Greater Houston Pachyderm Club

Greater Houston Pachyderm Club Meetings on Tuesdays at lunch at King Ranch Texas Kitchen (except election days & December). Events posted on Facebook.
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GHPC is a chapter of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs & an official allied Organization of the Republican National Committee.

02/20/2024

GHPC meeting with Fmr. Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.

Two more great Republican Primary Candidate Forums today. Thanks to our candidates who participated in these important e...
02/13/2024

Two more great Republican Primary Candidate Forums today. Thanks to our candidates who participated in these important events. Come to Pachyderm and learn something!

01/15/2024

DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS THERE WILL BE NO MEETING TOMORROW, TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2024.

11/27/2023

OOPS - Pachyderms last meeting is TOMORROW not today. See you all then!!

Rice Votes hosts candidates at Houston Mayoral ForumRice ThresherBy Belinda Zhu     10/17/23 11:07pmRice Votes and the G...
10/22/2023

Rice Votes hosts candidates at Houston Mayoral Forum

Rice Thresher
By Belinda Zhu 10/17/23 11:07pm

Rice Votes and the Greater Houston Pachyderm Club jointly hosted the non-partisan Houston Mayoral Forum at the McMurtry Auditorium Oct. 14. The talk was moderated by Mark Jones, a political science fellow at the Baker Institute and professor in the department of political science.

Candidates included Councilmember Jack Christie, Councilmember Robert Gallegos, Gilbert Garcia and Lee Kaplan. While all candidates were invited, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and state Sen. John Whitmire did not attend.

Although the event was hosted in collaboration with the Pachyderm Club, a partisan Republican organization, Verónica Reyna, the associate director for the Center for Civic Leadership, said her top priority was ensuring the event would be non-partisan.

“[The Pachyderm Club’s] number one priority is voter education and civic engagement, and they approached Rice University with that mindset,” Reyna said. “As long as we can be on the same page about non-partisan voter education, then that is … our priority as well.”

The debate covered topics including crime, which is the most important topic concerning Houstonians according to a survey conducted by University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs, questions the present candidates would like to ask the absent candidates and the candidates’ views on Proposition A and B, which will also be voted on during the Nov. 7 general election

Proposition A would allow three councilmembers to add agenda items during City Council meetings and Proposition B would withdraw the City of Houston from the Houston-Galveston Area Council unless the council adopts a population-proportional voting system.

Nina Wallach, a freshman from Martel College, attended this event and said she will be voting for the first time this fall.

“It’s cool to actually hear from candidates in person rather than just reading their websites,” Wallach said.

Not all students attended with the intention to vote. Izzy Ramnath, a political science major, attended the event to learn more about local politics.

“I am registered to vote in my hometown … I didn’t attend the event with the intention of deciding upon a candidate,” Ramnath, a Sid Richardson College sophomore, wrote in an email to the Thresher. “I attended to more or less gain knowledge about the election process in Houston and what running a campaign looks like.”

The forum ended with students speaking to the candidates one-on-one.

Hong Lin Tsai, a Brown College sophomore, enjoyed the opportunity to speak to the candidates.

“Each candidate that I’ve talked to was wonderful,” Tsai wrote in an email to the Thresher. “Councilmembers Gallegos and Garcia had a professional demeanor that really attracted us … to discuss internal and external matters with them. Mr. Kaplan and Dr. Christie, while a little construed with what we’re asking them, presented a friendly yet charming manner that we couldn’t resist taking a selfie with them. I wished Congresswoman Jackson Lee and Senator Whitmire were here since they are the front runners and most in the audience were there for them.”

Despite Lee and Whitmire — the frontrunners, according to an Oct. 10 poll from the Hobby School — not being present, Reyna believes the event went well.

“We had some candidates that had to back out at the last minute, so it was a smaller group of candidates than expected,” Reyna said. “But I think that the candidates [enjoyed it]. One mentioned that they felt this was the most fair event that they’ve been to.”

Kaplan said he viewed speaking at Rice as an opportunity, as it has educated and intellectually curious students.

“College students are generally well educated and intellectually curious and not everybody is in this city so that’s a plus,” Kaplan said. “[The candidates] spoke at other campuses too, but Rice is clearly the most prominent university in the city.”

Garcia said he enjoyed speaking at Rice due to his belief in the importance of civic engagement among young voters.

“I love coming to a college campus and I love seeing young people,” Garcia said. “The reason is this is really your city and y’all need to get involved. Y’all need to participate. Y’all need to learn the issues. It’s about empowerment because this is about y’all’s future.”

Tsai said he wishes more students attended this debate as civic engagement is important.

“There was not as much exposure and advertisement throughout campus that made students aware of the event, and most I’ve talked to wished they could come,” Tsai wrote. “Civic engagement should be an important thing [due to] how much it affects us right here in Houston. As a member of Civic Duty Rice, I felt like it is my responsibility to engage in this discussion.”

Come out Saturday morning from 9:00 - 11:00 am and help Republican judicial candidates get on the ballot for 2024 by sig...
10/02/2023

Come out Saturday morning from 9:00 - 11:00 am and help Republican judicial candidates get on the ballot for 2024 by signing their petitions. Bring your ID and a friend! Thanks!

From the Harris County Republican Party's Judicial Recruitment/Selection Committee.

09/26/2023

Hope to see everyone at the meeting today!

Another full capacity SRO crowd at today's GHPC meeting featuring the always entertaining and informative Wayne Dolcefin...
09/19/2023

Another full capacity SRO crowd at today's GHPC meeting featuring the always entertaining and informative Wayne Dolcefino of Dolcefino Consulting.

07/12/2023

Great meeting and incredible education session today - shared via Zoom with the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs - by our very own J.D. Joyce. Important and detailed yet understandable, J.D. walked us through the Federal Reserve - what it is, and how what it does affects the economy, the markets, regional (and local) banks, and us personally. Many thanks to J.D.!

07/10/2023

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow for a great forward on The Federal Reserve - Implications on the Economy, Markets, Regional Banks & You with J.D. Joyce.

THIS PROGRAM WILL BE RECORDED (it will be rebroadcast to the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs soon). Due to the recording: Please arrive early and be seated and enjoy your salad; If you arrive late, you will be seated in the rear of the room; We need to minimize the cross-talk and table chatter and for this meeting, and to-go will not be available.

The National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs mourns the loss of a stalwart club member, Joanne Phelps.  Joanne and her hus...
05/22/2023

The National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs mourns the loss of a stalwart club member, Joanne Phelps. Joanne and her husband of 47 years, the late Bill Phelps (fmr. Lt. Gov. of Missouri), were instrumental in bringing the Pachyderms to Texas, and were among the founders of the Greater Houston Pachyderm Club. .... As part of Joanne's continuing legacy to the NFPC, she has asked that In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Pachyderm Foundation. (2726 Bissonnet St, Suite 240-215, Houston, Texas 77005 or online at www.pachyderms.org/donations)

Celebrate the life of Joanne Phelps, leave a kind word or memory and get funeral service information.

07/20/2022
All Pachyderms and Republican friends are welcome to the Grand Opening of the Westside Republican Party headquarters thi...
03/09/2022

All Pachyderms and Republican friends are welcome to the Grand Opening of the Westside Republican Party headquarters this Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm. Come by and meet candidates, get candidate information and signs, sign up to volunteer, etc., etc., etc. And enjoy some tasty BBQ, too!

01/03/2022

Happy New Year, Pachyderms and friends! Looking forward to seeing you TOMORROW, Tuesday, January 4th for the first meeting of the year. Congressman Kevin Brady will join us for an update from Washington, and will swear in our new 2022 President Jason Fuller and his officers and directors. Tony's lunch is always fantastic. Meeting fee is $25 and includes lunch. No RSVPs taken - just show up at the door with cash, check, or credit card for the meeting fee in business attire, please. Valet parking available for $5.

12/07/2021

No meetings in December! Enjoy your holidays and we'll see you back at Tony's on Tuesday, January 4th for our first meeting of 2022.

12/02/2021

Well - sometimes people make mistakes, and we made one yesterday during our Homecoming presentation at our last 2021 meeting. We are happy to report that Ed Chen, one of our Club's former presidents, was put on the wrong list for the presentation and we "memorialized" Ed Chen way too early. As Mark Twain said, reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. We did mean to and do honor Ed Chen's life and legacy, and his great service to our club and the Republican party. We truly regret the error, and hope to see Ed soon in person when we start back up our meetings in January.

Here's a little sneak peek at a few of slideshow photos for tomorrow's Homecoming and Look Back last meeting of 2021.  Y...
11/30/2021

Here's a little sneak peek at a few of slideshow photos for tomorrow's Homecoming and Look Back last meeting of 2021. You don't want to miss it - it's going to be so fun!

11/21/2021

Get to know our most local representatives! We're looking forward to hearing from all of the runoff candidates in the HISD and HCC Trustee Board races this Tuesday. These positions are SO important! A major part of your property taxes fund these education districts, and who is on the board really matter. Join us at 11:30 am Tuesday 11/23 at Tony's for a great program and lunch. Always $25 meeting fee includes lunch. Pay at the door - no RSVP required. Business attire.

There's a very important election going on right now - 8 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, and trustee posi...
10/28/2021

There's a very important election going on right now - 8 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, and trustee positions for all local school boards and the Houston Community College system.

The Pachyderms don't endorse candidates or issues, but you can find recommendations and endorsements on the county party's website and by other conservative and business groups. Do your homework and get out and vote!

06/06/2021

GHPC is looking forward to welcoming our friend Ed Emmett this Tuesday, and a full-house, sell-out crowd. If you are planning to attend, please arrive early as seating will be first come and paid, first seated.

No saving seats for others who will pay upon arrival - and any seats saved by the saver paying for the seat will nevertheless be released at 11:50 a.m. if the person for whom saved has not arrived. Thank you for your understanding.

Meeting fee is $25 and includes a 3-course lunch. Business attire. Valet parking $5.

Update on what's going on at City Hall with At Large Position 1 Councilman Mike Knox.
02/23/2021

Update on what's going on at City Hall with At Large Position 1 Councilman Mike Knox.

02/15/2021

The GHPC meeting tomorrow 2/16 is cancelled due to 🌡️☁️. See you next week!

Very sad to announce our annual holiday party is cancelled for this year and will NOT be held December 8th as planned du...
11/30/2020

Very sad to announce our annual holiday party is cancelled for this year and will NOT be held December 8th as planned due to COVID-19 concerns.

We hope to reschedule a festive gathering in early 2021. As you know, we do not meet in December for lunch, but will resume our Tuesday weekly lunches in January. Mark your calendars for that, and stay tuned for announcements about speakers.

GHPC and it's Board and President wish all of our Pachyderms and friends a peaceful and healthy holiday season.

Governor Abbott appoints GHPC member Leo Vasquez as Chair of the Texas Departmetn of Housing and Community Affairs.  Con...
11/11/2020

Governor Abbott appoints GHPC member Leo Vasquez as Chair of the Texas Departmetn of Housing and Community Affairs. Congratulations, Leo!

https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-appoints-thomas-and-names-vasquez-chair-of-texas-department-of-housing-and-community-affairs

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ajay Thomas to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) for a term set to expire on January 31, 2025. He also named Leo Vasquez to serve as presiding officer of the board. TDHCA is responsible for promoting and preserving homeownership, financi...

The Club is saddened to learn of the passing of one of our long-time members, Jon Eliot King.  Godspeed, Jon.
10/26/2020

The Club is saddened to learn of the passing of one of our long-time members, Jon Eliot King. Godspeed, Jon.

We are saddened to learn of the death of long-time PTSD Foundation of America Board Member, Jon Eliot King. We are grateful for the many years of his determined service with an unwavering passion to effectively reduce the Veteran su***de rate in this nation. Jon never faltered in his love and support of our organization’s mission.

Doug Brown, Board Chairman, adds: “Jon King was one of the original PTSD Foundation of America Board Members and a current Board Member. Mr. King was a Vietnam Nam veteran, a West Point graduate, and an attorney who had faced a number of trials throughout his life including a war, a heart transplant, and cancer but never gave up! May he Rest In Peace and may we all learn something from his spirit! He will he missed by his friends and fellow Board members.”

Jon will be remembered for his willingness to share his knowledge and experience in impacting the Veteran community.

Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

We are looking forward to a full house on Tuesday with Congressman Crenshaw.  No reservations taken - first come, first ...
10/02/2020

We are looking forward to a full house on Tuesday with Congressman Crenshaw. No reservations taken - first come, first seated. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Or - You can also watch the program live on Zoom via the National Federation of Pachyderm Club's co-broadcast. You must pre-register:
Virtual Pachyderm Club Meeting
Congressman Dan Crenshaw (TX-2)
Tuesday, October 6th, noon CT
REGISTER TODAY!!! https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwofuGtqDkqHdcSmJtSMUhqZEqaGsmisH_Z

We are pleased to announce an upcoming virtual Pachyderm Club meeting hosted by the Greater Houston Pachyderm Club featuring Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw! Already a nationally-recognized star in the Republican Party, don't miss this dynamic speaker. Register early and reserve the time slot on your calendar. -- As usual, we will be utilizing the Zoom video conferencing platform:
Congressman Dan Crenshaw
Tuesday, October 6th, Noon CT

Lieutenant Commander (retired) and former Navy SEAL. Awarded two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor. Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Congressman, Texas 2nd Congressional District. Member of the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Budget Committee.

Be sure to register ahead of time (and then join the meeting using the link or phone numbers provided in your confirmation email). Additionally, our Facebook Events page will have the most up-to-date information, so please be sure to follow us on Facebook. As distancing guidelines begin to loosen and your club determines when to begin meeting again in-person, we would urge you model good citizen cooperation by closely observing your State, County and City guidelines. In the meantime, if you would like to have a Zoom meeting just for your local club, the NFPC will be happy to work with you to schedule such a meeting. Thank you for being part of the Pachyderms! Stay safe and follow the “social distancing” guidelines. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom and need help setting up an account, please email me and I will connect you with a Young Republican who will walk you through a step-by-step process.
May God Bless each of you and may God Bless the USA.
-SuZanne Feather, Executive Director
[email protected]

Join the Greater Houston Pachyderms Meeting as they host Special Guest Congressman Dan Crenshaw

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