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A Little Help from my Friends “Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” Albert Camus It’s hard to believe there was a time in my life when I was painfully shy. The years have been kind to me as I’ve learned how to conquer my fear of rejection, of not belonging. Eighth grade was probably my most introverted year. I didn’t make the transition to Middle School easily (back then we called it Junior High). I was still a tomboy but with the anatomy of an 18 year old. UGH! I wouldn’t time travel back to that stage of my life for all of Trump’s money. I still vividly recall one evening when I tagged along with my dad. We sat in the family sedan and my self-inflicted misery must’ve been obvious because he asked me if anything was the matter. Dad and I were so close and I shared with him how much I wanted to have friends. I’m sure tears were shed, though I don’t actually remember. In that pivotal moment, as Dad and I sat in the parked car, he asked me if I’d like to pray with him and ask God to give me friends. It sounded like a good plan to me. So we sat there, father and daughter, holding hands as my dad prayed and asked God to bless me with an abundance of friends. That night is so clear as if it was yesterday rather than 40 years ago. The power of prayer is real. By the following year my circle of friends grew exponentially and today my cup runneth over. I am blessed and surrounded with so many caring, compassionate, dynamic friends who inspire me in every way. So the next time you’re in a social setting and you see someone standing alone, don’t assume they are aloof. The chances are good that they aren’t comfortable initiating conversation. Please walk up to them and say hello. Most likely, they will be extremely grateful. For those at the other end of the spectrum, the shy ones, the introverts, when you find yourself in another socially awkward scenario, look around the room and find someone else who looks like they need a friend. Simply go up and say hello; yes, it’s that easy. So now you know I’m the shy girl who’s learned how to overcome my greatest fear. What’s your greatest fear? The fear of failure? Of success? Of people seeing who you really are? Face it, whatever it is. Ask God to give you the strength to overcome this ball and chain; and be prepared for Him to answer your prayers. He’s just waiting for you to ask. To all of our readers and the supporters of OCM, thank you for allowing us to share and promote these amazing businesses, non-profits and special people within our community. And if you see me around town, please feel free to introduce yourself. I like making new friends! From the heart, JaLynn S. West

“The only way to have a friend is to be a friend.” Ralph Waldo

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATION On March 14th 2016, Kevin M. Sadowski of/with North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) with emphasis in Business Credit Analysis from the National Development Council (NDC). Certification is a designation given to individuals who successfully complete an intensive economic development finance training series that is conducted by NDC. The courses provide individuals working in the field of economic development with training in credit analysis, loan packaging, deal structuring and negotiating and the creation and implementation of development programs. Each of the three courses are five days in length and end with a written review that must be passed before a certification candidate is allowed to continue in the EDFP-BCA program. When a candidate has completed the entire three-week series, a comprehensive examination is given. The New York based National Development Council was established in 1972 and is a private non-profit corporation, which specializes, in economic/housing development training and technical assistance for economic/housing development. NDC has provided training to approximately 50,000 development people working in the field of economic and housing development. Participants come from many diverse groups: city and state governments, public agencies, community-based organizations, professional organizations, bankers, etc. Kevin Sadowski currently works for the North Central Texas College - Small Business Development Center, where he provides business advice. “I love my job and helping clients with their businesses.” Kevin has over 15-years of management experience, leading large and small customer service centers throughout the DFW area. A Military Police Corp Veteran, served at Ft. Hood, Texas under President Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from LeTourneau University and owns CHOICE Carpet Cleaning, LLC which he started in 2009.

Concern for Mom and Dad By: John Steele

Flora and Ed have lived in the same two-floor house for over 40 years. The kids are grown with children of their own and live in distant cities. They have all come home to celebrate Ed’s 85th birthday. Flora loves to cook for the extended family, while Ed entertains the children with games and stories. The adult children notice that Dad isn’t moving easily this time and Mom forgot to cook some of the usual items. Flora and Ed don’t see the difference, but the children notice changes. It’s time to have the family conversation. This is sometimes difficult to do, especially if Flora and Ed are denying their decline in ability to take care of themselves, not to mention their 40 year home. One suggestion is that the children contact someone who can guide both parents and children through these decisions. John Steele is a professional Eldercare Advisor who helps families sort through transition options to determine the choices that best suit Flora and Ed’s situation. John Steele has lived in Dallas for over 35 years, and was the long time principal caregiver for his mother until her death. While working with Hospice, John helped many families evaluate healthcare and living options for their loved ones. This experience led John to create Alternative Living Choices so he could focus on helping families full time. John assesses the elder’s current situation, including health, financial resources, and family preferences. He will arrange appointments at senior living communities and, if requested, accompany the families there. Should other resources be needed, John will refer the families to the appropriate places. Best of all: John’s services are at no charge to the families. Flora and Ed and their family will be in good, caring hands with John Steele and Alternative Living Choices. Contact John Steele for a free consultation at:

John’s services are at no charge to the families.

214.402.3552, www.alternativelivingchoices.org, or alternativelivingchoices@gmail.com

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Every Child Deserves a Chance. It’s You! By Victoria Calvin, CASA of Denton County, Inc.

In Denton County, over 500 children will be removed from their homes each year due to abuse or neglect and placed with people who are not their families as they enter into foster care. Who will look out for these children? Who will be there to ease the pain of separation and to be a voice for the child during this often very difficult and traumatic time? Perhaps that person is YOU. CASA of Denton County, Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) trains and support volunteers who advocate for children in the foster care system. The volunteers’ role is to help the children move from the foster care system into safe, permanent, loving homes as quickly as possible. CASA volunteers are professionally trained to advocate for children in foster care. The information they gather and their recommendations help the court overseeing the cases make informed decisions during their time in foster care and even beyond. A CASA volunteer commits to one child or sibling group until the case is closed and the children are in a safe, permanent home. In 2015, CASA of Denton County, Inc. served 507 children in foster care. And while that is quite a large number, there are still more children in Denton County who need a CASA. This can only be achieved through members of the community standing up to speak for children who have no voice. For more information, visit www.casadenton.org or call the office at 940-243-2272. The next advocate training session will begin June 17, 2016.

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BE BY MY SIDE.

EVERY CHILD HAS A CHANCE—IT’S YOU. As a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA volunteer, you can keep abused and neglected children safe while they reach a safe, permanent home. CASA volunteers speak up for a child in court. You are not a foster parent, you are a voice making a difference at a critical point in a child’s life. Visit BecomeACASA.org to learn about becoming a volunteer and find a CASA program near you.

In This Issue:

Articles: 01 - A Little Help From My Friends 02 - Economic Development Certification 02 - Concern for Mom and Dad 04 - Every Child Deserves a Chance. It’s You! 06 - Hey, I want to Meet Them Too! 07 - 7 on 7 08 - The Cunning Nature of The Criminal Mind! 11 - Can Commodities Also Fuel Our Investment Portfolios? 12 - More Than A Conqueror 13 - The Power of Networking 14 - Live Young. Live Univera. 17 - 70Candles! A Celebration of “A new Construction of Aging” 18 - Promotional Products go Hi-Tech 20 - What’s New for YFC 21 - New US Dietary Guidelines 22 - Affordable Healthcare 23 - Runway For A Cause 24 - Unbridled Horse Therapy 26 - To Exist or Leave a Legacy Recipes: 14 - Dress-up Your Drinks 23 - Blueberry Mojito Other: 17 - Calendar of Events 27 - Fashions We Love 28 - Women of Flower Mound Fashion Show 29 - Lewisville Women’s Division Conference 30 - Women’s Health Panel, LEADs, Committee for Women’s Conference, Community Photos, FM Chamber Girls Gone Golfing, and Happy Birthday Helen Johns!

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Hey, I Want to Meet Them Too! By Jeff Klein

When we’re at a business networking event, we often hear somebody in the room get up and make a request for someone that we would also like to meet. The person making that request is the first person you should schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with. That person is now a POTENTIAL Referral Partner for you. You have to meet with them and decide that they “get it” and you both want to work together before you can become Referral Partners. A Referral Partner is someone who is selling something to the same prospective customer you are, regardless of what business the partner is in. Usually, they want to meet the same prospects as you for entirely different reasons then you do. This is one of the truly beautiful things about business networking. You should be asking for Referral Partner introductions in your 30 second commercials instead of prospective customers. Why? Because, an introduction to a Referral Partner is the referral that keeps on giving. It’s someone you can share referrals with back and forth forever. Doesn’t that sound like a better use of your time than chasing transactions? Here’s how to start identifying your potential Referral Partners: Make a list of who you are currently targeting. Who are your prospects this month? Now, look at that list and brainstorm who else wants to meet those prospects. Think creatively. Remember, they probably want to meet those prospects to sell them something completely different than you do. Now, create some 30 second commercials asking to meet these potential Referral Partners. Get out there, CONNECT, and grow your business through networking!

Lewisville

Jeff Klein teaches Business Networking inside companies, to sales teams, at meetings, and at National and International Conferences. As the Founder of Speaker Co-op, Jeff also teaches the Art of Speaking to Market Your Business. Speaker Co-op holds Lunch & Learns monthly in DFW & Houston.

Contact Jeff Klein at: Jeff@SpeakerCoop.com

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7 on 7

with Martin Mussey Welcome once again to 7 on 7! Local Business Coach, Martin Mussey, has interviewed yet another great business leader in our community. All for the purpose of getting to know them and learn about their success, lessons learned and what it means to be a part of ‘our community’. Meet David Honnell, Independent Agent of for AFLAC and a recent Ambassador of the Month for the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce: 1. Can you tell us about your business and what makes it unique? People are familiar with AFLAC and the famous duck but our unique product acts as a safety net to provide cash to people when they are hurt or sick through supplemental insurance that goes above and beyond their traditional medical coverage. I look to be unique personally by developing relationships. I take care of my clients by educating them and answering any questions they have. We all do business with people we know, like and trust and this is what I strive to do. 2. What made you want to be an independent agent for AFLAC? I wanted to work at my own pace and have my own hours. Of course, AFLAC provides an opportunity to create residual income for my family. I could only do that though with a product I believe in and have a passion for. When I researched the company I liked what I saw. What was really impressive was that they are family owned since 1955 and are one of the top 100 most ethical companies to work for. It matched up to what I would want to be a part of. I saw firsthand how it helped people. 3. What do you consider your greatest achievement in business? Getting to know and help more people than I have ever been able to before. Back in October 2014 I was asked to be a part of the Dallas region open enrollment period for AFLAC and came in 2nd in sales during that timeframe. I have also won the AFLAC Founders Award twice. 4. There are always challenges in business, what is the best lesson learned business? Never give up. I know it sounds clichéd but you have to be persistent and keep at it. It also learned that the best philosophy is “paying it forward”. 5. What is the best advice you ever got? Don’t get discouraged and to keep trying. Like the Nike commercial you have to “Just Do It” and stay motivated. 6. Do you have a mentor or somewhere you look for inspiration in business? I have run a Tuesday morning networking group called Results Referral Source for 5 years and I give away a book a week. My resource for these is Simple Truths (www.simpletruths.com). I learn from Zig Ziglar and Vince Lombardi. There is a lot to be learned from others! 7. What do you like about being part of the local business community? I love meeting new people and learning about their businesses and what they do. I develop the relationships and if I can help, I will. When I build trust with others, I am not just focused on receiving business but providing referrals to other trusted partners.

Contact David at: David R. Honnell 2513 Misty Glen Dr. Flower Mound, TX 75028 972.824.7526 (cell) honnellD@aol.com (email) www.aflac.com

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More Than a Conqueror By Christina Thomas

When you go on vacation, it’s easy to plan absolutely everything -the internet and your faithful travel agent make that possible. But is it a good idea to make an exhaustive list of places to visit every day? Do you really want a vacation that will actually exhaust you? A few years ago, I traveled to Europe for 5 ½ weeks by myself. I started in Ireland, where I hit the ground running and was jet-lagged for two days while I toured the city and the country. I traveled around France for ten days at a crazy pace, taking trains and visiting multiple sites per day. When I finally landed in Paris, I was happy to put down roots, at least for a couple of weeks. My first full day, the only places that I went were the laundromat to do laundry and to the supermarket to buy food, then I laid in my bed, ate, and napped all day. I kept telling myself that later that evening, I would go to the Eiffel Tower… or somewhere. Later that day, I communicated with a friend. By then, it was clear that I wasn’t going anywhere. I told my friend that I felt guilty that I didn’t go anywhere that day – I was in Paris, and there was so much to see! He responded that it was okay to relax – I was on vacation after all. That is something that I now remind myself anytime that I go anywhere - there’s a lot to see, but this is my time. If I’m too exhausted, I won’t enjoy it. My sister and I were in Washington, D.C. over Thanksgiving last year. We were at the White House Visitor Center one morning, and a dad walked by with his small son. The boy said he was tired and wanted to sit, and the dad said, “We have 15 more things on the list!” ?!?!?! What is the point of going somewhere if you are going to be beaten down conquering a list? A vacation is not something to conquer; it’s something to enjoy. My advice: make a list of ALL the places you want to see in your destination. Organize them in order of importance. Realize that you may not get to all of them - that just gives you an excuse to go back later! And if you need some help paring down your list, talk to a travel professional (or at least someone). Christina Thomas | Storyteller Adventures | Lewisville, TX Call or text: 214-501-6839 | Website: http://www.storytelleradvs.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StorytellerAdventures

“Travel - it will leave you speechless then turn you into a storyteller.” - Ibn Battuta

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Our Staff and Contributors: Our Designer, Nary Vang, is the owner of NV Designs. She joined the Our Community Magazine team in 2014 as our graphic artist. She shares her talents with the OCM team by collaborating with clients about ad conception and design, producing the publication’s graphic works, and handling the publications’ layout.

Amanda Hall is a senior at Marcus High School. She enjoys photography and writing about things that inspire her. Politics has always driven her as she lives by the quote that states: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Email: nvdesigns@outlook.com Phone: 214.998.3911 Christina Thomas is the owner of Storyteller Adventures, a local travel company. She believes the adage that “Travel will leave you speechless then turn you into a storyteller.” She enjoys helping people from all walks and in all seasons of life to make their travel dreams come true.

Melissa Johnson is a Graphic Designer and Photographer. She is not only a native Texan, but she has lived in the Lewisville/Flower Mound area her whole life. She is the proud wife of an Army Veteran. Together, they have 3 children. Melissa loves being a part of the local business community and enjoys capturing special moments with her camera.

Victoria Calvin is the Training and Recruitment Coordinator with CASA of Denton County, Inc. where she actively recruits and trainings community volunteers to become advocates for children in foster care

Jeff Klein teaches Business Networking inside companies, to sales teams, at meetings, and at National and International Conferences. As the Founder of Speaker Co-op, Jeff also teaches the Art of Speaking to Market Your Business. Speaker Coop holds Lunch & Learns monthly in DFW & Houston. Jeff@SpeakerCoop.com

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Martin Mussey is a radio personality and an ActionMAN himself. Martin’s passion and purpose is to help business owners have a better life for themselves and those close to them. Coach Martin does this by teaching the skills and strategies for a harmonious life and a profitable business through what he calls, The Art of Business.

John Steele is the president of Alternative Living Choices, which assists senior citizens find clean, safe, and affordable housing in the greater Dallas area. John interviews the client and their families to determine their needs and then helps them decide on the most appropriate living environments.

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

Brandi Rodgers is owner of Brandi B. Photography in Highland Village, offering Fine Portraiture throughout the DFW Metroplex. Brandi has over 27 years of photographic experience and holds a B.S. and M.A. degree in Photography. She is also an Adjunct Professor for the past 20 years at Dallas Baptist University, teaching photography in the Fine Arts Department. Brandi enjoys capturing all the special moments in her clients lives!


Shelly Dodge is the President and owner of Visionary Financial Group. She and her family have lived and been active in the Flower Mound area for almost 20 years. Her passions are helping and working with children, as well as, assisting people with their financial needs.

Bob Weir began a writing career about 15 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He went on to write and publish a total of seven novels. His books are available on Amazon.com and other online booksellers. He’s also a former newspaper editor and a syndicated columnist under the title, “Weir Only Human.” Read his blog online at: www.weirtalkingaboutit.blogspot.com

Marsha Thomas is the President and Owner of TNT 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.

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

Lori Fickling is a writer, political junkie and a social media specialist. She also owns iTrendz Communications, a social media marketing company.

Sandy Luedke is the Owner and Founder of both Ideal Real Estate Group and Professional Business Networking (PBN). With 30 years of experience as a successful realtor, Sandy loves to share her knowledge with new and struggling real estate agents.

Jamie Augenstein White has lived in Flower Mound for 25 years and is the Event Specialist for Seven Loaves Catering & Events and 9 Social. She has been actively involved in the business community for over 8 years and is currently the President of the Women of Flower Mound.

Dennis Song RPh, CHC is the only integrative pharmacist practitioner in the southern Denton County area. He has served his community for over 30 years and was named, “Innovative Pharmacist,” by the Texas Pharmacy Association in 2003.

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.

Cristina Rodriguez is the Vice President of Program Development with the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce. Cristina has ten years of experience in the nonprofit industry and excels in fundraising, event planning, marketing, and relationship building. She has a passion for creating inspiring and lasting experiences for the individuals and businesses she serves through the programs and events she executes.

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Gasoline and Coffee Fuel Our Daily Lives. Can Commodities Also Fuel our Investment Portfolios? By Shelly Dodge

Commodities are a tangible part of our daily lives. They are the food we eat, the energy that powers our cars and heats out homes, the metal in our electrical wiring and in our jewelry. Yet, investing in commodities can seem elusive. Traditionally, investors look to commodities to provide three key benefits: diversification, inflation protection and return potential. The return potential has more recently been questioned given the challenging performance period. Commodity returns tend to be cyclical, so the recent history should not be the only factor when considering them for your investment portfolio. Oil prices have been low for some time now and even with the additional supply from Iran joining the picture as the sanctions are lifted, this likely will not meet the growth in global demand. Saudi Arabia continues to produce near its maximum capacity, while Libyan production will probably remain curtailed and the U.S. output is likely to fall. If the expert’s forecast are correct, the market will adjust from the current situation of excess inventories to a more balanced state or even a deficit as we move into the later part of 2016. Today’s market can be an opportunity to take advantage of investing in some quality holdings at a bargain rate. It falls into the “Buy Low, Sell High” theory that we all strive for. There are many factors to consider any time you invest. An experienced advisor can help you understand the flood of information that are out there on this subject and many more. For more information on this and other options, contact Shelly Dodge today at Visionary Financial Group at 972-539-0002 or visit our website at www.visionaryfinancialgroup.com. Securities and Investment advisory services are offered through NEXT Financial Group Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Visionary Financial Group is not an affiliate of NEXT Financial Group Inc.

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The Cunning Nature of the Criminal Mind! By Bob Weir

It was about 2 a.m. on a chilly night in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. While on radio car patrol, my partner and I were notified that an anonymous caller heard unusual sounds at a hardware store that had been closed for several hours. Since we couldn’t find a break in front, we checked the hallway of the building next door, finding a window that accessed the rear yard. I climbed onto a narrow ledge and inched my way toward the grimy-looking rear window of the store. My partner kept an eye on me as I approached the iron bars that had been bent wide enough apart to allow someone to squeeze through. There was no way of knowing whether the burglar was still inside and a quick records check from the station house told us that the owner lived about an hour away. I carefully placed a leg through the bars, trying to find a solid place to hold my weight as I pushed the rest of me inside the darkened enclosure. With one leg stationed on a firm object, I gingerly added the rest of my 180 pounds to the unseen platform. While continuing to hold onto the bars and trying to adjust my eyes to the blackness, the ground suddenly gave way and I was sent crashing against a nearby wall. I stumbled in the darkness until I regained some balance. “Bob; are you okay?” my partner yelled from the hallway window, about 20 feet away. I drew my service revolver before turning on the flashlight. When the 6 by 8 foot space materialized I saw the remains of a toilet bowl that had been crushed under the strain of my weight. “I’m okay,” I called back. “Stay there until I check it out.” I pulled open the door that led to a narrow aisle in the rear of the store. When I looked to my left I saw the front door facing the street; to my right was a wall about 10 feet away. In front of me was a curtain that appeared to be concealing a small room. Suddenly, the curtain began to move as if someone was pushing against it. “Who’s there?” a voice from inside the curtained area said. “The police,” I responded, “come out of there!” The curtain was moved aside and a short, muscular man stepped out of a small bed as he rubbed his eyes. He was wearing a tank top t-shirt and boxer-type under shorts. “What’s the matter, officer,” he said innocently. “That’s what I want you to tell me,” I replied, keeping the gun pointed at him. “What are you doing here?” I said sternly. “Officer, I’m assigned here by the owner to watch the place when it’s closed,” he countered, inching toward me. “Stay right there!” I demanded, backing up slightly. “Officer you got it all wrong,” he persisted. “I’m here to keep the place from being robbed.” “Yeah, and I suppose the owner locks you in here and locks the front gate too,” I said incredulously. “Yes, officer, that’s the truth. He opens in the morning, pays me for the night and I leave,” he said, carefully eyeing the weapon in my hand. I forced him at gunpoint to the front of the store where my partner was peeking at us through the window. “Lie down and put your hands behind your back,” I ordered. “Officer, you’re making a big mistake,” he said indignantly, as he looked toward my partner, then back at me. “You have no right to treat me this way and I’m going to sue you.” He had a look of desperation that made his thick biceps appear even more formidable. “I guess you didn’t have much trouble bending those bars,” I said, putting a few more steps between us and aiming the gun at his chest. “But muscles don’t make you bulletproof, so I suggest that you hit the deck.” After a few more prowl cars pulled up outside with their roof lights spinning, my recalcitrant prisoner finally decided to take a prone position. Yet, he continued to assure me that I was mistaken about him being a burglar and it would all be cleared up when the owner arrived. Not wanting to be grabbed by those powerful arms, I didn’t bother cuffing him, but just kept him in my sights until the door was ultimately opened by the proprietor. It wasn’t until the room was flooded with cops and a grateful owner that the garrulous interloper ended his, “my rights are being violated” shtick. We found his clothing stuffed under the mattress in the small room behind the curtain. It was just another lesson learned; never let your guard down, because the criminal mind is very cunning and will say and do anything to escape.

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The Power of Networking By Sandy Luedke

Business to Business Networking is an invaluable and economical marketing technique that anyone can use consistently for building business referrals and new business leads. It is based upon a philosophy where a company’s focus is first and foremost on excellent service to their existing customer base. The next step is then focused on networking with people in the local community, through face-to-face connections, with a goal to: 1. Be able to provide added value to your customer base through trustworthy business referrals; and 2. Obtaining new customer leads through these new business relationships. An effective networking group can be instrumental in providing you a foundation for your business building efforts! Business-to-Business Networking is about the success, confidence, and accomplishments achieved by working together with a group of people that share a mutual desire to better serve their existing customer base, while developing new business leads. Business-to-Business Networking is committed to advancing day-to-day business efficiency and productivity, attaining goals, and realizing a balanced life. In our networking group, Professional Business Networking (PBN), you will find a common ground with many other local business owners (and sales reps) who have the same or a similar philosophy that you do. This shared vision is what we find often brings about long lasting and beneficial business relationships. We are excited to announce that we have opened a new office in for PBN! Sandy Luedke has been running this group for 16 years! Through her years of experience, she’s found, “That networking is not easy, and you have to work at it! Networking groups only work because the people involved are truly there to help others by providing referrals and find when that happens, the business will just naturally flow back to them!” They understand that the more you give, the more you get. We just built a new office with a much bigger room to accommodate a larger group. It is located at 2200 Morriss Rd, Suite 300 in Flower Mound. We not only have the networking group, every Wednesday from 11:30 – 1:00, we also have: Additional free networking events like Mastermind and POD networking once a month; after hours social events; and coming soon, we will be starting a ”Lunch and Learn,” event on one Friday a month…where we bring in great speakers that enhance building your business to greater heights! PBN is all about helping you grow your business and we do it thru many ways.

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Calendar of Events April 1 Lewisville Chamber Women’s Division Conference 6 Flower Mound Chamber Girls Gone Golfing Tournament 8 CASA March on Denton Square Child Awareness 12 Women of FM monthly meeting 14 Women on Purpose luncheon 15 HVBA Lewisville Lakes Symphony 16 DCFOF The Amazing Race 22 Earth Day 23 Women of FM Fashion Show 28 DISD Adkins Fine Arts Night 29 Women’s Business League at Korner Café 30 Denton Art and Jazz fest May 1 Willy Wonka Production MCL Grand Theater 3 Teacher Appreciation Day 5 Cinco de Mayo 6 FM Chamber Leadercast Leadership Seminar 7 Red Hilliard Chili Cook-Off 8 Mother’s Day 12 Lewisville Chamber Night Out & FM Chamber After 5 13 CASA Pulling for Kids 14 Michael Martin performs MCL Grand Theater 17 FM Chamber luncheon 19 Hebron HS Spring Concert 20 Grapevine Main Street Artfest 21 Communities in Schools Masquerade Gala 24 Denton High Spring Concert 26 Journey to Dream Golf Tournament 29 Women’s Business League at Korner Cafe 30 Memorial Day observances and parades throughout community 31 DISD early release Middle & High School June 2 DISD & LISD early release- last day of school 13 FM Monday Movie Madness 14 Flag Day 16 Lewisville

Our Community magazine is proud to be celebrating 5 wonderful years serving the Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village, and surrounding Dallas areas. Thank you for letting us be a part of your community!

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70Candles! A Celebration of “A new Construction of Aging” By Jamie Augenstein White

I’d like to share some very interesting statistics with you. Do you know that 330 people in the United States turn seventy years old every hour and that by 2050 over 16% of the population will be over 65? In the early 1900’s average life span was 47 years but by 2000 the average age had advanced to 78! I had the pleasure of meeting with lively septuagenarian, Jane Giddan who has written a book with her lifelong friend, Ellen Cole. The book 70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade offers wonderful wisdom, advice and practical tips for making the most of life after seventy. Jane and Ellen met when they were ninth graders in NYC, and have remained fast friends throughout their lives. Marriages and jobs, (both became professors) found them residing in cities across the US, but never again in the same place at the same time. In 1960 as they toured Europe for eight weeks together they rediscovered the key ingredient in their friendship…adventure. These gals were flower children and feminists, true products of the 60’s. They marched in Viet Nam protests while pushing their babies in strollers. Jane’s eyes twinkled when she recalled those years long ago! Fast forward to five years ago when they found themselves approaching seventy and wondering what lay ahead. To learn about the joys and challenges of this stage of life they started discussions among women through their 70candles.com blog, and in face-to-face gatherings across the country. Their book 70Candles! is a compilation of these conversations, and more. It illustrates how 70 is the new frontier for women who can continue to look forward to new activities, new relationships and new discoveries – especially about themselves! One review states “this book is pure delight – uplifting, engaging and alive with voices of wise women. My favorite is a 95 -year-old woman who has a martini every night and goes barefoot as much as possible.” Another reviewer declares, “In stark contrast to gloomy media portraits of aging, the authors show us how the later years can be filled with joy, excitement and vibrant living!” 70Candles! deals with questions such as “I’m at the end of my career and will lose my identity, what will happen to me now?” “Where will I live?” Jane Giddan lives in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area and speaks with women in book clubs, senior centers, churches, temples and independent living sites. Jane will be speaking in our community on June 15th at the Flower Mound Senior Center on West Windsor. Her book’s topics are wonderful stimuli for rich and engaging conversations. The 70candles.com blog features heartfelt entries from all over the world. 70Candles! Women Thriving in Their 8th Decade may be purchased at www.taosinstitute.net/70candles and as a Kindle download at Amazon. com. One final description about the book and the authors, “Forget the stereotypes we are all used to…these women are really rockin’! And certainly not in a creaky chair on a long front porch!” “It is time for a new view of 70 year-old women in particular, and aging in general; a new image needs to be created...Seventy is old. That is a good thing. We can say it with pride…We know from the research literature that our more positive perception will increase both the years we have to live and the quality of those years.” (p.107)

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What’s New for YFC By Eren Turner

Youth and Family Counseling is celebrating its 35th year of serving the community and providing quality mental health services for all income levels. As our agency hits this milestone, we are proud to announce that we have recently expanded and are now able to serve Denton County with two locations: our office south of the lake in Lewisville, off of Main Street, and now at our Denton location, off of University, close to Loop 288. We have spent the last three decades helping people live mentally healthy lives, but with construction and the growth of cities, it has become more challenging to reach our northern clients. By opening a Denton location, we are able to meet these needs where the clients are located, which has the added benefit of creating more room at our Lewisville office for the clients that lived in the southern part of the county. Thanks to a partnership with Serve Denton, another non-profit that provides community collaboration and shared space, we are able to operate out of their building three evenings a week, offering individual, couples, family, and play therapy at a sliding scale. We are looking to expand our First Offender and At-Risk Kids Program up north as well. If you or someone you know could benefit from quality, confidential, compassionate care by Master’s level therapists, please contact Youth and Family Counseling at (972)724-2005 to schedule an appointment at either of our locations, or learn more about our agency at:

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Based on the most recent science, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released at the beginning of 2016. Before you say, “here we go again,” let’s take a closer look. The guidelines may sound familiar, but there are some differences from years past.1 Overall guidelines. For the most part, these guidelines don’t advise you about how much to eat of different foods, such as vegetables or meat. Instead, they focus on helping you fit healthy eating into their own unique lifestyle. To that end, they provide three examples Whether it’s filling your prescriptions quickly or of healthy eating plans: a healthy American diet, a Mediterranean-style taking the time to discuss your medication needs, diet, and a vegetarian diet. What these three types of diets share is an emphasis on more Flower Mound Pharmacy, always has your best plant-based foods, healthy fats, and whole grains. The guidelines also health in mind. Affordable prices. Professional suggest making meals and snacks from scratch. That helps avoid the advice. Personalized care.At Flower Mound common pitfalls of processed foods, such as high levels of salt and sugar. Pharmacy, we make your health our business. Overall, a healthy eating pattern includes: ● Any vegetable, but preferably a wide variety Most insurance accepted. Bring this ad in for ● Fruits, especially whole ones ● Grains—with at least half being whole grains $5 off a purchase of $25 or more. ● Fat-free or low-fat dairy ● A variety of protein sources, including seafood, lean meat, poultry, eggs, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, and soy products ● Oils1 Specific guidelines. The last set of guidelines came out in 2010. They simply advised people to reduce their intake of added sugars, without giving numbers. The newest guidelines, however, are more 1001 CROSS TIMBERS RD #1170 specific. They suggest you limit added sugars to fewer than 10 percent FLOWER MOUND, TX 75028 of your daily calories. Right now, added sugars account for more than 972-355-4614 13 percent of Americans’ daily calories.1 One coupon per customer. Certain restrictions may apply. Soft drinks, fruit drinks, sweetened coffee or tea, flavored waters, FLOWERMOUNDPHARMACY.COM See store for details. Non-prescription items only. Not and alcoholic beverages account for nearly 50 percent of all added valid on prescription co-pays or any government funded programs. Not to be combined with any other offers. No sugars we consume. A recent study revealed that people who drink cash value. Valid only at: Flower Mound Pharmacy. sugary drinks daily tend to put on more deep belly fat over time.2 That’s the kind of fat that surrounds vital organs and is linked to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Other sources of added sugars are snacks and sweets, as well foods like bread and prepared meals. The new guidelines also suggest that you limit saturated fats to no more than 10 percent of your daily calories. That’s a goal that fewer than a third of Americans meet. Sadly, these fats can increase levels of bad cholesterol, and your risk of stroke and heart disease.4 About a third of saturated fat comes from prepared foods containing cheese or meat—foods like burgers, tacos, and pizza—as well as dairy products, snacks, and sweets.1 Finally, the guidelines advise eating fewer than 2,300 milligrams per day of salt—a little less than a teaspoon. That’s a guideline that nearly all Americans are failing to meet. But it’s not something to ignore. That’s because too much salt can increase blood pressure, which also increases risks of heart disease and stroke.3 Don’t know where to begin? Stop by and we’ll have a chat. I can offer you a tip or two!

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Affordable Healthcare By Lori Fickling

When you ask Jessie Gutierrez why he chose to work for US Health Advisors he’ll tell you it’s because of how much the company helps their customers. If you ask him why he chose the healthcare industry in the first place he’ll tell you it’s because of his drive and passion to help people and teach them new things. It was a perfect match. Jessie is a graduate of Lewisville High School and has spent his career in customer service training and consulting, continuously educating his clients in order to guide them to their best options. He wants to help people understand what kind of insurance coverage they have, especially people who are self-employed, who typically pay a great deal for healthcare. He has seen firsthand how devastating healthcare costs and medical bills can be and he wants to be a part of bringing hope back to healthcare. US Health Advisors provides healthcare for individuals and small business owners. In a year when healthcare as we know it has been turned on its head, finding a company and an agent that can wade through the new rules and offer alternatives that provide lower monthly premiums, better benefits, and lower deductible, is a breath of fresh air. According to Jessie, this company is more about the client than they are about the money, and that’s exactly how he feels. Jessie and his wife, an epilepsy technician at Texas Health Presbyterian Flower Mound, live in Copper Canyon with their 10 year-old son. He is an avid motor sports and Harley enthusiast and spends his spare time on ATVs and dirt bikes. In addition, he spends time volunteering with the company’s nonprofit, HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday.) US Health Advisors just won its 10th Stevie Award in four years, the only company in history to accomplish this. The Stevie Awards recognizes companies for most innovative products, best customer service, and fastest growing, among other things. Jessie loves helping people in his own community and would welcome the opportunity to help you understand your health policy and how you can find the optimal solution for your needs. He lives and works For more information, contact: in this community and has a unique understanding of the needs of the self-employed. Jessie Gutierrez Go online to see what products and services are offered by US US Health Advisors Agent Health Group; America’s Trusted Choice. Phone:

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Kamryn Rakestraw Hits the Runway for a Cause

Event Chairs Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman with Kamryn Rakestraw and her mom Shelley

Kamryn Rakestraw, 5, of Flower Mound, is a model and artist at the Children’s Cancer Fund Gala, “An Evening in Oz,” featuring pediatric cancer patients, survivors and celebrities in a fashion show at the Hilton Anatole, April 22, 6p.m. Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman are event chairmen and walk the runway with the kids. The Gala is slated to raise more than $750,000 for pediatric cancer research and treatment at Children’s Health. Tickets $300;

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Unbridled Horse Therapy

Unbridled Horse Therapy, a non-profit organization that provides equine therapy for kids and adults with various Special Needs and Disabilities, announces its doors are officially open and ready to serve the DFW community. The 501c3 nonprofit therapy center was built to assist and encourage riders to adapt and overcome daily struggles through the interaction with horses. “Unbridled Horse Therapy saw a need in the community and surrounding area and instead of turning a blind eye to the situation these beautiful women stepped up to meet that need. With cheerful hearts they are helping others and looking forward to growing their business. I highly recommend Unbridled Horse Therapy for anyone needing Horse therapy for their loved ones,” said Charlotte Wilcox, Mayor Highland Village, TX. During sessions each client is matched with a personal instructor and horse and are guided through a series of research based steps that help to stimulate healing of cognitive delay, engage the core muscle groups, develop speech and improve coordination, rhythm and balance. With the use of therapeutic games and programs, we are able to mold each therapy session to what the riders needs are. Our Mission: To effectively intercede and encourage unrealized potential through the connection between horse and rider for those with special needs and disabilities.

Spring has sprung! The kids will be out of school and it will be time to make some memories! Why not let Schooley Mitchell see if we can save you money on the bills you’re already paying? With those savings you could take a late summer trip to Angel Fire, NM and go mountain biking on the slopes. Or, you could take your savings from a year, and take the family on a trip to Ireland, with a 7-day hotel, air and car package – all paid for with money you’re already spending. We focus on telecom (cell phones, internet and land-lines) expenses for your business. Our contracts run 3 years. So, if you saved all of the money from that time, you will have saved enough to go on a dream vacation to generate life-long memories!* *Savings based upon typical savings for clients paying $1000 or more in telecom bills.

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To Exist or Leave a Legacy: The Choice Is Yours By Cristina Rodriguez

leaders to facilitate, provide information and stimulate discussion on how to strengthen and incorporate leadership each day. The program is celebrating over thirty years of ongoing commitment to providing a pathway for graduates to play leadership roles in the communities they serve. As the longest running Leadership program in North Texas, Leadership Lewisville has continued to welcome change so that the content and experiences provide valuable business acumen for attendees. A few of our notable graduates include entrepreneurs, county commissioners, heads of corporations, and city managers. Several graduates answered the call to serve in the capacity of school board members, city council members, and mayors. The Lewisville Area Chamber is seeking the next class of leaders to participate in the Leadership Lewisville program. Men and women from all industries are encouraged to apply. Program information and class dates are now available at:

President Woodrow Wilson said, “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.� President Wilson’s wise words remind us to look outside of ourselves and seek opportunities to help others. We are all here to serve a greater purpose. The Leadership Lewisville program, a leadership development program of the Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce, educates, in- spires and provides opportunities to develop and polish your leadership skills. The nine-month intensive program features substantial community

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David MaGee, David Magee From coast to coast and around the globe, David Magee has captivated audiences for over 25 years. On the TLC nationally televised special, Seeing VS Believing, he amazed millions with his demonstrations in human psychology and physiology. In June of last year, David received the Merlin International Award for Mentalist of the Year, the highest award presented to professionals in his industry. Find out more on his website: www.davidmagee.com

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From promotional items and apparel to trade show booths... we do it ALL! six Keys to promotional success Consider these questions when searching for the right promotional items: 1. What is your message? 2. Who is your targeted audience? 3. What is your venue? Fund Raising Events, Trade Show, Sales Tool, Customer Appreciation, Sales Incentives, etc. 4. What do you expect to get back from this promotion? ROI? 5. What is your budget? 6. What is your time frame for delivery?

Where’s Mr. Bill? Be the first to find him in this magazine and win a prize. To enter, send an email with the page number and location you spotted him to bill@TNTpromos.biz.

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Whether you need promotional items or apparel for fund raising events or sales incentives, or a complete trade show presence, TNT Promotions is your one-stop source for creative and timely solutions. From unique products to consulting and trade show services we take pride in providing a hassle-free ordering process, delivery when you need it, and offering every customer personal attention. We are committed to your success!

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972-891-8681 (tnt1)

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www.tntpromos.biz MansFIelD oFFICe 990 Hwy 287 n, suite #106-352 Mansfield, TX 76063 817-566-5876

Spring 2016  
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