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Kim Wilson, noted author and international speaker, will discuss her new book At Home with Jane Austen which brings to life the Georgian and Regency worlds of Jane Austen with social history, biographical details and delicious excerpts from her novels and correspondence.

Noted authors featured at “Treasured Legacies”
Eighth Annual A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and
Luncheon
presented by Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

 

The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents “Treasured Legacies” at the eighth annual A Writer’s Garden Literary Symposium and Luncheon.Treasured Legacies” will have three noted authors featuring vivid portraits of two of the most widely read and beloved writers in literature and compelling personal stories exploring our gardening heritage. The event will be on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Arboretum’s Rosine Hall, 8525 Garland Road.

The three noted authors in attendance include:

Kim Wilson, author and international speaker whose new book At Home with Jane Austen was published September 30, 2014. Kim’s best-selling books Tea with Jane Austen and In The Garden with Jane Austen bring to life the Georgian and Regency worlds of Jane Austen with social history, biographical details and delicious excerpts from Austen’s novels and correspondence.

Kelsey Mullin, Director of Public Programming and Education, and author of The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home will discuss the transformational effects of Wharton’s magnificent home and gardens on her success as a writer. Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Age of Innocence.

Greg Grant and William Welch, Co-Authors, Heirloom Gardening of the South, a captivating, personal encounter with two dedicated and passionate gardeners whose love of heritage gardening infuses their book’s  narrative from beginning to end.

The event is open to the public. Individual tickets are $150 with Patron and Sponsorship opportunities available. A Patron Party for Patrons and Sponsors to meet the authors is planned for Wednesday  evening, November 5 at a private residence.

Tickets and sponsorships are available online at www.womenscouncildallasarboretum.org. For additional information, contact Liz Respess at 214-739-6013. Funds raised from the “Treasured Legacies” will benefit A Woman’s Garden located at the Arboretum.

Since 1986, the major goal of the Women’s Council has been the design, construction, funding and endowment of A Woman’s Garden, the centerpiece garden of the Arboretum.  A Woman’s Garden is the only public garden in the nation conceived by women, funded by the efforts of women and dedicated to the spirit of women. The support of over 600 members of the Women’s Council make possible the continued expansion and improvement of A Woman’s Garden.

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Brice and Cynthia Beaird are longtime supporters of the DSO and the Dallas Community.

Cynthia and Brice Beaird named Honorary Chairs
for the
Dallas Symphony Orchestra League
29th Annual Presentation Ball

 

 

Cynthia and Brice Beaird have been named Honorary Chairs for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League 29th Annual Presentation Ball. 41 debutantes will be presented at the event on February 7, 2015 at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

The Beairds are longtime supporters of the DSO and the Dallas Community.  Cynthia is a past co-chair of the Ball and also chaired the 25th Anniversary Presentation Ball.  Their daughter, Jane Louise Beaird, was a Symphony Deb presented in 2007. Brice has performed for the Debs and their families at the traditional Thanksgiving presentation at the Myerson.

Cynthia is a founding Partner/Executive VP with Allie Beth Allman and Associates. She is active with Crystal Charity Ball, Junior League of Dallas Sustaining Advisor, Dallas Summer Musical Board, and Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society.

Brice is the owner of the Beaird Agency, Inc. He is active with the Salesmanship Club, Dallas Zoo Board, and Perkins School of Theology Executive Board. 

“We are honored to serve as the Honorary Chairs for the 29th Annual Presentation Ball,” said Cynthia. “We are grateful to all the many volunteers who make this all possible. There are many events leading up to the night of the Presentation Ball and hundreds of volunteers are working behind the scenes to make it look effortless.”

Over the years, the Presentation Ball has raised over $10 million for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The proceeds benefit the education and community outreach programs of the DSO.

 

Photo submitted by Cynthia Beaird

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Come along for the quest as we experience the Past, and take Action for a more Just and Peaceful Future. On September 21, 2014, the International Day of Peace, you can experience PEACE DAY DALLAS - AWARENESS ADVENTURE, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  

The interactive tour is a three-mile loop through history, art and architecture, where you will be prompted on your phone with exciting fun facts and trivia, fascinating stories and challenges. The touring mobile app will guide participants through downtown Dallas, highlighting our city’s past and intertwining it with the current day to challenge participants to be part of a more progressive and tolerant city. ​

The event starts and ends in the heart of downtown Dallas at the Dallas Holocaust Museum,  in the West End directly across from The Sixth Floor Museum. The first stop will be Dealy Plaza. Participants can start their Adventure anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. with no official start time. Adventure Awareness Route and activities end when the Holocaust Museum closes at 5:00 p.m. All participants must finish the course by 5:00 p.m. 

​The Awareness Adventure is for all ages offering fun facts, exciting trivia and great stories about our city, state, nation and world, including historical events taught through the city’s art, landscape and architecture . We anticipate widespread student participation as well as a fun time for learners of all ages.

​The event will recognize the “Peace One Day” global day of peace and celebrate the 30th anniversaries of CISV-DFW and the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.   

Families and teams of 5 or more are $20 per adult/ $10 per student. Individuals are $25 per adult/ $12 per student. No charge for children 6 and younger. 

Advance registration is available online at www.peacedaydallas.org. Registration on the day of the event will be at the Holocaust Museum 211 North Record Street, Suite 100.

Proceeds will benefit  CISV DFW and Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance

 

About CISV DFW

CISV DFW, an all-volunteer organization, is one of many CISV chapters around the world. CISV (formerly Children's International Summer Villages)  hosts a variety of educational programs each year. Following the devastation of World War II, CISV was created to promote and maintain peace. CISV believes peace is possible through friendship and that the real difference can be made by starting with children.   CISV-DFW is hosting three programs in 2014 - Step Up (for youth age 15), Village (11 year olds) and our first IPP (International People's Project) working with African refugees in the Dallas area. Visit www.dfw.cisvusa.org  for more information.   

About The Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance
The Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance inspires people to think about the consequences of their choices by remembering and teaching the Holocaust and other genocides. We raise some of the most fundamental questions about human nature and challenge all to think and to be Upstanders. The Museum is committed to teaching the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference for the benefit of all humanity. The Museum’s education programs have had a profound effect on people of all ages. Funds raised from Peace Day Dallas Awareness Adventure would allow Title One and economically disadvantaged students in the North Texas area to visit the Museum. More information may be found at http://www.dallasholocaustmuseum.org/

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Cindy Clendenen, Brenda Gaustad, Suzie Humphreys Cindy Clendenen, event chair Brenda Gaustad, with Suzie Humphreys who was emcee for the event

Dallas County Council of Republican Women hosted their bi-annual POWER Pep Rally on Saturday, September 6 at the Royal Oaks Country Club.  POWER is acronym for Power of Women to Elect Republicans. Proceeds of the event will benefit campaigns of Republican candidates. Over 300 were in attendance at the rally which energized Dallas County Republicans to work tirelessly these next few months until the November election.

Suzie Humphreys, TV and Radio Personality, was emcee with special guest speakers Congresswoman Kay Granger, U. S. Representative, 12th District of Texas and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, U. S. Representative, 7th District of Tennessee. Also speaking were Congressman Pete Sessions and Cecilia Abbott, wife of Texas Attorney General and candidate for Governor Greg Abbott.

“This is the most dangerous time in the history of the world,” said Kay Granger. “There is a lack of decisions being made, and those decisions being made are a real concern. We are cutting defense at a time when ISIS is growing and a serious threat. When President Eisenhower chose to invade Europe, he took full responsibility knowing many lives would be lost. He took all blame – not blaming any other figure – now that’s a leader.”

Granger was the first woman from Texas elected to Congress and she is the only woman from Texas serving in Congress today. She is close with Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn who was the keynote speaker.  

“You are the way to get the word out about our candidates,” said Blackburn. “ Media won’t help us. In a recent Gallop poll, only 18% said they believed what was broadcast on the news. Our nation is on the endangered species list.”

Vicki Goode is President of DCCRW, Brenda Gaustad was the Event Chair.

Photos by Deborah Brown

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The Honorable Marsha Blackburn, U. S. Representative, 7th District of Tennessee will be the keynote speaker for the POWER Pep Rally.

 

Dallas County Council of Republican Women will host a POWER Pep Rally on Saturday, September 6 at Royal Oaks Country Club with TV and radio personality Suzie Humphreys serving as emcee for the event.  

POWER is acronym for Power of Women to Elect Republicans. The bi-annual POWER Pep Rally will build momentum for Republican voter support at the November elections. Proceeds of the event will benefit campaigns of Republican candidates. 

Special guest speakers are The Honorable Kay Granger, U. S. Representative, 12th District of Texas and The Honorable Marsha Blackburn, U. S. Representative, 7th District of Tennessee.

The luncheon will be the destination for Republican officials and Republican candidates for the November election. Other speakers include Mrs. Greg Abbott, wife of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott;  Amy Clark, Vice Chairman, Republican Party of Texas; and Wade Emmert, Chairman of Dallas County Republican Party.             

Vickie Goode is President of DCCRW and Brenda Gaustad is the Event Chair.

The event will be at Royal Oaks Country Club located at 7915 Greenville Avenue. The morning begins with a POWER Market of local vendors with jewelry, books and other boutique items. The event registration and a shopping market will be open from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. The luncheon and POWER Rally will begin at 11:00 a.m. 

For information and registration, contact Kit Whitehill, 214-755-9670 or kbwhitehill@gmail.com

Tickets are $65 and may be purchased online at www.dccrw.org or checks made out to DCCRW and mailed (by September1) to: Mary McElvaney,

DCCRW PAC Treasurer, 7620 Kevin, Dallas TX 75248. 

Event sponsors are Congressman Pete Sessions, Senator John Carona and Senator-Elect Don Huffines along with Dallas Area Republican Women’s Clubs.

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Councilmembers wore white to show support: Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins, Scott Griggs, Moinca Alonzo, Sandy Grayson, Jennifer Gates, and WIN President Connie Hearn.

 

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 94th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote with an event at Dallas City Hall. 

The program was held on August 20 in the Flag Room on the 6th floor of City Hall. Over 100 women descended upon City Hall wearing white to represent the suffragists who lobbied for women to vote.  

Although the Mayor was not able to attend due to recent hip surgery, Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins and councilmembers attended. Atkins and the women councilmembers wore white in support of the gathering. 

Keynote speaker was Keven Ann Willey, Vice President and Editorial Page Editor for The Dallas Morning News. 

“I wish there were still not so many “firsts” for women,” Keven said. “There is not equality if there are still headlines about “firsts” for women. There is still work to do. Women still trail behind men in the academic suites and there is not a single female CEO in a Fortune 500 company in Texas despite their education.” 

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 WIN President Connie Hearn. “The most important thing you can do to initiate change is to vote.” 

Among the local notables in attendance was Park Cities resident Virginia Whitehill who was instrumental is starting a women's credit union in Dallas (still in business today!) just so women could get credit on their own. Today it is hard to imagine a time when women had to have their husband's signature to get credit.  

Other local notables in attendance were District Attorney Craig Watkins, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Dallas County Commissioners Dr. Theresa Daniel and Dr. Elba Garcia, Clare Buie Chaney, and filmmakers Cynthia Mondel and Fonya Mondel with Fonya’s two year old son Juan Carlos.

Co-sponsors of the event included League of Women Voters, National Council of Jewish Women-Greater Dallas, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, South East Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, Women’s Council of Dallas County, YWCA, and Dallas Women’s Foundation.

 

Photos by Deborah Brown

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Darlene Ellison, Chamber Chairman; MaryBeth Shapiro, Republic Title, Inc. – Lakewood; Roger Perry, Lakehill Preparatory School; Mariel Street, Liberty Burger; Sherry Campbell, Nothing Bundt Cakes – White Rock; Congressman Jeb Hensarling; Carmen Fort, Whole Foods Market Lakewood; Jay Krishnaswamy, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. Not pictured: Sherryl Wesson, Ebby Halliday, REALTORS.

 

 

Greater East Dallas Chamber names Business Award Winners

 

Greater East Dallas Chamber named the 2014 Business Award Winners at their luncheon on August 19 at the Lakewood Country Club. Congressman Hensarling gave the keynote address and handed out the awards.

 

 

Business Awards Winners 
The Jeb Hensarling Business of the Year Award Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake
 
Chairman's Award (tie)
Ebby Halliday, REALTORS - Sherryl Wesson
Republic Title of Texas, Inc. – Lakewood Office - MaryBeth Shapiro
 
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Liberty Burger Lakewood - Mariel Street
 
Live Local Award
Small Business - Nothing Bundt Cakes White Rock - Sherry Campbell
Medium-Large Business - Whole Food Market Lakewood - Carmen Fort
Non-Profit - Lakehill Preparatory School - Roger Perry
 
 
 
We also Want to Recognize our Finalists
Allstate Insurance - The Clayton Agency
Bill “Bulldog” Cunningham Insurance Agency
Blow Salon
Dallas Comedy House
David Bush Realtors
Elle Realty
Fantastic Moves
GetUsOnTheWeb.com
Greater Casa View Alliance
MyCare Personal Assistance
The T Shop

 

 

Photos by Deborah Brown

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Keven Ann Willey is Keynote Speaker for Women's Equality Day Celebration
Set for August 20 at Dallas City Hall

 

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). The group will celebrate the 94th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote with an event at Dallas City Hall. 

The program will be held on August 20 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Flag Room on the 6th floor of City Hall located at 1500 Marilla Drive. Over 100 women will descend upon City Hall wearing white to represent the suffragists who lobbied for women to vote.  

Keven Ann Willey, VP at The Dallas Morning News and Editorial Page Editor, will be the Keynote Speaker. Also featured will be Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and a proclamation given by Mayor Rawlings and members of the Dallas City Council. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

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. 

Formed in 1980, WIN has continuously worked for women’s rights and equality. 

Co-sponsors of the event include League of Women Voters, National Council of Jewish Women-Greater Dallas Section, YWCA Dallas, Hispanic Women's Network of Texas-Dallas, S. E. Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, NAACP Dallas Branch, and Dallas Women’s Foundation.

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Women's Equality Day Celebration
Set for August 20 at Dallas City Hall

 

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). The group will celebrate the 94th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote with an event at Dallas City Hall. 

The program will be held on August 20 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Flag Room on the 6th floor of City Hall located at 1500 Marilla Drive. Over 100 women will descend upon City Hall wearing white to represent the suffragists who lobbied for women to vote. The Mayor will be a featured speaker and City Council Members will be in attendance. The event is free and open to the public. 

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. 

Formed in 1980, WIN has continuously worked for women’s rights and equality. 

Dr. Theresa Daniel, a Dallas County Commissioner and WIN board member, recalls the discrimination she experienced in the 1970’s when she applied for her first job in Indiana. Although she was equally qualified, the job went to a male. 

“It made me more determined to excel in all that I did and it also changed my career direction,” said Dr. Daniel. “I took another job which led me on a career path I had not chosen, but chosen by destiny.” 

She attended St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame, Indiana, majoring in modern languages, Spanish and Italian. After graduation in 1975, she worked as a VISTA volunteer in Starr County, one of the poorest counties in Texas on the border with Mexico. Being a woman in south Texas was very hard at that time. Politics were a major focus between the city, the county, and the growers. With challenging conditions, she worked to set up legal services for the elderly. 

“The hardships endured there gave me the passion to give back to the community as well as an interest in politics. The experience shaped my future in ways unknown to me at the time,” she said. 

Dr. Daniel worked on many political campaigns through the years and pursued her education. She earned three masters degrees before receiving her Ph.D. in public policy and public administration. She was elected as Dallas County Commissioner District 1 in 2012 and her background has given her the experience to support her culturally diverse district. 

Dr. Daniel has been a WIN board member since 1999 and served as a past President. She continues to advocate for women’s issues and equality for all cultures. 

Co-sponsors of the event include League of Women Voters, National Council of Jewish Women-Greater Dallas Section, YWCA Dallas, Hispanic Women's Network of Texas-Dallas, S. E. Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club, NAACP Dallas Branch, and Dallas Women’s Foundation. 

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Congressman Jeb Hensarling will present the annual Hensarling Award for Business of the Year. The Chamber will also present its Entrepreneur of the Year, Chairman’s Award and Live Local Award.

The finalists for the Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards for 2014 have been announced: Allstate Insurance - The Clayton Agency; Bill “Bulldog” Cunningham Insurance Agency; Blow Salon; Dallas Comedy House; David Bush Realtors; Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake; Elle Realty; Fantastic Moves; GetUsOnTheWeb.com; Greater Casa View Alliance; Lakehill Preparatory School; Liberty Burger Lakewood; MyCare Personal Assistance; Nothing Bundt Cakes White Rock; Republic Title of Texas, Inc. – Lakewood Office; Ebby Halliday, REALTORS; The T Shop; Whole Foods Market Lakewood.

Congressman Jeb Hensarling will present the annual Hensarling Award for Business of the Year. The Chamber will also present its Entrepreneur of the Year, Chairman’s Award and Live Local Award.

Winners will be announced at the awards luncheon Tuesday, August 19 at Lakewood Country Club at 1912 Abrams Road. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the lunch and program starting at 12:00 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for guests. Tickets are available online at www.eastdallaschamber.com or by calling Deborah Brown 214-649-1773.