What other Texas governor could lead yell practice, play drums with ZZ Top, and dance on “Dancing with The Stars”? Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is the only possible answer, and he will be the keynote speaker at our November WC meeting. The state’s 47th and longest-serving governor, Perry will discuss his experiences in government and describe a typical day in his life as governor. He grew up the son of tenant farmers in the tiny West Texas town of Paint Creek. The younger of Ray and Amelia Perry’s two children, he was active in Boy Scouts and earned the distinction as an Eagle Scout. He was one of the first in his family to go to college, earning a degree in animal science from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and a Yell Leader. Between 1972 and 1977, Perry served in the U.S. Air Force, flying C-130 tactical airlift aircraft in Europe and the Middle East. He is a lifetime member of both the NRA and American Legion Post 75. Prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor in 1998, he served two terms as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture and three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. In 1982, Perry married his childhood sweetheart, Anita. They have two children and two granddaughters. 

The speaker for our January 2017 meeting is Eve Michaels, an internationally acclaimed transformational makeover expert and motivational speaker. Locally, she is the owner of The Shop at 2307 Lake Austin Boulevard where she helps others build confidence through personal style. To help clients attain their best look, she offers personal shopping, styling, color analysis, and wardrobe auditing. Michaels is the official stylist for KXAN News and has a regular style and make-over segment on KXAN’s Studio 512.


She is also the author of Dress Code: Ending Fashion Anarchy and Eve’s Top 20 Tips to Energize Your “Wow”. She has inspired audiences globally on The Today Show, Extra, NBC Nightly News, Entertainment Tonight, The Style Channel, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Worth Magazine, Women’s World, BBC and ITV, Australian 60 Minutes, and Telemundo Univision.

To see the influences of architecture, we enjoyed architect, Lawrence Speck’s presentation of Architecture That Makes Lives Better, February 2017, at the Lakeway Resort and Spa. Larry Speck grew up in a small town on the Gulf Coast of Texas. He attended M.I.T. as an undergraduate receiving two degrees, one in Art and Design from the School of Architecture, and one in Management from the Sloan School. He went on to earn his Master of Architecture from M.I.T. as well. In 1975, Larry joined the faculty of the School of Architecture at UT. At the same time he started his own practice, Lawrence W. Speck and Associates. In 1990, Larry became associate dean of the School of Architecture at UT, and in 1992 he became dean.


Larry says “Although it may sound clichéd, I live, eat, and breathe architecture. I’m currently a principal in the architectural firm of Page Southerland Page, and a professor, as well as the former dean, in the School of Architecture at UT. I deeply love the process of design and have had opportunities to lead significant projects including Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the Austin Convention Center, and the architecture of the Discovery Green Park in Houston. My teaching and writing are aimed at educating people on the importance of great architecture in contemporary American culture.”

April 2017 our own members, Kendra Diamond and Pam Ovlen presented Table Settings in Lakeway Texas. Both ladies are fun and creative, and put on a great show. Pam Ovlen was an interior designer for 30 years in California and Washington State. She is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and has taught Interior Design at The Art Institute of California in Hollywood.

Kendra Diamond was an assistant professor of physical education at State University of New York at Stoney Brook, a lecturer at Indiana University, and taught in Larchmount, New York. Flower arranging is Kendra’s true passion however, and she loves to share her flower arranging secrets with others. She will transform your flower arranging skills overnight. Her main goal is to make flower arrangements and table settings fun and creative. She has had the privilege of being in classes with many experts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Baltimore. So get ready to learn some great professional secrets on how to make table settings and flower arrangements easy, and to bring out your personality in the process.