Don and Wanda recieve Award

Don Boren and Wanda Conlin recognized for commitment to planning in East Fort Worth

Wanda Conlin and Don Boren.

Two longtime and vocal supporters of East Fort Worth will be honored this month by the Midwest Section of the American Planning Association-Texas Chapter.

Planning Advocate Award-Don Boren

Don Boren, West Meadowbrook Neighborhood Association past president, has been a resident of East Fort Worth for more than 30 years. A graduate of Polytechnic High School and Texas Wesleyan University, he was a part of the management team at John Peter Smith Hospital and later HCA Healthcare.

Most people remember him for the 15 years he spent at Bergeron's TV and Appliances on Meadowbrook Drive. After marrying Wanda Conlin in 2001, Boren moved to West Meadowbrook and bought Kwik Kopy Printing on Handley Drive.

Boren served on the city's Urban Villages Project Selection Committee in 2006. Urban villages are designated as urbanized places that encourage a concentration of jobs, housing, commercial uses, public spaces, public transportation and pedestrian activity. These denser villages are meant for traditional mixed-use development, or complementary uses located close together. This committee reviewed possible sites based on a number of criteria, including the potential for social and economic redevelopment. The two-year task force was successful in identifying urban villages that are still rapidly evolving 12 years later.

Boren is chairperson of the City Plan Commission, representing District 8.

Planning Advocate Award-Wanda Conlin

Wanda Conlin has lived in West Meadowbrook in two different houses on Martel Street for 48 years. The open space behind her home in the Scenery Hill area is her favorite place to walk.

Conlin has served as president of East Fort Worth Business Association, Shakespeare in the Park and Historic Preservation Council for Tarrant County. She was past chairperson of the City Plan Commission for seven of the nine years that she served on that commission. She currently serves on the city's Zoning Commission.

When the COVID-19 pandemic became a reality for North America in early 2020, the state's governance temporarily suspended a limited number of open-meeting laws to allow telephonic or video conference meetings. Boren and Conlin made this difficult transition easier for all participants by maintaining positive attitudes; asking critical questions of staff regarding the new procedures; and remaining calm when the remote meetings ran into the inevitable glitches.

Case applicants, neighborhood representatives and other interested parties appreciate their dedication to making the public hearing process successfully work during this difficult time.


December 3

On December 3 we'll wrap up our program year via Zoom with member introductions as our program. This is always a fun way to get to better know your fellow EFWBA members. I always come away with a deepened appreciation for the quality and depth of the EFWBA membership after this meeting.

We also need to approve the slate of officers for the 2021 board.

December Zoom info:

Time: Dec 3, 2020 11:30 AM

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89296754479?pwd=UnVoSVF4MWoyVFlHWHo5UHVuNVMvUT09

Meeting ID: 892 9675 4479
Passcode: EFWBA

One tap mobile: +13462487799,,89296754479#

New Business:
Officer Elections

EAST FORT WORTH BUSINESS ASSOCIATION PROPOSED SLATE OF OFFICERS/DIRECTORS, 2021

PRESIDENT:
JASON RAY, CEO Clayton Youth Services

PRESIDENT-ELECT:
MIKE WHISENAND, Owner, Whiz-Q-Stone

VICE PRESIDENT:
CHARLES HODGES, FWISD Eastside Outreach

SECRETARY:
DON BOREN, Owner Kwik Kopy Printing/Don Boren Company

TREASURER:
ANGELA BAKER, Southside Bank

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT:
WANDA CONLIN (Non-Elected, Non-Voting)

DIRECTORS:

GYNA BIVENS, District 5 Representative, Fort Worth City Council

BRIAN BUILTA, Sr. Director of Sponsored Programs & Foundation Relations, Texas Wesleyan University

LINDA FULMER, Executive Director, Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration

DAVID SALGADO, Real Estate Investor

BILL SCHWENNSEN, Schwennsen Financial Services

MICHAEL SHEDD, Deputy Chief, Fort Worth Police Department

JUDY SIMPSON, Polytechnic High School Alumni Association

2021

We will be getting into the 2021 calendar with Mayor Betsy Price as our guest on January 7. Preparations are being made for the January meeting to be held in-person and by video. Seating will be limited so that we can follow social-distancing safety protocols, so you will need to reserve your seat for the meeting. Stay tuned for details later in December about how to RSVP for the meeting.

Not that anyone needs an extra incentive to attend, but we will again have Pinnacle Bank as our January meeting sponsor. That means Pinnacle Bank President Charles Ivory is buying lunch for us on the 7th! Thank you Charles for being our sponsor and for all Pinnacle Bank does for the community.


We're Open for Business signs: The signs are still available for EWFBA members and the members of the Lancaster PID. Contact Kwik Kopy (817.451.6276) to make arrangements to pick up your sign.

Thank you for your support of EFWBA. Take care and shop local!

You are Invited!

We invite every business owner, professional person, firm, corporation or non-profit organization, to join us for our monthly meetings where you will meet other business owners, individuals and city officials that influence our lives.

The mission is still the same today for this long-lived organization. It was founded in 1974 as a 501(c)4 so that it could be involved in non-partisan political issues. Working with the neighborhoods and Fort Worth City Government offices for the betterment of East Fort Worth sometimes leads to involvement in the political arena.


Monthly Meetings

The meetings will be held online, using Zoom software.

Please follow the instructions on the left of this page to download and install Zoom on your phone or tablet, so you can participate in the meeting.

If your computer does NOT have a camera, you can still listen in and see everyone else, and your name will show in your "hollywood square". This is where the Chat function really becomes helpful.

Call Kat if you need help!


To install Zoom on your computer phone or tablet, start here: ZOOM

NOTE: You don't HAVE to install the app, but it makes attending a meeting easier, and ensures that all your equipment works. For one client, the web version did NOT recognize his studio-style microphone, but after installing the full app, the equipment worked just fine.

In the top right corner, click the orange "Sign up, it's FREE" button. Complete the information they request - birthday, work email. They will send a confirmation email to the address you provided. Check your email, click the large orange "Activate Account" button.

Answer the next question about school use (no)

The next screen will ask for your first & last name, and for you to create a sign in password. Don't forget to write down the password you create! Then click the "Continue" button.

You can skip the request to invite friends. The next page is one you should screen-shot and keep, as it will contain your personal meeting URL, for when you HOST a meeting. (Most of the time, you will be attending a meeting hosted by someone else. But this would be a good time to test out your equipment, by Zooming with another person on Zoom.)

When you click on Start a meeting, the full application will download on your computer. If the download did NOT start, click on the link just below: "Don't have Zoom Client installed? Download now".

The Zoom install package will be in your browser Download folder. open the folder and double click the zipped file to open it. Follow the install instructions.

Once it has installed on your computer, use the APP, not the website to attend a meeting. You need the Meeting number and the magic password to attend.

If you get stuck, or have questions, call Kat, our computer tech expert at: 817-451-6276.

mexican inn cafe logo

and East Fort Worth Business Association Partnership

 original location

When the original Mexican Inn building on East Lancaster began sliding down the hill in the back, Chris Carrol, owner of the Mexican Inns and Spring Creek Barbeque restaurants, made a wonderful decision for East Fort Worth. He would build a new facility on the same property after demolishing the old building.

My son Jim and I owned and published the Greater Meadowbrook News at the time, and Jim decided we had to have an interview and pictures before the demolition took place. Those of us who have been here for some time loved the beautiful old tiles and atmosphere of the original building and Jim wanted to preserve as much as we could.

Chris Carroll was delighted to meet with Jim and the pictures were made and the history shared.

big money check

When the new building was completed and a grand opening date was decided on, Becky Carroll came to our Oakland office to determine how we could form a partnership for the good of East Fort Worth. Becky and I decided on a Spirit Night where East Fort Worth Business Association would get the people there and Mexican Inn would share the proceeds from the evening with us. That was in April of 2006 and we have been partnering twice a year since. No restrictions were put on the use of those dollars. The partnership has meant $28,000 over the years which East Fort Worth Business Association has used mostly for educational projects!

East Fort Worth Business Association has been an organization involved with economic and neighborhood issues for more than 45 years. We advocate for local businesses and support the neighborhoods in quality of life issues. Our focus in the past few years has been to make East Fort Worth an "Education Destination". We give student monetary gifts to help with school necessities, and we have bought books for nine elementary schools which feed into Eastern Hills High School.

Our partnership with Mexican Inn, thanks to Jim Conlin, has been strong and fruitful for East Fort Worth Business Association and for Mexican Inn. Check the photographs on the wall at the East Lancaster location for examples of Jim's work.

Wanda