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draft 9-12-’17 Matrix ranking & weighting by committee

Government Committee I – Important
U – Urgent
NI – Not Important
NU – Not Urgent
SC – Simple
MC – Med
DC – Difficult
LC – Low cost
MC – Med cost
HC – Hi Cost
Acity – All city cost
City+County – cost sharing
City+ state – cost sharing
Ranked by Committee 8/8/2017 & 9/12/2017 Importance Factors
I/U = 3
I/NU = 2
NI/NU = 1
Complexity Factors
SC= 3
MC = 2
DC = 1
Cost Factors
LC = 3
MC = 2
HC = 1
Cost Factors
ACity = 3
City+County = 2
City+State = 1
Rated Score
(B x C x D)
Evaluation/Comments
City of Fredericksburg #VALUE! * Full Comment – Don’t Over-Regulate. Eliminate existing regulations that cannot be consistently enforced. Limit new ones to critical few.
Affordable Housing (4):  Economic Development Commission is sponsoring an on-going committee focused on Affordable Housing.  Tim Lehmberg invites interested folks to join committee. #VALUE!
Protect historical character of city (2) City hired Anna Hudson, Historic Preservation 0
Spay-neuter cats and dogs (2)  Being handled by revival of PAWS & emerging collaborations among PAWS, SPCA & City Animal Shelter 0
Continually update community master plan (1) 0
Development of city emergency service(1)  Refer to Quality of Life Committee 0
Develop/Maintain Parks (1)  $12B proposed bond issue pending 2 1 2 2 8
Don’t Over-Regulate (1)*  Handled by City’s regularly scheduled sunset reviews:  thus, avoiding costly discriminatory lawsuits 0
Improve Emergency Services (1)  Quality of Life Committee addressing issues of 2024 eclipse — atractring a massive amount of incoming visitors 0
0
IT  redundant items on a later page of this Matrix 0
Improve IT/internet/WiFi/Fiber Optics (9) 3 2 1 2 12
Bring in portable cell towers during large festivals (1)  wrap Cellular On Wheels / COWS into festival fees:  to avoid loss of city-wide cellular use during high-tourist presence / cellular use 0
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Community Visioning Project

Government Committee Meeting

Fredericksburg City Hall Meeting Room – Law Enforcement Building

on the south side of Main Street / US Hwy. 290 East

Fredericksburg, Texas

Tues., Sept. 12, 2017, 5:30p–7:15p

Please mark your calendars in order to actively participate in our next meetings at the Fredericksburg City Council Room of the Law Enforcement Building

Tuesdays:  Sept. 26, Oct. 10 & 24, Nov. 7 & 21; Dec. 5 & 19. All meetings begin at 5:30p & will last no more than 75 min.

Attendance: Co-Chairs:  Alice White & Brian Vorauer; Committee Members:  Bob Bates, Bob Hickerson, Bryan Benway, Clinton Bailey, Della Zey, Donnie Schuch, Ernie Loeffler,  Ken Carr, Kyle Biedermann, Mo Saiidi, Polly Rickert, Rose Marie Mransek, Tim Lemert & others on attendance list.

Brian Vorauer welcomed all & suggested some working agreements to ensure effectiveness & efficiency of all meetings:  keep comments succinct (no more than 2 min., please), allow others to share their perspectives; stay focused on the topics within our agenda, aspire to attain consensus — in order to prioritize issues on the Government-Committee matrix; & keep our short-term goal in sight:  our dynamic, visionary Dec. 2017 report with can-do recommendations.

Prioritization matrix:  to help us thoughtfully rank our priorities, direction & year-end recommendations (see Matrix, attached, for committee ranking of various issues; note that some issues have comments in lieu of numerical ranking)

Summary of discussions

  • Eliminate items from matrix – that are being addressed by other Visioning committees or that are already being handled by the city or county
  • Harvest “low-hanging fruit” – focus on resolution of issues that are more likely to be easily & quickly resolved
  • Collaborate with other organizations & entities – let competent, trusted, action-oriented organizations / entities take responsibility for designated issues within their respective sphere(s) of influence
  • Envision the “look” of Main Street — after the by-pass, relief-route is completed & the County Court House is re-located: is the enlarged MarktPlatz the largest, friendliest market square in Texas?  In the US?
  • Government Committee will be asked to help the City-County partnership – by advocating / announcing / marketing support for the bond issue that allows for the decades’-long awaited highway by-pass / relief route — to eliminate lethal, high-density traffic forced to travel through downtown Fredericksburg
  • RoseMarie Mazanke agreed to facilitate e-notification to all Visioning Committees about a Gillespie County Court House / PowerPoint slide-show presentation provided by the Houston-based consultant — about proposed location(s) of the Gillespie County Court House … important in the planning of MarketPlatz / current County Court House area as an eventual site for festivals (after the by-pass / relief route guides today’s downtown through traffic away from downtown FBG):  closing both sides of Main St. for festivals; having pedestrian zones with no vehicles; more events at Gillespie County Fair Grounds

 

for Committee Members’ consideration – to include in our Dec. 2017 report

 

Vision Statement   Fredericksburg:  an oasis of celebration, innovation & excellence!

 Mission Statement?  emerging from our Matrix-focused decisions?

 Operating Agreements by Tom Musselman

            The City of Fredericksburg will update its Comprehensive Plan on a regular basis. As a living document, the Comprehensive Plan serves as the statement of policy and priority that guides the City in their consideration of development proposals and investment in capital improvements. The Comprehensive Plan will be developed by City staff and stakeholders in the community and will be a statement of direction for the decisions that help achieve the desired community future.

             The City of Fredericksburg will partner with other organizations and stakeholder groups to enhance the reputation of the Texas Hill Country as a destination for tourism, business, and homeownership.

             The City of Fredericksburg will partner with other organizations and stakeholder groups to diversify the region’s economic base to include tourism and ecotourism, entrepreneurship, and retirement living.

             The City of Fredericksburg will partner with businesses and stakeholder groups to work to keep communication infrastructure up to date and accessible to its residents and business community.

             Citizens of Fredericksburg recognize that successful cities plan for the future and continually develop, update, and fund the City’s infrastructure.         Identifying infrastructure needs is the job of the City Manager, assisted by City Staff department heads, under the direction of the Mayor and the Fredericksburg City Council. A city’s infrastructure binds the City together with a shared sense of community.

Hurricane: how to help beloved pets, how to donate food & money to help our Houston-area families: humans, canines, felines & more: www.Friends4Life.org/how-to-help/donate/

Houston-area animal rescue groups that need your financial support

Friends For Life:  www.Friends4Life.org & Facebook:  look for Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization, Houston. Check out all the animals they are caring for at the George R. Brown Convention Center—a new model for people/animal rescue during emergencies

Montgomery County Animal Shelter:   https://www.mcaspets.org/mcaspetsblog   Facebook – look for Montgomery County Animal Shelter Texas. These folks, along with Best Friends, are taking in the animals from Houston shelters throughout the affected areas.

Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project:  http://ForgottenDogs.com  Taking care of stray animals affected by Harvey. Their Facebook feed is also posted on this website.

DISASTER AID!  http://www.DisasterAidUSA.com:  Disaster Aid USA is Rotarian-operated project & 501c3 non-profit charity, incorporated in the District of Columbia. As a club project, its clubs goals & objectives are to promote & create awareness, raise funds & provide financial support for its primary mission: To provide immediate disaster relief & humanitarian aid at home, here in the US & worldwide to those victims suffering from the effects of disasters natural or man-made while using Rotary’s guiding principles & according to its Rotary Four -Way Test, while adhering to United Nation & Sphere Standards.

LODGING available!  Is there anyone or couple you know who needs place to stay a couple weeks or whatever?  Have guest house. Live out in country 23 miles out of Post / NW Texas near Lubbock. Also have RV hookup. Rotarian Dave Tyler:  DTyler@Caprock-Spur.com        Alice.White@TTU.edu or 830-990-8101 has lodging in Fredericksburg, TX (south central TX) for up to six adults &/or children – not for cat-allergic folks, sorry.

 

PETS!  in the Houston areaKKimmey@TheWorkKs.com in Fredericksburg, TX (south central TX) will be taking pet supplies as close as possible to Houston.  Also, you may donate:  www.Friends4Life.org/how-to-help/donate/

  • People can go to FFL’s Facebook page (Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization) to see FFL in action at the GR Brown Convention Center
  • Below is list of items needed per FFL:
    • Kennels and carriers of all sizes
    • Cat food and dog food
    • Collars and leashes
    • Cat and dog beds

 

FOOD! excellent, high-performance, food-bank for the world:  www.Breedlove.org accepting “Harvey” donations (on their front page) to provide food to Houston-area refugees.  I was  a Breedlove board member for 6 yrs. in Lubbock).

 

MONEY!  Additional, reputable donation sites

from Carol Holmes, Rotary District 5840 Governor / south central Texas:  San Antonio area         Information on Disaster Relief:  …   where anyone & everyone may donate funds to Houston, Rockport, other locations.  These are the Rotary Districts & their contacts:

 

Rotary District 5930:  partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund – a 501(c)3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund.   Send checks to McAllen North Rotary Fund and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 N. Nolana, McAllen, TX.  Contact:  DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell: 956-683-5706; BettyLaraRotary@GMail.com (Rockport / South TX / hurricane’s bull’s-eye area)

 

Rotary District 5910Send checks to Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX  77706.  Contact: DG Rhonda Herrington, cell: 903-724-8515; Rhonda.Herrington@Yahoo.com  (Palestine / NE TX area)

 

Rotary District 5890Send checks to Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX  77505. Contact: DG Bill Palko, cell: 713-582-7235, William.Palko@Amegybank. (Houston / hurricane’s bull’s-eye area)

 

Rotary District 5840:  501(c)3   Send checks to Rotary District 5840 Foundation (Disaster Fund), Attn:  Bobbe Barnes, Treasurer, P. O. Box 13, Boerne, TX  78006.  Contact DG Carol Holmes, cell:  281-923-6111; Holmes.CF688@GMail.com (San Antonio, Hill Country / south-central TX Area).   … Continue to keep all the people who have been impacted with this hurricane in your prayers, as we still have a long way to go.

http://www.DisasterAidUSA.com:  Disaster Aid USA is Rotarian-operated project & 501c3 non-profit charity, incorporated in the District of Columbia. As a club project, its clubs goals & objectives are to promote & create awareness, raise funds & provide financial support for its primary mission: To provide immediate disaster relief & humanitarian aid at home, here in the US & worldwide to those victims suffering from the effects of disasters natural or man-made while using Rotary’s guiding principles & according to its Rotary Four -Way Test, while adhering to United Nation & Sphere Standards.

Also:  www.RedCross.org;   www.SalvationArmyUSA.org     Although less visible, the Salvation Army is providing massive assistance to evacuees as well.

8-29-’17:  Red Cross reports 17,000 evacuees in TX shelters.  The Houston Convention Center holds 9,000 of them.  All Houston area animal shelters are full.   45 shelters are open in the Houston area, with two more large ones opening soon.  The Dallas Convention Center opened today for 5,000 evacuees.     – National Guard assistance is increasing from 3,500 troops to 10,000 soon.  Assistance from all military branches in surrounding states will total 20,000 to 30,000 troops, plus vehicles and equipment.     Two of the nation’s largest oil refineries are not operating.  Others are affected.     Rainfall from Harvey at 49+ total inches is a new U.S. all-time record.  Several days of this to go.

Where Rotarians may donate to benefit Hurricane Harvey folks

Rotarians may donate funds to Houston, Rockport, other locations.  These are the Districts and their contacts:

Rotary District 5930:  partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund – a 501(c)3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund.   Send checks to:  McAllen North Rotary Fund and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 N. Nolana, McAllen, TX.  Contact:  DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell: 956-683-5706; bettylararotary@gmail.com (Rockport area)

Rotary District 5910:  Send checks to Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX  77706.  Contact: DG Rhonda Herrington, cell: 903-724-8515; Rhonda.herrington@yahoo.com (Palestine area)

Rotary District 5890:  Send checks to District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX  77505. Contact: DG Bill Palko, cell: 713-582-7235, William.palko@amegybank. (Houston area)

Rotary District 5840:  501(c)3 – Send checks to District 5840 Foundation (Disaster Fund), Attn:  Bobbe Barnes, Treasurer, P. O. Box 13, Boerne, TX  78006.  Contact:

DG Carol Holmes, cell:  281-923-6111; holmes.cf688@gmail.com (San Antonio, Hill Country Area).

Help a beloved, feral cat in Sweetwater, TX (near Abilene): MilaGibson1@Yahoo.com

If you / your contacts can help a beloved, feral cat in Sweetwater, please contact MilaGibson1@Yahoo.com  She is willing to pay for his neutering & safe return to his territory:  Last year, Mila initiated the safe relocation of eight Kerrville-area feral cats to the Lubbock area.     Thankyou for caring.

Friendly, spayed, 12-yr.-old Dachshund (mostly indoors) needs loving home within 2 weeks: 918-724-4310 — or will be put down. Doxie “Marcie” hopes you’ll adopt her. 2 Guinea Pig siblings need home(s, too), too.

Friendly, spayed, 12-yr.-old “Marcie,” a mostly indoors Dachshund needs a loving home.  Also, available are two, intact (not fixed:  not spayed / neutered) four-year-old, brother-sister sibling Guinea Pigs:  “Cookie” & “Isabel.”  They are tame, like to be cuddled, enjoy watching TV.  Please:  not for breeding.  They need loving home(s), too.

Please call Kristin Thompson:  918-724-4310 in Fredericksburg, TX, if you can offer Marcie, Cookie &/or Isabel a loving, forever home.

Marcie, Cookie & Isabel hope you’ll adopt one, two or all three of them before the literal deadline.  Thank you for caring.

ADOPT

If you can’t Adopt

FOSTER

If you can’t foster

VOLUNTEER

If you can’t volunteer

DONATE

If you can’t donate

EDUCATE

How to take on-line Rotary D5840 grant-management training: https://lc.itslearning.com/

How to take on-line Rotary D5840 grant-management training @$20 per year: https://lc.itslearning.com/ & use your e-address as Username

via Chad Bayard, Course Development & Client Support, EdTek Services, Inc.;  800-827-1593 x 5   https://files.itslearning.com/help/en-US/ApplicationHelp.htm 

Alice.White@TTU.edu     Alice.White.7616

Two, loving, 5-yr.-old Labrador Retriever siblings in Austin, TX, need loving home together: 512-239-5011 or Andrea Morrow@tTCEQ.Texas.Gov

My former boss died last week leaving his two dogs behind. His widow is not in a position to give them the attention and exercise they need. They are neutered and their shots are up-to-date. If someone is interested, they can e-mail me their contact information and I’ll pass it along to her.   Here are the particulars:

Marty, black lab-mix…   and Coco, his sister, a yellow lab-mix.    They are five years-old and need to stay together in a new loving home.

Marty is very protective of his sister.  He pines for her if she is away.  He is very sensitive and loving. Very Zen.  At times he will choose affection over a treat (not always, but often). A bit shy at the start, but he’s a sweetie at heart. Since he was a puppy, he’d grab his food bowl by the teeth and move it to a more private area.  He still does that on occasion.

Coco is always ready to play and eat. She’s a bit territorial, and skittish at first, but can be won over with a treat. As a puppy, when she first saw grass on a sunny day, she sat like a little sphinx in the sunshine. She still does. They are both in excellent health, but I don’t think one would survive without the other.

If you, or someone you know,  is interested in giving them a great home, with love and fun and good care….PLEASE contact me. We will not send them to a shelter.

Thanks!   Andrea Morrow   TCEQ Media Relations Manager   512-239-5011 phone

Follow us on Twitter @TCEQNews   

Room-share with a gentleman attending Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, GA, USA

Please contact RotarianDWW@GMail.com or 210-345-2000 if you want to share a two-bedroom arrangement with him — during the RI Convention in Atlanta &/or e-forward this message to gentlemen / RI Convention participants … in case they might want to room-share with David.  Many thanks. To unsubscribe, please e-Reply & include “unsubscribe.  To thank you in advance for your helping David locate a roommate, please e-Reply & request that I e-mail you my most-favorite Rotary documents:  example, attached – to encourage you to e-ask me for my other Rotary-document gems.]

From: Wiechmann, David [mailto:David.Wiechmann@valero.com] Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2017 11:55 AM  To: White, Alice  Cc: Jim Montgomery; ri.registration@rotary.org     Subject: RI Convention in Atlanta – Hotel Room Sharing

Thank you for offering to circulate my . message.  I have two bedroom reserved during the entire week at the Westin Peachtree Hotel, which is District 5840’s initial preferred hotel.       My family cannot join me so I am looking to split the cost of the room with another gentleman.  I may be reached for additional information at RotarianDWW@gmail.com or 210-345-2000       Yours in Rotary,     David Wiechmann

Rotary Club of San Antonio at the Dominion, V.P., Treasurer & Acting TRF Chair Dominion Rotary Foundation, Trustee & Treasurer             Certified Faculty for Rotary Leadership Institute

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PAWS’ Open House: ask KKimmey@TheWorkKS.com how to attract & sign up volunteers for tasks that match their interests

6-’17 PAWS Board:    KKimmey@TheWorkKS.com; BuddyFrels@GMail.com; RHickerson9@GMail.com; CeMeKK@GMail.com; Brenda7272@Outlook.com; SandaRosa@Me.com; Catherine@CreativePilates.Biz; Mike@MikesProjects.com; BowWowMeow@Austin.RR.com; LMRStapleton@yahoo.com; ChereConner@GMail.com; RHickerson9@GMail.com; CeMeKK@GMail.com; Brenda7272@outlook.com;  Catherine@CreativePilates.Biz; LMRStapleton@Yahoo.com; HelenWhetstone@GMail.com;

City of FBG Animal Shelter / animal groomer:  Yvonne Gerhardt:  830-997-1907 or 830-456-5792, c.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsShelterManager@HillCountrySPCA.com; [Elizabeth Loggie, 2981 S. Hwy. 16; FBG, TX  78624; 830-990-9085; M-F, 10a-6p & Sat., 10a-2p;  www.HillCountrySPCA.com;]

Successful PAWS’ Open House!  Ask KKimmey@TheWorkKS.com how to attract 50+ community folks & sign them up for volunteer tasks that match their interests & abilities … while simultaneously & enthusiastically partnering with the local Animal Shelter & other animal-welfare organizations … & acknowledging & celebrating the 1st tremendously successful PAWS’ years:  spaying / neutering 1,000+ dogs, puppies, cats, kittens & community cats per year.

JoePeg98@aol.com; SKS@Hughes.Net; BowWowMeow@Austin.RR.com; RBere@EarthLink.Net;

PAWS:  Pedernales Animal Welfare Society

Saving Animal Lives Through Low-cost Spay / Neuter

Pedernales Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) invites all dog and cat lovers and the animal-welfare community at large to a come-and-go Open House on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Hill Country University Center, 2818 US Highway 290 East in Fredericksburg.  Celebrate the amazing accomplishments of PAWS’ first 13 years and find out how you can contribute your time, talent and treasure to leverage PAWS’ life-saving impact into the future.

Be a champion in helping us eliminate the millions of unwanted kittens and puppies that can be produced in only ten years. Together we can significantly reduce the number of homeless animals – endangered by living on the streets or vulnerable to predators or starvation in our rural areas.

The dream of a no-kill community starts with no birth.

PAWS     PO Box 2794, Fredericksburg, TX 78624     830.990.1018     FBPaws@GMail.comwww.FBGPAWS.org & SandaRosa@Me.com; BowWowMeow@Austin.RR.com; Alice.White@TTU.edu;  RHickerson9@GMail.com; Mike@MikesProjects.com;

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Libraries face drastic cuts!! How you can help libraries get funded.

Libraries face drastic cuts!!  Please help!!     The White House budget that was released yesterday calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services(IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums. ALA and United for Libraries need your help to ensure that IMLS is saved, because without libraries our community members especially our kids will not have the resources and support they need to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers, and life. Scroll to the bottom of this email for a quick explanation of IMLS.     Here’s what you can do right now:

Call your representatives and senators – you can find them here: http://www.ala.org/offices/wo     Tell Them:       Hello, my name is ____________________.  As a voter and as a member/supporter of the American Library Association, I’m calling to ask the Senator/Representative to oppose the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which the White House budget is proposing to do.  Libraries help our nation’s children, students, and adults from all walks of life  succeed in school and prepare for college careers and life.  Without libraries, our nation will not have a trained workforce or productive citizens.  Libraries depend on funding from IMLS in order to provide the services and resources students and adults depend on for learning, especially those from low-income families. Please take action to ensure that IMLS is not eliminated and gets the funding it needs to help our nation’s people.  Through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums.  In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000 which was shared among our nation’s 16,500 public libraries. [IF YOU LIKE, SHARE A BRIEF EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR LIBRARY HELPS Community – kids, teens, adults].  Thank you for your time.

 

Email your representatives and senators – you can find them here: http://www.ala.org/offices/wo     Sample Email:      Dear Madam/Sir,

As one of your constituents as a member/supporter of the American Library Association, I am writing to ask that you oppose the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which the White House budget is proposing to do.  Libraries help our nation’s children, students, and adults from all walks of life  succeed in school and prepare for college careers and life.  Without libraries, our nation will not have a trained workforce or productive citizens.  Libraries depend on funding from IMLS in order to provide the services and resources students and adults depend on for learning, especially those from low-income families. Please take action to ensure that IMLS is not eliminated and gets the funding it needs to help our nation’s people.  Through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums.  In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000 which was shared among our nation’s 16,500 public libraries. [IF YOU LIKE, SHARE A BRIEF EXAMPLE OF HOW YOUR LIBRARY HELPS community – kids, teens, adults].  Thank you for your time.

 

In addition to calling or emailing, share on Social Media and help us spread the word:    Sample Tweet   [INSERT YOUR REP’S TWITTER HANDLE] Americans depend on libraries to succeed in school & prep for jobs. Say no to cutting the Institute of Museum & Library Services

Please forward this email to your friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, and others and ask them to take 5 minutes to make a difference for libraries!

Don’t know much about IMLS?  Here’s a quick overview: through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums. In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000.  In addition, IMLS offers competitive grant opportunities that individual libraries and museums can apply for. In FY14 they awarded 594 grants (from 1,299 applications) totaling more than $54,700,000. Visit the IMLS site to see how much funding your state receives from them.

The messaging above was developed by the Young Adult Library Services Association and their executive director, Beth Yoke.  Many, many thanks for their quick and articulate response to this crisis in the making for libraries!

Thank you,    Beth       Beth Nawalinski     Deputy Executive Director     United for Libraries     The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations     A division of the American Library Association     859 W. Lancaster Ave, Unit 2-1     Bryn Mawr, PA 19010    800-545-2433, ext 2161
bnawalinski@ala.org    www.ala.org/united

Prevent Human Trafficking in the TX Hill Country: LWVTx-Trafficking@GMail.com; Info@RansomedLifeTexas.org & 888-373-7888

Info@RansomedLifeTexas.org & 888-3737-888   http://www.RansomedLifeTexas.org; Facebook.com/RansomedLifeTexas     PO Box 591321; San Antonio, TX  78259  a healing community for sexually exploited girls

Human-Trafficking:  Claudia Macias-Clark:  Claudia.Clark@HCFamilySvcs.org:  Claudia Clark, M.A., LCDC; Director of Client Services; Hill Country Family Services; 114 W. Advogt; Boerne, Texas 78006;  www.hcfamilysvcs.org;  830-249-8643

People in the hospitality industry, hotels & motels, rental units, restaurants, retail businesses, recreation, service stations, grocery stores & quick marts, public transportation, medical facilities, drug stores, assistance ministries & more. 

 Any of us might be in a position to identify someone who is being trafficked – would you recognize them & would you know what to do to rescue them safely? 

 

  • the six precursors to human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking
  • the most recent research data of child prostitution/sex trafficking in Texas
  • who the victims usually are and the “disguises” of the traffickers
  • the “red flags” that may identify traffickers and their victims
  • how to safely respond when you suspect a trafficking situation

Recent data:   313,000 people in Texas are currently human trafficking victims, nearly 79,000 are minor & youth sex-trafficking victims; 234,000 are adult-labor trafficking victims.

This data is from Human Trafficking by the Numbers: The Initial Benchmark of Prevalence and Economic Impact for Texas, published research by University of Texas Austin Graduate School of Social Work in December 2016.    For the full report 110 page report go to: https://www.scribd.com/document/337465150/Human & Trafficking-by-the-Numbers-2016#from_embed

On 10/4/2016 there were 6,374 escort profiles listed on various Internet sites that service the Hill Country. These escorts were listed to serve the Hill Country cities of Kerrville, Ingram, Comfort, Harper, Medina, Fredericksburg, Boerne, Lakehills, Scenic Oaks, Fair Oaks Ranch, Cross Mountain, Helotes, Blanco, Johnson City, Timberwood Park, Bulverde, Shavano Park, Hondo, Mason, Junction, Castroville, Canyon Lake, Sabinal, La Coste, Llano, Horseshoe Bay, Granite Shoals, Kingsland & Selma.    One Backpage site had 85 registered escort profiles just for Kerrville, TX.

e Hill Country Alliance Against Trafficking, a coalition of nonpartisan organizations, non-profit agencies, & pub Hill Country Alliance Against Trafficking:

  • American Association of University Women – Hill Country Branch
  • Freedom Loans
  • Hill Country Crisis Council
  • League of Women Voters – Hill Country
  • Schreiner University Campus Ministry
  • Schreiner University AAUW Interest Group

For more information, please contact Meg Scott-Johnson, League of Women Voters -TX Human Trafficking Issues Chair for Legislation at LWVTx-Trafficking@GMail.com

Words into $$: Wed. & Thur., May 17 & 18, 9a-4p in Austin, TX

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN     DIVISION OF DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT            “Words Into Dollar$!”     Find Your Best Funders and Write $uccessful Proposals

 Wed., May 17 & Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9a–4p

 Community Engagement Center (Texas Music Museum) (map) 1st Floor Conference Room, 1009 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78702

  “Toni, Karen & Ellen are knowledgeable and passionate about their topic.  They went the extra mile to look up prospective grants for us.”

 “This was a well-planned, precise presentation!  I learned so much & came away with even more passion to generate proposals and build our organization!  Thank you!!!”

“You guys are a powerhouse, as entertaining as informative and educational.”

DAY ONE   9A – 12P Noon      “Grantsmanship 101: Developing Strategies for Successful Proposals.” In this highly competitive world, it takes more than good writing skills to achieve fundraising success. This workshop will introduce you to the funding landscape and the trends that define philanthropy in America today. You will learn best practices for communicating with donors and how to create a fundraising “Tool Kit,” including how to refine your message, develop strategies for approaching funders, and craft a comprehensive plan for successful grant writing.

DAY ONE:   1P – 4P     “Quest for the Best:  How To Find Your Best Potential Funders and Write to Them.”  This session will focus on the basics of drafting a cover letter and targeting prospective funders. We invite attendees to come with a proposal or a project to be funded. Participants will be introduced to the vast and comprehensive resources of The University of Texas at Austin’s Regional Foundation Library, a repository of the national Foundation Center. The librarian and presenters will work with you on accessing the Foundation Directory Online, identifying potential funders, and conducting research on strategies for approaching them.

DAY TWO:   9A–4P     “The Write Stuff:  Preparing Your Grant Proposal.” This intensive full-day seminar will focus on strategies for approaching your donor prospects and drafting a powerful and persuasive cover letter for your project with the support and guidance of the presenters. You will also begin to develop an outline for an executive summary and a basic narrative. You will leave our two-day workshop with a cover letter draft, the basics for an executive summary and proposal narrative, tools for developing a formal proposal, and a list of potential funders to approach.

ADDED BENEFITS     

  • You will be provided with a 24-hour Guest Pass to the Foundation Directory Online, allowing your organization to continue your research for potential funding.
  • You will have the opportunity for 30 days of Complimentary Consultation with NPSC.

 

 PRESENTERS

Toni S. Turner has more than 30 years of experience in fundraising, nonprofit management, and communications. She currently serves as Lead Interpreter for the new La Belle shipwreck exhibit at the Texas State History Museum. She has held senior management positions at the Texas Historical Commission, the University of Texas at Austin, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, Texas Engineering Foundation, and Southern Methodist University.  She is an award-winning author whose work has appeared in a wide range of publications.

Karen H. Knox, CMP, is Executive Director of TEXSAR: Texas Search and Rescue.  She has served in nonprofit management for more than more than 25 years in senior development positions for A Legacy of Giving; Texas Historical Commission; Special Olympics Texas; the Texas Chemical Council and its affiliate, the Association of Chemical Industry of Texas; the Diocese of Corpus Christi; and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  She is a Certified Meeting Professional and has spearheaded events from galas to conferences to board meetings.

Ellen Moutos Lee is the Director of the Regional Foundation Library (a Funding Information Network of the Foundation Center) in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. Ellen assists individuals from the nonprofit community with identifying grants and other funding opportunities. Prior to joining the library, she worked for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  Ellen has also worked in development for an Austin area nonprofit and has served as a member of the City of Austin Grant Review Committee.

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION   $300 registration fee includes both days. Space is limited.Free on-site parking.

To register, follow REGISTER HERE

 For More Information:  http://www.nonprofitsolutionsconsultants.com

Ellen Moutos Lee, Regional Foundation Library:  ellenml@austin.utexas.edu & 512-475-7373

 Karen H. Knox, Nonprofit Solutions Consultants:  NPSC.Karen@gmail.com & 512-965-1785

Toni S. Turner, Principal, NonProfit Solutions Consultants, 9600 Escarpment Blvd., Suite 745 PMB 40; Austin, TX 78749; 512.288-6053

$cholarShip$ for Feb. 16 & 17 Conference of Addiction, Recovery & Families in Lubbock, TX: www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/csa/conference/ https://indico.ads.ttu.edu/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=761

limited number of scholarships for the upcoming McKenzie Conference of Addiction, Recovery & Families.  www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/csa/conference/ & https://indico.ads.ttu.edu/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=761