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Our Chamber, our members and our neighborhoods are in constant motion!  This News section of our site is designed to help us all keep abreast of what's new in East Dallas.  Members are welcome to contribute their own press clippings, as well!

  • 24 Sep 2016 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    Body Mind and Spirit Health & Wellness Fair


  • 09 Sep 2016 8:46 AM | Anonymous

    National Grandparents Day is near!  Mark your calendar for September 11 at 2pm.  Bring the whole family - ALL GENERATIONS - to help us celebrate our Super Heroes:  Grandparents and local heroes, too!



  • 01 Sep 2016 6:16 AM | Anonymous


     

    Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

    1-5 p.m.

    Juliette Fowler Communities, 1234 Abrams Road, Dallas, Texas 75214

     

    Lots to see and do throughout the entire community! 


    Explore the new Fowler, see the Ebby House, enjoy Grandparent's Day activities and refreshing treats.

    A special worship service will take place at 3pm to honor the retirement of Rev. Kim Clowe and bless our new pastor, Rev. Sara Beckham. 

    Reception to follow.

  • 09 Aug 2016 12:09 PM | Anonymous

    Feed Lake Highlands is changing lives in the Lake Highlands neighborhood, one meal, one mind and one spirit at a time.  This growing organization is beginning its fifth year at the New Room Community Center, located near Skillman St. and Whitehurst Lane. 

    The goals are to feed the physical lives of low income families with a food distribution program in partnership with the North Texas food Bank.  The staff and a team of volunteers also feeds the educational needs of these families children during an afternoon tutoring and reading program throughout the school year.  Spiritual needs are meet on Sundays, throughout the week during worship and bible study at the New Room Community Center.  Teens attend summer camps that also nourish the spirit.   

    Funds raised at this year’s benefit Golf Tournament will continue the good work that began in 2012 when Feed Lake Highlands was formed as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation.  Since then everyday mothers, fathers, teen, and children find their way into the Center looking for help.  Donations contribute to the 75,000 pounds of food that will assist more than ninety families, more than 100 children and teens read and attend summer camps. 

    Individual and corporate sponsors are needed to make this tournament a success.  Teams of six can play for $475, and sponsorships range from $300 to $5,000.  The committee is pleased to announce that The Advocate Publishing has signed on as Media Sponsor. 

    If you want to directly affect families in the Lake Highlands neighborhood and their children that attend Richardson Schools alongside your children please consider supporting this FUN-fundraiser. 

    For more information go to Feedlakehighlands.com 


  • 09 Aug 2016 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    Connie Hearn and Norma Minnis first met when their paths kept crossing at business luncheons. Then they met again at the 2004 March for Women’s Lives in Washington, D. C. where over one million women participated in one of the largest marches in U.S. history. What were the chances of them running into each other half way across the United States at such a huge gathering? They have been close friends ever since.

    The two became involved in Women’s Issues Network (WIN), a local organization formed in 1980 which has worked continuously for women’s rights and equality. Each had a particular incident in their past that shaped their lives. 

    Connie was greatly influenced by her dad in her teen years when he served in the Air Force. He played on a baseball team with fellow soldiers, but when the game was over, he could not have a drink with the African American players because of the segregation laws. He was angry over the injustice of the laws. Then she personally experienced social prejudice as a teen in Hawaii where she was the minority. Connie’s first job in the business world in the late 80’s was for a small company that rapidly grew to an INC. 500 company. She quickly rose to the position of CFO and that’s when she discovered that both she and the V.P. of Operations were being paid less than what their male counterpart was being paid as the V.P. of Sales.  “It was shocking to learn that he was paid twice what we were and, when our owner was confronted, he had the nerve to say it was because John needed more income as a man.  We threatened to resign until we were paid equally and the owner acquiesced.” Since that time, she has worked passionately for women’s equality and for equal rights for all.

    Norma became politically involved when the city was planning to demolish houses on the street behind her house in order to build a thoroughfare. She worked with the neighbors to successfully defeat the plan. She then worked for Congressman John Bryant for 14 years as the District Director where she learned about the political process and became involved with many civic causes. She has worked on numerous neighborhood campaigns because she knows that one person can make a difference in the quality of life.

    The pair will be at the Women's Equality Day celebration at Dallas City Hall on August 24 which has been celebrated annually by WIN for over 20 years. Over 100 women wearing white will descend upon City Hall for the program. White garments represent the suffragists who lobbied for women to vote, keeping their memory alive.

    Although women's voting rights are taken for granted today, they were earned through a long brutal campaign by women that began in the 1700's and culminated nearly 150 years later when the 19th Amendment was passed on August 26, 1920.

    Until that time, women were not allowed the right to own property, to have legal claim to the money they earned, nor the right to vote. Clothes, jewelry, and land were owned by their husbands or fathers. Bibles were one of their few possessions that they could hand down to their children.

    “Although 66% of women are registered, only 46% actually vote,” said Norma. “The most important thing you can do to initiate change is to vote.”

    Women’s Equality Day is scheduled for August 24 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Flag Room on the 6thfloor of City Hall located at 1500 Marilla Drive. The keynote speaker is Debbie Branson, former Chair of Parkland’s Board of Managers and the 87th Linz Award recipient. The event will include a Proclamation recognizing the 96th Anniversary of Women’s Equality Day given by Mayor Rawlings, the City Council, and County Commissioners, and others. It will be followed by a program honoring the history and aspirations for full equality of women and girls.

    Betty Ritchie and Jo Ann Jenkins are the event chairs. Jana Barker is the President of WIN.

    Sponsors for this event are: Dallas Women’s Foundation, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dallas Alumnae Chapter, Jane’s Due Process, Junior League of Dallas, League of Women Voters of Dallas, NARAL Pro-choice Texas, National Council of Jewish Women Greater Dallas, National Organization of Women N. Dallas Chapter, League of Women Voters of Collin County, Peacemakers, Inc., Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, S.E. Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, Temple Shalom, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Inc., The Afiya Center, United Nations Association—Dallas Chapter, Women’s Issues Network.

    The event is free and open to the public.


  • 14 Jul 2016 10:26 AM | Anonymous

    Be sure to join us and other chambers of commerce for a BBQ fundraiser and blood drive on Friday!



  • 12 Jul 2016 9:58 PM | Anonymous

    Author, teacher and music enthusiast, Steve Lund brings his captivating presentation “The Secret World of Music: Theme and Variations” to Fowler this summer. An energetic speaker that delights audiences, Lund will perform from the pages of classical masters, such as Beethoven, Mozart, Paganini, and Liszt, to name a few. His performances and storytelling weave the intricacies of the themes and musical variations of each composer. Join us for an afternoon of fun!

    Tuesday, July 26, 2-3:30 pm

    Juliette Fowler Communities
    Schneider Chapel
    1234 Abrams Road, Dallas 75214

    Presentation is free and open to the public.

    Please call 214.818.0344 to reserve your seat.

    Please park in lot off Abrams.


  • 12 Jul 2016 3:22 PM | Anonymous

    On Wednesday, July 13, the East Dallas Young Professionals happy hour will be at Trinity Hall, 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln #250, Dallas, TX 75206. Event starts at 5:30 — come and go as you like. We hope to see you there.

    Facebook and MeetUp:  “East Dallas Young Professionals – EDYP”


  • 20 Jun 2016 10:25 PM | Anonymous

    Each year Lake Highlands United Methodist Church Choir presents a robust Patriotic Concert that celebrates July 4th and honors veterans from each branch of the armed services.   This year’s concert will be on Sunday, June 26, at 6:30 in the sanctuary of Lake Highlands UMC. 

    This year the adult choirs, including the sanctuary choir, contemporary worship praise band, and the men’s and women’s choirs entertain with music from American born James Taylor along with familiar patriotic songs.

    This is a community event and everyone is invited - especially veterans.  A moving and memorable part of the evening performance is when veterans are asked to stand as their military branch song is performed. 

    A night that honors service just keeps on giving with an old-fashioned ice cream social following the performance.  The ice cream is provided and served by Feed Lake Highlands (FLH) Board of Directors, Food Distribution and Homework Club members. 

    Feed Lake Highlands is a neighborhood non-profit formed to Fight Hunger and Feed Hope.  In 2012 it developed from LHUMC Off-Campus Ministries.  Feed Lake Highlands works with limited and low-income community residents by feeding their physical needs through a food distribution program.  They tutor 30 elementary students and work to improve reading skills through the Homework Club.  And spiritual needs are met in worship services at the New Room (located at Skillman and Whitehurst).

    Guests will have an opportunity to partner in service and make a love offering to support scholarship funding for summer camps for FLH youth. 

    Lake Highlands United Methodist Church is located at 9015 Plano Road (at McCree).  For more information about this year’s Patriotic Concert go to LHUMC.com or Feedlakehighlands.com. 


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