Hitting the Ground Running

The story of Clemente Rodriguez Entrant:  2013 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon Por favor lea la versión en Español abajo.  By Virginia Brooks, Founder & Principal Note: This story appeared in the following publications. The Mineola Monitor – December 4, 2013 LatinaLista.com – December 4, 2013 Clemente Rodriguez spends his work days 30 feet above ground installing, maintaining and repairing high voltage electric lines. It’s before dawn and Clemente Rodriguez hits the ground running.  He pulls on his work clothes and heads out to meet his power line crew somewhere in East Texas to start a 10-hour day of demanding and sometimes dangerous work.  Clemente is a lineman, and he spends much of his days 30 feet above ground in a bucket truck or climbing power poles to install, maintain and repair high voltage electric lines. It’s a rigorous job.  One that...

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B&A in the Community: Bridges Out Of Poverty

Sherman, Texas, like many other U.S. cities, is facing the challenges of changing demographics, an aging population, the loss of clean manufacturing jobs increasingly replaced by lower paying, part-time retail positions, and the persistent problems associates with substance abuse. In search of answers, 23 people from Sherman, representing the city government, non-profit social service agencies, the school system and local churches came together recently in search of aha! moments and holistic answers to alleviating poverty in the area. Hosted by MasterKey Ministries, a local educational outreach providing support to Hispanic children and adults, the all-day workshop, facilitated by Virginia Brooks and co-facilitator Stephanie Tyson from McKinney, was  based on the “Bridges Out of Poverty” framework developed by Dr. Ruby Payne of aha! Process. Key take-aways from the interactive session included the following: Poverty is the extent to which individuals go...

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The Brooks & Associates Journey: 13 Years and Counting

By Virginia Brooks, Founder & Principal Nothing is quite so gratifying – and humbling – as updating a company web site after 13 years in business.  When we set out in 2000 to launch Brooks & Associates Public Relations, little did we know what treasures lay ahead.  True, we have hit our share of potholes and taken some detours along the way, but all that pales in comparison to the warm and wonderful people we have had the privilege of coming to know. It started with our team – those fresh young faces who were willing to take a chance on a startup PR company located out in the middle of nowhere in North Texas.  With blind faith, they came alongside to make this miracle happen, and I can see their footprints everywhere I turn even today.  Lovely, bright,...

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Brooks & Associates Team Helps Girl Scouts Celebrate 100-Year Milestone

By Virginia Brooks, Founder & Principal 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA, a national organization dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The movement began March 12, 1912 in Savannah, Georgia with 18 girls led by Juliette Gordon Low. Today Girl Scouts is 3.2 million girl scouts strong, over 850,000 of whom are adult volunteers. Robyn Brown, a 25-year girl scout and volunteer, and Virginia Brooks, a girl scout alumnae and long-time supporter, did their part to support the milestone year. World Thinking Day In June 2011 Robyn joined a special planning committee comprised of both Girl Scout staff and area volunteers to support the 100th anniversary momentum and celebrations in 2012. Mattie Jenkins, a membership specialist for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX), noted why she recommended Robyn for...

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