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).

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.

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.

T.C. Broadnax, Dallas City Manager

This past Friday at the KayCee Club, we had T. C. Broadnax, City Manager of Dallas. T.C. Broadnax began serving as Dallas City Manager on February 1, 2017. Prior to that, he served as City Manager of Tacoma, Washington since 2012, and has more than 23 years of local government management experience.

Candidate Forum

This past Friday at the KayCee Club, we had our candidate forum for State Representative House District 114, which covers a large swath of North Dallas and includes the communities of Lake Highlands and Preston Hollow.

Oktoberfest Results Announced


2016 , AN INCREASE OF 38%!


Lake Highlands Oktoberfest was held September 30th at Flag Pole Hill. We experienced another record year setting new marks for attendance, sales and revenue. Over 9000 people helped us reach ticket and wristband sales of over $208,000. Those sales in addition to the sponsorship income allowed ECLH to generate over $101,000 in net income after subtracting the event’s expenses.

I would like to thank the Oktoberfest committee – Patrick Brown, Tyler Deneault, Tate Gorman, Doug Hale, Eric Holmes, Mark Holmes, Jeff Jacobie, Adam Meierhofer, Chad Redell and Carlin Volkmer. Without their efforts and time commitment this event would not have been near the success it was.

Jeff Jacobie will be taking over as Oktoberfest Chair for 2018. Look forward to seeing everyone at 2018 Lake Highlands Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oktober 6, 2018.

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.