From the Prez

Hi Everyone,

It is hard to believe another year has come 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, cooking for the homeless, and vegan drinks, 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 Hal Marcus and Patricia Medeci on December 7th. They not only generously hosted our potluck, they also opened the Hal Marcus Gallery. It was an evening full of wonderful vegan food, exquisite art and good conversation. Thanks so much Hal and Pat for hosting and to all of you that brought your delicious vegan food and good cheer!

In January, I will be hosting a potluck and informal talk by Will Tuttle, author of the Amazon bestseller World Peace Diet. Will is a pianist, composer, educator, and recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award. A former Zen monk, his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley focused on educating intuition and altruism. Will and his artist wife Madeleine last visited El Paso almost 10 years ago. We still remember his insightful talk and look forward to hearing from him again. Our Winter Dinner in February will feature guest speaker Erica Meier, who has served as Executive Director for the national organization Compassion Over Killing since 2005. She is sure to inspire us with her tales of a lifetime dedicated to ending animal suffering.

Go to our Calendar of Events for more information on this and all of our upcoming events. Best wishes for a compassionate and safe holiday season and again, thanks for all you do on behalf of animals and our planet.

Liz

P.S. Don’t forget to send in your favorite homemade recipes for our new VSEP cookbook!