From the Prez

Hi Everyone,

The summer rains have arrived and our desert landscape has been refreshed and is full of life.  It is a time to appreciate the creatures that we share in our community.  Late summer is full of activity.  All of a sudden butterflies are everywhere, responding to the greenery.  Mosquitoes are out in force too.  But fall bird migration is already underway, and the swallows, warblers, and even, shorebirds that stop in El Paso on their way south are eating the mosquitoes.  As hard as life can be for these wild creatures, they are able to live their lives attuned to the seasons, following their natural instincts.  This is in in stark contrast to farmed animals, who live lives constricted to the boundaries of human convenience, and who are eventually killed for our pleasure and not out of necessity. Here at the Vegetarian Society of El Paso we can be thankful that we are no longer investing in animal surffering for human pleasure, and that in letting go, we are creating a better world for wild creatures as well, by reducing the need for acreage used for livestock and their feed.  Sometimes, one good turn does lead to another.

Our Fall calendar is full of opportunities to connect with like-minded friends new and old…Potlucks, Restaurant Hoppers, a Vegan Bake Sale, Vegan Drinks Meetups, and, of course, our Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner in November.  This dinner is usually the highlight of the year and this year should be no exception.  Our speaker is Victoria Moran, an accomplished author, radio talk show host and director of a vegan lifestyle academy.  Victoria’s Main Street Vegan Academy is one of the few training programs for vegan lifestyle coaches in the country.  Our own Greg Lawson is a recent graduate of her program and will present a workshop on some aspects of vegan living in September.  Check our Calendar of Events for specifics about these and all of our Fall activities.

At our Board meetings, we have been brainstorming about new ways to engage you, our members, in VSEP.  Look for an email asking for your favorite original vegan recipes.  We will be compiling them into VSEP cookbook.  Bingo anyone? We will host a bingo night membership drive/fundraiser during the winter quarter.  Let us know how you would like to help by volunteering for tabling at health fairs or other community events or by organizing a VSEP event.

Finally, save the date for a special potluck on December 7th hosted by VSEP members Hal Marcus and Patricia Medici at their home.  The Hal Marcus Gallery will also be open for viewing the wonderul art of Hal and other local and regional artists.

Liz Walsh