High Adventure Treks (HATS)

Thanks to David Kent of High Adventure Treks for coming to speak to us last Friday. HATS uses outdoor adventure to bring Dads & Daughters and Dads & Sons together, strengthening one-on-one relationships, to establish a foundation of communication and leadership skills, instilling self-confidence to successfully navigate the future. For more information, go to their website.

Club Business Meeting

Note from your President– Thanks for joining me for our informal, less-scripted, more social “business meeting” last Friday. As was part of my incoming vision, communication is key and I’ll strive to continue working on it at all levels of the club. Last week’s meeting was part of that venture. For those who couldn’t make the meeting, here is the presentation (without the accompanying humor… you had to be present for that) for your reference. The bottom line is that we are in a good place. In the theme of always improving, we will continue to work on incremental improvements in how we operate both internally and externally.

Police Athletic League (PAL)

Special thanks to Joli Robinson for speaking to us about the Police Athletic League. PAL is a youth crime prevention program that utilizes educational, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth. For more information, visit their website.

Saluting First Responders


Last Friday we honored this quarter’s first responders from the Police and Fire Departments. Congratulations go to Lt. Rob Brose and Sr. Cpl. John Arnold. Thank you for your service to our community.

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.