Big Thought

big thought

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


Family Compass

April 14 we welcomed our friends from Family Compass to help us kick off child abuse prevention month.  Ona Foster and Amy McShane updated the club on their programs and their efforts to make brighter tomorrows for the children of Dallas and Collin counties.  We thank them for their time and their efforts in preventing child abuse and neglect.   www.family-compass.org


RISD Board and Dallas Police Association

Friday, Feb. 3, we welcomed RISD school board and club member Justin Bono to update the club on the latest RISD developments.  Additionally, club member Mike Mata from the Dallas Police Association gave us an update on the happenings around the Dallas Police and Fire pension. http://dallaspa.org/ We thank these members for their time and service to our community.


Give Back Event at Grub Burger Bar

On November 7, we partnered with Grub Burger Bar for a Give Back Event.  20% of the profits for the day will be donated back to the club.  Thank you to Todd Overstreet for putting together another great way to support our club.


One Nation Under God

November 4th, 2016.   For our One Nation Under God program, we welcomed Army Brigadier General (retired) Tom Kula. Also part of the program, we had Boy Scout Troop 890 present and retrieve the colors and the LHHS Espree Choir join us for a musical presentation. We thank all of them for their contributions to that program.


GIVE BACK EVENT Oak Highlands Brewery

October 22nd, 2016

Thanks to Todd Overstreet for organizing the Oak Highlands Give Back event on Saturday october 22 benefiting the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands.  It was a great day of weather, friends, family, food and football.  We thank Oak Highlands Brewery for their sponsorship and support.


National Exchange Day of Service

October 22nd, 2016

Past President Greg Duval, Karen Brown, Gale Lewis, and Ric Moseley participated in a local Stop Hunger Now Event in which they helped pack 34,000 meals on Saturday, October 22.  Stop Hunger Now’s mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.  We thank them and other members that took time on Saturday to represent our Club and perform good works on our National Exchange Day of Service.


NorthPark and Oktoberfest Recap

October 21, we welcomed Billy Hines, General Manager of Northpark Center.  We thank Billy for his time and presentation to the club.
Oktoberfest Chair Todd Bowen provided a recap from our tremendous Oktoberfest event including financial results  Congratulations again to Todd and the Oktoberfest Committee!  You can see Todd’s presentation here.


Oktoberfest 2016

Wow! What a day! What a party!  For all those that were able to attend Oktoberfest at Flag Pole Hill on Saturday we hope that’s what you walked away saying.  The event was a tremendous community celebration for all ages that the our club should be extremely proud of.  Community feedback has been very positive and I know we all await a full report from the Oktoberfest Committee once the dust settles.  We can’t begin to thank enough Todd Bowen, Oktoberfest Chair, and his committee for the tremendous amount of work and planning that went on to produce a larger event at a brand new location.

The club also extends special thanks to our sponsors, vendors, and volunteers.  Oktoberfest does not happen if not for their efforts.  So when out in the community, please remember to thank our sponsors and vendors for their support.
Carol Toler of the Lake Highalnds Advocate posted her photos of the event here: http://lakehighlands.advocatemag.com/2016/10/photos-lake-highlands-exchange-club-oktoberfest/


ACE Breakfast, Teacher Recognition and Youth of the Year

ACE and Youth of the Year

A.C.E. Awardees and Youth of the Year | Left to Right-Rebuma Kedir – A.C.E. Awards, Karla Ruiz – A.C.E Awards, Peyton Cabaniss – Youth of the Year, Mark Gaarwood – Youth of the Year

The ECLH gives 8 Youth-of-the-Month awards during our calendar year, and the Youth-of-the-Year (YOY) is chosen from among those to represent our club at the local, state and national level of Exchange.

YOY—An award designed to recognize industrious high school students who have high levels of academic achievement while also demonstrating leadership/involvement/participation and a willing desire to serve others in their school, community and beyond.

A.C.E. – “Accepting the Challenge of Excellence”: These awards are given to students who have overcome adversity and have achieved positive outcomes during their HS careers. It is a national Exchange Club program and a national winner is selected.

Teachers of the Year

teachers of the year

Teachers of the Year Left to Right: Cecilia Whitham – Northlake Elementary, James Bradanese – Stults Road Elementary, Alexandra Hines – Forest Lane Academy, Lilana Castillo – Audelia Creek Elementary, Erin Chesal – Lake Highlands Freshman Center, Cecilia Whitham – Northlake Elementary, Lisa Steward – Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet, Lauren Janco – Forest Lane Academy