June 2012

May 17, 2012

Are you ready to be wildly entertained and educated - and get the opportunity to hang out with your Future Forum friends? Good! Come join us on Friday (yes, it will be so good we are holding it on a Friday) June 15, for Kevin Bleyer and his new book, Me The People. We will be joining with KLRU Next for this program, so you do not want to miss so many fun, engaging people in one room.

Can you believe the Future Forum is ten years old? We are busy planning a celebration. We'll have more details soon, but please put August 23 on your calendar.

We hope to see you soon.

Upcoming Events

A More Perfect Constitution
Friday, June 15, 6:00 p.m.

Join us on Friday, June 15, in the Atrium at the LBJ Library for a lively evening celebrating the release of Kevin Bleyer's new book Me The People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America.

Bleyer is an Emmy Award-winning writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has contributed his wit to President Obama's speeches at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner for the last four years. The evening is co-hosted by the LBJ Future Forum and KLRU Next.

A book signing and reception will follow. Copies of Me the People will be available for sale before and after the talk. All book sales benefit the LBJ Foundation in support of the LBJ Presidential Library.

Future Forum and KLRU Next Members: Free
Non-members: $10, to be collected at the door

Please register if you plan to attend. Space is limited.
In the meantime, see how well you know the Constitution by taking Bleyer's humorous quiz. You won't be sorry!

Cluster Activity

The Book Cluster will be reading Greenback Planet: How the Dollar Conquered the World and Threatened Civilization As We Know It by H.W. Brands for the next meeting on Monday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. For information on the Book Cluster or to be added to the email list, please email Hamilton Richards. The Book Cluster will meet at Monkey Nest, a coffee shop located at 5353 Burnet Road.

Thanks to those who came out for our Public Policy Cluster meeting on May 3. We had a wide-ranging discussion of women's contraception. Please email Rico Reyes to be added to the distribution list for future announcements.

Please email Nina Hess to be added to the distribution list for future announcements related to the Film Cluster. See you at the movies!

Recent Events

Member Happy Hour and Sissy Spacek

Thank you for joining us at our Member Happy Hour on May 3 at Javelina. We appreciate our members, and are already looking forward to our next gathering for cocktails and conversation.

Members also had the opportunity to hear Shawn Colvin interview Sissy Spacek on May 8, just a week after Spacek released her new memoir My Extraordinary Ordinary Life. The Store at LBJ has signed copies available for sale! Please call (512) 232-2396 for more info.

Doers & Builders

June's Doers & Builders - Foster Angels of Central Texas
To put it simply, Foster Angels provides immediate assistance to foster children in the form of basic needs (clothing, food, beds, medical expenses, etc.) and life-enhancing experiences (birthday parties, camp, sports and the arts, etc.) Our simple, proven program and low administrative costs allow us to operate efficiently and keep kids from waiting for crucial assistance. Many of these children have already experienced years of waiting...waiting for a family, for safety, and for joy.

We are located in Austin, Texas and serve the foster children of Region 7 in Travis andsurrounding counties. As of last year, there were over 4,500 children in foster care inRegion 7. Our philosophy is that foster children must be exposed to positive influences,activities and experiences that help them to flourish and reach their full potential. Wehelp provide enriching experiences that will shape a child's life and most of all, theirfuture.

For more information on how to become involved or to see a wishlist, please visit Foster Angels website.

At the LBJ Library and Museum

A New Look: Renovation Update

The LBJ Library and Museum is in the midst of a major redesign that will give visitors a contemporary, engaging experience relating to one of the most significant presidents and eras in our country's history. In the coming months, new exhibits will be installed on the three public exhibit floors of the Library, giving the interior a completely new look and feel.

The Store at LBJ (formerly the LBJ Museum Store) has re-opened in in its new, expanded space. Please come by to take advantage of your member discount and shop the wonderful mix of gifts and memorabilia!

The LBJ Library will remain open throughout the construction. However, the permanent and special exhibits on the 3rd and 4th floors are now closed. Please visit the renovation project webpage for a timeline, video from the Director about the project, behind the scenes pictures, a link to our Tumblr site, and updates on construction.

Other Community Events

Local nonprofits need talented professionals like you on their boards of directors! Attend Greenlights' 2012 Board Summit on Thursday, June 7, to meet the executive leaders of 50+ Central Texas nonprofits that are seeking new board leaders and to network with 300+ business professionals. Hear how board service helps you build professional skills and networks, and learn what you should ask before joining a board of directors.

When: June 7, 2012, 6:15-8:45 pm
Where: Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, downtown Austin
Featuring: 50+ local nonprofits representing a wide array of causes
Keynote: Jeff Garvey, Co-Founder, Austin Ventures, and Founding Board Chair, Lance Armstrong Foundation

Register Today! Only $35 and hors d'oeuvres are provided.

The annual Maudie's Moonlight Margarita Run and Gala benefiting The Trail Foundation will be held on June 14, 2012. Registration details are now available on The Trail Foundation's website.

Thanks to our Founding Sponsor:
and our Sponsors:
Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, LLP
Joe Cooks! Catering
James G. Kaighin, Jr. CFP (r)
Ratliff Law Firm
Richards, Rodriguez & Skeith, LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.

Thank you for your continued involvement in, and support of, the Future Forum.
LBJ Future Forum
email: [email protected]
phone: (512) 721-0176
web: lbjfutureforum.org

Contact Us

Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
[email protected]

Please be aware that LBJ Presidential Library events may be filmed and/or photographed. Your attendance constitutes your authorization for the LBJ Library to use your photograph, voice, or other likeness for purposes related to the Library, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms.


Founding Sponsor: Texas Monthly
Sponsors: Austin Wine Merchant
Joe Cooks
Karbach Brewing Company