November 2014 Geneneral Meeting

Wednesday, November 19, 7 pm @ Los Jimadores in Bedford

Hi everyone! Let me start this message by announcing the date change for our November meeting. It is being held on Wednesday(!!), November 19 due to the Thanksgiving holiday on our regular meeting week. We’ll still be meeting at Los Jimadores as usual, and the meeting kicks off at 7:00. The focus of this month’s meeting is to hear from our local Democratic Party candidates, and most of those you supported have confirmed their attendance. Please come by, give your thank you’s, hear their stories of the campaign trail, and learn how we can all work differently next time for stronger results.

In club business, I am proud to announce our lineup for of the club board for 2015. As many of you know, Shelley Morales (Secretary) and Chris Hilbert (Fundraising Chair) are retiring from club leadership, and we thank them for their time and efforts over the years they have been serving as they have been dedicated to our club and to the causes we endeavor to champion. At our October meeting, we closed nominations for all positions, and we were able to hold a vote of acclamation to confirm each role. Replacing Shelley and Chris on the board will be Marva Allums and Richard Gaca, respectively. I’m excited to work with these two amazing individuals! Closing out the board will be Sean Hayward returning as Treasurer, Gary Livingston returning as Vice President, and myself returning as President.

2015 promises to be a year of rebuilding, both for the club coffers and for progressive causes. Please make sure you’re still a member in good standing by paying you annual $20 in club dues. Links below. Also, book your calendar for Saturday, January 3 for our New Year celebration!  More details to come, but we’re planning a pot luck dinner and party as part of a club re-enrollment event. Once we have a few more pieces finalized, I’ll send out a more detailed event listing, but until then, save the date as it will be a fun night!

If you’d like to get get a head start on renewing your dues, please click one of the links below:

To join as a Sustaining Member (monthly donation), please click:  http://goo.gl/pxhScS
To join as a regular member ($20 annually), please click:  http://goo.gl/DuirZo

Looking further down the road, we will be holding our Jim Wright Scholarship dinner in September. Anyone wishing to volunteer on the scholarship committee or dinner committee, please email me directly. We’d love your involvement in this wonderful cause and event!

Thank you all for an amazing year. We have our challenges to face, but as Democrats, we must hold our heads up high and keep looking ahead.

See you Wednesday.

Democratically Yours,
Clancy Cummings
President, Mid-Cities Democrats

Thank You All

As I’m writing this message tonight, about 24 hours after the polls closed, I know we’ve had plenty of time to reflect on the yesterday’s election results. As we do, I want us all to be thankful for the candidates who stepped up to the plate — candidates who put their hearts and souls into their campaigns. I personally see them as an inspiration, as they are the ones to go out and not just work on behalf of Democrats but for the people of this great state. We know this area is tough — that’s nothing new to any of us. It is an uphill battle from day one.  Yet our candidates fought tough and did what so few others have been willing to do.

So, to our local Democratic candidates — Tina, Libby, Cole, Nancy, Susan, Mark, Patrick, Gregory — THANK YOU. When I voted and saw the very many unopposed Republicans on the ballot, it made me appreciate your efforts even more. Thank you, on behalf of Mid-Cities Democrats, for being there for us.

Our next MCD meeting is Thursday, Nov. 20 at Los Jimadores. I’m extending a welcome to all of our family of candidates to come by and share with us their experiences of the election. To our MCD members, please come by yourself and give your thank you’s to those who worked so hard – the candidates, their staff, the block walkers, the donors, the phone bankers, and all. As progressives, we can only move forward.

I’ll have another message out next week detailing club business, but until then, see you on the 20th.

Democratically Yours,

Clancy Cummings
President, Mid-Cities Democrats

October 23rd Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, October 23 at Los Jimadores as we welcome Texas State Senator Royce West as our guest speaker.  We will also complete our board nominations that evening.