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October Program & Other Important Events

October 8, 2014

Mark your calendar for these three events:

Friday, October 10 – Phone Bank Friday. Judges Bonnie Sudderth, Melody Wilkinson & Dana Womack will be providing lunch for volunteers! Make time to participate in this worthwhile effort to elect Republicans and Keep Texas Red! (9am-6pm, come and go – see more details below.)

Tuesday, October 14 – U.S. Congressional District 12 Candidate Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. Attend this event to show support for your candidate! Want to carpool? (See details below.)

Wednesday, October 22 – Ag Commissioner Candidate Sid Miller will be speaking at FWRW Membership Meeting.

State Representative Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

State Representative Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker State Representative Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.  Sid Miller is recognized as one of the state’s most dynamic and effective conservative leaders.

As a 6 term veteran of the Texas House, Sid worked to put his real world experience as a small businessman, community leader, agriculturist, former schoolteacher, and former school board member to use on behalf of the people of Texas. Sid Miller emerged as the definitive pro-life, pro-family, pro-business, pro-jobs leader during his tenure in the Texas Legislature.

Sid Miller is also an avid rodeo and horseshow participant and lays claim to 9 World Championships. He is an honors graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville where he received a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture Education Degree in 1978.  Representative Miller and his wife of 36 years, Debra, live in Stephenville where Sid owns and operates his nursery business of 31 years and where Debra founded two charter schools. Sid and Debra Miller have two sons and two grandchildren.

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, October 20, 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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Phone Bank Friday Announcement


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12th District Candidate Forum



September 29, 2014


Elephants in the Park - Oct 5th

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Republican candidates need the help of the Fort Worth Republican Women!  

Tarrant County GOP Headquarters
2405 Gravel Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76118

We are only THREE WEEKS away from early voting.  These next few weeks are critical to Republican success in November.

Please dedicate any time you have between 9am and 6pm THIS FRIDAY at the Tarrant County GOP Headquarters.  Just an hour of phone-banking will help, but the more time you have, the better!

We MUST reach as many voters as possible to educate them about our candidates before they cast their votes!  Refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Please contact:

Ann-Marie Craig
Tarrant County Field Representative
Republican Party of Texas

August News and Committee Reports

August 21, 2014

August Meeting Reminder:

Pat HardyOn Wednesday, August 27, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, Patricia Hardy, who is up for re-election for District 11 State Board of Education. Pat earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Howard Payne University and her master’s degree in secondary education and history from the University of North Texas.  She is a lifelong accomplished educator and leader who was first elected to the State Board of Education in 2002 and is endorsed for re-election by several of her board peers.  During her tenure on the board, Hardy has served on all three of the board’s committees.

She currently serves as chair of the board’s Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund.  She previously served as vice chair of the board’s Committee on School Finance/Permanent School Fund.  She has also been a member of the Committee on Instruction and Committee on School Initiatives.  Pat Hardy will also tell us about Common Core and there will be a short question and answer session afterwards, so come and take the opportunity to learn what is going on in your State Board of Education!

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, August 25, 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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Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

I am a Republican because Republicans know what generosity is, and they know what it isn’t. And Republicans are the most generous people on the planet.

It will come as no surprise to most of us that, according to the 2013 World Giving Index, which looks at three measures – monetary giving, volunteering and helping strangers – the United States ranks #1. It’s official – America is the most generous nation in the world.

So, if Americans are the most generous people on the planet, who are the most generous of Americans? Despite media suggestions and liberal claims to the contrary, studies and surveys consistently show that conservatives are far more generous than liberals.  In fact, conservatives give as much as 50% more to charity than liberals.

If the U.S. is the most generous nation in the world, and conservatives are the most generous Americans, then there can be no other conclusion but that conservative Republicans are the most generous people on the planet.

As we say in Texas – no brag, just fact. Nevertheless, faced with these findings, you will hear liberals try to defend their hypocrisy by arguing that the only reason Republicans give more is because they have more to give.

First of all, we all know that it’s a myth that Republicans are all just rich folks.[1] But even if Republicans do give more money because they have more to give, how do you explain all of the sweat and blood? Because, according to a Syracuse University study, Republicans not only give more money, but they also give more of their time to charitable causes than liberals do, and, if that’s not enough, conservatives even donate more blood than liberals!

If conservatives are – without a doubt – the most generous people on the planet, why is it that liberals are widely believed to be more compassionate than conservatives? The answer to that question brings me to my next point – what does it mean to be generous?

As Nicholas D. Kristof, Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times, put it “liberals may speak passionately about the hungry and the homeless,” but they “personally fork over less money to charity than Republicans.” In short, when it comes to their own money “liberals are cheapskates.” They may appear to be more compassionate, but what they advocate is not generosity, but rather increased government spending. In other words, liberal Democrats are only generous when it comes to spending someone else’s money.

And Republicans understand that spending someone else’s money does not equate to generosity.

Generosity occurs when someone voluntarily gives up money or something of value for the benefit of another person.  Confiscating someone else’s earnings or valuables in order to give them to someone else is not generosity. It does have other names. Without a government to sanctify the process, it’s called theft. But, within the context of politics and government, it goes by another name – socialism.

In short, liberal Democrats may talk the talk, but conservative Republicans walk the walk.

Democrats may call themselves – or with the help of the liberal media, may be portrayed as – generous, but in reality, they are simply socialists, advocating the redistribution of wealth in the name of social justice and public good. Numerous studies over the years have proven that they aren’t particularly generous at all, at least when it comes to putting their own money where their mouths are.

Republicans, on the other hand, don’t point to someone else or to government when it comes to supporting charitable causes. Instead, Republicans dig deep into their own wallets, make time in their schedules – even open up their veins! – demonstrating through actions, not just words, true compassion and generosity.

Republicans know what generosity is and what it isn’t. They know the difference between generosity and socialism.

And Republicans are the most generous people on the face of our planet.

That’s one more reason why I’m proud to be a Republican.

Bonnie Sudderth

[1] It’s also a myth that the rich give more to charitable causes than the poor. According to another national survey reported by ABC News, people at the lower end of the income scale give almost 30% more of their income to charity than those at the top end.

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9:00am – 4:30pm
Hurst Convention Center
 Dr. Tim Daughtry will provide our local Republican women’s clubs with practical strategies to get off the defensive when dealing with liberal strategy and tactics and to restore the Judeo-Christian foundation of our culture.  This is a great opportunity to gain valuable tactics to help persuade undecided voters and to do your part to KEEP TEXAS RED!
Get registered today!

March to November Registration Form

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Speaking of keeping Texas RED, please consider giving your time to help  at one of the following upcoming voter registration drives:

  • Gun Show in Tarrant County Aug 23rd, Will Rogers Amon Carter Exhibit Hall, 9am – 5pm;
  • Pantego Fest Sept 26-28th. More information to come!

We need volunteers and for members to become deputized to register voters and come to these events.  Please contact Debbie McDaniels for more information!

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This month we feature Lynn Kelly, Fort Worth Attorney, to share why she is a Republican.  We hope that you have been following this series of contributions this year. If not, take a look back and you will certainly 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, Lynn, for your articulate contribution!

Lynn_with_Flag_0001I largely credit my family and my teachers for my being a Republican woman.   I am a fourth generation Texan and those generations who came before me demonstrated through their hard work and dignified lives their true values:  serving God, loving family, participating in community, and sacrificing for country.  We went to church 3 times a week, honored our elders,  respected authority, and loved to hear stories about Dad’s service in the Korean Conflict, Uncle Johnny’s adventures as a young American soldier in Europe who survived the Battle of the Bulge and took great pride in being personally cursed at by General Patton.   There were also stories from my Aunt Jan of how terrified she was as a young newlywed left way up in New Jersey as Uncle Ken served in our Army in Vietnam.  I believe that these values and my heritage are most accurately reflected in today’s Republican Party.  It’s not perfect — but comes closer than any current alternative.

I grew up in the refinery town of Deer Park, Texas, in the shadow of the San Jacinto Battleground, where my parents were schoolteachers in the largely blue-collar, yet affluent Deer Park ISD.  At election time, I remember my parents sitting down at the kitchen table to compare notes on written election guides and carefully debate the pros and cons of the candidates until they hashed out who they would vote for in each race.  I loved going with them to the polling place, pushing aside the long gray curtains in the voting booth, and watching them pull the levers.  My parents explained to me why they chose candidates such as John Tower, Bill Clements, and every Republican presidential candidate.

In high school, I was selected to attend Texas Girls State and that’s when I decided to be an attorney.  I had wonderful teachers in public school who encouraged debate and used the Socratic method.  In college, I majored in government and greatly benefited from small classes with professors who really challenged us.  As a Congressional intern for my local representative, who was a Democrat, I admired his work ethic but realized many of his stances on issues did not match mine.  This is when I moved from being a Republican by “affiliation” or “inheritance” and progressed to being a Republican by informed choice.

Looking back, I see that my parents, my teachers, my college and law school professors all taught me that the best way to make an informed decision on an issue is to gather all the evidence you can, engage in healthy debate with others and then decide for yourself.  One of my more liberal friends said once I was “the most compassionate conservative she knows.”  I appreciated the compliment, but it also reinforced my belief that we as Republicans need to continue to show through our words and actions that we support conservative principles and limited government precisely because we DO care about others.  We believe that true compassion involves thoughtfully setting the stage for people to be successful on their own rather than enabling dependency which has proved throughout history to be harmful in the long run and vulnerable to corruption.  I am proud to be a Republican woman.

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Election day is fast approaching and all eyes are on Texas.  Help send the entire nation a message that Wendy does not speak for us!  Please take advantage of the following opportunities to do your part to help Keep Texas Red:

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  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
  • TEJANOS UNIDOS: PROMOVIENDO NUESTROS VALORES.  Join the Republican Party of Texas and the Republican National Hispanic Assembly for a weekend out outreach and action.  RPT Minority Outreach Director, David Zapata, will come from Austin to talk about messaging, outreach opportunities, and the importance of getting involved.  RPT Vice Chairman, Amy Clark, and National Committeewoman, Toni Anne Dashiel, will also attend.  Come and learn how you can reach out to the Hispanic voters of Tarrant County!
              Tomorrow! Friday, August 22
5:30pm – Networking and dinner
6:00pm – Training on messaging and objectives
7:30pm – Questions
Saturday, August 23
9:30am – Instructions and light breakfast
10:00am – Membership drive for RHNA and block walk
12:00pm – Lunch
  • REPUBLICAN WOMEN PHONE BANKING FRIDAY – Friday, August 29, 10am – 2pm.  Tarrant County Victory and TCGOP invite the Republican ladies of Tarrant County for lunch, tea, and phone banking.
Report to Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters for each of these opportunities!
2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, 76118

For more information or to RSVP for any of these events above, please contact Ann-Marie Craig at 817-372-7761 or

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  • Congressman Paul Ryan will be coming to Texas on August 25th-26th to sign copies of his book The Way ForwardRenewing the American Idea.

In The Way Forward, Ryan challenges conventional thinking and outlines his political vision for 2014 and beyond, and shows how essential conservatism is for the future of our nation. Beginning with a careful analysis of the 2012 election—along with a look at the challenge the GOP had in reaching a majority of voters and the prevalence of identity politics—Ryan examines the state of the Republican Party and dissects its challenges going forward.

Ryan also includes his personal story—from his childhood in Janesville, Wisconsin, the youngest of four children and a fifth-generation Wisconsinite, through his tenure in Congress and battling for his ideas in Washington.

The Way Forward also offers a detailed critique of not only President Obama but of the Progressive movement as a whole—its genesis, its underlying beliefs and philosophies, and how its policies are steering the country to certain ruin.

Culminating in a plan for the future, Ryan argues that the Republican Party is and must remain a conservative party, emphasizing conservatism in a way that demonstrates how it can modernize and appeal to both our deepest concerns and highest ideals.

The Fort Worth Republican Women ask that members plan to attend the Fort Worth stop, bring your name tags, business cards, and wear your Let’s Keep Texas Red t-shirts so that we can use this opportunity to recruit new members! 

Tuesday, August 26th
4:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
4801 Overton Ridge Blvd., Ft. Worth 76132
(817) 346-2368
Other stops in Texas are:
Dallas, TX
August 26th
7:00 pm
George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas 75205
Tickets required:
August 26th
12:00 PM
5526 Bosque Blvd., Waco 76710
(254) 772-5888
August 25th
7:30 pm
2801 Southwest Parkway, Wichita Falls 76308
  • Monday evening , September 15, 2014 .  Cecilia Abbott, Greg Abbott’s wife, will be speaking locally at the Northeast Tarrant County Republican Club.  The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting is held at Brookside Convention Center, 1244 Brookside Dr, Hurst, TX 76053.  Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.

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BFF July 2014


For information on how you can become a BFF to the Fort Worth Republican Women, contact Jan Brefczynski at

March Program Announcement: Run-Off Candidate Forum

March 14, 2014
Atticus Gill

Atticus Gill

On Wednesday, March 26th FWRW will have another great program!  Bring your friends and come meet your candidates who will be on the May 27th Primary Run-Off ballot:

Carey Walker

Carey Walker

County Criminal Court #2 – Atticus Gill and Carey Walker
County Criminal Court #3 – Justice Bob McCoy and Alexander Kim
 Attorney General of Texas – Dan Branch  (Senator Ken Paxton has been invited, but has not yet confirmed)
Bonus: Ann-Marie Craig a field representative from the Republican Party of Texas who is going to speak on grassroots efforts, which will be critical in keeping Texas RED.

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, March 24th 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.)