Dye guest author of The Irving Club


The Irving Club is hosting its annual Author’s Tea on March 21 at 2:30 p.m. in the Lyceum of the Clark Library. The club’s guest author is Captain Dale Dye.

Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the library circulation desk (cash or check only).

Dye lives in Lockhart and is widely known for being a consultant to Hollywood on War Movies. 

Dye is one of the most recognized and respected players in the movie and TV industry. His work has had a huge effect both behind and in front of the cameras, particularly in projects with a military theme. He has been credited with single-handedly changing the way Hollywood makes war movies.

Dye is a native of Southeast Missouri. In 1962, he graduated as a cadet officer from Missouri Military Academy with hopes of attending the U.S. Naval Academy. When that failed and there was no money available for college, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and reported to boot camp in January 1964. He served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1967 through 1970 surviving 31 major combat operations.

He emerged from Southeast Asia highly decorated including the Bronze Star with V for Valor and three Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat. He spent 13 years as an enlisted Marine, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant before he was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School. Appointed a Warrant Officer in 1976, he later converted his commission and was a Captain when he was sent to Beirut with the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in 1982-83. He served in a variety of assignments around the world and along the way managed to graduate with a degree in English from the University of Maryland.
As a lifelong movie buff with a special penchant for war movies, Dale decided to head for Hollywood when he retired from active duty in 1984. His idea was to see if he could help make war movies more realistic and improve screen portrayals of military men and women. He founded Warriors, Inc., a business with the stated agenda of shining some long-overdue positive light on the people who serve and sacrifice in American military uniform past, present and future. Over the years, Dye built his business into the premier military consultancy to motion pictures and television employing his well-respected, rugged and realistic method of fully immersing actors in a boot camp-style training program before the cameras roll. To date his firm has worked on more than fifty movies and TV shows including several Academy Award and Emmy winning productions. To further his agenda, Dale also founded Warriors Publishing Group which publishes a premium slate of military-themed books written by veteran authors.
Dye is a published novelist, screenwriter and director as well as a consummate character actor with critically acclaimed appearances in many films and television productions. He is a frequent speaker to business and civic groups on the application of military planning and organizational leadership principles to other organizations.
More information on his military and show business careers can be found at www.warriorsinc.com.

The Irving Club

The Irving Club is synonymous with the library and it is impossible to imagine one without the other. 

The Irving Club is the second oldest Women’s Federated Club in the State of Texas. Founded in September 1896, the ladies of this club met over the M.M. Blanks general store. They named themselves for the noted author Washington Irving. In 1897 they joined the newly formed Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs.

For years they endured and flourished in several locations around town. While it may have been a surprise to the town of Lockhart to learn that Dr. Clark had left them the money to build a library, it was certainly no surprise to anyone when he named nine members of the Irving Club to the Board of Trustees for the library. It was this Board of Trustees that ordered the building to be built and that the building should include a single room off a balcony gallery for the Club to meet.

The first meeting in the Irving Club Room was held on Feb. 20, 1900. 

The Irving Club continues to meet here and the furnishing are all original to the room. The Club has served at various times as a literary club, a newcomers club, a library auxiliary and a ladies Chamber of Commerce.

Folklore relates the story of Dr. Clark and his love for a member of the Irving Club. As the tale goes, Dr. Clark fell in love with Mamie Steele, who was a member of the Irving Club. Steele did not return his love and married another. According to the legend, Dr. Clark never recovered from his love of Steele and his bequest to the city was in fact his tribute to Mamie Steele and his un-requited love.

The Irving Club meets in the Lyceum monthly on the third Tuesday of the month (September through April) at 2:30 p.m.

The purpose of the Irving Club is to furtherinterest in literature and pursuit of educational projects selected by Club. Membership is open to anyone.


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