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Breakfast with Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson Next Saturday

January 2, 2016

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Sat., April 11 (9:30-11:00):  FWRW Second Saturday Breakfast.  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.
  • 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.

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Brooke Allen

Brown, Dean, Proctor, Hart & Howell, LLP

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Justice Bonnie Sudderth

Second Court of Appeals

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Lisa Vaughn Lumley

Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller

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Justice Lee Gabriel

Second Court of Appeals

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Kathy Conrad

Warren “Jim” Conrad

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Judge Bob McCoy

Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 3

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Pam Bassell

Dabney Bassell

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Julianna & Dennis Roessler

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Helen & Byron Bavousett

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Holly Bishop

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Paula Miller

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Judge Don Cosby

67th District Court

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Fort Worth Republican Women Past Presidents

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

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Senator Kelly Hancock

Texas Senate, District 9

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Judge Jacquelyn Wright

Tarrant County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4

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Congresswoman Kay Granger

U.S. Congress, 12th District of Texas

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Nancy Adler

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Judge Dana Womack

348th District Court, Tarrant County

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Judge Jennifer Rymell

Tarrant County Court at Law No. 2

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Judge Pat Ferchill

Tarrant County Probate Court No. 2

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Judge B. Glen Whitley

Tarrant County Judge

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Lynn Kelly

Lynn Kelly Law Firm PC

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Debra and Retired Judge Daryl Coffey

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Cynthia Terry

Terry Terry Law PPLC

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Justice Jeff Boyd

Texas Supreme Court

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Judge R.H. Wallace, Jr.

96th District Court, Tarrant County

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State Representative Bill Zedler

Texas House, District 96

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Judge Melody Wilkinson

17th District Court, Tarrant County

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Sharen Wilson

Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney

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Judge Ralph Swearingin, Jr.

Tarrant County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1

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Judge Robb Catalano

Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 3

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Tom Wilder

Tarrant County District Clerk

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Senator Jane Nelson

Texas Senate, District 12

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Leza Kerr

Friedman, Suder & Cooke, PC

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Chris Garcia

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Barbara Harris

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas

Start the New Year off by celebrating the November primary Republican victories at the following events:

  • Thursday, January 1:  Oath of Office Ceremony for Sharen Wilson, Tarrant County District Attorney, followed by Oaths of Office for Assistant District Attorneys. 2:00 pm at the Rotunda of the 1895 Courthouse, 100 W. Weatherford Street, Fort Worth. Reception follows the Oath Ceremony.
  • Friday, January 2:  Investiture Ceremony for the Honorable David Cook, Judge of County Criminal Court No. 1. 10:00 am in the Courtroom of County Criminal Court No. 1, Tim Curry Justice Center, 5th Floor, 401 W. Belknap Street, Fort Worth.
  • Friday, January 2:  Investiture Ceremony for the Honorable David C. Hagerman, Judge of the 297th District Court. 2:00 pm in the Central Jury Room, Plaza Level,  Tim Curry Justice Center, 401 W. Belknap Street, Fort Worth.
  • Friday, January 2:  Investiture Ceremony for the Honorable Charles L. “Chuck” Vanover, Judge of County Criminal Court No. 8. 3:00 pm in the Courtroom of County Criminal Court No. 8, Tim Curry Justice Center, 7th Floor, 401 W. Belknap Street, Fort Worth.
  • Friday, January 9:  Investiture Ceremony for the Honorable Timothy A. Menikos, Judge of the 323rd District Court. 1:00 pm in the Lynn W. Ross Detention Center Training Room, Scott D. Moore Juvenile Justice Center, 2701 Kimbo Road, Fort Worth.
  • Friday, January 16: Investiture Ceremony for the Honorable Carey F. Walker, Judge of County Criminal Court No. 2. 2:00 pm in the Central Jury Room, Plaza Level,  Tim Curry Justice Center, 401 W. Belknap Street, Fort Worth.
  • Tuesday, January 20: Oath of Office Ceremony for Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. 11:00 am on the South Steps of the Capitol, Austin, Texas. Followed by an Inauguration Parade at 2:00 pm on Congress Avenue and other celebratory events. For more information, go to: www.2015texasinauguration.com.

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.

Red StarAVOID THIS JURY SCAM!

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

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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

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 Dabney Bassel, Law Office of Dabney Bassel

Patty Emerson

Delane Angelini

Debra Coffey, 1st Vice President, TFRW

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Judge Daryl Coffey, County Criminal Court #8

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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

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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 News & Committee Reports

May 26, 2014

Meeting Reminder:

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.) 

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – MAY

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

With all of the hoopla surrounding Toyota’s recent announcement that they will soon be moving their corporate headquarters to North Texas, I am reminded of yet another reason why I am a Republican – Republicans understand that in order for people to succeed, businesses must succeed.

Toyota has now joined a long list of companies that have abandoned California (and other liberal states), including Occidental Petroleum Corp. who recently announced its plan to move from Los Angeles to Houston, Calpine Corp., a power company, who once knew the way to San Jose, but now also calls Houston home, and engineering firm Fluor Corp. who fled Orange County for North Texas.

And if the trend continues, San Antonio may eventually call itself home to the Huy Fong Foods plant, maker of the famous Sriracha hot sauce. This will undoubtedly occur if the Irwindale California City Council doesn’t declare a ceasefire in its economic warfare against the business.

Why shouldn’t the Sriracha plant leave? California, and the Los Angeles area in particular, with its high taxes and burdensome regulations, is downright hostile to businesses. Rather than working to save a job-producing enterprise, California has enjoined the factory from operating during the three month period of time when the hot peppers are harvested and ground into sauce. The City Council has declared it a public nuisance (although city officials are currently re-thinking that moniker ever since a Texas flag was observed flying over the factory last week). And all of this – the attempt to effectively shut down a $40 million plant that employs hundreds of local workers – came about because four citizens complained about the smell.

Just as California has been the poster child for liberal policies that drive businesses away, Texas, with its conservative policies favoring lower taxes, limited government and less regulation, continues to lead the nation in attracting businesses – and the jobs that come with it.  Chief Executive magazine recently voted California as the worst business climate in the nation – ranked 50th in the nation – while it ranked Texas #1.

It’s nice to be #1, but we didn’t get there by accident. And, although it is often referred to as the “Texas Miracle,” this so-called miracle is no miracle at all. The success in Texas is the direct result of conservative Republican leadership who put conservative Republican principles to work in our state government. Toyota’s North America CEO summed it up quite nicely when he acknowledged that due to California’s hostile business environment,  his company never even considered staying in California. After being wooed by Texas, Toyota didn’t even solicit a counter-offer from the state they had called home since 1957. Instead, Toyota chose Texas for its “overall business climate…from affordable housing and shorter commutes to the absence … of a personal income tax.”

And although we enjoy the bragging rights, the Texas Republican phenomenon is not an anomaly.  The fact is that, according to a recent CNBC report,  13 of the top 14 best states for business and economic success are led by both Republican governors and Republican-majority state legislatures. The CNBC study credits the tax cuts following the 2010 statewide Republican sweep for the economic success in South Dakota, which received the study’s top score. (Texas came in a close second, followed by North Dakota, Nebraska, Utah and Virginia.) Ranking #7 in the study, Colorado was the only state under blue leadership which made the top 14. (Notably, the other 13 states achieved their successes without becoming America’s Marijuana Mecca.)

And among those lagging, sagging state economies under blue leadership, who pays the price for their anti-business policies? The people. The workers. Particularly the youth and minorities, who tend to fare significantly worse than the national averages when it comes to unemployment statistics. Sadly, with Toyota’s recent defection, the City of Torrance has lost its third-highest property taxpayer and the city’s single largest employer.

Throughout the last decade, Texas’ job-creation rate has doubled the national average.  Even during the worst Recession since the Great Depression, Texas’ unemployment rate stubbornly remained well below the national average. South Dakota notwithstanding, the Texas economy is stronger than any other state in our nation. Consequently, our citizens are better off financially than the citizens of the other 49.

So, when you are discussing politics with friends, colleagues and neighbors, ask them if they were grateful to have a job during the Great Recession. If they say “yes,” then don’t neglect to point out that they have Republicans to thank for it. Citizens of those states under Democrat leadership didn’t fare so well.

I will vote Republican in November because under Republican leadership, Texas has become an economic model to the nation. Under leadership that favors conservative policies of lower taxes, limited government and less regulation, a government who understands the important role that businesses play in our economy has emerged. Consequently, Texans prospered at a time when other Americans suffered.

Republicans understand that when businesses succeed, people succeed. And that’s another reason why I am a Republican and I will proudly vote Republican in November.

Bonnie Sudderth

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TEXAS FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN

TRIBUTE TO WOMEN – June 6, 2014

FORT WORTH REPUBLICAN WOMEN HONOREES

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It would be difficult to imagine having any Fort Worth Republican Women event without Nancy Adler there. For years, she and her late-husband Jack served as those “familiar faces in the crowd” so key to successful club functions, as they mixed and mingled, shook hands, smiled at and greeted everyone in the room. Nancy was not born a Texan or a Republican, but she became both as soon as she could! In 1982, having recently left Virginia for Houston, Nancy married Jack Adler, she quickly converted to his beloved GOP and she never looked back. When they moved to Fort Worth in 1990, she immediately joined Fort Worth Republican Women. She still remembers her trepidation at attending her very first meeting at FWRW and how quickly she felt at ease as a young woman led her inside and introduced her to everyone. This young woman later became a judge, and Nancy has enjoyed supporting her, along with many other Republican women candidates, with contributions of time and money since that day. Nancy is one of those members who can always been counted on to help out with club events, from decorating to last-minute registration desk duties. When she reflects back, Nancy says, “I look around now and see how much our club has grown and all of the beautiful and talented women, many attorneys and judges, it makes me proud to have been part of this great Republican Club for almost twenty-five years!” Thank you and congratulations, Nancy!

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Helen Bavousett may be a “newcomer” to the Fort Worth Republican Women’s club, but when she joined in 2009, she hit the ground running! Within a year, Helen was volunteering her time at the 2010 TFRW Convention in Fort Worth, helping out with hospitality. Two years later, she volunteered as a greeter at the Texas Republican Party State Convention. The next year, she travelled to the TFRW Convention in San Antonio to serve as a Delegate from Fort Worth Republican Women. And it comes as no surprise that Helen is again serving as a volunteer greeter for the 2014 Texas Republican Party State Convention! Helen and her husband Byron are great benefactors to Fort Worth Republican Women, giving generously of both their time and money over the years. Helen is currently in her second term, serving the club as the 6th Vice President for Events, no easy task, as she is not only responsible for the luncheons provided in conjunction with our monthly meetings, but she also coordinates no less than three other major events offered by Fort Worth Republican Women each year – the New Members BBQ event, the Meet-the-Judges Reception and the club’s Annual Christmas Luncheon. Prior to serving in her “official” capacity as Events Chair, Helen volunteered at events on a regular basis. Fort Worth Republican Women often wonder how we got along without Helen for all these years, but we’re certainly glad she’s a part of our club now! Thank you and congratulations, Helen!

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Ludie Heineman is a self-described, “rabid Republican housewife who has not done that much except devote my heart to the cause.” Her service to Fort Worth Republican Women shows the devotion of her heart, but also of her efforts, to advance Republican causes.  From the time Ludie joined Fort Worth Republican Women in 2005, Ludie has hit the ground running, serving the club in many capacities – two years as Chair of the Caring for America Committee, two years as Chair of the Americanism Committee, and two years in taking charge of the USO Book Project. For the USO Book Project, Ludie collected new, donated children’s books and delivered them to the USO at the DFW Airport. The USO then videotaped men and women serving our country overseas as they read these books, and then the videotape and the book were delivered to the service member’s children. Using FWRW guidelines, Ludie expanded this program to involve her Fort Worth Women’s Club as well. Over the years, Ludie has volunteered at the Tarrant County GOP headquarters, where, among other tasks, she answered phones, accepted donations, distributed yard signs, and addressed and stuffed political mailings. Ludie has also been active in the Fort Worth Republican Women’s GOTV and voter registration efforts.  One of Ludie’s greatest contributions to Fort Worth Republican Women is her bright and friendly smile and her “can-do” attitude. Ludie has demonstrated that when one woman devotes her heart to the cause, much can be accomplished. Thank you and congratulations, Ludie!

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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

 Thanks for your support & friendship!

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

This month we feature Tarrant County’s next District Attorney, who happens to be a republican woman, to share why she is a republican.  We hope that in following this series of contributions throughout the year, you will be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that republican issues are women’s issues.  Thank you, Sharen Wilson, for your continued service! 

Judge Sharen WilsonI am a Republican woman because of the values taught me by my parents: hard work, self-reliance, personal responsibility and belief in God.  These were the values that they lived and the same ones that made our country free and strong.  These are the same values that my conservative Republican party holds dear.  We work hard because that is what it takes to be successful.  We are self-reliant believing that government can provide a safety net, but not a lifestyle.  I am personally responsible to support my family and seek help from others only as a last resort.  Most importantly, I believe God has a plan for my life, my family and my country and I trust Him.

I am a Republican woman because Republicans support women for elected office.  We recognize that it’s not the gender but the character that matters.  We know that Margaret Thatcher was right when she said “…if you want something done, ask a woman.”  Today, I would only add ‘ask a Republican Woman’.

Sharen Wilson
Republican Woman and Republican nominee for Tarrant County District Attorney 
 
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NOTICE OF VOTE ON FWRW BYLAWS REVISIONS:

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

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CARING FOR AMERICA

On Wednesday, June 11, 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 by 6pm at 1000 Bonnie Brae St., Fort Worth 76111

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  FWRW have another must-go-to event!

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January Program Announcement: Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and Candidate Forum

January 14, 2014

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

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

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, January 20th to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or 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.)

March News & Committee Reports

March 20, 2013

MARCH PROGRAM REMINDER

Judge Sharen Wilson

Judge Sharen Wilson

March 27 program – Judge Sharen Wilson, Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 1, will speak on “Tarrant County Criminal Justice – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”

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

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, March 25th 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.) For more information, click HERE.

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Read President Cyndy McCoy’s March 2013 Message: Find it by clicking HERE

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

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Lieutenant Colonel Borah Van Dormolen

Lieutenant Colonel Borah Van Dormolen

Republican Women throughout Texas, and, in fact, throughout the nation, mourn the passing of Borah Van Dormolen, a larger-than-life Republican leader at the local, state and national level.  Fort Worth Republican Women were honored over the years to have her as a guest speaker at our club meetings.

Burial services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, March 21 at the Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota Street in Austin, followed by a celebration of Borah’s life at the Austin Club, 110 E 9th Street in Austin, from noon until 3:00pm.

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As her obituary so simply states, “Borah Van Dormolen was no ordinary person. She was an accomplished soldier, businessperson, Republican political leader, legislative advocate, Olympic athlete, and community leader.”

After enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1974, she rose through the ranks, serving in various commands and leadership positions, including  serving as Commander of Logistics Operations for the 1st Calvary Division and 13th Corps Support Command.  She retired after 23 years with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and immediately began a remarkable journey into political life, elected to serve as President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women in 2006 and as the Texas National Committee Woman for the Republican National Committee in 2009.

Throughout her extraordinary life, Borah Van Dormolen was motivated by a desire to serve her country and work passionately on the causes most important to her. After almost a quarter-century in the military, Lt. Col. Van Dormolen retired to champion the people and issues she valued, and she left her state, and her country, a better place for it. I was also proud to have appointed her to the State Cemetery Commission. We will all miss Borah’s wisdom and boundless energy. Anita joins me in sending our deepest condolences to her husband, Rich Castle, along with the rest of her family and vast network of friends. We’re absolutely heartbroken by Borah’s passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Rich and her family and loved ones.  Borah’s commitment to serving her country was unshakable… In politics, she worked tirelessly, motivated by the constant desire to strengthen her country and her beloved state of Texas… We’ll miss her leadership, her energy and her passion on the Republican National Committee.  150_TFRW-2005-Conv---Borah_smallOur party is better for her dedication and service, and I’ll always be proud to have worked alongside such a patriot and trailblazer. — Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee Chair. —  Texas Governor Rick Perry.

One of the great privileges of my life is to get to know and work with someone whom I consider to be an amazing woman, Borah Van Dormolen.  Over the past several years I have had a chance to personally observe her tireless work on behalf of the Republican Party of Texas but more importantly on behalf of the country she loved dearly and served so well for so long. It is hard to believe that she is gone, having just been with her at last weekend’s SREC meeting when she was her usual, passionate, energetic and inspiring self. What always impressed me the most about Borah was her kind hearted spirit and how she always treated other people with dignity and respect.  There will never be another Borah and we will miss her deeply.  On behalf of the RPT family, we extend our heartfelt condolences to her husband Rich and to her family. — Steve Munisteri, Chairman, Republican Party of Texas.

TFRW mourns the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Borah Van Dormolen.  Borah was an inspiration to me as I began my path as a Republican Woman.  Her leadership in the Texas Federation of Republican Women was bold and decisive.  Her common sense, her sense of humor, intelligence, and caring for Republicans set her apart from others.  She was a dynamic and enthusiastic leader who was respected and loved across our state and nation.  Borah traveled tirelessly across Texas giving her all.  Everyone who met and heard Borah immediately began to share her enthusiasm and vision.  Let us all carry on as Borah would want us to do and be the Republicans she would be proud of – focusing on unity. — Carolyn Hodges, President, Texas Federation of Republican Women.

Borah Van Dormolen at FWRW Fundraiser in 2004

Borah Van Dormolen at FWRW Fundraiser in 2004

I am going to miss Borah’s grit, tenacity and her perseverance.  She always lifted and encouraged our Party.  More importantly she wanted Women to have the courage to take leadership roles.  She was a mentor and friend to me and to many.  I join an army of women and friends that will miss her in so many ways.  — Debra Coffey, FWRW Member and 1st Vice President of TFRW.

Borah was an incredible advocate for the Hispanic Republican movement, and was there for us when others were still uncertain about the need to reach out to Hispanics.  She was a visionary who understood the significance of the growing Hispanic community and the need to connect with Conservative Hispanics – she was a true friend.  We will forever remember the way she commanded a room, made people laugh, and inspired us to do more by telling us what we needed to hear, not what we wanted to hear.  There was only one Borah Van Dormolen and it was an honor to know her. — Duke Machado, President, GOP is for Me.

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Now follow FWRW on Twitter!  Go to https://twitter.com/FWRepWomen Don’t have a Twitter account?  It’s easy and it’s free.  Go to https://twitter.com and sign up so that you can view and share information from Fort Worth Republican Women.  All you need to do is enter basic information about yourself, which you can choose to keep private when you set up your account.

  • “What is this Twitter?” you might ask.  Twitter is a social networking site different from Facebook.  Users post “tweets” of information which are limited to 140 characters or less per tweet.
  • “Who uses Twitter?”  Users can be individuals, businesses,  city governments, television networks, television shows, politicians, political activist groups, social clubs and more.  In fact, every major news source has a Twitter page.  Furthermore, almost all elected officials have a Twitter account.
  • “What if I don’t want to tweet things about myself?”  That is perfectly your choice!  You can tweet your own material, you can “retweet” (tweet the exact tweet of another with automatic attribution to the original tweeter), you can quote a tweet or you can simply not send out any tweets whatsoever.
  • “So if I don’t tweet, then what is the point of having a Twitter account?”  As previously stated, several types of entities and individuals use Twitter.  Effectively, you can access local, national and world news almost as instantaneous as it occurs in real time.  Most importantly, you choose what you see by “following” the Twitter pages you select to follow.  This will put all tweets of pages you follow into a timeline that will display those tweets in chronological order for your information whenever you choose to view it.  Of course, you will want to follow @FWRepWomen first. That brings me back full circle to the reason our members should be using Twitter. It simply, and for no cost, furthers our cause by quoting and retweeting the tweets of @FWRepWomen for the world to see!

Just try it.  You will love creating your own political news world while helping to further our cause.

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Pope_Francis_in_March_2013In the March 19th newsletter of THE AMERICAN THINKER, Jonathon Moseley  published a rather astute article discussing the new Pope’s meaning to both liberal and conservative politics.

As you read through it below, think about how conservative and secular politics parallel and perhaps differ both from one another and from liberal ideas.  It’s a fascinating read.  Enjoy.

Pope Francis offers cause for both liberals and conservatives — especially in secular politics — to claim him as their own yet also to worry that the Vatican may stray in the ‘wrong’ direction under his leadership. The accession of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as spiritual head of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics has resurrected questions over Christianity’s attitude toward the poor as well as government policies.

His Holiness is a deep Catholic scholar and a strict adherent to the Bible and Catholic teaching. Francis strongly opposes abortion, adoption by homosexual couples, and homosexual marriage. Yet, liberals find it shocking that Pope Francis also actually cares about the poor and ‘social justice.’ How can anyone be a follower of traditional, Bible-based Catholic teaching yet also want to respond with compassion to the poor? Hmmm. Perhaps someone has not really been paying attention.

It all comes down to this: Liberal Christians want to out-source their Christian duty to the government. That is, the Church must decrease so that the government can increase (with apologies to John the Baptist). Conservative Christians believe that each and every individual Christian is responsible to live out Christ’s teachings, up-front and personal. And the church is paramount.

So the real controversy is whether the Catholic Church should subcontract Christianity to the government. Should Christians depend on the government to please God for us, so we don’t have to please God for ourselves? The liberal approach is to hire bureaucrats to take their place in the sight of God. Then the proud liberal can go about his or her business while bureaucrats get their hands dirty.

Pope Francis believes — like 119% of all Christian leaders in history — that it is every Christian’s duty to help the poor as much as to help ourselves. But apparently Pope Francis also believes you should do it yourself personally. Secular and Christian liberals believe that the government should take over the duties — and the authority — of the Church.

Liberal secular opinion-makers hoped to try out their “the Church must modernize” chorus on a new Pope, hoping to fool a sucker. They see the Catholic Church as only a political power center and not as an enterprise to please God. Naturally, what God wants or thinks about it all plays no role in their debates.

As a Jesuit Cardinal, Bergoglio condemned the moral failings of unbridled capitalism. His Jesuit order has often been considered Left-leaning. Some who know him personally have suggested that his politics tilt Left. Others not so much. He has decried the unequal distribution of wealth in South America — but that does not necessarily suggest government intervention. In fact, the previous Pope Benedict recently decried, just before he retired, in his New Years’ message, the “growing inequality between the rich and poor, by the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated capitalism.”

Yet Pope Francis is said to openly reject ‘liberation theology’ prevalent in Latin America — which is socialism dressed up in Christian lingo. Liberation theology was originally invented by the KGB during the Khrushchev era and widely promoted by the World Council of Churches throughout Latin America’s churches.  For Cardinal Bergoglio to publicly reject it where it was strongest, among South America Catholics, is saying something.

This controversy is surprising given that Jesus Christ so clearly distinguished between the government and the church: “And Jesus said to them, ‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.'” Mark 12:17. Every teaching by Jesus on the poor clearly involved personal charity, one-on-one. Jesus condemned avoiding personal responsibility for caring for one’s parents by gimmicks in Matthew 15:1-10. Jesus never asked the Roman or Jewish governments to carry out His goals.

Unfortunately, the Christian Church of all stripes has done a poor job of teaching and demonstrating charity for the poor. For one thing, Jesus taught Christians to give charity in secret, not to seek applause from men but to receive reward privately from God. Therefore, massive Christian charity efforts are not widely known. Yet the instructional value of teaching Christian doctrine to the world cannot be ignored, either.

So we don’t seek applause from people. But we must also teach to the world what Jesus tells us. Therefore, Christians may need to trumpet to the world their charity for its teaching value even at the cost of being rewarded by God. For another thing, too many Christians nod their heads and say ‘Amen!’ on Sunday morning but don’t actually do what Christianity teaches during the week. We believe the right things. But we need to do the right things, too. Thirdly, churches have retreated into their shells like tortoises and have abdicated their powerful role in society. Churches suffer from an insecurity and identity crisis.

Meanwhile, secular liberals, opinion leaders, and the news media want to remove the Catholic Church as a moral obstacle to abortion, homosexual marriage, and other liberal goals. They embrace Islam, although Muslims also oppose abortion, homosexuality and homosexual marriage. They oppose the Catholic Church because Catholics oppose abortion, homosexuality, and homosexualmarriage. Thinking things through has never been a liberal strength. Fortunately, the Catholic Church rolls on, unimpressed and unmoved by all those who have nothing more than a ready opinion.

Jonathon Moseley is an accomplished political columnist and activist.  Mr. Moseley studied Physics at Hampshire College, then earned a degree in Finance from the University of Florida, where he was also a columnist for the university newspaper, and a law degree from George Mason University.  Thoughout his career, he has served in many areas of politics and public affairs.

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It’s Membership Renewal and Yearbook Time!

2013 is here, and it’s time to renew your membership for next year. Also, we are in the process of compiling the information for the 2013 Yearbook.  If you have not sent in your membership form and paid your 2013 dues, you should do so ASAP if you want your information to be included in the 2013 Yearbook.

Have You Reviewed the Republican Budget Proposals?  

Click HERE for the budget proposed by House Budget Chairman, Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin).  Click HERE for the budget proposed by the Republican Study Committee.

March Program – Judge Sharen Wilson, “Tarrant County Criminal Justice – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”

March 13, 2013
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Judge Sharen Wilson

March 27 program – Judge Sharen Wilson, Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 1, will speak on “Tarrant County Criminal Justice – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”

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 25th 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.)