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February 25 Program Announcement – Fracking: Myth vs Truth

February 15, 2015
Dr. Ed Ireland, Executive Director, BSEEC

Dr. Ed Ireland, Executive Director, BSEEC

“Fracking: Myth vs. Truth”

Wednesday, February 25
Social – 11:00am; Lunchon & Program – 11:30am
To make a luncheon reservation ($28 with reservation, $30 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, February 23, 2015 to Patty Emerson at 817-478-8713 or
NEW FOR 2015 – RSVP ONLINE at All major credit cards are accepted!
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.)

About Ed Ireland, PhD: Executive Director of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council, Ireland has executive management experience, operational expertise and 20-year career in the oil and gas industry.  Prior to his corporate work, Ireland served as assistant professor and head of the Economics Department at Clemson University in South Carolina. Ireland holds a B.S. in economics from Midwestern State University, a Ph.D. in economics and statistics from Texas Tech University and did post-doctoral work at the University of Chicago.

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Deadline for registration is Monday, February 16. For more information, contact Judy Strzinek at or (817) 269-5727.

TFRW Workshop

We Heart Our BFFs

Brooke Allen

Brown, Dean, Proctor, Hart & Howell, LLP


Justice Bonnie Sudderth

Second Court of Appeals


Lisa Vaughn Lumley

Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller


Justice Lee Gabriel

Second Court of Appeals


Kathy Conrad

Warren “Jim” Conrad


Judge Bob McCoy

Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 3


Pam Bassell

Dabney Bassell


Julianna & Dennis Roessler


Helen & Byron Bavousett


Holly Bishop


Paula Miller


Judge Don Cosby

67th District Court


Fort Worth Republican Women Past Presidents

Sharon Dale, Beryl Dowd, Cyndy McCoy, Kaye Moreno, Sherry Ward


Senator Kelly Hancock

Texas Senate, District 9


Judge Jacquelyn Wright

Tarrant County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4


Congresswoman Kay Granger

U.S. Congress, 12th District of Texas


Nancy Adler


Judge Dana Womack

348th District Court, Tarrant County


Judge Jennifer Rymell

Tarrant County Court at Law No. 2


Judge Pat Ferchill

Tarrant County Probate Court No. 2


Judge B. Glen Whitley

Tarrant County Judge


Lynn Kelly

Lynn Kelly Law Firm PC


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Saturday, March 14:  Second Saturday Breakfast at Enchiladas Ole at 10am.  More information to come. 901 N. Sylvania, Fort Worth 76111

Saturday, March 21: Parker County Reagan Day Dinner featuring Keynote Speaker Retired Lieutenant Colonel Allen West. Worthington Hotel.

Saturday, March 21: Denton County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner featuring Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North. DFW Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Thursday, April 16: TFRW Legislative Day & Women’s Summit. Austin. More info to come.

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.)

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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.


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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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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Second Saturday Announcement - 1

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

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The center needs to place 3500 calls a week so everyone’s help is needed.  For questions, please call the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 817-595-0303
  • 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

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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 or call (817) 229-3121

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Price Increase Notice for 2015

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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
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.

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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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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

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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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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.

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  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


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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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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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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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!

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

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The center needs to place 3500 calls a week so everyone’s help is needed.  For questions, please call the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 817-595-0303
  • REPUBLICAN WOMEN PHONE BANKING FRIDAY – Friday, August 29, 10am – 2pm.  Tarrant County Victory and TCGOP invite the Republican ladies of Tarrant County for lunch, tea, and phone banking.
Report to Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters for each of these opportunities!
2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, 76118

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

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38 BFFs Host Board

Welcome to our latest BFFs:



Terry Terry Law, PLLC

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

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  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

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

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

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

Helen Bavousett

Byron J. Bavousett

Justice Sue Walker, Second Court of Appeals

Atticus Gill, Candidate for County Criminal Court #2

Paula Miller

Judge Jennifer Rymell, County Court at Law #2

 Tom Wilder, Tarrant County District Clerk

 Judge Bonnie Sudderth, 352nd District Court

Mary Louise Garcia, Tarrant County Clerk

 Holly Bishop

 Blanch Tyler

 Pam Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee

 Dabney Bassel, Law Office of Dabney Bassel

Patty Emerson

Delane Angelini

Debra Coffey, 1st Vice President, TFRW

Judge Daryl Coffey, County Criminal Court #8

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

Judge Susan McCoy, 153rd District Court

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

Shirley K. Bain

Sharen Wilson, District Attorney-Elect

Jim & Kathy Conrad

Judge Tom Lowe, 236th District Court

Rep. Charlie Geren, State Rep. District 99

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

Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor

Judge Melody Wilkinson, 17th District Court

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

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

 Thanks for your support & friendship!


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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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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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 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:
The 2014 Republican State Convention will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center from June 5-7, 2014 – See more at:


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


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).


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

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Save the Date!

Meet & Greet
New Members Barbeque
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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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February News and Committee Reports

February 23, 2014

February Program Reminder:

Todd StaplesSenator Dan PatrickLieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was our speaker at last month’s candidate forum luncheon.  Come and meet your other candidates for Lieutenant Governor on February 26th!  Senator Dan Patrick of Houston and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples will join us at the February 26th candidate forum luncheon. (Land Commissioner Jerry Paterson has also been invited to attend our February luncheon.)

432nd District Court candidates Judge Ruben Gonzales and Steve Gebhardt will also be in attendance as well as the candidates for 231st District Court, Judge Jesse Nevarez and John Clark. The primaries are upon us, so come and get to know your candidates!

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, February 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.)
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Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

To view February’s President’s Message, click HERE.
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Why am I a Republican?

In case you missed it last month, in 2014 our monthly newsletter will feature a guest post from a Republican woman who would like to spread her message as to why she is a Republican. We hope that in reading these posts, 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.   Meet Susie Tonymon, who has been a member of FWRW since 1990!  Enjoy!

Susie Tonymon

Susie Tonymon

Let me tell you in very simple terms why I am a Republican and how I arrived at this determination in my life.

My parents emigrated from China in the early 1900s and settled in southeast Arkansas leaving behind poverty, warlords, bandits, political upheavals, and lack of opportunities for a better life. But upon reaching these shores, they discovered they were denied an opportunity to become citizens because of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Therefore, they could not vote and because of that, I was not exposed to party affiliation in general and voting in particular. It was not until 1943 when that restriction was lifted because China was an ally during World War II. There was not much enthusiasm in my family about the electoral process until my father applied and received his citizenship shortly thereafter.

So, what to do? You work hard to achieve your goals; you assimilate where you are planted; you take care of your own; you live within your means; you guide and inspire your children to do their best; you show by example your care and compassion; you stress the value of an education. That’s what my parents did amid the circumstances of a segregated south where the Democratic party held reign until Winthrop Rockefeller became the first Republican governor of Arkansas in 1966.

As I look back over the years, I can see where my political philosophy began to take hold. Here are a few insights.

Governmental programs were instituted that were supposed to help its citizens. Instead they created a society of people who became dependent on government to take care of them. Payment for these programs created a tax burden for us and for generations to come.  I could see that government was not living within its means. This was entirely contrary to my vision of how the government should operate. Republicans want people to fend for themselves as much as possible.

Education standards were compromised to the point where students were graduating from high school without knowing how to read. Parental involvement became almost non-existent. Textbooks often contained fallacies or omitted segments of our great American history. The changing role of a teacher who is saddled with “paper work” often marked a decrease in his/her effectiveness in the classroom. Republicans seek to provide remedies.

To work hard to build a business and then to have government place so many taxes and regulations on it stifles the enthusiasm with which this country was built. Yes, some regulations regarding health and safety are necessary, but to place undue burdens on small business thwarts economic development and leads to unemployment and the closing of companies. Republicans fight to preserve small businesses.

Justice within the legal system means interpreting the law as written and not legislating from the bench. Republicans elect officials to uphold this judicial philosophy.

Social issues can be divisive with Republicans on both ends of the spectrum, but overall Republicans agree that disagreements can be civil.

Aside from a strong belief in the Constitution of the United States, you can see the basic values that I live by and the reason why the Republican party fits me. While I may not agree on every issue, for the most part the Republican party fits me, and I am pleased to proclaim, “I am a Republican.”

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You have until February 28 to vote early in the Primary Election. The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, March 4.  Remember that photo ID is now required to vote.  For more information, visit  or download the VoteTexas app to your smart phone!


Every vote counts, which is another reason we must be responsible with the privilege of voting.  Please take some time to educate yourself about the candidates.  Thanks to Beryl Dowd who has passed along a great tool to use as a start to making your voting decisions.  Visit to get started.

A list of Republican Party Primary Election candidates can be viewed at 

You should also view the sample ballot at

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President:  Judge Bonnie Sudderth
First Vice-President, Membership:  Brooke Ulrickson Allen
Second Vice-President, Programs:  Justice Lee Gabriel
Third Vice-President, Campaign Activities:  Pam Bassel
Fourth Vice-President, Finance:  Julie Johncox
Fifth Vice-President, Communications:  Cynthia Favila-Terry
Sixth Vice-President, Events:  Helen Bavousett
Secretary:  Melissa Swan
Treasurer:  Jan Brefczynski
Parliamentarian/Immediate Past President:  Cyndy McCoy
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If you are interested in becoming a delegate (or alternate delegate) to the Republican Party of Texas State Convention held June 5-7 in Fort Worth, you must first attend your precinct convention and be named a delegate to your Senate District convention.  The Precinct Convention is the same night as the Primary Election, beginning a half hour after polls close.  Ask the Election Judge where your precinct convention is and he or she will direct you.

The Senate District 10 Convention will be held on March 22. The main purpose of this convention is to collect resolutions to send to the state convention and to elect the delegates and alternates to the state convention.  The SD10 Convention will be held at the Mansfield AISD Center for the Performing Arts located at 1115 Debbie Lane, Mansfield.

If you have questions about this process, please contact:

David Wylie
Senate District 10 Chair
Pct Chair 2305, Arlington
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That’s right!  Some of our FWRW attended the Texas Federation for Republican Women Leadership Boot Camp held on Saturday, January 25.  They spent quality hours sharing ideas and learning innovative strategies to strengthen the club and its effectiveness in assisting Republican candidates and voters.  We thank them for their time and dedication and look forward to implementing the ideas they brought back here to Fort Worth!   

FWRW President - Judge Bonnie Sudderth, TFRW District Director SD 10 - Kaye Moreno, Voter Registration Chair - Debra McDaniels

FWRW President – Judge Bonnie Sudderth, TFRW District Director SD 10 – Kaye Moreno, Voter Registration Chair – Debra McDaniels

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

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

The strength of conservative values and the Republican Party in Texas is being tested this year.   In fact, it is being challenged.  And for what?  The great state of Texas has seen growth in economic times when the rest of the country has either seen little growth or has seen job and population loss in record volumes.  It seems that all of this talk of blue and pink is about simply taking political power.  Perhaps these power-seeking Democrats should be reminded of something Thomas Bertram Lance once said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  Texas isn’t broken, and we must continue to make it stronger as opposed to letting them try and “fix” it.  This primary is another battle in the war we are in this election season.  It’s up to us to show them what a battleground is.

Start by voting in this primary.  Volunteer in one campaign or several.  Republican candidates need you!  If you want to volunteer to assist a Republican candidate’s campaign, but you’re just not sure how to get started, please contact FWRW Third Vice President – Campaign Activites, Pam Bassel.

If volunteering is not something you are able to do, then here are some other suggestions:

  • Send a donation to help the candidates get their message out;
  • “Like” the Republican candidates on Facebook;
  • “Follow” them on Twitter and retweet their tweets to help them get their message out;
  • Contact Brooke Allen at to order your “Let’s Keep Texas Red” gear (I get lots of attention when I wear mine and it’s a great conversation starter!);
  • Invite your friends, who may be on the fence, to come to a luncheon or attend a candidate forum; and
  • If you have not done it yet, follow @FWRepWomen on Twitter!  Social media is a powerful and free avenue to get the message out.

There is so much happening this election season and the FWRW want to help spread the information, but we need your help!  Do not hesitate to share information by emailing it to  We will get your events and messages out to our members so that together we can KEEP TEXAS RED!

January News and Committee Reports

January 19, 2014

January Meeting Reminder: DewhurstLieutenant Governor David Dewhurst will be our speaker at our January 22nd candidate forum luncheon. Come and meet your candidates for District Attorney: Sharen Wilson, George Mackey and Kathy Lowthorp. Also attending will be your candidates for 297th District Court: Lex Johnston, Jay Lapham, David Hagerman and Glynis McGinty. (The other candidates for Lieutenant Governor: Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples will be invited to attend our February luncheon.)

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, January 20th to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)

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Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

The Fort Worth Republican Women would like to thank Cyndy McCoy for her service. We kick off 2014 with a new President, Bonnie Sudderth.  To view the President’s Message for January 2014, click HERE.

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Why am I a Republican?

New for 2014, our monthly newsletter will feature a guest post from a Republican woman who would like to spread her message as to why she is a Republican. We hope that in reading them, 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.  Enjoy!

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by Rachel Moreno

As a young adult recently out of college I have had opportunity to witness many other young adults with no anchor and no rudder. It has also allowed me the first-hand experience of being affected by harsh stereotypes. Upper middle-class. Private education. Female. Twenty-three. Caucasian. Separately, these words seem pretty harmless, but together they can create one nasty stereotype, especially when the word Republican is added. Instead of allowing these stereotypes to define me as a Republican, I strive to surprise people by showing them I am an informed young woman with well-grounded convictions that define me as a Republican.

I believe my parents did an exceptional job of raising me in an informed and knowledgeable environment. They never told me to just believe something because they were Republicans, but instead explained their beliefs and convictions and why they felt that way. They also encouraged me to become involved in politics from a very young age. I remember attending a GOP election-night party in November of 2000: as results from each state were revealed, I colored a map of America with either a red or blue pencil. My involvement and interest in politics stemmed from events such as these, so I am a Republican because of my family heritage.

As I matured and began forming my own opinions and convictions, I also grew in the area of my Christian faith. I quickly realized that the overarching Republican values align very closely with biblical truths. If the Bible truly is from God and it is truth, then it should be the foundation of what I choose to believe. If something doesn’t align with God’s Word, then I should not believe it. I am a Republican because of my Christian faith.

Since the Word is my foundation, I should also be concerned about the legacy I leave behind, just as King Solomon wrote about in the Proverbs. The 2012 Republican Platform states:

The [Constitution of the United States] shows us the path forward. Trust the people. Limit the government. Respect federalism. Guarantee opportunity, not outcomes. Adhere to the rule of law. Reaffirm that our rights come from God, are protected by the government, and that the only just government is one that truly governs with the consent of the governed.[1]

As as a party, the Republicans understand that life is not just about “me.” Life is about leaving a legacy and working for this legacy. Life is not about instant gratification. This is the main thing my generation leaves out of their version of the American Dream. I am a Republican because I believe in freedom and preserving that freedom for future Americans – both Republicans and Democrats.

 [1] McDonnell, Governor Bob, Senator John Hoeven, and Congressman Marsha Blackburn. “2012 Republican Platform: Preamble.” GOP. N.p., n.d. Web.

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Republican Women Serving the Needy

Salvation Army food donation 2What do the Fort Worth Republican Women do when their Christmas Luncheon is cancelled due to an ice storm and there is food made for more than a hundred people?  Just ask Kaye Moreno and Brooke Allen! These ladies took action and asked that the lunch and dessert be boxed and ready for pick up.  Why?  So that Brooke and her family could hop in the 4-wheel drive to pick up the food and deliver it to the Salvation Army night shelter.  What a great display of Republican values.

That’s not all!  Here, Fort Worth Republican Women’s immediate past president, Cyndy McCoy, is delivering the FWRW’s monetary donation and gifts to the Salvation Army in December. Cyndy McCoy at SA

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New Board Member Position

Do you have questions about FWRW? Do you want to become more involved, but don’t know who to contact? New in 2014, the FWRW now have a board member dedicated to Member Services. Sharon Dale is now the Fort Worth Republican Women’s Member Services Chair!sharon dale

If Sharon can’t answer your question, she can direct you to someone who can. If you want to volunteer, Sharon can put you in touch with a Fort Worth Republican Woman who could use your help.  Contact her at

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UTA college republicansThe UTA College Republicans are doing their part to Keep Texas Red!  To view their schedule of events, click HERE.  They have several candidate forums scheduled over the next month.

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2014 Lincoln Day Dinner


Join the Tarrant County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner featuring guest Speaker, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.  Friday, February 8, 2014 at the Hurst Conference Center 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst 76054




  •  $10,000 – 1 Table of 10, all go to V.I.P. Reception, 2 Lincoln Council Memberships
  • $5,000 – 1 Table of 8, all go to V.I.P. Reception, 1 Lincoln Council Membership
  • $2,500 – 1 Table of 8, 4 go to V.I.P. Reception, 1 Lincoln Council Membership
  • $1,000 – 1 Table of 8, 2 go to V.I.P. Reception
  • $1,000 – 1 year TCGOP Lincoln Council membership (includes 2 tickets to each TCGOP Lincoln Council event plus V.I.P. access, including Lincoln Day Dinner and V.I.P. Reception)
  • $100 – Individual Ticket to Dinner only
  • $250 – Individual ticket to V.I.P. Reception only
  • $75 – 1 Dinner Ticket – Precinct Chair only
  • $75 – 1 Dinner Ticket – Precinct Chair spouse only
  • $75 – 1 Dinner Ticket – Jr. Lincoln Council members only

To purchase tickets from the Tarrant County Republican Party website, click HERE.



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  • The deadline to register to vote in the March 4th primary is February 3.
  • Primary election early voting is Tuesday, February 18 – Friday, February 28.
  • For more voting information, visit
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August News and Committee Reports

August 22, 2013

August 28th Program Reminder – Zan Prince on Delivering Our Republican Message – A Call to Action! mail

Zan Prince will be our featured speaker in August on the topic of Delivering Our Republican Message.  She will discuss how “Republicans are good at telling the what, but we sometimes forget to finish with the why that explains our positions. ”


KayeThat is not all!  Our August program will also feature Kaye Moreno, Texas Federation of Republican Women, District Director, SD10, who will speak briefly about TFRW and its history, structure and purpose.


Extra bonus: The door prize for August is a ticket to our Red, White and Blue Fashion Show on September 25th!  Special thanks to Sharon Dale, former FWRW President, for donating this special prize.

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, August 26th to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

To read August’s President’s Message, click HERE.


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DewhurstMany thanks to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst for sponsoring our July 2013 Board meeting.

We appreciate your support!

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POLITICAL BRIEFING from the National Federation of Republican Women:

Democrats Plan Voting Law Change 

Last week, the head of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) launched a 50-State initiative to promote changes Democrats claim will make it easier to cast a ballot.

The effort is being run by American Values First, a 501(c)(4) organization headed by the DLCC’s executive director and launched last week  during a meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Democrats intend to push State legislation similar to that of Colorado which now requires all voters to receive mail-in ballots.

Legislators in seven States will also introduce bills that will tweak election laws in other ways and, in States in which Democrats have control, the measures have good chances of passing.  Democratic legislators in Maine intend to push for expanding access to absentee ballots and early voting locations and Democrats in Nevada passed bills to extend the deadline for new voters to register and to add polling places although both were vetoed by Republican Governor Brian Sandoval.

The new push is said to come in response to Republican voter law initiatives in key States.  Republicans in North Carolina and Florida moved to cut the number of early voting days and Arizona and Florida imposed new restrictions on groups that sign up voters for absentee ballots.  Republican-led legislatures from New Hampshire to Michigan to Florida passed legislation requiring voters to show photo ID before they receive a ballot.

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CONDOLEEZA RICE: The Way Forward on Immigration

Posted August 15, 2013 


APTOPIX Immigration March

It’s easy to conclude, with Congress seemingly gridlocked on so many issues, that comprehensive immigration reform will be yet another casualty of today’s divisive politics. But where some may see conflict, we see real progress.

What is most striking to us are not the differences, but the similarities, in many of the views expressed by those on both sides of the reform debate. As co-chairs of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force, we have mapped this common ground and believe there is ample room for achieving consensus. Today we are releasing initial recommendations to fix several key areas of the U.S. immigration system.

First, the public deserves to know whether the nation’s borders are secure and how effectively their border-protection tax dollars are being spent. To this end, we believe Congress should authorize the establishment of a set of scientifically valid measures to assess progress on border control. These measures should be audited by an independent commission, provide a comprehensive picture of the flow of unauthorized immigration and be published periodically for public scrutiny. More transparency should lead to greater public accountability.

Controlling the border, however, is only part of the solution. Protecting America’s national security also depends on our ability to enforce our immigration laws within the country. Effectively responding to the problem of individuals overstaying their visas is critical. The new border-control measurement system must therefore also quantify the percentage of individuals who stay in the United States after their visas have expired.

Second, any new system must be fair to those who have followed the rules. No unauthorized immigrant should receive a green card before visas have become available for all who have applied through legal channels and are waiting in line, with the exception of individuals brought here as children. Visas for those currently in line should be made available within a maximum 10-year period.

At the same time, we must appropriately deal with the 11 million individuals residing in the United States without authorization. These individuals are not living up to their economic potential, are open to exploitation and cost us millions of dollars annually in law enforcement and other expenses. No matter how you spin it, what exists today is de facto amnesty, a situation we can no longer afford or tolerate.

It makes little economic and moral sense to allow these unauthorized individuals to remain in the shadows of our society on a permanent basis. Those who pay all penalties, pass a criminal background check and fully comply with other requirements should have the ability to eventually apply for citizenship. This approach is consistent with the American values of fairness and decency.

Third, a steady flow of legal immigrants contributes to sustaining a healthy, productive population. It strengthens the U.S. housing market, increases tax revenues, contributes to the financial stability of our entitlement programs and supports entrepreneurship.

The immense contribution that legal immigrants have made to our nation’s economic development is well documented: American history is full of stories of immigrants who have fully integrated into our society and built businesses from the ground up. Immigrants helped found many corporate giants, and they play a huge role in Silicon Valley and other centers of technology and innovation.

A key element of a successful legal immigration system is a robust worker visa program that matches our nation’s economic needs with workers from abroad, both skilled and unskilled. A reformed legal immigration system that attracts these workers to our shores will expand our economy and create jobs for native-born citizens. It is also the best tool for preventing future unauthorized immigration.

This is particularly true for U.S. small businesses, many of whom currently employ unauthorized immigrants. Allowing small businesses to hire and recruit a limited number of temporary immigrant workers through simplified procedures will cut down on bureaucracy and red tape, increase efficiency, and help these businesses secure the workers they need in a lawful manner.

To protect U.S. workers while nourishing our economy, employment-based immigration levels should fluctuate based on economic needs, with new workers being directed toward occupations where there are labor shortages. With employers enjoying the benefit of having access to more workers in a reformed system, they must be subject to stricter penalties if they choose to exploit and hire unauthorized immigrants. Cheating results in gaining a competitive advantage, and therefore all employers — small and large alike — must abide by the rules of the game.

We have been encouraged by the constructive debate that has occurred around immigration reform. As the debate continues, we must avoid making the perfect the enemy of the good: Our current system is fundamentally flawed and broken. If we can focus on where there is agreement and then work conscientiously to narrow our differences, then real and durable reform is possible.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros, and former Govs. Haley Barbour and Ed Rendell co-chair the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force.

To find more posts related to this issue, visit

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STD Fashion show

For over twenty-five years, Fort Worth Republican Women have been working at the grass-roots level to make sure Republicans are elected to office.  We have registered hundreds of people to vote, distributed yard signs, worked phones, banks, walked door-to-door in our precincts, contributed thousands of dollars to local and state candidates and charities, provided volunteers at our county headquarters, organized other Republican events and much more. We sincerely thank you for your past support.

Now more than ever we are feeling the threat in our own backyard. We want to remain a strong organization in order to help support Republicans when they most need it. Our biennial Red, White and Blue Style Show will be held at 11:30a.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at River Crest Country Club in Fort Worth.

We invite you to consider supporting us as a Sponsor.  Your name, as a Sponsor, will be listed prominently on the invitation, program, and FWRW newsletter, web site, Twitter and Facebook posts. You will also receive special recognition at the event.

It is important to note that this is the only major fundraising activity that FWRW will organize until 2015. Invitations will be mailed in early September. They will include your name as a Sponsor, individual ticket cost, reservation information and other details about the Style Show.

For sponsorship information, please contact Julie Johncox at 817-229-3121 or email her at

All contributions are reinvested in candidates and Republican Party efforts.

We hope to see you at this awesome event.

Cyndy McCoy
President, Fort Worth Republican Women

FWRW Fundraising Committee:
Julie Johncox, Marion Snipes, Becky Mingle, Charla Brotherton, Susan Rogers, Elizabeth Shields, Gina Harriss
Paid for and authorized by Fort Worth Republican Women

No Corporate Checks Accepted
Paid for and authorized by Fort Worth Republican Women Red, White and Blue, Return to Glamour Fashion Show
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It’s easy to apply! The student may be either an undergraduate or graduate student and should simply email us the following information:

Name, address, phone number, email address and the name of college she is attending.  She should also include a brief statement about her involvement in any Republican activities. 

Applications (or any questions about the application process) should be emailed to:

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

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  • Please keep former FWRW President Sharon Dale in your thoughts and prayers as she will undergo double knee surgery on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.  Fort Worth Republican Women wish you a speedy recovery, Sharon! 
  • If you are interested in representing FWRW by being a delegate at the Texas Federation of Republican Women convention in San Antonio in October, please contact our President, Cyndy McCoy. 
  • Texas GOP field representative, Rebecca McDavid, is looking for volunteers.  For more information, please contact Pam Bassel at

August Program Announcement – Delivering Our Republican Message – A Call to Action

August 15, 2013

August 28th Program Announcement Zan Prince on Delivering Our Republican Message – A Call to Action!

mailZan Prince will be our featured speaker in August on the topic of Delivering Our Republican Message.  She will discuss how “Republicans are good at telling the what, but we sometimes forget to finish with the why that explains our positions. “
KayeThat is not all!  Our August program will also feature Kaye Moreno, Texas Federation of Republican Women, District Director, SD10, who will speak briefly about TFRW and its history, structure and purpose.
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, August 26th to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or 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.)

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  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 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, 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.




Friday, February 15, 2013

Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst, Texas

For More Information, contact Tarrant County GOP Headquarters

(817) 595-0303 or

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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