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Crawford addresses Democrat club

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    Art Crawrford presents plans for the Silver Sage Cottages to the Bandera County Democrat Club, who had its first in-person meeting in a year. Courtesy Photo

The Bandera County Democrat Club (BCDC) met for its first in-person meeting in over a year on May 8, during which club members were presented with an informative talk from guest speaker Art Crawford, Chief Executive Director of the Bandera County Silver Sage Center, which reopened last month at half capacity with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.

Crawford gave an overview of the center’s community involvement over the last 13 months.

Despite closure of the Silver Sage last April, the center remained active, delivering 10,000 meals a month through Meals on Wheels and organizing monthly food distributions in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank that has served an average of between 1,500 and 2,400 families per month since November 2020.

Silver Sage also served as a location for COVID-19 vaccination clinics, with almost 900 vaccinations administered to date.

During February’s winter storms, Silver Sage operated as an American Red Cross Shelter, supplying water, shelter and oxygen. The center also raised funds for families who needed plumbing repairs following the deep freeze.

Art also gave an update on the Cottages of Silver Sage, the center’s long-term independent living project:

His presentation was followed by Q&A with club members, who offered accolades and personal donations to the Silver Sage for the community work being done by the organization.

A BCDC business meeting commenced following Art’s talk.

Club President Eloise Clayton reported that the club’s membership drive was having a positive response, with 46 members now registered for 2021.

Clayton also thanked members who volunteered for Silver Sage’s April food bank distribution and also those who participated in the April Adopt-a-Highway trash pick up.

After further club business matters were reported and discussed, the meeting turned to a conversation regarding the status of current state-proposed bills being processed for final vote by the Texas Senate and House of Representatives.

Voting bills were a much-discussed topic, which the club felt were suppressing accessibility to vote.

Prior to adjournment, Eloise Clayton announced that the BCDC will resume monthly meetings on the second Saturday of the month at the recently reopened BEC Community Room.

The next scheduled meeting is scheduled for June 12, with a meet and greet and covered dish lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. General meeting will follow.

For information about joining the Bandera County Democratic Club, connect with them on facebook or email