More details to come, but we’re planning our Forward 2015 membership party the evening of Saturday, January 3rd in Grapevine. Please mark it on your calendar to save the date!
Wednesday, November 19, 7 pm @ Los Jimadores in Bedford
Hi everyone! Let me start this message by announcing the date change for our November meeting. It is being held on Wednesday(!!), November 19 due to the Thanksgiving holiday on our regular meeting week. We’ll still be meeting at Los Jimadores as usual, and the meeting kicks off at 7:00. The focus of this month’s meeting is to hear from our local Democratic Party candidates, and most of those you supported have confirmed their attendance. Please come by, give your thank you’s, hear their stories of the campaign trail, and learn how we can all work differently next time for stronger results.
In club business, I am proud to announce our lineup for of the club board for 2015. As many of you know, Shelley Morales (Secretary) and Chris Hilbert (Fundraising Chair) are retiring from club leadership, and we thank them for their time and efforts over the years they have been serving as they have been dedicated to our club and to the causes we endeavor to champion. At our October meeting, we closed nominations for all positions, and we were able to hold a vote of acclamation to confirm each role. Replacing Shelley and Chris on the board will be Marva Allums and Richard Gaca, respectively. I’m excited to work with these two amazing individuals! Closing out the board will be Sean Hayward returning as Treasurer, Gary Livingston returning as Vice President, and myself returning as President.
2015 promises to be a year of rebuilding, both for the club coffers and for progressive causes. Please make sure you’re still a member in good standing by paying you annual $20 in club dues. Links below. Also, book your calendar for Saturday, January 3 for our New Year celebration! More details to come, but we’re planning a pot luck dinner and party as part of a club re-enrollment event. Once we have a few more pieces finalized, I’ll send out a more detailed event listing, but until then, save the date as it will be a fun night!
If you’d like to get get a head start on renewing your dues, please click one of the links below:
Looking further down the road, we will be holding our Jim Wright Scholarship dinner in September. Anyone wishing to volunteer on the scholarship committee or dinner committee, please email me directly. We’d love your involvement in this wonderful cause and event!
Thank you all for an amazing year. We have our challenges to face, but as Democrats, we must hold our heads up high and keep looking ahead.
See you Wednesday.
President, Mid-Cities Democrats
We generally meet on Thursdays, but due to the holiday schedule, we’re moving it up a week and a day to Wednesday, Nov. 19. We still start at 7 pm at Los Jimadores.
As I’m writing this message tonight, about 24 hours after the polls closed, I know we’ve had plenty of time to reflect on the yesterday’s election results. As we do, I want us all to be thankful for the candidates who stepped up to the plate – candidates who put their hearts and souls into their campaigns. I personally see them as an inspiration, as they are the ones to go out and not just work on behalf of Democrats but for the people of this great state. We know this area is tough — that’s nothing new to any of us. It is an uphill battle from day one. Yet our candidates fought tough and did what so few others have been willing to do.
So, to our local Democratic candidates — Tina, Libby, Cole, Nancy, Susan, Mark, Patrick, Gregory — THANK YOU. When I voted and saw the very many unopposed Republicans on the ballot, it made me appreciate your efforts even more. Thank you, on behalf of Mid-Cities Democrats, for being there for us.
Our next MCD meeting is Thursday, Nov. 20 at Los Jimadores. I’m extending a welcome to all of our family of candidates to come by and share with us their experiences of the election. To our MCD members, please come by yourself and give your thank you’s to those who worked so hard – the candidates, their staff, the block walkers, the donors, the phone bankers, and all. As progressives, we can only move forward.
I’ll have another message out next week detailing club business, but until then, see you on the 20th.
President, Mid-Cities Democrats
Please join us on Thursday, October 23 at Los Jimadores as we welcome Texas State Senator Royce West as our guest speaker. We will also complete our board nominations that evening.
Our August meeting will be held on Thursday, August 28 at Los Jimadores in Bedford. We will be featuring Gregory Perry, Nancy Bean, Susan Motley, and Cole Ballweg.
Our Pajama-Rama Fundraiser was quite the success last year and we are bringing it back!
This year we have MANY wonderful Democrats who are running for local, state, and federal positions…they all need OUR help!
This is one way we can pool our money together and make a difference!
Please join our fundraiser today!
Happy summer, everyone! It’s getting finally getting pretty hot out there, and at MCD we’re getting ready for a heated election season!
I have a couple of quick and important announcements. First, Mike Patino, president of Mid-Cities Democrats for the last 1.5 years, has stepped down from that position as he pursues other ways of turning Texas blue. With Mike’s resignation at our executive board meeting last night, we followed the line of succession in our by-laws, and I am currently acting as president of the club during an interim period. We thank Mike for his many years of service and dedication to our cause.
With my revised role, we’ll be appointing an interim VP, and the Board and I hope to have that worked out by the time of our July meeting. I will keep you posted!
Speaking of our July meeting, it is scheduled for July 24 at Los Jimadores. As always, arrive by 6:30 if you plan to eat; the general meeting will kick off at 7 pm. At our July meeting, we have both Libby Willis and Tina Penney scheduled to speak. Be prepared for a call to action! Both Democratic candidates need your help!
For those of you who have missed them in the past few months, we’ve co-hosted fund raisers for Shane Hardin in Keller, Nancy Bean in Arlington, and Cole Ballweg, also in Arlington. I am looking forward to renewing our interest in local, Mid-Cities Democrats and progressive causes.
In closing today, I enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces at the Texas State Democratic Party Convention in Dallas last month. And, I look forward to seeing you at our July meeting and future events. Again, we thank Mike for the work he has done. Please join me as we move forward.
Team USA battles for the World Cup this Sunday June 22nd.
Cole Ballweg battles for the future of our State on November 4th.Come out to J Gilligan’s T 4 pm and support them both! You can pledge funds for each goal, fight, yellow card, or fake injury.
The Mid-Cities Democrats will be matching funds, so this is an opportunity to really make it count!
To learn more or to RSVP, please visit the FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/664748570241119
Bring your friends, and GO USA!