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East Fort Worth Business Association hosts TWU President Fred Slabach

by Kathryn Kroll

   East Fort Worth Business Association hosted  Texas Wesleyan President Fred Slabach for the December meeting. Slabach provided a presentation showing the development of Rosedale Street landscaping projects and the new construction slated for the campus.  The college is expanding its presence in the community by purchasing 2 blocks of retail space which will be rented to local businesses and also provide a facility for the School of Business to create a Business Accelerator to help business owners improve their business skills and knowledge.

  Slabach gave a brief history of the school and its orgins in East Fort Worth. He bragged that this campus IS the oldest college in Fort Worth, reminding TCU alums that their school started out in Waco.

  Texas Wesleyan University was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in 1890. When Dallas was selected by the church leaders as the site for Southern Methodist University, the Polytechnic campus was designated the Woman’s College for Southern Methodism, eventually becoming Texas Woman’s College in 1914. After the Depression, enrollment was down and forced a temporary closing of the campus until a merger with the financially secure Texas Wesleyan Academy in Austin created the new institution of Texas Wesleyan College in 1935.

   Since 1935, Texas Wesleyan has remained a co-educational liberal arts institution with an increasingly comprehensive academic and student life program. In keeping with Methodist tradition, the University welcomes individuals of all faiths and is thoroughly inclusive in its practices. Class sizes are kept intentionally small.

  As the campus grew over the past 100 years, it lacked an official entryway. A new front entryway with magnificent landscaping is planned to give the campus a main entrance. New dormitories are planned as well as a large central building which will incorporate the old red brick Fire House into its structural design, and be used by the Art Department. Slabach commented on how small the main doors of the old firehouse looked to him, and was reminded that the fire truck of 100 years ago was a horse drawn wagon. 

    Audience members asked if there was a 'school colors day' for TWU, and suggested that we  wear Blue & Gold on "Wesleyan Wednesday."

   EFWBA President Doug Henderson reminded the group that the January meeting would be held on the second Thursday, January 8, 2015  because the first Thursday is Jan. 1. Mayor Betsy Price is the guest speaker for January.

Click on the image below to open the presentation in full screen mode, and see the before & after photos of the construction.


Arrive Alive– Don't Drink & Drive

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. December is one of the busiest times for our nation’s roadways. This holiday season, let’s lower the number of fatal car crashes due to drunk driving by driving sober, buckling up, raising awareness, and avoiding distractions. Learn more on how to spread the word and stay safe on the roads by visiting:

Meals On Wheels needs help!

Did you know Meals On Wheels delivers over 3,555 meals each weekday in Tarrant County? 
Volunteers staff 214 delivery routes each day plus help at the meal sites.
Meals are picked up from a distribution site and delivered in close proximity to elderly and disabled people. Delivery takes about one hour after the meals are picked up. A volunteer delivers one noontime per week, Monday through Friday. We currently have 19 routes open all over the county, 8 of them being
east Fort Worth that we need help filling. Because the need in east Fort Worth is great, we’re also in need of 5 new volunteers to start an additional route in the east Fort Worth.  Without this additional route we are limited to adding new people needing meals. If you’re not able to help with meal delivery, you may be interested in becoming a site volunteer in east Fort Worth. All help is needed. One of our challenges is to keep up with the increasing numbers of clients in the county.  

If you are ready to help meet this challenge please contact Nedra Cutler, C.V. A., VP of Volunteer Service at (817) 258-6426 or email at

 For additional information regarding this press release contact
Natalie Carroll
Coordinator of Volunteer Recruitment

Woodhaven National Bank Recognizes Trio for Three Decades of Service

CEO Casey, SVP Shepherd and Assistant VP Denbow achieve milestone 

December 9, 2014 (Fort Worth, Texas) -- Woodhaven National Bank announced that Ron J. Casey, who serves as its chairman and chief executive officer, is being recognized for more than 30 years of service along with Dorothy Shepherd and Kim Denbow.

   Mike Myers, chairman of  Myers Financial Corporation and founder of Woodhaven National Bank, said all three have made key contributions to the bank’s success. Woodhaven National Bank is the largest locally owned independent bank in Tarrant County operating under the same continuous ownership since its inception in 1983. “All three demonstrate their commitment and professionalism to our customers every day through exceptional service,” Myers said. “They are true assets to the Woodhaven National Bank team and role models for their fellow employees as well.” 

   Ron J. Casey, a Fort Worth resident, joined Woodhaven in 1983 as executive vice president and was promoted to president in 1985. He became chairman and chief executive officer in 2003. He holds a B.A. in economics from Texas Christian University and is a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking. 

  Also celebrating 30 years of service is Wise County native Dorothy Shepherd, who serves as senior vice president of the bank’s Rhome branch. Shepherd has been with the Rhome location since it opened in 2001, overseeing security and operations.  In 2005, she was promoted to vice president and later to the position she holds today. 

   Kim Denbow of Mansfield joined the Woodhaven team in 1984, starting out as a teller and later working as a loan processor. She started working at Woodhaven’s Mansfield branch in 1998, when Mansfield Community Bank first opened. Today, she supports personal, commercial and SBA loan processing services as an assistant vice president. 

About Woodhaven National Bank 

Woodhaven National Bank was established in 1983 and is an independent, locally owned bank, providing lending and deposit services to individuals and businesses with locations in Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield, Colleyville, and Rhome, Texas. As a Preferred SBA Lender, Woodhaven National Bank services the small business customer quickly and efficiently. With assets of more than $475 million, Woodhaven National Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, with its deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Ron J. Casey

Dorothy Shepherd

Kim Denbow

Handley Neighborhood Association December meeting featured a Christmas concert performance by East Handley Elementary School Honor Choir.

See the Neighborhood News page for the more photos.

$50,000 grant to Fort Worth's ACH Child and Family Services

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson will present a $50,000 grant to Fort Worth-based nonprofit ACH Child and Family Services at a ceremony and program Friday, Dec. 19, in Fort
Worth. Tillerson established the annual holiday gift in 2006 to provide assistance to a North Texas nonprofit agency during the holiday season. Here are the details: Time:    10  - 11 a.m. Place:    ACH Child and Family ServicesBelltower Chapel & Garden, Wichita Street Campus 3712 Wichita Street, Fort Worth, TX Participants:Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO, ExxonMobilDr. Wayne Carson, CEO, ACH Child and Family ServicesGreg Jones, SWAT team member, Fort Worth Police Department; recipient of numerous awards and commendations; former ACH client       
  Note: Participants will be available for interviews. The program will include a tour of the ACH Child and Family Services Wichita Street Campus.  About ACH Child and Family Services Founded in 1915, ACH Child and Family Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children, youth and families in the community overcome life's challenges through strength-based partnership. Last year, ACH served 29,747 children and families through education and outreach services, and 3,400 individuals received assessment, counseling and referral services. Another 2,714 children were served through residential care services, including foster care and adoption. More information regarding ACH Child and Family Services is available at 
Day-of-event contact:   
Sandra Brodnicki