October 12, 2019 Fall Fundraiser Luncheon
In attendance were:
guest speaker, Gilberto Hinojosa, Chair of the Texas Democratic Party
Bill Brandon, Senior Advisor to the Texas Democratic Party
Mary Lou Shipley and Chuck Beatty, Waxahachie City Council members
J.R. Phillips, Ellis County Democratic Party Chair
Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge
Jo Ann Jenkins, founder of TDW of Ellis County
and many other faithful Ellis County Democrats
Members enjoying a fried chicken dinner
L to R - Lynda Begnaud, TDW of Ellis County President, Clay Jenkins; Dallas County Judge; and Mary Lou Shipley, Waxahachie City Council
TDW Summer Retreat Attendees
From L to R: Jerome Begnaud, Lynda Begnaud, Rebecca Cockerham, and Doug Cockerham attended the TDW Summer Retreat in Lubbock, TX
TDW of Ellis County 2019 Scholarship Recipients
From L to R -
Pat Paige (Scholarship Committee), Madeline Shepard (Midlothian High School Scholarship Recipient), and Vivian Gibson (Scholarship Committee Chairperson)
From L to R -
Vivian Gibson (Scholarship Committee Chairperson), Samantha Harris (Midlothian Heritage Scholarship Recipient), and Lynda Begnaud (Scholarship Committee)
A good time was had by all!
TDW Ellis County Fish Fry on April 13, 2019 at Sardis Point Cafe in Midlothian, Texas
Blue Ribbon Lobby Day at the Texas State Capitol on April 2, 2019 which was also Equal Pay Day. Seen above are those in attendance from all TDW chapters. In attendance from TDW Ellis County were Lynda Begnaud and Emma Wilson (left).
A reception was held for outgoing Ellis County Democratic Chair, Nancy Cannaday, on February 16 at Ellis County Democratic Headquarters. Nancy was ECD Chair from 2011 to January of 2019.
Jim Schermbeck, director of Downwinders at Risk and a long-time environmental community organizer in DFW, was the speaker for the Texas Democratic Women of Ellis County's monthly meetingin November, 2018. He opened the Dallas office of the National Toxics Campaign in 1989, and then moved to Downwinders in1994, where he’s remained ever since. Also present, was board member Carolyn Ross. Jim spoke about the dangers of particulate matter in the air that we breathe, and what they are doing at Downwinders to inform the public and change public policy. To learn more go to downwindersatrisk.org.
From left to right -
Kathy KinKaid, Jim Schermbeck, Lynda Begnaud, and Carolyn Ross
Gladys Burns (center) was the speaker at our September 15, 2018 meeting. She is the Ellis County Volunteer Specialist for Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis County. She spoke to the group about how Meals on Wheels helps disabled and elderly people to remain independent and healthy in their own homes by providing home-delivered meals, daily personal contact, and support for individuals and their families. We learned how to become a volunteer. To learn more about volunteer opportunities go to their website - http://mowjec.org
L to R in photo - Kathy KinKaid, Gladys Burns, and Lynda Begnaud
Texas Democratic Women of Ellis County held a baby shower for Hope Clinic in Waxahachie. Hope Clinic provides care for expectant mothers regardless of income status or ability to pay. Kevin Crouch, the Outreach Coordinator for Hope Clinic, was present to accept the donations. He said donations help to alleviate financial stress for those faced with an unexpected pregnancy, or for mothers who simply can't afford the added expenses that come with having a baby.
L to R in photo
Kevin Crouch, Kathy KinKaid, and Lynda Begnaud
A bipartisan group from Ellis County attended the Women's Equality Day Celebration at Dallas City Hall on Wednesday, August 24 at noon. Women's Equality Day has been celebrated annually for over 20 years with a program by a local Dallas women's organization, Women's Issues Network (WIN). The group celebrated the 94th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment allowing women the right to vote with an event at Dallas City Hall. In attendance from Ellis County from left to right were Shari Adkisson, Kathy KinKaid, Cathy Mitchell, Jo Ann Jenkins, Jan Sanders, Betty Ritchie, Barbara Fudge, Jettie Nonte, Maxine Weatherford, and Ruth Self.
June 8th Liberal Lunch in Ennis.
Food Pantry Donation to Helping Hands of Ennis in April, 2018.