Officer Induction and Yearly Recap

We met at the Kaycee Club on Thursday evening, June 14, to induct the 2018-2019 officers.

The new slate will serve from 7-1-18 to 6-30-19.

Pictured are —

Front Row– (L to R) Chris Halpin (Secretary), Gale Lewis (President Elect),

                     Chris Poteet (President), Patrick Brown (Past President)

                     Doug Rabe (Treasurer), Brent Basden

Middle Row–(L to R) Carlin Volkmer, Nathan Trifone, Jimmy Conway, John Torres,

                     Bill Boyd

Back Row—(L to R) -Paul Elkjer, Ric Moseley, Jason Edgerton, Jeff Jacobie

Not Present–Chris Brown, Russ Kaufman, Sherman Burns, Robert Walne


Healing Hands Ministries

Friday, June 22nd at Healing Hands Ministries

Healing Hands Ministries (HHM) extends the hand of God to bring quality medical and dental care to the underserved residents of Dallas County. In 2007, HHM opened their doors at their facility on Royal Lane at Greenville Avenue, with a mostly volunteer staff that served those in need in our community one day a month.  By 2016, their clinic employed a staff of 45 to offer medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare to more than 7200 patients annually who are either uninsured or underinsured.  Also in June 2016, HHM opened a second medical clinic within the Northwest Community Center located at 5750 Pineland, to allow them to serve the refugee population in the Vickery Meadow area of Dallas.

After opening remarks from HHM’s Board Chairman Chris Thompson and CEO Janna Burroughs Gardner, we broke into groups to tour the facility.  We then enjoyed tacos from Taco Deli!


Chief of Police Renee Hall Visits

Our speaker Friday., June 8 the KayCee was Dallas Police Department – Chief of Police, U. Renee Hall.

Chief U. Reneé Hall is the 29th Chief of Police for the City of Dallas, Texas. She is the first woman to ever hold this position. During her brief tenure with the Dallas Police Department, Chief Hall has made prominent steps to transform the department to reflect 21st Century policing by streamlining the department’s organizational structure, and to strengthen effective policy processes. Chief Hall has prioritized community engagement and outreach by connecting with Officers in the field, meeting with Dallas community groups, professional leaders, and local organizations.

Chief Hall is an accomplished and highly dedicated law enforcement executive with more than 18 years of experience, including 12 years at the management and executive level at the Detroit Police Department.

Her educational accomplishments include completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University. She also has two Masters (of Science) degrees both from the University of Detroit Mercy (Security Administration and Intelligence Analysis).


Exchange Club Honors Teachers, Students of the Year

Parents, teachers and school board members joined the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands Friday to honor students and teachers who have had a lasting impact in our community.

Amy Burger, Deena Gonzalez, Todd Paquette, Judy Boone and Mandee Menefee were named Teachers of the Year by Exchange Club President Patrick Brown.

Teacher of the Year Awards went to Deena Gonzalez of Aiken Elementary, Mandee Menefee of Moss Haven, Judy Boone of Wallace Elementary, Amy Burger of White Rock and Todd Paquette of Lake Highlands High.

Katie Gray and Colt Brock were named Exchange Club Students of the Year by VP-Youth Robert Walne (left) and President Patrick Brown.

Youth of the Year were Katie Gray and Colt Brock.

Exchange Club President Patrick Brown presents ACE Awards to Osazuwa Aikhionbare and Michelle Vazquez

A.C.E. Awards (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) went to Michelle Vazquez and Osazuwa Aikhionbare.

The Club will host their annual scholarship breakfast next Friday at LHUMC at 7 a.m. to present college scholarships to outstanding and hardworking Wildcats.


AT&T Byron Nelson Tourney Chairman

This past Friday at the KayCee Club, we met Eddy Moore, Tournament Chairman, of the 2018 AT&T Byron Nelson PGA Golf Tournament.  The Byron Nelson Golf Tournament is celebrating its’ 50th Anniversary and the 1st tournament at the Trinity Forest Golf Club.  The links style course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw sits on about 160 acres within the Great Trinity Forest.


Police and Firefighter Honorees

This past Friday at the KayCee Club, we honored this quarter’s first responders from the Police and Fire Departments.

We were very humbled this past Friday in honoring some unsung heroes that helped a family of nine including seven children escape a house fire in March. Thank you Jason Williamson, Jason Espay, Weston Donley, and Carlos Moran (not pictured). You truly are Lake Highlands heroes!


Diagnostic Learning Center

Laurie and Tim Peterson from Diagnostic Learning Services came to our March 23rd meeting.  Diagnostic Learning Services has been assessing children and adults since 2004.   Diagnostic Learning Services is dedicated to help individuals and families overcome and thrive from their Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, etc.


Thank You

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the “Fly me to the moon” auction this past Saturday night.  Thank you for bringing your friends and neighbors to this event.  I think everyone enjoyed a great evening at an outstanding venue.  The generosity of all was evident.

A special thank you to auction committee chairman, Carlin Volkmer, and his committee for all of their hard work and commitment to the Exchange Club.  Committee members included Bill Boyd, Jimmy Conway, Jason Edgerton, Nathan Trifone, Wes Darilek, Matt Lunde, Michael Bailey, Patrick Allen, Ryan Trobee, Chris Poteet and Mark Holmes.

Carlin is finalizing the amount raised but everything points to a successful event and we will provide that information to the club as soon as it is available.


New Members

Exchange Club Membership Director Jason Edgerton advises that club Board members have approved the addition of three new members.  They are–

Chris Lang lives on Club Meadows with his wife, Jennifer and two children ages 6 and 3,  He grew up in Highland Park and attended Drake University in Iowa. He is employed by Moss Adams Consulting. He was sponsored by Jeff Jacobie.

Ben Lauer lives on Park Highlands Drive with  his wife, Susie and two children, ages 2 and 3 months.  He is originally from Appleton, Wisconsin and  attended the University of Wisconsin. He is a real estate agent with the Ben Lauer Real Estate Group.  He was sponsored by Joe Theriot.

Trey Shanks lives on Royal Highlands with his wife. Laura, and two children, ages 16 and 13.  He  grew up in Ft Worth and received a BS degree from the  University of Texas and an MS degree from the University of Houston.  He is employed by Freese and Nichols, a municipality consulting company.  He was sponsored by Chris Poteet.

Please meet, greet and make these new members welcome.