History

The original purpose of the Capital Tiger Bay Club, founded in 1971, was to provide a non-partisan forum on current political issues and listen to the views of newsmakers and opinion leaders of the day. Monthly luncheons are scheduled at the convenience of the speaker.

Local leaders, state leaders, Governors, U.S. Senators and Congressional Members, and the occasional Presidental candidate have made the Capital Tiger Bay Club a critical step-or misstep-in their pursuit of political power and influence.

Founding board members invited Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives who shared a passion for politics. The club has never endorsed political candidates nor advocated a particular ideology. It has always welcomed groundbreaking ideas, passionate ideologues, and insightful discussions; the more outrageous, the better.

Irreverent humor, sharp introductions, and the occasional roasting of members and guests are the mark of a good meeting. If laughter is good medicine, then the members of the Capital Tiger Bay Club can expect to lead long lives.

Presidents

  • 1971-1972 Dan Cunningham
  • 1972-1974 Cal Berry
  • 1974-1976 Phil Ashler
  • 1976-1978 Dave Barrett
  • 1978-1980 Hendrix Chandler
  • 1980-1982 Richard McFarlain
  • 1982-1984 Steve Slepin
  • 1984-1986 Judd Chapman
  • 1986-1988 John Clark
  • 1988-1990 Bill Sutton
  • 1990-1992 Lee Hinkle
  • 1992-1994 Scott Dailey
  • 1994-1996 Charlie Barnes
  • 1996-1998 Elise Judelle
  • 1998-2000 Bobby Bacon
  • 2000-2002 Ed Depuy
  • 2002-2004 Janet Hinkle
  • 2004-2006 Mark Miller
  • 2006-2008 Tony Carvajal
  • 2008-2010 Chris Klena
  • 2010-2012 Tim Center
  • 2012-2014 Laurie Walker
  • 2014-2016 Steve Birtman
  • 2016-2018 Jeff Ryan
  • 2018-2020 Gil Ziffer
  • 2020-Present Christina Johnson

Executive Seceraties

  • Buzz Korst from the beginning – 1996
  • Janet Hinkle 1996-1999
  • Barney Bishop 1999
  • Jeff Hendry 1999 – present