TDW Executive Board
TDW Board of Advisors
Versalean Logans (Anderson)
Laura Allen (Bell)
Mary Ho (Bell)
Pamela Neal (Bell)
Verna Blackwell Hilario (Bexar)
Liz McGinty (Caldwell)
Roseanne Scott (Capital Area)
Nancy E. Bryant (Central Texas)
Colleen Haley (Central Texas)
Robbi Boone (Comal)
Loretta Brister (Eastland)
Nancy Cannaday (Ellis)
Joe Gatling (Ellis)
Kathleen Keller (Hill Country)
Emily Kinney (Hood)
Treva Watson (Hopkins)
Jewel Green (Nacogdoches)
Trudy Hess (North Dallas)
Mary Jane Stevenson (North Dallas)
Susan Barrick (South Plains)
David Card (Tarrant)
Cindy Bass James (Tarrant)
Vera A. Roberts (Tarrant)
Dorothy Dubose Scherr (Tarrant)
Brenda Jo Amos (Wichita Falls)
Special President Awards
Ann Price (Greater Arlington/Mansfield)
Lize Burr (Capital Area)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Wilma & Ken Allen (Bell)
At Women’s Convention, Davis Targets Abbott Over Nugent
The Texas Tribune
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Saturday joined Texas Democratic Party leaders in criticizing Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for campaigning with controversial rocker and conservative firebrand Ted Nugent.
“This isn’t about some aging rock star way past his prime that simply needs to go away,” Davis said during her remarks at the Texas Democratic Women Convention in Austin. “This is about Greg Abbott. It’s about his character, his judgment, his values when he stands on a stage next to someone like that and refers to him as his ‘blood brother.’” Read entire story at the Texas Tribune
Senator Wendy Davis, Democratic candidate for Texas Governor, discussed Greg Abbott “palling around” with sexual predator Ted Nugent on Saturday at the TDW Convention when she said,
“His (Greg Abbott’s) values are not my values and I know his values aren’t yours. And, given the cozy relationship he has with an admitted sexual predator, his values are not Texas values…
If that wasn’t clear enough for you, Senator Davis drove it home:
“We won’t let politicians hide behind the venom and the ugly history of predatory acts targeting underage girls by their campaign surrogates,” said Davis. “Let me make this very clear. This isn’t about some aging rock star way past his prime who simply needs to go away. This is about Greg Abbott. It’s about his character, his judgment, his values when he stands on a stage next to someone like that and refers to him as his blood brother.”
Senator Leticia Van de Putte will address the TDW convention at 8:45 then Senator Wendy Davis will address us at 9:00. Both of these will be on Saturday and they must be kept on this schedule as they have flights to make.
Pride, Power and Purpose!
We have an exciting convention planned. Check out the agenda so you can decide which meetings and events are important to you. Do you want to learn more about fundraising, getting women to the polls and turning Texas blue, or have you been wondering what Battleground Texas is all about? Want to know who will be speaking? Where and when are the social events? What about awards and honorees?
Please click the link to view the TDW Convention agenda as of January 15th 2014.
A Word from Your President-Elect
Immediately upon my election as your 2013 President-Elect, I was given a timeline and a “to-do” list for TDW’s 2014 convention. Plus, I inherited a minimum of 5 large plastic crates of papers and past TDW convention programs. After securing the hotel and our room rates for the convention, the next task at hand was deciding upon a theme for our convention.
As I began my contemplations, I looked back at past convention themes, reread the ‘History of TDW” which was written by two of our founders – Anne Mauzy and Jo Ann Jenkins and began to think about TDW’s future. I realized that the theme of our convention was a daunting task which should not be taken lightly or flippantly. The theme should encompass who we are, what we have accomplished and what we hope for the future. Wanting to build upon that foundation I sought advice from past TDW presidents and experts in the field of journalism thus the theme – TDW Pride, Power and Purpose was chosen.
The theme has three components and I believe is self-explanatory but please allow me to expound on each of the components.
Pride. We should be proud of ourselves as women, as Democrats and as Texas Democratic Women. The mantra, “You’ve Come a Long Way Baby,” is true but we have still got a long way to go – this past Texas legislative session and special sessions truly exemplified how much farther women in Texas have to go to be treated equally and fairly.
Power. We know men in Texas government have the power but there are more women than men and united we can change the political climate in Texas. Our single donations to a candidate might not make a difference but when we combine all those donations into one check that makes a very significant impact and a very LOUD voice for women and the issues we support.
I was one of “unruly mob” in the Senate gallery on the night of June 25, 2013 as the chants of “Let Her Speak” grew louder and the clock ticked closer to midnight, a state DPS trooper was standing beside me as the Senate gallery usher came to him and shouted, “Get them out, get them out now.” The DPS trooper replied, “Where do suggest we take them? Have you looked outside the gallery doors – it is not safe out there.”
Yes, there is power when we are united in solidarity!
Purpose. The purpose of TDW is to promote the increased political activity and influence of Democratic women in Texas politics and government. With your participation and assistance we can accomplish our purpose.
Come to our 2014 convention. I have attempted to develop an agenda with opportunities for everyone to get involved – plus the opportunity to spend money at the silent auction and at the vendor’s booths. We will have training events on both Friday and Saturday afternoons, our annual business meeting with election and installation of our 2014 officers, Star Awards Luncheon with Wendy Davis’ Deputy Campaign Director, Terrysa Guerra as our featured speaker, a pink sneaker parade, the 2014 Democratic Candidates Forum, opportunities to network with women from across our great state in the hospitality suite as well as at Esther’s Follies, then in conclusion, we will have the Gala Reception and Awards Dinner as we honor our award recipients and then as we are addressed by our keynote speaker, U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham.
This is an exciting time for Democrats in Texas and we have the potential to have a history-making impact. Please make your plans to join us in Austin for the 2014 TDW convention if you are unable to attend please consider making a donation or sponsoring a table.
Hopefully, I will see you in Austin on February 21 and 22.
With Pride, Power and Purpose,
TDW President-Elect and 2014 Convention Chair
The By Laws Committee-members have looked at the current By Laws and suggested some changes and some wording ‘clean up’ for clarification. These will also be emailed to the chapters. We will vote on these at the convention. Thanks to the committee headed by Ravelle Kundinger for their work. There will be explanations at the convention or you may contact me or Ravelle.
* Note: A an incorrect version was posted on January 9th. This is the correct version as of January 20th, 2014.
One might ask, “how can we be involved, we are only a small chapter from a very small town in the middle of no where Texas?’
Getting Your Chapter Involved in the Convention:
- Send members to convention – some chapters are able to financially assist their members with convention costs (bake sales, garage sales, tamales sales, etc)
- Nominate Stars from your chapter – the number of Stars a chapter submits is unlimited and costs your chapter $50 for each Star
- Nominate persons for the other awards
- Donate 2 items from your chapter for the Silent Auction
- Have your chapter sponsor a table at the Saturday night gala
- Forward the names and contact information for potential donors to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-715-3157
- Forward names and contact information for Democratic candidates to me at the above email address
- Volunteer to assist – there are many tasks that need completing prior to and during convention