Churchill’s great-grandson to speak at Annual Red Hat Luncheon

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The Adult Reading Center is excited to announce that Jonathan Sandys, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, will be the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Red Hat Literacy Luncheon on Thursday, March 23. Sandys is an international public speaker on the life, times, and leadership of his illustrious relative and the impact Sir Winston still has on the world today. His book, “God & Churchill,” reveals compelling evidence that Churchill was correct in his belief that his life, like many others, had been protected and guided by, as he put it, “Divine intervention.” He is also the curator of the online publication, Impressions of Churchill, and Never Surrender!, a weekly blog in which he shares themes of courage, faith, and integrity to inspire all to Lead Like Churchill.

Sandys says, “My great-grandfather inspired others through the power of his words, it is my greatest ambition to do likewise and, in doing so, pass on the greatest gift any human being can possess; knowledge.”

We are also pleased to announce Roy and Virginia Castillo as Honorary Chairs for this year’s luncheon. The couple met as teenagers while attending Pearland High School and have been married since 1985. Roy is a graduate of the University of Houston-Clear Lake, has had a career in law enforcement since 1992, and currently holds the rank of Sergeant with the Pearland Police Department. For his service in law enforcement, Roy has been recognized with many awards including the inaugural Above and Beyond Award from the 100 Club of Pearland. Virginia is the Sales Manager for Ed Thompson’s State Farm Agency and active in the community as a member of the Silverlake Lions and Tri-County Republican Women. Roy and Virginia have two children, a son and a daughter, and are active members of St. Helen Catholic Church.

The Adult Reading Center, the only professional community-based literacy provider in their service area that utilizes volunteer tutors to support its mission, is celebrating 30 years of transforming lives through education. In the past 30 years, the Center has provided free instruction to over 13,500 adults. Many of these individuals have difficulty functioning effectively in the community due to poor speaking, reading, or writing English skills.

The Adult Reading Center is an economic incubator and a complete service center using a comprehensive approach that will take adult learners from learning to read, write and speak English to obtaining a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency and a job earning a living wage while becoming contributing members of our community.

Funds raised through this major event in Pearland will support the Center’s programs – Career Dreams Begin Here! For further information about the luncheon and the Center, please visit

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