2017 STATE CONVENTION
“Undaunted and More Determined Than Ever”February 10-12, 2017 Wyndham Garden Hotel & Woodward Conference Center, Austin Texas Dear TDW Members:
I know that we are all still in mourning over the results of the November 8th election. However, we do have some things to be proud of. Democrats picked up 5 seats in the Texas House and brought the Presidential margin to single digits. In many local races we significantly increased votes for Democrats. We have races to win in 2018 and 2020 and we need to build on this momentum.
I had hoped that 30th Anniversary Convention would be a celebration not only of 30 years of hard work and comraderie but also the election of the first woman President. It was not to be, and now we need to devote ourselves to more activist pursuits to fight the racism and bigotry that resulted in the election of Donald Trump. I know that the women and men of TDW are undaunted by this temporary setback and more determined than ever to advocate for Democratic candidates and ideals. Yes we will celebrate our anniversary, but I am also putting together workshops that will help us build on the successes we saw in Texas and expand them. There will also be a forum on Blue Ribbon Lobby Day which will be on April 4, 2017 (Equal Pay Day).
I wanted to remind you of some fast approaching deadlines:
December 13, 2016
Last day for all award nominations other than Star Awards. (Send nominations to Carol Jablonski at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to TDW Convention c/o Carol Jablonski, 17221 Earthwind Drive, Dallas, TX 75248.
Last day to submit your name for an Executive Board Position (Officer or Board Member). Please submit your name to Jennifer Halvorson at email@example.com.
Last day to reserve rooms at the Wyndham Garden Hotel and Conference Center at a reduced rate. Reduced rates are $112/night for a Standard King or Double; $122/night for an Executive King; and $132/night for a Casita Suite. Call 1-800-996-3426 and mention you are with Texas Democratic Women to receive a special rate. or go to www.wyndhamaustin.com online and click on Special Rates.
Then enter 02076702TX in group rates.
January 31, 2017
Last day for early bird special discounted convention package, discounted conference and designation of special meal requests such as vegan, gluten free etc. (We will try to honor requests after this date but can’t guarantee them). You can go online and register for the Convention at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/tdw2017registration.
February 5, 2017
In order to get an accurate meal count, we are asking that you purchase your Star Award Luncheon or Cocktail Reception and Gala Dinner tickets by this date to provide us with the most accurate meal count. However, we will try to accommodate people after this date.
February 12, 2017
Any chapter wishing to host the 2017 Summer Retreat should be prepared to make a presentation at the Board Meeting on this date.
Carol A Jablonski
President Elect and Convention Chair TDW