Veteran’s Day: ‘What is a hero?’

Lake Highlands Espree with Ret. Colonel Tony Wood and Exchange Club President Patrick Brown

Retired Marine Corps Colonel Tony Wood shifted from Exchange Club member to honored speaker Friday as the group celebrated Veterans Day. All over the country, November is recognized as “One Nation Under God” month each year.

After the Color Guard of Lake Highlands’ Boy Scout Troop 890 led the pledge and LHHS’ Espree sang “The Star Spangled Banner,” Wood posed the question, “What is a hero?”

“Someone who is scared but goes ahead and does what needs to be done,” said the colonel, winner of numerous honors, including two Distinguished Service Medals, a Bronze Star and a Meritorious Service Medal. “I never met a Marine who wasn’t scared.”i

Wood spoke to the members and students on the need for moral courage, which he defined as “doing or saying what is right or needed, knowing it could be unpopular or even damaging to you.”

“Others sense moral courage in leaders, in parents and in comrades,” said Wood. “Courage is the centerpiece of leadership.”

Also on Friday, Mark Holmes reported on the club’s Packs 4 LH project, a collaboration with 100 Women of Lake Highlands and Knights of Columbus, which raised more than $41,000 – enough to buy a backpack full of healthy food for every student at Skyview Elementary. The groups will assemble more than 800 packs on Nov. 14th and deliver them to the school’s multicultural carnival on Nov. 16th.i

“We’re going to put some smiles on children’s faces,” said Holmes.

City of Dallas Bond Proposals Overview

September 20, at the KayCee Club, we welcomed Denise McGovern, Vice President of Communications, and Debi Pena, Vice President of People and Facilities, of the Dallas Symphony to discuss the City of Dallas Bond and specifically the proposal that directly impacts them at the Meyerson Symphony Center (Prop F, $14M for repair and improvement of existing cultural & fine arts spaces).

Patti Clapp  also gave a short overview of the Dallas Bond Proposal (10 Proposals totaling $1.05B).  Patti Clapp of Dallas is owner and managing director of Patti Clapp Consulting, and currently serves as the VP of the Texas Nursing Board. She is also former vice president of talent, workforce and education for the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is a board member of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, and past chair of the American Cancer Society of Dallas and Texas Business and Education Coalition, a member and past president of the Women’s Council of Greater Dallas County, and a member and past vice president of the Lake Highlands Women’s League.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.