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.

ECLH Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament was a smash hit!

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.

National Exchange Day of Service

October 22nd, 2016

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.

Officers Installed

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.

Talmadge Boston, Civil Litigator

Mr. Talmage Boston, a civil litigator with the Winstead PC law firm and author of several books.

Mr. Talmage Boston, a civil litigator with the Winstead PC law firm and author of several books.

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.

High-Speed Rail Update

May 24, 2016


May 24Ray 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.

New Officers Named


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.

The Power of Social Media

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.
john Sparks