President's Message

Jason Ray

February 2020

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the February meeting. We had an excellent program and terrific lunch catered by La Rueda.

The program covered Earth Fest at Tandy Hills, a celebration related to Earth Day being led by Texas Wesleyan University Students and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT).

Earth Fest logo

EARTHFEST @ TANDY HILLS

Saturday, April 18, 2020
8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Tandy Hills Natural Area
3225 View St., Fort Worth, TX

Details about the April 18 event can be found at this link: EarthFest at Tandy Hills

Suffice it to say, this is a great opportunity for the business community to steward a special East Fort Worth asset, support our local university and its students and have some fun.

Speaking of environmental opportunities, in January the EFWBA Board of Directors signed on to a letter endorsing the preservation of Broadcast Hill. As we learned at the February meeting, Broadcast Hill is part of the Cross Timbers and Prairies Ecological Region that contains unique species of plants that can only be found in North and Central Texas. We hope our support will encourage the city and others to preserve this unique part of the East Fort Worth community.

You won't want to miss our March program presented by Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney, Sharen Wilson! I look forward to seeing you on March 5.

Jason

March 5, 2020

Sharen Wilson, DA

Sharen Wilson

Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney

Sharen Wilson took office as the Criminal District Attorney of Tarrant County in January 2015. As the leader of Tarrant County's largest "law firm", Sharen has modernized the office by reorganizing its resources and creating new specialized units to meet the changing criminal justice needs of the nation's 15th most populous county. She created the first special units for the prosecution of Intimate Partner Violence and Elder Financial Fraud, two increasingly prevalent crimes in Tarrant County. In the spirit of her commitment to equal justice for all, she also created the county's first Conviction Integrity Unit, which has quickly earned a national reputation for its innovative, integrated approach.

Among her achievements, Sharen has led the way statewide in ensuring accountability and transparency in the criminal justice system. She has developed comprehensive Discovery Compliance protocols for law enforcement agencies and crime labs – the first such policies in Texas – which have been adopted by DA's offices around the state. In its most recent session, the Texas Legislature passed recommendations for district attorneys statewide regarding how to manage jailhouse informants, which were modeled after procedures created and implemented by Sharen in Tarrant County. A fiscal conservative, she has managed the office to a budget surplus each year, and was featured by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association for compiling the first Annual Report to Tarrant County residents on the status of the Criminal District Attorney's office, which she has released each year of her tenure.

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

Meetings at
MEADOWBROOK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
3900 Meadowbrook Drive
Fort Worth 76103
– Fellowship Hall –
at North end of church complex, closest to Meadowbrook Dr.

Doors Open 11:30, meeting at 11:45 a.m.

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February 2020:
Earth Fest with TWU and BRIT

Slideshow: pictures change every 3 seconds.

Alyssa Hutchinson is a senior Biology & Psychology undergraduate at Texas Wesleyan University. She is passionate about conservation, completing two summers of research on an endemic plant species, Silphium albiflorum, advocating for climate action, and working alongside other students, faculty and staff to reshape waste management at Texas Wesleyan's campus. After college, she plans to either continue her education in graduate school or devote her time to conservation work.

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas, is an international scientific research and learning center focused on conservation and knowledge sharing. BRIT along with the Student Government and the Biology Department at Texas Wesleyan University are spearheading an efort to celebrate Earth Day at Tandy Hills, with a clean-up of the 160-acre natural area, followed by an afternoon thru evening festival to celebrate the community and nature.

Learn more about us: BRIT.org


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Thank you for the Door Prizes!

We want to thank these members for their Door Prize donations:

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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


Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events

50th Spaghetti Supper
Jazz
Spirit night at Mexican Inn is May 12, 2020