Profiling Tepehua

By Moonyeen King
President of the Board for Tepehua
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Throughout the year the Tepehua Community Center gets many visitors. Some are just passing through never to be seen again, but who leave a lasting impression, reminding the writer of “Angels flying close to the ground” (Thank you Willie Nelson).

Mike and Michelle Bell come to mind. Bikers who travel the world, there and back, but have a love for Mexico. You will find them here this time every year, organizing bike tours all over Mexico, and also volunteering their fun for the Tepehua Center. They are the prime Jesters in our April Fools yearly bash at the Sunrise Restaurant.

Also a group who have converted an old bus into a caravan, dragging a jeep behind, they go where the winds blow them, stopping to help people or charity organizations as they find them. It has been a pleasure to have them this year at Tepehua, William Mekemson, Edgar Ruiz and Nicole Robertson.  We hope your bus stops here more often.

We were honored this year by the American Legion, Texas, National Membership Director Billy Johnson, Vice Commander Paul Espinoza, and Local Legionnaire Clay Johnston. These larger than life Legionnaires really stole the children’s hearts... the women’s too!

The American Legions locally, Post 9 and Post 7 have long been supporters of Tepehua Community Center. May the wind always be at the backs of men and women in uniform everywhere.

As Director of the center I have seen so much goodness in strangers. Goodness in the guys next door, so much more goodness than evil, in spite of the things going on in the world of politics and warfare. A younger world reaching out for stabilization.

It feels good.






Column: Profiling Tepehua




Settled in Mexico 13 years ago.  The intention was to retire into the arts as a writer, poet and painter...that didn’t happen. Beneath the smiles of the peoples of Mexico there was such a great need for change, especially for the women and children of the barrios, Moonyeen has dedicated these years to change the face of this little corner of the world. The work done by the volunteers of the Tepehua Community Center is teaching that change is possible anywhere. Moonyeen was portrayed as “Woman of the Year,” also two Paul Harris Rotary awards for the work done at Tepehua.  “Life in Mexico is very fulfilling. The Mexican people give so much more to us immigrants than we can possible return.



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