The meeting of the German-Irish Society for the Preservation of Submarine Graffiti will now come to order Just kidding. But if you’re a joiner, you’ve definitely come to the right place. From rafting to gardening, cats to catamarans, there’s a group for almost every hobby or pursuit.
All-Breed Obedience Training Club. 7318 Brennans Drive, 75214. 821-3327. George Theriot, training director. Members gather on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. with their dogs to work on AKC obedience-basic commands plus scent discrimination, hand-signal recognition, etc. Dogs 3 months and up accepted. Another club, Daltex Schutz-hund, also directed by George Theriot, meets on Saturdays. Member dogs are taught (racking, obedience, prelection, and agility.
Anatares Yacht Club. 699-5811. A club for single sailors (and lovers of sailing). Sailing excursions include weekend floats on domestic lakes and trips to the Gulf Coast plus a 5-day cruise in the Bahamas,
Businessmen’s Flying Association of Dallas Inc. c/o Perry Maxwell. P.O. Box 802505, 75380. 233-1553. Founded in 1955 by a group of Dallas businessmen, the group works to promote safe flying and Dies a group of crippled children to Kerrville each year to attend the Lions Club camp. Monthly meetings.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society Inc. 8525 Garland Road, 75218. 327-3990; nursery office, 327-8263. Walter Durham, interim president. The 66-acre grounds and gardens are open to the public for picnicking and self-walking tours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (gates close at 7:30 p.m.). The historic DeGolyer house is open for tours. Call the DABS office for schedules.
Dallas Chess Club. 8020 Forest Lane, 75243. 553-9030. David Sewell, president. Devoted to the development and promotion of chess. Has junior chess activities. Call for information about sessions and tournaments.
Dallas Dance Council. 622 Bondstone Drive, 75218. 328-5901, 348-4116. Linda James, president. Works to support theater dance in the area. Supports all forms of dance, represents the dance community, and serves as a central information agency for dance.
Dallas Down River Club. 226-0125. President: John Childs. This club meets the third Thursday of each month at The Blue Ribbon Bar-b-que on Mockingbird to talk about the latest techniques in river rafting. The club has canvassed rivers from Texas to Colorado. All levels of skill; families welcome.
Dallas Fencers Club. Lake Highlands North Recreation Center. 670-7794. Secretary: Lee Martin. Duelists meet once a week to bout. Modem weapons such as the foil, the epee, and the saber are used at no cost to members. Tournaments are held during the fencing season (September through June). The club hosts the International Duel” in Dallas.
Dallas Historical Society. Texas Hall of State, P.O. Box 26038, 75226. 421-5136. John W. Grain, director. Maintains library, archives, and museum of local history. Provides special programs, including films and lectures.
Dallas Philatelic Society. 9537 Tarleton, 75218. 321-1218. Promotes knowledge of stamp collecting, holds auctions and swap-and-shop meetings. Accepts children as members.
Dallas Safari Club. 8585 Stemmons Freeway, Suite M17, 75247. 630-1453. John Former, executive director. Social hunting club that works in conservation and education areas in conjunction with the Dallas Ecological Foundation.
Dallas Summer Musicals Guild. P.O. Box 26188, 75226.565-1116. Karin Gale, chairman; Pat Rogers, president, A support group that gives parlies for performing casts and benefactors, raises money, and encourages enthusiasm ’ for the Summer Musicals.
Dallas Symphony Association Inc. P.O. Box 26207, 75226. Douglas Kinzey, director of marketing and public relations. Dedicated to the operations of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, now serving more than 550,000 patrons annually. Activities include classical and pop concerts, concerts in the park, recitals, youth, and handicapped con-certs. For tickets, call 692-0203.
Dallas Zoological Society. 621 E. Clarendon, 75203. 943-2771 Paula Schlinger, executive director. A support group for the Dallas Zoo. Membership benefits include free admission to the zoo. invitations to parties at the zoo, meetings, special lectures, travel opportunities, and a 10 percent discount at the Dallas Zoo Gift Shop.
Dog Training Club of Dallas County. P.O. Box 380104, Duncanville 75138. 780-7698. Linda Minick, registrar. A nonprofit organization interested in promoting responsible dog ownership, Members conduct classes for the public in dog obedience for the family pet, including puppy training (starting from 10 weeks).
The 500 Inc. 8300 Douglas, Suite 800, 75225. 361 -2011. A nonprofit organization that has raised more than $5 million for the cultural arts in Dallas during the past 22 years. Holds nearly 50 arts programs each war to educate its members. Fundraising events include Artfest on Memorial Day weekend at Pair Park and Montage, held in September in the Arts District.
Friends of Pair Park. The Magnolia Lounge at Fair Park. 426-3400. A fundraising support group for Pair Park that has sponsored such projects as the brick walkway at the park known as the Texas Promenade and the restoration of the Magnolia Lounge. They are also doing fundraising projects for restoration of the Fair Park murals. The president is Brent Byers and the executive director is Mary Ellen Degnan.
Historic Preservation League. 2902 Swiss Ave., 75204-9990.821-3290. Joe R. Wyman, executive director. Seeks to identify, protect, rehabilitate, and/or End new uses for Dallas’s historical, architectural, and cultural resources (including buildings, sites, and districts) and to conserve the character of Dallas important older neighborhoods and educate the public and elected officials on preservation issues.
Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc. P.O. Box 224199,75262. 720-1964 or 1965. Curtis L. King, founder and president. Sponsors classes in literary, visual, and performing arts. Produces performances such as Writer’s Showcases and the Jazz Bust in spring, fall, and summer that are open to the public.
Katamaran Association. (817) 649-1815. Commodore: Chris Kilbourn. The association meets weekends at Lake Grapevine for sailing, partying, and fun in the sun.
League of Women Voters. 2727 Inwood Rd. 351-4125. The league is an organization of men and women working to educate citizens and encourage their participation in government. The league studies issues and takes action on those issues. It is a nonpartisan organization that does not support one particular candidate or one particular party. The league operates on the local, state, and national level with approximately 600 members in the Dallas area.
Leprechaun Story League. 5835 Martel St., 75206. 823-4177. Mrs- Thomas J. Insall, contact chairman. Service group of accomplished storytellers. Visits nursing homes, children’s hospitals, and church groups to present folk tales, humorous stories, and Bible stories.
Lone Star Cat Club. 5019 Alcott St., 75206. 821-5602, Don Thompson, business manager. Affiliated with Cat Fanciers Association (CFA). Sponsors shows. Purpose is to teach the proper care and appreciation of cats. Clearinghouse for area specialty cat clubs.
Museum of Art League. 1717 N. Harwood, 75201. 922-0220, ext. 249. Jane Thau, president of the Museum League; Cindy Sunderman, president of the PM League. The two leagues are the volunteer/service arms of the museum with a combined membership of more than 1,400, with 600 active members. Activities include an annual fundraising Beaux Arts Ball, art-related trips, study courses, and lectures. The PM league is for professional members whose volunteer work and events are planned for evenings and weekends.
North Texas Ballooning Association. 704 Tumble-weed, Piano 75203. 423-9608. Contact: Glenn Moyer. These folks go up, up. and away to see the best of Texas. The club boasts more than 200 members.
TACA Inc. 2001 Ross Avenue, #380, Trammell Crow Center, 75201. 979-3400. Chairman: Julie Ingram. A nonprofit organization that raises money for the performing arts through an annual auction and ball. Beneficiaries include the Dallas Theater Center. Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Dallas Ballet, Theater Three, and the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. Also presents grants to the developing arts. Anyone can be a volunteer.
Texas Region of (he Antique Auto Club of America, 733 E. Jefferson, 75203. 942-2481. Jane Davie, original member. Members are dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of automobiles and automotive history. Monthly meetings and periodic tours.
Today’s Reviews. 6126 Averill Way. 75225. 691-6172. Lola Bourland, president. A book review and luncheon club that meets at 10:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center. 10011 Midway Road, from October through May. Primarily a senior citizens’ club. Review and luncheon are $8 each; $3 for the review only.
Texas Rugby Football Club. 826-6875. Contact: Paul Williams. For the past 18 years, members of the Texas Rugby Football Club have had kick-offs. knock-ons, line-outs. and scrums with other rugby union players. The club fields three learns plus an occasional “over 30s” crew. Practices are held twice a week.
Train Collectors Association. 9101 Windy Crest Drive, 75243. 348-3595 or 373-9469. Pat Neil, director. For all people interested in the preservation and trading of antique and toy trains. Also puts on displays.
WHITE ROCK LAKE
Built in 1910-1911, the lake covers 1,120 acres and runs twenty feet deep in places, with nooks and crannies that are home to largemouth bass, channel catfish, walleye, and red drum. But the lake’s real value escapes measurement: White Rock is to landlocked Dallas whit Central Park is to Manhattan-a softening, rejuvenating influence The area has few sights to compare to a sunset over White Rock, a paradise for joggers, bikers, dogwalkers, and tan-seekers. Von won’t be here long before you hear about the Lady of the Lake. the soggy apparition who, legend has it, wanders White Rock looking for a ride home. If you see her. tell her you’re new in these parts, and keep going.