Archive for May, 2013

Special Announcement: FWRW New Member BBQ Will Go On

May 31, 2013

Red StarThe New Member BBQ at the McCoy home will take place on Saturday, June 1st at 6pm, rain or shine.   See you there!  To review the invitation, click HERE.

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FWRW New Members BBQ

May 23, 2013

ONLY 9 DAYS AWAY and this will be a great event with special guests that you will not want to miss! 

We will welcome our new members, old members, associate members, potential members, and of course, our spouses. 

May News & Committee Reports

May 17, 2013

 May Program Reminder– Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: An Overview

Traffick911May 22nd Program – Colette Copeland Williams, volunteer for Traffick911, will speak about “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: An Overview”.  Traffick911 is a team of passionate people driven to stop the sale of American children into sexual slavery for the profit and pleasure of their perpetrators.  Traffick911 is working to end the plight of these children with a three-pronged, parallel strategy of prevention, rescue and holistic restoration focusing on Texas children under the age of 18.  Traffick911 is currently fundraising to open a 160 acre safehouse which will serve the entire state of Texas.

Colette Copeland Williams has been volunteering with Traffick911 as a speaker, community advocate and facilitator in the Collin County Juvenile Detention facility since 2011 when she relocated from the northeast to Plano.  She is a multimedia artist and cultural critic who teaches art and digital media at UTD, Collin and Richland Colleges, and also writes for various publications.

Social – 11:00am  Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, May 20th to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.

If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)

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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Repulican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Read President Cyndy McCoy’s May 2013 Message: Find it by clicking HERE. 

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A Note from the Editor:  Please pray for our fellow nearby Texans who were affected by the recent storms.  Several families have lost loved ones and homes.  If you would like to make a donation to assist those in need, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 and a $10 donation will automatically be billed to your cellular service provider bill.  Also, Community Bank in Granbury has set up an account for donations for those affected by the storms.  Any branch in Granbury can accept donations.  For more information call Community Bank (817) 579-4903.  If you would like to volunteer, you should report to the First United Methodist Church, 301 Loop 567 in Granbury. Volunteers should meet on the Loop side and look for the CERT trailer.  Red Star

 

KNOW A DESERVING YOUNG COLLEGE REPUBLICAN WOMAN?

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Please encourage all young Republican college women you know to apply! By the end of this year, Fort Worth Republican Women plans to give a $250 scholarship to some deserving young Republican woman currently enrolled in college and in good academic standing. If you know any young woman currently attending college who has been involved in Republican events, please encourage her to apply. Involvement can be as simple as voting in a Republican primary, encouraging friends to vote Republican or attending a Republican event.

It’s easy to apply. The student may be either an undergraduate or graduate student and should simply email us the following information:

Name, address, phone number, email address and the name of college she is attending.  She should also include a brief statement about her involvement in any Republican activities. The deadline to apply has been extended to September!

Applications (or any questions about the application process) should be emailed to:  fwrw5thvp@fwrw.org.

  
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What’s Your Twitter Update?  Have you set up your Twitter account yet?  Have you looked at our Twitter page by going to https://twitter.com/fwRepWomen ?  With all that is happening in our country as we read this newsletter, you are missing the most up to the moment news if you do not use Twitter.  As mentioned in previous newsletters, Twitter is the source to keep up with the latest developments in the news such as the IRS investigation, the Associated Press scandal and the Benghazi hearings.  The IRS and AP stories are about serious issues that have chilling effects on first amendment rights, among others.  You can read about these stories as they are updated in real-time from sources that you choose to hear them from. 
 
Please, take a moment now to click on the link above.   On the left hand side of the page, you will see a yellow “Sign Up” rectangular icon.  Click on that to start your Twitter account!  As of today, the Fort Worth Republican Women have 33 followers on the Twitter page @FWRepWomen and in just two months @FWRepWomen has tweeted 308 tweets for the world to see! Go ahead and join in on this part of the journey for the cause.
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smiley1 Make Yourself Happier  What is it the first thing that comes to mind when you think of making yourself happier?  For some, it’s buying material things.  For others, it’s visiting a favorite place.  For others, it’s spending time with loved ones.  Notice how we often think of things to DO or places to GO or things to GET?  Maybe some of the things we do contribute to unhappiness.  Perhaps happiness could come from NOT doing something.  Simply eliminating some of our own bad habits could generate happier lives for ourselves.  This is the concept suggested in an article at http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/how-to-be-happier-work-10-things-stop-doing.html?nav=pop Enjoy the article and challenge yourself to implementing these changes today. 
 
 
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imagesCAEFLXZ1LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:
 
How Does Texas Support Our Troops?  Take a look at how one of Fort Worth’s own does it.  Earlier this week in Austin, TX, Rep. Matt Krause announced the passage of S.B. 260 out of the Texas House of Representatives. S.B. 260 will allow the children of military service members five days of excused absence from school to spend with their parents when their parents are being deployed or returning from deployment abroad.

“I am extremely honored to have joint-authored this bill with Rep. Jonathan Stickland,” said Rep. Matt Krause. “I believe that the family is the cornerstone of our society and wanted to ensure that members of our military are able to spend necessary quality time with their children before and after an overseas deployment.”

Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-H.E.B.) was the primary House author of S.B. 260. Reps. Kenneth Sheets (R-Dallas).  Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) and Joe Pickett (D-El Paso) were joint House authors.  The bill had strong bipartisan support in both chambers of the state legislature.  What an honor to our Texas military families.

The 1st Amendment is Alive and Well in Texas!  Earlier this week, Rep. Matt Krause also led a fight on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives to protect the 1st Amendment rights of speech and association for college students. Rep. Krause successfully passed an amendment to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s sunset bill that included a provision preventing universities from implementing a policy which requires student organizations to accept for membership any student on campus.

“My amendment secured the rights of all student organizations, holding any beliefs and advocating for any position, hobby, or lifestyle, to assemble peaceably on a college campus and not have their ability to do so undermined by overreaching university policy,” said Rep. Matt Krause. “College campuses should be a place where students are free to come together for a specific, stated purpose and advocate for that purpose without interference from students who have subversive or divisive intent.”

The language of the amendment was adapted from a bill that Rep. Krause worked through the Higher Education committee, but did not see the House floor. The committee heard testimony that a Christian fraternity was hassled by two public universities during the last academic year because of their faith-based requirements for membership. While both issues were eventually settled, it is evidence that the growing trend of interfering with students’ 1st Amendment rights is finding its way to Texas.

“There has been a lot of mis- and dis-information about my amendment,” continued Rep. Krause. “My amendment treats all student organizations neutrally and ensures that we have strong, vibrant groups on our campus advocating a diversity of ideas and competing in the marketplace of ideas.”

Universities would still retain the right to choose which student groups they recognize on campus, but once recognized, the university may not require that organization to accept for membership a student who demonstrates opposition to the organization’s stated beliefs and purposes, or whose membership in the organization would affect in a significant way the organization’s ability to advocate public or private viewpoints, or whose membership is designed for the subversive intent of undermining the organization’s ability to assemble for its stated purposes.

To subscribe to updates from Rep. Matt Krause, click on this link: http://texansformattkrause.com/

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A Note from the National Federation of Republican Women About the IRS Tea Party Inquiry

As the Senate Finance Committee is investigating the IRS Tea Party inquiry, Ranking Member Senator Hatch (R.-UT) has asked groups around the country to report to his office any IRS documents sent to conservative groups that contain the words “tea party” or “patriot” on them. If you have access to such documents, please contact Senator Hatch’s office or the Senate Finance Committee.

May Program – Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: An Overview

May 8, 2013

Traffick911May 22nd Program – Colette Copeland Williams, volunteer for Traffick911, will speak about “Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: An Overview”.  Traffick911 is a team of passionate people driven to stop the sale of American children into sexual slavery for the profit and pleasure of their perpetrators.  Traffick911 is working to end the plight of these children with a three-pronged, parallel strategy of prevention, rescue and holistic restoration focusing on Texas children under the age of 18.  Traffick911 is currently fundraising to open a 160 acre safehouse which will serve the entire state of Texas.

Colette Copeland Williams has been volunteering with Traffick911 as a speaker, community advocate and facilitator in the Collin County Juvenile Detention facility since 2011 when she relocated from the northeast to Plano.  She is a multimedia artist and cultural critic who teaches art and digital media at UTD, Collin and Richland Colleges, and also writes for various publications.

Social – 11:00am  Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, May 20th to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.

If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)