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October News & Committee Reports

October 20, 2014
Dr. Mark Shelton

Dr. Mark Shelton

EBOLA

TOP 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

What about a travel ban?

Should we close our schools?

How is this different from Swine Flu?

Is the CDC lying to us?

How worried should we be?

Bring Your Questions

Dr. Mark Shelton will Provide the Answers

Board Certified in Pediatrics & Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Dr. Mark Shelton has been in the practice of medicine since 1983 and has served most of his professional career at Cook Children’s’ Medical Center. As Director of Hospital Infection Control and Director of Infectious Diseases at Cook’s, Dr. Shelton led the Infectious Diseases and Hospital Infection Control Program at Cook’s from its beginning until 2008, when he gave up these leadership roles to serve in the Texas Legislature.  Dr. Shelton continues to see children with infectious diseases on a daily basis, and he will bring us useful, factual information about Ebola and what it means for our community.

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 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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October President’s Message:

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Since January, I have been sharing with you the reasons why I am Republican. Each month I’ve highlighted a different reason which is important to me. Among them were fiscal restraint, work ethic, support for women in elected offices, limited government, respect for the Constitution and Constitutional rights, principled stances and generosity. There are hundreds of good reasons to vote Republican, and I could continue listing them month after month for years to come, but…

Since the election is now underway, it’s time to sum it up. So, this month, I will share with you a dozen reasons why all Texans should vote Republican this November:

A Dozen Reasons to Vote Republican on November 4

  1. Freedom and Free Enterprise. Under Republican leadership during the past two decades, Texas has become the #1 state in the nation for creating jobs.  Re-electing Republicans who champion the entrepreneurial spirit will keep it that way.
  2. Liberty. Texas Republicans will continue to fight for our liberty against an overreaching federal government, including fighting the expansion of Obamacare and other massive federal programs that are bankrupting our nation.
  3. Our Children. Texas Republicans are committed to supporting our children. As Attorney General, Greg Abbott elevated our Texas child support system to #1 in the nation.  We need to keep it that way.
  4. Important and Essential Needs. Republicans are committed to devoting taxpayer funds for essential infrastructure necessary to keep Texas growing, such as roads and water projects,
  5. Safety. Republicans work hard to keep our communities safe and Republicans understand that securing our border is a vital step in that effort.
  6. Loyalty. Texas Republicans are loyal to Texas, not Washington DC or other out-of-state liberal interests. Republicans are not beholden to Barack Obama, Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi. They are beholden to us.
  7. Values. Republicans value the traditions which have made our state and our nation strong – family, life, religious liberty and hard work. Republican values are our values.
  8. Respect for Women. Republicans respect women by not stereotyping them. Republicans do not segregate issues into women’s vs. men’s issues because they understand that ALL issues are women’s issues.
  9. American Dream for All. Likewise, Republicans do not stereotype or segregate any issues or typecast anyone when it comes to the American dream. Black, Hispanic, Asian, elderly, disabled… Republicans are the party of inclusion because they believe that all Americans have the right to pursue the American dream, notwithstanding skin color, ethnicity, background or any challenge they may face in life.
  10. Education and Choices. Republicans are committed to an education system that puts tax dollars where they need to be – in the classrooms and giving parents a real voice when it comes to their children, including providing all students, especially at-risk students, the opportunity to attend the public school of their choice.
  11. Prosperity. Republicans understand that dependence upon government is not a path to prosperity. The American people, not the federal government, built this nation, and if we are going to get our country back on the pathway to prosperity, we need to look to the people, not Washington DC, to make that happen.
  12. Accountability. Republicans understand that the government answers to the people, not the other way around.
  13. Solutions. Republicans offer solutions, not just sound bites.

So, there it is – a baker’s dozen of good reasons to vote Republican.

When you cast your ballot, vote Republican – from the TOP of the ballot, all the way to the BOTTOM.

Bonnie Sudderth

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Editorial: What Happened the Last Time

Republicans Didn’t Show Up to Vote?

The Democrats have declared war on us and Battleground Texas – Election Day 2014 – is looming on the horizon. And the news from the battlefront is both good and bad.

The good news? All of the polls say Texas will remain Republican, that Texas will stay red.

The bad news? All of the polls say Texas will remain Republican, that Texas will stay red.

While it may look like good news, don’t be fooled. This message could be the worst news of all. Because come November 4, Republicans, lulled into a false sense of security, may just be tempted to stay home.

So let’s take a lesson from history.

What happened the last time Republicans didn’t show up to vote?

In a word, Obamacare. Obamacare is what happened the last time the Republicans didn’t show up at the polls.

Obamacare didn’t become law because the public demanded it. They didn’t. Obamacare became law because too many Republicans didn’t bother to vote in 2006 and 2008.

In 2006, Democrats gained seats in the House and Senate. Then in 2008, for just the briefest moment in time, Republicans, through complacency, handed over control of the White House AND both Houses of Congress to the Democrats. And that’s all the time the Democrats needed to cram Obamacare down our throats. They lost no time in doing so – they didn’t even stop to read it, they were in such a hurry to get it passed while they were in control.

Yes, we can blame the Democrats for Obamacare. Yes, it was the Democrats who foisted it upon us. But maybe – just maybe – the Obamacare disaster could have been averted if only we had done a better job of getting out the Republican vote.

So, remember the lesson from Obamacare.  It DOES matter who’s in charge, and every vote DOES make a difference

So Vote. Vote Early. Vote Republican.

BUT DON’T STOP THERE.

Set a goal for yourself. Identify 5 or 10 conservatives among your circle of friends. Make it your personal mission to ensure that they vote. Don’t allow them to be complacent, even if this means making a pest of yourself.

When they say “Abbott is way ahead in the polls. The Republicans are going to win,” you need to say “Not without your vote!”

Call these people every day, reminding them to vote until they’ve done it. Drive them to the polls yourself, if necessary.

Remind them what happened the last time the Republicans didn’t show up to vote.

They say hell is full of good intentions, but heaven is full of good works.

The Republican Party has given us a ballot full of excellent candidates.

It’s up to YOU to make sure they are elected.

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month, Senator Jane Nelson shares why she is a Republican.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a Republican, we hope that you will read through each contribution this year and reflect upon them an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that Republican issues are women’s issues.  Thank you, Senator Nelson, for your contribution!

Jane NelsonLong before I was a businesswoman, a teacher, a mother, or a Senator, I was a Republican. However, all of those experiences have had an enormous impact on my political beliefs, and have provided countless reasons for why I am a conservative.

After graduating college — which I paid for through my first experience as an entrepreneur by teaching baton twirling lessons throughout high school and college — I was a teacher while my husband completed his degree. Teaching sixth graders, I saw first-hand that our education problems go beyond dollars spent. Even back then, teachers dealt with a lack of parental involvement and discipline in the classroom, as well as government overreach into our curriculum.  My experience not only taught me how important teachers can be in the life of a child, but also that Republican beliefs regarding local control, family values and personal responsibility are needed more than ever.

My husband, upon graduation, joined his father in our family-owned business that grew from a garage to over 300 employees. As we began to grow our business, I learned how damaging liberal policies — harsh regulations and over-taxation — can stifle growth.  Back then, the state was run by Democrats, and my family yearned for the environment that encourages growth and development that has become our reality today.  It is not a coincidence that, since pro-business Republicans have been in the majority we have seen Texas ranked the #1 state in which to do business for the last decade.

In Texas, we hold conservative values. Our principles of  life, families, faith, and freedom are the bedrock of our beliefs.  While Democrats think more government is the solution to every problem, Republicans believe in the power of people and personal responsibility.  As a mother and grandmother, I have tried to instill those values in my children and grandchild, and am continually frustrated by state and federal policies that completely contradict those principles.

All of these experiences not only made me a Republican, but eventually led me to run for public office. Republicans know that education is about more than how much money we spend.  We know that businesses grow and succeed when government gets out of the way.  We know that families and individuals will prosper when given the freedom to live their lives in the way they feel is best.  As a State Senator, I will continue to fight for Republican principles and beliefs because my life has shown me that they work.

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Republican Ticket Nov 2014

 

*Because FWRW is a state PAC, rather than a federal PAC, we do not endorse federal candidates. But VOTE REPUBLICAN in the federal races! We must retake the Senate and keep Congress Republican.

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PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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
  • REPUBLICAN WOMEN PHONE BANKING FRIDAYS – 10am – 2pm.  Tarrant County Victory and TCGOP invite the Republican ladies of Tarrant County for lunch, tea, and phone banking. Only two Fridays left before the November election.
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 amcraig@texasgop.org

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 2014 Capitol Christmas Ornaments

These beautiful commemorative ornaments will be on sale at the Fort Worth Republican Women’s Annual Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 5th.

2014 Ornament

They come beautifully boxed!  $20 each.  Supplies are limited, so reserve yours in advance today!  Contact Julie Johncox via email at
julie@jp-solutions.org or call (817) 229-3121

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Price Increase Notice for 2015

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 MEET GREG ABBOTT!

greg abbottCome meet and visit with Greg Abbott in Fort Worth!

Wednesday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m.

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame
128 East Exchange Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76164

Be sure to RSVP to let Greg Abbott know that you’ll be there!

Please contact Andy Forbes at 202-253-7288 with any questions!

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2015 Fort Worth Republican Women Board Slate

The nominating committee, consisting of Cyndy McCoy (Chair), Judy Laing,  Sharon Dale, Sherry Ward, and Cynthia Favila Terry, has met and has slated the following members for the Fort Worth Republican Women 2015 Board:

Open Positions to be filled:

1st Vice President, Membership
Debbie McDaniels
 
2nd Vice President, Programs
Kaye Moreno
 
3rd Vice President, Campaign
Helen Bavousett
 
4th Vice President, Finance
Brooke Allen
 
6th Vice President, Events
Patty Emerson
 
Secretary
Pam Bassel

Will fill out second year of two year term:

President
Bonnie Sudderth
 
5th Vice President, Communications
Cynthia Favila Terry
 
Treasurer
Jan Brefczynski

The slate will be voted on by membership at the October 22nd meeting.  Nominations may be taken from the floor.

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 FWRW Member in the Spotlight

Holly BishopHolly Bishop
Fort Worth Republican Women Member Holly Bishop deserves special recognition this month! On October 8, Holly donated $500 to FWRW, which Holly and the FWRW Executive Board have earmarked for outreach efforts in conjunction with the November election.
Holly’s $500 has been donated to the Hispanic Republicans of Texas, an organization which has been working hard in 2014 to bring the conservative Republican message to the Hispanic communities throughout Texas and to help get conservative Hispanic Republicans elected to office.
Thank you Holly for your support and your dedication to helping keep Texas red!
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WANT TO EARN SOME MONEY ON ELECTION DAY?

Work as an Election Clerk on Tuesday, Nov 4th!  Please contact Brooke Allen who needs clerks for a half or full day at Bethel United Methodist at 5000 Southwest Blvd, FW 76116. It pays $9 an hour! Call or email Brooke at 817.820.1140 orballen@browndean.com

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BFF October

 

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HOW CAN YOU HELP KEEP TEXAS RED?

Supporting a candidate or a movement is more than a saying and it is more than wearing a t-shirt or a pin.  Thank you to Beryl Dowd and Vicki Hodges for these tips on how you can truly prepare yourself to represent your support for Republicans.

Before you put on that pin:

Pins are great conversation starters.  That’s why we wear them, right?  We want someone to ask us why we support a particular candidate or cause.

Here’s the thing:  when we do get that question, we have about 15 seconds to influence the person who asked!  Every word matters.

So, since I know questions are coming.  I can prepare my response ahead of time.

Try these tips:

  •  Make responses personal.  Why do I support this candidate or cause?  What is important to me about this campaign?  What are the  stakes for me and my family?  Be specific.
  •  Make responses positive.  Talk about the good that this candidate will accomplish or the benefits of supporting this cause.  Save criticism  of the opposition for another time.
  •  Use inclusive words like “our,” “us,” and “we” whenever possible.  These words create common ground.
  •  Speak in a calm and friendly voice.

One example:

I’m in the grocery store and see a friend.  I’m wearing my “Let’s Keep Texas Red” pin.

Friend:  “Vicki, what’s your pin?  What do you mean Keep Texas Red?”

Vicki:    “Keeping Texas Red is about how we can hold onto the values that make our state prosperous … like lower taxes and being a right to work state.  My brother’s company doubled in size because it moved operations from other states here.  I want us to keep that momentum going.”

So, before you put on that pin, think through and prepare your own personal, positive response to the questions it will generate.  Have those words ready to roll off your tongue.

Our candidates and causes matter.  If we care enough to put on the pin, let’s care enough to make the most of those precious 15 seconds.

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SAVE THE DATE – CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

The Fort Worth Republican Women Christmas Luncheon
Friday, December 5, 2014
Petroleum Club
 
Guest Speaker will be Dr. Robin Armstrong

Republican National Committeeman,  Robin Armstrong

Republican National Committeeman,
Robin Armstrong

This is an annual event that you do not want to miss!  More information to come.
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September News & Committee Reports

September 21, 2014
Konni Burton, Republican Candidate for Senate District 10

Konni Burton, Republican Candidate for Senate District 10

On Wednesday, September 24th, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, Konni Burton, Republican candidate for Senate District 10.  Konni is a Texas native born in the small town of Kerrville.  She earned a BBA in Marketing from North Texas University, and met her husband Phil while completing her degree.  After working for Olmstead-Kirk Paper Co., she became a small business owner and then later chose to stay home to raise the Burtons’ children.  She has been actively involved in her church community as well as grass-roots politics, helping to make Tarrant County a better place to live.  Come and hear about her plans to address issues such as the Texas budget and economy, immigration, education, Obamacare, and more so you can spread the word to take back Senate District 10!

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

Paul Ryan's Book CoverMake your luncheon reservation NOW and DOUBLE your chances to receive a fabulous door prize! FWRW Past President and Member Services Chair, Sharon Dale has graciously donated an autographed copy of Paul Ryan’s latest book, “The Way Forward” as a door prize at our September meeting. What a fabulous door prize for yourself, or as a gift for a special someone in your life!  In order to receive TWO TICKETS for a chance to receive this autographed book, you must make your reservation before noon on Monday, September 22! Why wait? Make your reservation NOW!  (Must be present to win.)

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, September 22, 2014 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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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – SEPTEMBER
Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 

On September 11, 2014, one of America’s most precious and fundamental rights came under attack. The threat did not come from foreign enemies or outside forces. Instead, it came from inside a chamber of our own federal government – the Senate of the United States.

On September 11, 2014, fifty-four Democrats voted in favor of considering SJR 19, a proposed Constitutional Amendment which, if passed, would give Congress the right to determine who among us is permitted to exercise free speech and who is not.

Yes, you heard me correctly.  Last week, 54 U.S. Senate Democrats voted to take away our First Amendment rights to free speech and to give our national government – Congress, in particular – the power to regulate and suppress political speech as they see fit.

The most frightening aspect of this was just how close the Senate came to passing this resolution. After all, 54 votes does constitute a majority of the 100-person Senate body. Fortunately, despite the fact that the Democrat majority supported the proposal, our precious freedom of speech was preserved because the proposal fell short of receiving the 60 votes necessary to end debate. In other words, our fundamental, 225-year old First Amendment right to free speech was protected, not by a majority of the elected Senators (all of whom took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution), but by a procedural device known as “cloture.”

On September 11, 2014, not one single Republican voted to give the government the power to silence its citizens. Words cannot express how thankful I am for the Republicans in the U.S. Senate who thwarted this attack on our Bill of Rights.

I am a Republican because Republicans support freedom of speech.

Bonnie Sudderth

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Fort Worth Republican Women Proudly Support: 

Greg Abbott, Candidate for Governor of Texas

Dan Patrick, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas

Ken Paxton, Candidate for Texas Attorney General

Glenn Hegar, Candidate for State Comptroller

Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

George P. Bush, Candidate for Texas Land Commissioner

Ryan Sitton, Candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner

Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Texas Supreme Court

Justice Jeff Brown, Texas Supreme Court, Place 6

Justice Jeff Boyd, Texas Supreme Court, Place 7

Judge Bert Richardson, Candidate for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3

District 11 State Board of Education Member Patricia “Pat” Hardy

District 9 State Senator Kelly Hancock

Konni Burton, Candidate for Senate District 10

District 91 State Representative Stephanie Klick

District 92 State Representative Jonathan Stickland

Tony Tinderholt, Candidate for State Representative District 94

Albert McDaniel, Candidate for State Representative District 95

David Hagerman, Candidate for 297th District Court Judge

Carey Walker, Candidate for Judge of County Criminal Court No. 2

Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder

Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Tarrant County Commissioner J.D. Johnson

Justice of the Peace Ralph Swearingin

Justice of the Peace Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt

Cheryl Surber, Candidate for Justice of the Peace

Justice of the Peace Matt Hayes

Election Day – November 4

Early Voting Begins on October 20

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AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month the Fort Worth Republican Women share what we believe.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a Republican, we hope that you will reflect upon our statement below with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that Republican issues are women’s issues.  Perhaps you are more of a Republican than you realize!

For Americans to succeed, American businesses must succeed.

Government should not waste our taxpayer money.

Government should protect our rights, not limit or violate them.

We shouldn’t pass on a national debt to our children to pay.

The federal government should have a budget and live within it.

Citizens should be accountable for choices they make.

Likewise, government should be accountable to its citizens.

To become a member of the Fort Worth Republican Women, please visit our website HERE.

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MARCH TO NOVEMBER: THE WAR IS ON!

On Saturday, September 6, Dr. Tim Daughtry provided 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.  Attendees gained valuable tactics to help persuade undecided voters and to help KEEP TEXAS RED!

Fort Worth Republican Women had the following members in attendance and a great experience was had by all!

Brooke Allen

Pam Bassel

Helen Bavousett

Debra Coffey

Betty Diano

Cynthia Favila-Terry

Barbara Harris

Traci Hutton

Leza Kerr

Judy Laing

Debbie McDaniels

Paula Miller

Kaye Moreno

 Bonnie Sudderth

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SAVE THE DATE for Senator Jane Nelson’s Annual 40th Birthday Party!

On Thursday, October 9, from 6pm to 8pm, the annual celebration of Jane Nelson’s birthday will take place at

Circle R Ranch
5901 Cross Timbers Road
Flower Mound 75022  

For more information, click HERE.

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This year, Judge Daryl Coffey, of Tarrant County Criminal Court 8, will retire.  The Fort Worth Republican Women thank him for 24 years of service to the bench and to the Republican Party.  Through his service, Judge Coffey has helped make Texas a better place, and for that, we are thankful.

Daryl  headshot courthouse articleJudge Daryl Coffey was born and raised in southeastern Kentucky. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1978 from Western Kentucky University.  In 1981, he graduated from the University of Louisville with his Juris Doctorate. Raised in the 6th Congressional District of Kentucky, Judge Coffey brought his conservative Republican values with him when he moved to Texas in 1982.  He wasted no time finding a way to contribute his talents.

Judge Coffey is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Kentucky Bar Association. Prior to being elected a judge, he served as a private practice attorney (civil and criminal), an Assistant District Attorney, and Special Prosecutor for the 8th Administrative Judicial Region. Judge Coffey was elected to the Bench of Tarrant County Criminal Court 8 in 1990.

Since taking the bench, he has disposed of more than 75,000 A/B misdemeanors and has participated in more than 700 jury trials to conclusion. Ninety percent (90%) of these cases involved allegations of DWI.  Judge Coffey is one of the few active judicial members of the International Association of Chemical Testing and the American Academy of Forensic Science and has twice been selected to be the guest jurist at the Masters of Scientific Evidence DWI Seminar.  His actions on and off the bench express his strong conservative attitude.

Judge Coffey has been an active associate member of Fort Worth Republican Women for over 20 years, and he has enjoyed memberships in other Tarrant County Republican Clubs such as the Lincoln Council and the Tarrant Republican Party. He has worked for and assisted with numerous local, state and national campaigns, walking neighborhoods, writing letters, donating money and making phone calls, as well as hosting numerous events and candidates in his home.  Judge Coffey has been a frequent Republican Club speaker on conservation conservatism and Republican Values.

Judge Daryl Coffey and Wife, Debra Coffey

Judge Daryl Coffey and Wife, Debra Coffey

When he is not serving the Republican Party or the people of Tarrant County, he enjoys hobbies reflecting his love for the outdoors and trees, such as tree farming, forestry management, land management and construction.  He has a unique ability to name the genre and species of trees on sight.  He has won numerous awards nationally for forestry, conservation and wildlife management.

Judge Coffey will miss the bench, and appreciates all the support Republican Women have provided him through the many years he has had the honor and pleasure to serve.  His retirement plans include sitting as a visiting, spending days at his Ranch “The Coffey Grounds”, in Central Texas, welding and killing Rattlesnakes, or timbering in the cooler temperatures in Colorado.

Judge Coffey’s wife is Debra Coffey, former Board Member of the Fort Worth Republican Women, and current First Vice-President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women.  The Coffeys have two Republican grown children, Amanda and Grant, who reside in Austin.

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VOTER REGISTRATION REPORT and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Debra McDaniels represented the club at the Ft. Worth Gun Show August 23rd.  She also handed out 35 voter registration packets to members at the August luncheon.  These packets included mail in registration forms, application to vote by mail forms, photo ID flyer and club membership cards to be distributed to friends and family as needed.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Pantego Fest – Sept 26-28th.  The Republican Party of Texas has secured a booth and we are partnering with them to woman it and assist with voter registration.  We need volunteers to help during the hours of the festival as follows:

Friday, September 26th 6 – 10pm

Saturday, September 27th 9am – 10pm

Sunday, September 28th 12pm – 6pm

This will be fun and you will have an opportunity to meet area candidates!!

  • Elephants in the Park – FWRW Family Park Day and Voter Registration Drive!  This is a great opportunity to have a day out with the families of the Fort Worth Republican Women and is sure to be a great time!
Date:  October 5, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Oakmont Park Trailhead – Trinity Trails
Bellaire Drive S. (Castle Creek Dr.) Fort Worth, Texas 76132
(Look for the signs)
 
Snacks and Drinks will be provided on a first come basis.  Special thanks to Brooke Allen for leading this family-oriented event and for involving FWRW members and mothers Patricia Cole, Anna Gill, Dinah Rowland, and Cynthia Terry.  
 
Please contact Debbie McDaniels for more information! debbiemcdaniels@gmail.com

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NOVEMBER IS COMING!

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
  • 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 amcraig@texasgop.org

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THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR BFFs!

38 BFFs Host Board

Welcome to our latest BFFs:

PATRICIA COLE

pcole@deckerjones.com

CYNTHIA FAVILA TERRY

Terry Terry Law, PLLC

cterry@terryterrylaw.com

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

April News & Committee Reports

April 19, 2014

Meeting Reminder:

Konni Burton, Senate District 10 Candidate

Konni Burton, Senate District 10 Candidate

On Wednesday, April 23rd FWRW will have another great program!  These candidate forums have been a great way to help voters decide who they will support this highly critical Texas election year.

Dr. Mark Shelton, Senate District 10 Candidate

Dr. Mark Shelton, Senate District 10 Candidate

Bring your  friends and come meet your candidates who will be on the May 27th Primary Run-Off ballot:

Senate District 10 – Konni Burton and Dr. Mark Shelton
State Board of Education – Patricia Hardy (Eric Mahroum was invited but had a schedule conflict.)
Railroad Commissioner – We await Ryan Sitton’s confirmation.  (Wayne Christian was invited but had a schedule conflict.)

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, April 21st 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.)

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – APRIL  

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Why am I a Republican? Because Republicans respect women.

As the media continues to carry the water for Democrats,  hyping up the myth that Republicans are hostile to women, let’s look for the truth that the media will never report. We can start by examining Tarrant County politics under Republican leadership. What do we find? A lot of women in public office today, that’s what. And the truth is – Republicans, not Democrats – brought them there.

When the Republican party became the dominant party in Tarrant County in the 1990’s, it appears that the first order of business was electing women to office. After decades of political dominance, the Democrats could boast only three women in the judiciary at any given time. Whereas, within four short years of becoming the majority party in Tarrant County, Republicans had tripled that number. And Republicans didn’t stop there.

Today almost 50% of the Tarrant County judges are women, and they are all Republicans. Notably, five of the seven justices who serve on Tarrant County’s Second Court of Appeals are women. In fact, in 2010, Republicans gave us the first female Chief Justice in the history of the Second Court of Appeals – Chief Justice Terrie Livingston. A few months later, Republicans elected the first Justice to the Texas Supreme Court from Tarrant County in more than half a century, also a woman, Justice Debra Lehrmann. This November will mark another first – we will elect Sharen Wilson as the first woman to serve as Tarrant County District Attorney.

But this phenomenon doesn’t stop at the courthouse. Republican women leaders surround us – from U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger, to State Representative Stephanie Klick, to Tax-Assessor-turned-Mayor Betsy Price, to Tarrant County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia, and at all points in between, Republicans show commitment to electing women to positions of leadership in our communities. Media propaganda notwithstanding, the Republican Party is second-to-none in promoting women as leaders.

This serves to highlight a fundamental difference between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to women. Republicans respect us. Republicans know that we aren’t stupid, and they don’t treat us as if we were. Republicans recognize the strength of women. Contrary to liberal rhetoric, we are not the victims of society who need the heavy hand of Big Brother interfering in our lives in order to succeed. We have strong backs, strong minds and strong hearts. Republicans understand this, and through conservative Republican philosophy and policies, we are empowered to take chances, take charge and take control over our own lives.

Republicans respect the fact that women come in all shapes, sizes, colors and demographics. Republicans don’t put us in a box, define the issues for us, or pander to us by offering one-size-fits-all “solutions” to “our problems.”

The fact of the matter is that we really don’t hear a lot of talk about women’s issues in Republican circles. But that doesn’t mean that Republicans don’t care about women. Far from it. Republicans don’t talk much about women’s issues because Republicans understand that ALL issues are women’s issues.

As we in Fort Worth Republican Women say, “we are mothers, wives, daughters and sisters…” But looking deeper, we see embedded into these roles our strong relationships with men. We are mothers to sons, wives to husbands, daughters to fathers and sisters to brothers. And those men in our lives – our sons, husbands, fathers and brothers – are important to us, too.

What draws us to the Republican party is the very fact that Republicans don’t frame the issues in terms of us versus them. Good policies transcend lines of gender, ethnicity, race and culture. And that’s why, from a Republican perspective, women’s issues look a lot like men’s issues. Republican women want:

  • A prosperous economy so that every man, woman and child has an opportunity to achieve their dreams.
  • Personal liberty, an inalienable right, as set forth in our Constitution, that is protected, not violated, by our government.
  • A government that is separate from, but not hostile to, religious beliefs.
  • A federal government that recognizes and abides by the limits imposed upon it by the Constitution.
  • …and the list goes on, all without any references to gender.

And when it comes to equality, of course we care about equal treatment under the law! After all, which party freed the slaves? The Republicans. Which party gave women the right to vote? Republicans. Which party led the civil rights movement? The Republicans.

So let there be no doubt about it – Republicans have historically, and do to this day, support equality. And that includes equal pay for equal work.

Could there be any doubt? Even Democrats must concede that Republicans value hard work. Some may say we speak of little else, often overheard lamenting the decline of the work ethic in America, as Republicans are wont to do. We are the party who espouses the quest to earn a living through honest work as one of the highest of human virtues. Our most sincere desire is for everyone to have the opportunity to achieve prosperity, a goal which cannot be achieved without equal pay for equal work.

But what Republicans won’t do is blindly accept that another layer of bureaucracy is necessary to enforce rights already on the books. The Equal Pay Act passed by Congress in 1963 (with the only votes against it being cast by Democrats, by the way) already prohibits sex-based discrimination in the workplace. Wage discrimination based on gender is already illegal, women already have the right to sue their employers when it occurs, and women are already protected from retaliatory measures being used by employers against women who dare to assert their rights. The so-called Paycheck Fairness Act that the Democrats so eagerly promote confers no new substantive rights for women, but instead increases government regulation of private business and encourages more lawsuits in our court systems.

Armed with laws already on the books, women are perfectly capable of asserting and defending our rights in society. And try though the Democrats may to cast women as society’s victims, we are not victims. And it is disrespectful for Democrats to stereotype us in that manner.

Republicans respect the fact that women aren’t just employees, but we are also employers. And women who own small business (or run multi-million dollar companies, for that matter) understand that a strong, prosperous economy is the surest path toward independence and self-sufficiency for everyone, including women. And strong, prosperous economies don’t emerge from the red tape of government or oppressive regulations that stifle the growth of business.

Republicans respect women. They respect us enough to acknowledge that ALL issues are women’s issues. And that’s why I am a Republican woman.

Bonnie Sudderth

 

 

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Our BFFs

 

Justice Lee Gabriel, Second Court of Appeals

http://www.2ndcoa.courts.state.tx.us/court/justice_lGabriel.asp

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

www.brookeallen.co

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

www.electbobmccoy.com

Helen Bavousett

Byron J. Bavousett

Justice Sue Walker, Second Court of Appeals

www.2ndcoa.courts.state.tx.us/court/justice_swalker.asp

Atticus Gill, Candidate for County Criminal Court #2

www.GillforJudge.com

Paula Miller

Judge Jennifer Rymell, County Court at Law #2

www.jenniferrymell.com

 Tom Wilder, Tarrant County District Clerk

www.wildercampaign.com

 Judge Bonnie Sudderth, 352nd District Court

www.judgebonnie.com

Mary Louise Garcia, Tarrant County Clerk

www.tarrantcounty.com/eCountyClerk

 Holly Bishop

 Blanch Tyler

 Pam Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee

http://www.13network.com/trustees/fww/fwwhome.asp

 Dabney Bassel, Law Office of Dabney Bassel

Patty Emerson

Delane Angelini

Debra Coffey, 1st Vice President, TFRW

http://www.smartstartinc.com

Judge Daryl Coffey, County Criminal Court #8

http://www.tarrantcounty.com/eCCC8/site/default.asp

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

http://www.kaygranger.com/

Judge Susan McCoy, 153rd District Court

http://mccoyforjudge.com/

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

Shirley K. Bain

Sharen Wilson, District Attorney-Elect

http://sharenwilson.com/

Jim & Kathy Conrad

Judge Tom Lowe, 236th District Court

www.tarrantcounty.com/eD236

Rep. Charlie Geren, State Rep. District 99

www.charliegeren.com

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

www.drmarkshelton.com

Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor

www.betsypriceformayor.com

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

www.rogerforcongress.com

 Thanks for your support & friendship!

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Do you know your candidates?  Below is a list of those in the May run-off election.  Let’s put our best out there for November!

  • Lieutenant Governor – David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick
  • Attorney General – Dan Branch and Ken Paxton
  • Agriculture Commissioner – Tommy Merritt and Sid Miller
  • Railroad Commissioner – Wayne Christian and Ryan Sitton
  • State Board of Education – Pat Hardy and Eric Mahroum
  • State Senator – Mark Shelton and Konni Burton
  • County Criminal Court No. 2 – Atticus Gill and Carey Walker
  • County Criminal Court No. 3 – Bob McCoy and Alexander Kim
  • Justice of the Peace No. 3 – Russ Casey and Lenny Lopez

Mark your calendars for early voting in the run-off election from May 19 through 23, 2014.  Run-off Election day is May 27, 2014!

 

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Tribute to Women

Fort Worth Republican Women will honor three of our members at the 2014 TFRW Tribute to Women Luncheon at noon on Friday, June 6. (Next month’s newsletter will feature all three of our honorees.)

This luncheon provides a special opportunity for us to pay tribute to women who deserve recognition from our club and from other federated clubs throughout Texas.

It’s always a wonderful and inspiring event, and we hope you will join us at the Fort Worth Republican Women’s table. We want a good crowd from our club this year, especially since the event will be held in our own hometown, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth (across from the Convention Center)!

In order to secure your seat at the table, bring a check with you to our meeting on Wednesday, April 23. After the meeting, we will send all the checks in one envelope to TFRW, so that they will seat us together. (Fort Worth Republican Women’s table(s) are always filled with the most fun, enlightened and beautiful women in the room, so don’t miss your chance to be a part of it!)

If you cannot attend our meeting on April 23, then get your check in the mail today to: FWRW, P.O. Box 101613, Fort Worth, 76185-1613 so that it is received no later than Friday, April 25.

Reservations are $59 (yes, that’s fifty-nine dollars) per person. Checks should be made payable to TFRW-PAC.

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

For this month’s contribution to this year’s series of “Why am I a Republican,”  a note from our editor.  Cynthia is the daughter of a mother, who is first generation born in the United States, and a father who immigrated from Mexico City, Mexico.  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.  May you all be inspired to action to KEEP TEXAS RED!
FWRW 5th Vice President - Communications and Newsletter Editor, Cynthia Favila-Terry

FWRW 5th Vice President – Communications and Newsletter Editor, Cynthia Favila-Terry

 

My Republican beliefs undoubtedly stem from being raised by morally and fiscally conservative humble parents and grandparents.  I was taught not only the value of a dollar, but the value of earning a dollar – character.  We took care of our family and helped others in need.  These beliefs were reinforced through thirteen years of parochial school education.  Some may view this type of upbringing as a bubble.  I view it as an honor and a blessing for having benefited from the hard efforts of my family and teachers set forth so that I and others could become productive responsible citizens.

In my elementary school, privileges such as extra-credit academic points and classroom “free time” from work were earned by contributing to the betterment of the school whether it was by coming in on a Saturday in the fall to plant tulip bulbs or by running errands around the school for administrators or teachers (once your work was done, of course).  Classroom chores, such as washing the chalkboards, wiping desks, sweeping floors, and cleaning erasers, were required daily.  Whether a member of the school family was sick or celebrating, we were taught to acknowledge it by making a giant card using classroom supplies.  Children would ask to do this job, without being made to do it, because it was an honor to do this job for which there was no academic or material reward.  There is no doubt in my mind that the school had the children perform these tasks for the following reasons:  1) it was run on a tight budget, so having the school community contribute to maintaining landscaping and janitorial duties was a fiscally responsible thing to do; 2) it taught the children to be responsible to their community by working to receive the benefits of it; 3) it taught the children to care for those in need; and 4) these things build the character necessary to be a responsible and productive member of our society.  These are Republican principles.

At home, I grew up watching my parents earn honest livings while giving back to the community by donating their time and money.  On top of his full-time office job, my father owned various small businesses through the years with partners who I now label as “takers” as opposed to “producers.”  I know for a fact that these partners were not Republicans!  You see, they wanted to use other people’s money and efforts but they expected equal payouts.  My father finally realized his own dream of being a full-time small business owner.  So you can imagine that the words “taxes” and “government” were thrown around the house in a disgruntled tone!  Yet, he made sure that I understood that government and taxes are necessary, but in limited form.  My mother was always quiet and reserved, but her example was always her hard work, fiscal responsibility, and giving to and caring for others.  My grandparents stressed education and hard work.  They always had very limited means, but I vividly recall watching them pay taxes.  Although he had little, if there was someone in need, my grandfather would give them what he could to help, BUT he would also offer them household work and help direct them to someone who could help find them a job.  These are all Republican principles.  Let us work, earn, pay our necessary taxes, and care for our fellow citizens so that we may all be productive members of society!

To be quite frank, during my late college and graduate studies years, I did explore the possibility that maybe, just maybe, there was a better approach.  I saw the value of some certain other ideas.  However, I quickly learned that they are just that.  Ideas.  Ideas do not always become the best reality.  Nor did I like the rest of the belief system that came along with those ideas.  The idea that a government must grow in order to create a better society and economy is counter-intuitive.  The idea that if people are in need, you send them away to the government is against every moral and fiscal fiber of my being.  Most importantly this year especially, the idea of trading in the strongest economy in this nation for a set of ideology is reckless and offensive, and it makes me fear for my children’s future in this great State of Texas!  I came here for family and to experience the culture and opportunity.  I also came here to be a producer as opposed to a taker of all that Texas has to offer.  Therefore, I intend to do all I can to help Keep Texas Red.   Like all wise Texas natives and transplants say, “There is no other Texas to move to.”

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THE 2014 REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION WILL BE HELD AT THE

FORT WORTH CONVENTION CENTER JUNE 5-7

If you would like to volunteer to assist in this great production, please click HERE.

If you are a delegate and have not yet registered, please click HERE.  This is a great time!  A mini festival for republicans!  A great time will be had while getting work done.

If you are a FWRW member and a delegate, please email c.favila.terry@gmail.com and enter “RSC Delegate” in the subject line.  Please include your name and senate district.  The Fort Worth Republican Women would like to recognize your efforts in our May newsletter.

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The 2014 Republican State Convention will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center from June 5-7, 2014 – See more at: http://www.texasgop.org/convention/#sthash.QMrxTBUx.dpuf
The 2014 Republican State Convention will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center from June 5-7, 2014 – See more at: http://www.texasgop.org/convention/#sthash.QMrxTBUx.dpuf

NOTICE OF VOTE ON FWRW BYLAWS REVISIONS:

At our May 28th Business Meeting, the Fort Worth Republican Women will vote on proposed revisions to our Bylaws.  Copies of the proposed revisions were distributed at the March meeting. To view the substance of the revisions, please click HERE.

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Debra McDaniels - Voter Registration Chair

Debbie McDaniels – Voter Registration Chair

A MESSAGE FROM OUR VOTER REGISTRATION CHAIR, DEBBIE MCDANIELS:

It is time to gear up to register voters (hoping for many that will become REPUBLICAN voters!) before the General Election in November.  I would like to compile a list of everyone as follows:

1.           Please email me if yYou are currently certified as a Deputy Registrar (you would have had to take the training IN PERSON at the Election Board 2013 or 2014).

OR

2.            Please email me if you would LIKE TO BECOME CERTIFIED as a Deputy Registrar which means you are willing to go to the Election Board and take the IN PERSON training at your convenience.  This only takes 20 minutes!

If I get a group of names, we could possibly go at the same time.  Please email me and I will be in touch with you to coordinate this effort.

 

Thanks for your support – LET’S KEEP TEXAS RED!!!!!!!

 Debbie McDaniels
817-291-5300
debbiemcdaniels@gmail.com

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Save the Date!

 
Meet & Greet
New Members Barbeque
 
FWRW Logo_2_color
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
Home of Bob & Cyndy McCoy
233 Verna Trail N., Fort Worth 76108
 
For New Members, Members, Associate Members
Prospective Members, Spouses, and Guests
Political Advertising Paid for By Fort Worth Republican Women, Sydney Leonard, PAC Treasurer, P.O. Box 101613, Fort Worth, Texas 76185-1613.
Contributions are not federal tax-deductible as charitable contributions.
Corporate Contributions Are Not Permitted.

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March News and Committee Reports

March 22, 2014

Meeting Reminder:  Run-Off Candidate Forum

Carey Walker

Carey Walker

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:

Atticus Gill

Atticus Gill

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  and Senator Ken Paxton
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 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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Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 
 
To read the President’s Message for March, click HERE.  It is an excellent message! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month we feature yet another dynamic republican woman 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, Brooke Allen, for your contribution to this  series and to Keep Texas Red! 

brooke allenI’ve been a Republican for as long as I remember and assumed I was influenced early by my parents, Joe Ulrickson, a small business owner, and Jan Brefczynski, a retired computer programmer and Treasurer of the Fort Worth Republican Women. In college, I clerked in Washington, D.C. for the Honorable Kay Granger, retired Congressman Sonny Callahan and retired Congressman Bob Riley (and former governor of Alabama). It was through my work in D.C. (during the Clinton Administration and Monica Lewinsky scandal) when I really learned the difference between Red and Blue! These differences became more apparent as I entered the work force and saw the amount of money I sent to Uncle Sam each month. I continue to be reminded even now as a small business owner myself.

I am first and foremost a fiscal conservative. I absolutely hate seeing the waste in Washington and closer to home. I work hard for the money I earn and for the money I send to Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam should work equally as hard when determining where my money goes and to whom. This brings another up another core belief – personal responsibility. Everyone, not only our elected officials, should be accountable for their own choices and actions. While I believe our government has a role in assisting those in need, the role should be to provide a hand-up, not a hand-out and certainly not an “income” or a way of life. Unfortunately, I see too many government “programs” which require little or no accountability from the person receiving the benefit or fail to consider all the other “programs” the person is benefiting from. One of my favorite programs was “The Federal Safety Net” where these issues were exposed. (www.federalsafetynet.com) Because Republicans are geared towards personal responsibility and accountability, I continue to support our party.

It is also important to me that Republicans believe in rewarding hard work and entrepreneurship, because I believe is the basis of a free market and society. Within the free society, Republicans believe government should be limited. In addition, I am very happy with the more recent movements of the Party to keep certain decisions and control locally because we all know our local needs much better than Washington!

For these reasons and so many more, I am a Republican and I hope through my work and the work of FWRW, we can Keep Texas Red!

Brooke Ulrickson Allen

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 MEMBERSHIP FOR 2014

Membership in FWRW is easy.  Simply print the section below and return the completed form with payment to Brook Allen as instructed below.

2014 FORT WORTH REPUBLICAN WOMEN MEMBERSHIP FORM

*Name:_______________________________ Spouse________________

Birthday:  Month ____ Day____

My information is the same as submitted in 2013____

*Occupation: __________________________

Employer______________________

*Address:_________________________________________________

*City/State:_____________________________*Zip_______________

*Note:  Texas election law requires this information to be submitted with application.

Phone: Home____________Office_____________Cell_____________

E-Mail___________________________________

Voter Precinct No.___________

_____Caring for America Donation (Voluntary)               Amount $__________

*Note:  TFRW requires this information be recorded with donation.

_____ I am including the additional fee of $20.00 in order to receive my Newsletter via U.S. mail. (Fee covers printing and mailing.) FWRW members may access the FWRW Newsletter online for free, either directly or through our free email subscription.

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

____ Active Member – Full Voting Membership                                 $25.00   $________

An Active membership includes memberships in Texas Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women including receipt of Newsletters from both organizations.  An Active   member will actively participate in FWRW events, political and legislative activities, including serving on committees.

____ Sustaining Active Member -FullVoting Membership             $50.00   $________

Sustaining Active member provides financial support to FWRW but is unable to actively participate in club events and activities.

____ Female Associate Member                                                    $10.00    $________

For women whose primary TFRW/FWRW membership is in another club, may join  FWRW as an Associate  Member, and will receive FWRW Newsletters, may attend all events, but are ineligible to serve as officers or to vote.

____ Male Associate Member                                                          $10.00   $________

MEN ONLY. Men may join FWRW as Associate Members, and will receive FWRW Newsletters, are welcome to attend FWRW meetings and events, but are ineligible to serve as officers or to vote.

Note:  Make checks payable to FWRW.

Send payments to: Brooke Allen, Membership VP, 306 West 7th Street, No. 200, Ft Worth TX 76102    
Phone: ( 817) 874.0043 or Email: ballen@browndean.com
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BENEFACTORS & FUNDRAISING FRIENDS

FWRW have a brand new fundraising program for 2014.  In the past, you may have received multiple requests for support during a single year. Combined with all of the other Republican clubs in Tarrant County, you may not have been able to open your mailbox without getting a request from someone for money!

This year we’re doing things differently. We have formed a group (Benefactors & Fundraising Friends), which we
affectionately refer to as our BFFs. For an annual donation of $100, you can become one of our BFFs, and, if you do, we promise that we will not ask you for any additional donations or underwriting for the remainder of 2014.

As a BFF, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Prominent Recognition as our BFF and Website Hyperlink on our Official Website
  • Prominent Recognition as our BFF and Website Hyperlink in our online Newsletter
  • Prominent Recognition as our BFF and Website Hyperlink in our Annual Yearbook*
  • Prominent Recognition as our BFF at all monthly Meetings
  • Prominent Recognition as our BFF at all of our Special Events
  • Personal Thank-You Post as a FWRW BFF on our Facebook Page
  • Personal Thank-You Tweet as a FWRW BFF on our Twitter Feed
  • Plus, all of the bragging rights of being one of FWRW’s official BFFs—priceless!
Please become our BFF today by sending us your $100 check, payable to Fort Worth Republican Women, to:
P.O. Box 101613, Fort Worth, Texas 76185-1613 (Don’t forget to include your Website Hyperlink information!)

With your help, we can continue our grassroots efforts to Keep Tarrant County and Texas Red. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
Jan Brefczynski
Treasurer, Fort Worth Republican Women

*PS: Hurry and write your check today – due to our publication deadline, checks must be received no later than Tuesday, April 1 for your name to be included in our Yearbook. (Yearbooks will be distributed to members on April 23.)

FWRW Fundraising Committee: Julie Johncox, 4th VP, Finance
Jan Brefczynski, Treasurer Brooke Allen, 1st VP, Membership

Political Advertising Paid for By Fort Worth Republican Women, Sydney Leonard, PAC Treasurer, P.O. Box 101613, Fort Worth, Texas 76185-1613.
Contributions are not federal tax deductible as charitable contributions. Corporate Contributions Are Not Permitted.

Our BFFs

Justice Lee Gabriel

Second Court of Appeals

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Brooke Allen

Partner, Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell

http://www.brookeallen.co/about-brooke-allen.html

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Justice Bob McCoy

Second Court of Appeals

http://electbobmccoy.com/

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Helen Bavousett

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Byron J. Bavousett

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Justice Sue Walker

Second Court of Appeals

http://www.2ndcoa.courts.state.tx.us/court/justice_swalker.asp

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Atticus Gill

GillforJudge.com  Facebook: Atticus Gill for Judge

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Judge Jennifer Rymell

County Court at Law No. 2

http://www.jenniferrymell.com/

Thanks for your support & friendship!

We Heart Our BFFs

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NOTICE OF REVISION OF FWRW BYLAWS

At our May 28th Business Meeting, the Fort Worth Republican Women will vote on proposed revisions to our Bylaws.  To view the substance of the revisions, please click HERE.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL REPUBLICANS ELECTED IN THE MARCH PRIMARY!

We appreciate your efforts!  For a complete listing of results, please click HERE.

The Primary Election resulted in the following run-off races:

  • Lieutenant Governor – David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick
  • Attorney General – Dan Branch and Ken Paxton
  • Agriculture Commissioner – Tommy Merritt and Sid Miller
  • Railroad Commissioner – Wayne Christian and Ryan Sitton
  • State Board of Education – Pat Hardy and Eric Mahroum
  • State Senator – Mark Shelton and Konni Burton
  • County Criminal Court No. 2 – Atticus Gill and Carey Walker
  • County Criminal Court No. 3 – Bob McCoy and Alexander Kim
  • Justice of the Peace No. 3 – Russ Casey and Lenny Lopez

Mark your calendars for early voting in the run-off election from May 19 through 23, 2014.  Run-off Election day is May 27, 2014!

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Save the Date

 New Members Barbecue
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 6:00-9:00 pm
 
Home of Bob & Cyndy McCoy
233 Verna Trail N., Fort Worth 76108
 
New Members, Members, Associate Members, Prospective Members, Spouses, and Guests are welcome!  Look for more information in the April newsletter.
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Kay Granger Ad

*Solicitations made by federal candidates and officeholders are limited by federal law. The federal candidates and officeholders are soliciting only donations of up to $2500 from individuals and up to $5000 from multi-candidate political committees. They are not soliciting donations in any amount from corporations, labor organizations, national banks, federal contractors or foreign nationals.

If you would like to place an ad in our newsletter, please contact Cynthia Favila-Terry at c.favila.terry@gmail.com or (810) 444-3206

January News & Committee Reports

January 17, 2013

January 23 Meeting Announcement:

January Program Announcement

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, January 21 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.)

Valet parking WILL be available on the 23rd!

(For more information about the January program, click HERE or scroll to bottom of this post.)

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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Repulican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Repulican Women

Read President Cyndy McCoy’s January 2013 Message:

Look for it under Pages in the column to the right (or click HERE).

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Membership Dues are Now Due!

If you haven’t paid your 2013 dues yet, don’t delay.  For information about the benefits of membership, click on the Membership in FWRW Page in the column to the left, or click HERE.  You can print out a 2013 Membership Form by clicking on the link provided, or click HERE.

NFRW LogoNews from the National Federation of Republican Women

This year, NFRW celebrates its 75th diamond anniversary.

When Marion Martin called a meeting at the Palmer House in Chicago in 1938, three states had not even ratified the 19th amendment allowing women to vote, and Republicans were only represented by 89 Republicans in the House of Representatives, 16 Republicans in the Senate, and 6 Republican Governors in the age of the New Deal.

Today, Republicans do not hold the presidency or a majority in the Senate, but there are 30 Republican Governors and a Republican majority in the House of Representatives.  Much has changed since NFRW formed, and we still have far to go.

To celebrate 75 years, NFRW is debuting a new logo, seen above.

Judge Susan McCoy

Judge Susan McCoy

Tarrant County Welcomes Its Newest Member of the Judiciary

Judge Susan H. McCoy, a member of Fort Worth Republican Women, was sworn into office on Tuesday, January 2, 2013 in the Courtroom of the 153rd Judicial District.  Elected to the position of 153rd District Court Judge of Tarrant County, Judge McCoy replaces Judge Ken Curry, who retired after a 20-year career as judge of that court.

Fort Worth Republican Women congratulate Judge Susan McCoy and welcome her as Tarrant County’s newest elected Republican official!

What’s a Trillion, Anyway?marklevy

by Mark Levy

Reprinted with permission from GOPUSA.com 1/14/13

Today in Washington, President Obama and Congress are on a collision course over how to reduce the national debt, which just blew by a staggering $16.4 trillion. Or to better illustrate that figure, $16,400,000,000,000 — almost as many zeros as my college transcript.

I could bore you by talking about the national debt in terms of a percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) or the ratio of discretionary versus nondiscretionary spending. We could get into the actuary tables of Social Security and Medicare and when those programs will bankrupt our country. Besides, who wants that kind of heavy thinking with their morning coffee?

But when politicians go through billions of dollars faster than Lady Gaga goes through pointy lingerie, how can we expect the average citizen to appreciate the magnitude of what a trillion dollars actually represents? Heck, the only numbers most Americans understand involve football scores and lottery tickets. Most citizens even dismiss the fact that the national debt represents over $52,000 for each man, woman and child in America.

Sometimes the best way to look at something is to show what it is not. For instance, 1 trillion is not the cans of hairspray Donald Trump uses in a year. Nor is it the number of magazines Kim Kardashian has appeared on. It’s also not the number of plastic surgeries Joan Rivers has undergone, although the jury is still out on the vials of Botox.

In order to have more Americans pay attention to what is happening in Washington, we need to put trillions into terms the average person can understand. I could tell you that 1 trillion equals 1 million million but even that number is hard to comprehend. Let’s try this, McDonald’s serves about 1.2 billion burgers a year, but in order to reach a trillion, every person in the United States would have to eat over 3,000 burgers apiece. That’s fine if you’re Ronald McDonald or an NFL lineman, but not so good if you’re watching your cholesterol.

Since we’re talking about money, at 6 foot 4, 1 trillion Abe Lincolns would stretch 1.14 billion miles, which is a long way from Gettysburg — and that doesn’t include his stovepipe hat. By contrast, if the Abe Lincoln statue were standing up in the Lincoln Memorial, it would only take 215 billion of the statues to reach that same distance.

NFL great Brett Favre threw for over 71,000 yards during his career. At that pace, we would only need 14 million more Brett Favres to equal 1 trillion yards. That’s a lot of cleats, jerseys and burned defensive backs.

Elvis has sold over a billion records and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down — pretty good for a guy who’s supposed to be dead. At this pace, the world would need 1,000 Elvises and a lot of peanut butter and banana sandwiches to reach 1 trillion records. That’s plausible because there are at least that many Elvises on the Vegas strip alone.

You’ve heard that if all the economists were laid end to end they would never reach a conclusion. Well, 1 trillion economists end to end would rocket past Saturn.

Most know that trillions follow billions, but what’s next? I could act like I have a big brain and casually mention that quadrillion comes after trillion followed by quintillion, but without Google I wouldn’t have had a clue. However, during my research I did learn that Brazilian, cotillion and gazillion are not actual numbers.

With another debt ceiling battle looming, let’s just hope that Congress doesn’t log on to the Internet and discover that there are numbers actually larger than trillions.

Mark Levy is a syndicated columnist with Creators.com, A Syndicate of Talent.  His “Dear Mark” political advice column is full of hot opinions that answers questions presented by the readers themselves. Levy uses just enough irreverent humor to take the edge off typical partisan political discussions while explaining his conservative point of view. His responses are well researched, and he uses terms that speak to the reader, not above the reader. In addition to his columns, Levy appears weekly on local television debating liberal activists in a point-counterpoint format. He has also appeared numerous times as a political analyst during election coverage. Mark Levy is originally from New Orleans, but has spent most of his life in Texas.  He currently resides in Wichita Falls with his wife and two daughters.

Kaye Moreno, 2012 Electoral College Member

Kaye Moreno, 2012 Electoral College Member

Is the Electoral College Still the Best Way to Choose?

Editorial by Kaye Moreno

I was honored, back in June of this year, to be chosen as elector for Texas Congressional District 12 during the RPT convention in Fort Worth. Even though our Republican presidential ticket did not win this election, I remain honored to serve—even though I was hoping to do so for President-Elect Romney and Vice President-Elect Ryan.

I’m sure that many of you along with me have been considering the consequences of this presidential election. Since November 6, I have had days during which I have been more determined than ever to stand firm and prevent members of either party from forcing things upon me that I don’t want—or taking things from me that I earned. And I have had days when I felt as if no amount of effort could get our country headed back in the right direction—to a place where our individual freedoms were valued above all and each American pursued success with hard work and a value system that prioritizes faith and family.

Our mothers and fathers didn’t pursue these these noble goals solely for their own benefit—nor did they begrudge them to others—but they passed down that dedication and work ethic, the love of country and respect of others for the well-being their children and grandchildren. I think we all would simply wish that the values of the America in which we were raised are the same ones that remain the core belief system of the country in which our children and grandchildren will grow and thrive.

As this relates to being an elector in 2012, I hold in high regard those who came before me, who lived through hard times and fought wars and passed along their wisdom to make life easier for me. I was born the seventh child of older parents who already had grandchildren, and I benefitted from their profound experience of having lived through the Great Depression—I inherited a thankful spirit and a positive attitude above all.

In the same way, I respect our founding fathers, who in their wisdom foresaw the many pitfalls that future rash young Americans might stumble upon and go astray. One of the things they created and put into place was the recently much-maligned electoral college.

Kaye Moreno, December 17, 2012

Kaye Moreno, December 17, 2012

As so many have wondered through the years, could the founding fathers really have foreseen the huge cities and heavily populated areas in states like New York with 29 electoral votes, California with 55, and Florida with 29 that hold such power in electing our president? Could these men who gave their reputations, their fortunes and their very lives to sign the Constitution, be so terribly wrong about about the electoral college? Perhaps, but I choose to continue to afford them—and our Constitution—the benefit of the doubt.

You have likely heard the often unkind comments from the left that Republicans are out of touch and archaic. I find nothing more arrogant and condescending than for a liberal to tell me I need to be more modern and open-minded. What I am certain of is that Republicans are quite capable of holding fast to our conservative ideals without compromising our values, and of communicating them to our family and friends and neighbors here and now—even more so in the age of technology that changes by the millisecond.

Did you dream when you got your first car phone—you remember, the one so big you practically had to move it in a wheelbarrow—that just a few years later we would be using something the size of an iPhone to make phone calls, use the internet, get our news, check the baseball scores, map a road trip or listen to music? Every day I get closer to being an empty nester—which is how I define becoming totally independent of requiring one of my children to talk me through some technology crisis or deficit in my electronic education.

Communicating effectively has always been my passion, since I began writing and editing for a newspaper in South Alabama in my early twenties. It is the reason I live in Texas today, because someone noticed and gave me an even better job. Any of you who know me well have probably suffered through my standard lecture that Republicans must catch up in the area of communication if they are to continue to win elections. In my opinion, that is the only strategic advantage the liberals have over us—they certainly don’t have any new ideas.

We must get better at communicating our conservatism in a way that accurately bares our hearts and souls to an American spectrum that includes fast-growing ethnic groups and young people. One of my favorite time-worn admonitions is, “Words have meaning. Be careful how you use them.” Perhaps we should consider another old adage and realize that sticks and stones can break our bones, and words can hurt us. We must learn to win the war of words being waged in this country.

I want to encourage each one of you to begin now to find new ways to communicate within your circle of influence, ways that build new roads and bridges to the time-honored ideals of our mothers and fathers and our founding fathers. If we all begin to do that today, four years from now another set of electors can be preparing to cast their official votes for a newly-elected conservative Republican president who loves our country and its still-relevant foundations in the same way that Republican women do.

Kaye Moreno (second from left) with other Texas Federation of Republican Women Electors

Kaye Moreno (second from left) with other Texas Federation of Republican Women Electors

Kaye Moreno is the Immediate Past President of Fort Worth Republican Women, the FWRW Parliamentarian and Publicity Committee Chair.  She also currently serves as a District Director of the Texas Federation of Republican Women.

Electoral College 101

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

by Judge Bonnie Sudderth, FWRW 5th V.P. of Communications

The Electoral College is not a place, but a process. Established by the U.S. Constitution, this process has its roots in a compromise between the proposal of electing the U.S. President by Congressional vote as opposed to electing the U.S. President by a purely popular vote.

538 Electors comprise the Electoral College, and each state is entitled to the number of Electors which equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation, including House Members and Senators (the District of Columbia is included and allocated 3 Electors). In 2012, Texas had 38 Electoral votes.  A majority of 270 Electoral votes is needed to elect the President.

The Electoral College process is a three-stage process:  (1) the process of selecting the Electors, (2) the meeting of the Electors in their respective states to cast their vote for U.S. President, and (3) the counting of the Electoral votes by Congress.  In 2012, the proposed Electors for the State of Texas were selected during the Texas GOP and Democrat Conventions.  Since the Republican ticket won the popular vote in Texas at the November election, the Electors chosen at the Texas GOP Convention were ultimately elected to the Electoral College and given the authority to cast their votes for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  They cast their votes at the Texas State Capitol on December 17, 2012, as did all other Electors in every state (as well as the District of Columbia) did in their respective jurisdictions.  On January 4, 2013, the U.S. Congress met in joint session to count the Electoral votes.  The Vice-President, as President of the Senate, presided over the count and announced the results of the Electoral College vote.

What many citizens don’t realize is that when the presidential election is held, the voters are not casting votes directly for the candidate of their choice, but are actually casting votes to determine who their state’s Electors will be.  The popular vote in each state is important because it determines which Electors will participate in the Electoral College.  However, the total popular vote of all states combined does not determine the outcome of the election.  It is entirely possible that a Presidential candidate may win the total combined popular vote but lose the election through the Electoral College process.  This is because most states (including Texas) have a “winner-take-all” system that awards all Electors to the winning Presidential candidate.   (Only Maine and Nebraska provide for proportional representation among their Electors.)

So, swing states and narrow popular vote victories can create a disparity between the total popular vote and the ultimate outcome of the Presidential election.  When this occurred in the 2000 Presidential election, many Americans were surprised to learn that despite the fact that Al Gore received 50,999,897 votes to George W. Bush’s 50,456,002, George W. Bush would be sworn into office on January 20, 2001.

2013 TARRANT COUNTY GOP LINCOLN DAY DINNER

GUEST SPEAKER – FORMER U.S. SENATOR RICK SANTORUM

Santorum

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, Texas

For More Information, contact Tarrant County GOP Headquarters

(817) 595-0303 or www.tcgop.org

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ANNOUNCING FWRW OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS – 2013

President – Cyndy McCoy

1st Vice President, Membership – Marion Snipes

2nd Vice President, Programs – Brooke Allen

3rd Vice President, Campaign Activities – Pam Bassel

4th Vice President, Finance – Julie Johncox

5th Vice President, Communications – Judge Bonnie Sudderth

            Courtesy Committee Chair – Linda Vautrain

            Facebook Administrator –  Judge Bonnie Sudderth

            Newsletter Editor – Cynthia Favila-Terry

            Publicity Chair – Kaye Moreno

            Telephone/CAP Alert Chair – Mary Mae McDonald

            Webmaster – Julieanne Leighty

            Yearbook Editor – Donna Thompson

6th Vice President, Events – Helen Bavousett

Secretary – Melissa Swan

Treasurer – Justice Lee Gabriel

Historian – Kathy Conrad

Parliamentarian – Kaye Moreno

Americanism Committee Chair – Pat Miranda

Caring for America Committee Chair – Holly Bishop

Hospitality Committee Chair –  Marilyn Van Hoozer

Legislation Committee Chair – Patty Emerson

Literacy Committee Chair – Faye Coughran

PAC Treasurer – Sydney Leonard

Scholarship Committee Chair – Mary Ann Shelton