Previous Installation of Officers


Like the spring, The Guild Installation of Officers is a special time of new beginnings. We welcome those serving on our new Guild Board and thank them for giving their best to The Guild and Houston Baptist University.

  • 2019-2020 Officer Installation

    The annual Guild Installation Coffee customarily held in May was canceled this year due to impending inclement weather.  That did not deter the Guild ladies, however, who regrouped on June 4 to continue the tradition in a less formal manner…and were blessed with a beautiful sunny day!

    The multifaceted event began with an inspiring message by Carolyn Little focusing on “trust.”  This was in keeping with Guild President Cheryl Kaminski’s selected Scripture for the coming year, Isaiah 26:3:  “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

    Sharon Saunders presented Cheryl with a gift from the University as she begins her second and final year as President.  The ladies adjourned for a wonderful buffet luncheon followed by a business meeting marking the official kickoff of the 2019-2020 season.

    The day was filled with warm fellowship, new friendships, and good food. The ladies departed with an eager anticipation of an exciting and eventful year ahead for The Guild.

    This lovely event is being chaired by Gay Keys and Sue Marion and assisted by their wonderful committee.

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  • 2018-2019 Officer Installation

    Ladies of The Guild enjoyed the Installation Coffee on May 11, 2018 at the home of President and Mrs. Sloan. The lovely event was chaired by Rhonda Ekholm and Jodi Eby. Assisting with the brunch were Jane Ann Bickham, Nancy Penney, Cookie Peeler, Anne Roper, Debra Perich and Judy Childress who furnished delicious refreshments. To add to the beautifully arranged table were gorgeous flower arrangements. The variety of foods, the beautiful weather and fellowship with members and guests made for a very special event.

    Guild President Ruth Alford presented The Guild’s gift to Sharon Saunders. Dr. Sloan next presented Ruth with a framed Bible verse from a 1600’s Bible as gratitude for her two years of service. Dr. Sloan gave a very interesting and informative update on HBU, as well as mentioning the graduation ceremonies to be held the following day. Peggye Jane Gibson gave a very inspiring speech and lovely, heartwarming introduction of The Guild’s incoming President, Cheryl Kaminski. Cheryl emotionally thanked everyone for their confidence in her and remarked that she is certainly looking forward to working with all of the ladies and this wonderful organization. Her theme was “faith of the mustard seed”, as round in Matthew where it is written that nothing is impossible and the smallest of seeds becomes the largest of plants. We look forward to serving this devoted, wonderful incoming President.

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  • 2017-2018 Officer Installation

    Ladies of the HBU Guild enjoyed The Installation Coffee on May 12, 2017 at 10 am in the home of President and Mrs. Sloan. The lovely event was co-chaired by Betty Vernon and Jeanne Walker, along with the help of Debbie Andrews, Cookie Peeler, Lisa Hartman, Kathleen Evans, Jane Ann Bickham, Colleen Fellows, Janet McGuire, Kathy Thompson, and Judy Childress who prepared a delicious menu. The beautiful table setting was centered with lovely flower arrangements and special dishes prepared by the committee.
    Ruth Alford, our President, presented the Guild’s gifts to the University to Sharon Saunders. (Dr. Sloan was unable to be with us). Anne Roper conducted the very inspiring Installation Ceremony for the 2017-2018 officers. Ruth’s scripture for this year is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. Anne’s presentation likened the Guild to conditions of the heart. The heart of the Guild is a “ Servant’s Heart”: supporting, generous giving, fruitful, good works, humility and service. Ruth presented each of her new officers with a cross, made of white plaster enhanced with gold paint with a heart in the center. These were created by the citizens of Brookwood.
    Sharon Saunders provided us with an update of the progress and vision of HBU. It was a very special occasion for all who attended. It was a most heart filled day.

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  • 2016-2017 Officer Installation

    On Friday, May 13, 2016, The Guild Installation Coffee signaled the end of an era and the beginning of a new one.  Jane Ann Bickham and Judy Childress, chairs of the event, and their committee hosted a lovely Installation celebration at the President’s Home for more than 70 officers, members and guest.

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  • 2015-2016 Officer Installation

    2015-2016 Installation of Officers

    On May 15, 2015, The Guild Installation Coffee signaled the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Nancy Shomette & Kathy Thompson, chairs of the event, and their committee hosted a lovely Installation celebration at the President’s Home for more than 70 officers, members and guest.

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  • 2014-2015 Officer Installation

    2014-2015 Installation of Officers

    The home of President and Mrs. Sloan was a beautiful setting for our Installation Coffee on May 9, 2014. Guests enjoyed delicious refreshments provided by Co-chairs, Janet McGuire and Colleen Fellows, along with their committee – Nancy Shomette, Peggy Boyd, Kay Schmidt, Jane Ann Bickham, Patti Mark, Jody Weaver, Margo Cannom, Helen Perry, Ruth Ann Williamson and Deany Meinke.

    Outgoing President Debra Perich presented The Guild’s gifts to Dr. Sloan. He then surprised Debra with a framed pre-1650 King James Version Folio leaf from the Duham Bible Museum collection containing one of Debra’s favorite scriptures: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

    Betty Vernon, Jan Witham’s mother, presented each Guild officer and committee chair a vintage cup and saucer, unique to their respective roles in The Guild. It was a very memorable ceremony!

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  • 2013-2014 Officer Installation

    2013-2014 Installation of Officers

    The Installation Coffee for the 2013-2014 Executive Board and Committee Chairs was held in the President’s Home on campus at HBU on May 10, 2013, hosted by HBU First Lady, Sue Sloan.  Co-Chairs Sharon Corry and Colleen Fellows planned an elegant event with the help of their committee:  Jane Ann Bickham, Peggy Boyd, Peggye Jane Gibson, Pam Lucas, Janet McGuire, Carolann Moore, Kay Schmidt, Beverly Terrell and Ruth Ann Williamson.  The food was prepared by members of this committee and was done in true HBU Guild fashion!

    HBU President, Dr. Robert Sloan, enjoyed visiting with the many members of the Guild and gave an update of the University’s progress to date.  Dr. Sloan presented Guild President Debra Perich with a gift of appreciation for her service and leadership at the completion of her first year as president.

    Peg Harman served as Installer to the Executive Board and led the Installation with a beautiful theme for service to Jesus Christ, the One whom we truly serve with our many talents (“we are many parts, but we are all one body”.)  Peg installed President Debra Perich into her second year as President, presenting her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and installed each Board Member, reading to them the duties of their position from The Guild ByLaws.  In keeping with her theme for service, President Debra Perich installed the Committee Chairs and presented each  Board Member and Committee Chair with a monogrammed apron in HBU colors which reads:

     “Blessed to Serve – HBU Guild” and the chosen Scripture for this year:
    Isaiah 6:8
    “I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send …?’
    and I said, ‘Here I am Lord; send me!’ ”

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  • 2012-2013 Officer Installation

    2012-2013 Installation of Officers

    On May 11, 2012, Anne Roper, outgoing president, presented our gifts to HBU. Sharon Saunders, The Guild’s Executive Director, accepted the gifts on behalf of the University. Sharon also presented Anne Roper with a traditional gift, a charm of the seal of the University, recognizing her service as President of The Guild. Cindy Duffy, using Debra Perich’s theme of service, installed the officers with encouraging words and presented each of them with a silver serving piece. Debra followed by recognizing her committee chairs in the same way. Our new president also presented each of her board members a special scripture on service. As we begin our new Guild year in supporting HBU, we are grateful for the service of our ladies who give of their time and resources. It was indeed a beautiful morning!

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  • 2011-2012 Officer Installation

    2011-2012 Installation of Officers

    Seventy-five members attended The Guild Installation Coffee held in the beautiful home of Sherry Smith on May 12, 2011. The installation for the new 2011-2012 Guild Board was co-chaired by Janice Good and Sue Manning and supported by a wonderful group of 17 committee members. Everyone enjoyed the delicious assortment of food and the beautiful centerpiece arranged by Kandy Brittain who provided flowers from her very own yard.

    Sharon Corry, the outgoing president, presented our gifts to HBU, and Sharon Saunders accepted the gifts on behalf of the university. Marsha Eckermann did a beautiful job officiating at the installation ceremony. Marsha presented each incoming officer with a flower and compared that person’s character traits to those of the flower chosen to represent her. Needless to say, everyone enjoyed another opportunity to socialize with the wonderful ladies of The Guild.

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  • 2010-2011 Officer Installation

    2010-2011 Installation of Officers



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  • 2009-2010 Officer Installation

    2009-2010 Installation of Officers



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