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!
May President's Message
Welcome New Executive Director and New Board Treasurer
Please extend a hearty Tiger welcome to our new Executive Director, Monica Kile, who attended her first luncheon March 26th. Monica brings to the Club extensive experience from the Florida Humanities Council and a Master’s Degree from USFSP and a Bachelor’s from FSU. Please introduce yourself to Monica and try to arrive early to meetings and exercise patience as Monica settles into the Tiger Bay routine. Chandra expressed deep appreciation for the generous gift that was collected and presented to her at the March 26th luncheon.
New Board Treasurer
Please welcome Linda Osmundson as the Board’s new Treasurer to fill out the term of office from Pam Meador. Linda is the Executive Director of CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) where she has served since 1989 and a veteran Club Member and past officer.
Vice President Art O’Hara has hit the ground running with programming that began the year with Mayor Bill Foster and CFO Jeff Atwater, while planning the Legislative Wrap-Up and the St. Petersburg City Council Race and Mayoral Race this summer. Kudos to Program Committee members David Klement, Council Member Wengay Newton, Emily Worden, Mayor Pat Gerard, Commissioner Janet Long, Dr. Helen Levine, Peter Schorsch, Former Mayor David Fischer and Shannon Love.
Awards Chair, Keith Bailey, has requested all Tiger Bay members consider potential candidates for the annual awards of The Benjamin Franklin Award (for public leadership), The Susan B. Anthony Grassroots Awards (for nonpublic service at the grassroots level), and The Thomas Paine Common Sense Award (for extraordinary integrity, courage and achievement). Nominees for each of these awards will be received all year. Please visit the Club Website www.tigerbay.org under the Awards tab for more information.
- Please do your best to register and pay online for lunches at www.tigerbay.org or
- Make a phone reservation on the recorded Tiger Bay line 822-1001
- Please plan to arrive at 11:30 for social hour/ networking time
See you in the Den!
Anne Drake McMullen, PresidentClick to read more news
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.
Young Tiger Christian Nattiel from Boca Ciega High School took home the Tiger at the April 12th luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater for asking Dr. Mona Mangat a thought-provoking question about fee for service and holistic care under the new Affordable Care Act. Good luck next year at West Point, Christian!
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