About the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club

The mission of The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club is: To promote community understanding of current political and social issues, through public discourse and the free exchange of ideas.

The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club is a non-partisan political organization that was formed to foster an understanding of public issues.   Tiger Bay’s philosophy is that in-person, face-to-face exchanges and confrontations with key policymakers is the ideal to understand today’s complex issues.

Tiger Bay is political but non-partisan. Our Charter and By-Laws prevent our Board members from showing support to one candidate at our monthly luncheons, although our Board members are free to support candidates outside of our events. Our club certainly subjects candidates on its panels to no-holds-barred question-and-answer sessions by moderators and Tiger members. Our moderators agree to be neutral in their position and will inform the panelists if they’ve provided campaign support to any of them. The ability to ask questions of panel participants is one of the privileges of Tiger membership.

Tiger Bay works to include all candidates in a race on a panel, and no matter what the subject, we will strive to have a pro/con or a Democrat/Republican on the panel. We will do our best; however, a candidate or two may choose not to participate or cannot participate. We’ll bring to you those candidates who accept our invitation.   Our annual Legislative Update panels will include those elected officials – in the past, a few of our panels were all one party. These panels include those elected – State Representatives, Senator, and US Representative, who provide an update on the latest session.

The Sarasota Tiger Bay Club has a long history of encouraging the young people of Sarasota to be involved in current issues. The club encourages young people to get involved by attending panel presentations particularly our high school and college students. Special thanks to the Eliza and Hugh Culverhouse Family Foundation for sponsoring participation by High School and College students in the Tiger Bay lunch programs. The students are considered members and are permitted to ask questions of our panelists.