Volume 23. Issue 3. March 2022
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Susan Dollar

March is usually one of my favorite months. There are hints of spring, a lightening of spirits and longer days. There's also the standard March madness of basketball, the switch to daylight savings time, the March equinox, and the anticipation of Fiesta.

However, this year, March madness has a whole different connotation for me. Truly, the world has gone mad. The horrific images we are seeing from Ukraine highlight the fragility of fledgling democracies around the world. Putin's arrogant invasion of a peace-loving country should be a wake-up call for us all.

David Brooks recently wrote in an editorial, "the events in Ukraine have been a moral atrocity and a political tragedy, but for people around the world, a cultural revelation. It’s not that people around the world believe new things, but many of us have been reminded what we believe, and we believe it with more fervor, with more conviction." Fareed Zakaria's excellent editorial is a great read about Putin's war on democracy.

In addition to the turmoil abroad, the recent results of the Primary Election should also scare all Democrats everywhere, but especially here in Texas. The far-right wing candidates swept their primaries and will be out in full force in the fall. Their campaign coffers are full to the brim and they have a solid plan in place to continue to move our state to the far right..

The Republican propositions on the ballot were a harbinger of things to come...if we don't fight back. I cannot understand, for the life of me, how 'reasonable and sane' people could possibly vote for things such as criminalizing medical assistance to trans children, supporting state funding for private schools, opposing a women's right to choose, and even ending the practice of awarding committee chairmanships to Democrats. What ever happened to "liberty and justice FOR ALL"?

We must fight back. It will take each and every one of us to mobilize and do everything in our power to take back democracy. Everyone can do something: register people to vote, donate to candidates, contact your representatives, make phone calls, write postcards, talk with your friends and neighbors, knock on doors for candidates, march in the streets, and most importantly, never give up and never give in.

As David Brooks said, "We owe the Ukranians such a debt. They have reminded us not only what it looks like to believe in democracy, the liberal order and national honor but also to act bravely on behalf of these things." Come to the BAD meeting on Thursday and we will get started. We can do this!
MARCH BAD MEETING
IN-PERSON
Thursday, March 10
6:00 p.m.
Longhorn Cafe, 369 S. Esser

Plan to join us for our first in-person meeting in over a year! In addition to a recap of the Primary Election, we will be discussing future activities and writing postcards to Governor Abbott. We need all members present because we will also be voting on changes to the BAD Bylaws.

Note that this is an evening meeting that will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Also note: if you plan to eat at the meeting, you can order online in advance or order in person at the restaurant. Please do not call in an order; they are shorthanded and cannot take phone orders.

At our meeting on Thursday, we will be collecting personal toiletry items for the Center for Refugee Services.

They need all items except toothpaste and toothbrushes. The next time you are at the store, please pick up a couple of extra items - shampoo, conditioner, deoderant, soap, etc. - and bring them with you to the meeting. They also need gift cards and always welcome monetary donations.
Announcing the arrival of our new t-shirts!
Be among the first to get your new TAMOUTYT t-shirt at our meeting on Thursday! Bring $20 or a check and get in line to purchase!
WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS!
BAD needs people to step up and take the lead on some new and exciting activities! We need coordinators and volunteers for Market Days, parades, and several new social activities. If you haven't already completed the volunteer survey, please take aa few minutes to do so by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NNTWLH6
We currently have 19 recurring donors and we sincerely thank those generous folks. However, we still haven't met our goal of 50 recurring donors. Remember...if we can raise enough funds via recurring donations, we will not have to host a fundraiser! So please consider setting up a recurring donation through ActBlue at

You can also make a one-time donation to BAD via ActBlue or you can donate online on our BAD web page or mail a check to BAD.
A semi-true story...

Once upon a time, thoughtful Theodore went to a nice restaurant for lunch. He ordered a simple chicken sandwich (which was w-a-y overpriced).

Upon receiving his bill, he suddenly thought "I could have donated that $20 to BAD! I could have made my own chicken sandwich at home and helped save democracy by donating that money!"

At that very moment, thoughtful Theodore jumped on his computer and Googled ActBlue and promptly donated $20 a month to BAD. And he lived happily ever after.

The end.
BROOKE ORR
Membership

The Boerne Area Democrats club is currently 199 members strong! If your membership is up for renewal, you will receive an e-mail from me, so be sure to add bko57bko57@yahoo.com to your contacts. Also, be sure to check your SPAM folder for messages from BAD.
To become a member or renew, you can pay online with PayPal by following this link to https://www.boerne-area-democrats.org/become-a-member. Fill out the payment form and submit and also complete the application and submit it. You can also mail your check to BAD Membership, PO Box 2132, Boerne, TX, 78006. Dues are $40 a person for those under age 60, $25 a person for those aged 60 and older, and $10 for students. If you have already submitted your payment, thank you very much for your support of the club. 
LAURA BRAY
Kendall County Democratic Party Chair


Notes from the Chair, March 2022 issue
THANK YOU to those of you who served as election workers for the primary! I truly appreciate your hard work---that’s a LONG day. If you’d like to serve as an election worker for future elections, please call or email me (210-884-6843, laurabray61@gmail.com) and I’ll hook you up with our county Elections Administrator for training.
We turned out a little over 1,000 Democratic voters in the primary. We have our work cut out for us to get more Democrats to the polls in November.
 
If you voted in the Democratic Primary, you are eligible to attend our County Convention on Saturday, March 19 at the Kronkosky Center. We will hear from at least three candidates (Pam Baggett, House District 19; Robert Walsh, Senate District 25; and Kevin Henning, County Commissioner Precinct 4). The main order of business is electing our eleven delegates to the State Convention in Dallas in July. RSVP here for the County Convention.
 
Other upcoming events:
 
· Adopt-a-Highway: Saturday, April 2 (Great Texas Trash-Off). RSVP link soon. Keep an eye on www.kcdems.us . Tx21 candidate Ricardo Villarreal will join us.
· Local Election: Saturday, May 7 (early voting: April 25-May 3). One Boerne ISD race on the ballot, plus three constitutional amendments.
·Your Vote is Your Voice Rally/Su Voto Es Su Voz: Comfort Park, May 7, 11am-2pm. More details soon.
· Primary Runoff: Tuesday, May 24 (early voting: May 16-20).
 
Thanks for everything you do to work for voting rights in Texas!
Laura Bray
KCDP Chair


$1,000.00 Scholarship from BAD
 

Open to any graduating senior from a public high school in Kendall County (Boerne High School, Boerne Champion High School, or Comfort High School) planning to attend an accredited vocational-technical school, community college, college, or university in the fall of 2022.
 
Requirements: Write an essay (500-600 words) in response to the following prompt:
 
Consider the challenges facing our country today, such as censorship, civil rights, domestic extremism, and immigration. Pick one issue that you think is the most critical, explain its importance/implications, and describe how you would advise our government address this challenge.


Due date:  April 15, 2022
 
Contact Brooke Orr for more information.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
The League of Women Voters - Hill Country Texas serves voters in five counties in Central Texas. Local county units organize League activities within those counties. This is a bipartisan organization .
If you are interested in joining, please go to LWV . We will be present at several events between now and the November election to register voters. Please consider helping. You do not have to be a LWV member, but do need to get trained as a registrar for Kendall County.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions - jgdew71@gmail.com.
Our first SATURDAY NIGHT SUPPER CLUB was a great success!

A total of 30 members and friends met at La Gloria on Saturday, February 26, and a good time was had by all. A sincere thanks to Stacey Gilfillan for coming up with this idea and implementing it for us! The next get-together will be on April 30 at La Fogata on I-10. Put this on your calanedar and make plans to join us.

Show up at the dinner wearing a blue Democratic-theme shirt and bring an extra $10 per person in cash to leave as a tip for the server. Contact Stacey at stazzinaro@gmail.com for more information or to make a reservation.

Photos from the February gathering are below.
TWOSDAY
Too cute! Kudos to our Publicity Chair, Natalie Schun, and her daughter, Caroline! They dressed up in tutus, tights, and 2s for a celebration of Twosday, 2-22-22, Way to go, Natalie and Caroline!
March 13
BAD BOOK CLUB

The first meeting of the BAD Book Club will be on Wednesday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Democratic Headquarters. The first book selection is Betrayal by Jonathan Karl. R.S.V.P. to Janice Bloodworth at
If you are a Kendall County resident, make plans to attend the COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION on Saturday, March 19, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Kronkosky Place. For more information, contact Laura Bray.
POP-UP PIZZA PARTY
Join us on Wednesday, March 30, at 4:30 p.m. at Z's Pizza for a casual outdoor get-together. You can pre-order by calling 830-331-1212. Come on out and let's kick off spring and Fiesta!
Just a reminder: there are always interesting and informative posts on our social media pages so be sure to check them out - and Like them!

Web: boerne-area-democrats.org
Facebook: Boerne Area Democrats 
Instagram: @boerneareademocrats
Twitter: @BerneDemocrats
Our Democratic Headquarters at 216 E. Blanco is now open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Stop by to visit with other Dems and pick up campaign materials and other goodies.
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GET INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY!
Let your voices be heard by attending these community meetings.
Click on any of the icons for more information.
Boerne City Council meets at 6:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at 9 Topperwein Road, Boerne.
The Kendall County Commissioner's Court meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday at 9:00 a.m. in the County Courthouse, 201 E. San Antonio Street, 3rd floor.

The Planning and Zoning meetings are held on the 1st Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Boerne Police/Municipal Court, 124 Old San Antonio Road.
The Fair Oaks City Council meets on the 1st Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and the 3rd Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the FOR City Hall, 7286 Dietz Elkhorn Road, FOR.
The Comfort ISD Board of Trustees meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the CISD Central Office, 327 High Street, Comfort.
The Boerne ISD Board of Trustees meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the Administrative Offices,
235 Johns Road.
The Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at 9 Topperwein Road, Boerne.
BOERNE AREA DEMOCRATS BOARD
President: Susan Dollar
Vice President: Jerry Terry
Secretary: Robin Prescott
Treasurer: sharon Noack
Membership: Brooke Orr
Publicity: Natalie Schun
Newsletter: Judy Dewey
Social Media: Krista Bermejillo-Vasquez
Past President: Stacey Gilfillan
Ex Officio member: Laura Bray, KCDP
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