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June News & Committee Reports

June 18, 2014

glen whitleyMeeting Reminder:  Judge B. Glen Whitley – Tarrant County Transportation Issues

On Wednesday, June 25th, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, Judge B. Glen Whitley, who currently serves as County Judge of the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.  Judge Whitley will be speaking on transportation issues in Tarrant County.  He will speak about all the construction and give us information about when projects will be completed.

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, June 23, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or  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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 June President’s Message
Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 As the Fourth of July approaches, I am reminded that I am a Republican because I believe in independence and the principles that our Founding Fathers set forth in their Declaration of Independence.Most of us could recite from memory Thomas Jefferson’s famous phrase, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Perhaps less familiar, however, are the 27 grievances also set forth in the document, lodged against England and its monarch. Sadly, many of those grievances could be lodged today against our own federal government.

Below are but four examples. After considering them perhaps you will agree that it’s time to declare independence again – this time from King Obama and the Democrats who coronated him.

  • “He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.” The colonist’s complaint here was that the king would not allow the colonies to get done the important things that needed to be done in their communities. Sound familiar? For the past five years, the executive branch of our federal government has stood in the way of countless opportunities for jobs and economic prosperity for many Americans. None is so glaring as the Keystone Pipeline project, which, along with jobs and economic growth, would also provide long-term energy independence for our country. Just like King George III’s utter neglect and suspension of matters of “immediate and pressing importance,” King Obama has willfully neglected and suspended the Keystone Pipeline project from the day he took office, and there can be little doubt that he will continue to do so until the day he leaves office.
  • “He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.” Here our Founding Fathers complained that King George III would require meetings of colonial representatives to occur in far away places in order to wear the representatives down into submission to his will. Now fast forward to three years ago when members of Congress were provided less than three days to read the proposed Affordable Care Act before they were called upon to vote on the 900+ page document. None of Obamacare’s provisions would take immediate effect, so no one could argue that an emergency vote was necessary. Certainly, now that so many of its provisions have been delayed and extended over and over again, no one would suggest that time was of the essence in considering the bill back in March of 2010. So, why were our representatives given less than 72 hours to read and consider it before the vote was taken? To fatigue them into compliance with the measure. Whether by King George III’s obstacle of unusual, uncomfortable, distant locations or by King Obama’s obstacle of time, the stratagem is the same. In order to get Obamacare passed, King Obama subjected our representatives to the very tactic that our Founding Fathers found so reprehensible in 1776 that they were willing to engage in a rebellion to bring an end to it.
  • “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” The Founding Fathers complained here that King George III had created new offices whose purpose was to enforce his will upon the colonists through harassment. There can be no doubt that King Obama has created a multitude of new offices. They go by many different official names, but we know them simply as “czars.” Under King Obama’s reign, the executive branch of the federal government has at least 32 “czars” and probably more, because since the word “czar” is not used in their job title, the exact number is difficult to ascertain. What is known about these “czars,” however, is that they have sometimes unknown but broad power over national policy.  As for sending swarms of officers to harass our people, the IRS’s campaign of targeting conservative groups couldn’t have been described more aptly. Unfortunately, to what extent King Obama dirtied his hands in this scandal may never be known, now that Lois Lerner’s emails during this critical time period have conveniently disappeared off government computers.
  • “He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.” Back in 1776, the only way King George III could keep an eye on his colonial subjects was to dispatch soldiers – and lots of them – to our shores to keep watch and to report back. Understandably, the colonists took issue with this. Today, the king doesn’t need to send soldiers to watch over our activities. In this new electronic era, King Obama could surreptitiously expand domestic spying operations through the NSA, effectively placing millions of Americans under permanent surveillance. Or he could authorize armed surveillance drones to begin flying over the U.S. mainland. Or he could do both. And that’s exactly what King Obama has done.

So, two weeks from now, as we wave our flags, watch the parades and enjoy the evening fireworks, let’s also remember that we are Republicans because we believe in the principles upon which this country was founded. For us, the Fourth of July means more than just hot dogs and ice cream. Independence Day is a day when we honor those patriots who dared to resist the heavy hand of tyranny. Each year on the Fourth of July we remember men and women who sacrificed their lives and livelihoods to take a stand for independence, boldly declaring that the purpose of government is to secure our liberties, not to take them away from us.

This year let’s not forget that many of the abuses that our Founding Fathers complained of 238 years ago are happening all around us today. And, according to our Declaration of Independence, “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” In other words, when our government turns its back on the principles upon which this country was founded, it is not only the right, but the responsibility, of the citizens to either repair it or replace it.

The power to make this happen is in our hands.

And when it comes to restoring our government to the principles upon which it was founded, Republicans are America’s best hope. And that is why I am a Republican.

Happy Fourth of July!

Bonnie Sudderth


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It’s That Time of Year!

I pledge allegiance to the Flag

of the United States of America,

and to the republic for which it stands,

one Nation under God, indivisible,

with liberty and justice for all.

As summer draws near, and so does Independence Day, we see an increased presence of our Flag being displayed.  What a lovely sight it is!  With that in mind, it never hurts to brush up on our Flag display etiquette and share with others.

Here are some basic reminders:

  • It is customary to fly it only from sunrise to sunset. When flown at night, it should be properly illuminated.
  • It should not be flown during inclement weather days, unless it is an all-weather flag.
  • It should not be draped over the hood, top or side of a vehicle, train or boat.  When affixed to a motor vehicle, it should be affixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.
  • When displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from a window sill, balcony or front of a building, the union (or blue) part should be placed at the peak of the staff, unless flown at half-staff.
  • When displayed either horizontally or vertically on a wall, the union should be upright and to the observer’s left.
  • It should not be used for decoration, but bunting may be used for decoration with the blue side up.
  • It should never touch anything beneath it such as the ground, water, the floor or merchandise.
  • It should be stored in a manner which will not contribute to its deterioration.

For a more details on the Flag Code, click HERE.  Another nice synopsis of flag etiquette can be found HERE.

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Keeping Texas Red is more than a saying.  It’s a job and we have our work cut out for us.  Below are a few hands-on things that you can plan on doing in the immediate future.

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 to 9:00.  The center needs to place 3500 calls a week so everyone’s help is needed.  For questions, please call the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 817-595-0303
  • The FWRW will hold a special event at the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters on July 11, 2014 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.  Our club will be phone banking for our Republican candidates.
  •  CALL TO ACTION BLOCK WALK this Saturday, June 21st.  Report to the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 9am for your block walk assignment.  Remember to charge you smart phones too!  You can choose to download an app to report your block walk contact results, or you can use a pen, paper and clipboard.  These block walks are critical in identifying our voters and potential voters!

Thank you to Pam Bassell, FWRW Third Vice President – Campaign Activities, for assisting in compiling this important information.

Grand Opening of the Tarrant County Victory Center – If you have not been to the new Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters, do a dry run Thursday, June 19 (tomorrow) and have fun at the Grand Opening of the Tarrant County Victory Center at the TCGOP Headquarters!  Commissioner Christi Craddick will be there to celebrate with a family cookout, games, and fellowship!  Bring the family from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.


There is a phone scam taking place in Tarrant County, which involves calling Tarrant County residents stating that there is a warrant out for the person’s arrest for failing to appear for jury duty.  The caller gives the option to the person to pay a fee over the phone in order to avoid going to jail.  While a warrant for your arrest may issue for failing to appear for jury duty, a phone call collecting fees over the phone is never the way it is resolved.  For more information on this scam, please visit the Tarrant County news release by clicking HERE.

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The Ladder Alliance empowers at-risk women who are often victims of domestic violence to become self-sufficient.  They are empowered by learning marketable job skills while building their self-esteem and self-confidence.  On Monday, July 21, the Fort Worth Republican Women will be delivering a meal to the Ladder Alliance.  If you are interested in contributing a warm casserole, salad, bread, or a dessert, please contact Marilyn Vanhoozer at 817-292-1011.  We also need volunteers to stay and help serve food.  We will be feeding 10-15 adults and 20-22 children, so “kid food” is welcomed!  Food should be delivered to the Ladder Alliance (inside Riverside Christian Church) by 6pm at 1000 Bonnie Brae St., Fort Worth 76111

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This month we feature Sharon Dale, Member Services Chair for the Fort Worth Republican Women, to share why she is a republican.  We hope that in following this series of contributions throughout the year, you will be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that republican issues are women’s issues.  Thank you, Sharon Dale, for an inspiring contribution!

sharon dale“Limited government and free enterprise are the essential elements of a successful democracy.” Before I was old enough to vote, a college professor convinced me of this simple, yet glorious concept. At that time in Texas, we could not vote until we were 21 years old. There were relatively few Republicans in Texas, and my family members were all Democrats. So, moving my future vote to the Republican column was a really big step for me. But, that step was made only after a great deal of research and many questions to my professor and family members. Now, having experienced the presidential administrations of four Democrats and five Republicans, I am proud to say the Republican Party is a much better guarantor of that very perfect concept.

As an alternate delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, I sat among fellow Republicans from all over the United States and listened to New Mexico Governor, Susana Martinez, tell her story about growing up as a Democrat in a family of Democrats. She shared, “Before I ran for District Attorney, two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch. And I knew a party-switch was exactly what they wanted. So, I told my husband, Chuck, we’ll be polite, enjoy a free lunch and then say goodbye. But, we talked about issues–they never used the words Republican, or Democrat, conservative or liberal. We talked about many issues, like welfare — is it a way of life, or a hand-up? Talked about the size of government — how much should it tax families and small businesses? And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, “I’ll be damned, we’re Republicans.” This was an exhilarating moment for me because of the sheer joy of hearing her statement spoken at the National Convention, and knowing fifty years earlier, I had flipped that very same switch in my life.

My reasons for being a Republican have grown stronger over these many years, as I have observed that more government means more bureaucracy, and more bureaucracy means less accountability. Less accountability means more waste, and more waste means more taxes. More taxes means less free enterprise, and less free enterprise means more government.

Believing that limited government and free enterprise are the essential elements of a successful democracy, I have become more concerned recently because there has been a dramatic shift away from that simple concept. Government has expanded exponentially. Obamacare (HHS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare are three good examples. Regardless if one thinks these agencies were expanded for good reasons, can anyone honestly think they are now efficient uses of taxpayer money? I honestly do believe that both Democrats and Republicans want a safe and prosperous America. We simply disagree how we, as a nation, must go about achieving that goal. To me, the general philosophy of the Democratic Party seems to be that government can fix all of our problems. The recent difficulties at V.A., the unsolvable problems with Obamacare and the harm inflicted by E.P.A. have shown us this “centralized government” philosophy simply does not work.

Keeping the focus on our basic principle of limited government and free enterprise, we can use our votes to hold our elected officials accountable. I have tremendous admiration of those who bravely place their names on the ballot to run for office. I will never be that brave, and I know that merely being a Republican is not enough. But, I can precinct walk for my Republican candidate of choice, volunteer to stuff envelopes for candidates, participate in campaign phone banks and VOTE. Plus, I will always be ready and happy to share my personal reasons for why I am a Republican.

Sharon Dale

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Our BFFs

Justice Lee Gabriel, Second Court of Appeals

Brooke Allen, Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell

Justice Bob McCoy, Second Court of Appeals, Candidate for County Criminal Court #3

Helen Bavousett

Byron J. Bavousett

Justice Sue Walker, Second Court of Appeals

Atticus Gill, Candidate for County Criminal Court #2

Paula Miller

Judge Jennifer Rymell, County Court at Law #2

 Tom Wilder, Tarrant County District Clerk

 Judge Bonnie Sudderth, 352nd District Court

Mary Louise Garcia, Tarrant County Clerk

 Holly Bishop

 Blanch Tyler

 Pam Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee

 Dabney Bassel, Law Office of Dabney Bassel

Patty Emerson

Delane Angelini

Debra Coffey, 1st Vice President, TFRW

Judge Daryl Coffey, County Criminal Court #8

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, U.S. Congress, 12th District of Texas

Judge Susan McCoy, 153rd District Court

FWRW Past Presidents: Sharon Dale, Beryl Dowd, Martha Durham, Cyndy McCoy, Kaye Moreno, Sherry Ward

Shirley K. Bain

Sharen Wilson, District Attorney-Elect

Jim & Kathy Conrad

Judge Tom Lowe, 236th District Court

Rep. Charlie Geren, State Rep. District 99

Dr. Mark Shelton, Candidate for Texas Senate, Dist. 10

Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor

Judge Melody Wilkinson, 17th District Court

Judge David Evans, 48th District Court, Presiding Regional Judge, Region 8

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, U.S. Congress, 25th District of Texas

Ludie Heineman

Nancy Adler

Judy Laing

Thank you for your support and friendship!

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Republican Party of Texas Convention 2014

A little goofing off playing a Let's Keep Texas Red game before the program!  Brooke Allen, Cynthia Favila-Terry, and Sarah Nguyen

A little goofing off playing a Let’s Keep Texas Red game before the program! Brooke Allen, Cynthia Favila-Terry, and Sarah Nguyen


On June 5, 6, and 7, the Republican Party of Texas convened at the Fort Worth Convention Center with several members of the Fort Worth Republican Women attending as delegates, alternate delegates, and/or volunteers.  Special thanks to FWRW members Kay Moreno and Beryl Dowd, who were on the convention planning committee.  You always represent the FWRW and the Republican Party of Texas well!

You have probably heard or read the news reports about the platform adopted at the convention.  Please take some time to read the actual Republican Party of Texas Report of Permanent Committee on Platform and Resolutions as Amended and Adopted by the 2014 State Convention of the Republican Party of Texas.  Click HERE to read it.  Thank you Brooke Allen for sharing this newly published information!




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Honoree Helen Bavousette with new member Annie Wiseman Young

Honoree Helen Bavousette with new member Annie Wiseman Young at the Tribute to Women


Once again, one of the most highly attended events of the RPT Convention was the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s Tribute to Women Luncheon honoring TFRW members from clubs throughout Texas!  Attendees heard from several speakers including Senator Ted Cruz and Cecilia Abbott.  Congratulations again to this year’s honorees from the FWRW: Nancy Adler, Helen Bavousette, and Ludie Heineman.




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Judge Catalano, John Dotson, Judge Sharen Wilson, Judge Berger, Judge R.H. Wallace


The FWRW held our annual Meet the Judges event at Blue Mesa on Thursday, June 12th.  This is a wonderful event that is open to members and guests to come and meet with your republican judges in Tarrant County.  They appreciate the opportunity to meet with constituents and the people appreciate the opportunity to meet their judges!  Thank you to Jennifer Willingham for organizing a successful event!  To view more photos from this event, visit our Facebook page by clicking HERE.

Brooke Allen holding the next generation, Miss Cami

Brooke Allen holding the next generation, Miss Cami


June 25th Program Announcement: Judge B. Glen Whitley – Tarrant County Transportation Issues

June 12, 2014

glen whitleyOn Wednesday, June 25th, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, Judge B. Glen Whitley, who currently serves as County Judge of the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.  Judge Whitley will be speaking on transportation issues in Tarrant County.  He will speak about all the construction and give us information about when projects will be completed.


Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor. Valet parking is available for a $5 charge.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, June 23, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or  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.)

Two Big Events – FWRW’s Meet the Judges & Congresswoman Kay Granger’s Women’s Summit

June 9, 2014

Reminder – Fort Worth Republican Women’s Annual Meet the Judges event is THIS Thursday night at the Blue Mesa Grill. Plan to be a part of one FWRW’s most enjoyable events of the year.


Admission is free. Complimentary hors d’ouevres will be served. Cash bar available.

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And, for those of you who would like to attend, there is still time to make your reservation to Congresswoman Kay Granger’s Annual Women’s Summit next Monday:

Annual Women's Summit

If you would like to sit at one of the Fort Worth Republican Women’s tables, write “FWRW Table” on your check or mention this when making your reservation. (Either Philip or Terry in Congresswoman Granger’s office will be happy to get you seated at our table.)