Eyes on Arlington: Check out the Junior League at open house Thursday

05/19/2014 3:42 PM

05/19/2014 3:43 PM

Women who want to give back to their community, grow personally and professionally and get connected to other women will want to stop by the spring open house hosted by the Junior League of Arlington on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Guests at the event will have a chance to learn about the league’s fall provisional membership program and find out how members of the organization enjoy networking opportunities and have a meaningful impact in the community while they hone their leadership skills.

Incoming President Jeannie Deakyne said the organization is beginning the 40th year of service to the community since its origins as the Service League of Arlington established in 1975. Deakyne said future plans will involve innovative ways for league members to meaningfully volunteer their time.

“June 1st will kick off a Junior League focus on hands-on, short-term volunteer partnerships with community groups and nonprofits in Arlington, Mansfield, Grand Prairie and the Mid-Cities. With 500 members, we are very committed to meeting the needs of our community — responsively and with lasting impact,” she said.

At the recent annual dinner, outgoing and incoming officers were honored and special awards were presented. Congratulations to member Julie Reinhardt, who received the President’s Award for outstanding contributions made to the Arlington Police Department during her tenure as community vice president.

The Debra Deur Award to recognize an outstanding sustaining member was presented to Gracie Hilton for her continued involvement in the league and outstanding service to Baylor University.

Kudos to the 2014-15 board of directors that will serve with Deakyne, including President-elect Emily Swanson and officers Andrea Powers, Valerie Landry, Jenene Schaffer, Theresa Austin, April Pettitt, Misty Lockhart, Bree Butler, Lyndsay Mitchell and Shelly Osten.

“It was a wonderful evening welcoming our newest members, celebrating our collective and individual accomplishments and giving thanks for the partnerships that have led to such community impact over the past year,” Deakyne said.

The venue for the open house is the Center for Community Service, at 4002 W. Pioneer Parkway. For information, contact Misty Lockhart at recruitment@jlarlington.org.

Bargains to be found at rummage sale Saturday

Make the first stop on your Saturday agenda the big rummage sale at the Arlington Woman’s Club, at 1515 W. Abram St. Shopping begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. for eager shoppers looking for unique finds and good deals.

Books, clothing, art, furniture and all varieties of household goods will be displayed in the parking lot for shoppers to conveniently peruse. Club member Sandra Greenwood is in charge of the sale along with club President Becky Lucas.

Greenwood said many items up for grabs came from inside the club facility after a recent spring cleaning. “We need more space and thought it was a good time to clean and clear out unused items,” she said.

Additional inventory will come from items that members bring from their homes.

“For example, we have table tops that fit on a standard card table to expand it for extra dining, along with a host of great things,” Greenwood said.

When the sale ends, unsold items will go to local charities. Proceeds from the sale will go toward such club causes as the Reading Is Fundamental program and the high school scholarship program.

Club member Bonnie Williams reports that at the philanthropy dinner held this spring, the club raised $15,600 that will go to those causes.

To inquire about the rummage sale, call the club office at 817-277-7666.

Volunteers honored at Employee of the Year Luncheon

Congratulations to Volunteer of the Year Ethel Reeder from the Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, who was among more than 30 volunteers honored recently by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation at the 18th annual Employee of the Year Luncheon at the Irving Convention Center.

The mission of the foundation is to “unite area hospitals and industry leaders to advance quality healthcare in the region.” In recent years, the group decided to include the outstanding volunteers from hospital auxiliaries in the same ceremonies that honor paid employees. Chosen annually from among the honorees is the volunteer of the year.

Reeder, who was a founding member of the Arlington Memorial Hospital Auxiliary in 1958, was chosen as the 2014 volunteer of the year from among the 216 current auxiliary volunteers and earned the privilege of competing for the foundation’s annual award.

“Ethel is such a treasure,” said hospital spokeswoman Chandra Caradine. “Everyone loves her sense of humor and her positive outlook. She is certainly a role model for her fellow volunteers.”

A father-daughter volunteer team from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth was named the foundation’s volunteer of the year at the Irving luncheon.

To inquire about the Texas Health Arlington Memorial volunteer program, contact Caradine at 817-960-6502.

Sporting Clay Shoot targets fundraising dollars

Shooting, competition and camaraderie will be the order of the day at the fifth annual Sporting Clay Shoot on June 6 hosted by the River Legacy Foundation.

Shooters will enjoy the beautiful natural setting on 800 acres of rolling hills at the Beaumont Ranch in Grandview. Two shoots, an auction, raffle and a Mexican buffet luncheon will round out the day’s events. The Lewis Class Scoring system will be used, so pro through novice participants will have an equal chance to win.

Co-chairmen Stewart Garrison of SPSD and Robert Kembel of JCKPL Real Estate are heading up the event to benefit programs at River Legacy Living Science Center.

“The clay shoot is a great way to support River Legacy Foundation’s environmental education programs while enjoying a day of breaking clays and networking with other like-minded businessmen and women who see the value in protecting and preserving our green spaces and natural environments,” said Kembel.

A live auction will feature a Beretta shotgun, a suite seat at the Texas Rangers game, a crossbow and other attractive items. Another raffle offers golf packages, a Bass Pro hunting multitool and Rangers tickets.

The registration fee is $200 per shooter or $800 for a team of four. The golf cart fee is $125. Lunch, registration and awards will be in the air-conditioned Lone Star pavilion. Shooters will receive two drink tickets for beer redeemable at lunch or the afternoon awards ceremony.

Contact Kristi Payne at 817-860-6752 or kristi@riverlegacy.org to sign up.

Join the Discussion

Fort Worth Star-Telegram is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQ | Terms of Service