Boy Scout Troop 890 continues its annual membership enrollment drive in March. All boys age 11 and older, or currently in fifth grade, are eligible to join. Participate in meetings and campouts; develop leadership skills and self reliance; and experience a high-adventure program designed for older scouts. The troop meets at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church, 9015 Plano. Contact scoutmaster Brett Chumbley, 214-952-1361 or b.chumbley@sbcglobal.net.

The Presby Presenters Toastmasters group meets every Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, 8200 Walnut Hill. The non-profit public speaking club was founded to help members overcome public speaking fears and develop and enhance their leadership skills. Newcomers are welcome. Meeting rooms and lunch plans change weekly; contact Lynda Waters at 214-288-7959 or LyndaWaters@texashealth.org for information.

Lake Highlands Military Moms is a friendship and support group for mothers with children currently serving in the military. For information, contact Rhonda Russell, lhmama1@yahoo.com.

The Lake Highlands Forum, a neighborhood group that meets the third Thursday of each month, is open to all neighborhood residents. The one-hour meetings feature speakers of interest to Lake Highlands residents. Meetings are held at Luby’s Cafeteria on the Northwest corner of Central Expressway and Meadow Road. A full buffet breakfast is available; cost is $8.61 payable to Luby’s. There are no other charges to participate in the group. Contact Lynn Austin during business hours, 214-361-9996.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands is looking for members that are also members of local school councils in Lake Highlands in order to establish a club liaison with LH attendance zone public schools. For information contact Larry Lauck at llauck@americanlightingassoc.com.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands is compiling a list of names and military addresses of former Lake Highlands students serving in and in order to send supplies, phone cards and letters. Lake Highlands soldiers currently serving in are Michael Bryson, Patrick Freshwater, Isaac Haseley, Ian Herring, James Kelley, Robert Kelley, Spencer Kinder, Travis Mokate, Blake Sawyer and Marcus Williams. For a current list of soldiers overseas in , and one on a submarine, visit lhexchangeclub.org and click on “Lake Highlands Military.”

business

Parkland Health & Hospital System has announced the opening of its Fair Oaks Youth & Family Health Center on the campus of the new Emmett J. Conrad High School, 7502 Fair Oaks. Operating in partnership with the Dallas Independent School District, the clinic began offering mental health services for children and adults last month, and begins its medical care Thursday, March 1.

people

The Dallas Northeast Chamber of Commerce has named East Dallas resident Charlotte Herr as its 2007 chairman. In this capacity, she will spearhead the summer cultural arts summit, September economic summit and late fall healthcare summit. Herr is a senior financial consultant with Stephens Inc., an investment banking and brokerage firm.

District 107 State Rep. Allen Vaught has been appointed vice chairman of the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. This committee oversees bills that concern criminal law, probation and parole, and criminal procedure in Texas courts. Vaught served as a United States Army Reserve Captain and fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is managing attorney of Franklin, Cardwell & Jones, P.C.

Lake Highlands resident Jerry Allen has announced his intention to run for the Dallas City Council District 10 Representative seat. Current Councilman Bill Blaydes recently announced his intention to not seek reelection. The election will be Saturday, May 12.

schools

A new Academic Boosters website is now available for Lake Highlands High School. Wild for Cats Campaign information can be found posted on risd.org/schools/lhhs/indx.htm. By accessing this website, you can learn how every dollar donated directly benefits LHHS students and staff. Every donor receives a decal, and those donating $100 or more receive a 2007 yard sign. Make checks payable to Lake Highlands Foundation, bring or mail it to the school, 9449 Church. Contact Mike Boswell, 214-349-9613 or Mboswell54@sbcglobal.net.

Bishop Lynch High School boys’ swim team won first place in the TAPPS Division 1 North Region swimming and diving championships recently. The team won 10 out of 12 events. Two-event winners were Tony Rau and Tim Moore, and single-event winners were Jon Horak, Malin Kenny, Kyle Dupuis and Michael Masters. Masters set a new school record of five minutes, 10.08 seconds in the 500 freestyle.

Bishop Lynch High School girls’ swim team finished in fourth place in the recent TAPPS Division 1 North Region swimming and diving championships. In one-meter diving, Nichole Burgess finished second, Shana Brockman, third, and Abbie Sheffield, sixth. Alex Brown won fifth place in swimming’s 200 individual medley, and Danna Callahan placed fifth in the 200 freestyle and sixth in the 100 freestyle.

students

Bishop Lynch High School senior Ryan Edwards has been nominated to compete in the National Honor Society’s scholarship program sponsored by the National Association of Secondary Principals (NASSP). This national competition awards more than $200,000 in college scholarships. The Lake Highlands resident plans to attend the University of Texas and major in English.

The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands recently announced its Youth of the Month awards, and the recipients are honor students Rachel Horres, Patrick Hesseler and Jenna Popp. Horres’ college plans include attending The University of Texas, The University of North Carolina, Wake Forest or Vanderbilt. She is the daughter of Debbie and Stratton Horres. Hesseler plans to study business or pre-med after graduation from Lake Highlands High School. He is the son of Jennifer and John Hesseler. Popp plans to study business at the University of Texas. She is the daughter of Joan Popp. All three honorees received a plaque and NorthPark Gold.

Lake Highlands High School students Deborah Bankhead and John Burks are recent recipients of Character Counts Awards presented by the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands. Bankhead plans to attend the University of Texas to study journalism, Spanish and later, pursue a law degree. She is the daughter of Kathy and Steve Bankhead. Burks will attend Texas A&M University to major in business and law. He is the son of Kris and Ed Burks.

schools

Richland Collegiate High School will be accepting applications through March 9 for the Richland Collegiate High School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering (RCHS). Applicants must be entering the 11th grade in fall 2007. RCHS students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College, graduating from RCHS by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science or engineering. RCHS students can also graduate from Richland College with an Associate of Arts degree, ready to transfer to a four-year university. The high school is tuition-free and includes the use of a laptop. Students may join the Richland College choir, bands, orchestras, theater productions, student newspaper, intramurals, athletics and student government. The school opened last fall with 175 high school juniors and will include juniors and seniors in fall of 2007. A town hall meeting for interested parents and students will be held on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in room C-140 at Richland College. For applications, visit richlandcollege.edu/rchs/admissions.htm. For information, visit richlandcollege.edu/rchs or call 972-761-6888.

volunteers

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at the Senior Source is looking for volunteers age 55+ to volunteer with more than 230 non-profit agencies in Dall
as and Collin counties. RSVP matches your skills, needs and desires with a volunteer job. Volunteers are generally needed for three hours, one to two days a week. 214-823-5700 or rsvpd@TheSeniorSource.org.

Mentoring Volunteers are needed to devote up to three hours a week to a Lake Highlands student through the Lake Highlands Exchange Club. lhexchangeclub.org.

Samaritan Care Hospice, a Medicare-certified hospice program, needs volunteers to provide one-on-one companionship to terminally ill patients. If you have one or two hours per week to give as a hospice volunteer, call 972-690-6632 to register for an upcoming class.

Meals on Wheels, a program run by The Visiting Nurse Association seeks volunteer drivers in our neighborhood. Drivers make weekday deliveries a few mornings a week or month, picking up meals at the Lakeview Christian Church, 9100 Diceman. 214-689-0639.

Charities Home Center is in need of volunteers to help operate the resale store and also seeks gently used donations for families in the community. Donations can be picked up. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Lake Ridge Shopping Center at Kingsley and Audelia, 214-342-8231.

Heart House Dallas, a free after-school program for low-income children, has a variety of volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals. Work as an after-school mentor, homework tutor, coach, and office helper or in other available capacities. For information contact Jayna Wallach at 214-750-7637 or jwallach@hearthouse.org, or visit hearthouse.org.