Posts Tagged ‘Ladder Alliance’

April 22 Program – The Bush Presidential Library’s Women’s Initiative and Freedom Collection

April 12, 2015

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APRIL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT:  Please join us at the Fort Worth Club for our April 22 luncheon with guest speakers Betsy Martin and Lindsay Lloyd from the George W. Bush Institute.

Betsy Martin, Program Manager for the Women's Initiative Fellowship, George W. Bush Institute

Betsy Martin, Program Manager for the Women’s Initiative Fellowship, George W. Bush Institute

Betsy Martin serves as Program Manager for the Women’s Initiative Fellowship at the George W. Bush Institute. As Program Manager, Betsy is responsible for direct interaction and support for each Women’s Initiative Fellowship class throughout their month in the United States, five in-country trainings, mid-year mentor trip to Tunisia and other opportunities.

Lindsay Lloyd, Program Director, Freedom Collection, George W. Bush Institute

Lindsay Lloyd, Program Director, Freedom Collection, George W. Bush Institute

As Program Director, Freedom Collection, Lindsay Lloyd is responsible for setting a vision for and managing the content of the Freedom Collection, overseeing the Freedom Collection website, building the physical archive, and identifying audiences and developing strategies to reach those audiences.

Wednesday, April 22nd

11:00–Social

11:30–Program & Meeting

Fort Worth Club

To make a luncheon reservation ($28 w/reservation, $30 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, April 20, 2015. RSVP ONLINE at http://www.fwrw.org.  All major credit cards are accepted! Or you may contact Patty Emerson to make your reservation –events@fwrw.org or 817-478-8713. Valet parking is available for $5. 
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.)

Spring CleaningIt’s time to clean out your jewelry box!  Bring your gently-used costume jewelry to our meeting on April 22 to be donated to the Ladder Alliance, a local charitable organization devoted to educating and training at-risk and abused women to become self-sufficient with marketable computer skills.  For more information about the Ladder Alliance, click HERE.

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Tues., April 14 (7:00pm): Challenge of Tarrant County Awards Dinner featuring First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott, Ridglea Country Club, 3700 Bernie Anderson Ave., Fort Worth.  FWRW will have at least one table at the dinner that evening. Won’t you join us?  Contact Brooke Allen, FWRW VP Finance at:  finance@fwrw.org to sign up.
  • Thurs., April 16 (all day): Texas Federation of Republican Women’s Summit (Legislative Day) in Austin. FWRW will have a table at the luncheon that day, and we will be joined by State Senator Konni Burton and State Representative Craig Goldman. To sign up go to http://www.tfrw.org.
  • Wed., April 22 (11am-social; 11:30-program & meeting): FWRW Membership meeting. Speaker – George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum Representatives speaking on the Women’s Initiative and Freedom Collection.  Please bring new or gently worn jewelry to donate to the Ladder Alliance. (See announcement above.)
  • Sunday, April 26 (4:00pm-6:00pm) Fort Worth Republican Women’s Meet & Greet, honoring new members.  All members, associate members, prospective members and guests are invited.  (See invitation above.)
  • Fri., April 24 (10:30am-1:30pm): The Ladder Alliance It’s in the Bag! Luncheon & Fundraiser, Ridglea Country Club. For more information, contact Kate Snow at ksnow@ladderalliance.org or at 817-502-7185
  • Wed., May 27 (11am-social; 11:30-program & meeting):  FWRW Membership meeting. Speaker – Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice, Nathan Hecht.
  • Thurs., June 4 (3:30-6:30pm):  Tarrant County Republican Judges Petition-Signing Party at Chateau on Forest Park.  Volunteers needed – Contact Justice Bonnie Sudderth at president@fwrw.org.
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Second Saturday Breakfast is This Saturday – April 11

April 5, 2015

April Second Saturday Announcement

*Please bring new or gently worn jewelry to donate to the Ladder Alliance.

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Justice Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Justice Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

To view April’s President’s Message, click HERE.

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Tues., April 14 (7:00pm): Challenge of Tarrant County Awards Dinner featuring First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott, Ridglea Country Club, 3700 Bernie Anderson Ave., Fort Worth.  FWRW will have at least one table at the dinner that evening. Won’t you join us?  Contact Brooke Allen, FWRW VP Finance at:  finance@fwrw.org to sign up.
  • Thurs., April 16 (all day): Texas Federation of Republican Women’s Summit (Legislative Day) in Austin. FWRW will have a table at the luncheon that day, and we will be joined by State Senator Konni Burton and State Representative Craig Goldman. To sign up go to http://www.tfrw.org.
  • Wed., April 22 (11am-social; 11:30-program & meeting): FWRW Membership meeting. Speaker – George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum representative.  Please bring new or gently worn jewelry to donate to the Ladder Alliance.
  • Fri., April 24 (10:30am-1:30pm): The Ladder Alliance It’s in the Bag! Luncheon & Fundraiser, Ridglea Country Club. For more information, contact Kate Snow at ksnow@ladderalliance.org or at 817-502-7185
  • Thurs., May 14 (time TBA):  Meet the Judges – Annual FWRW Event, Blue Mesa Grill, 1600 S. University Drive, Fort Worth.
  • Wed., May 27 (11am-social; 11:30-program & meeting):  FWRW Membership meeting. Speaker – Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice, Nathan Hecht.
  • Thurs., June 4 (3:30-6:30pm):  Tarrant County Republican Judges Petition-Signing Party at Chateau on Forest Park.  Volunteers needed – Contact Justice Bonnie Sudderth at president@fwrw.org.

This Wednesday – Meet Tom Mechler – Chair of the Republican Party of Texas – Bring a Friend (And Win a Free Lunch)

March 22, 2015
Tom Mechler, Chair of the Republican Party of Texas

Tom Mechler, Chair of the Republican Party of Texas

Wednesday, March 25

11:00–Social

11:30–Program & Meeting

Fort Worth Club

To make a luncheon reservation ($28 w/reservation, $30 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, March 23, 2015. RSVP ONLINE at http://www.fwrw.org.  All major credit cards are accepted! Or you may contact Patty Emerson to make your reservation – events@fwrw.org or 817-478-8713. Valet parking is available for $5. 
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.)

Spring CleaningIt’s time to clean out your jewelry box!  Bring your gently-used costume jewelry to our meeting on March 25 to be donated to the Ladder Alliance, a local charitable organization devoted to educating and training at-risk and abused women to become self-sufficient with marketable computer skills.  For more information about the Ladder Alliance, click HERE.

And don’t forget to bring a friend to our meeting this Wednesday!  If you do, you may win a free lunch to our April meeting!

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Sat., April 11 (9:30-11:00):  FWRW Second Saturday.  Special GuestSenator Kelly Hancock for a brief Legislative update, followed by Q&A.  Don’t miss this opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow Republicans in a casual atmosphere. Jeans & t-shirts, kid-friendly, no RSVP.  Beginning on April 11 – $6 breakfast taco bar, beverage included – best breakfast deal in town! Enchiladas Ole, 901 N. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth.
  • Tues., April 14 (7:00pm): Challenge of Tarrant County Awards Dinner featuring First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott, Ridglea Country Club, 3700 Bernie Anderson Ave., Fort Worth.  FWRW will have at least one table at the dinner that evening. Won’t you join us?  Contact Brooke Allen, FWRW VP Finance at:  finance@fwrw.org to sign up.
  • Thurs., April 16 (all day): Texas Federation of Republican Women’s Summit (Legislative Day) in Austin. FWRW will have a table at the luncheon that day, and we will be joined by State Senator Konni Burton and State Representative Craig Goldman. To sign up go to http://www.tfrw.org.
  • Wed., April 22 (11am-social; 11:30-program & meeting): FWRW Membership meeting. Speaker – George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum representative.
  • Wed., May 27 (11am-social; 11:30-program & meeting):  FWRW Membership meeting. Speaker – Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice, Nathan Hecht.
  • Thurs., June 4:  Tarrant County Republican Judges Petition-Signing Party at Chateau on Forest Park.  More to come, but mark your calendar today!

Bylaws Amendment Vote – At the Business Meeting following our program on Wednesday, March 25.

July News & Committee Reports

July 17, 2014

JULY MEETING REMINDER!

116962292On Wednesday, July 23rd, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker, George P. Bush, Republican candidate for Texas Land Commissioner.  George P. will speak on why he is running for Land Commissioner.  Born and raised in Houston, Texas, he earned his undergraduate degree at Rice University and later earned his Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law.  While you might know him as the grandson of George H.W. Bush, son of Jeb Bush, and nephew of George W. Bush, George P. Bush is an accomplished businessman, civic leader, philanthropist, and veteran.   He lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Amanda, and their son, Prescott.  Come and hear part of the next generation of Texas leadership!

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, July 21, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
 
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July President’s Message

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

I am a Republican because Republicans understand that while it’s okay to split a loaf a bread, you shouldn’t split a baby. Republicans understand that while some compromise may be essential in order to maintain a civilized society, if someone suggests that you walk down a dangerous path, it’s not prudent to compromise by just going part of the way.

When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated last month, I was struck by comments from liberal political analysts, lamenting his defeat as a tragedy, because, they said, he was one of the few Republican members of Congress who was “willing to compromise in order to get things done.” While I take no position as to the outcome of that particular election, it did occur to me when I was listening to the pundits the next morning that to tout “compromise in order to get things done” is a very Democrat thing to say these days. And it completely ignores what any intelligent person knows to be true – that while compromise can sometimes be a virtue, compromise can also be a vice.

And, especially today, when the very foundations upon which this nation was built are being challenged, touting the willingness to “compromise in order to get things done” as a virtue presupposes two fallacies: (1) that compromise is a virtue, and (2) “getting things done” at the federal level is desirable.

Is compromise always a virtue? 

We are all familiar with the lesson of King Solomon found in the Old Testament (Kings 3:5-14), regarding the dispute between two women over who was the mother of a baby. After listening to both women, King Solomon announced that he would solve the problem through compromise – he would cut the baby in half – so that both mothers would have a share. One woman agreed to the compromise, while the other not only refused to accept it, she begged King Solomon to allow the other woman to raise her child, rather than to cause the baby to die. (Thus revealing who the real mother was…)

We apply this principle – that compromise is not always correct answer – every day. As parents, we teach our children that when a peer pressures them to do something wrong, such as smoke cigarettes, the correct answer is “no,” not a compromise to smoke only half a pack.  When a co-worker suggests to a fellow employee that they steal from their employer, the correct answer is “no,” not a compromise to steal only items from inventory and not cash from the till.

Perhaps one of the worst examples of compromise in American history occurred at the very birth of our nation. The 3/5ths Compromise, a clause which remains in our U.S. Constitution even today, resulted in the counting of black slaves as 3/5ths of a person for the purpose of apportioning Congressional representation. Rather than resolve – once and for all – the question of whether a nation founded upon principles of liberty and freedom should allow the reprehensible practice of human slavery, our leaders chose compromise.[1] I know of no one today who would suggest that compromise on the subject of slavery was the right thing to do.[2]

Is “Getting Things Done” in Congress Desirable?

In our society today, where our federal government is encroaching into personal liberties and privacy at an alarming pace, whether it is a good thing for the federal government to “get things done” depends on what kind of “things” the federal government wants to “get done.” Take, for example, the area of public education.

Except with regard to schools in the District of Columbia, nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government given the right to exercise authority with regard to public education. Nevertheless, for the past 50 years, the federal government has been meddling in our local schools to the absolute delight of liberals who believe that government involvement, especially federal government involvement, is the answer to every problem we face.

And now, through grant incentives, the federal government is pushing a content-based agenda, the Common Core national education standards. Constitutionally speaking, the federal government has no place in public school curriculum content. Pragmatically speaking, there is no evidence that federal involvement improves education outcomes. In fact, the contrary is shown. Despite ever-increasing federal involvement and funding, our children today are no more proficient in reading and mathematics than they were before President Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed in 1965 or before President Carter created the Department of Education in 1979.

So, if the question is whether it is desirable for Congress to “get things done” with regard to education, the answer is an emphatic “no.”  When it comes to public education, there is no “thing” that Congress should “get done.” And if the lack of compromise by our Republican representatives is providing a roadblock to Congress “getting things done” with regard to public education, that is good, not bad.

And that is why I say this is a very Democrat thing to say these days. “Getting things done” is part of the liberal agenda, because “getting things done” really means passing more laws, engaging in more oversight and authorizing more regulation – in essence, getting the federal government more involved in our lives. What most Republicans find refreshing are leaders who are committed to “getting things undone,” i.e., getting the federal government out of our lives and our businesses.

I am a Republican because Republicans understand that there are times when compromise is not the right answer.  I am a Republican because Republicans appreciate that just because Congress wants to “get something done,” doesn’t mean Congress has any business doing it in the first place.  I support Republicans because whether they compromise to get something done usually depends upon whether the something to be done is the growing of government, the whittling away at the rights of the citizens or the unnecessary expenditure of taxpayer money.

I’m not thoroughly familiar with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s propensity toward compromise and whether, on the whole, it was laudable or lamentable. I don’t know whether his loss at the polls was a victory or a tragedy, if indeed he was he was one of the few Republican members of Congress who was “willing to compromise in order to get things done.”

What I do know is that Cantor apparently got so wrapped up in the inner workings of Washington that he lost touch with the needs and expectations of his local constituency. And that is a tragedy.

So perhaps the lesson learned for all members of Congress is to spend less time trying to work out compromises in the name of “getting things done” and spend more time trying to understand what your constituency wants you to get done – or undone – while you’re there.

I am a Republican because Republicans understand that sometimes compromise is necessary to get something done, but that compromise is not the be-all and end-all, in and of itself. Republicans understand that on some matters, compromise is not the answer. And in those circumstances, I can count on Republicans to take a firm and principled stance.

Bonnie Sudderth

[1] Interestingly, the debate leading up to the 3/5ths compromise made for very strange bedfellows. The northern abolitionists did not want black slaves counted at all, not because they thought blacks didn’t count as persons, but because they wanted to weaken the power of southern states in Congress. The southern slaveholding states, on the other hand, wanted black slaves counted equally with whites, not because they considered black slaves equal to whites, but because they wanted to strengthen their pro-slavery voice in Congress.

[2] In fact it took more than seven decades and more than half a million lives lost in war before slavery finally ended in our country.

 

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CARING FOR AMERICA – LADDER ALLIANCE

The Ladder Alliance empowers at-risk women who are often victims of domestic violence to become self-sufficient.  They are empowered by learning marketable job skills while building their self-esteem and self-confidence.  On Monday, July 21, the Fort Worth Republican Women will be delivering a meal to the Ladder Alliance.

We are still in need of casseroles or cash donations.  Please contact Marilyn Vanhoozer at 817-292-1011.  We also need two (2) volunteers to stay and help serve food.  We will be feeding 10-15 adults and 20-22 children, so “kid food” is welcomed!  Food should be delivered to the Ladder Alliance (inside Riverside Christian Church) by 6pm at 1000 Bonnie Brae St., Fort Worth 76111

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month we feature Dr. Jaye Janiak, a Fort Worth small business owner and member of the Fort Worth Republican Women, to share why she is a Republican.  We hope that you have been following this series of contributions this year.  If not, take a look back and you will certainly be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a Republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that republican issues are women’s issues.  Thanks to “Dr. J” for your honest contribution!

Dr. Jaye JaniakWhy am I a Republican? It’s more than just I think Democrats are wrong.  My personal core beliefs align best with the Republican Party.  Ever since getting my bachelor degree in business, I have realized that government needs to be small to be effective.  Too much government does nobody any good.  It is not the government’s job to take care of me like an infant.  I believe that you reap what you sow, and that you should keep what you earn.

I do not work every day for other people to sit at home and do nothing.  Of course, I’m not saying we shouldn’t help those who are in need, but 99 weeks of unemployment is ridiculous.  After 2 weeks, you get a job that may not be good enough while you continue to look for a job in your field.  I do not believe in spreading the wealth or income equality. We all have different skills, desires and abilities.  Not everyone can be a CEO.  I believe people get ahead by working hard.

I believe in personal responsibility, not government mandate.  I believe that I’m responsible to keep the environment clean and the government shouldn’t have to tell me recycle my glass.  At the same time, I expect my recycled glass gets recycled and not put into a landfill next to my other trash.  I believe in taking care of the poor and less fortunate.  But I don’t want the government to take my money to do that, if I choose to help.  I should be able to choose the amount I help with.

I believe all men are created in God’s image with different skills and abilities.  It is our responsibility to use those skills and abilities to provide for ourselves and our families.

This is why I am a Republican.  It is doing what’s right because it’s right, not because the government told me to.

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WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU CAN KEEP TEXAS RED?

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

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 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
  • CALL TO ACTION BLOCK WALK this Saturday, July 19th with Senator Ken Paxton.  Report to the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and your block walk assignment.  Remember to charge you smart phones too!  You can choose to download an app to report your block walk contact results, or you can use a pen, paper and clipboard.  These block walks are critical in identifying our voters and potential voters!

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SAVE THE DATES!

SAVE THE DATE for Monday evening , September 15, 2014 .  Cecilia Abbott, Greg Abbott’s wife, will be speaking locally at the Northeast Tarrant County Republican Club.  The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting is held at First United Methodist Church, 1245 Bedford Road, Bedford, Texas 76021.  Anyone who would like to attend is welcome.

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SAVE THE DATE  for the following Voter Registration Drives:

  •  Gun Show in Tarrant County Aug 23-24;
  • Operation Backpack Aug 23rd;
  • Pantego Fest Sept 26-28th

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

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June News & Committee Reports

June 18, 2014

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

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

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

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, June 23, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
 
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 June President’s Message
 
Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

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

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

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

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

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

The power to make this happen is in our hands.

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

Happy Fourth of July!

Bonnie Sudderth

 

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It’s That Time of Year!

I pledge allegiance to the Flag

of the United States of America,

and to the republic for which it stands,

one Nation under God, indivisible,

with liberty and justice for all.

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

Here are some basic reminders:

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

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

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WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU CAN KEEP TEXAS RED?

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

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

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

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

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

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CARING FOR AMERICA – LADDER ALLIANCE

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

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sharon Dale

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Our BFFs

Justice Lee Gabriel, Second Court of Appeals

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

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

www.brookeallen.co

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

www.electbobmccoy.com

Helen Bavousett

Byron J. Bavousett

Justice Sue Walker, Second Court of Appeals

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

Atticus Gill, Candidate for County Criminal Court #2

www.GillforJudge.com

Paula Miller

Judge Jennifer Rymell, County Court at Law #2

www.jenniferrymell.com

 Tom Wilder, Tarrant County District Clerk

www.wildercampaign.com

 Judge Bonnie Sudderth, 352nd District Court

www.judgebonnie.com

Mary Louise Garcia, Tarrant County Clerk

www.tarrantcounty.com/eCountyClerk

 Holly Bishop

 Blanch Tyler

 Pam Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee

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

 Dabney Bassel, Law Office of Dabney Bassel

Patty Emerson

Delane Angelini

Debra Coffey, 1st Vice President, TFRW

http://www.smartstartinc.com

Judge Daryl Coffey, County Criminal Court #8

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

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

http://www.kaygranger.com/

Judge Susan McCoy, 153rd District Court

http://mccoyforjudge.com/

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

Shirley K. Bain

Sharen Wilson, District Attorney-Elect

http://sharenwilson.com/

Jim & Kathy Conrad

Judge Tom Lowe, 236th District Court

www.tarrantcounty.com/eD236

Rep. Charlie Geren, State Rep. District 99

www.charliegeren.com

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

www.drmarkshelton.com

Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor

www.betsypriceformayor.com

Judge Melody Wilkinson, 17th District Court

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

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

www.rogerforcongress.com

Ludie Heineman

Nancy Adler

Judy Laing

Thank you for your support and friendship!

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Republican Party of Texas Convention 2014

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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TEXAS FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN

TRIBUTE TO WOMEN

Honoree Helen Bavousette with new member Annie Wiseman Young

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

 

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

 

 

 

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MEET THE JUDGES 2014

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

 

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

Brooke Allen holding the next generation, Miss Cami

Brooke Allen holding the next generation, Miss Cami