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World Gay Rodeo Finals
Fort Worth, Texas
October 7-9, 2011
First posted Oct 2, 2011
Last update Oct-28-2016
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Community Hero, Joel Burns

OCR Transcript by Frank Harrell, March 24, 2013

Joel Burns was elected as the Fort Worth, Texas District 9 City Councilman In 2007 .He is also a licensed residential Real Estate agent with Virginia Cook. Realtors in Fort Worth.

As a council member, Joel serves on the Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Housing and Economic Development Committee, Infrastructure and Transportation Committee, the following Tax Increment Finance District Boards: Downtown, Lancaster, South Side Medical District (Chairman) and Southwest Parkway. He serves on the Board of Directors the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau and Fort Worth South Inc.

During Joel's council l service has been a strong and effective leader for economic development, protecting Fort Worth neighborhoods quality of life and collaborating to improve education for District nine students through Mobile Recreation Summer Day Camp and advocating for the best learning environment for all students by ending bullying.

Prior to his election to the City Council, Joel represented District 9 on the Fort Worth Zoning Commission. He is also the Past Chairman of the Fort Worth Historic and Cultural landmark Commission and the former Board Secretary for the Tarrant County, Housing Partnership.

Joel is a member of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors and an alumnus of leadership p Fort Worth. Joel's commitment to Fort Worth youth earned him the 2011 oBelieving in Youtho award presented by Santa Fe Youth Services. Joel was awarded the 2011 Elected Official of the Year award from the National Association of Soda/Workers North Central Texas-fort Worth Area Branch. the Planned Parenthood North Texas Award for Media in 2010, the 2010 American Airline ExtrAA Mile Award for Courage from the NGLCC, and the 2009 Kline-Watts Award from the board of Fort Worth South.

Joel Burns was born at the Gladney Center for Adoption In Fort Worth, Texas. He grew up on the O.C. Armstrong Ranch In southwest Fort Worth and attended Texas Wesleyan University. Joel and his partner of 18 years, JO Angle, live in the Ryan Place neighborhood of Forth Worth in a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark home they restored together.

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Community Heros

OCR Transcript by Frank Harrell, March 24, 2013

Gary Miller Is a Founding member and State Representative of the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Gay Rodeo Association (TGRA).Gary served as State President of TGRA for the first and second TGRA Rodeos in Houston and Dallas. Gary traveled extensively throughout the US representing GRA and promoting Gay Rodeo.

He met his partner Alan who is also a founding member of TGRA, in Houston at Brazos River Bottom. Gary went to work for Round Up saloon in 1986 as both the office and general manager. He became co-owner of Round Up Saloon in May 1998.TI1e Round Up Saloon is the longest continuous Commercial Member of TGRA.

Some of Gary's other community achievements include serving as President of the Dallas Tavern Guild, and Board Member of Cedar Springs Merchant Association. He is also the proud father of Kevin Miller and grandfather to Austin and Jake Miller! Gary has been partnered with Alan for 26 years. They were married in Canada In 2006.


Alan Pierce has been partnered with and married to Gary Miller for the past 26 years. He was part owner of Brazos River Bottom In Houston, which was a founding member of TGRA-Houston in 1984. Alan served as IGRA Vice President in the early years of IGRA. He also served as TGRA-Houston Chapter President. Gary moved to Dallas In 1987, and went on to serve as TGRA-Dallas Chapter President. He has been Co-owner of the Round Up Saloon since 1998. Some of his other community achievements Include Board Member and Treasurer of the Montrose Clinic In Houston, President and Treasurer of the Dallas Tavern Guild, and he Is In the Cedar Springs Merchant Association. Currently, Alan is taking care of his elderly parents In Lake Texacoma and loving Gary's grand kids.

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David Hill 2011 World Gay Rodeo Finals® Grand Marshal

OCR Transcript by Frank Harrell, March 24, 2013

Our Grand Marshal was born in March 1954 in Sarah Palin country, which at that time was still a territory. His parents, originally from Wyoming, moved to Alaska to seek work on the Alaska railroad. In 1955, they returned to Wyoming where he grew up.

The family moved to a small farm in the Big Horn Basin where they had a variety off arm animals such as horses, calves and sheep and a garden which he had to weed daily. They left the farm and moved to various towns around Wyoming and finally settled in Glenrock where he completed his education.

He attended the University of Wyoming and received his Bachelors degree in accounting. After graduation he became a CPA and moved to Denver in 1984 and joined CGRA. He was quickly recruited by Wayne Jakino to serve as secretary of Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo and has remained an important figure in CGRA's rodeo history. He has continued on the board of CGRA and is currently their Treasurer.

In 1986, he helped develop the rodeo computer program which we continue to use today. He also created the position of Rodeo Auditor and has continuously held that position.

He joined the IGRA board of directors in 1997 and has served IGRA continuously the past 13 years as Treasurer.

Our Grand Marshall is a card-carrying member of PRCA and is a PRCA certified Arena Secretary, the only PRCA certified official in IGRA. He moves to Cheyenne for two weeks every July leaving his partner at home alone and calls this time, "an earned vacation!" His commitment to Cheyenne's "Daddy of 'em All" rodeo continues today. This year he completed 31 years with this world famous PRCA rodeo.

He achieved great recognition from his peers at this great event just this year when he was inducted into the"Good Ole Boys Club" called "The Heels of Cheyenne Frontier Days." This club is comprised of dedicated volunteers with extraordinary commitment to Cheyenne.

David Hill currently lives in Centennial, Colorado with Tommy Channel, his partner of 25 years, and their two girls, Daisy Mae and Lexy.

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