Emily Ruth Cannon, President

Member since 2010
Husband: Chris Cannon
Neighborhood: Winnetka Heights
I joined RECPTA: Because Diane Sherman told me to

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Cynthia Paine-Drennan, VP Fundraising 2017-2018

Member since 2015
Past RECPTA positions/involvement: Sunshine meal volunteer, 2017 auction volunteer
Kid(s): R.B. "Trey" Drennan, 2.5 years old
Husband: Mark Drennan
Why I joined RECPTA: To meet other parents and kids in the neighborhood
Our neighborhood: Kessler Park
Kids school(s): Church of the Incarnation
Other job: Realtor with Dave Perry-Miller

I am a third-generation Dallasite and I grew up in North Dallas around Midway and Forest Lane.
I met my husband, Mark, in 1996 and he introduced me to everything Oak Cliff! We married in 2000 and that's when I started my residency in OC. I joke and say the only prenuptial agreement we had was that I would never move out of Oak Cliff, but trust me I never want to leave! I found out about RECPTA while at a local yard-sale (buying diapers!). The friendships I have in the neighborhood would probably not be possible without RECPTA, and I am forever grateful. 
Our first fundraising event will be pictures with Santa November 11th and 12th. Then, save the
date for your sweetheart- our annual auction will be February 9th and we'll be returning to the
wonderful Hall of State at Fair Park. We will also have a Spring fundraising event, so stay tuned
for all the details!


Sonya Hebert:
VP Membership 2017-2018

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Hello RECPTA, we hope you and your family are having a marvelous summer! RECPTA is reaching out to you today to let you know about an exciting opportunity! Thanks to a fabulous donor, RECPTA has a pair of FC Dallas vs New England Revolution game day tickets for this Saturday, July 4th! Game starts at 8pm at Toyota Stadium in Frisco and you will be CENTER STAGE for the action! seats are in section 106, row 11!

Due to the date of the game, RECPTA is not able to hold onto this donation until our next fundraising event. Therefore, RECPTA is reaching out to its members now in hopes that someone would like to take advantage and attend this amazing match!

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Katie Berry, RECPTA Past PresidentYesterday was my first child’s 18th birthday. When he was a year, I joined this group, with polite encouragement from Cindy Spence and undeniable persuasion from Laura Schlenker. She took me on my first retreat, and I’ve been hooked ever since. This group became my social world and still is.

I see myself when I notice all of you with your strollers, managing kids at the grocery store, swinging them at the park. And my heart fills with gladness. I remember that joy, but, just as clearly, I remember how taxing it was too. We needed each other for day-to-day physical and emotional support. And, we cooked up a lot of fun. I’ve had more fun in this group than in my whole life. And, I still can.

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Laura SchlenkerI love Founder’s Day.  I try to come every year.  Sometimes, events beyond my control prevent me from attending – like the time my child threw up on me and the front door step as we were headed out, or the time my kids burned my house down the day before (that’s a different topic for another day!).  But while the meaning of Founder’s Day for me has changed over the years, the anticipation has not.

When I was first involved in RECPTA, Founder’s Day gave me a look through a window into a community built on relationships.  The past presidents were usually asked to reflect back on their time in RECPTA, and the overriding theme always seemed to be “I met some of my best life friends in RECPTA.”  My life at the time seemed to be a lot more transient.  I didn’t grow up here, and when my kids were young, I wasn’t sure if I would remain in North Oak Cliff.  I was hoping someday I could say the same, but who knew?

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