Our Unsung Hero, Sept., 2014

Brent Basden presented an Unsung Hero Award to April Gorman (Tate’s wife) and her “Little Stewpot Stewards” organization.  Founded by April, this group of young children raises contributions for the Stewpot in Downtown Dallas.  Founded by the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, the Stewpot provides meals and other services to the homeless. The children are from several area elementary schools. They recently completed a number of projects to provide cash and other contributions to the Stewpot. The club presented them with a plaque and a $150 contribution.

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Brent Basden, April Gorman and some of the “Stewpot Stewards”

Police & Firefighter of the Quarter, September 2014

Officer Kirk Benners received the Police award.  He was nominated by Lt. Pamela Starr of the Northeastern patrol division and his award was presented by Deputy Chief Andrew Acord. Officer Benners has been with the Dallas Police Department since 2007 and was cited for his 660 arrests and 2,700 citations.

The Fire-Rescue award was received by Fire Rescue Officer Dennis Richter and was presented by Fire Rescue Officer David Monjares.  Officer Richter has been with the Dallas Fire Department 15 years and currently serves at station 48 on Northwest Highway.  His wife, Kimberly, has also been with the Fire Department for 10 years and serves at station 41 on Preston Rd.  He was cited for his long tenure and his dedication to service.

Both received plaques and a cash award.

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Chief Andrew Acord, Officer Kirk Benners, Fire Rescue Officer Dennis Richter, Fire Rescue Officer David Monjares, and Brent Basden

Welcome New Members

Membership Director, Mark Holmes advises that the Board has approved two new members as follows–

William (Will) Buehring lives on Trailpine with wife, Gabi.  They are the parents of two children, ages 4 and 1.  Will was born and raised in Lake Highlands and attended Lake Highlands schools, including LHHS. He has a BBA from Northwood University. He is a credit analyst with Santander Consumer USA, an auto finance company. He was sponsored by Carlin Volkmer.

Jason Kendall lives on Faircrest with wife, Amanda.  They have a 4-year-old daughter.  He is originally from North Richland Hills and attended UTA in Arlington. He is a consultant for Rodan and Fields Skincare Company. He was sponsored by Reed Wilcox.

Remember that we have a New Member contest that runs thru 10-31.  The member that recruits the most new members will receive a $250 gift certificate.

History of Lake Highlands

On August 21, 2014, our featured speaker was Dr. Ted Campbell, Associate Professor of Church History at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. He lives in the Moss Farm area.  Several years ago, he began a history of the Lake Highlands area–especially around the Moss Farm area.  According to Dr. Campbell, Harry S. Moss was a Canadian who came to Dallas and became a very successful oil man.  He later bought about 400 acres in the Lake Highlands area for a horse farm. (He actually lived in Highland Park.)  When he died, his estate sold part of the property for residential development and gave the balance to the City of Dallas for the current Moss Park–one of the city’s larger park properties.

Tate Gorman, Dr. Ted Campbell, and Gale Lewis