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June 2021
WPF Happenings

Monthly Program Meeting
No meeting in June
Next meeting
July 14, 2021
Colonial Country Club

WPF Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, June 7, 2021
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
WPFF Board immediately following
Virtual via Zoom

News & Networking
June 24, 2021
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Virtual

 



President's Pen

 

June, named after the Roman Goddess Juno, is a month that radiates feelings of sunshine and rejuvenation. In the shadow of the pandemic, some of us have experienced losses and hardships. At the same time, the pandemic has also deprived us of many months of direct in-person interactions with and support of friends and our loved ones. As we look towards June and the responsible and safe reopening of our communities, I hope we all feel a sense of hope and new energy.
 
As members of WPF, “we are committed to investigate and support policies and initiatives that will effect positive change for Tarrant County women and our community”. While we are renewing our energy and connectedness, we must maintain our awareness of policy initiatives and changes that will create the new normal in our communities. To that end, Cindy Johnson and Cathy Neece Brown have agreed to co-chair the new Advocacy Committee that will work on identifying opportunities to advocate for issues important to members. If you are interested in participating on this committee and becoming a force for change, please email Cindy or Cathy.
 
Our symposium committee, chaired by Kendal Lake and Karen Myers, has identified a working title of Celebrating Women’s Leadership in the Arts: Policies, Social Movements, Community Investment. If you are interested in joining, please contact Kendal or Karen.
 
To give us all time to take a breath and adjust to the changes we are experiencing, we will not have a general membership meeting in June. We feel that many are experiencing zoom fatigue as our numbers have been steadily diminishing. We are planning on going live for our meeting in July when the Colonial Country Club can accommodate us with amplified distancing and precautions (masks in common areas, fewer seats at tables spread further apart, and a separate "grab your badge and go" check-in for pre-paid reservations). We will be celebrating our renewal as an organization and in our in-person relationships. We will offer a zoom component if we can identify affordable technology*.
 
I wish you all a month of calm, good health and rejuvenation and look forward to reuniting in July.
 
*If anyone has access to Owl that WPF could borrow for its meetings, please contact Pam.
 

Sincerely,

Cathy Holt, Chair
WPF/WPFF

 
 
News & Networking

 

News & Networking is an opportunity for members to gather together to discuss news, trends & timely topics after hours in a relaxed, non-formal setting. If you have difficulty making the monthly membership meetings, News & Networking may be for you. 

State Legislative Session and Local Runoff Election Results
Thursday, June 24, 2021

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Feel free to pour yourself a glass of wine and log in to this virtual meeting!
There is no cost but please RSVP here to receive the log-in link.

 
Welcome!

Tracy Scott is Principal, POC Connect Consulting, where she manages initiatives to create value in the region by increasing access to economic and educational opportunities for Historic Stop Six Neighborhood Section 3 businesses. She is responsible for connecting business owners to relevant resources and cultivating relationships to assist with needed certifications to secure construction contracts. Prior to this role, Tracy worked on 2020 election campaigns, both for Alisa Simmons for Texas House District 94 and for Mike Bloomberg. Her career also spans eight years with the City of Fort Worth, City Secretary's Office. She is Vice Chair of Programs, Tarrant County Black Democrats, and has been awarded the Texas Legislative Black Caucus Barbara Jordan Leadership Award 2019 and the Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. Woman of Valor, 2020. 

Welcome, Tracy!
2021 Emerging Issues Symposium

Sponsorship expertise needed!  We are partnering with Amphibian Stage to present a program focused on the impact of the arts in the community. The committee is tasked with refining the focus, speaker engagement, and sponsorship, as well as planning a successful overall event. We look forward to working with a great team to produce a truly compelling day!

Please email Kendal Smith Lake at kcreate2001@yahoo.com.
Members in the News
Good Afternoon Women’s Policy Forum Leadership:
 
I wanted to share some information on Fort Worth ISD planning process for the federal Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. We are seeking community feedback on our ESSER stakeholders’ survey. It’s less than 5 mins. long. Here’s the video from our recent community town hall meeting discussing our plans: https://youtu.be/1QYInIxAPeA.  
 
Here’s the  link to the survey: http://bit.ly/esser4fwisd.  
 
Feel free to share with our membership and others! All community members are encouraged to participate.
 
Dr. Stacy M. Burrell
Director| Grant Compliance and Monitoring
Fort Worth Independent School District
817.814.1850 | stacy.burrell@fwisd.org
100 N. University Dr. SW 212 | Fort Worth, TX 76107
www.fwisd.org
Preparing all students for success in college, career and community leadership.

 
Cathy Neece Brown, WPF/WPFF Past Chair, is truly a treasure to the Tarrant County community! Her latest accomplishment is best described in her own words.

"Many of you know that I am a CHAMPION and active legislative advocate for the arts in FW and across the State of Texas. In February I testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee asking that the proposed funding cut for Texas Cultural Districts be restored to FULL FUNDING!

As a member of the Texans for the Arts (TFA) Board of Directors in Austin, I work alongside of an amazing board of arts leaders from across the state! Together with the support of our executive director and paid lobbyist we work to identify and create new funding streams for the arts, protect existing municipal funding streams (Hotel Occupancy Tax) and advocate for the preservation and growth of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA).

As the session comes to a close we are celebrating the following success for the arts in the State of Texas:
The budget news we were waiting for! $10 million for the Texas Commission on the Arts' Cultural District grant program!

This confirmation of $10 million shows you that ADVOCACY WORKS! From grassroots and engagement at our Texas Arts Advocacy Summit, to individual meetings with legislators, to testifying at House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees (and having some of you drive in from as far away as Houston and Fort Worth to do so), to the keen work of our lobbyist Shannon Ghangurde, working closely with the lobbyist Lisa Kaufman and the Texas Cultural Trust, we have ensured that the TCA Cultural District maintains full and level funding for the 2022 and 2023 fiscal years.

We have all seen the incredible value that these dollars bring to each and every community that receives support and we have seen the incredible growth in Cultural Districts (from 26-48 since 2013) as municipal, business and arts leaders see the impact that they have on residents, businesses, and visitors from out of town – which is now more important than ever as we rebuild our tourism and travel economy. What do people want to do and see? Arts and culture - multi generational, multicultural, multi disciplinary.

This is GREAT news for Fort Worth as we have 2 official Cultural Districts and for all communities across the State! Join me as we celebrate this accomplishment!!"
Thanks to WPF member, Michelle Crim, for this excellent article!

A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Executive Director 
Tarrant County officials, including Judge Glen Whitley and WPF member, District Attorney Sharen Wilson, debuted the Law Enforcement Memorial. Story here.
Other News & Announcements
Governor's Commission for Women Announces Women-Owned Business Webinar Series and Pitch Competition

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 The Women's Policy Forum is an organization of influential women
who investigate and support policies
and initiatives that will effect
positive change for Tarrant County women and our community.


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