Posts Tagged ‘Jan Brefczynski’

October News & Committee Reports

October 20, 2014
Dr. Mark Shelton

Dr. Mark Shelton



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  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.)

Red Star

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

 Red Star

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.


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.

Red Star


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.

Red Star

Republican Candidate Banner

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.

Red Star


Second Saturday Announcement - 1

 Red Star


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

Red Star

 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 or call (817) 229-3121

Red Star

Price Increase Notice for 2015

Red Star


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!

Red Star

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
Pam Bassel

Will fill out second year of two year term:

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

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

Red Star

 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!
Red Star


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

Red Star


BFF October


Red Star


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.

Red Star



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.

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  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.)
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! 

Red Star


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. ( 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

Red Star


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


*Name:_______________________________ Spouse________________

Birthday:  Month ____ Day____

My information is the same as submitted in 2013____

*Occupation: __________________________




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

Phone: Home____________Office_____________Cell_____________


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.


____ 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:
Red Star


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!

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


Brooke Allen

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


Justice Bob McCoy

Second Court of Appeals


Helen Bavousett


Byron J. Bavousett


Justice Sue Walker

Second Court of Appeals


Atticus Gill  Facebook: Atticus Gill for Judge


Judge Jennifer Rymell

County Court at Law No. 2

Thanks for your support & friendship!

We Heart Our BFFs

Red Star


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.

Red Star


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!

Red Star

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.
Red Star
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 or (810) 444-3206

May News & Committee Reports

May 17, 2012

Reminder – FWRW May Meeting is May 23!

RSVP for lunch to Joy Phelps-Nix,, 817-423-4283 by noon on Monday, May 21. Lunch is $23 with a reservation ($25 without reservation). If you’re not  having lunch, no RVSP is necessary. (Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost.)

Valet parking WILL be available on the 23rd!

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

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women


President’s Message:

To read President McCoy’s May 2012 Message, look for it under Pages at the top of the column to the right, or click HERE.

A Special Thanks to Paula Miller –

… for providing refreshments and sponsoring the FWRW Board of Directors meeting in May! Paula is a long-time member of Fort Worth Republican Women and has served in a variety of leadership positions – from 2nd VP for Programs to chairing the Hospitality, Telephone and Caring for America committees. In 2006, Paula was named as a FWRW honoree to the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s Tribute to Women.



FWRW 2012 Yearbooks will be available at the May meeting – RSVP today for the meeting and don’t forget to pick up your copy while you’re there! 

Electronic (pdf) versions of the Yearbook are available to all members in good standing.  To receive an electronic copy, email your request to Yearbook Chair Donna Thompson at

Thanks to our Yearbook Sponsors (for complete listing of our Sponsors, click HERE)!

Jan Brefczynski

Jan Brefczynski has been a Republican as long as she can remember. Her primary involvement was voting and “talking politics” with her family and friends until she recently jumped into an extremely active role after retiring from a 40-year career in information systems management. Within months of joining Fort Worth Republican Women, she accepted a role on the Membership committee, coordinating all membership lists, sending renewal reminders, updating the list for events, and completing all required membership reports to the Texas Federation of Republican Women. Jan also assisted in the compilation of this year’s FWRW Yearbook. In addition, she attends the monthly meetings and board meetings while continuing to inform her associates on local elections and issues.

Pat Brown

Pat Brown feels blessed because she was born a Christian and a Republican. Pat was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. After working inLos Angeles for 30 years, she returned to retire in Fort Worth and became affiliated with Fort Worth Republican Women in 2002. She has voted in every election as a Republican since she became of legal age.  Pat is also known for her diligent participation in the Welcome Home a Hero program over the past six years.

Colleen Putnam

Colleen Putnam has to confess to being lost and actually distributing campaign materials for Jimmy Carter in 1977.  However, she got smart in 1981 when she voted for Ronald Reagan.  After several years, she became increasingly active in supporting local and national leaders. Then she made a call to Republican National Headquarters in Fort Worth and began volunteering one day a week. Colleen became involved with Fort Worth Republican Women in 2005. She enjoyed being around like-minded people who organized events to promote local and national candidates. Colleen was named to her first position with FWRW in 2007 as Legislative Reporter, where she learned a lot about what was going on in Austin and conveyed it to the membership via the monthly newsletter. In 2008-2012, she became Campaign Activities Chairman, and became Program Chairman in 2010.

Cyndy McCoy

Cyndy McCoy has voted Republican in every election since she was allowed to vote and even attended a Texas State Republican Convention in the early 1980s. Cyndy joined Fort Worth Republican Women in 2008 when she moved to Fort Worth from Atlanta, Georgia, and married Justice Bob McCoy, who serves on the 2nd Court of Appeals. Her official involvement in the club reached another level when she was named Communications Chair in 2009. Two years later, in 2011, her duties were ramped up once again when she was voted into the position of Treasurer. She attended and volunteered at the TFRW State Convention last year in Fort Worth and has taken part in various leadership seminars sponsored by TFRW. Now in 2012, Cyndy is serving as President of FWRW, a position she will hold for the next two years, in addition to her teaching responsibilities at The Art Institute of Fort Worth.




In Memorium: Barbara Williford (1932-2012)

Fort Worth Republican Woman Barbara Williford, 79 passed away Wednesday, May 9.  Barbara was born Dec. 7, 1932, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  A graduate of Texas Christian University, she served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 – 1953.  Friends remember her as an avid sports fan who was passionate about all the local sports teams.  Barbara was a resident of Fort Worth for more than 50 years.  She retired from Alcon Laboratories in 1996 and spent much of her free time volunteering at the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Allen H. Williford Jr.  Survivors include her sons, Hearne Williford and wife, Pam, Colby Williford and wife, Jamie, Tom Williford and wife, Bettina, and her daughter, Polly Johnson and husband, Randy, as well as eight grandchildren. Memorials –  in lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

Read more here:


Links to tax brackets other than married filing jointly: and

For other tax breaks set to expire, go to:

Gelasia is a member of Fort Worth Republican Women and a Certified Financial Planner with Steed Investments.