The highlight of the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands holiday dinner was a special recognition of longtime resident Alan Walne and his family. The club presented a “Book of Golden Deeds” award to Alan, his family and Herbs Paint and Body. This is a national Exchange Club award. In its 57th year of existence, only three members of the Exchange Club have received this award.
Alan’s father, Herb Walne, began his career with a service station on Northwest Highway, which developed into an auto collision repair facility — Herb’s Paint and Body. That evolved into eight locations in North Texas. This company was recently sold to a national company. Herb Walne was one of the charter members of the Exchange Club and was president in 1967. Alan joined the club many years ago and was president in 1983. Alan’s son, Robert, joined the club several years ago and has served in several positions. In the interim, Alan and his wife, Joan, have been very active in the community. Alan has served on the Dallas City Council and the Parkland Hospital Board of Directors, and Joan has been an active member of the Lake Highlands Women’s League and other organizations. The family has especially been strong supporters of Lake Highlands High School and has given scholarship awards to graduating seniors through the Exchange Club. Pictured above are club President Gale Lewis, Alan Walne and Robert Walne. The plaque reads that the award is “presented to the Walne family and Herb’s Paint and Body in recognition of decades of charitable and civic service across three generations for the betterment of the Lake Highlands Community.” — Don Lee