From the Prez

From the Prez,

It is hard to believe another year is coming to a close! I want to personally thank all of you for your commitment to the Vegetarian Society of El Paso, and special thanks to those of you who have attended Board meetings, organized and attended potlucks, restaurant hoppers, vegan bake sales, donated raffle items at our dinners, voted for El Paso’s Best of Veg, and/or tabled at a community event. We couldn’t have had such a successful year without your help. And we will be counting on you in the coming year to help keep VSEP vibrant and to help spread the word about the environmental, spiritual and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet. Your ideas for new activities are always welcome!

We had a wonderful Holiday gathering at the home of Richard and Sukie Sargent on December 5th. It was an evening full of wonderful vegan food and conversation. E also installed our newest Board officers – Congratulations to Pat Medici (secretary), Kathleen Condone (Treasurer), and Hal Marcus (2nd Vice President). And thanks so much to Sukie and Richard!

In January we will have a restaurant hopper at the India Palace. Our Winter Dinner in February will feature guest speaker Dr. Michael Greger, an MD and Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger gives a one-of-a-kind performance on the latest in vegan nutrition. You will not want to miss this event. 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 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 internet vendors selling wonderful vegan items from food to clothing to art.

Best wishes for a compassionate and safe 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. Don’t forget to send in your favorite homemade recipes for our new VSEP cookbook!