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!
January President's Message
Thank you for allowing me to be your incoming Tiger Bay President this year and to the dynamic group of members who have volunteered to help out on the board. I look forward to an exciting lineup of programs, to increased membership, to all your ideas (after all, this is your club) and to your feedback about what is going right and what needs improvement.
I'm hoping that every current member will renew to see what is in store for 2015 and will bring friends and colleagues to our luncheons to share the Tiger Bay experience. If you have ideas for speakers or programs that you and your friends would like to see, please let us know.
The board is exploring the idea of holding some meetings at different venues more centrally located in the county and of having a breakfast meeting or two. We will be glad to look into any venue you might suggest, knowing that luncheon cost and ease of access are always issues with our members.
A big thanks to Art O'Hara for his leadership in 2014 which resulted in increased membership, great programming and new energy for the club. And to Chandra for stepping in again to keep us on track, in tune and moving forward. WE LOVE YOU, Chandra!
Help make this club what you want it to be. Happy New Year!
See you in the Den!
Pat Gerard ~ President
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.
Tiger Bay member Hal Freedman (R) took home the Tiger at the luncheon held on January 8, 2015 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club for asking St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman (L), what will he (Kriseman) do if the Pier selection goes to referendum again?Click for more winner pics