Arlington-on-Tap. A few of our Ambassadors and I attended "Arlington on Tap" hosted by O.K. Carter (retired Star-Telegram reporter and knowledgeable about all things "Arlington") at the Arlington Music Hall. It was sponsored by our friend, Mark Joeckel of Arlington Proud, and our friend Corey Callaway of Callaway Financial.com and the magazine he represents "Arlington Today" (some of you may recall that Corey furnished refreshments for one of our Ambassadors' meetings last year).
I had not been inside the Music Hall since it was renovated and it was so nice (big space for gathering, drinking, eating). I had intended to take a tour of the actual music hall (stage, auditorium, etc.) after Mel's talk, but just before he finished his talk, the tornado sirens went off outside. O.K. Carter came to the mic and suggested that we all clear out and head for home/safety immediately.
The speaker was Mel LeBlanc, PhD, former Arlington Councilman, who gave an interesting talk "Developing a Personal Philosophy" while explaining his sudden and painful resignation from his City Council seat when some of his personal foibles became public (methamphetamine use, arrest, prostitutes, etc.). He talked about the lessons learned and how to recover from the shame of all that. He mentioned that his loving wife stuck with him through the good and the bad and they have a happy marriage. He has found work that he loves (botanist for a 2200-acre ranch in this area) and sometimes teacher at UTA. It was inspiring to hear how he has made a happy life for himself in spite of all those troubles. I'm sure that gives hope to people who make some of the same mistakes and lets them know it doesn't have to destroy your life forevermore.
Arlington on Tap won't meet during the summer but when they start up again in September, the first speaker will be Jeff Williams, Arlington Mayor. I'm already looking forward to that meeting and I will post the details when available so you can attend if you wish.
Elva Roy is the Founder of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.