Last Friday at the KC, we got an update on the Special Session in the Texas Legislature from State Representative Jason Villalba.
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.
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.
June 23rd, 2017 :: Kaycee Hall
Last Friday morning, we welcomed back State Representative Jason Villalba, to give us a recap on the state legislative session and what he expects during the special session. We appreciate Jason’s time with us on Friday and for all his efforts on behalf of the constituents in District 114.
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.”
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
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 announced its ACE awards at Lake Highlands High School at its meeting on May 5. ACE stands for “Accepting the Challenge of Excellence” and is a National Exchange Club program designed to recognize high school students who have overcome adversity. Recipients are selected by school teachers and staff. The winners for 2017 are–
Blen Hussain. who emigrated from Êthiopia . She has learned English and has become a good student. She has received the Exchange Club Character Counts award . She has been a dedicated student in the AVID program. Blen plans to attend Texas Wesleyan University to major in political science. Her long term goal is to become an attorney.
Jakyron Joseph is originally from Louisiana. although he has faced some personal adversity, he has earned the respect of his teachers and fellow students. His teachers consider him to be an outstanding roll model. He is also an Exchange Club Character Counts recipient. He plans to attend Texas Wesleyan to major in finance. He hopes to own his own business.
Both received plaques and a $1,000 college scholarship.
Picture–Dr Jeanie Stone, RISD Superintendent, Blen Hussain, Jakyron Joseph, and
Frank Miller, Principal of Lake Highlands High school.
The Exchange club of Lake Highlands announced its annual Youth of the
Year Awards at Lake Highlands High School at its meeting on May 5. These are selected from Youth of the Month recipients named throughout the year.
The selections are based on academic achievement, school and community activities, and character. The winners for 2017 are–
Catherine Bryant is ranked No 6 out of a class of 567. She has been involved in numerous school activities. She plans to attend Auburn University and her long term goal is to be an orthopedic surgeon. Her parents are Graham and Ellen Bryant of Dallas.
Kevin Lieb is ranked No 11 in the Senior Class. He is a National Merit finalist and
is also active in many school organizations. Kevin is an Eagle Scout and plans to attend Texas A&M to major in aeronautical engineering. He is the son of Mike and
Ann Lieb of Dallas.
Both received plaques and $1,000 college scholarship awards. Catherine has been
selected to enter the Texas District of Exchange Club’s Youth of the Year competition.
Pictured are Dr. Jeanie Stone, RISD Superintendent, Catherine Bryant, Kevin Lieb, and Frank Miller, Principal of Lake Highlands High School.
The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands presented awards to six RISD teachers at its meeting on May 5. Each year, the club selects 6 schools on a rotating basis . The teachers are selected by fellow teachers at heir respective school. Each teacher received a plaque and a check for $500. The awards were presented by
Dr. Jeanie Stone, Superintendent of RISD. The 2017 recipients are–
Bottom–L to R–Claudine Figueroa, Second Grade, Thurgood Marshall Elementary;
Kelly Moss, Choir Director, Lake Highlands Junior High; Cathleen Barnette,
2nd Grade, Merriman Park Elementary; Amanda Goldberg, 1st grade, Lake
Top– L to R–Karen,Scoggins, Developmental Special Education, Skyview Elementary;
Dr Jeanie Stone, superintendent, RISD; Brittany Suits, Algebra 1, Forest
Meadow Junior High