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Voices United luncheon

Voices United luncheon

Rupa Mathur

The Voices United, a non-partisan group of progressive women living in Robson Ranch, held their monthly lunch meeting on Saturday, June 1. The meetings are generally held on the first Saturday of the month at the Clubhouse from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Tracy Olson, president, started the meeting by welcoming three new guests, who gave short introductions about themselves. Maureen Fitzgerald moved to Texas in 1974 and has lived in Robson Ranch for five years. Our second guest, Sue Holstein has been living in Robson Ranch for nine years, and Ellen Bartlett is still working and has been living in Robson Ranch for seven years.

Susan Enstrom gave an update on the Social Committee. She said that after the luncheon, we would try to get to know a little more about each other by playing a game of truth and lies, where each player makes three statements – one of which is true and the other two are lies. The other players then have to guess which are true and which are lies, relating to the person making the statements.

Janie Cindric from the Political Action Committee distributed post cards and asked the members to contribute some money and/or write on the post cards regarding the following two issues:

1. Thomas Hofeller’s role in pushing to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

2. A local issue about licensing of plumbers, in which a Denton-Record Chronicle article states that the agency which oversees plumbing certifications will dissolve as of September 1, 2019.

Susan Enstrom from the Social Committee said that on July 20, Voices United will have a holiday party.

An update was given by Community Outreach regarding Ignite, a bipartisan organization which empowers young women to build political ambition. The group was informed that Yolian Ogbu was elected as president of the University of Northern Texas’ (UNT) Student Government Association. She, along with Evan O’Dwyer from UNT and National Development Manager Whitney Thomas from Ignite were present at the April meeting held at Pat Kelly’s home.

Further discussions were held regarding the raising of money, as well as getting fans as was done last year for the Interfaith Ministry of Denton. Pat Kelly informed the members that in June there will be a four-day drive to raise funds and attract fans. She asked for volunteers to help out, and several members volunteered.

Joan Wall from the Discussion Group talked about the forthcoming activity on watching the Camp 72 documentary produced by Seema Mathur. The members were interested in knowing more about it, and Rupa Mathur gave a brief summary on the documentary and about Seema Mathur, award-winning producer. Interest was expressed in having her as a speaker at one of our luncheons.

For more information about the group, please contact Tracy Olson, president of the Voices United at [email protected]