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Texas Democratic Women of Ellis County held a barbecue fundraiser with the Ellis County African American Hall of Fame Museum & Library on Saturday, September 18. Thank you to all who donated and made it a success!

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The Baby Shower for Hope Clinic on August 22, 2021 was a huge success. Thank you to all of you who donated! We appreciate your support

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Voter registration booth at the 2021 Juneteenth Celebration at the Ellis County African American Hall of Fame Museum and Library

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TDW Members Helen Brock and Nancy Post having a voter registration table at the Waxahachie Farmer's Market.

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Jana Lynne Sanchez along with TDW of Ellis County members and others at the Beto Rally on June 9 in Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie.

May 18, 2021

TDW of Ellis County was able to give four scholarships this year to two high schools in Ellis County, Global High School and Waxahachie High School. The scholarship recipients are shown below.

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From L to R -

Vivian Gibson - Scholarship Chairperson

Melody Wilson - Global High School scholarship recipient

Emma Wilson - scholarship committee member

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From L to R -

Helen Brock - TDW of Ellis County President

Briana Brice - Waxahachie High School scholarship recipient

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From L to R

Helen Brock - TDW of Ellis County, President

Mariel Camargo - Waxahachie High School scholarship recipient

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From L to R

Helen Brock - TDW of Ellis County President

Kathryn Jenkins - Waxahachie High School scholarship recipient

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TDW of Ellis County received a thank you note from Hope Clinic for a donation we made to them in February.

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TDW of Ellis County received a thank you from North Ellis County Outreach for our latest donation.

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Thank you to Ellis County Democrats and TDW of Ellis County for your generosity. Our food drive for North Ellis County Outreach was a huge success!

L to R - Lynda Begnaud - TDWEC President; Patricia Paige - TDWEC Outreach Chairperson; Emma Wilson - TDWEC Vice-President; Helen Brock - TDWEC Treasurer; Kelly Blackburn - Ellis County Democratic Chair

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Representatives from Ellis County Democrats and TDW of Ellis County deliver food donations to North Ellis County Outreach.

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Emma Wilson, Vice-president of TDWEC; Lynda Begnaud, President of TDWEC; Denise Butler, Executive Director of NECO; Patricia Paige, Outreach Chairperson for TDWEC; Helen Brock, Treasurer of TDWEC; Kelly Blackburn, Ellis County Democratic Chair

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Patricia Paige, TDW of Ellis County's Outreach Chair, gives a monetary donation to Denise Butler, Executive Director of North Ellis County Outreach. TDW of Ellis County has donated over $2,000 this year to NECO.

Blythia Davis

One of our members, Blythia Davis, passed away in September of 2020. You will be missed! She was buried in Dallas Ft. Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, TX.

Obituary of Chester Dwight Cole

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Baby Shower for Hope Clinic

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Texas Democratic Women of Ellis County held their annual baby shower for Hope Clinic. Due to restraints of Covid-19, the shower was a drive-by baby shower. Baby items are donated to Hope Clinic. The Clinic serves health needs of uninsured residents in Ellis County. Expectant mothers are given a bag of necessary items to help care for their newborn babies. Shown in the photo - L to R - Lynda Begnaud, president of TDW of Ellis County and Kevin Crouch, Outreach Coordinator for Hope Clinic.

Lunch at The Reservation at Waxahachie High School

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Ten of us enjoyed gumbo and beignets at "The Reservation", Waxahachie High School's culinary department restaurant on February 21.

Guest Speaker - Jesse Gibson

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Jesse Gibson, our guest speaker, gave a presentation about Pea Island Life-Saving Station.

Highlights from the TDW State Convention

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L to R - Lillian Salerno, Diana Taylor (guest), and Kendall Scudder of Pod Bless Texas

Friday night - A live podcast from Pod Bless Texas featuring Diana Taylor, Michael Bloomberg's partner of 20 years.

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L to R - Lucinda Windsor, Diana Taylor, and Barbara Fudge

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TDW of Ellis County hosted an open house Friday night for members and convention attendees.

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TDW President, Maria Regalado, opens the business meeting.

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Mayor of the City of Austin, Steve Adler, welcomes TDW to the city.

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Texas Democratic Party Chair, Gilberto Hinojosa, gives an encouraging and uplifting speech.

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TDW of Ellis County member, Lucinda Windsor, receives the Star Award for her outstanding service to our chapter.

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TDW of Ellis County convention attendees - L to R - Lucinda Windsor, Lynda Begnaud, Jerome Begnaud, Barbara Fudge, Rebecca Cockerham, and Doug Cockerham

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Royce West, candidate for U.S. Senate with Rebecca and Doug Cockerham

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Saturday evening Gala Awards Dinner

Food donations to North Ellis County Outreach

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Our bimonthly food donation to North Ellis County Outreach. From L to R - Pat Paige (Outreach Committee Chair) and Denise Butler (Executive Director of North Ellis County Outreach)

MLK Jr. Parade 2020

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TDW Members in the MLK Jr. parade. We also held a voter registration.

Dallas Women's March 2020

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TDW of Ellis County members attended the Dallas Women's March. This year’s event honored the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

December 2019 TDW Toy Drive for a local charity

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TDW Christmas Party - December 7, 2019

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TDW Members celebrated at their Christmas party on Saturday, December 7 at Ellis County Democratic Headquarters.

TDW of Ellis County Turkey Dinner Donations to the underserved in Ellis County

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Texas Democratic Women of Ellis County are spreading cheer this holiday season. Members donated 20 complete, uncooked turkey dinners to needy families throughout Ellis County.

2019 TDW of Ellis County Star Award Recipient - Lucinda Windsor

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Lucinda Windsor is the TDW of Ellis County Star Award recipient. She has worked tirelessly for years doing voter registration drives in local high schools. Congratulations to Lucinda and thank you!

October Food Donations to North Ellis County Outreach

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Left to Right - Denise Butler (Executive Director of North Ellis County Outreach), Patricia Paige (TDW Outreach Chairperson), and Lynda Begnaud (President of TDW of Ellis County)

October 12, 2019 Fall Fundraiser Luncheon

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Gilberto Hinojosa

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

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Bill Brannon

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Members enjoying a fried chicken dinner

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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

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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

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Pat Paige (Scholarship Committee), Madeline Shepard (Midlothian High School Scholarship Recipient), and Vivian Gibson (Scholarship Committee Chairperson)

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Vivian Gibson (Scholarship Committee Chairperson), Samantha Harris (Midlothian Heritage Scholarship Recipient), and Lynda Begnaud (Scholarship Committee)

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A good time was had by all!

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TDW Ellis County Fish Fry on April 13, 2019 at Sardis Point Cafe in Midlothian, Texas
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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).

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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 meeting. 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.

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.

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Kathy KinKaid, Jim Schermbeck, Lynda Begnaud, and Carolyn Ross

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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

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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.

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Kevin Crouch, Kathy KinKaid, and Lynda Begnaud

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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. 

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June 8th Liberal Lunch in Ennis.

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Food Pantry Donation to Helping Hands of Ennis in April, 2018.