The first annual ECLH mixed doubles tennis tournament was held Saturday, April 8th, at the Dallas Athletic Club. Member Tony Divenuti reports that fun was had by participants and spectators alike. Make plans to join in on the fun next year. Special thanks goes out to Tony and his wife, Amy Shepardson, for organizing the tournament.
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.
On Thursday evening, June 16th the ECLH held its annual installation dinner at Ozona Grill and Bar on Greenville Avenue. Refreshments and visiting together began at 6:30 pm followed by a buffet fajita dinner. Outgoing President Truitt Matthews called the meeting to order with Chris Poteet delivering the invocation and Colonel Tony Wood leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag.
Truitt’s words as outgoing President are worth repeating here: “I am blessed and thankful to live in Lake Highlands, be a member of the ECLH, been able to serve alongside each of you, and been able to represent our Club as president during the 2015-2016 term. I must admit there were moments, days, events, schedules that I just closed my eyes, said a prayer, jumped in the middle of, and trusted all would go well. I can truly say it has been an extremely rewarding experience, and I thank Past President Greg Duval and the membership for entrusting the position to me. The obvious reason all went well is that our Club has a great board of officers and directors.I thank each of you for your willingness to serve alongside me this past year and for a job well done in each of your areas of responsibility. I also give a special thank you to your wives and families I know there have been sacrifices made to fulfill your duties. I did choose a good board, and I count each of you a friend.”
The meeting continued with the 2015 – 2016 Exchangite of the Year being awarded to Treasurer, Doug Rabe. By his participation in all aspects and events of the ECLH, as well as other civic, community, and business activities he reflects well on the ECLH and the ideals and foundation of Exchange. Doug certainly proved to be one of the outgoing president’s “go to” guys and his commitment helps to keep our organization in good financial standing.
It was a pleasure to have member Bob Johnston direct the club’s installation of its 2016-2017 officers and directors. The roles and responsibilities of the officers were stated and followed by the responsive reading of the Oath of Service given to the new board. Thank you in advance for your service during the upcoming year.
The meeting concluded with President-Elect Mark Holmes thanking the Club for the opportunity to serve and a brief charge to all of what to expect during his 2016 -2017 term. Mark will officially take over Presidential duties on July 1.
It was a pleasure to have as our guest speaker Friday, June 3, Mr. Talmage Boston, a civil litigator with the Winstead PC law firm and author of several books. He spoke on his new book, Cross Examining History, to be released September 1, 2016. He provided our members with a copy of his “Ten Commandments of Presidential Leadership,” which he elaborated on during his presentation.
May 24, 2016
Ray Hill presided over our meeting with some insights from his term as president and we heard about what is really happening with Hi-Speed rail between Dallas and Houston from Rebecca Cowle.
OFFICER ELECTIONS 2016-2017
Congratulation to our Officers and Directors.
- President: Mark Holmes
- President Elect: Patrick Brown
- Past President: Truitt Matthews
- Treasurer: Doug Rabe
- Secretary: Dietrich Knabe
- VP-Fundraising: Todd Overstreet
- VP-Programs: Chris Poteet
- VP-Youth: Robert Walne
- Citizenship & Americanism: Jon Deats
- Membership: Carlin Volkmer
- Community Service: Jon Torres
- Community Events: Jeff Jacobie
- Communications: Eric Holmes
- Scholarships: Chris Brown
- Member Involvement: Anthony DiVenuti
- Oktoberfest: Todd Bowen
- School Relations: Tate Gorman
- Child Abuse Prevention: Justin Bono
- New Club Building: Chris Halpin
Thanks to all these members who have agreed to be serve.
Published in “Exchange Today” Spring, 2016 edition by the National Exchange Clubs. Information furnished to the National Exchange Club by ECLH member Steve White.
We heard from John Sparks who has been recognized as #66 on the national list of Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers of 2015, a #1 Best-selling author and Twitter Coach/Trainer. It was an interactive meeting with discussion and visuals on how to maximize your exposure to develop new relationships to enhance your business and media presence.
On February 19 we welcomed incumbent Jason Villalba and challenger Dan Morenoff, candidates for Texas House District 114 to breakfast and a political forum. Club member Dwight Fletcher did a great job as moderator for the event, and along with member Mike Mahurin as our time keeper, they were able to get through an opening statement, a series of nine questions provided by our members, and closing remarks by each candidate. Questions concerning funding for public schools, laws surrounding charter schools, potential for sobriety checkpoint legislation, the possibility of additional abortion and gun control legislation, and the candidates philosophical differences were among the issues discussed.
Reporters from the Dallas Morning News were in attendance and an article appeared in Saturday’s edition. Click to read the article.
It was a pleasure to have as our featured speaker on Friday, February 5th, Mayor Mike Rawlings. Mayor Rawlings currently serving in his second term, spoke briefly of the great optimism he has for the city of Dallas along with several issues facing our city. The need for street and infrastructure improvements, dealing with older residences throughout the city, and the development of the Lake Highlands Town Center project are high on his list of things to do. He then opened the floor and responded to several questions/comments from our membership including desired improvement of downtown streets, needed makeover of the downtown convention center, importance of Fair Park grounds and facilities, commercial and residential property values, the idea of bringing the Texas Rangers baseball club back to Dallas, pension funds for police and firefighters, Great Trinity Forest as an urban treasure, and the new Trinity Golf Course set to open in the fall of 2016.
Prior to concluding his time with us Mayor Rawlings told of the newly formed Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program, which provides for high school kids to go through an application, interview, and selection process to work alongside city government employees and be exposed to adults and leaders in the workforce. This year 300 kids were chosen from 1000 applicants. He concluded by praising our community and thanking us for the opportunity to come speak to the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands.