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Key to photo orothy Bolton, Judy Schlemer, Sharon Duarte, Helen Smith. Back Row: Sharon Faulkner, Jo Crain, Terri Hodge, Patsy Pope, and Deborah Brown.

The technology has changed and the company has changed, but former cord board operators still continue to hold a reunion 45 years after the closing of the cord board operating units in Dallas.

Southwestern Bell Telephone (SWBT), which is now AT&T, had operators located at 4100 Bryan Street, split among eight operating units in the building.

The women from all the units knew each other well, having worked so many years together in the same location.

With the introduction of new electronic switchboards in 1971, many of the older operators chose to retire and the rest were split into two new locations: one on Garland Road in the White Rock area and the other in Pleasant Grove.

The women from Unit 8 (yes, they were all women!) had worked together for so many years and decided to hold a reunion a year later in 1972.

It became an annual event, and the gatherings were originally held in homes. As operators from the other units were included and the number of attendees increased, larger facilities were needed.

For many years, the annual reunion was held at Winfrey Point and later at Samuel-Grand Recreation Center. The group now meets at the Circle Grill on Buckner Blvd.

“This marks our 45th annual reunion,” said 85-year-old Dorothy Bolton, the event organizer for the group. “We had no idea at the time we started this that it would continue for so many years.”

There were over 100 people in attendance in peak years, but death and old age have taken their toll over the decades.  Only 10 women attended this year, and the low attendance can be attributed to health issues and some not being able to driver any longer.

“It was a time when you had your job until you retired,” reminisced 87-year-old Judy Schlemer, who retired after working 50 years as an operator. “Five years at one company is a record in today’s world.”

Memories are still vivid about the changes at SWBT through the years, but the 70’s brought the most of the change.  In addition to the closing of the cord boards, they remember when operators were sent home on Christmas Day in 1970 for wearing pantsuits to work. At that time, pants could be worn, but only after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

“The first male operators were hired in the 70’s. I remember how shocked people were when they heard a male voice at the other end,” said 90-year-old Jo Crain.

At this year’s reunion, news and updates were shared. Judy Schlemer had hip surgery and was unable to drive, but she called Uber and arrived in style. Jo Crain’s home was damaged in the tornado that hit Rowlett in 2015 and she is still working to restore her home and belongings.

“We will hold the reunion as long as there is someone to make the yearly calls and ladies show up,” said Bolton.

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The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is soliciting nominations for its annual Teacher of the Year Award. Nominations are due Oct. 20, 2017.

The purpose is to recognize educators who are providing outstanding education for their respective students. Recipients of this award must have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote education.

There will be awards for Elementary School, Middle School and High School for both Public and Private Schools in the East Dallas area of Dallas, Texas. A total of six awards will be presented.

Nominations are being solicited from the Education Community, from the Chamber Board of Directors and from Chamber membership. The awards event will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at Lakehill Preparatory Schools Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center located at 7401 Ferguson Road (on the northwest quadrant of Ferguson Road and I-30).

Download form: www.eastdallaschamber.com and email to the Chamber office.

By email: president@eastdallaschamber.com

Online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RDMKSWR

For further information, contact the Chamber office at 214-328-4100. 

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Honorary Chair Nancy Bierman

The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden announces “AUTHENTIC TEXAS…food and gardens”, the 11th annual “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium and Luncheon. The event will be held Thursday, November 2, 2017, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, at the Arboretum’s Rosine Hall and is part of the Women’s Council’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.

The Honorary Chair is Nancy Bierman. Co-Chairs are Kay Weeks and Susan Adzick. Melissa Lewis is the President of the Women’s Council. 

As president of the Women’s Council of the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden in 2007-2008, Nancy Bierman conceived of a new project for the organization: a literary symposium called “A Writer’s Garden Literary Luncheon”, an event that has continued for over ten years. Combining interests in writers and gardens this project has provided programs of entertaining and informative speakers, as well as much-needed funds for the Women’s Council.                     

With a love of flowers and gardening, Nancy Bierman is a Certified Master Gardener for Dallas County and is an Accredited Flower Show Judge for the National Garden Clubs, Inc. She is a member of Bluffview Garden Club, Designers & Diggers Garden Study Club, Southern Garden History Society, and is a past president of Junior League Garden Club.

As a proponent of lifelong learning, Nancy Bierman enjoys educational programs of the Mary K. Craig Class and the Pierian Study Club, and she is currently a candidate for a Doctorate of Liberal Studies degree at S.M.U. In addition, Nancy serves on the Board of Trustees of Methodist Health System Foundation, Dallas Heritage Village, and the Dallas Public Library Foundation, and on the Advisory Board of Wilkinson Center and Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Nancy, and her husband Mike enjoy travel, watching sports, and walking.

In a recent conversation, Nancy remarked: “It is so rewarding to see A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium continue to reach out to the community, offering enlightening speakers, and gaining new members and funding for the Women’s Council! I am delighted to serve as the Honorary Chairman this year, and thank you for your support and friendship”.

For the 2017 event, engaging histories showcasing the cultural influences that shaped the distinct styles of Texas food, heartfelt stories about the farming and ranching families that are in the forefront of the organic food movement, and personal experiences that celebrate the value of using native plants and flowers in the planned landscape will be presented by: 

  • Jessica Dupuy, Austin, TX, well-known columnist for Texas Monthly and author of “United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State”;
  • Pamela Walker, Santa Fe, NM, local farm and food activist, and author of “Growing Good Things to Eat in Texas: Profiles of Organic Farmers and Ranchers across the State”;
  • Andrea De-Long-Amaya, Austin, TX, Director of Horticulture, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, garden columnist and teacher. 

A Patron Party for “A Writer’s Garden” Sponsors, Patrons and Underwriters is planned for Monday evening, October 30, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at a private residence.

For the past thirty-five years, the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the development, funding, maintenance and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the centerpiece garden of the Dallas Arboretum. Dedicated to the universal spirit of women, it is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, built by women and funded by the efforts of women. The support of over 550 members of the non-profit, all volunteer Women’s Council makes possible the continued improvement and expansion of A Woman’s Garden.

Individual tickets for “A Writer’s Garden” Literary Symposium and Luncheon are $150. For Sponsorship and Underwriting opportunities and to purchase tickets on-line, visit: www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org.

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Co-Chair Susan Adzick with hostess Ginger Sager and Co-Chair Kay Weeks.

11th Annual "A Writer's Garden" Literary Symposium and Luncheon "AUTHENTIC TEXAS...food and gardens"

Presented by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum                   

The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden announced “AUTHENTIC TEXAS…food and gardens”, the 11th annual “A Writer’sGarden”Literary Symposium and Luncheon at a reception on August 28 in the home of Ginger and Rod Sager. The event will be held Thursday, November 2, 2017, 9:30 am to 2:00 pm, at the Arboretum’s Rosine Hall and is part of the Women’s Council’s 35th Anniversary Celebration. 

The Honorary Chair is Nancy Bierman and Co-Chairs are Kay Weeks and Susan Adzick. Melissa Lewis is the President of the Women’s Council.   

Engaging histories showcasing the cultural influences that shaped the distinct styles of Texas food, heartfelt stories about the farming and ranching families that are in the forefront of the organic food movement, and personal experiences that celebrate the value of using native plants and flowers in the planned landscape will be presented by: 

Jessica Dupuy, Austin, TX, well-known columnist for Texas Monthly and author of “United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the LoneStarState”; 

Pamela Walker, Santa Fe, NM, local farm and food activist, and author of “Growing Good Things to Eat in Texas: Profiles of Organic Farmers and Ranchers across the State”; 

Andrea De-Long-Amaya, Austin, TX, Director of Horticulture, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, garden columnist and teacher. 

A Patron Party for “A Writer’s Garden” Sponsors, Patrons and Underwriters is planned for Monday evening, October 30, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at a private residence. 

For the past thirty-five years, the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the development, funding, maintenance and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the centerpiece garden of the Dallas Arboretum. Dedicated to the universal spirit of women, it is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, built by women and funded by the efforts of women. The support of over 550 members of the non-profit, all volunteer Women’s Council makes possible the continued improvement and expansion of A Woman’s Garden.

Individual tickets for “A Writer’s Garden”Literary Symposium and Luncheonare $150. For Sponsorship and Underwriting opportunities and to purchase tickets on-line, visit: www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org

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Stephanie Giddens, Vickery Trading Company, Cheryl

 

Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce presented its annual Business Awards to local businesses on August 25 at a luncheon held at the Magnolia Hotel. Congressman Jeb Hensarling was in attendance to present the awards. 

The 2017 winners are: Lucky Dog Books, Jeb Hensarling Business of the Year; Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Chairman’s Award; Momo Italian Kitchen, Entrepreneur of the Year; The Store in Lake Highlands, Live Local Award; Vickery Trading Company, Live Local Award; Preservation Dallas, R. S. Munger Business Pioneer. 

Lucky Dog Books – Marquetta and John Tilton - Jeb Hensarling Business of the Year
For over 40 years, Lucky Dog Books has served the East Dallas area. Established by Marquetta and John Tilton, they have worked together to further the love of reading. It started as Paperback Plus in 1976 and the name was changed to Lucky Dog Books to reflect that they carry more than just paperbacks. They just relocated to Casa Linda Plaza. They continue to get amazing collections of books, music and video DVDs and CDs, Blueray and vinyl. It is a neighbor gathering place where untold number of events have taken place including Writer’s Garrett, neighborhood associations, yoga, readings, book signings, card groups, music, poetry readings, book clubs and other events - too numerous to list. Lucky Dog Books has garnered numerous accolades and awards through the years from D Magazine, Word Space and others. 

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden – Mary Brinegar - Chairman’s Award
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the top 10 display gardens in North America and considered the crown jewel of Dallas. The economic impact of the Dallas Arboretum exceeded $170 million in each of 2012 and 2013, according to a study. More than one million visitors from all 50 states, as well as 90 countries, came through the gates in 2016 and it has over 38,000 members. The Dallas Arboretum offers the public an array of popular annual events and outdoor concerts along with its many permanent gardens including A Woman’s Garden which turns 20 this year, the Children’s Garden and the newly opened A Tasting Place. The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum celebrates its 35th anniversary this year and through the years, members have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through fundraising efforts. The Arboretum has been listed among the top arboretums in the world and the number of honors is so extensive it is listed on their website. Here are just a few of recent accolades: Southern Living Magazine called it “One of the South’s Best Botanical Gardens”; Architectural Digest named it “One of the 15 Breathtaking Botanical Gardens in the World”; and USA Today’s 10 Best named it “Top Botanical Garden”. 

Momo Italian Kitchen – Wende Stevenson and Aaron Gross - Entrepreneur of the Year
Momo Italian Kitchen is a family business that celebrated its 30th Anniversary last year. The restaurant has a loyal following because of the excellent authentic Italian cuisine. Food never varies in taste or quality! The chef has been there nearly 30 years several of the staff have been there over 17 years. The food, service and ambiance keeps this restaurant popular. Momo’s is a BYOB restaurant - Bring Your Own Bottle. Once you get the bill, you will not believe your eyes when you see how low the total amount is! The neighborhood restaurant has a very loyal following and there are customers that have come every week for 25+ years! Mention the name Momos, and everyone all over the city knows it. The restaurant requires reservations because of its popularity and there is a waiting crowd on the weekends. It has received numerous awards through the years including D Magazine’s Top 25 Restaurants and Dallas Observer’s 100 best restaurants. 

The Store in Lake Highlands – Cheryl Calvin - Live Local Award
The Store in Lake Highlands recently celebrated its 15th Anniversary and ranked #8 for Best Women's Boutique on the Dallas A List. Boutique shopping in East Dallas has never been like this. The Store in Lake Highlands has clothing, fashion accessories and gifts. Personal shopping assistants provide service you can appreciate. It is the go-to place for gift giving needs: Birthdays, Anniversary, Wedding, Baby showers, and just because you care gifts for friends and loved ones. It carries unique items of local flavor by local designers. The Store’s stock of trendy and classic casual/chic clothes and accessories rotate quickly – there’s always something new. And there is a customer reward program. Events are held regularly from Trunk Shows to Ice Cream Socials…and all holidays are celebrated. The staff are always helpful and friendly. And they gift wrap!! 

Vickery Trading Company – Stephanie Giddens - Live Local Award
Vickery Trading Company manufactures and sells children’s clothing that helps local refugee women with the challenges they face after relocating to the US. It began in 2008 when Stephanie Giddens visited Uganda in East Africa and bought a handmade paper necklace from a local artisan. There was extreme poverty all around, but by purchasing the woman’s handiwork, it allowed dignity in a way that charity never could. In 2011, she helped to develop a project that partnered businesswomen in Dallas with like-minded women in Rwanda. They raised money for leadership training and microfinance lending to launch Rwandan businesses and many thrived. Later in 2011, she was confronted and horrified by the proliferation of human exploitation. She recognized again what she’d seen in Uganda – the unbelievable redemption and freedom that dignified work affords the human soul. Her church in Dallas began to engage refugees that lived in Vickery Meadows and in 2015 Vickery Trading Company was born. These refugee women earn fair wages while learning to adjust into American culture. They are provided training, care and income. The refugee women are given dignity as they learn the skills and earn fair wages by making children’s clothes. She is helping to empower vulnerable women. 

Preservation Dallas – David Preziosi - R. S. Munger Business Pioneer Award
For 45 years Preservation Dallas has used innovative programs and advocacy tools in the fight to preserve the historic resources of Dallas. Many successes have helped to advance preservation in Dallas. Preservation Dallas was founded in 1972 as the Historic Preservation League (HPL) by concerned citizens to advocate for historic places in a city with a preference for “new” and “modern.” HPL led the city to pass its first preservation ordinance in 1973 and designate its first historic district, Swiss Avenue. HPL changed its name to Preservation Dallas (PD) in 1994. Preservation Dallas has kept preservation in the forefront through highly publicized tours and awards. In 45 years Preservation Dallas has done an extraordinary amount of work to preserve the city’s historic resources despite terrible odds, reluctant city leadership, and developers with the money, power and will to demolish historic buildings. A small staff, dedicated volunteer board and members have fought tirelessly for historic structures that have no voice and have worked to protect the city’s neighborhoods and historic buildings by designating them historic districts and landmarks. Preservation Dallas continues that fight and builds upon its successes to save the historic places that define Dallas.

  

Photos by Carol Hensley

 

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Norma Minnis, event co-chair Betty Richie, Connie Hearn, WIN President Jana Barker, and event co-chair Jo Ann Jenkins.

Women’s Equality Day has been celebrated annually for over 20 years with a program by a local Dallas women’s organization, Women’s Issues Network (WIN). Formed in 1980, WIN has continuously worked for women’s rights and equality. The group celebrated the 97th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote with an event at Dallas City Hall on August 23.

The history of that campaign is kept alive annually on Women’s Equality Day because there are still many battles to be fought for women’s equality. Actress Robin Wright made headlines last year when she demanded to be paid the same as her costar on House of Cards, Kevin Spacey. She won, but the fact is she had to ask for it.

‘Women still make only 79 cents to each dollar earned by men,” said State Representative Victoria Neave. “For the African-American, it is 59 cents and for the Latinos it is 44 cents.”

Over 150 women attended wearing white to represent the women suffragists who campaigned for women’s voting rights. Mayor Rawlings sported a white jacket, and other Council members wore white. Councilmembers showing their support by wearing white were Jennifer Staubach Gates, Sandy Greyson, Philip Kingston, Tennell Atkins, and Rickey Calahan. Many other elected officials wore white including State Representative Victoria Neave, JUdge Nancy Mulder,  and County Commissioners Theresa Daniel and Elba Garcia.

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 the passage of the Amendment, 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.

The event was chaired by Betty Richie and Jo Ann Jenkins. 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, National Council of Jewish Women Greater Dallas, League of Women Voters of Collin County, Peacemakers, Inc., Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, S.E. Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Inc., The Afiya Center, United Nations Association—Dallas Chapter, Women’s Issues Network, America Association of University Women, Dallas Branch, Dallas County Democratic Party, Carol Donovan, Chair of the Dallas County Democratic Party, Federally Employed women, Dallas Area Chapter, Hispanic 100, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, League of Women Voters of Irving, Martha Tiller Company Public Relations, Media Projects, Inc., Southwest Jewish Congress, Texas Equal Access Fund, Texas Latina List, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation.

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Leslie Swann

 

Women’s Equality Day will take place August 23 at Dallas City Hall


Public service has always been a vital part of life for Leslie Swann, President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dallas Alumnae Chapter.  It was important to her to give back to the underprivileged and underrepresented and the Sorority has helped to fulfill that desire. Swann has been actively involved with the Sorority for over 25 years.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1913 by twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need.

One of the earliest causes the Sorority became actively involved in was The Fight for Women’s Sufferage, women’s legal right to vote.  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. 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. The campaign culminated nearly 150 years later when the 19th Amendment was passed on August 26, 1920.

The history of that campaign is kept alive annually on Women’s Equality Day because there are still many battles to be fought for women’s equality. Actress Robin Wright made headlines last year when she demanded to be paid the same as her costar on House of Cards, Kevin Spacey. She won, but the fact is she had to ask for it.

The Sorority’s Dallas Alumnae Chapter is a sponsor for Women’s Equality Day which has been celebrated in Dallas for more than 20 years. Over 100 women wearing white are expected to descend upon City Hall on August 23. White became a symbol for the suffrage movement, as women rallied and protested for the right to vote. The event will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Flag Room on the 6th floor of City Hall located at 1500 Marilla Drive. It will include a Proclamation recognizing the 97th Anniversary of Women’s Equality Day given by Mayor Rawlings with the City Council, and County Commissioners, and others in attendance. The event is open to the public.

Betty Ritchie and JoAnn 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, National Council of Jewish Women Greater Dallas, League of Women Voters of Collin County, Peacemakers, Inc., Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, S.E. Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Inc., The Afiya Center, United Nations Association—Dallas Chapter, Women’s Issues Network, America Association of University Women, Dallas Branch, Dallas County Democratic Party, Carol Donovan, Chair of the Dallas County Democratic Party, Federally Employed women, Dallas Area Chapter, Hispanic 100, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, League of Women Voters of Irving, Martha Tiller Company Public Relations, Media Projects, Inc., Southwest Jewish Congress, Texas Equal Access Fund, Texas Latina List, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation.

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2018 Debutantes.

Tuxedos and cocktail dresses were the attire for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s debutantes Casino Party held in Arlington Hall at Lee Park on July 8. The debs, honor guard, and their families had a delicious buffet dinner, casino games, and dancing with live music by The Ice House Band. 

The event was chaired by Eleanor McClendon Bond. Presentation Ball Chair is Lori Routh and DSOL President is Mari Epperson.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2017-2018 Debutantes during Announcement Weekend festivities June 2-4. The weekend marked the official start of a season of events culminating with the 32nd Presentation Ball, which will be held February 17, 2018. 

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. Over $11 million has been raised for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through the annual event, which was created with the vision of long-time League member Tincy Miller, who chaired the first ball. 

  

Photos by James French

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Sherwood Wagner, Lisa Cabiness, Vallerie Dontes, Doug Haloftis. Back Row: Barbara Sypult, Bryan Campbell, Marimon Nettleton, and Lion Register.

The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra has added four new board members to its Board of Directors. They are Sherwood Wagner, Lisa Cabiness, Vallerie Dontes and Barbara Sypult. Doug Haloftis is the new Board Chair. 

Sherwood Wagner’s involvement with the arts and other civic activities shows her passion for making a difference in our community. She served as president of Women’s Auxiliary of Girls, Inc. of Dallas for two terms and has held board positions for the USA Film Festival and Parish Episcopal School. Most recently, she served as Honorary Chair for the 2016 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Opening Gala and was Honorary Chair for the 2015 Mad Hatter’s Tea. She is a longtime supporter of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society and has supported the 2015 DSO Gala, Cattle Barons Ball, Crystal Charity, and Association of Major Symphony Volunteers. Sherwood has west Texas roots and has held various board positions for The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center (Midland) and The Ellen Noël Art Museum (Odessa). 

Lisa Cabaniss is Artistic Director of Sote Performing Arts Center and with Cabaniss Management Company. She and her husband Edwin are owners of the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff. Together they reinvented the old theater on Davis Street as a gallery space, performance venue, and retail and office center. The vacant building was transformed into one of the city's leading entertainment venues helping to revitalize the area. The property has been an Oak Cliff landmark for nearly 75 years and gained a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Vallerie Dontes is a community volunteer serving as a current board member for Promise House and Dallas CASA. She relocated from Chicago five years ago when her husband took a head position at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Vallerie continues her work as a consultant with the Department of Psychiatry for University of Illinois in Chicago. 

Barbara Carlyle Sypult is actively involved in the community and is a notable arts patron. She has served many nonprofit organizations in a director capacity. Her roster of past and current board involvement includes the Fine Arts Chamber Players, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Alzheimer’s Association, AT&T Performing Arts Center, A.W.A.R.E. (fundraising arm supporting the Alzheimer’s Association), Chiapas International, Mentoring Arts Magnet School, New Conservatory of Dallas, and Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, among others. She enjoys working with young people and enhancing the performing arts experience that Dallas offers. 

Douglas Haloftis is the new Board Chair. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in the Labor & Employment Law Department and was previously a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. He is a frequent author and speaker on corporate governance topics, he serves on the board of the Vision Forum (a human rights speakers’ forum), and was a member of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships from 2008-2010. Doug has hosted untold number of musical events in his home featuring his Bösendorfer grand piano. 

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2017-2018 Debutantes

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2017-2018 Debutantes during Announcement Weekend festivities June 2-4. The weekend marked the official start of a season of events culminating with the 32nd Presentation Ball, which will be held February 17, 2018. 

Announcement Weekend began with the Announcement Party at Stanley Korshak on Friday evening, June 2. On Saturday, Stanley Korshak hosted a breakfast and Gown Show featuring the Couture Collection by designer Mackenzie Brittingham. To conclude the weekend, Neiman Marcus hosted a Gown Show and dessert reception on Sunday.  

Presentation Ball Chair is Lori Routh and DSOL President is Mari Epperson. 

The 2017-2018 debutantes are: Caroline Allday, Meika Bass, Caroline Beutel, Natalie Blazejewski, Alexis Bray, Helena Burns, Megan Casey, Catherine Champlin, Bronwyn Cordiak, Eliza Davis, Alexandra Eagle, Claire Fletcher, Grace Gunnin, Hope Hyde, Emma Jenevein, Olivia Jennings, Anna Marie Jordanou, Riley King, Katie Kupp, Catherine Leffert, Lane McCormick, Annabel McGill, Megan Meinecke, Kay Merritt, Caroline Morway, Theiline Pigott, Jacqueline Reagor, Avery Roossien, Madison Stuart, Juliana Szuwalski, Madeline Toole and Morgan Weaver. 

The Presentation Ball, which was first held in 1987, is the largest fundraiser for the DSOL. Over $11 million has been raised for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through the annual event, which was created with the vision of long-time League member Tincy Miller, who chaired the first Ball. 

Founded in 1946, the mission of the DSOL is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $14 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.