Message from the President — continued

The increased level of member participation and involvement will be critically important to maintaining momentum into 2018 and beyond. The coming year will offer opportunities for us to seize the initiative and elect Democrats at the local, state and federal levels. We must maintain and grow our membership, a growth that has been publicly recognized by spokespersons for the other political party. We must harness the increased numbers and passion to assist our candidates in the many ways that make for successful campaigns — door knocking, phone-calling, donating and, of course, voting.

Your club has made communication a high priority this past year. A new web site, easily navigated and user-friendly, has provided up-to-date information and access to important developments at various levels of government. The web site has provided easy access to candidates’ campaign websites and the information that they convey. We want to hear from members about ways to enhance this communication and our e-mails as well.

December 11 marked the deadline for candidates filing for office. Political commentators note that increased numbers of Democrats filed to contest offices at all levels. This development reflects the impressive pool of highly qualified individuals who are not willing to accept conventional “wisdom” that Williamson County is irretrievably red. The large number of declared Democratic candidates is heartening, and our unifying behind nominees will be crucial to our chances of success. After our primaries are decided, our IMPACT committee will move into high gear and identify candidates for our financial support. IMPACT has raised unprecedented funds in 2017 and the significant support from the Sun City Democrats will be clear.

One of the advantages of membership is the ability to participate in our groups. We now have three wine tasting groups (a third one added late this year, filled up immediately and now has a waiting list).  Our happy hours, held twice a month, are well attended. Progressive Singles meets regularly. Our discussion group meets monthly and often has guest speakers.

Our monthly general meetings have been particularly well attended during 2017. The speakers have been erudite and well-informed and the topics have been of keen broad interest. We intend to continue this trend with speakers who can talk to our values and objectives. The meetings also enable us to keep you updated on club activities and plans.

All of the foregoing is only possible with the active assistance of members and the sage advice of a committed set of officers and directors. I personally want to thank all of you for making 2017 such a successful year and for teeing us up for an even greater 2018.

Happy Holidays, Larry Buxbaum