Blue Ribbon Lobby Day 2017

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Join Democratic and progressive women from across Texas for Blue Ribbon Lobby Day in Austin on Monday, April 10th. This is the only legislative event hosted specifically for Democratic and progressive women. A strong showing of Texans, proudly wearing blue, will focus attention on key women’s issues.

TDWHarris is sponsoring a bus leaving from Houston to the Capitol and back.  You can purchase a seat on the bus for $40 use our Act Blue Link

http://www.actblue.com/contribute/page/tdwharris_brld2017

If you need additional information please contact  barbara@gardneremploymentlaw.com

In addition to your bus seat, to join in the Lobby Day activities, you should buy a ticket from TDW.org at www.actblue.com/contribute/page/blueribbon2017.

 

 

2017 Women Making History Awards Luncheon

Texas Democratic Women of the Harris County
Metro Area’s 7th Annual

2017 Women Making History Awards

Honoring hardworking Harris County Women who have made outstanding
contributions toward Democratic causes in Harris County

Honorees

Olga Moya  *  Poppy Northcutt  *  Lillie Schechter  *  Evelyn Smith

Honorable Kim Ogg, Leadership Award
  Mayor Annise Parker as Master of Ceremonies

Saturday March 11, 2017  * 12:00 Noon to 2:00 p.m.

IBEW Hall, 1475 N Loop West, Houston TX  77008 (next door to HCDP HQ)

To learn more call Laura Nicol at 281-920-9002 or text 713-614-9633.

Download the Luncheon Flyer here (in pdf) includes all registration information.

Minutes – January 23, 2017

MINUTES OF JANUARY 23, 2017 MEETING
TEXAS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN OF HARRIS COUNTY METRO

Board members present: Laura Nicol, Mary Morrison, Kathy Stabe, Marie Dobay, Edna Griggs, Barbara Gardner, and Lenora Sorola-Pohlman.

President Laura Nicol called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Elected officials and candidates present at the meeting were: Lillie Schecter for Harris County Democratic Party Chair; and Rob Collier for Harris County Democratic Party Chair.

The January speakers were Diane Trautman, Harris County Department of Education trustee, who spoke about changes happening at HCDE since the November 2016 elections, and announced her candidacy for Harris County Clerk in 2018; and Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Houston Independent School District trustee for District 2, who spoke about the five seats on the school board which will be up for election in November 2017 and how to run for those positions. We also enjoyed a surprise visit from Wanda Adams, president of the Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees, who informed us about the recapture process to fund public schools in Texas, and why HISD is opposed to the “Robin Hood Law.”

An audience member asked about the volume of the broadcast of the school board meetings and it was suggested that concerned citizens could write the City of Houston regarding that issue, as the school board does not have direct control of the broadcast.

Reading of the minutes from the November 2016 meeting was waived and the minutes were accepted as written.

The Treasurer reported a balance of $8,971.00 in TDWHarris’ account.

Announcements:

  • The 7th annual TDWHarris Women Making History awards luncheon and fundraiser will be held on March 11, 2017. Flyers to purchase tickets and buy ads in the program were distributed. A request was made for volunteers to help at the luncheon with set-up, decorations, guest sign-in, and host duties.
  • An audience member inquired about vegetarian meal options at the luncheon. Laura Nicol said that efforts will be made to provide a vegetarian option if we are informed sufficiently in advance of the luncheon when the individual purchases a ticket.
  • Laura Nicol announced that she had personally sponsored a seat on the bus to Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March.
  • Barbara Gardner spoke about our statewide parent organization, Texas Democratic Women’s state convention in Austin on February 10-12, 2017.
  • Texas Democratic Women’s Star Award was presented by Barbara Gardner with the TDWHarris Board to President Laura Nicol and Board member Lenora Sorola-Pohlman.
  • Nomination was made and seconded to vote on the list of candidates for TDWHarris 2017 officers. Barbara Gardner was nominated and elected to serve as vice president; Mary Morrison was re-elected as treasurer; and Kathy Stabe was re-elected as secretary.
  • Members of TDWHarris were invited to join one or more of the committees which help TDWHarris run and accomplish our goals. An e-mail will be sent to everyone on the mailing list with more information and descriptions of each committee.
  • Virg Parks shared information about ACLU lobby training on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
  • Information about local groups such as Indivisible Houston was provided, including where to obtain a copy of Indivisible’s guide on what we can do to resist an authoritarian administration in the White House. The guide can be obtained online at https://www.indivisibleguide.com/download-the-guide.
  • Guests who were attending a meeting of TDWHarris for the first time were recognized and welcomed.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

State TDW STAR Awards – 2017 Board Members

2017 Board Members

Newly elected Board Members at January 2017 meeting congratulate Laura Nicol and Lenora Sorola-Pohlman on the State TDW STAR Awards

(Back Row L – R) Edna Griggs, Marie Dobay,  Mary Morrison, Kathy Stabe, and Barbara Gardner
(Front Row L – R) Lenora Sorola-Pohlman  and Laura Nicol

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2017 Women Making History Awards Luncheon

Texas Democratic Women of the Harris County
Metro Area’s 7th Annual

2017 Women Making History Awards

Honoring hardworking Harris County Women who have made outstanding
contributions toward Democratic causes in Harris County

Honorees

Olga Moya  *  Poppy Northcutt  *  Lillie Schechter  *  Evelyn Smith

Honorable Kim Ogg, Leadership Award
  Mayor Annise Parker as Master of Ceremonies

Saturday March 11, 2017  * 12:00 Noon to 2:00 p.m.

IBEW Hall, 1475 N Loop West, Houston TX  77008 (next door to HCDP HQ)

To learn more call Laura Nicol at 281-920-9002 or text 713-614-9633.

Download the Luncheon Flyer here (in pdf) includes all registration information.

Local Elections & How to Become a Candidate – January 2017 Meeting

January 2017 Meeting

Local Elections & How to Become a Candidate
with Rhonda Skillern-Jones & Diane Trautman

Ms. Skillern-Jones and Dr. Trautman will speak about the upcoming school board elections, and how local Democrats can get their names on the ballot and run for some of these open positions.

Rhonda Skillern-Jones is the District II representative on the HISD Board of Trustees. She is currently serving her second consecutive term as an HISD Board member. She has held several leadership positions on the Board, including Secretary, Vice President, and President. She also represents HISD on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors. Ms. Skillern-Jones has received numerous achievement awards and honors in recognition of her community and district efforts to enhance the lives of Houston children and citizens. She has a passion for education and children, and served HISD for 20 years in a volunteer capacity before joining the school board.

Dr. Diane Trautman is a former teacher, principal, and professor of education; and now holds the office of At Large member of the Harris County Board of Education. The seven-member Board decides how Harris County’s tax dollars are spent on programs provided by the Harris County Department of Education (HCDE). HCDE supports the educational needs of 25 school districts in Harris County, including HISD. Dr. Trautman earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University, where she helped to develop a new leadership theory as part of her doctoral dissertation, for which she received the NCPEA Dissertation of the Year award in 2001.

ANNOUNCEMENT:  TDWHarris will hold its elections for officers for 2017 at this meeting on January 23rd. Any member in good standing, who has paid their 2017 dues and has a minimum of six months experience as a member of TDWHarris may run for office, but you must be present at this meeting to vote, nominate a candidate, or be elected.

SNEAK PEAK: TDWHarris’s February meeting will take place on February 27, 2017. Our speakers will discuss the changes to the criminal justice system in Harris County following the inauguration of many newly elected Democrats to law enforcement, judicial, and prosecutorial positions in Harris County.

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Our meetings are on 4th Mondays, 7-8 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM for sign-in, snacks, and socializing.  We thank the Harris County Democratic Party and the party chair for graciously sharing their space, located on the ground floor of 1445 North Loop West, 77008.  Exit 610 at Ella, go east on the access road, and park behind the IBEW.

Our mailing address is:
Texas Democratic Women of the Harris County Metro Area
766 Thornbranch Dr
Houston, TX 77079

 

Minutes – November 28, 2016

MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 28, 2016 MEETING

TEXAS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN-HARRIS COUNTY METRO

 Board members present: Laura Nicol, Kathy Stabe, Mary Morrison, Marie Dobay, Almeda Dent, Lenora Sorola-Pohlman, and Edna Griggs

President Laura Nicol called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.. Elected officials present were: Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan; Judge Julia Maldonado of the 507th Family Court; and Judge Robert Johnson of the 177th Civil District Court.

The following announcements were made: Members were reminded of the Houston Independent School District run-off election for District 7 and invited to participate in phone banks and block walks and attend a meet-and-greet with candidate Anne Sung; TDWHarris is now accepting nominees for its annual Women Making History awards luncheon; in lieu of a meeting in the month of December, members were invited to attend a potluck holiday party at President Laura Nicol’s home and/or a party hosted by the Spring Branch Democrats at Fratelli’s Ristorante, with details to follow by e-mail; TDWHarris officers will be elected at the next meeting, on January 23, 2017; and members were invited to get more involved and join one of the various committees that are part of helping to keep TDWHarris running smoothly.

The minutes from the October 24, 2016 meeting were read and unanimously approved.

The Treasurer reported a balance of $9,000.00.

The November speaker was Keir Murray, who spoke about the results of the November 8, 2016 elections, including the fact that Harris County was flipped Blue, with every countywide position up for election in which there was a Democrat candidate going to the Democrat, and how Democrats need to focus on the mid-term elections in order to take back Congress from Republican legislators.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Minutes – October 24, 2016

MINUTES OF OCTOBER 24, 2016 MEETING

TEXAS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN-HARRIS COUNTY METRO

Board members present: Laura Nicol, Mary Morrison, Kathy Stabe, Marie Dobay, and Edna Griggs

President Laura Nicol called the meeting to order at 7:09 p.m.

Reading of the minutes from the September 2016 meeting were waived and the minutes were accepted as amended.

Reading of the Treasurer’s report was waived.

Announcements:

  • The annual TDWHarris Women Making History awards luncheon and fundraiser will be held on March 11, 2017.
  • In lieu of a meeting during the month of December, a holiday party will be held at the home of President Laura Nicol. Additionally, we have been invited to join the Spring Branch Democrats for their holiday party. Details will follow via e-mail.
  • We will elect new officers at the meeting in January. If you or anyone you know might be interested in serving as an officer of this organization, please let us know. We are also in need of members willing to serve as committee chairpersons.

The October speaker was Ann Harris Bennett, candidate for Harris County Tax Assessor/Collector and Voter Registrar. She spoke about the possibility of online voter registration and other ways Harris County can improve voter registration, as well as addressing corruption and disenfranchisement in Harris County.

 The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 p.m.

Minutes – September 26, 2016

MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 MEETING

TEXAS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN-HARRIS COUNTY METRO

Board members present: Laura Nicol, Mary Morrison, Kathy Stabe, Marie Dobay, Edna Griggs, and Almeda Dent

President Laura Nicol called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. Candidates present were: Marilyn Burgess for Harris County School Trustee, Position 2, Precinct 4; Ben Rose for Texas State Representative, District 134; and Jim Peacock for the Texas First District Court of Appeals. Elected officials present included Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson.

Reading of the minutes from the May meeting were waived and the minutes were approved.

The September speaker was Diane Trautman of the Harris County Board of Education, who spoke about the school-to-prison pipeline, the effect of zero tolerance policies, and legislation and training for educators and school officers to respond more appropriately to non-violent behavioral issues among students.

TDWHarris welcomed members and guests to join us to watch the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump for the 2016 presidential election.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Minutes – May 23, 2016

MINUTES OF MAY 23, 2016 MEETING

TEXAS DEMOCRATIC WOMEN-HARRIS COUNTY METRO

 Board members present: Laura Nicol, Kathy Stabe, and Edna Griggs

President Laura Nicol called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Candidates present were: Robert Johnson for the Harris County 177th Criminal District Court; Chip Wells for the 507th Family Court; Jermaine Tanner for the 507th Family Court; and Bill McLeod for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 1. Elected officials present were: Senfronia Thompson.

The minutes from the April 25, 2016 meeting were read and unanimously approved.

The President made announcements regarding the upcoming ROAD Women annual Heart of the City Brunch; and declared that Texas Democratic Women-Harris County Metro would not be holding meetings during the months of June, July, and August. In lieu of the monthly meetings, special events and outings would be planned.

The topic for the May speakers was human trafficking. Speakers were: Celena Vinson, Assistant Harris County Attorney and Coordinator of Nuisance Abatement Program, who spoke about how the Harris County Attorney’s office and the City of Houston are using civil lawsuits to shut down illicit businesses which harbor or profit from human trafficking victims; and Kathryn Griffin Grinan, who runs the largest re-entry services organization, in conjunction with Houston law enforcement, to rehabilitate prostitutes and help them leave lives of addiction and dependence on abusive pimps.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:12 p.m.