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"The Journey to Success"

     The Tia Award recognizes commitment, persistance and a postitve attitude in the pursuit of one's dreams. In a world full of distractions and shortcuts, it is important to recognize that a relentless work ethic is required for success. It is easy to succumb to distractions when you are climbing uphill towards your goal, especially if it seems far out of reach; along the way, you may see signs that read "SHORTCUT", but two miles down the road the shortcuts simply lead to dead ends.Undoubtfully, there is simply no path to circumvent the laborious yet ultimately rewarding path to success.

     As I continue on my journey to become a physician, I celebrate the refreshing sunlight on every hiltop and transform the stark darkness of each valley into an opportunity to nurture my faith and inner strength. If I am ever unsure about which way to turn when I reach a crossroad, I always consult God, my compass, to point me in the right direction. Through it all, every success has been a direct result of commitment, persistence and a positive attitude. It is certainly a privilege to have an award named in honor of my accomplishments and I hope that the meaniong of this award encourages us, the Foster-Jackson-Jones family, to always strive for our personal best as we achieve our dreams.

                                                                 Tia Foster Robertson

     The Tia Award was inspired by a family member by the name of Tia Foster Robinson, the daughter of Jesse Foster. Tia is the first recipient at the Buffalo Family Reunion in 2005. Therefore, it was named in her honor.

     We thank you Tia for giving us the inspirtation to create a magnificent award.

     The Tia Award will be presented every two years at the Family Reunion. Participants must submit their applications no later than three months prior to date of the Family Reunion. The award is to acknowledge the outstanding family member who demonstrates the standers of religion, family, education, community involvement and self. The participant must be dedicated to attending family reunions on a regular basis.

     All participants are required to submit an essay covering all 5 categories. Mail your essay to:

Louis Foster
129 Durham Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14215
(716) 897-0490

     Good luck and let's all get involved.

If you don't define yourself for yourself, you will always be caught up in others people's fantasies"



                                         2015 Winner Of The' Tia Award

                                                  Weslier Marie Moorhouse,"Lee"

“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you as you are; the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what”.

It is each and every one of you who are a patch in my quilt of life; the thread that binds me. It is each and every one of you that are either the lyric or the melody to the song in my heart. It is the love of my family that keeps me going, moving and growing. I have been attending these reunions since their conception. I was blessed by God to be the daughter of one of the original founders; My mother “God rest her soul” is Lucille A. Robinson “Lucy” and my father “God rest his soul” is John W. Robinson. Together, they instilled in me the meaning of loving, giving, supporting, caring, and honoring family and family values. When I was coming up, family cookouts, family reunions, and summer trips to Alabama and Tennessee to stay with Great grandparents, Grandparents, great aunts and uncles, and cousin were not an option. These things were part of your training and commitment to family. These trips were not only recreational, they taught us the love of family values and principles. It was the hot summers in Alabama sitting on my great grandfather’s pouch swatting flies and mosquitoes and listening to his stories until the wee- dark hours of the night that taught me about his life in the south. To me, paw was bigger than life but his talks made him real to me. They emphasized his strengths, philosophies, and character; demonstrated the love he had for all of us and his desire to pass on as much family history as he could and we cared to listen to. It was the huge breakfasts at uncle John Edward’s house, slopping hogs, feeding the chickens, picking tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, churning butter and such that gave a city girl like me some country credits. It taught me to value differences in lifestyles and the value of hard work and an honest decent living. These are the life lessons I take with me today some 50+ years later that makes me the person I am today.

Today, I am a college graduate with a B.S. degree in Cell Physiology with a second concentration in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. I have done some post graduate work in Microbiology and other studies in Health Care/Human Resources. I am the mother of two beautiful daughters who will graduate high school this year and go on to college. I have been employed for 30 years in one of the most renowned hospitals in the country; University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems in Ann Arbor Mi. I am an instructor in the Department of Pathology teaching phlebotomy. I teach a 5 week training course which I created and developed over the years. It is one of very few in the country at any teaching hospital. To date, I have trained well over 1,000 individuals in the art of blood procurement not only for the University of Michigan hospital but to area hospitals as well who desire additional training and educational resources. That being said, none of this would be possible without my family. I truly believe your excellence in anything you do begins with the love and support of someone in your family who believes in you and inspires you to not only do your best but to be your best. If you ask anyone who is successful, no matter what their life story is, they will be able to take you back to one or two individuals who encouraged them along the way and helped to cultivate their dreams and passions to make them a reality. Even when they thought they couldn’t do it, that family member was there to inspire them. This is what family is all about and it is what catapulted me to success.
I was raised in church and taught to put God first in everything I did. As an adult, I remembered these teaching and that kept me spiritually grounded throughout my adulthood. I sing in the Huron District choir, past Chair of our Women’s Day programs, and speaker and MC for several events at the church. My Christian journey is my most important journey in my life. As much as I know how important family is, without God nothing is possible; with God everything is possible. Before my feet hit the floor every morning, I send up praises to my master; The keeper of my soul, my reason for being, and the One who keeps me in perfect peace. I believe every day should begin with excellence in exaltations. Just as I give of myself to my Lord and my family, I also know that I must  share my talents, gifts and myself with others. I live to be an example to other young women and men in my community encouraging them and inspiring them to greatness; academically, socially, spiritually, and emotionally. I mentor several young women and act as a life coach as my way of giving back to those who educated me. I feel that my life is well rounded because I had people in my life guiding me along the way from a very early age. From my ancestors, to my parents, to siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family members and friends---the path was cleared of most of the brush, thorns and jagged rocks. All I had to do was stay on that path they cleared for me. They never promised it would be easy, or that the terrain wouldn’t get rough, but with faith, confidence and hard work, I would be able to navigate to a place of success. My goal was to not only navigate the path but to make it safer and clearer for those following behind me. My prayer is that I have done just that.
To my family, my uncle Louie and aunt Max for the vision of this most prestigious award, to everyone who encouraged me along the way; said a kind word, prayed for me, mentored me, set an example for me, laughed with me, cried with me----I thank you. This award serves to proclaim that the journey is not over and it confirms one thing for sure……I am on the right path. Of all the awards and accolades I have received over the years, this one is closest to my heart and means the most to me. Nothing is better than the love and recognition from ones own family.

Desmond Tutu says: “ You don’t choose your family; they are God’s gift to you.”
I want to thank God for this most wonderful gift; the gift of the Foster Jackson Jones family
To my sweet angel, Tanya Foster, I miss you so much. Heaven has been blessed with your presence.
Lovingly submitted: Weslier Marie Moorhouse, “Lee”



2013 Winner Of The' Tia Award
Tanya Denise Foster


Thank you so very much for this honor!  Of all the accolades I have received, there is no recognition greater than the love of family!
I am Tanya Denise Foster.  I am daughter of Robert and Dorothy Foster of Saginaw, Michigan, and the granddaughter of John Edward Foster and the Late Nellie Foster of Marion, Alabama.  I am the middle of 3 daughters: my sisters are Yolonda Mosby and Romonica Ruffin.  I am also the proud aunt of Jacob- III and Kyndall Mosby, and Isaiah and Xavier Ruffin.  I was seven years old when the first Foster reunion took place on my grandparent’s lawn in Marion, Alabama! We have come a long way!  I currently serve as the treasurer over the family’s scholarship committee.
My spiritual journey began very young in life.  I openly professed my belief in Christ at age 8 at New Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Saginaw, Michigan.   I have experienced many triumphs and many blessings.  Through it all, I have been enlightened in God’s grace and mercy, and my faith nourished, through my fellowship with other Christians.  I am continually growing in my faith, and as I as mature in age, so does my love and appreciation of God’s abundant blessings!  I currently attend Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina. 
I thank God for His blessing to be a servant in the healthcare industry.  I have always had a dream to be a physician, and God has truly ordered my footsteps!  First, God blessed me with a family who has nurtured me spiritually, emotionally, and financially.   As a child, my parents made sure that we knew God by taking us to church, and keeping us active in church.   They made sure that I was accountable as a Christian, as a student, and instilled in me the importance of being a dependable human being.   They encouraged me to dream big- even when I told them I wanted to be Wonder Woman, and the Mighty Isis!  They made sure that I gave my best no matter the task, and they disciplined me when I didn’t measure up.  They have been my prayer warriors since birth, thus, imparting a praying spirit within me.  They taught me to be bold in my faith, and when I doubted myself, they prayed for me.  Secondly, God has blessed with me with an army of mentors: my professors, my ministers, my extended family, my sorority sisters, my friends and colleagues.  Each of them has guided me spiritually and professionally in helping me reach my career goals.  Lastly, God continues to reveal His magnificent power within every patient encounter.  He has gifted me with the knowledge, and a caring spirit to share in both the happy and the difficult moments in their lives.  In turn, my patients have taught me humility, patience, and vulnerability- God truly controls life.  I am but a servant with His blessing to care for those in need.
My career quest began with my graduation from Bridgeport High School in the class of 1988.  I completed my Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology at Howard University in 1992, followed by a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience at the University of Maryland in 1996.  Upon completion of my Master’s Degree, I worked as a researcher for the National Institute of Drug Abuse and addiction in Baltimore, Maryland.  Driven by my desire to become a physician, I entered medical school at Robert Wood Johnson in Camden, New Jersey in 1998.  I completed my residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD and I am currently in my 5th year of practice as a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist in Smithfield, North Carolina.

In my spare time, I enjoy international travel, fine dining, strength training, and spending quality time with my family, friends, and my sorors.  I am a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (Skee Wee!).  I have been so fortunate to travel, and experience other cultures, and adventures.   I have had the opportunity to zip line, ride horseback, bike ride on Haleakala Mountain, and snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef!    My International travels include the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Greece, and Australia!  It’s my goal to visit every continent!   As a physician, I have had the opportunity to teach youth, and women of all backgrounds about women’s health care, the importance of preventative health care.
    (Luke 12:48)  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
In closing, my faith, and my family have been the foundation for who I am today. I am so richly blessed! I hope that my life will continue to be honorable in God’s eyes, and that He will continue to guide me in all avenues of life.  With His guidance, I will continue to be the best daughter, sister, and aunt to my family.  I will work diligently to be the best physician to my patients, and to my community.  Finally, I hope that my life will encourage others that you can do all things through Christ!  Thank you again for the recognition!

Winner Of The 2011 Tia Award: Treva Lashun Foster
Tia Award Essay by Treva Lashun Foster



Winner Of The 2009 Tia Award:  Tianisha Simmons
Tia Award Essay by Tianisha Simmons

Winner of the 2007 Tia Award: Ashleigh N. Foster

Ashleigh N. Foster Tia Award Essay


          My personal mission statement is building on the foundation of a family tradition
and exemplifying my personal goals, dreams, and desires as I pursue another route to my
lifelong journey. Life has thrown me some harsh curves, but nevertheless, my stamina and
determination holds me steadfast in my race to leave a legacy for my family and future children.
I know that I have potential to make all my dreams come true and I do not allow earthly
plans to take precedence over God's plans for me. Until I get to that place I will let God
use me and direct my path.

        I thank each of you who have supported me in the past and pray that your
generosity and love will continue. Thank you for allowing me to participate and
write this essay in an attempt to convey my love and dedication for the betterment
of myself in my future endeavor, and completion of my life long goals and dreams.