May 2012

May 01, 2012

We love our members - and that is why we hope you will join us for an informal, fun happy hour this Thursday, May 3rd. We will be hanging out at Javelina catching up and finding out what's on your mind and/or what you are up to next. I hope you will join us! And, the public policy cluster will be meeting afterwards for dinner and discussion.

Although there a few other opportunities for Future Forum members (like hearing Sissy Spacek at the LBJ Library, or the Barbecue at the LBJ Ranch, so you should be plenty busy,) we want to get on your calendar for our next big Future Forum event, which will be June 15th. It's a Friday and will be a great way to kick off the weekend. More details soon, but suffice it to say, we expect it to be entertaining, funny, and informative. Save the date and we'll send out more information soon.

We are working on some more great events, including a pair of election-related events this fall and a 10th anniversary party in August! Keep your eyes peeled for more information soon.

We hope to see you soon.

Upcoming Events

See What We Have in Store

Member Happy Hour
Thursday, May 3, 6:00 p.m.
Thanks for being a member! Please join the Future Forum Board and fellow members for cocktails and conversation this Thursday, May 3, at 6:00 p.m. at Javelina. In appreciation of you, the first round is on us! Appetizers will also be provided.

Javelina is a new bar and restaurant serving "hill country soul" located at 69 Rainey Street, near the turnabout across from the Mexican American Cultural Center.

Join us on the patio! Please register if you plan to attend so we can estimate numbers.

An Evening With Sissy Spacek
Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 p.m.

The Friends of the LBJ Library will host Academy-Award winning actress and Texas native Sissy Spacek for an evening event in the LBJ Auditorium on May 8. Ms. Spacek will discuss her life and remarkable forty-year film career. Local singer and songwriter Shawn Colvin will lead the conversation.

Signed copies of Spacek's new memoir My Extraordinary Ordinary Life will be available for sale that evening. If you would like to pre-order a copy, please call the The Store at LBJ at (512) 232-2396.

A limited number of seats have been set aside for current Future Forum members. Please register online if you would like to attend. Registration will be cut off once we reach our limit.

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, in early June. For information on the Book Cluster or to be added to the email list, please email Hamilton Richards. The Book Cluster meets at Monkey Nest, a coffee shop located on Burnet Road.

Our next Public Policy Cluster meeting is this Thursday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. Why come? Help create a culture of conversation and understanding, learn from your neighbor, and share your perspective. Potential topics to be discussed include KONY 2012, women's contraception, Trayvon Martin, and "Obama care" and the Supreme Court. We'll discuss over dinner at Javelina, a new bar and restaurant located at 69 Rainey Street. Each person is responsible for his or her own meal. lease email Rico Reyes to RSVP or to be added to the Public Policy Cluster distribution list. Space is limited.

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

Game Change

Thank you for joining us at two recent events: the screening and discussion of Game Change on March 11, and the fastforward Issues Forum with Leadership Austin on March 27.

A webcast of the post-screening discussion with Game Change authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann is available online. They speak candidly about the making of the new HBO film, the controversy it has created, and the 2012 presidential campaign. It's worth watching!

Doers & Builders

May's Doers & Builders - KLRU

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is celebrating 50 years in Austin!

KLRU's mission is to enrich the lives of our viewers through quality public television programming, community services and public events like the SPARK Speaker Series, KLRU Kid's Club and shows like Austin NOW, Austin City Limits, Central Texas Gardener, and Overheard With Evan Smith.

To learn more, please visit the KLRU 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.

The annual Barbeque at the LBJ Ranch is this Saturday, May 5. Riders in the Sky will provide a 90 minute show and The Salt Lick will cater. Tickets are $100. For more information, please visit the events webpage for the Friends of the LBJ National Park.

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

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