Posts Tagged ‘Let’s Keep Texas Red’

October News & Committee Reports

October 20, 2014
Dr. Mark Shelton

Dr. Mark Shelton

EBOLA

TOP 10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

What about a travel ban?

Should we close our schools?

How is this different from Swine Flu?

Is the CDC lying to us?

How worried should we be?

Bring Your Questions

Dr. Mark Shelton will Provide the Answers

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

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

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, October 20, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)

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October President’s Message:

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

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

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

A Dozen Reasons to Vote Republican on November 4

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

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

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

Bonnie Sudderth

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Editorial: What Happened the Last Time

Republicans Didn’t Show Up to Vote?

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

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

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

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

So let’s take a lesson from history.

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

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

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

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

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

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

So Vote. Vote Early. Vote Republican.

BUT DON’T STOP THERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Republican Ticket Nov 2014

 

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

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PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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

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

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

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 2014 Capitol Christmas Ornaments

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

2014 Ornament

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

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Price Increase Notice for 2015

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 MEET GREG ABBOTT!

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

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

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

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

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

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2015 Fort Worth Republican Women Board Slate

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

Open Positions to be filled:

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

Will fill out second year of two year term:

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

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

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 FWRW Member in the Spotlight

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

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

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BFF October

 

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HOW CAN YOU HELP KEEP TEXAS RED?

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

Before you put on that pin:

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

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

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

Try these tips:

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

One example:

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

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

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

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

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

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SAVE THE DATE – CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

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

Republican National Committeeman,  Robin Armstrong

Republican National Committeeman,
Robin Armstrong

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

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

Konni Burton, Republican Candidate for Senate District 10

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

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

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

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, September 22, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
  
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – SEPTEMBER
Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 

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

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

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

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

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

I am a Republican because Republicans support freedom of speech.

Bonnie Sudderth

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Fort Worth Republican Women Proudly Support: 

Greg Abbott, Candidate for Governor of Texas

Dan Patrick, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Texas

Ken Paxton, Candidate for Texas Attorney General

Glenn Hegar, Candidate for State Comptroller

Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

George P. Bush, Candidate for Texas Land Commissioner

Ryan Sitton, Candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner

Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, Texas Supreme Court

Justice Jeff Brown, Texas Supreme Court, Place 6

Justice Jeff Boyd, Texas Supreme Court, Place 7

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

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

District 9 State Senator Kelly Hancock

Konni Burton, Candidate for Senate District 10

District 91 State Representative Stephanie Klick

District 92 State Representative Jonathan Stickland

Tony Tinderholt, Candidate for State Representative District 94

Albert McDaniel, Candidate for State Representative District 95

David Hagerman, Candidate for 297th District Court Judge

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

Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder

Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen

Tarrant County Commissioner J.D. Johnson

Justice of the Peace Ralph Swearingin

Justice of the Peace Mary Tom Cravens Curnutt

Cheryl Surber, Candidate for Justice of the Peace

Justice of the Peace Matt Hayes

Election Day – November 4

Early Voting Begins on October 20

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AM I A REPUBLICAN?

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

For Americans to succeed, American businesses must succeed.

Government should not waste our taxpayer money.

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

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

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

Citizens should be accountable for choices they make.

Likewise, government should be accountable to its citizens.

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

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MARCH TO NOVEMBER: THE WAR IS ON!

On Saturday, September 6, Dr. Tim Daughtry provided our local Republican women’s clubs with practical strategies to get off the defensive when dealing with liberal strategy and tactics and to restore the Judeo-Christian foundation of our culture.  Attendees gained valuable tactics to help persuade undecided voters and to help KEEP TEXAS RED!

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

Brooke Allen

Pam Bassel

Helen Bavousett

Debra Coffey

Betty Diano

Cynthia Favila-Terry

Barbara Harris

Traci Hutton

Leza Kerr

Judy Laing

Debbie McDaniels

Paula Miller

Kaye Moreno

 Bonnie Sudderth

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

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

Circle R Ranch
5901 Cross Timbers Road
Flower Mound 75022  

For more information, click HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

Judge Daryl Coffey and Wife, Debra Coffey

Judge Daryl Coffey and Wife, Debra Coffey

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

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

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

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VOTER REGISTRATION REPORT and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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

Volunteer Opportunities

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

Friday, September 26th 6 – 10pm

Saturday, September 27th 9am – 10pm

Sunday, September 28th 12pm – 6pm

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

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

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NOVEMBER IS COMING!

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

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

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

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THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR BFFs!

38 BFFs Host Board

Welcome to our latest BFFs:

PATRICIA COLE

pcole@deckerjones.com

CYNTHIA FAVILA TERRY

Terry Terry Law, PLLC

cterry@terryterrylaw.com

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

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

May 28th Program Announcement – Michele Samuelson on Social Media and Politics

May 19, 2014
Michele Samuelson

Michele Samuelson

 

On Wednesday, May  28th FWRW will have Michele Samuelson, Texas Federation of Republican Women District 14 Director, speak about social media and politics.  Social media is here to stay in every way, politics included.  This is a great opportunity for more learning about issues affecting in this crucial campaign season.

Michele Samuelson has been active in Texas politics since she could vote, working on campaigns across the state and up and down the ballot.  In college, she served Young Conservatives of Texas as Senior Vice Chairman for Media and Publicity, working in every major media market in Texas.  In 2006, she moved to Austin to begin her career in professional politics.  While on staff with the Americans for Prosperity, she helped organize the first RightOnline conference in 2008, to directly counter efforts by the left to control online messaging in politics.  Michele has worked with several candidates across Texas on social media strategy and implementation for their campaigns, and is on the TFRW board as Online Media Chairman.  Michele is currently working as Outreach Coordinator for Senator John Cornyn’s campaign.  Michele and her husband Randy and their daughter Annalise live in Northwest Austin.

 

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, May 26th 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.)

REMINDER: Call to Action! Super Saturday Block Walk THIS Saturday, March 29th

March 27, 2014

Who:            All those who want to Keep Texas Red

What:          Super Saturday Block Walk

When:          Saturday, March 29, 2014; 9am and 2pm (Come to one or both!)

Where:        Tarrant County GOP Headquarters, 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, 76118 For a map, please click HERE.

Why:           Join Republicans from all across the state in this effort to show Battleground Texas that we are ready to fight for conservative values.  Let’s have a show of force that we have the will and manpower to Keep Texas Red.  Representative Craig Goldman and Republican Nominee for HD94 Tony Tinderholt will be there to help kick things off.

How:         Sign-up here to register and receive your free t-shirt: http://www.texasgop.org/tarrant-ss/
For more information, contact Ann-Marie Craig at 817-372-7761 or amcraig@texasgop.org

REMEMBER:  There is no other Texas to move to!

 

March Program Announcement: Run-Off Candidate Forum

March 14, 2014
Atticus Gill

Atticus Gill

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

Carey Walker

Carey Walker

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

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, March 24th to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or 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.)

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 byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost.
(Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
 
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Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To 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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EARLY VOTING IS UNDER WAY!

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 http://www.votetexas.gov/  or download the VoteTexas app to your smart phone!

BEFORE YOU VOTE . . . 

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 https://ivoterguide.com/ConsiderMyself.aspx to get started.

A list of Republican Party Primary Election candidates can be viewed at http://www.texasgop.org/elections/ 

You should also view the sample ballot at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/2014-sample-republican-party-primary-ballot.pdf

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MEET THE 2014 OFFICERS FOR THE
FORT WORTH REPUBLICAN WOMEN
 
President:  Judge Bonnie Sudderth
president@fwrw.org
 
First Vice-President, Membership:  Brooke Ulrickson Allen
ballen@browndean.com
 
Second Vice-President, Programs:  Justice Lee Gabriel
l.gabriel@fwrw.org
 
Third Vice-President, Campaign Activities:  Pam Bassel
pam.bassel@fwch13.com
 
Fourth Vice-President, Finance:  Julie Johncox
j.johncox@fwrw.org
 
Fifth Vice-President, Communications:  Cynthia Favila-Terry
c.favila.terry@fwrw.org
 
Sixth Vice-President, Events:  Helen Bavousett
h.bavousett@fwrw.org
 
Secretary:  Melissa Swan
m.swan@fwrw.org
 
Treasurer:  Jan Brefczynski
janbtennis@sbcglobal.net
 
Parliamentarian/Immediate Past President:  Cyndy McCoy
c.mccoy@fwrw.org
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 MARCH 4 PRECINCT CONVENTION INFORMATION 

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
817-247-2237
Senate District 10 Chair
Pct Chair 2305, Arlington
DavidWWylie@gmail.com
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 BOOT CAMP FOR REPUBLICAN WOMEN?

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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A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR

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. pam.bassel@fwch13.com.

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 ballen@browndean.com 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 c.favila.terry@fwrw.org  We will get your events and messages out to our members so that together we can KEEP TEXAS RED!

October News & Committee Reports

October 18, 2013

October Meeting Reminder:

BartonDavid Barton will be our featured speaker at the October 23 luncheon.  David Barton is the Founder and President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage.  He was named one of the 25 “most influential evangelicals in America” by Time magazine in 2005. He also served as vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party from 1997 to 2006.  David and his wife Cheryl have three grown children, Damaris, Timothy, and Stephen, and they reside in Aledo, TX.

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor.  Please note that we will be in the Trinity room.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, October 21st to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)

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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

October President’s Message

To read our President’s Message for October, click HERE.

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Fort Worth Republican Women would like to thank Judge Mike Thomas, Criminal District Court 4, for sponsoring this month’s board meeting.  We appreciate your support!

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Picture1The National Federation of Republican Women held their 37th Biennial Convention in Louisville, Kentucky in September.  At the convention, the NFRW awarded the Fort Worth Republican Women a Diamond Club Achievement Award. These awards are presented to clubs that demonstrate excellence in membership development, campaign activities, community relations, programs and club functions. Congratulations to all members of the Fort Worth Republican Women!  Keep up the great work to Keep Texas Red!

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NOVEMBER ELECTION INFORMATION

On November 5, 2013, Texas will have 9 constitutional amendments on the ballot.  Here is the exact ballot language:

Proposition 1

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed in action.”

“La enmienda constitucional que autoriza a la legislatura para proporcionar una exención de impuestos ad valorem de todo o parte del valor de mercado de la vivienda residencial del cónyuge superviviente de un miembro de las fuerzas armadas de Estados Unidos que haya muerto en servicio”.

Proposition 2

“The constitutional amendment eliminating an obsolete requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund, neither of which is operational.”

“La enmienda constitucional que elimina el requisito obsoleto de una Junta Estatal de Educación Médica y un Fondo Estatal de Educación Médica, ninguno de los cuales está en funcionamiento”.

Proposition 3

“The constitutional amendment to authorize a political subdivision of this state to extend the number of days that aircraft parts that are exempt from ad valorem taxation due to their location in this state for a temporary period may be located in this state for purposes of qualifying for the tax exemption.”

“La enmienda constitucional para autorizar a una subdivisión política de este estado a extender la cantidad de días que las partes de aviones que están exentas de impuestos ad valorem debido a su ubicación en este estado por un período temporal podrán ubicarse en este estado para el propósito de calificar para la exención de impuestos”.

Proposition 4

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of part of the market value of the residence homestead of a partially disabled veteran or the surviving spouse of a partially disabled veteran if the residence homestead was donated to the disabled veteran by a charitable organization.”

“La enmienda constitucional que autoriza a la legislatura a establecer una exención de impuestos ad valorem de una parte del valor de mercado de la vivienda residencial de un veterano parcialmente discapacitado o del cónyuge superviviente de un veterano parcialmente discapacitado si la vivienda residencial hubiese sido donada al veterano discapacitado por una organización de beneficencia”.

Proposition 5

“The constitutional amendment to authorize the making of a reverse mortgage loan for the purchase of homestead property and to amend lender disclosures and other requirements in connection with a reverse mortgage loan.”

“La enmienda constitucional para autorizar préstamos de hipoteca inversa con el objeto de comprar propiedades para vivienda, y para enmendar las divulgaciones del prestamista y otros requisitos relacionados con un préstamo de hipoteca inversa”.

Proposition 6

“The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.”

“La enmienda constitucional que establece la creación del Fondo Estatal de Implementación del Agua para Texas y del Fondo Estatal de Ingresos de Implementación del Agua para Texas (SWIRF – por sus siglas en inglés) para asistir en el financiamiento de proyectos prioritarios en el plan estatal de agua para asegurar la disponibilidad de recursos de agua adecuados”.

Proposition 7

“The constitutional amendment authorizing a home-rule municipality to provide in its charter the procedure to fill a vacancy on its governing body for which the unexpired term is 12 months or less.”

“La enmienda constitucional que autoriza a las municipalidades autónomas a establecer en sus estatutos el procedimiento para cubrir una vacante en su organismo gubernamental cuyo término no completado sea de 12 meses o menor.”

Proposition 8

“The constitutional amendment repealing Section 7, Article IX, Texas Constitution, which relates to the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.”

“La enmienda constitucional que deroga la sección 7 del artículo IX de la Constitución de Texas, que se relaciona con la creación de un distrito de hospital en el Condado de Hidalgo”.

Proposition 9

“The constitutional amendment relating to expanding the types of sanctions that may be assessed against a judge or justice following a formal proceeding instituted by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.”

“La enmienda constitucional relacionada con la ampliación de los tipos de sanciones que podrán imponerse a un juez o magistrado después de un procedimiento formal instaurado porla Comisión Estatal de Conducta Judicial”.

To view the information directly from our Secretary of State, click HERE.

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LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CANDIDATE FORUMS

There will be two area Lieutenant Governor Candidate Forums during the week of October 21, 2013.

The Northeast Tarrant County RepublicanClub will host at The Grand Hall at North Richland Hills Centre
6000 Hawk Avenue, North Richland Hills 76180
Monday, October 21st
Doors open at 6pm
VIP Dessert Reception with the Candidates at 6:30pm for $35 each or $50 per couple
Forum begins at 7pm and is free to all
To purchase ticket for the VIP reception, go to http://netcrcvip-eorg.eventbrite.com/
A limited number of candidate tables are available for $35 and can be reserved at the above link or by clicking HERE.
 
The Reagan Legacy Republican Women will host at the Walnut Creek County Club
1151 County Club Drive, Mansfield 76063
Tuesday, October 22nd
11am Social and Lunch
11:30 Forum
$20 includes lunch
RSVP to Carol Tilley (817) 466-9316 or ctilley33@yahoo.com
 
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Lets Keep Texas Red
 

With all of this pink shoe and blue talk, it is more important that ever to become an active part of keeping Texas red.  To learn more about the Let’s Keep Texas Red organization, click HERE or contact Brooke Allen at ballen@browndean.com

Brooke will get you started by helping you display your Texas pride and ordering your Let’s Keep Texas Red t-shirts, which are now available in women’s v-neck fitted sizes!

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Image of BooksDO YOU KNOW A DESERVING YOUNG COLLEGE REPUBLICAN WOMAN WHO COULD USE $250?

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.

The student may be either an undergraduate or graduate student and should simply submit 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:  fwrw5thvp@fwrw.org.

Please encourage all young Republican college women you know to apply!

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  • Early voting begins on Monday, October 21st!
  • Last day to apply for a ballot by mail is Friday, October 25th.  Application must be received by this date (not postmarked).
  • Last day of early voting is Friday, November 1st.  Last day to receive mailed-in ballot is election day, November 5th at 7pm (unless oversees deadline applies).
  • Follow us on Twitter!  Click HERE to get started!  Every time you re-tweet, you help Keep Texas Red!