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Summer 2013 XI

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Burgers n Brats Cardiovascular Specialists Carol’s Cards and Gifts Cartridge World of FM CATO Fashions CCA Children’s Advocacy Center Chiro One Cleaning for a Reason

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Coldwell Banker, Jeannette Collier Colonial Savings Community Care Pharmacy Cool Cuts 4 Kids Corner B Cross Country Re/Max Curves in Parker Square D & D Collectibles Dallas Dancewear DATCU in FM & Lewisville Dazzle Dental Care Decanter Restaurant Wine & Bar Deluxe Nails Destiny Salon

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Dr. DeSilva Dunkin Donuts in HV Easy Street Family Café Einstein Bros. Bagels Element Therapeutic Massage Elite Dental Care Elsey & Elsey Law Firm Excite! Gym Extravaganza Family Dental Care

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Food and Fitness

Foot Solutions Forte Counseling Foster Chiropractic Flower Mound Chamber Flowers on the Mound Freedom Title Fuzzy’s Tacos Great Clips Hair Diddle Diddle Hair Envy Hampton Inn Suites Hilton Garden Inn Huffines Jenny Layne Bakery Jersey Mike’s Subs Johnny Bruscos

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Kristina Quinlan with /Edward Jones Kroger Lake Cities Motors LA Tan Lewisville Public Library La Montage Gallery

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A Word From The Editor

It’s funny how this phrase changes meaning as we go through life. As a child, I loved riding the musical carousel, the glitzy painted ponies, sitting high and smiling at those who were watching,

feeling like a princess. At this stage of my life, the connotation of Merry Go Round has shifted. We go; we do; we are; we keep running and hoping to achieve and build, to hold on to things which may or not matter. When we were two years old, did we care about the size of our home or if we were wearing designer diapers? We

were so busy learning and absorbing and each day was such an adventure. As the years progress, we realize the responsibilities of providing for our families and build our American dreams. Closer to the end of our journey, we begin to view our lives from yet another perspective. We care less about our accumulations and more about those who matter the most. We grade ourselves according to our accomplishments, our legacy. So my open-ended question is, “ What legacy will you leave behind?” I’m not sure what mine will be, but I hope that I’ve made the world a bit more beautiful, brought many smiles, lent a helping hand and said many kind words. The rest is just frosting on the cake.

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Our Community Magazine

In This Issue: • Community Profile - Keepers of the Mound: Sweety & Alton Bowman • That’s What I Thought • Helpful Advice from The Tutoring Center • Dean McCurry, The Charity Auctioneer Who gets Results • Understanding Your Child’s Misbehavior • Losing Weight Without Going on a Diet • Your Child’s Safety This Summer • Women in Business Spotlight: Watchdog Solutions • Women in Plaid, A New Networking Group in FM • Calling all Socially & Charity Minded Women • Savvy Business Tips • Just Show Up! • Cleaning Tips • Community Buzz

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That’s What I Thought


by Lori Fickling

ast Sunday at church our teacher asked us, “Who is your flock?” We had been talking about shepherds and how they cared for their flocks. My answer at the time was, “I don’t think I have a flock anymore.” Then I thought about it for a while and realized we all have a flock. We may not be the leader of a group or have a large family, but we certainly have people who depend on us. Your flock might be your immediate family, which for me not only includes parents, but my kids and grandkids, as well. Or your flock might include close friends and extended family, or maybe even the people you work with. In some cases your flock might include your church or a civic organization, or even your community. The shepherd’s job was to care for his flock. He watched over them and made sure none strayed, and if any did he searched diligently until he found them and brought them back. The shepherd guided his flock to water, brought them back to the fold at night, and counted them as they passed to make sure none were missing. In addition, he guarded them through the night in case of attack or thieves. The flock was well cared for because the shepherd had a personal interest in their well-being.

So I’ll ask you: Who is your flock? Your flock is anyone you care about, have influence over, and are willing to make sacrifices for. Your flock is the people you would miss if they were no longer in your life; the people who listen to you when you talk; the people who benefit because you are a part of their life. Yes, you do have a flock. We all do. The question is, can they trust you to take care of them? Your flock needs you and depends on you. Whether your flock is family, friends, co-workers, church, or community, make sure they know they are a priority to you and that you have a personal interest in their well-being.

“Lucy’s Grand Cleaners” has been taking care of my clothes since she was located in Grand Prairie, TX in 1988. Ten years ago this year she moved to Flower Mound, TX and I moved to Colleyville, TX - I continue to drive to Flower Mound to Lucy’s Grand Cleaners because she does an exceptional job in taking special care of regular every-day and expensive garments, she also has an exceptional alterations department, and she has never lost or ruined any garment that I have trusted her with. I never go to Lucy’s Grand Cleaners that she herself, her family, or employees don’t greet me with a smile on their face. I can honestly tell you that I highly recommend Lucy’s Grand Cleaners after doing business with her for the past 24-years.” Mary Kay Langford, Colleyville, TX 76034

Should My Child Be Tutored During the Summer? The summer is a great time for your child to receive tutoring. If your child is behind in reading, writing, or math, getting tutoring during the summer provides him/her the opportunity to catch up without the pressure of classroom homework or tests. For those students who are doing well in school, summer tutoring can give them the opportunity to keep those skills sharp or to get ahead before the next year starts. If you have a student that will be taking higher levels of math such as Trigonometry or Advanced Placement Calculus, having the opportunity to receive one-to-one direct instruction during the summer will help them to excel when they get into their classes next year. The Tutoring Center, Flower Mound is the perfect place to receive one-to-one direct instruction for the summer. The Tutoring Center’s fun, proven, and unique oneto-one instruction known as “The Rotational Approach to LearningTM” will help your child improve confidence, concentration, and self-esteem while strengthening the academic skills that he or she needs to succeed in school! 6

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Our Contributors

Our Business Spotlight

Lori Fickling

Marsha Thomas

President and Owner of T N T Promotions, LLC. Marsha has over 25 years of experience working in goal oriented environments developing and managing programs in the Human Resources sector. She has managed both client and employee facing initiatives and has a strong focus on brand awareness.

is a former interior decorator and now works for Communities In Schools of North Texas as its Director of Community Relations. She has a passion for our community.

Helen Chouinard is

a Professional portrait artist with 25 years of enjoyable experience behind the camera.

Eren Turner is a Licensed

Shannon Serwin

Professional Counselor and the Executive Director of Youth and Family Counseling in Lewisville, a non-profit mental health agency serving Denton County.

is a writer, treehugger, musician, mom, wife and owner of Advanced Creative Endeavors marketing firm. She has lived, laughed and played in Flower Mound since 1993. Contact her at:

Len Schalkwyk, Franchise Owner & Texas Distributor of Interflon Products

Mike Fickling is a

retired firefighter/ paramedic and a long-time writer, editor and publisher. He and his wife, Lori, are the owners of Keepsake Biographers, specializing in preserving family histories and writing custom biographies.

Debbie Sardone

is an independent maid service business consultant and owner of one of the largest maid services in the country, Buckets & Bows Maid Service. She is also the founder of Cleaning for a Reason, a non profit which cleans homes for women undergoing cancer treatments.

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ast fall we introduced Len Schalkwyk and the amazing products of Interflon. They offer a wide spectrum of practical uses, all with the Teflon© based lubricants and cleaners which are waterproof, resistant to dirt, dust and fingerprints. Interflon products improve a gamut of industries from food processing, cleaning and lubricating of cars, motorcycles, boats and guns, just to name a few. Watch some of Len’s compelling demonstrations at or on Len’s Youtube channel;

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LISD’s McKamy MS Students ‘Dress the Knight’ for Dressed to Learn

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Flower Mound, Texas – May 21, 2013 – Students at Flower Mound’s McKamy Middle School rallied to raise money for children in LISD served by the Dressed to Learn program, which outfits students K-12 with shoes, coats, clothing and school uniforms. McKamy participated in an annual grade-level contest called ‘Dress The Knight,’ in a nod to the school’s mascot, to raise $3282.57 over one school week. McKamy PTA matched the student donations for a total of $6,668.18 for Dressed to Learn. Each $10 increment earned the 6th, 7th and 8th graders a costume item on the life-sized knights stationed in the McKamy cafeteria. Principal Peter J. Taggart led the 8th grade team; Assistant Principal Karen Hilliard headed up the 7th grade team; and Assistant Principal Amy Fritz enthusiastically represented the 6th grade team. Although the grade that raised the most money was rewarded with ice cream sandwiches, and Coach Linda Gibson, Coach Dana Manning and Coach Craig Nelson creatively encouraged PE and athletics classes to participate, the parents and students involved felt contributing to Dressed to Learn was the driving motivation.


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Our Business Spotlight Dean McCurry, the Charity Auctioneer Who Gets Results


By JaLynn West

hat makes an auctioneer exceptional? The obvious answer is results; but Dean McCurry believes in taking the job one step further. To him, the insurance of your success is in the details. From beginning to end, Dean and his right hand, Kayla Aalbers, help organize and guide you through the process of the live and silent auction, which many of us know is a daunting task. His years of experience, along with the use of his progressive technology, targets today’s savvy bidder and gets the amazing results for his clients. Dean uses QTEGO, a state of the art mobile web technology so that bidders can conveniently bid from their phones anywhere, anytime. This phone app also includes sponsorship revenue opportunities, among many other features. He and Kayla help you organize, catalog and promote your auction items prior to the event. The catalog is sent to your database and bids start coming in before the doors are even open! Under the umbrella of his auctioneer services, Dean can also provide AV/Event planning, merchandise, trips, concerts, sports

celebrities…the list goes on. Here is just a sample of what one of Dean McCurry’s many satisfied clients had to say. “Dean…You are AWESOME!! I think it is safe to say you far outdid yourself. You are so easy to work with, you’re extremely engaging, and totally had the crowd eating out of your hands. Thank you again for helping to make our event so successful and we look forward to seeing you at our next event.”

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Professional Charity Auctioneer Bidding Technology for Silent Auction Support Services Merchandise, Trips, Concerts & Experiences • AV/Event Planning Sports Celebrities/Entertainment…


Leading Business, Leading Lewisville

ith many organizations the most important part is to remain relevant, to remain active and to remain essential in the building of communities and networks. With the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce we strive to do just that for our business community and our members. Our ability to remain relevant to our members is something that is key to both our growth and our success. As the voice of business in the Lewisville Area and North Texas region, we aim to lead the business community as we build upon the relationships not only locally, but regionally and provide those connections and contacts to our members. We also aim to strengthen the foundation we have built as we catapult forward exponentially through the use of partnerships between small business and big business alike. To remain relevant in this area that we must assert that the value in chamber memberships not only will provide an increased return on your investment but will also provide a lasting impression on your business, your customers and your community. As we work together to enhance the face of business in this region, we must also work together to support both the economic development and the local small businesses as well as our corporate businesses in this area that continue to flourish so together we can continue Leading Business, Leading Lewisville.

Erin Carney, MS Vice President, Program Development Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce

Contact Dean McCurry at Tel: 214.783.8064. Visit his website at

Plaid for Women Comes to Flower Mound


n a Thursday morning in June, more than 30 women joined for the first meeting of the Plaid for Women, Flower Mound chapter, a group dedicated to helping women achieve goals, gain influence, and be heard. Plaid for Women knows that although women face unique challenges, they can achieve more through connection and collaboration with other women, and in the purpose, passion, strength, and clarity that evolve from women working together. You are invited to attend the next Plaid for Women meeting on Thursday, July 11, at 8:00 a.m. at WineStyles in Flower Mound. The cost is $30 for guests, which includes breakfast, and $20 for members. Go to events/flower-mound to register. Join us at Plaid for Women, Flower Mound, as we go about “the business of life.”

Beauties & the Beast - Angie, Lily & Charlie

By Dianne Ashmere ily, who is now 6 years old and just finished kindergarten, was diagnosed at 18 months with type 1 diabetes. From then to now, life has been a roller coaster ride for Angie, as she has had to learn how swiftly the insulin level can change for Lily, from in range to dangerous. Learning how to manage it all as a single mom added to the burden. But then came CHARLIE, the beast. Yes, Charlie is the beast in the story - a beautiful lab who has made Angie’s life much easier in many ways and added some difficulties in others. Going anywhere and everywhere requires packing Lily’s needed testing tools and Charlie’s needs, too. Yet, Charlie, Lily’s service dog, is an integral part of this family. Charlie can detect through scent a change in Lily’s insulin level and alert from 20-40 minutes ahead of what her blood insulin test will tell Angie. Charlie can alert from a different room, on a crowded playground, from the deck of a pool if Lily is swimming. Let’s call it what it is - Charlie is a hero, always at Lily’s side and constantly safekeeping her. Read the entire story at



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Fiesta Flower Mound

hat began as a small dinner and auction many years ago to raise money for the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce has grown into one of the biggest (and most fun) events for the entire community - Fiesta Flower Mound. That’s right – the hottest party in town will be held on Saturday, October 26th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Grapevine. Fiesta Flower Mound is not a typical affair. The main objective is for everyone to have a great time – no suits, no ties, no evening gowns, no keynote speaker, and absolutely none of the usual banquet food, just a really fun evening with friends and fellow Chamber members as well as residents of the community. More than 600 guests will be in attendance. In fact, this event will be a sold out affair!

Fiesta Flower Mound is also one of the best ways to showcase a business by donating an auction item to the live or silent auction. Proceeds from Fiesta Flower Mound support the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is registered as a 501c6 and all donations are tax deductible. Please join us in supporting the projects and programs of the Chamber by generously donating an auction item. To make a commitment, please fill out the auction donor form, give our office a call and we will send a Chamber member to pick up your item. If you want to donate an item but just don’t have time to shop, our auction committee will be happy to shop for you. Just fill in the amount you would like to donate and we will find a great auction item to represent your company. In addition to cash and check, the Chamber gladly accepts MasterCard and Visa.



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More Community Buzz Losing Weight on Autopilot How to drop pounds without going on a diet. by Tony Paradis Did you know that if you cut 1 can of soda out of your diet every day, you would lose about 14 pounds at the end of the year? It’s the small changes in our daily lives that add up to big changes over time. As Brian Wansink, Ph.D. says in his book Mindless Eating, “The best diet is the one you don’t know you’re on.” Here’s two easy strategies for losing weight without even feeling like you’re on a diet. Rearrange your environment Set yourself up for success by taking advantage of one key psychological principle that people do when they eat. We eat more when it is convenient. Start by making unnecessary calories inconvenient. Take the candy jar or the bowl of trail mix off your counters and desk and place them in a hard to see place in your pantry. Stop serving food at the table “family style” and leave your second helpings in the kitchen. Out of sight means out of mind. Think small Research shows time and time again that we eat more when we have more food in front of us. Use smaller plates, bowls, and utensils when you eat. Order a small drink and a small fry instead of a medium or a large. Another effective strategy for cutting back on portion sizes is splitting meals when you dine out. Ask for the waiter to bring you an additional plate to split your meal or ask for them to box up half your dinner in your “to go” box when they bring out your meal. LEWISVILLE, Texas – More than $113,000 was awarded in scholarships Tuesday, May

Lewisville ISD Education Foundation, Inc.

LEWISVILLE, Texas – More than $113,000 was awarded in scholarships Tuesday, May 7, to Lewisville ISD graduating seniors at the 22nd Annual Lewisville ISD Education Foundation Awards Ceremony and Reception. Three teachers -- Nichelle DeVaughn, Chrystal Gerrard Hervey and Texas Stevens IV -- also received a total of $1,500 in fellowships to continue their education. The Foundation’s Program Allocation Scholarship Committee read 469 scholarship applications received from all five Lewisville ISD high schools. This committee spent countless hours carefully reading the applications in order to match them with the many different scholarship criteria established by donors. Read the entire article at

The Safety of Children this Summer As we are now in the midst of Summer, we all look forward to spending time with family, hearing the sounds of children’s laughter and smiles across their faces. At the same time, with many friends, family and new acquaintances coming and going from our homes it’s important that we keep our children’s safety at the top of our “to do” list. Protecting our children from the real danger of child sexual abuse should not be ignored. At the Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County, over 92% of the cases seen by the agency involve child sexual abuse. 99% of those cases involve suspicions of abuse by someone the child or family trusted and not by a stranger which is what most people assume. The Advocacy Center wants to share some simple tips from Darkness to Light, a child abuse prevention organization CACDC partners with to educate community members about this issue and steps to help prevent the unthinkable. 1.) Learn the facts and understand the risks. Visit for statistics on prevalence of abuse, effects of abuse, and the reality of child sexual abuse. This will help influence your decisions regarding children. 2.) When possible, minimize the opportunity by avoiding one child, one adult situations. Choose group situations when possible. This may be the most important measure you can take during the Summer.

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Women In Business Understanding Your Child’s Misbehavior

Cilantro Vinaigrette By Eren Turner


hildren’s misbehavior can be very frustrating for parents, and yet it is possible to learn the purpose of your child’s negative behavior by the way you feel when it’s happening. By recognizing the emotional need your child is seeking, you can learn to stop responding to the mischief and address your child’s goal behind it. • If you feel ANNOYED, your child is seeking ATTENTION. A child’s most basic need is to feel connected to the family. • If you feel OUT OF CONTROL, your child is trying to GAIN CONTROL. Children too want to feel like they have power over their world. • If you feel HURT, your child’s purpose is REVENGE. Children may strive to protect themselves or respond in anger. • If you feel HELPLESS, your child’s purpose is to WITHDRAW from the situation in which they feel inadequate. The solution for parents is to disengage from the misbehavior. Do not ignore the emotional need, but let these clues keep you from reacting to the behavior and respond appropriately to your child. This reduces tension and helps you not take the behavior personally. For additional help with childhood issues, YFC now offers play therapy for children ages 4-12, as well as counseling for individuals, couples, and families.

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Watchdog Screening and HR Solutions


rug and alcohol abuse is not a topic we love to discuss. We usually deny the problem until forced to face its unpleasant truth. Cheryl Rayl, owner of Watchdog Solutions experienced the scars brought about from drug abuse first-hand within her own family, and resolved to help others who face similar challenges. She saw a need in the community for laboratory drug testing. Watchdog Solutions provides a store front where people can come in and get professional drug tests done immediately and discreetly. They also provide in-home, pre-employment and Department of Transportation testing. Watchdog Solutions goes the extra mile in customer service. They don’t over-charge for the actual tests, typically saving the buyer over 50% per test. For even more testing privacy, their products and tests may be purchased online and are easy to read. Families aren’t the only ones who must worry about drug abuse. Employers face equally challenging issues as 75% of all

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drug abusers over the age of 18 are employed. In addition, 80% of them steal from their employers and almost half of industrial fatalities and injuries can be linked to drug and alcohol abuse. Watchdog Solutions offers a complete line of instant on-site drug tests from one of the leading manufacturers in the world. Recently, a dear friend said the most profound yet simple statement to me, “Choosing not to do something is still a decision.” If you suspect drug abuse please don’t bury your head in the sand. Watchdog Solutions can give you the discretionary services you need and they are right here in Lewisville. They are compassionate and can offer and recommend services to help you through the healing process. Watchdog Solutions Products and Services include: Drug free workplace programs; Drug and alcohol testing; Hair, urine and saliva testing; Workplace and individual testing; Instant on-site testing products; Random testing programs; Drug policies; Medical review officer; Home drug testing; Background checks; DNA paternity testing.

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2001 Cross Timbers Road, Suite 106 Flower Mound, TX 75028 972.874.8801 Adapted from a recipe by Foodie Relations Ingredients: • 1 small ripe seedless watermelon, peeled and cubed • 8 oz feta cheese, crumbled • 1/2-1 serrano chile, sliced thinly • 1/2-1 tbsp kosher salt, to taste • 2 limes, juiced • 2 tbsp olive oil Method: In a large bowl, combine the lime juice and olive oil. Stir well to combine. Add the watermelon, and toss to coat evenly. Arrange watermelon cubes on a serving plate, and top each piece with a little bit of feta, and a slice of Serrano chile. Sprinkle with salt, to make the flavors really pop. Serve immediately, or within a few hours; if prepared too far in advance, the watermelon will release much of its juice.

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e all love a pretty kitchen. From a cleaning perspective, the metal surfaces can be hard to get and keep clean. Here are a few tips on cleaning up all that shiny metal in your kitchen:

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Savvy Business Tips from Marsha Thomas

ummertime…and the livin’ is easy. NOT! What a busy time of year for us all. The year is just flying by. We here at TNT have had a baby (congratulations Tamara and Jerry, Fox, and Fawn), had back surgery (Bill is gonna be a terror now that he is recovering- look out Lewisville!), my mother got married (on her 79th birthday! How blessed she is), and the Lewisville Chamber Women Leading Business Conference was a great success. (A big thank you to all our sponsors, exhibitors, attendees, volunteers and the WLB committee.) Another area we are thrilled to be helping with this year is working with several Booster Clubs assisting them in meeting their fund raising goals. We enjoy working with the students and Booster Club volunteers. We find it rewarding and another way to give back to our community. Thank you all and please

keep us in mind for any booster clubs interested in new and creative ideas. We understand how quickly time can slip through your hands. The kids are out of school, everyone is planning vacations, and you are stuck at the office. But fret not, TNT is here to help. There are so many great items you can use during the summer to promote your business. Have you found yourself saying, “I need some promotional items to market myself in the community” but when you begin going through all the many choices your eyes roll back in your head and you say to yourself “I have no clue!” I understand because we have all been there. Our creative elves are just waiting for you to call and will help you decide what would be a good marketing item that will be used by your target audience and give you a return on your investment. We hope you have a happy and safe summer, a glorious 4th of July and Labor Day. We will chat again in October!

Calling All Socially & Charity Minded Women!!! Women of Flower Mound is a fun philanthropic organization of women who welcome all zip codes!! Unfortunately the general consensus is that you have to live in Flower Mound and this simply is not true. Yes, you read it right here in print!!! We welcome ladies from all the surrounding areas…………. Highland Village, Lantana, Double Oak, Copper Canyon and any other “burb” I may have forgotten to mention. WOFM was founded in 1975 and has been serving the needs of the communities as well as allowing women to develop new and lasting friendships. The meetings are the second Tuesday night of the month and meet at Bridlewood Country Club at 6:30. The newly elected board is meeting this summer to plan the best year ever for WOFM!! The meetings will be fun, enlightening and entertaining so mark your calendars for the second Tuesday of every month! Other activities WOFM is involved with is the Easter Sunrise Service on the Mound, Independence Day festivities, the Fabulous Spring Fashion Show , Santa Cops and other community minded events. The primary goal of WOFM is to raise money for scholarships for graduating seniors in the Flower Mound area. The proceeds from the Spring Fashion show and other volunteer activities provide the funds for these scholarships. James Cash Penney (founder of JC Penney) was quoted as saying: “How can we expect our children to know and experi-


By Jamie Augenstein-White President ence the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving.” Gandhi was quoted as saying: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” And lastly Albert Schweitzer was quoted as saying: “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” I hope that one of these quotes might speak to your heart and encourage you to join a wonderful group of women! Our first meeting of the year is September 10th. You can join on line at: or simply show up at our September meeting!! And remember that a friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are! That’s WOFM!!! Sincerely yours, Jamie Augenstein-White / President

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“Let’s go to lunch sometime!” How many times have we said this (as I look in the mirror)? It’s a nice sentiment when we’re in a brief conversation with someone we consider a friend, or at least a nice business acquaintance, as we’re climbing into our cars to speed away to the next event on our daily agendas. Then, when we see that person again at next week’s meeting (or an outing to the park, or at yoga class), we fumble through the awkwardness of wondering if “let’s do lunch” are merely words, or does the other person truly want to get together for a bite to eat? This is when we miss the chance to deepen the relationships in our community. So a few years ago I decided to change my remarks in such

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o look back at the history of Flower Mound, you have to learn about the namesake of the town – The Flower Mound. Yes, there is a mound, and yes, there is a great story to go along with it. That story is best told by the unofficial but undisputed expert of The Mound, Alton Bowman, who literally wrote the book on The Mound while serving on the Mound Foundation continuously since 1987, as well as serving as its chairman from 1993 to the current day. The book, The Flower Mound, Flower Mound, Texas, is a brilliant display of the native flowers and grasses that can be identified on The Mound through the photography and descriptions of Alton, along with various members of the Mound Foundation who helped organize and publish the book. “During the period of researching, photographing, and producing the book, Alton made the 10-mile trip to The Mound twice a day for over five years,” said his wife, Sweety. “Some of the plants only bloom for a day or two and if you miss it, you wait until the next year. He is very passionate about The Mound and his dedication has survived over 25 years.” The Flower Mound is a small 12-acre tract of land located near the corner of FM 2499 and FM 3040, just east of the Tom Thumb grocery store. This small and ordinarylooking hill of dirt is barely noticeable while traveling FM 3040 in a vehicle at 45 miles per hour. It doesn’t serve as a particularly noticeable landmark – other than the wrought iron fence and monument sign – and there are only a couple of small, lonely trees to be seen in the midst of a field of prairie grass. “The only way you can appreciate The Mound is to get out of your car and actually visit the site,” says Alton. “There is an entire ecosystem on this mound that is composed of native plants and grasses that have lived and thrived on this very location for over 10,000 years. It maintains a tremendous scientific value and deserves to be carefully preserved.” It is easy to be deceived by the simplicity of The Mound. What appears to be a site free of encumbrances is actually quite a complicated and delicate preserve. The only apparent feature is the fact there are no man-made structures or buildings on the property. It remains unchanged, which is the most unusual feature of all. “People don’t realize that once the land is subjected to being plowed once, many of the native grasses and plants are destroyed forever,” Alton says. “When you plow the field or pick a wildflower, it is the loss of the seeds that causes the rapid decline in the entire system.” Alton officially began his love affair with The Mound in 1987, just four years after the land was sold for ten dollars to the citizens


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of Flower Mound, to be set aside forever as a native prairie preserve. The idea is foreign to a lot of people, but The Mound was intentionally saved from progress; designated to remain exactly as it has been for thousands of years. The significance of preserving this small native ecosystem is that it contains only those grasses and plants that are indigenous to the climate and terrain going back through history. Alton is quick to point out that he doesn’t manage The Mound Foundation by himself. There are seven other members that make up the Board of Trustees, as well as his wife, Sweety, an accomplished artist and arguably his biggest fan. Their purpose is to keep the original character of the site and to promote and encourage educational, scientific, and historical interests, and to maintain and secure The Mound. There are two aspects of preserving The Mound that represent the biggest challenges year after year. The first is the inability to periodically burn off the vegetation to promote future growth. The proximity of homes and businesses prevent such burning, so an annual mowing must suffice. It is not ideal, but it is the next best option, and the grasses are baled and sold to help finance the preservation efforts. Fundraising is the other major priority. The costs of maintaining the fence, cleanup of the grounds, and the ongoing mowing and trimming takes money. The only regular fundraising effort continues to be the sale of the book. A limited number of books are still available and 100% of the proceeds go to the preservation efforts of The Mound Foundation, a registered 501c-3 organization. Monetary donations are always gratefully accepted and are tax deductible.

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