Chikage Windler is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist who appears on the nightly news weekday at 5,6,6:30 and 10 p.m on KEYE, which is CBS Austin.
She is our celebrity weather lady and was named Best TV Personality of 2017 by Austin Magazine. With 20 years of experience including guest appearances on ABC’s Good Morning America and World News in NYC, she is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist in the American Meteorological Society and holds the National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval. She graduated magna cum laude in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.
Chikage grew up in the heart of Tornado Alley in Oklahoma and saw first-hand the devastation of multiple tornadoes including the deadly EF-5 (the highest force on the Enhanced Fujita Scale of Tornadoes) that hit her parent’s neighborhood in 2013.
Very active in the Austin community, Chikage is an avid runner. She is captain of Team CBS Austin, a group of runners who tackle everything from 5k’s to marathons. She also sits on the board of her college alumni club as well as a cancer support group, serves on UT’s Environmental Science Institute Advisory Committee, volunteers for organizations including Girlstart, Keep Austin Beautiful and Austin Parks Foundation. She is a frequent emcee and attendee at community events across Texas and volunteers her time visiting schools and sharing her love of weather with students from preschool to high school.
Chikage is the mother of two girls, Austen and Zailey, and she and her husband Jamie are also parents to an adopted SPCA dog, Skipper.
One of the questions Chikage gets most often isn’t about weather, but about her name. She is half Japanese and her name means “thousands of views or vistas.”
Speaker Chikage Windler
In November the speaker was our State District’s Senator, Dr. Dawn Buckingham. She is the daughter of one of our members, Carlisle Pearson. When not in legislation , Dr. Buckingham practices Ophthalmology in Westlake where she shares an office with her husband.
Senator Buckingham made history in 2017 as the first Republican ever elected from Travis County to the State Senate, as well as the first woman ever elected to the Senate from our district, District 24. At the end of her first session in the Senate she was named Co-Most Valuable Freshman of the session after passing a total of 39 pieces of legislation, with 100 percent signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. These included bills to provide tax relief, reduce the size and scope of government, eliminate waste and abuse, cut unnecessary regulations, protect public safety, defend veterans, streamline healthcare, encourage job creation and economic development in Texas.
In addition to her local service, Senator Buckingham was selected as one of ten participants from across the country to visit with President Trump and his key healthcare advisors in Washington D.C. sharing their expertise and advocacy for a more effective and affordable patient-centered healthcare system. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of UT-Austin, she and her husband Dr. Edward Buckingham both received their medical degrees from the Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The couple has two children in college.
In January our speaker was Whitney Nelson, local representative of The Refuge for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) which just opened in the Austin area in August of 2018. Most of us are unaware that sex trafficking is happening right here under our noses, even in the Lakeway area. Estimates are that 79,000 young adults and minors have been trafficked in the State of Texas alone.
The Refuge for DMST is a nonprofit organization that has developed The Refuge Ranch. It is home for up to 48 girls between the ages of 11 and 19 who have been rescued from sex trafficking. It provides long-term, onsite therapeutic care for the girls and includes a University of Texas Charter School program and a medical clinic with programs designed specifically for the development of child survivors. The Refuge is the largest single long-term, live-in rehabilitation facility in the United States.
Ms. Nelson will speak about the services offered at The Refuge Ranch, facts about the facility, information from studies being done by the University of Texas, Austin, participation opportunities and on-going fundraising efforts. As a member of the Connection Team for The Refuge her goal is to raise awareness of the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking. Ms. Nelson has a strong connection to the beautiful 50 acre parcel on which The Refuge is built since it was previously owned by her family. So, welcome back
In February our speaker was Admiral William H. McRaven, Retired. McRaven has been a major player in some of the most notable and impactive international events of recent history. He commanded the troops that captured Saddam Hussein and rescued Captain Phillips. He is also credited with developing the plan and leading the mission that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. As a combat veteran of Desert Storm and the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, he rose to the position of Commander of U.S. Special Operations, a combatant command charged with overseeing the special operations of elite forces of the United States Army, Marine Corp, Navy and Air Force.
McRaven recently retired as Chancellor of the University of Texas, one of the nation’s largest and most respected university systems and is himself a graduate of UT, Austin. As chief executive of the university system McRaven oversaw 14 campuses that educated 220,000 students, and employed 20,000 faculty and over 80,000 health care professionals. Widely recognized as an authority on U.S. foreign policy, McRaven has advised presidents and other U.S. leaders on defense issues. His speaking engagements typically focus on encouraging young people to be disciplined and goal-oriented, and to dare to change the world.
He has been recognized numerous times for his service and leadership with honors such as NFL Man of the Year, runner-up for Time magazine’s Man of the Year and The Donavan Award. His most recent recognition was the Judge William H. Webster Distinguished Service Award for a lifetime of service to the nation. McRaven will speak to the Women’s Club about lessons learned as a Navy Seal which will be the topic in his upcoming second book. His first book, “Make Your Bed” is a #1 New York Times Best Seller, and is frequently chosen as a graduation gift. McRaven resides in Austin with his wife Georgeann. He has three grown children and stays active with his writing, speaking engagements and board commitments.
Our speaker in March was Bernadette Nason, multi award winning comedic story teller, actress and narrator as well as published author. Nason hails from England, now lives in Austin and performs all over the world. As a storyteller Nason has been on the Texas Commission of the Arts Texas Touring Roster since 2002. Telling stories annually to over 30,000 students, Pre-K through high school. Every December she performs her critically acclaimed one woman version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol bringing vivid life to more than 30 characters.
She has also narrated Peter and the Wolf for the Austin Symphony’s Children’s Series and is a company member at Austin Playhouse. In June and July 2019, she will be narrating a selection of classical music at the ASO's summer series for children at the Austin Central Library. Nason will regale the Women’s Club members with a compilation of hilarious stories about being a fish out of water into various cultures from England to Libya and Dubai and then on to the culture shock of being British in Texas.
In 2017 she published Tea in Tripoli: A Memoir. Copies of which will be available at the presentation. The sequel, Dinner in Dubai, is a work in progress. She is currently working on a treasury of stories about dysfunctional Christmases around the world, Stealing Baby Jesus.
On April 22 the Women’s Club of Greater Lakeway will host speaker Steve Harvill, founder and President of Creative Ventures, a strategic consulting firm based in Dallas, Texas with Fortune 500 clients such as Apple, IBM, Samsung, American Express and Southwest Airlines, to name a few. Mr. Harvill will be speaking to Women’s Club about “Why We Love the Movies,” the #1 additional segment booked by his clients for their leadership training programs.
Developed by Harvill, the presentation was first used as a fund raiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and was a huge success. As entertaining as it is educational this unique presentation discusses the major elements of our movie experience; the story, the narrative art, music, emotions, psychology and the after effects of going to the movies. Included will be movie clips, music, interactive participation and Oscars for those who know their stuff. A seven-year resident of Lakeway, Harvill travels globally to service his clients.
He is the author of The DNA of Success, an Amazon best seller and The 21 Secrets of Million Dollar Sellers, which has been translated into 12 different languages and was named one of the Top 100 Sales Books Of All Time. Harvill and his wife Laura, a Women’s Club member, have two grown sons. The Harvill’s have made going to the movies a weekly activity for over 42 years.