Don Boren

Presidents Message

June 2024

EFWBA Friends and Members,

Half of 2024 has almost flown by. Spring is a busy time for everyone with tax season and school events and we have felt the effects of all the activities in our lower attendance at the last two meetings. We're used to averaging around fifty attending, but forty has been the norm in April and May. The food has been excellent, and the speakers have been informative. Take this one time a month event to network and visit with friends while you enjoy a good lunch and a good speaker.

We have our board meetings at No Frills Bar and Grill at Eastchase. They have a small meeting room and excellent service for us. Your board is busy and active, making decisions on budget matters and activities EFWBA should take part in.

One of our reasons for being is taking part in zoning issues which involve our area. Two of those were on the agenda for the May 14 Council meeting. One was a Site Plan amendment for Beacon Roofing Company in the old Kmart location on East Lancaster. They want to build an eight-foot wooden fence around the property. Your board had voted unanimously to oppose this as we felt it inappropriate for the funded redesign and repurposing of East Lancaster.

With your President and Secretary present and three people speaking in opposition, the case was continued by Councilwoman and EFWBA member, Jeanette Martinez, to the June 11 meeting of the Council.

The other case was a change from E to ER on Weiler to restrict alcohol sales close to the Eastern Hills neighbourhood. This case passed with a motion by Councilwoman Martinez and a unanimous vote by council.

We now have reached sixty paid members for 2024. If you haven't paid your dues for the year, please get those in. We will stop the mailed newsletters for unpaid members with the assumption that you are no longer interested.

Our speaker for June 6 is Bud Kennedy, one of the Star Telegram editors. Bud is always great fun, and you don't want to miss this one. Maybe he'll give our wonderful caterer a plug.

See you on Thursday the 6th.

The Prez

bud kennedy

June Guest Speaker

June 6, 2024

Bud Kennedy, writer/reporter

Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth Star-Telegram opinion columnist. In a 52-year Texas newspaper career, he has covered two Super Bowls, a presidential inauguration, seven Republican and Democratic national conventions and 18 Texas Legislature sessions.

Since 1987, Kennedy has been the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's lead news columnist. A couple of years before that, he began his "Eats Beat" food column. Hundreds of thousands of words have been written since then on every topic imaginable that impacts the city — as well as enchiladas — subject matter that is a source of praise and denunciation but never silence, particularly today on social media, which he has used so effectively to communicate with readers.

Join us at the June meeting to meet our most famous reporter.

Reminder, there is no July 4 meeting. Instead, we hope you attend the East Fort Worth Community Jazz Band for their free concert, here at the church. Specifics will be posted soon.

We meet at

Meadowbrook-Poly United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
3900 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, 76103.
Usually in the building on North side of church complex, closest to Meadowbrook. Overflow Parking on West side of street.

Doors Open 11:30 Lunch 11:45 – 1:00 pm

Meals $15.00 Members • $20.00 Non-Members

Guest Speakers in 2024

January 4 2024

Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker

February 1 2024

TWU: Dr. Emily Messer

March 7 2024

Robert Allen,
CEO FW Economic Development

April 4 2024

Robert Ahdieh,
Dean Texas A&M

May 2 2024

Toby Owen, Presbyterian Night Shelter

JUNE 6 2024

Bud Kennedy, author journalist

JULY 4 2024

No meeting in July

We encourage you to attend the annual Patriotic Concert performed by East Fort Worth Community Jazz Band, here at Meadowbrook-Poly United Methodist Church.

August 1 2024