Don Boren

Presidents Message

JULY 2024

EFWBA Friends and Members,

First; Here's hoping your 4th of July Independence was safe and a lot of fun. Summer is definitely here in full force. Lots of sun screen and lots of water are absolute necessities.

Your board is not taking all of July off. They will meet as usual with the November event celebrating our 50th anniversary the main agenda item. We will need your volunteer help for committees to make this year's event really special. Be thinking ahead about items for the auction as this is where the finances for the student awards is made.

We had two zoning cases to appear before Council for. One was the Site Plan amendment for the roofing company at the old Kmart site on east Lancaster. They wanted an 8 foot wooden fence to completely enclose the property. Our board unanimously voted to oppose this as we felt it would give the wrong appearance to the business corridor. Bill Schwennsen presented our letter of opposition, Wanda Conlin spoke against, two citizens from Central Meadowbrook spoke against. Councilwoman Martinez made the motion for "Denial without prejudice"; this means they can come back immediately. The motion passed with no council members voting in opposition. This one needs to be watched carefully.

The other case was the final approval of the Gateway Park master plan. Bill Schwennsen presented for EFWBA, Wanda Conlin, Gary Cumbie and a number of others spoke. Gary asked for fifty million for implementation of the plan instead of the twenty million allocated. We'll see how that goes. The motion was for approval of the plan and the vote by Council was unanimous.

Remember that there is no member meeting in July. The August speakers are Police Chief Neil Noakes and Fire Chief Jim Davis. These two in tandem should be very interesting. See you on August 1st. You'll get a reminder to RSVP.

Your President

the Chiefs

August Guest Speakers: The Chiefs

August 1, 2024

Fire Chief Jim Davis and Police Chief Neil Noakes

Join us at the August meeting to meet our Chiefs.

Fire Chief Jim Davis was sworn in Oct. 16, 2018. In his previous assignment, he was responsible for all areas of training and education for the 1,550 firefighters and paramedics in the Columbus Division of Fire.

He is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of emergency department, intensive care and mobile intensive care unit experience, including 20 years as a flight RN/EMT with Medflight of Ohio. Davis holds a master’s degree in operational excellence and process improvement from Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and a doctorate in adult learning theory from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Chief Learning Officer program.

He has said the FWFD will approach every encounter with two main principles: Affording every member of the organization the best opportunity to go home safe at the end of their shift, and seeking additional opportunities to engage and be involved with the community by always asking, “why not?” Davis’ appointment follows an extensive search that included several opportunities for public engagement. Davis replaces Rudy Jackson, who retired after more than 10 years in the position.

Police Chief Neil Noakes has been with the FWPD since 2000. He has served in multiple ranks across the department in areas such as Patrol, DWI, Motors, and Internal Affairs. Prior to being named Chief of Police, he oversaw the South Command as Deputy Chief. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration form Tarleton State University and his master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Texas Christian University (TCU). He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s 137th Administrative Officers Course and TCU’s inaugural Leadership, Executive and Administrative Development program (L.E.A.D. #1). He also enjoys working with youth engagement programs such as Operation Progress, Read2Win, All Pro Dad and the City of Fort Worth’s Education Initiative. 

Please confirm your attendance by Friday, July 26, so we can inform our catering service.

RSVP for August 1, 2024

We meet at

Meadowbrook-Poly United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
3900 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, 76103.
Usually in the building on North side of church complex, closest to Meadowbrook. Overflow Parking on West side of street.

Doors Open 11:30 Lunch 11:45 – 1:00 pm

Meals $15.00 Members • $20.00 Non-Members

Guest Speakers of 2024

January 4 2024

Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker

February 1 2024

TWU: Dr. Emily Messer

March 7 2024

Robert Allen,
CEO FW Economic Development

April 4 2024

Robert Ahdieh,
Dean, Texas  A&M

May 2 2024

Toby Owen, Presbyterian Night Shelter

JUNE 6 2024

Bud Kennedy, author journalist

JULY 4 2024

No meeting in July


August 1 2024

The Chiefs:
Police Chief Neil Noakes and Fire Chief Jim Davis.