January  2019

DISCUSSION GROUP (new leader, alternate time and timely topic on JOBS and trade wars!),  NEW YEAR’S HAPPY HOURS, MONTHLY MEETING featuring our own ACTIVISTS! NEW MUSIC APPRECIATION GROUP.  FACEBOOK PAGE PARTICIPATION.

1.  DISCUSSION GROUP:  Attendees at the Discussion Group on January 9 will find the presentation slides HERE

On January 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. (note time is different from usual 2 p.m.) at Cowan Creek, Jarrell Room.

JOBS — Tariffs and Trade Wars won’t Solve Job Issues

Our new Discussion Group Leader, Gerry Keller, will facilitate a discussion on this hot topic.

Gerry is a native Texan who grew up on a farm and ranch southeast of San Antonio. He learned to work hard at an early age and received a BBA degree from U of Texas in Industrial Management. After graduation, he worked as an Industrial Engineer, before getting into manufacturing management. He also attended night classes and earned an MBA from Texas State University.

Most of his career he worked for technology companies in electronics and semiconductor manufacturing. These assignments gave him an opportunity to live, travel and work Internationally. This exposure gave him the opportunity to study different manufacturing philosophies and experiment with these techniques.

His views on jobs in the future are strongly affected by these observations and the experiences gained over these last 45+ years.

THIS IS A DISCUSSION YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS! The way to convert our “red” neighbors, to see reason, is by educating ourselves to enable answers to their Trumpisms.

2.  HAPPY HOURS:
Thanks to Mulligan’s, our Happy Hours are scheduled on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (time change). See you on January 23, 2019. Bring friends! Order from waitstaff on patio rather than the bar.  Mulligan’s has a policy change that affects all large groups.  An 18% gratuity will be automatically added to all orders.  And remember to RSVP by email to Cathy Melendez at cmelendez1950@gmail.com if you are coming.

3.  MONTHLY MEETING, PROGRAM AND CALL TO ACTION:

The first Sun City Democratic Club meeting of the new year will be Saturday January 19, 2019 meeting in the Sun City Ballroom at 10:00 a.m. (coffee and social at 9:30)

This meeting will be devoted to the Activist Group and the importance and effectiveness of activism. Information about the Rally for Reproductive Rights, scheduled for later that day, will be presented by Pat Perkison who will discuss what our Activists do and outline plans for the new year.

Following the meeting, if enough of us want to participate, we’ll charter a bus to attend the 45th TX Roe V Wade Rally in Austin at 2:00 p.m. on the South steps of the TX state capitol, 100 Congress Avenue.

This is a rally sponsored by the Texas Reproductive Rights organization.

INTERESTED IN A BUS TRIP TO AUSTIN?

The Activist group needs to gauge the level of interest in riding a bus to the rally. Please email ASAP to let Pat Perkison know if you are interested in riding a bus to Austin. The cost usually runs about $20 per person. If there is enough interest, she will notify you and begin the process of filling and scheduling buses! If you are seriously interested, please RSVP at: pat.perkison@suddenlink.net

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest”

…Ellie Wiesel

(Ellie was a Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor. He authored 57 books, written mostly in French and English, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.)

4.  NEW MUSIC GROUP OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE AUSTIN AREA MUSIC SCENE

We here in Sun City are but a short distance from “The Live Music Capital of the World.” So an “Austin Music Live” Interest Group has been created for the Club which I am leading. The CA covers the big name/big venue shows fairly well, so the focus would be on the smaller venues in Austin (3Ten, Saxon Pub, El Mercado, Antone’s, etc.) and also the Cultural Activities Center in Temple which hosts a Texas Music Series and The Globe Theater in Bertram, which has Jack Ingram on January 18. The artists will be those who make up the special brand of Austin music: singer-songwriter, roots rock, blues, and honky-tonk. These acts tend to promote progressive ideas.

I was greeted by a couple from Sun City Democrats at the recent concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Byrd’s record seminal to country-rock “Sweetheart of the Rodeo.” I know the interest is out there.

Recent examples of acts I’ve seen: Ray Bonneville, Gurf Morlix, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, Radney Foster, Bill Kirchen and Redd Volkaert, Tomar and the FCs, Nakia and the Blues Grifters, and John Fullbright.

I’d try to schedule one a month. With the Solos group I took groups by 54 and 32 passenger buses, 15 passenger hired van, and carpool.

If you’re interested in joining this group please email me at mikeshay315@msn.com

Because as Neil Young says: “Live music is better.”

Mike Shay

5.  FACEBOOK SUNCITYDEMS GROUP PAGE PARTICIPATION:

SunCityDems members host a great communication tool, just for us. This group only allows comments by people who request access and are accepted by page administrators. This is growing into a major source of questions answers and opinions for us. Hone your arguing skills and learn what others are thinking. Name calling and shaming are not allowed. Additionally, you can see what other groups such as Public Citizen are up to. See you there!

6.  RENEW MEMBERSHIP NOW 

Renew your membership for 2019 so we can continue our great work and add to Democrat victories and restore sanity to government! Dues are $20 a year and are renewable at the beginning of each calendar year. Send your name, address, email address, and phone number, along with a check for $20 per person to:

Sun City Democrats Club
1530 Sun City Blvd, Suite 120,PMB#432
Georgetown, TX 78633

Or – you can bring $20, check or cash to the January 19 membership meeting.

BOARD OFFICERS FOR 2019:

President: Larry Buxbaum
Vice President: Roberto Melendez
Program: Reid Heddleston
Communication: Catherine Morales
Membership: Marianne Chmeleck
Treasurer: Hanna Hooper
Social: Cathy Melendez
Events: Pat Prudhom
Groups: Vicki Simons
Secretary: Mary Siska

it is important for members to step up and volunteer to help lead our extremely successful group. Members are always invited to attend monthly board meetings and to send suggestions to board members!