Posted by Carl Gerhardt on Sep 26, 2017
On 9/26/2017, Jason Rinn from TUFF spoke to the members of the Magnolia Rotary Club about the Texans United For Freedom (TUFF) organization and its upcoming event to be held at the Montgomery County Fair Grounds on Novenber 9, 10, 11 of 2017. Pictured is Jason Rinn.
Jason is a local businessman who owns Mortgage Outfitters (15+ years) and is one of the original founders of the TUFF organization. He started off his presentation by showing a short film giving a short overview of the TUFF organization. Jason then explained that TUFF is a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization based in Montgomery County, Texas. Their board and volunteers are made up of a group of Patriotic Texans who understand that Freedom comes with responsibilities and share a common interest to support the people who serve to keep us safe and free.
Jason then told the group about the TUFF's upcoming event to be held at the Montgomery County Fair Grounds (located at 9201 Airport Road Conroe, Texas 77303) on Novenber 9, 10, 11 of 2017. This will be the 3rd year for this event. It was previously held in Unity Park but the event has outgrown that venue and needed to move to the larger venue in Conroe, Texas.
  • On November 9th, there will be a Flag Retirement Ceremony and veterans dinner. Jason told everyone that last year, they fed almost 200 veterans.
  • On November 10th, the actual BBQ effort begins. There will also be a band and a fireworks show.
  • On November 11th, there will be the BBQ judging and live auction. Their will also be an airforce flyover put on by the Conroe Veterans Association.
Jason also told everyone that TUFF is certified to give volunteer hours to local students who want to help out. One of the things needed each year is many volunteers so Jason asked everyone if they are interested in volunteering contact him or Carl Gerhardt. TUFF will also need BBQ judges on Saturday, 11/11/2017.
Jason then told everyone that TUFF has given $25,000 each year so far to the Lone Survivor Organization and they expect to do the same this year. 
Tuff is also planning this year to raise funds to help vets find jobs with local first responders. TUFF has termed this effort "Boots for Badges". Boots for Badges will pay for some vets to attend either police or fireman training academies to help vets get these jobs. There will be a review board to decide which vets will participate in this training and receive scholarships.
Jason also mentioned that there will be a $5.00 donation to get into the venue this year.
After Jason spoke, Barbara Provencher inducted 5 new members into our club.
Pictured from left to right are: Barbara Provencher, Kelly McDonald, Melissa Pride, Chase Hogan, Jackie Thrasher, Yvette Castro, and Jerry Pyle.