The Kiwanis Club of White Rock will host its 41st annual fundraiser/musical, “Kiss Me Kate,” through March 6 at the Garland Center for the Performing Arts, 5th & Austin.
Dallas Summer Musicals producer and Kiwanis member Tom Hughes will produce the musical, which will be directed by Gary Sarratt. The musical’s cast is chosen from Kiwanis Club members and their families.
Featured performers include Debi Goff, Cathy Parks, Ken Hyatt, Johathan Frank, Daryl Harris, Steve Beene, David Bond, Janet Daves, Morris Baughman, Scott Bardin, Linda Frank, Don Smothers and Mary Dickson.
Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee March 6. Tickets are $9 and $18. Call 368-3920 for information.
Profits from the musical will be shared by the Charity Funds of White Rock, Garland Sunrise and Garland West Kiwanis Clubs.
MOW-mentum Program Launched by City
The Dallas Park and Recreation Department recently initiated MOW-mentum, a beautification program that encourages residents and businesses to adopt public areas and provide expanded mowing and clean-up efforts.
Because of a $1 million reduction in the parks budget, the City can’t afford to provide weekly maintenance to all of Dallas’ public areas, City officials say. Instead, parks and medians are scheduled to be mowed every 21 days, while athletic fields will be mowed every 14 days
The MOW-mentum program allows individuals and groups interested in providing extra maintenance for medians and parks to handle the work themselves, “adopt” public areas by providing the City with maintenance funds, or hire contractors to maintain the areas.
“If we want Lake Highlands and East Dallas to look like we want them to look, then we’re going to have to take the initiative,” says Alan Walne, Park Board member and Lake Highlands resident. “The City is providing us with the means to do so.”
Walne says the MOW-mentum program is a great opportunity for insurance companies, Realtors, youth organizations, homeowners’ organizations, service groups, chambers of commerce and neighborhood businesses to help beautify their community.
“As civic- and community-minded as everyone in our area is, I think the program can be successful,” Walne says.
For information or to become involved, call 670-1923.
Sessions Elected Chairman of East Dallas Chamber
Southwestern Bell Telephone’s Pete Sessions has been elected chairman of the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
Sessions have been a chamber board member for more than three years, previously serving as vice chair of the operations and public affairs committees.
One of Sessions’ top priorities will be replacing chamber president Judy Summers, who is resigning effective March 1 to marry Raymond Burns, president of the Rogers (Oklahoma) Chamber of Commerce.
Summers was chamber president for eight years and had been a chamber volunteer for 10 years prior to selection as president.
“East Dallas is always going to be home to me,” Summers says. “I’ll miss this because I don’t think anybody could be in a more high-level position. It’s been like running my own business, with lots of help from experts.”
Summers says she hopes to remain in management of non-profit organizations, or pursue a career in banking or education.
Other chamber officers include Missy Vanderbilt, first vice chair, and Mark Goode III, second vice chair.
Other vice chairs include Larry Cline, Susan Wells, Steve Hargrove, Scarlett Ammons, Sherryl Wesson, J.J. Lowe, Suzanne Cochran and William E. Cook (immediate past chairman).
In other chamber news, the group’s annual banquet is scheduled Feb. 8 at the Doubletree Hotel-Campbell Centre, 8250 N. Central Expressway.
Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., with a seated dinner scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40; tables are available for $425-$1,000.
Featured speaker will be William S. Sessions, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pete Sessions’ father.
Call 341-6446 for reservations.
Library Friends Host ‘Scarlett’ Tea, Review
The Lakewood Library Friends is hosting a Valentine Tea and book review of Alexandra Ripley’s “Scarlett” at 10 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Lakewood Branch Library, 6121 Worth.
Peggy Terk will present the review, and the Woodrow Wilson High School orchestra will perform at the event, with proceeds benefiting the Friends’ ongoing efforts to improve Lakewood library services.
Tickets are $5 and available at the door or by mailing a check to 6823 E. Grand, Dallas 75223, or calling 321-8050.
The Friends group was formed in 1983 as a non-profit organization open to general membership. Since its formation, group members have raised funds to publish “Reminiscences,” a history of East Dallas; sponsored annual Art Shows, Summer Reading Programs, East Dallas author receptions; and organized other programs benefiting the library.
Annual memberships are available for as little as $10; call 821-5128 for information.
Officers include Holly Greef, president; Susi Parks Grissom, vice president; Melanie Myers, secretary; and Nancy Busby, treasurer. Directors include Lynn Armstrong, Susan Bolt, Pat Bowman, Ellen Carnes, Nancy Cunningham, Meg Glass, Kathy Glenn, Anne Good, Martha Lowe, Annie Redding, Leron Redus, Mary Taylor, Libby Voltmann, Anne Williams and Sherry Wood.
Doctors Healthcare Honors Employees
Alicia Russell and Cora Williams have been honored by Doctors Healthcare Center, 9009 White Rock Trail, for more than 20 years of service to the center, says assistant administrator Sandy Holacka.
Employee of the year Tina Galloway also was honored by the center, Holacka says. Galloway, a medication aide employed by the center for seven years, received $300 for the honor.
Doctors Healthcare is a 320-bed facility providing a variety of care levels in the rehabilitation, restorative and longterm care fields.
Chamber Honors Belcher as Outstanding Leader
Virginia Belcher recently was awarded the Les Kelley Leadership Award, presented to individuals demonstrating outstanding leadership, says chamber president Judy Summers.
Belcher has been active with the chamber for more than 18 years. She also has served on the Dallas Park and Recreation Board, the Dallas County Parks and Open Space Board, and has chaired the City’s Community Development Advisory Committee.
Belcher also was instrumental in acquiring the Camp Estate and selecting it as the location of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and she worked to ensure restoration of the White Rock Lake Bath House.
Doxey to Chair Lakewood Chamber
First Interstate Bank’s Bud Doxey has been elected chairman of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. Joining Doxey as officers are Annette Stone, first vice chair; Joan Pool, second vice chair; Nina Reed, treasurer; and Eloise Sherman, president.
Chamber directors include Bob Burns, Gary Cox, Bob Knox, Mitzi Kucera, Debbie Schirico, Bret Wehby, Anne Good, Dick Clements, John Cochran, Richard Meggs, Dr. Greg Smith, Rick Bentley, Ron Burch, Dr. Todd Calvin, Rosie Johnson and Judy Willoughby.
Nominating committee members include chairman Debbie Schirico, as well as Ron Burch and Nina Reed.
News & Notes
CANCER SOCIETY LEADERS: Neighborhood residents Kaye White and Sandy Looney have been named chairmen of the Lake Highlands area for the American Cancer Society’s 1993 Community Crusade Drive. The crusade is designed to educate people about cancer and the Cancer Society. Volunteers walk blocks to distribute information and solicit contributions. The crusade is scheduled April 23-May 9. If you would like to volunteer, call 631-3850.
GOODE HEADS PLANNING COUNCIL: Lake Highlands resident and Woodrow Wilson High School graduate Mark Goode, vice president of Bridgefarmer & Associates engineering firm, has been elected president of the Greater Dallas Planning Council. The non-profit organization is dedicated to education and advocacy of quality planning for the Dallas area. Among the other council officers is Mary Poss, who is vice president of issue development.
GREEN HONORED: Ebby Halliday, Realtors’ Northeast Dallas office manager Madge Green was among four Ebby Halliday managers awarded the Certified Real Estate Brokerage manager (CRB) designation by the Real Estate Brokerage Managers Council at the recent annual convention.
VANDERBILT SELECTED: Missy Vanderbilt, RE/MAX Associates in Lake Highlands, continues this year as a Greater Dallas Association of Realtors board of directors member. Vanderbilt is among 20 board members in the real estate governing body.