Posts Tagged ‘Tarrant County GOP’

October Program & Other Important Events

October 8, 2014

Mark your calendar for these three events:

Friday, October 10 – Phone Bank Friday. Judges Bonnie Sudderth, Melody Wilkinson & Dana Womack will be providing lunch for volunteers! Make time to participate in this worthwhile effort to elect Republicans and Keep Texas Red! (9am-6pm, come and go – see more details below.)

Tuesday, October 14 – U.S. Congressional District 12 Candidate Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. Attend this event to show support for your candidate! Want to carpool? (See details below.)

Wednesday, October 22 – Ag Commissioner Candidate Sid Miller will be speaking at FWRW Membership Meeting.

State Representative Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

State Representative Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Fort Worth Republican Women will have guest speaker State Representative Sid Miller, Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner.  Sid Miller is recognized as one of the state’s most dynamic and effective conservative leaders.

As a 6 term veteran of the Texas House, Sid worked to put his real world experience as a small businessman, community leader, agriculturist, former schoolteacher, and former school board member to use on behalf of the people of Texas. Sid Miller emerged as the definitive pro-life, pro-family, pro-business, pro-jobs leader during his tenure in the Texas Legislature.

Sid Miller is also an avid rodeo and horseshow participant and lays claim to 9 World Championships. He is an honors graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville where he received a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture Education Degree in 1978.  Representative Miller and his wife of 36 years, Debra, live in Stephenville where Sid owns and operates his nursery business of 31 years and where Debra founded two charter schools. Sid and Debra Miller have two sons and two grandchildren.

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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WANT TO KEEP TEXAS RED?  REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES NEED YOUR HELP THIS FRIDAY!

 

Phone Bank Friday Announcement

 

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12th District Candidate Forum

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

September 29, 2014

 JOIN US THIS SUNDAY!

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PHONE BANK THIS FRIDAY!

Republican candidates need the help of the Fort Worth Republican Women!  

Tarrant County GOP Headquarters
2405 Gravel Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76118

We are only THREE WEEKS away from early voting.  These next few weeks are critical to Republican success in November.

Please dedicate any time you have between 9am and 6pm THIS FRIDAY at the Tarrant County GOP Headquarters.  Just an hour of phone-banking will help, but the more time you have, the better!

We MUST reach as many voters as possible to educate them about our candidates before they cast their votes!  Refreshments will be provided.

Questions? Please contact:

Ann-Marie Craig
Tarrant County Field Representative
Republican Party of Texas
817-372-7761
http://www.texasgop.org
 
 

July News & Committee Reports

July 17, 2014

JULY MEETING REMINDER!

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

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

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, July 21, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
 
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July President’s Message

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

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

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

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

Is compromise always a virtue? 

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

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

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

Is “Getting Things Done” in Congress Desirable?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonnie Sudderth

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

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

 

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CARING FOR AMERICA – LADDER ALLIANCE

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

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

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU CAN KEEP TEXAS RED?

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

  • PHONE BANK VOLUNTEERS – Every Wednesday night, there is a phone banking opportunity at party headquarters at 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The center needs to place 3500 calls a week so everyone’s help is needed.  For questions, please call the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 817-595-0303
  • CALL TO ACTION BLOCK WALK this Saturday, July 19th with Senator Ken Paxton.  Report to the Tarrant County Republican Party Headquarters at 9:00 a.m. for breakfast and your block walk assignment.  Remember to charge you smart phones too!  You can choose to download an app to report your block walk contact results, or you can use a pen, paper and clipboard.  These block walks are critical in identifying our voters and potential voters!

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March to November Registration Form

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BFF July 2014

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SAVE THE DATES!

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

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SAVE THE DATE  for the following Voter Registration Drives:

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

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

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July 23rd Program Announcement: George P. Bush – Republican Candidate for Texas Land Commissioner

July 10, 2014

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

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

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, July 21, 2014 to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)
 
REMINDER:  Friday, July 11, 2014 (tomorrow), from 2:00-5:00pm the Fort Worth Republican Women will be phone banking at the Tarrant County GOP Headquarters, 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth.  Tea and cookies will be provided.  To RSVP or to learn more, please contact Ann-Marie Craig at 817-372-7761 or amcraig@texasgop.org   
 

January News and Committee Reports

January 19, 2014

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

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor.To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, January 20th to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or 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

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

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

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Why am I a Republican?

New for 2014, our monthly newsletter will feature a guest post from a Republican woman who would like to spread her message as to why she is a Republican. We hope that in reading them, you will be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a Republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that Republican issues are women’s issues.  Enjoy!

Displaying IMG_3205.jpegWhy I Am a Republican Woman
by Rachel Moreno

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Republican Women Serving the Needy

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

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

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New Board Member Position

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

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

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

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2014 Lincoln Day Dinner

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

5:00 PM – SILENT AUCTION OPENS

5:30 PM – V.I.P. RECEPTION

7 PM – DINNER & LIVE AUCTION

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

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

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MAIL CHECKS TO:

TCGOP   
2405 GRAVEL DR.
FORT WORTH TX 76118
 
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 IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
  • The deadline to register to vote in the March 4th primary is February 3.
  • Primary election early voting is Tuesday, February 18 – Friday, February 28.
  • For more voting information, visit votetexas.gov
  • Twitter update:  @FWRepWomen have 97 followers on Twitter.  Visit our Twitter page to follow us and retweet to help Keep Texas Red!

November News and Committee Reports

November 20, 2013

Announcing Keynote Speaker for the Christmas Luncheon:

Republican National Committeeman,  Robin Armstrong

Republican National Committeeman,
Robin Armstrong

Robin Armstrong, Republican National Committeeman will be the keynote speaker at the Fort Worth Republican Women’s Annual Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 6th.  (The deadline to RSVP is Monday, December 2nd. For more details, refer to the Calendar of Events in the column to the right or see the invitation in this newsletter.)

About our speaker: Robin Armstrong grew up in La Marque and has been involved with politics since he was a young boy. His father served on the school board in the La Marque ISD, and his mother was a teacher in the public school system for over 30 years.

After graduating from La Marque High School, Robin earned a degree in Microbiology at Texas A&M University. He then earned his Doctorate of Medicine at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and now he practices medicine in the hospital and community where he was born and raised.

Robin has worked tirelessly and passionately over the past 15 years to advance our conservative cause in the state of Texas through service to the grass-roots activists throughout this great state.  Prior to serving as National Committeeman, he served as an election judge; a precinct chairman; a city chair; a Senatorial District Convention Chair; a delegate to precinct , senatorial district, and state conventions; and a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention. He has served as a member of the State Republican Executive Committee from Senate District 11, and served as Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from 2006 to 2010.

Robin has been married to Dr. Martha Armstrong for 13 years and they have four sons: Daniel, Gabriel, Joshua, and Noah.

Don’t forget to RSVP for this event and join us on Friday, December 6th for our Annual Christmas Luncheon!

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Read President Cyndy McCoy’s End-of-Year President’s Message (Click HERE.)

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

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2013 Capitol Christmas Ornaments

These beautiful commemorative ornaments will be on sale at the Fort Worth Republican Women’s Annual Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 6th.

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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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CONGRATULATIONS to the 2013 Fort Worth Republican Women Scholarship Winner mail

FWRW awarded a $250 to Ms. Madison Young. Madison is currently in her sophomore year at Baylor University where she is a member of the Baylor College Republicans.  For the past seven years, Madison has been active at the grass-roots level helping with campaign mailings, making phone calls, block walking and more! She served as class vice president for three years during high school and has attended numerous campaign events in the past seven years.  This young active Republican voter is part of the future of the Republican Party of Texas!  Congratulations Madison and keep up the good work!

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hdr_nfrw_logoExcerpt from the November 5, 2013 Political Briefing from the National Federation of Republican Women

Government Waste

On Monday, The Washington Post reported that, in the past few years, Social Security paid $133 million to beneficiaries who were deceased, and the federal employee retirement system paid more than $400 million to retirees who have passed away. One aid program spent $3.9 million in federal money to pay heating and cooling bills for more than 11,000 people who are dead. In total, glitches in the system have paid more than $700 million to the dead according to government audits performed since 2008.

In 2011 alone, auditors found Medicare paid $23 million for services “provided” to dead people.  From 2009 to 2011, it spent $8.2 million on medical equipment “prescribed” by doctors who had been dead for at least a year. Payments to the dead in recent years have totaled more than the annual budget of the Library of Congress.

Since the federal bureaucracy, operating on jury-rigged and outdated systems, can’t seem to determine exactly which Americans are deceased, benefits for those who are deceased continue to be paid out. Critics blame both the inattention of Congress and the inertia of the bureaucracy for the oversight.  But the situation never gets fixed, according to Steve Ellis of Taxpayers for Common Sense, because the cost is spread among all taxpayers–too wide and too thin to make anybody very mad. “In the end,” Ellis said, “it’s not enough of an issue to get people rallied around.”

The problem may be said to begin with the government’s “Death Master File,” which, The Post writes, is kept by the Social Security Administration. But the Social Security Administration official whose division oversees this function explains, “The fact is [these records] were never intended to be 100 percent accurate.”  Thus, the task of maintaining the death records used by agencies across Washington, a task that calls for near-perfection, has fallen to an agency that does not believe perfection is its job.

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Get Involved Now! – Sign Up to Receive Campaign Volunteer Opportunity Notices

The 2014 Elections are just around the corner with Republican primary contests on March 4 and the General Election exactly eight months later – on November 4.  Candidates need volunteers and they often contact Fort Worth Republican Women to find them.  If you would like to get involved working on a campaign, send your email address to Pam Bassel, our Vice President of  Campaign Activities, at p.bassel@fwrw.org. When she receives a request for volunteers, Pam will then send an email to you with the information.  After that, it’s up to you to decide which campaigns you want to work for.

Neither Fort Worth Republican Women, its President nor its Vice President of Campaign Activities endorses any Republican candidate during the Primary Election season.  This service is provided simply to facilitate volunteer opportunities and provide communication to our members regarding Republican candidates who are asking for assistance.  After the Primary Election season is over, however, we WILL be taking sides, and with your help we will Keep Texas Red!

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December Christmas Luncheon and

2014 Officer Installation

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RSVP instructions:  Reply by Monday, December 2nd by sending your check made payable to “Fort Worth Republican Women” ($36 per person) to FWRW Treasurer Lee Gabriel at 3421 Grayson Court, Hurst, Texas 76054.

Questions? (940) 367-0629 or eleegabriel@gmail.com

To comply with federal law, please include the following information for each person who will be attending:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Occupation

Corporate checks cannot be accepted.

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Let’s Keep Texas Red!

Volunteer to Be a Part of the 2014 Republican State Convention

The Republican Party of Texas needs your help to facilitate another great convention in Fort Worth during the first week of June, 2014.  If you would like to volunteer, send an email to stateconvention@texasgop.org with the words “Convention Volunteer” in the subject line.  The Texas GOP will then send you an electronic volunteer form to complete. Volunteers are needed the week of June 1-7, but June 5-7 are the busiest days with the highest number of volunteers needed.

There are many different ways to volunteer:

Convention Ambassador Program – Convention Ambassadors staff information desks in the convention center and at convention hotels, helping guests to find everything from their caucus meetings to local restaurants.  Ambassadors must be welcoming and friendly and should go out of their way to help the guests find their way around the convention facility and downtown Fort Worth.

Sergeant At Arms – The Sergeant at Arms help to maintain order in the convention hall.  These volunteers check credentials in the convention area, direct delegates to their caucus seating, respond to requests for assistance and track down emergency assistance if needed.

Registration Volunteers – These volunteers help check in credentialed alternates and delegates in the convention hall.  In most cases, registration volunteers are the first “face” the guests will encounter upon arrival at the RPT convention.  In addition to distributing credentials, these volunteers must also be willing to answer basic questions from the delegates and alternates about convention logistics.

Do you know a teenager who would like to serve as a Page?  Anyone between the ages of 15-18 as of the start date of the convention can serve as a Page.  The Page program is a great way to get young Republicans active in our political party. They will help staff committee meetings, run errands for convention officers and assist guests as needs arise.  Pages from previous conventions have met lifelong friends through the program, have gone on to become some of the country’s youngest national delegates, served as campaign staff members and have even been elected to office.mail

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The Republican Party of Texas

will hold a Keep Fort Worth RED BLOCKWALK on Saturday, November 23
10am and 2pm
 
For details and to RSVP, Contact Rebecca McDavid:
817-565-8022 or rmcdavid@texasgop.org

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Mark Your Calendars!

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Directions From Downtown Fort Worth:

  • Go west on Interstate 30 and exit at the 820 North exit.
  • Travel north on 820 and exit the freeway at the “Clifford” exit and turn left at the light (Clifford becomes White Settlement Road).
  • Go west on Clifford/White Settlement Road for 1.5 miles and turn right at Verna Trail N.
  • 233 Verna Trail N. is the first house past the pond on your left.

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • Christmas Luncheon! Don’t forget to RSVP to eleegabriel@gmail.com
  • There are still directories available! To request your electronic copy, send an email to:  Donna Thompson (donna-t@prodigy.net)
  • FWRW has 294 Facebook “likes” and 50 Twitter followers. Keep sharing the Facebook posts and retweet @FWRepWomen tweets!

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“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Frederick Koenig

Happy Thanksgiving from the

Fort Worth Republican Women

September News & Committee Reports

September 16, 2013

REMINDER:  In lieu of our regular monthly luncheon we remind all members and guests that we are having our fashion show fundraiser!   Cost is $50 per person.  Please make your check  payable to FWRW and mail by Friday, September 20th to:

FWRW Red, White and Blue Fundraiser
c/o Julie Johncox
6421 Fershaw Place
Fort Worth, Texas  76116

*No corporate checks accepted. 

Fashion Show Invitation

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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

President’s Message – September

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

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Fort Worth Republican Women would like to thank Tarrant County District ClerkMr__Wilder_2012_008 Tom Wilder for sponsoring this month’s board meeting. We appreciate the support!

 

 

 

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Justice Lee Gabriel, Past FWRW President Sherry Ward, Congresswoman Kay Granger, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst

(Left to right) Justice Lee Gabriel, Past FWRW President Sherry Ward, Congresswoman Kay Granger, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst

Special thanks to Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst and Congresswoman Kay Granger for attending our August luncheon meeting!  Congresswoman Granger gave us a Washington D.C. update which reminded us of the importance of Republican unity.  Fort Worth Republican Women appreciate your service!

Photograph courtesy of Leslie Recine, State Republican Executive Committeewoman, Senate District 10.

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FWRW member Teresa M. Palmer, Vice President, Wealth Management – UBS Financial Services, Inc. invites members to Joe T. Garcia’s chapel on September 26th at 6pm for an event featuring speaker John Savercool, Senior Lobbyist and Managing Director – UBS Americas, Inc.  John directs the firm’s lobbying, political, and policy advocacy efforts at the federal level. He manages a small staff in Washington in support of this mission.  John is a veteran of Capitol Hill of 23 years.

Teresa has 7 seats that are first come, first serve.  E-mail Teresa at teresa.palmer@ubs.com

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 The Republican Party of Texas is holding a Keep Texas Red Block Walk to recruit volunteers, identify more Republican voters and register new Republicans!

Saturday, September 21st 
 
10:00a.m. – Meet at Iris Bagel & Coffee
5801 W Interstate 20Arlington, TX 76017
 
2:00p.m. – Re-group at 
UNT Health Science Center, Camp Bowie  

Please RSVP to Rebecca McDavid at (817)565-8022 or email her at rmcdavid@texasgop.org

*Paid for by the Republican Party of Texas and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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 NORTHEAST SENIOR LEADERSHIP FORUM

MEETING REMINDER

 “Legal Issues for Seniors”

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

9:00 am—10:30 am

North Richland Hills Library

9015 Grand Ave.

 J.B. Morgan, of the law firm Handy & Morgan, will be bringing the program.  He will cover the topics of estate planning, trusts and other considerations of end-of-life decisions.

 THIS IS A PUBLIC MEETING OPEN TO ALL

Thank you to Brooke Allen, FWRW Second Vice President – Programs, for the above submission of beneficial information.

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Image of Books KNOW A DESERVING YOUNG COLLEGE REPUBLICAN WOMAN?

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.

It’s easy to apply! 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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Just as our FWRW President Cyndy McCoy stated in her President’s Message this month, the 2014 Primary races are heating up!  Know who the candidates are so that you may make informed choices!  For a list of 2014 Primary Candidates known to have filed, click here.

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In the September 13th issue of American Thinker, Aaron Kovac puts some perspective on the state of affairs between Russia and the United States as illustrated by recent events.

The 80s are Calling Obama

September 13, 2013

By Aaron Kovac

A war in the Middle East is on the horizon with the United States on one side and the Russian federation on the other, the Security Council is stuck in a stalemate, and Europe is finding itself staunchly divided between East and West. While such a description would certainly be apt for the height of the Cold War, it could just as well describe today’s state of affairs.

Current debate over whether to intervene militarily in Syria is only one of the many issues pitting the United States against her old rival Russia. In August, diplomatic tension between the two countries came to a crux when President Obama cancelled his visit to Moscow where he was supposed to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, rescheduling a visit to Sweden instead. According to official sources, the cancellation is due to Russia’s recent decision to offer asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The 80s are calling

During the final US presidential debate between candidates Obama and Romney, the incumbent President accused Romney of shilling for a foreign policy that had no place in modern times. “The 80s called, they want their foreign policy back, he quipped.” Now, however, it appears that President Obama’s foreign policy is just as fitting for the Cold War period as Mitt Romney’s allegedly would have been.

As the United States now appears poised to intervene militarily in Syria, many parallels can be drawn between this current conflict and the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In the latter case, the USSR militarily supported an autocratic regime, that of the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA), while the United States covertly supplied Afghan rebels, the Mujahideen, with weapons and training. Today, it once again looks as if the United States and Russia will find themselves indirectly at arms, each supporting one side in a Middle Eastern civil war.

Indeed, many fear that the Syrian rebels of today are more similar to the Mujahideen of the 80s than most are letting on. Thirty years ago, the “brave freedom fighters” that the CIA supported against the Soviets included Osama Bin Laden and many others that ended up forming the international Al-Qaeda terrorist network. It has been widely recognized that many Syrian rebels also adhere to a fundamentalist Islamic agenda, with some militants burning Christian churches and terrorizing Shia communities.  In more ways than one, history looks set to repeat itself.

The iron curtain redrawn

Moreover, the Russian Federation is looking increasingly like the empire it once was. In 2010, the Kremlin launched a new customs union with ex-Soviet states Belarus and Kazakhstan. This new union is specifically designed to prohibit member countries from signing similar agreements with the European Union, which is closely allied with American interests. Ukraine is one country that currently finds itself in a tug of war between this new East and West, with Russian President Putin daily pressuring his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych to join the customs union through crippling gas prices. Russia and her allies have also been targeting Ukrainian businesses in order to squeeze Yanukovych into compliance. In August, Russia banned all products of Roshen, a Ukrainian confectionary firm, from entering its territory, with Belarus and Kazakhstan following suit.

In many ways, Russia seems to be using this new trading bloc to recover her former territorial glory. As for Ukraine, a summit with European Union leaders in Vilnius, Lithuania this November will settle whether President Yanukovych brings his country into the Western world or pledges allegiance to Mother Russia. In the meantime, Putin’s customs union, which former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has referred to as a ‘new USSR’, is only one more worrying sign for many that the Cold War is officially back.

 Aaron Kovac is an American expat currently based in Brussels, Belgium working as an EU affairs analyst for a global business advisory firm.

  • October 7th is the last day to register to vote in the November 2013 Constitutional Amendment Election!
  • 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).
  • Senator Dan Patrick is holding a Tarrant County Leadership Meeting on Wednesday, September 25th from 5pm – 6pm at Tarrant County GOP Headquarters, 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth  76118.  Please RSVP by Monday, September 23rd to Cylynda Caviness at cylynda@danpatrick.org or (469)487-6892