Police & Firefighter of the Quarter

Exchange Club of Lake Highlands members paused Friday to present their quarterly awards to first responders who keep citizens of Lake Highlands safe.

Firefighter Lorenzo Herrera, who works out of Station 37 at Park Lane and Greenville Avenue, was praised by Chief Michael Meador for his commitment to service. The father of six is “the epitome of a good firefighter,” said Meador, “always quick with a smile and a positive attitude, even when that isn’t easy.”

“Herrera has a commitment to his country,” added Meador, “and all he wants to do is serve others.”

Police Sgt. Vincent Lee was recognized by longtime colleague and friend Lt. Ricky Lewis, who said the department’s Crime Reduction Team (CRT) could not have recruited a more highly motivated or talented individual.i

“Vee Lee, as we call him, is very positive and he makes us laugh. We enjoy our job and we enjoy each other, and we enjoy helping the citizens of Dallas.”

Lee, who has worked in several departments including Criminal Intelligence and Dignitary Protection, was grateful, saying, “It seems corny, but I just want to do good and help people.”

“Everybody talks about morale,” he added. “I’ve always said you are your own morale.”


Unsung Hero Award

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands presented an Unsung Hero Award to Carol Toler at its meeting on September 22nd.  This award is given by the club to Lake Highlands residents who go out of their way to provide a valuable community service.

For the past 10 years, Carol has written various articles about activities in Lake Highlands which are emailed to the community thorough her blog.  These go  to hundreds of residents and she also partners with the Lake Highlands Advocate in some cases to distribute her articles.  These are usually written several times a week. Although she receives no salary or compensation for this, she spends numerous hours attending meetings, meeting with business leaders, interviewing residents, etc to keep Lake Highlands residents  informed. She says she does this simply because she loves Lake Highlands. She and husband, Toby, have four children who are Lake Highlands High School graduates. Carol has an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and an MBA from SMU.

Picture–L to R- Club Member Don Lee, Carol Toler, and John Torres, club Community Service Director.


September Character Counts & Youth-of-the-Month

Exchange Club of Lake Highlands presented awards to LHHS students Friday. Shown are: LHHS Principal Dr. Josh Delich, Dominique Conway, Imani Johnson, Colt Brock and Exchange Club VP Robert Walne. Not pictured: Victor Maya.

Thank you all that showed up last Friday at Lake Highlands High School to honor our Character Counts and Youth of the Month awards.



Diocesan Council of Dallas

Our speaker Friday, August 18, was Michael Pazzaglini, Executive Director for the Diocesan Council of Dallas, Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Michael was a program director with the IBM Corporation in Austin, Texas, and recently retired after a successful career spanning 35 years.  He brought with him extensive experiences in hi-tech development, project, process, and people management.


US Congressman, Jeb Hensarling

On August 25, our speaker was U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling.  First elected to Congress in 2002, Jeb Hensarling is a recognized conservative leader in Congress and an outspoken advocate for economic opportunity, individual liberty, and religious freedom.

As chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Jeb is a leader in promoting consumer choice, competitive markets, and smart regulation in our financial markets.  He was the only member of Congress to have introduced comprehensive reform legislation for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the credit crisis, lauded in the media as “a concrete plan for fixing Fannie and Freddie.” Jeb was recognized by The New York Times for “leading the GOP Vanguard against the Bailout,” and was the only member of Congress to have introduced a legislative alternative to TARP during the heart of the credit crisis, which would have minimized taxpayer exposure and the politicization of the market. A lifelong conservative dedicated to advancing the principals of faith, family, free enterprise, and freedom, Jeb was chosen by his congressional colleagues during the 112th Congress to chair the House Republican Conference—the fourth ranking leadership position in the House.



Police & Firefighter of the Quarter

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Lt. Todd Thomasson presents to Kim Mraz as Exchange Club’s Joe Torres congratulates her

Fernando Quintero with Michael Meador and Exchange Club’s John Torres

Fernando Quintero with Michael Meador and Exchange Club’s John Torres

Carol Toler of the Advocate:

The Lake Highlands Exchange Club presented their quarterly Police and Firefighter Awards Friday, honoring first responders who risk their lives daily for the safety of Lake Highlands citizens.

New Fire Chief Michael Meador, a 17-year veteran working just his third shift in our neighborhood, expressed his excitement about coming to LH and his gratitude for the warm welcome.

Meador called Driver Engineer Fernando Quintero “the epitome of a great firefighter” with “a commitment that is unwavering.” He recounted to a rapt crowd Quintero’s swift water rescue of boys skipping school in 2015. It seems the 5 kids were messing around and got caught in rapidly rising water at Five Mile Creek. Quintero tied a rope around himself and two of the kids, pulling the boys to dry land. His firefighter mates joined him, and all five were saved.

Lt. Todd Thomasson from the Dallas Police Northeast Division called Kim Mraz “the female Radar O’Reilly,” referring to the character in TV’s M*A*S*H who had near-magical knowledge of the goings-on in the military medical unit.

“She has a master’s degree in something we can’t pronounce,” Thomasson joked. “She’s very dedicated and she absolutely loves it here.”

A surprised and grateful Mraz agreed – with the “loving it” part.

“You guys have been a great community to us.”


Big Thought

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June 2nd @ The KC Hall

Last Friday, we welcomed Ms. Lisa Schmidt of Big Thought to speak to us. We learned that Big Thought has a presence in Lake Highlands by helping kids that have fallen into the criminal justice system with their programs significantly reduce their chances of committing further crimes.  We thank Lisa for her time with us and for Big Thought’s efforts in our community.  www.bigthought.org


New Members Installed

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands installed 20 new members at its meeting on May 12th.  The club currently has 159 members and its goal is to reach the 200 member level. The installation ceremony was conducted by Membership Director Carlin Volkmer.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands installed 20 new members at its meeting on May 12th.  The club currently has 159 members and its goal is to reach the 200 member level. I The installation ceremony was conducted by Membership Director Carlin Volkmer. Shown L to R-front row- Carlin Volkmer, Membership Chairman; Bobby Roll, Scott Prewett, Matt Lunde, Wes Darilek, Jimmy Conway, Brian Russell Back row-l to R--Michael Bailey,  Curtis Reese, Charlie Bogan, Todd Stronsider, Nathan Trifone, and Dave Wassenich, Chad Roberts Not Present--Brian Blakeman, Corby Pardue, Ian Fairchild, Karen Clardy, Ryan Trobee, J D Hall and Jordan Emerson

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands installed 20 new members at its meeting on May 12th. The club currently has 159 members and its goal is to reach the 200 member level. I The installation ceremony was conducted by Membership Director Carlin Volkmer.
Shown L to R-front row- Carlin Volkmer, Membership Chairman; Bobby Roll, Scott Prewett, Matt Lunde, Wes Darilek, Jimmy Conway, Brian Russell
Back row-l to R–Michael Bailey, Curtis Reese, Charlie Bogan, Todd Stronsider,
Nathan Trifone, and Dave Wassenich, Chad Roberts
Not Present–Brian Blakeman, Corby Pardue, Ian Fairchild, Karen Clardy,
Ryan Trobee, J D Hall and Jordan Emerson