April 2016 General Membership Meeting

April 2016 General Membership Meeting
238 W. Davis Blvd
Tampa, FL  33606
April 13, 2016
Social & Dinner Hour:  6:00-7:00 PM
 Meeting Begins at 7:00 PM
Please join us as we welcome guest speaker City Council member Mike Suarez

Mike Suarez is a third generation resident of Tampa, with deep roots in West Tampa. After graduating from the University of South Florida with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and while completing work on a Master of Public Administration degree, Mike began working as an unpaid intern with Senator Bob Graham’s office in Tampa. Within a few weeks he became a part time Staff Assistant and he eventually rose to take the Central Florida District Representative position in 1990. In his work for Senator Graham, Mike learned the finer points of serving the public interest.

In 1993 Mike left public service and began a career as an insurance professional working in several capacities. His 18 plus years in the business have included positions as a designer of insurance products for specific industries, insurance agency owner and currently as a producer and commercial risk manager for Insurance Office of America (IOA).

Prior to his election in 2011, Mike was involved with numerous local charities and professional organizations. He was the President of the Guardian Ad Litem Guild (renamed Voices for Children), served on the subcommittee for Urban Enterprises Initiatives and was Chairman of the Water Resource subcommittee for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. He has also been a Board Member and past President of the Insurance Agents of Greater Tampa, a board member of the Centro Asturiano de Tampa and a board member of the Macfarlane Park PTA. From 1997 to 2004 Mike has helped select candidates to the U.S. Naval and Air Force Academies for Senator Graham and since 2005 for Senator Bill Nelson. He previously served the City of Tampa on the Civil Service Board and was Chair of the Equal Business Opportunity Advisory Committee.

We would like to take time to remind you that membership renewal time for 2016 is here!  You can renew either bring a check to the meeting or to renew online, please click here.  We are upon a history election year and your dues will go toward electing Democrats up and down the ballot.

New Caucus Officers

Congratulations to our new officers:

Dave Cutler – President

Sally Phillips – Vice President

Amanda Brennan – Secretary

Howard Grater – Treasurer

September 2015 Caucus Meeting

September 9, 2015

Social Time 6:00 PM, Meeting 7:00 P.M.

Montauro’s Ristorante
2501 West Tampa Bay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607
Tampa, FL 33607
Click here for map

Please join us in welcoming Grant Drain to continue our discussion surrounding transgender issues.

Grant Drain

Grant is a Tampa Bay native and advocate for transgender rights across the state. He serves as Director of Communications for Florida Transgender Alliance and is currently working on the Tampa Bay Transgender Needs Survey in cooperation with TransAction Florida, Metro Wellness, and Pinellas Youth Pride. Recently, he helped coordinate the the candlelight vigil for India Clarke, a trans woman of color murdered in Tampa. In March, Grant testified before committee in opposition to anti-transgender legislation in the Florida House of Representatives. Grant transitioned from female to male in his teens, graduated from St. Petersburg College, and has served as a member of the business community as a retail manager for many years.