While the weather has been pretty gloomy this winter, Texas Democratic Women members were fired up at our annual Business meeting and Convention in February. While at times it was fervent, what more can you expect from a group of passionate women? A big congratulations to all of our Star Award winners, our wonderful Chapter Achievement winners, Bell County, Brazos Valley, Central Texas, North Dallas, and Tarrant County. Check out our website for the criteria. I would love to give out Achievement awards to every TDW chapter next year. We had several outstanding newsletters entered, so choosing the best was no easy feat, but Bexar County was awarded outstanding newsletter with Tarrant County being award second. The scrapbook category was so good, that it was a tie. Congratulations to Caldwell County and Bell County for spending the time (which was a lot) to share your year with us.
When choosing a theme for the year, I thought, “What is it we want to accomplish this year?” I chose Building the Pathway to a Blue Texas. Turning Texas blue will not happen overnight but we will do it one brick at a time if we have to. The Republicans think that they have taken the will to fight out of us, but what they don’t realize is they just increased our motivation. We won’t stop our mission. We will turn Texas Blue. We will do it by lobbying the legislature on issues that affect all women, equal pay, women’s health and education. We will turn the capitol blue on April 14th, which happens to be fair pay day, with Democratic women from across the state gathering to let them know we are not going away. TDW members will be leading the way and this year we want to have an even bigger number. We want to say to the Republicans that while we may have lost in November, our numbers are growing and our voices will be heard. You cannot claim victory when less than 50% of Texans vote. So chapters and members, make plans today to be at the Capitol on April 14th. For more information and to register go to: www.blueribbonlobbyday.com.
See you at the Capitol!
President, Texas Democratic Women