Dear Fellow Democrats:
As 2019 has come to a close, it is time to reflect upon the accomplishments of our club.
At our March meeting, the membership adopted the amendments to the bylaws which the Board designed to increase both transparency and participation by our membership.
Community: One of our goals this year was to take action to build our sense of community. To that end we created a new group, Austin Music Live, to provide opportunities for our members to hear music in Austin and elsewhere, including here in Sun City. We added a fourth Wine Club for our members to gather, sample wines, and converse with like-minded folks. Also in the works is a newly created Women's Coffee Group, which will debut early in 2020. In July we had a well-attended brunchnic, a gathering of our members early in the day at Cowan Pavilion before the summer heat took hold. In the fall we held our first ever golf event, which we intend to make at least an annual affair. We switched to environmentally friendly cups at our events.
Monthly meetings were highlighted by speakers on climate change, healthcare, the Texas Democratic Party's plans for 2020, Planned Parenthood, and a review of the 2019 Texas legislative session.
Leadership changes in 2019. I was elected by our Board in April to follow Larry Buxbaum who resigned after 2 years as President. At the start of the year we welcomed Catherine Morales as Communications Chair and Paula Mulhearn as Activists Chair. Catherine led her Committee in reinvigorating our website, introducing a revamped email system, and giving our membership ability to pay dues online. Paula and her Committee have been working tirelessly to register voters and planning for the January 18, 2020 Women's March. Later, Sandy Block came on board as Membership Chair and former Club President Dwaine Boydstun took over as Program Chair.
Donations: To meet our goal of electing Democrats, the Club donated to IMPACT the maximum $500 legally allowable. With membership input, we are donating $2,000 to the immigrant assistance group RAICES, $1,000 to Planned Parenthood, $500 to the Caring Place, and $500 to the Annunciation Maternity Home, a Georgetown charity which provides free care for young women facing an unplanned pregnancy and up to two year's care for the mother and her child.
Our membership is climbing toward the over 700 members which we had in 2018. Our Club is financially sound with over $15,000 in the bank.
The Board and I look forward to working to elect Democrats locally, statewide, and nationally in 2020.
Thank you for your continued support.
President, Sun City Democrats Club