New Officers for 2021 Elected

JASON RAY, CEO Clayton Youth Services

MIKE WHISENAND, Owner, Whiz-Q-Stone


DON BOREN, Owner Kwik Kopy Printing/Don Boren Company

ANGELA BAKER, Southside Bank

WANDA CONLIN (Non-Elected, Non-Voting)


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

February 4, 2021

Guest Speaker: Matthew Hall

Regional Advocacy Director – Greater Fort Worth

matt hall

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports programmatic initiatives structured to identify, pilot, and scale systemic improvements in public education.

Matthew Hall joined the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation in fall 2019 as regional advocacy director for the Tarrant County area. He spent four legislative sessions in the Texas Capitol, serving as a Luna Scholar and aide to former State Senator Robert Duncan of Lubbock and legislative director for State Representative Ana Hernandez of Houston, helping organize diverse coalitions around critical issues, including public education, pension, veterans' affairs, and human trafficking.

Outside the legislature, Matthew spearheaded numerous coalition-building and grassroots advocacy initiatives across Texas and the American Southwest and has contributed his expertise to several leadership development programs, including the North Texas-based Latino Center for Leadership Development. Additionally, he served as a communications and policy advisor to the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs, a national nonprofit consisting of bipartisan Latino state lawmakers in positions of legislative leadership.

Matthew earned a master's degree in political science from Texas State University – San Marcos, as well as a bachelor's degree in political science from Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

A Fort Worth native and third-generation Tarrant County resident, Matthew is excited to work with lifelong neighbors to advance public schools. He enjoys a good game of paintball and exploring Fort Worth's museums.

"A man cannot live off his community. He must live with it." – Amon G. Carter

Here's the Zoom info:

EFWBA Membership Meeting
Time: Feb 4, 2021 12:00
Join Zoom:
Meeting ID: 832 8362 2773
Passcode: EFWBA
One tap mobile: +13462487799,,83283622773#

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.