildings and grounds in Country Place.
Earl also believed in neighborhood fun. In 1986 he gathered his Special Project friends to build Black Jack tables for the first Las Vegas Night in the community. Las Vegas Night continues to attract over 200 residents every August for an evening of fun and games. This August, a month after his 96th birthday, Earl Newman served as dealer for both rounds of Black Jack the weekend before he was honored by his community. He also organized his Special Projects friends to convert the former U.S. Homes office into the Lake View Lodge, a location for residents to gather, socialize and play cards on a daily basis. He realized the need for money to support these projects, thus, he formed the Country Place Foundation.
These are just a few of the accomplishments that were highlighted by speakers on the program of the Earl Newman Day community event on August 28 that was co chaired by Barbara Foster and Sandra Eliason. Presenters included Mayor Reid, Les Williams, Paul and Judy Borchardt, Joy Goodale, Al Kohli, and Susan LaBombarde.
Approximately 200 family members and friends recognized Earl Newman for his military record and community service. Earl continues to support the community and Pearland Golf Club.