President's Message

EFWBA Members,

A friend includes this Chinese proverb in her email signature: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” I thought about the proverb as Dan Lamers of the North Central Texas Council of Governments spoke to us about the high-speed rail project at our September meeting. Given the long-term nature of the project, we can celebrate that the clock on this major project moving toward completion has begun. Although this is the type of work discussed in terms of decades, it is still interesting to see how travel across the Texas Triangle (DFW, Houston, Austin and San Antonio) will evolve over the next 20-30 years.

We appreciate Dan and his team answering our questions and giving us a glimpse of the future of intrastate transportation in Texas. If you missed the meeting, you can find the meeting video at EFWBA.ORG. We have some important activities that you will want to attend over the next three months. Our October speaker will be Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke. This is a great chance to hear from the man with his hand on the rudder of the city and get all your questions answered.

On November 11, we will celebrate together with the return of the EFWBA Banquet and Scholarship Award Dinner at Texas Wesleyan University. In addition to recognizing the people and projects that have made a difference in East Fort Worth over the last two years, we will also be awarding $1,000 scholarships to students from eastside schools.

As an added attraction, former Mayor Betsy Price will be our keynote speaker for the Banquet event.

The year will wrap up on December with our member introduction meeting. This is an opportunity to hear from EFWBA members and to become better acquainted with their business. Given all the extraordinary challenges of the past year and a half, I am looking forward to hearing how you have persevered and thrived.

Let’s finish the year strong! I hope to see you on October 7 and November 11 and December 2!


PS. Clayton has moved our Administrative Offices!

Please make note of our new mailing address effective August 30, 2021: Clayton Youth Enrichment
600 Griggs Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76103

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We are meeting at
Meadowbrook-Poly United Methodist Church.

The church is located at 3900 Meadowbrook Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76103. We meet on the north end, closest to Meadowbrook Dr. Look for our banner.

We are taking RSVPs for lunch. Please RSVP to ensure an accurate headcount for the catering service.

You can still attend the in-person meeting, even if you don't eat lunch.

Lunch Reservation due by Thursday September 20!

Next Meeting
October 7, 2021

FW City Manager
David Cooke

Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke last spoke to our group in June of 2019. Though the city manager is appointed by City Council, the City Manager’s Office is made up of non-political employees. They oversee city operations and processes while acting as a clearinghouse for information both requested by and submitted to City Council.

Cooke is responsible for implementing the Mayor and City Council’s policies and managing the $1.6 billion city government enterprise with approximately 6,600 employees.

While the City of Fort Worth’s population grows at approximately 20,000 new residents per year, Cooke’s focus is on:

His prior experience includes 13-1/2 years as County Manager and four years as Deputy County Manager, in Wake County, N.C.; and 12 years with the city of Charlotte, N.C.

Cooke has also worked with a full-service engineering and consulting firm, has taught economics at a community college and was a presidential management intern with the Department of Defense.

Cooke received his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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

Now that most of our members have been fully vaccinated, we are meeting in person! We hope you can join us. If not, we will still be online, using Zoom software.

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.

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. When the link for the current month meeting is created, it will be posted here:

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.