Welcome to the Tigers' Den
The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club is a unique, non-partisan political club, founded in 1978 to foster a better understanding of public issues. The Club meets regularly for lunch (usually twice a month) to hear guest speakers on all types of political and public issues of interest. Visit our Calendar to see who will be stepping into the Den next! A convenient online RSVP form allows you to reserve right from the web site.
Our members, called "Tigers," come from all walks of life: big shots and those just loading their guns. The single common thread is an acute interest in politics and public affairs. Interested in joining? Check out our Membership page.
We have ongoing programs to encourage youth to take interest in public affairs. The Young Tigers page has more details. We also give annual Awards that recognize outstanding leadership, and much more.
News from the Den!
December President's Message
Looking Forward and Looking Back
As my 2013 term of office as President is coming to a conclusion, I would like to reflect on the historic events and proud accomplishments of this Board in the past year. In October of this year, Pinellas County mourned the loss of Congressman Bill Young whose accomplishments will leave a lasting mark on this community for generations and who was a frequent speaker to the Club. We also witnessed an
historic mayoral race where the incumbent lost his reelection bid for the first time in 26 years. Lastly, we face an energetic special election to fill the now open District 13 Congressional seat which Tiger Bay Club will feature as our final program of the year, hosting the qualified candidates for the race on December 6, 2013. Be sure to join us for this exciting program and our election for Tiger Bay Officers and Board.
- A Lifetime Membership level was established and Past President Bob Fisher was first to sign up
• A Household Membership discount was established for two adults living at the same address for $125
• A new Membership Directory was approved for 2014
• Lunch charges now cover the cost to the Club for hosting our meetings
• The Annual Event will pay for itself with ticket prices and sponsorships and no longer pose a deficit to the Club
• We hired a new Executive Director
2014 Nominees to the Board of Directors
The December 6th meeting will be our final luncheon meeting of the year and will conclude my service as your President. It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Club and I look forward to this last meeting where we recognize the new officers (as voted on at the last Board meeting) and approve nominees for Board of Directors for 2014 for a vote by the membership. Your officers are:
President - Art O’Hara
Vice President - Pat Gerard
Treasurer - Linda Osmundson
Secretary - Emily (Worden) Sitzberger
I wish your new President, Art O’Hara, and his team a very successful year.
See you in the den!
Anne Drake McMullen
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Fang & Claw
What’s all this about a “Fang & Claw?”
Perhaps the most appealing benefit of membership is the ability to participate in Question & Answer sessions with our speakers. The coveted "Fang & Claw Award" is presented to the member at each meeting who "slashes through pretension and prevarication" with the toughest question of the day.
During the November 7th meeting Marianne Edmonds walked away with the Fang and Claw award for asking Al Ruechel and Adam Smith a timely question about exactly what voters need to be looking for in the election for Congressional District 13.
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