McAllen Citizens League

Purpose: The McAllen Citizens League was formed to engage in educational and informative undertakings; more particularly to inform the citizenry of McAllen by sponsoring lectures on current affairs, including open forum discussions of civic matters, history, and other current topics as applied to problems of the day. This organization is non-sectarian and non-partisan. No candidate for public office shall be endorsed by it. Meetings: The McAllen Citizens League meets on the fourth Thursday of the month, September through May for a luncheon meeting. There are no meeting held in the month of November. In December the meeting is on different date during the month. Having lunch is optional and the public is always invited.

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Next Meeting: March 26, 2015

School Bond Issue &

School Board Candidates at Citizens League


McAllen, TX

Dr. James Ponce, Superintendant of MISD, will speak about the proposed $297 million bond issue as well as the 9 candidates for the contested seats on the school board at the McAllen Citizens League’s noon lunch meeting on Thursday, March 26. The League meets at the Salvation Army Center on 23rd street and Pecan in McAllen.

“We have extended this meeting to 1:30 pm in order to accommodate the bond issue and all candidates”, said Christopher Julian, President of the League. “Dr. Ponce will start the meeting with a 15-20 minute presentation on the Bond Issue. Then each of the 9 candidates will have 2 minute opening comments followed by questions from League members only”, Julian explained.

Candidates speaking at this meeting include; Place 1 Marco Suarez, Enedelia “Ennie” Olivarez, Dalinda “Dolly” Gonzalez Alcantar, Maricruz Del Villar Abbott, Place 2 Conrado “Ito” Alvarado, Don Delaney, Hilda Garza DeShazo, Place 4 Erica de la Garza-Lopez, Tony Forina. Daniel Vela is uncontested for Place 5 and therefore will not speak.

McAllen Citizens League meeting is open to the public with lunch available for $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Membership in the League is only $10 per year.

Save The Date

The League’s next meeting will be held February 26, 2015 at the Salvation Army in McAllen.  The program will host a forum for McAllen City Commission District One candidates.  Come meet the candidates and get informed prior the special election for this seat to be held April 4, 2015.

Next Meeting – 1-22-2015

Hidalgo County Sheriff to address Citizens League 

E. “Eddie” Guerra, Hidalgo County Sheriff will be the guest speaker at the McAllen Citizens League’s Noon Luncheon on Thursday January 22 at the Salvation Army Center on 23rd Street & Pecan in McAllen.

Sheriff Guerra will give an overview of the state of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department. “This is our first monthly meeting of the year” said Christopher Julian, President of the League. “In light of the recent corruption within the department, this is a very important topic”, Julian concluded.

Guerra was elected into office in November 2014 after being appointed by the Commissioner’s Court to serve as interim Sheriff since April 2014. Guerra has 20 years of law enforcement experience.

The McAllen Citizens League meeting is open to the public with lunch available for $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Membership in the League is only $10 per year. Go to for more information on the League.

Archives 2001 – 2012

Members in loving memory
Lucile Hendricks
Joseph Hopkins
J.W.  Knapp          


Mixer Wednesday January 25, 2012

M C L Install Elected Directors for 2011 – 2012 Term
The Monitor July 10 ,2011

Member Mixer
Texas Border Business  January 18, 2011
Mixer Wednesday January 26, 2011

2001 – 2010
The Monitor September 2, 2001
The Monitor September, 2002
Interview KGBT Channel 4  December 13, 2007
Mayor refuses to debate. The Monitor March 25, 2009
Finances, dropouts and superintendent search dominate
school board forum.   
The Monitor March 26, 2009
Hidalgo County Sheriff to Address Border Violence with Citizens League
The Monitor May 24, 2009
The Monitor September 13, 2009
McAllen Citizens League elected Directors for its 57th fiscal year
Mayor: building new theater before selling old auditorium
isn’t wise
The Monitor December 7, 2010
McAllen’s theater, reservoir project to be discussed
The Monitor   December 9, 2010
M C L Install Officers and Board Members
Texas Border Business December 21,2010