From the Prez

From the Prez

In this season of reflection, I want to personally thank each of you for your commitment to the Veg Society of El Paso, and special thanks to those of you who have organized and attended potlucks, restaurant hoppers, quarterly dinners, donated raffle items at our dinners, tabled at a community event, fed the homeless, or help to bring new members to our society. We couldn’t have had such a successful year without your help!

To close the year, we will have our annual Holiday gathering at the home of our founder, Sukie Sargent. Sukie and her husband Richard will host a potluck on December 7th. We will also have a booth at this year’s Happy Hippie Holidaze at the Hal Marcus Gallery, stop by to say hi, and see some beautiful art and hear some great music. This event is always a great time!

In January, the Piedmont Café will host our restaurant hopper. The Piedmont opened this fall and nearly everything on their menu can be “veganized.” They will prepare a special selection for our event. Our Winter Dinner will be held on February 15th and features Will Tuttle as the guest speaker. Will is the author of the book The World Peace Diet, Buddhism and Veganism, Circles of Compassion and several authors. Will has spoken to VSEP on several past occasions and I am sure we will all be inspire and learn more about spiritual aspects of going vegan. Go to our Calendar of Events for more information on this and all of our upcoming events.

As you contemplate the upcoming holiday season, remember that there are many deserving animal advocacy groups both locally and nationally that would make excellent use of an end of year contribution. If you do choose to shop, you will be delighted to find many online vendors selling wonderful vegan items from food to clothing as well as a wide variety of books.

Make your New Year’s resolution to help someone close to you become aware of all of the benefits of a vegan diet and how easy it has become to lead a fulfilling life without harming animals and lessening their environmental impact. Or resolve to increase your involvement in VSEP. We really need your help in running our organization. We have plenty of volunteer leadership position available. Some require only a few hours per month while others are more involved. We can help you find an opportunity that fits your schedule and skills. Please contact any of our Board members or come to a Board meeting to learn more about how you can help .

Best wishes for a compassionate holiday season to you and your family. And, again, thanks for all you do on behalf of animals and our planet.

Liz Walsh

VSEP President

P.S. Have some extra time this winter, volunteer with VSEP! See our open positions by going to and clicking on the VSEP leadership link.