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Bill Bradford A part of our community history!

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month


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Publishers: JaLynn & Lance West

In This Issue: Community profile: Bill Bradford by Mike Fickling

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• Alarm Safety Tips by Al DeMarzo • Tilted Kilt Gets Great Reviews • CACDC update: April is National Child Abuse Awareness month • Pink Heart Funds Ponytail cutting event by Eyad Salloam • Sharlyn Elliott is honored in Flower Mound • Communities in Schools by Lori Fickling • Women in Business: Angie Cox • Our Community Models • The Schlichting Group Business Profile • Women Leading Business Conference May 10, 2013 • A Question of Change by Bonni Crisfulli • Community Buzz • You’ve Been Snapped!

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“We make our clients’ lives manageable and keep as much money in their pockets as possible.” This is the goal of the owner and founder, Jay Schlichting, who started this business at 55, when most men this age are planning their retirement. You’ve probably heard him on the radio discussing the dangers of not paying your taxes. He usually ends with the tag line, “The IRS is not your friend!” Let’s face it. The IRS isn’t here to win a popularity contest, especially as our national debt grows to over a staggering 17 trillion dollars. The IRS is a collection agency and The Schlichting Group is here to help small businesses stay on track and out of trouble with their taxes. Their approach is to provide a caring, competent service which achieves results.

Every Day Items That Make Cleaning Easy By Debbie Sardone

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ome cleaning expert Debbie Sardone, of Buckets & Bows Maid Service says there are dozens of things around the house you can use to make cleaning easier.

Here are just a few: 1. Baby oil – it’s not just for keeping skin soft. Dab a little on a cotton cloth and use it to shine everything from chrome faucets to your stainless steel fridge.

Rather than promising the moon as do many of their competitors, TSG would rather “under-promise and over-deliver.” They are committed to helping small businesses get and stay out of tax trouble. They like to take their clients to the next level; to help them grow and realize their dreams and inspirations. With over twenty years of helping small businesses throughout the DFW Metroplex, you can be assured that The Schlichting Group has the experience and expertise to help you with your IRS and tax issues. So if IRS problems keep you up at night, call The Schlichting Group. You’ll be glad you did. They are located at LBJ & Preston in the North Dallas Bank Tower. 972.385.8182 2. Fork carpet fluffer – use a metal fork to fluff up carpet fibers that are matted down from the weight of heavy furniture. 3. Coffee Filters – are great for cleaning mirrors. Spritz a little glass cleaner and rub for a streak-free clean. 4. Tennis ball – remove scuffs without scratching the floor with a little water and a firm rub with a tennis ball. 5. Ice cubes – remove gum from carpet by holding ice on the gum til it hardens, then scrap up.

Debbie Sardone is The Home Cleaning Expert and President of Buckets & Bows Maid Service.


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A Word From The Editor

Here are businesses and locations around town who distribute Our Community Magazine. Please contact JaLynn if you would like to become a distributor and we’ll promote you too! Advanced Physical Therapy & Rehab Center Family Staffing Solutions Fantastic Sams  Adventure Kids Daycare  Fidelity National Title FM  All n 1 Convenient Store  First Western  Agave Azul  Flower Mound TX Health Presbyterian Allegiance Title  Hospital Gift Shop Animal Medical Center    Floyd’s Barber Shop  Anne Lakusta with Keller Williams  Food and Fitness Appervitos   Foot Solutions  Apricot Lane  Baskin Robins Ice Cream in Flower Mound  Forte Counseling Foster Chiropractic  Batteries Plus - Tom Atchison  Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce   BB2 Flower Mound Nail Spa Bella Nail Salon  Flowers on The Mound  Bill Collins with Edward Jones  Flying Pig Blissful Bark  Freedom Title  Bridal Boutique   Fuzzy’s Tacos in Lewisville  Bridlewood Clubhouse  Fuzzy’s Tacos in Flower Mound  Bridlewood Equestrian Center  Gary Buhler Massage Therapist Brightside Boutique  Great Clips Buckets and Bows Maid Service  Hair Diddle Diddle Burgers N Brats  Hair Envy  Cardiovascular Specialists  Hampton Inn Suites  Carol’s Cards & Gifts Hilton Garden Inn Cartridge World of FM Irene’s Bakery  CATO Fashions Jenny Layne Bakery  CCA Jersey Mike’s Subs  Children’s Advocacy Center Judy Buckley with State Farm Insurance  Cleaning for a Reason Keller Williams Realty - Anne Lakusta Cloud 9 Salon and Spa Coldwell Banker Commercial, Jeannette Keller Williams Old Town Kiss Tees T-shirts Collier Kwik Kar in Lantana  Colonial Savings Kristina Quinlan with Edward Jones  Community Care Pharmacy Kroger - various locations   Cool Cuts 4 Kids Lake Cities Motors  Cross Country Re/Max  La Montage Gallery  Curves in Parker Square  Laurie Kash with Legacy Premier Group D & D Collectibles Lewisville Chamber of Commerce  Dancers Workshop Studios  Lewisville Public Library  DATCU of FM  Lucy’s Grand Cleaners DATCU of Lewisville  Main Street Salons  Dazzle Dental Care Massage Envy Decanter Restaurant and Wine Bar Massage Heights  Destiny Salon Mathnasium DFW Alarm  Medical Center of Lewisville Dr. DeSilva  Medical Center of North Texas Dunkin Donuts in HV  Mel’s Barber Shop Einsteins Bros. Bagels  Messina’s Shoe Repair Elite Dental Care Miracle Home Health  Envy Nails  Mobility Healthcare  Elsey & Elsey Law Firm  My fit FOODS   Excite! Gym  Nationwide Insurance Extravaganza 


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Nestle Tollhouse NorthStar Bank  Orthopedia Physical Therapy Palm Beach Tan Post Net of FM  Preferred Storage   Premier Gallery Prescription Weight Loss Clinic Quail Hollow Tack  Rambling Oaks Courtyard Extensive Care Community  Re/Max DFW  Repairs Unlimited Robert Payne  William Peck  Rockfish in HV  Rouge Moderne Bistro Salons on 407  Phillip Senhert DDS Sadie’s Upscale Consignment  Salon Suites  Shelley Hines with Mary Kay Silver Oak Commercial Realty Snazzy Cleaners  Splurge Salon  Square One  Starbucks - various locations  Star Mixed Martial Arts Steve Allen with State Farm Insurance  Subway Sandwiches in Old Town  Sunstone Yoga Sutera Spa  Swirl Bakery  Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital The Flour Shop  The Schlichting Group  Tierney’s  Tilted Kilt Turner’s Martial Arts  Turning Point Dance Studios Venetian Sun Massage  Verizon in Lewisville  Vista Ridge Mall  Wal Mart in Highland Village  We + You  Wellington  Wild Birds Unlimited  Wonderland Montessori  Yellow Rose Cafe  YMCA  Youth & Family Counseling 

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I want to take this opportunity to introduce Our Community contributors, each gifted with his/ her set of talents. Through our journey of launching and publishing a community magazine, along with our website, videos, newsletters and social media presence, we rely greatly on their flair of thought-provoking perspective. We are blessed with the talent of community-minded Lori Fickling 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.

writers who share their love of community with us. So it is a pleasure to promote them and we are grateful that such talent is found among us. They reflect the leadership of our businesses, non-profits and families as a part of the architectural structure which builds upon our thriving community. So please reach out to them when their words motivate or touch you. It will make their day. Blessings,

JaLynn West

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.

Al DeMarzo is a former poBonni Crisfulli is a staunch lice officer with advocate for the homeless and 35 years in the destitute of Denton County. Bonni alarm indusis also owner and graphic designer try. He serves for Presentations Unlimited, a as President for Lewisville based start-up venture the North Texas Alarm Association that designs and produces effective and on the Board of Directors for PowerPoint Presentations. the Texas Burglar and Fire Alarm She can be reached at Association.

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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.



Our Business Spotlight

Women In Business


Len Schalkwyk, franchise owner & Texas Distributor of Interflon Products

n our last issue 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,& guns, just to name a few. Watch some of Len’s compelling demonstrations on Our Community Magazine’s website or on Len’s Youtube channel. Interflon, environmentally green products which actually work!

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Cox Cleaning Goes the Extra Mile

any of you know Angie Cox, Community lady extraordinaire & current President of Women of Flower Mound, but did you know that she and her husband Stewart are also the owners of Cox Cleaning Residential and Commercial Cleaning? Their goal is to consistently provide the WOW! factor. Angie states, “We try to impress our clients time after time and customize the cleaning to suit their needs.” Cox Cleaning also offers the choice of Green Cleaning for clients who wish to avoid the chemicals in many cleaning products. Angie loves to travel and recently ventured to New Zealand . When she isn’t working, she devotes her time to her husband, children and her community, which she considers to be her extended family. We’re glad she does because she seems to make a difference and shine her own special bright light to so many organizations in our community. The Cox Cleaning Special offer: Cox Cleaning offers $20 off your first cleaning with a satisfaction guarantee.

Contact them at 972.355.5102,, & like them on facebook!

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3rd Annual High Tea for CCA Charity League


t’s time for the 3rd Annual High Tea for CCA Charity League on Saturday, April 20 from 1-4 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lewisville. Guest and speaker, Christine Cashen, C professional speaker and author of the award-winning motivational book, The Good Stuff will deliver a dynamic speech, full of wisdom and humor. There will be a Silent Auction as well as a raffle with all proceeds dedicated to Christian Community Action. To reserve your seat, or to book a table of eight, please contact Dianne Hickey at 972-523-5502 or Admission is $30 per person, and hats are optional but absolutely encouraged!

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Blazing Ballers 7th/8th grade Competitive League at Cross Timbers Y won the Championship on Saturday, Feb 23


Non Profit Spotlight

Women In Business


There is No Excuse For Child Abuse

Women Leading Business Conference

t’s exciting really. Women in our community are coming together to connect, network and build relationships. We discuss the ins and outs of what is working for us, learn some of the latest trends and how to market and brand ourselves and our businesses. Every year this conference gets better. This year we have three inspirational speakers who’ve achieved their own brand of excellence as role models for other women: Sandra Yancey, Debbie Sardone and Stephanie Johnson. Not only do we get a day of inspiration and enrichment, we have the opportunity to promote our own businesses through sponsorships, vendor tables and even door prize donations. We invite you to participate in our Women Leading Business conference, hosted by the Lewisville Chamber Women’s Division. Connect with other professional women in our community. To find out more details and purchase tickets go to the Lewisville Chamber website www. or call them at 972.436.5949. The conference date is May 10th at the MCL Grand Theater.

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What is Child Abuse? Child abuse is any mistreatment of a child that results in harm or injury. There are four types of abuse:

Physical abuse

Includes actions such as beating, burning or punching a child.

sexual abuse

Includes rape, touching or fondling, or involving a child in pornography.

emotional abuse

Criticizing, insulting, rejecting or withholding love from a child.


Failure to provide a child’s basic physical, medical, emotional, or educational needs.

1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday

To report

Possible Signs of Child Abuse • Unexplained injuries • Changes in behavior • Returning to early behaviors • Fear of going home • Changes in sleeping habits • Changes in school performance or attendance • Lack of personal care or hygiene • Risk-taking behavior • Inappropriate sexual behavior • Changes in eating habits

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Share Your Hair - Pink Heart Funds

The PTA at Durham Middle School, in Lewisville, Texas, has partnered with Pink Heart Funds, a non-profit charity founded in 2005, to provide children with hair loss illness, including those receiving cancer treatment. The Ponytail hair cutting event will be held at Durham Middle School at 3pm on May the 3rd. This event will provide free wigs for children without insurance, The PTA at Durham Middle School, in Lewisville, Texas, has partnered with Pink Heart Funds, a non-profit charity founded in 2005, to provide children with hair loss illness, including those receiving cancer treatment. The Ponytail hair cutting event will be held at Durham Middle School at 3pm on May the 3rd. This event will provide free wigs for children without insurance regardless of what caused the hair loss. Donated hair will be evaluated, based on the following criteria: - All donated hair must be one length, and at least 8” long. - Hair must be clean and dried. - Hair maybe colored or permed, although no bleached hair may be accepted. Durham Middle School PTA is committed to help children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy as a result of cancer. Each child who donates his or her hair will receive a certificate from Pink Heart Funds for their hair donation. Eyad Salloum, Durham Middle School PTA President


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elcome to 2013! Another year I always wonder how many subscribers actually test their security systems monthly as recommended by the manufacturer. Every so often the health of your security system needs a good checkup. Part of your upcoming spring cleaning chores could include a system check. Testing the doors and windows can be accomplished by simply activating the “CHIME” function on your keypad. With the green “Ready” light glowing, each door or window, when opened and closed individually, will activate the keypad chime when functioning correctly. Checking your system for proper communication is a bit more complicated and is where many failures occur. The process is easy. First, call your monitoring company directly and tell them that you would like to test your system. You’ll need to identify yourself and provide a password to authenticate the test. Then simply set off your alarm, wait a full minute (time it on a watch), turn the system off and call the central station to verify that they received the signal. Most systems will function well for years without needing professional attention. But there are many reasons why your

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alarm system can fail to send a signal to the central dispatching station. Some of these may have nothing to do with your alarm company. Changing the wiring of your phone system, upgrading to voice over IP (VOIP, VONAGE, MAGIC JACK, etc.) or the cable and phone provider’s service can inadvertently cause a failure of your alarm communication. Adding DSL service can also interfere with your alarm panel functionality if not set up properly. That is why it is important to contact your alarm company before you make any changes to your phone or data service. Always perform a manual phone test of your alarm system after ANY telephone, Internet, cable or other wiring work is completed on your home. Test the system while the technician is still on-site so any issue can be resolved quickly. Frequently, technicians inadvertently disable lines that are essential to maintaining your security system or phone lines that would cause monitoring to fail. Make sure you do a phone test so that you can insure your system is functioning properly. Contact a licensed security provider if there are any unresolved issues.

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is ever certain in this life but death and taxes”. We have also heard people say “Nothing ever udging by the warmer weather, the newly changes much”. While both phrases seem budding trees and multiple sightings of like a dichotomy to each other, I find that sandals and convertible tops down around used together, they exemplify the very culture the community, I would say that spring has in which we have come to live. Certainly our definitely arrived. For many, the passage of world today is shaped by rapidly changing Easter marks a transitional period, a time technology, increasing cross-global cultures where we begin new projects for the year, and uncertain financial times. The fairly new by Bonni M. Crisfulli concept of outsourcing, contract work and reflect upon how we want to be a better person, how we wish to direct our careers and the list goes on. doing business with companies and organizations who But in this quest for satisfying that new gleam in our may not be there tomorrow or who may merge with eye, how much do we really follow through and actually a different entity are all issues which remind us that satisfy the aspirations that we set for ourselves? Do we uncertainty does exist. really seek change, or is it much easier to follow the Read her complete story at status quo? We have all heard the old saying “Nothing



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In-Home Care You Can Trust

Hi Patsy: Just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much I appreciate the great care and devotion of your staff and yourself in taking care of my mother-in-law. Since she has been in your care, she has blossomed. She is getting back to her old self and has even put on weight which pleases her doctors. Once again, you have my gratitude and thanks. May God bless you. Louise (Lucy) Fleming


Consistently ranked in the top 10 charity golf tournaments by the Dallas Business Journal, Big Brothers Big Sisters’ golf tournaments offer players their choice of tournament style. Taking place at the Lakes at Castle Hills golf club, the Bright Realty Corporate Golf Championship tees off at 7:00 a.m. The Bright Realty Golf Classic shotgun scramble tournament begins at 2:00 p.m. Golfers and their guest will also attend our Ladies Fashion & Trunk Show and the Party Under the Stars taking place directly after golf at the Lakes at Castle Hills. Revelers will dance the night away while dining on gourmet food and festive drinks. There will be live and silent auctions, a raffle and more!

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Restaurant Review

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The Tilted Kilt More than Just a Sports Pub!


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By JaLynn West Have you been to the Tilted Kilt in Lewisville lately? We were pleasantly surprised under their new ownership to discover that it was more than simply a sports pub with pretty waitresses. Their Celtic themed menu is amazing, offering traditional favorites such as Shepherd’s Pie, alongside a variety of other options. We loved their spicy black bean veggie wrap. With over 40HD televisions, & 4 projector screens, we were able to watch our sporting events of choice and enjoyed the ambience of their “man cave”, a covered patio area with more televisions, pool tables, foosball table and other games; not to mention the cool sitting areas which resembled a den more than your typical restaurant or pub. Our service was great and the staff friendly and helpful. The Tilted Kilt has something for almost everyone:

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Celtic Rock Band - Needfire on the 17th of every month (check website for exact date) They have great lunch specials and happy hour from 11-7 with 32 beers on tap and many favorite Texas brews. Classic Car Shows are every 3rd Sunday So the question is, “Hey, what’s going on at The Kilt tonight?” Find out and see what this wonderful pub who gives back to our community is all about. They are located on I35 and Hebron Pkwy across from Vista Ridge mall.



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Preserving the Past for Future Generations by

Mike Fickling


f you were to research the history of Flower Mound you would likely go back to a date in February 1961 when the town was officially incorporated. During those 52 years, you would discover some of the familiar names of the founders of this community. Names such as Rheudasil, Immel and Gerault are immortalized as forward-thinking gentlemen, giving the town its character and reputation as a bustling and progressive place to raise a family. There is, however, much more to the story of how Flower Mound and the rest of southern Denton County were settled, and it reaches back into the mid-1800’s. To hear this chapter of the history of this area, you would need to sit down and listen to Mr. Bill Bradford.

In 1956, Bill married the love of his life, Clair. They met after church one Sunday in Denton and the rest is a true love story. Before they were married, Bill purchased five acres on Waketon Road in Flower Mound. They built a home on that land in 1959 and remained there for the next 10 years. When they later sold the property, they wouldn’t move far, building a new home on the adjoining 19 acres to the south. During most of that time, Clair was a muchloved teacher in Dallas and Lewisville, finishing out her 38-year career in 2001 at Timbercreek Elementary. Long History The Bradfords have three accomplished daughters and a host of grandchildren. Clair is delighted to point out that all the girls Bill Bradford, a fifth-generation native of Denton County, Texas, are involved in the education field. Bill is proud that they are also and life-long resident of the Chinn’s Chapel, Waketon and Flower artistic. In fact, their daughter Karen has done some very impresMound area, has been illustrating and compiling history through- sive drawings, including a collage of her father through the years. out his life. He was the family history editor of Sweet Flower In 1966, Bill’s college degree led him to a new profession at Mound Land and editor of The Hawks of Denton County, Texas. Victor Equipment Company in Denton where he served as the He has seen his stories Technical Service Manager. He retired after a career that spanned and drawings published 33 years, choosing to remain in the modest home with his loving in other publications rewife and to earnestly pursue his passion for preserving history and lating to his family, comdocumenting his genealogy. munity, and personal exVisit Our Website to Read The Entire Story! periences. He began oil painting in 1972 and has done about 90 canvases, mostly of commissioned paintings of home places and historic sites. He draws old buildings because he likes to capture scenes from the past that people can use to bring back fond memories. “I believe it preserves history,” he says. “Some of the buildings have been torn down and would have been forgotten without those drawings.” Born in Lewisville, Texas, on December 26, 1927, Bill was the third of four boys. He was born to Frank and Lona Porter Bradford on Route 2 on Chinn Chapel Road, just north of FM407. His father was born in Denton and his mother was born close to Chinn’s Chapel. His maternal great-grandparents settled here, as well. So, with only a minor exception, Bill has lived his entire life within two miles of where he was born! Bill graduated from high school in 1945 and volunteered for the Army in 1946, where he served for 18 months, including a stint in the Korean conflict. After his Honorable Discharge he returned to North Texas where he worked his way through college working in the oil fields around Ft. Worth.


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What does a gala have to do with helping kids? by Lori Fickling


t may be hard to imagine, but about half the kids in Lewisville ISD are on the free and reduced lunch program. Thousands of them go hungry, don’t have school clothes, have no way to get school supplies, and often have no food to eat over the weekend.

The result? They struggle to concentrate on schoolwork and have too many barriers to be academically successful – without intervention, that is. That’s where Communities In Schools of North Texas comes in. They place a social worker on each campus identified by the district as having the greatest number of economically disadvantaged students. That staff member works to provide resources and help remove whatever barriers the students face that prevent them from focusing on staying in school, promoting to the next grade level, and ultimately reaching graduation. To accomplish the work they set out to do, Communities In Schools of North Texas, a nonprofit organization, is on an ongoing quest for funding. Grants play a large part of the annual revenue, but fundraising is always a priority. While the agency

currently serves approximately 4,000 students across five school districts – Lewisville, Denton, Lake Dallas, Little Elm, and Northwest – there are thousands of children who remain unserved due to lack of funding. Basically, the more money they can raise, the more children they can help. The biggest fundraising event of Communities In Schools of North Texas is its annual Texas Star Gala. The Texas Star Gala, Celebrating Successes is held each year to celebrate the successes of the agency’s mentors, volunteers and students, as well as to honor their outstanding partners and advocates throughout the community.

But it’s not all business. Guests not only have a delicious gourmet dinner, Texas style, but they can also bid on great bargains in the silent and live auctions, have fun with friends at the photo booth, and enjoy wonderful live entertainment. If you want to have a great night out and also want to make a difference in the lives of children, be sure and get tickets to the Texas Star Gala. The event is Friday, May 17, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Grapevine. Log onto for sponsorship and ticket information, and join Communities In Schools of North Texas as they continue their mission “to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.”

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Our Community Buzz Lewisville Chamber Announces New President LEWISVILLE, Texas — April 2, 2013 — The Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC) announced today that Ray Hernandez, IOM will assume the role of President for the Chamber effective April 20, 2013. “We are excited to bring such a well-rounded chamber executive to our Chamber,” said Kellie Fister Stokes, LACC Board Chair, stating “We are confident that Mr. Hernandez will open many doors for our organization. We started 2013 in a great place, and we anticipate that Ray will bring his vibrant personality, love for this industry, and passion for chambers of commerce to Lewisville. I cannot wait for our members to meet him.” After six year tenure with the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Ray Hernandez welcomes the new challenge and opportunity presented, stating “I am honored to continue to build on the steadfast foundation that Matt McCormick created alongside the leadership of the Lewisville Area Chamber Board of Directors. We will continue to provide relevance, return on investment and advocacy for our members and partners by Leading Business, Leading Lewisville.”





Sharlyn Elliott One of Our Hometown Heroes is Honored

ew community stories are as touching as Sharlyn Elliott, owner and founder of the non-profit Bridges Outreach of Denton County. Sharlyn is a teacher with a passion for helping kids who may fall between the cracks of our educational system. She’s dedicated her life to helping others, to making the world around her a better place. The goal of Bridges Outreach is to positively impact the youth of southern Denton County through educational opportunities, role models and chances to serve our com-

munity. She was recently recognized by the Town of Flower Mound for her services. Now Sharlyn faces a different challenge as she is battling stage 4 breast cancer.Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. So Our Community embraces this beautiful woman and her family. On April 1st, Mayor Tom Hayden, CoServ Charitable Foundation and Lakeside Flooring recognized and awarded Sharlyn and her foundation at Town Hall. It was a poignant moment in our community.


More information about The Sue Weaver C.A.U.S.E. or Dancing for C.A.U.S.E., available at or 877-450-5812.




onths of planning and preparation for the 4th Annual Dancing for C.A.U.S.E. culminated on Saturday, March 2, 2013. The Speedway Club looked stunning, dinner was divine, and guests enjoyed an evening of all around luxury. The Silent Auction offered many rare and exciting items such as tickets to the upcoming Nascar races, one of a kind jewelry, and so much more. Bubbles & Baubles was a hit as one of our guests took home a beautiful GIA certified diamond necklace donated by Fitzgerald’s Jewelry, and the Wine Pull surprised a lucky few guests with bottles of Silver Oak and Caymus. Our dance entertainment for the evening, provided by Events in Motion, took us through the ages and highlighted some community members in a fun performance. Even Sir Earl Toon of Kool & the Gang made a surprise appearance and led us in the hit ‘Celebration’.  It truly was an unforgettable evening, and we so enjoyed spending it with our passionate community members.  Whether you were able to be there or were just with us in spirit, thank you. YOU made the night a huge success!


Jonathan Photo by Colleen Drew

Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Names New President


he Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors names Suzanne Sutton to the post of President of the Chamber of Commerce. “After an extensive statewide search and hiring process we are pleased to have Suzanne lead our chamber staff,” said Lori Salisbury, 2013 Chairman of the board. “Suzanne has the work experience, skill set, and nonprofit experience that the Board identified as valuable to move the chamber to the next level,” continued Salisbury. “I believe my corporate experience, combined with my non-profit background has prepared me for the fast-paced atmosphere of the Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce. I am excited about creating new programs that benefit businesses of all sizes and demonstrate a tangible value to being a member of our local chamber,” said Sutton. “My goal is to take the Chamber to the next level by understanding our current member’s needs, as well as create plans that will attract future members.” said Sutton.


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OCM 2013 Spring Issue X  
OCM 2013 Spring Issue X  

Our Community Magazine is a quarterly publication serving Southern Denton County in the state of Texas.