The Dallas Way

by Robert emery

In July of 2011, Jack Evans and George Harris proposed the idea that “someone ought to collect the GLBT history of Dallas.”  On Thursday, August 25, 2011, at 4PM, Jack hosted a meeting at Resource Center Dallas where he shared his idea with 17 curious attendees, who, in turn, shared colorful stories of their own.  A follow-up meeting was scheduled for Thursday, Sept 15, 2011 at 6pm in the Great Room at the ilume, located at 4123 Cedar Springs (room reservation arranged by Tony Vedda, Chairman of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce).  31 enthusiastic people attended this meeting.   This informal meeting was repeated, monthly, on October 20, November 10, and December 8 of 2011.  Carl Parker, who realized we needed a smaller group to meet more often than the larger monthly community group meetings, gathered Mike Anglin, Buddy Mullino, and Robert Emery, along with Jack & George.

 Left to Right:  Mike Anglin, Robert Emery, Carl Parker, Jack Evans, George Harris, Buddy Mullino

Left to Right:  Mike Anglin, Robert Emery, Carl Parker, Jack Evans, George Harris, Buddy Mullino

This “group of 6” met weekly, in between the monthly community meetings, to develop initial organization structure necessary for the creation of a new non-profit.  Mike Anglin agreed to handle all business related to obtaining a Texas non-profit corporation charter and becoming a 501(c)(3)  non-profit, while Robert Emery volunteered to be our Secretary/Historian.

During the September community meeting, Stan Aten suggested we call ourselves: The Dallas Way, since the Dallas gay and lesbian community has always had a uniquely effective, orderly, cooperative, strategic, cohesive, and dramatic way of doing things.  Louise Young suggested our name be enhanced by a descriptive subtitle: the GLBT history project.  We all agreed, and we had our name.  When Rafiq Salleh created our Logo, our name formally coalesced into The Dallas Way: a GLBT history project.  Bruce Monroe established a Facebook presence, as a gateway to collecting stories: http://www.facebook.com/groups/257817754259165/

The Dallas Way was chartered as a Texas Non-Profit Corporation on Oct. 11, 2011. Mike Anglin did the legal work.  On Nov 15, 2011, Carl Parker opened a bank account for the organization. Robert Emery, as agent, signed the original By-Laws document.

The third general planning meeting held on Thursday, November 10, 2011 (6pm 4123 Cedar Springs -- Great Room at the ilume) was attended by the following members of the GLBT community to give input on organizing strategies: Jack Evans, George Harris, Mike Anglin, Buddy Mullino, Carl Parker, Robert Emery, Stan Aten, Bruce Monroe, Karen McCroklin, TJ Wilson, Jay Forte, Mike Grossman, George Amerson, Mark Vosvick, Rick Vanderslice, Truett Davis, Dreanna Belden, Spencer Keralis, Sue Parks, Mark Sadlek, Paul J Williams.

Our January 17, 2012, meeting, at Park Towers Condominiums, marked our first official meeting with a sitting Board of Directors: Jack Evans, President; George Harris, Vice-President; Rebecca Covell, Secretary; Carl Parker, Treasurer.  Board members were: Mike Anglin, Robert Emery, Buddy Mullino, Anne Fay, Bruce Monroe, Dennis Coleman, Evilu Pridgeon, Mike Grossman, Stan Aten, and Jay Forte.  Shortly, Jay Forte needed to resign, and Steve Atkinson was voted in as his replacement.  We created our Mission Statement during this first meeting: The mission of The Dallas Way is to gather, organize, store, and present the complete GLBT history of Dallas, Texas.  On January 19, 2012, we received our first press coverage in The Dallas VOICE: http://www.dallasvoice.com/lgbt-history-project-focus-1099245.html The Dallas Way received its 501(c)(3) tax exemption from the IRS on April 20, 2012.

                                          First Board of Directors - January 17, 2012 -- Our 1st year

                                         First Board of Directors - January 17, 2012 -- Our 1st year

                                     Second Board of Directors - May 10, 2013 -- Our 2nd year

                                    Second Board of Directors - May 10, 2013 -- Our 2nd year

                                        Fourth Board of Directors - Feb. 4, 2015 -- Our 4th year

                                       Fourth Board of Directors - Feb. 4, 2015 -- Our 4th year

                                            Fifth Board of Directors - Jan. 10, 2016 --  Our 5th year

                                           Fifth Board of Directors - Jan. 10, 2016 --  Our 5th year

                                               Seventh Board of Directors. -  January 14, 2018. --  Our 7th Year

                                              Seventh Board of Directors. -  January 14, 2018. --  Our 7th Year

Speaker Series & Annual Fundraising Brunch

2012

Outrageous Oral, Volume 1             

Featuring Michael Doughman, Jack Evans & George Harris

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 2 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hosted by Rebecca Covell;

Featuring Don Maison,  Penny Krispin, Monica Greene and Bruce Monroe

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 3             

October 11, 2012, at UNT

 

2013

Outrageous Oral, Volume 4             

Thursday, Jan 17, 2013

Featuring William Waybourn & Sherry Jacobson

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 5  

Thursday, April 18, 2013              

Featuring Steve Atkinson, Candy Marcum, Nell Gaither, Darryl Baker, Hardy Haberman, and Cordell Adams 

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 6               

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Featuring Kay Wilkinson, Rodd Gray, Harryette Ehrhardt, Paul J. Williams, and Ann Brown

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 7               

Thursday, Sept 26, 2013

Featuring Bruce Jaster, Mike Grossman, Karen McCrocklin, & Mike Anglin

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 Outrageous Oral, Volume 8            

October 17, 2013, at UNT

Featuring Nell Gaither, Dr. Gilda Garcia, Dr. Chwee Ly Chng, and Bruce Monroe

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Inaugural Fundraising Brunch      

Sunday, Nov 24, 2013  … 11:30AM – 2PM

Hosted by Mark Shekter at The Centrum, 3111 Welborn, Suite 1601

 

2014

Outrageous Oral, Volume 9               

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Featuring Vivienne Armstrong and Louise Young, David Taffet, and Terry D. Loftis

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 10            

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Featuring Molly Behannon, George Keaton, Jr., Leslie McMurray, & Randy Potts

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 11            

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Alpha Thomas, Paul Pizzo (AKA: Polly von Acoker), Ron Zimmerman (AKA: Master Z), Pamela Curry

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 12            

Thursday, Sept 25, 2014

Hosted by Dee Pennington; Featuring Cece Cox, Emma Colquitt, & Lory Masters

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 13            

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 at UNT

Hosted by Robert Emery; Featuring Dr. Clark A. Pomerleau, AJ Aquinaga, Karen Wisely, Eric Duran, & Rafael McDonnell

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2nd Annual Fundraising Brunch                 

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Hosted by Dr. Steve Pounders and Jimmy O'Reilly at 3525 Turtle Creek Blvd. 

 

2015

Outrageous Oral, Volume 14            

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hosted by Robert Emery; Featuring Veletta Forsythe Lill, Barbara Rosenberg, Leza Mesiah, Buddy Mullino

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 15            

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hosted by Steve Atkinson; Featuring Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Mark Arthur Shekter, Ed Oakley and Kathy Bowser

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 16          

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hosted by Rabbi Steve Fisch;

Featuring Mark Pharriss & Vic Holmes; Peggy Evans & Stella Hess; Durward Watson & Michael Kaufman; Sherry Briggs & J’aime Joiner

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“One Night Only”                             

Thursday, May 21, 2015     

Featuring Paul J Williams as Sister Helen Holy, Michael Doughman as Michael Lee, Richard D Curtain as Edna Jean Robionson, and Rodd Gray as Patti Le Plae Safe

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 17            

Thursday, Sept 17, 2015

Hosted by Michael Doughman

 Featuring Kathy Jack, Chris Luna, Patti Fink,  & Evilu Pridgeon

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Outrageous Oral, Volume 18            

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at UNT

Featuring Oliver Blummer, Jake Mangum, KD Van Zandt, E. Tamplin, & Edra Bogle

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3rd Annual Fundraising Brunch      

Sunday, Dec 6, 2015

Hosted by Dickie Weaver & Steve Arnn at Park Towers Condominiums

 

2016

Volume 19                                        

Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 in The Rose Room @ S4

Hosted by Mike Anglin

Featuring Dick Peeples, Pam Buchmeyer, and Maggie (Baker) Watt

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Since the May 21, 2015 “One Night Only” was not properly numbered as Volume 17, we are correcting the numbering now; starting with…

Volume 21                                        

Thursday, May 12, 2016 @ The Round-Up Saloon

Hosted by Robert Emery

Featuring Michael Doughman, Mary Mallory & Dickie Weaver

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Volume 22, One Night Only              

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ The Round-Up Saloon

Hosted by Kay Wilkinson

Featuring the Turtle Creek Chorale

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Volume 23                                        

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016 at UNT

Hosted by Dreanna Belden

Featuring Adrian Cooks / Alex Eller / Reverend Colleen Darraugh

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4th Annual Fundraising Brunch      

Sunday, Dec 4, 2016

Hosted by Richard Shampain & Jeff Henderson. 

We raised $9,370 and presented a check to UNT in the amount of $30,000.00

 

2017

Volume 24                                        

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 at the Rose Room at S4

Hosted by Robert Emery

Featuring the DFW Federal Club and Dallas’ LAMBDA Group

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Volume 25    

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Rose Room at S4

Hosted by Paul J Williams,

Featuring Mica England, Sheriff Lupe Valdez, and Major Barbara Hobbbs

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        Dallas City Hall foyer -- June 2017

       Dallas City Hall foyer -- June 2017

June 2017  

Partnered with UNT Special Collections & the LGBT Employee Association of Dallas to create the Dallas LGBT History Exhibit at City Hall. 

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Volume 26                                        

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017 in Willis Library at UNT

Hosted by Dreanna Belden

Featuring Dr. Chwee Lye Chng, Brandon Corpus, Bart Poché, Diane Reeve

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Nov 9, 2017

- TDW participates in the “Equality Forum” at SMU

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                                                    Fifth Annual Fundraising Brunch

                                                   Fifth Annual Fundraising Brunch

5th Annual Fundraising Brunch      

Sunday, Dec 3, 2017

Hosted by Richard Shampain & Jeff Henderson:

4060 Cochoran Chapel, Dallas, 75209.  We raised $4,300

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Mission Statement

 

2018

Volume 27                                        

Thursday, April 5, 2018  - Rose Room at S4

Hosted by Robert Emery

Featuring Dr. Wesley Phelps (The History of Baker v Wade), Betty K. Neal, Gary Garcia

 


 dDonated archives, ready for curating by The Dallas Way

dDonated archives, ready for curating by The Dallas Way

The mission of The Dallas Way is to gather, organize, store, and present the complete GLBT history of Dallas, Texas.  Founded in 2011, TDW has led the effort to preserve the untold and under-told history of one of the most vibrant and productive communities in the City of Dallas.  TDW’s valuable archive collections of photographs, news clippings, court documents, correspondences, speech transcripts, personal notes and memoirs, organizational documents, and video speeches and video interviews have been donated to TDW by individuals and organizations across the City, curated by TDW, and then forwarded to the UNT where they are permanently preserved, as well as painstakingly analyzed, described, and scanned into digital documents which are then uploaded to UNT’s “Portal to Texas History” making those unique and invaluable archives available over the internet to researchers and scholars around the world.  To date, TDW has funded $50,000 of the cost of this large-scale digitization project at UNT, which is the largest LGBT project underway anywhere in the world today

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FUTURE EVENT SCHEDULING

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Volume 28    

Thursday, Sept 13 -  Rose Room at S4 – TBD

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Volume 29    

Oct 11 – UNT

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6th Annual Fundraising Brunch

Sunday, Dec 2, 2019   11AM – 2PM

Hosted by Lory Masters

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The Dallas Way ADMINISTRATIVE History

October 2011

The Dallas Way was chartered as a Texas Non-Profit Corporation on Oct. 11, 2011. Mike Anglin did the legal work.  On Nov 15, 2011, Carl Parker opened a bank account for The Dallas Way.  Robert Emery, as Agent, signed the original By-Laws document.

 January 2012

Our January meeting, at Park Towers Condominiums, marked our first  official meeting with a sitting Board of Directors: Jack Evans, President; George Harris, Vice-President; Rebecca Covell, Secretary; Carl Parker, Treasurer.  Board members were: Mike Anglin, Robert Emery, Buddy Mullino, Anne Fay, Bruce Monroe, Dennis Coleman, Evilu Pridgeon, Mike Grossman, Stan Aten, and Jay Forte.  Shortly, Jay Forte needed to resign, and Steve Atkinson was voted in as his replacement. 

January 2013

            President – Buddy Mullino

            Vice President –  Steve Atkinson

            Secretary – Robert Emery

            Treasurer –  Carl Parker

January 2015

            President – Evilu Pridgeon

            Vice President – Steve Atkinson

            Secretary – Sherry Briggs

            Treasurer – Stella Hess

January 2017

            President – Evilu Pridgeon

            Vice President – Steve Atkinson

            Secretary – Mike Anglin

            Treasurer – Sherry Briggs

January 2018

            President – Evilu Pridgeon

            Vice President – Robert Emery

            Secretary – De'An Olson

            Treasurer –  Mike Anglin