Welcome to the Tigers' Den

The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club is a unique, non-partisan political club, founded in 1978 to foster a better understanding of public issues. The Club meets regularly for lunch (usually twice a month) to hear guest speakers on all types of political and public issues of interest. Visit our Calendar to see who will be stepping into the Den next! A convenient online RSVP form allows you to reserve right from the web site.

Our members, called "Tigers," come from all walks of life: big shots and those just loading their guns. The single common thread is an acute interest in politics and public affairs. Interested in joining? Check out our Membership page.

We have ongoing programs to encourage youth to take interest in public affairs. The Young Tigers page has more details. We also give annual Awards that recognize outstanding leadership, and much more.

News from the Den!

April President's Message


Happy April, everyone!  It was great to spend time with many of you at our Annual Event in a more relaxed setting than our usual lunches. The event was a big success thanks to the hard work of Commissioner/Vice Chair Janet Long.  Thanks again to all who helped by sponsoring the event.

We have a great lineup of programs coming up for you in the next few months. Hope you will take advantage of member pricing for lunches. Many members have not yet sent in their dues for the year. If you think you may be one of them, please remit as soon as possible. If you're not sure whether you paid or not, check with Chandra, Lisa, or one of the board members. We know who you are!

We know it's not a big election year (except for St. Petersburg) but we do have some very interesting programs coming up that you will want to attend. Joe Lopano will be giving us an update on what is happening at Tampa International in April. And in May will have our legislative de-briefing by Steve Bousquet from the Tampa Bay Times. Don't miss it!

Pat Gerard


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Fang & Claw

What’s all this about a “Fang & Claw?”

Perhaps the most appealing benefit of membership is the ability to participate in Question & Answer sessions with our speakers. The coveted "Fang & Claw Award" is presented to the member at each meeting who "slashes through pretension and prevarication" with the toughest question of the day.


Past President Gregory Wilson took home the Tiger at the July 24th luncheon held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  He asked Brian Auld with the Tampa Bay Rays, "the impact of the District 7 City Council race on the Rays Stadium".  Pictured left to right, Commissioner Pat Gerard, Brian Auld, Gregory Wilson.

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