message from TX-RPOA~Texas Outreach Booth at Texas Democratic Convention
RPOA Texas Outreach’s booth at the recent Texas State Democratic Convention
in Dallas was yet another succesful proactive effort to counter the animal
“rights” extremists’ influence in our beloved state. We are the experts
regarding Texas animal issues; not Humane Society of U.S. nor their Texas
arm “Texas Humane Legislation Network.”
Thanks to our Dallas/Forth RPOA Chapter Chairmen, Martin Kralik and Jonathan
Elledge, and their volunteers: Kitty Dieterich (our only cat person!),
Jolene Davis with her Poodle “Cliff,” Diana Jones who substituted for Rita
Rice and brought Rita’s gorgeous Borzoi “Barnabus” on Sunday! Martin
arrived at the Convention Hall Saturday loaded down with lunch/drinks for
everyone as it was a long day – from 9 AM until 9 PM – but well worth it!
We handed out educational flyers, including a Fact Sheet on HB 1451
describing our upcoming effort to “repeal and replace” this HSUS legislative
agenda; two AKC flyers (“Where did the dogs go?” and “Can You Imagine A
World Without Dogs?). Other flyers were: Animal Welfare vs Animal Rights,
the “Guardian” word instead of dog “owners” Flyer, and a Fact Sheet on HSUS
and their Agenda 21 Connection.
The Texas Humane Legislation Network Booth was directly across from RPOA,
but was often unattended or only had one person there. We had the dogs,
people, candy, colorful pictures, flyers, and information to attract
convention goers, and then they stayed to talk about their own pets. This
gave us an opportunity to go into what we do and why we do it. Jonathan
even spoke with one interested newspaper reporter.
Some persons took flyers and came back by the booth later, saying “I had no
idea!” and dropped something in our Donation Jar. We collected almost $100
but fundraising wasn’t the purpose of this booth and we didn’t push for
Our total booth expense for this convention was $631.60 ($500 for space and
$131.60 for two extra chairs). We had flyers left over from the Republican
State Convention, which was much more expensive with a total cost of
$3,060.28. We haven’t begun to recover that cost yet!
But none of this could have happened without all our great volunteers! Our
appreciation again to Elizabeth Lane, Stephanie Gladney and Carol Houlihan,
who also staffed the Republican Convention Booth with some of those listed
above, but couldn’t make this one.
These two state political conventions kicked off our year-long “Campaign
Countdown” for the upcoming 6 month State Legislative Session ending June
1st, 2015. And we couldn’t have asked for a better opening act! Stay tuned
as there’s much more to come.
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B