The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands installed 10 new members at its meeting on October 30th. New Members–Left to right- front row, Joe Theriot, membership director; Raymond Fischer, Ken Riney, Alan Badger, Back row–left to right- Brian Till, Rahul Yodh, Adam McGill, Eric Barnhart, and Dwight Fletcher. Not Present–Darren Wilcox and Christopher Spartz.
The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands announced the results of Oktoberfest at its meeting on October 30th. This was the fifth year that the club has sponsored this event which was held on October 3rd. Event Chairman, Carlin Volkmer , advised that it produced a net profit of $75,051, a 12% increase over 2014. This was the second year that Carlin was Chairman. Blessed with great weather, there were paid admissions of 5,322 . Coupled with about 1,000 volunteers and vendors, approximately 6,300 attended. The club was very pleased with all the food and beverage vendors and event sponsors. Proceeds of the event will be applied to the club’s annual scholarship awards to Lake Highlands High School graduating seniors and to the clubs many community service projects.
Carlin welcomes any comments or suggestions regarding next year’s Oktoberfest. He would also like to here from you if you are interested in being a volunteer next year. Contact him at email@example.com.
Richardson Adult Literacy Center
We certainly enjoyed listening to and participating with this past Friday’s speaker, Ms. Katie Patterson, the Executive Director of the Richardson Adult Literacy Center. Ms. Patterson began her talk by engaging our members in a simulation exercise where each of us as United States citizens were forced to leave the states and move to Russia. She had us arrive at a Russian airport with our families, and with no language skills, and walked us through the unique and unsettling experience of navigating a new terrain while performing daily functions such as shopping for groceries, finding a job, enrolling our kids in school, and helping with homework — all while trying to communicate and assimilate to a different language and culture. This is a reality for 17,918 of our neighbors in RISD who not only speak a language other than English, but live under the poverty level.
The Richardson Adult Literacy Center was founded in 1990 and at that time was primarily engaged in one on one tutoring. Today 75 tutors are focused on providing classroom instruction for 600 to 700 adults. The first such class within the Lake Highlands area began this fall and meets at the Audelia Branch library. The desire and goal of the group is to continue to expand its presence in our area as funding becomes available and the organization’s service territory mirrors the RISD boundaries.
Ms. Patterson mentioned that there are volunteer tutor opportunities available. Training is provided and a two hour per week commitment is desired.
Truitt Matthews, club President, Ms. Katie Patterson, the Executive Director of the Richardson Adult Literacy Center., and Robert Walne, club Program Director