Guest Speaker and 
President's Message

February 2

Astronaut Chris Cassidy

In August 2021, the Board of Directors for the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation selected Chris Cassidy to be President and CEO, where he now leads the project to build the iconic Museum, Leadership lnstitute, and Monument. Our team is on a mission to inspire America, promoting the belief everyone is born with the potential to be extraordinary. Chris is the embodiment of this truth. From humble beginnings in the upper Northeast, he chose a life of service to country. First, as an elite Navy SEAL and then as NASA's Chief Astronaut, he has always put others flrst and given back to the country which gave him boundless opportunities.

Christopher J. Cassidy was born in Salem, Massachusetts on January 4, 1970 and considers nearby York, Maine, where he grew up, to be his hometown. A graduate of York High School, Chris completed Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island in 1989 and received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1993. He later received a Master of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has Honorary PhD's from Husson University and the University of Maine at Augusta.


Captain Cassidy is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL. During his service, he was awarded the Bronze Star with combat 'V' and received a second Bronze Star for combat leadership service in Afghanistan. In 2004, the platoon he commanded was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for a nine-day operation at the Zharwar Kili Cave on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border.

Cassidy was selected as an astronaut in 2004. He is a veteran of three space flights and ten space walks. Chris has flown to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He has accumulated 377 days in space to include his most recent six-month spaceflight in 2020. In 2015, he became NASA's 14th Chief Astronaut and served in this capacity for two years.

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January newsletter PDF
January 2023

Mike Shedd

President's Message


EFWBA Friends and Members,

Friends and Members of the East Fort Worth Business Association, if you were able to join us for our January meeting you know that we had a full house for Mayor Mattie Parker. As I recall someone counted about 70 people in the room for her guest appearance. In fact, we had so many people show up we ran out of food! Nonetheless, that little hiccup didn't stop us from putting together an informative session for our members and guests. If you missed it, the mayor was gracious with her time and stuck around to answer questions even though she had to dart away to catch a flight to a conference. We want to thank the Mayor and Beth Ellis for juggling her schedule for us, and we look forward to having her back again next year to continue our annual tradition of hosting the Mayor to start the year.

For those of you who follow college football, and as long as you haven’t been living under a rock, you know that the TCU Horned Frogs participated in the National Championship Game in California a few days after our last meeting. I was fortunate enough to get to attend the Fiesta Bowl and the Championship game as did several of other members of our organization. In fact, Mayor Parker was there as well hosting the pep rally at the Santa Monica Pier. Standing in the crowd in California at that pep rally you would not have known you weren't in Fort Worth. There was a sea of purple all around me as far as I could see. Although the ending of the game wasn't exactly what we hoped for, it was nonetheless a great season of football for the horned frogs and I’m thankful Fort Worth showed up to support them.

In other news, during the second week of January several community organizations and local leaders of Fort Worth got together to discuss a series of collaborative initiatives that are focused on East Fort Worth. You'll hear more about this in the coming months but rest assured these organizations aren't going away. Our plan is to join forces to ensure that your local city council members don't lose focus of the east side of Fort Worth. We want to send the message far and wide, that when you leave downtown and drive towards Arlington, there is a whole world of opportunities to explore along the way.

As many of you know, we formed a Political Action Committee in the middle of last year. Bill Schwennsen volunteered to lead the charge as our first president of that organization and is currently working to create the bylaws. Bill is open to input from members of our organization and the community. If you are interested in joining the steering committee for that organization, please speak to Bill or a member of your board of directors.

Coming up on February 2, we have Christopher Cassidy as our guest speaker. Mr. Cassidy is the President and CEO of the National Medal of Honor Museum that is being built in Arlington. Mr. Cassidy is also a former Navy SEAL and NASA astronaut. I'm looking forward to hearing from him and what our organization and members can do to help that museum succeed.

I hope to see you all in February. Please RSVP when the invite hits your mailbox. By hitting the RSVP button, you allow us to order the proper number of meals, and help us to ensure we are meeting the needs of our members and guest.

In March, we have Tim O’Hare, the newly elected Tarrant County Commissioner’s Court Judge speaking to us. It will be interesting to hear how things are coming together with the new Commissioners Court, and his vision for Tarrant County.

In April, as mentioned earlier, we will be hosting a candidate’s forum led by the President of our PAC, Bill Schwennsen. If you are interested in getting involved with our PAC, or helping to vet candidates, please let us know. We hope to have the PAC make our first of many candidate endorsements for state and local elections following this forum and need the involvement of our diverse membership to ensure we look at every perspective and point of view.

Finally, in May we have President Fred Slabach from Texas Wesleyan University scheduled to be with us. President Slabach has been a longtime supporter of the Eastside of Fort Worth, and we look forward to hearing about the many new projects impacting our area.

As always, we welcome hearing from our membership. If there are any community leaders you want to hear from, don’t hesitate to speak with one of your directors at our luncheon. It is our goal to represent you and your interests in bringing economic and commercial development to East Fort Worth. We want our vision to be a shared vision we can all stand behind.

Plan to join us on the first Thursday of the month, at the Poly Meadowbrook United Methodist Church, located at 3900 Meadowbrook Drive, and mark your calendar for the months ahead.

I look forward to seeing you in 2023.

Mike Shedd, President, 2023