May Meeting – Child Protective Services & Minor Sex Trafficking

VRW welcomes Ashley Davis-Nelson and Toni Macfarlan to our May 2017 meeting. These ladies will talk about Child Protective Services, sex-trafficking and Texas legislation around these critical problems.

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How CPS Led Me to Conservative Activism

Ashley was in and out of foster care until she was 12 years-old.  As she grew older, she decided to pay it forward and help vulnerable children in CPS.  She served as University of Houston’s College Republican President and as a Senator in Student Government Association.  After graduation, she worked with Blakemore and Associates, Ted Cruz’s Presidential Campaign and now Empower Texans.  She has been involved with CPS bills for the 85th Texas Legislative Session.

 

 

 

America’s Hidden Epidemic toni-macfarlan

Toni has been volunteering with Traffick911 to free youth from sex trafficking since college.  Traffick911 combats domestic minor sex-trafficking with prevention, identification and empowerment of survivors.  She’s currently the Fort Bend County Juvenile Detention Coordinator with Traffick911, a Field Representative for Congressman Pete Olson and a mom.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

Run for the Fallen 2018

Run for the Fallen 2018Honor and Remember Inc will kick off its Run for the Fallen in April 2018. The Run will specifically honor the men and women who have died during the War on Terror which began with the USS Cole bombing on October 12, 2000.

The Run will cover 19 states and 6100 miles to honor every fallen service member numbering nearly 20,000. Each mile of the route will be dedicated to an individual hero and their family.

Each relay team will stop at one mile intervals where they will place a “Hero Marker” and deliver a short tribute to waiting Gold Star family members, friends and patriots. They will cover 50 miles per day and conclude with an ending ceremony at planned stopping points in local towns.

Links of Interest:

Run Information

Route Map

Volunteer Information

Become a Virtual Runner

Honor and Remember

April Meeting – Glen Hager

Glen HagerVRW welcomes Texas Comptroller, Glenn Hager, to give us a legislative budget update. Elected in November 2014, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hagar serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer and revenue estimator.

Hagar is a sixth-generation Texan, who grew up farming land that has been in his family since the mid-1800s. Before becoming Comptroller, Hagar served in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, and also served as chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which works to eliminate inefficiency in government agencies.

Hagar attended Texas A&M as an undergraduate, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. He then attended St. Mary’s University, earning a Master of Arts and his law degree. At the University of Arkansas, he earned a Master of Laws degree.

Glenn and his wife Dara have three young children — Julia, Jonah and Claire.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

March Meeting – Nina Hendee

Nina HendeeVRW will celebrate Texas Independence Day and the Battle of San Jacinto at our March meeting. Mrs. Nina Hendee, commissioned Admiral in the historical Texas Navy will share stories about the heroes of Texas liberty and the spirit and sacrifices made to free Texas from tyranny.

Nina and her husband, Edd, own and operate the Taste of Texas Restaurant, one of the top 100 restaurants in the U.S. Mrs. Hendee started her speaking career with area school children, sharing her love of Texas and its rich history. Approximately 13,000 Houston area students look forward to the Taste of Texas field trip each school year where they hear great tales of our Texas forefathers, tour the restaurant, and enjoy a lunch, compliments of the owners.

An active member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Speakers Committee, Nina has won the coveted “Mega-Mouth” and was named Speaker of the Year 2015. She has been involved with HLSR for over 25 years.

While staying very active in politics, the restaurant business, numerous charities and Second Baptist Church of Houston, Nina and her husband Edd find their greatest joy in their children and grandchildren.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

February Meeting – John Culberson

John CulbersonVillage Republican Women are pleased to welcome to our February meeting, U.S. Representative, 7th District, John Culberson. Congressman Culberson will be discussing The Inside Story on DC 2017.

John will share highlights of what to anticipate from DC now that we have renewed opportunity with our Republican led government. This is a pivotal moment in our American history.

Congressman Culberson is one of the most senior members of the House Appropriations Committee where he leads the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Subcommittee. He is charged with providing the federal law enforcement officers with the resources to protect our lives and property and his authority also allows him to advocate for national investment in medical and scientific research. Congressman Culberson is also on the Homeland Security Subcommittee and the Transportation Housing & Urban Development Subcommittee.

John and his wife, Belinda, have been married over 25 years and have a twenty year old daughter, Caroline. They are members of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

January Meeting – Paul Simpson & Alan Vera

Village Republican Women are pleased to welcome to our first meeting of 2017, Paul Simpson, Harris County Republican Party Chair and Alan Vera, Chairman of the Ballot Security Committee, Harris County Republican Party. Paul will be discussing Winning in 2018 and Alan’s topic is Insuring Election Integrity.

Paul SimpsonPaul Simpson is serving his second term as Harris County Republican Party Chair.  His activities in Harris County Republican politics for over thirty years have included campaigning, recruiting, mobilizing, organizing, poll watching, election judging, conventioneering and fundraising.  Paul also served for twenty years as a Republican precinct chair, during which he was also district chair, legal counsel, and treasurer. Paul is a lifelong Republican.  He was State Chairman of the Louisiana Teenage Republicans and mobilized young people for Conservative Republican campaigns in college.  He is a partner with the law firm of McGinnis Lochridge, a practice centered on oil and gas matters.

 

 

Alan VeraAlan Vera has been elected Chairman of the Ballot Security Committee, Harris County Republican Party since 2014.  He is one of the original founders of True the Vote, a grassroots effort to restore integrity to U.S. elections.  He has written many state specific election observer curriculum, trained many thousands of observers and supervised in over twenty states.   He wrote the election observer curriculum for Wisconsin in 2012 and trained over 1,000 observers for the recall election of Governor Scott Walker – in person, online, and via video conference. Alan is President of Quest Business Agency with responsibility for all marketing strategies and clients.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

November Meeting – Salute to Veterans

Please invite any Veteran you know to be a guest at our lunch

We would like to personally thank them!

Freedom is not Free, and we have so much to be thankful for because of the sacrifices of our military men and women. Join VRW as we honor our Veterans at this month’s meeting.  Our speaker will be Col Gerald L. Smith, Director of the Texas A&M University Veteran Resource and Support Center.

Col Jerry Smith

Colonel Jerry Smith graduated from Texas A&M with a BA in Political Science and was commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the US Marine Corps in 1982. During 30 years of service as an Artillery Officer, he held 6 command tours with 2 combat tours (Iraq 2003 & Afghanistan 2007).  Other military assignments included 8 years in higher education: 3 years as the Marine Instructor at Rice and Prairie View A&M; 1 year instructing at the USMC Command & Staff College; and 4 years as the Texas A&M University Professor of Naval Science from 2008-2012.  He has 3 Master’s Degrees:

  • MA in International Studies – Troy State – 1988
  • MS in Military Studies – USMC Command & Staff College – 1997
  • MS in Strategic Studies – National War College – 2005

Since 2012, Col. Smith has been the Director of the TAMU Veteran Resource & Support Center.

The Colonel will be discussing the transition our veterans must make when they return home and the support system that is available to help them.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

 

 

 

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October Meeting – Congressmen McCaul & Poe

We’re honored to have two of our Texas congressmen, Michael McCaul (TX-10) and Ted Poe (TX-2) as speakers for our October meeting.

Congressman Michael McCaulChairman McCaul will discuss the most dangerous and unexpected threats to our national security – and the call for needed serious actions to protect us.   Rep. McCaul became Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security in January 2013, and has oversight of the Department of Homeland Security ensuring it is able to carry out its core mission of protecting the American people from terrorist attacks.  As Chairman, he has prioritized the threat of international and domestic terrorism, border security, cyber security, airport security and fixing dysfunctional management within DHS.

Now in Failure of Imagination:  The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland – and How to Thwart Them, the sitting chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, who receives daily intelligence about threats materializing against America, depicts in real time the hazards that are closer than we realize.  In this compelling and action-packed narrative, Chairman McCaul outlines realistic scenarios that could inflict more damage on the nation than any attack we’ve yet faced.  He then explains how our vulnerabilities were created, why our enemies are actively contemplating them and what we can do to solve them before it’s too late.  Blue Willow Bookshop will have this book for sale at our luncheon.

 

Congressman Ted PoeCongressman Poe is a strong advocate for lower taxes, free markets, a limited, accountable government, and individual liberty.  He serves on the House Committee of the Judiciary and House Committee of Foreign Affairs.  He also serves as the Chairman of the Terrorism Subcommittee.

Poe came to Congress after spending 30 years in the Harris County Courthouse, first as a prosecutor and then as a criminal court judge.  As Judge, Poe garnered national medial attention for his creative sentences dubbed “Poetic Justice.”  Poe’s common sense and nonsense approach to law has helped him to be a successful advocate for his district.

This year, Poe is 1 of only 34 Members of Congress in both the House and Senate to have legislation signed into law.  In September 8, 2016, Congressman Poe returned to Congress to continue fighting for Texans after spending 8 weeks in MD Anderson Hospital fighting Leukemia.  Congressman Poe has been overwhelmed with support and prayers and is thankful for his progress.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

 

 

 

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September Meeting – Dr. Dorothy Woods

Dr. Dorothy WoodsOn September 28, our speaker will be Dr. Dorothy Woods.  She is a dentist, mother and Gold Star Widow of Ty Woods.

Her husband was a former Navy SEAL and a fallen hero of the 9/11/12 attack in Libya that was featured in the film 13 Hours.  She will share insider knowledge on this experience.

She called out Hillary Clinton’s disgraceful dismissal of the true origins of the attack during a congressional hearing.  In the Difference TV Ad, she calls for a leader we can trust.

 

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

 

 

 

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August Meeting – Jeffrey F. Addicott

Jeffrey AddicottAlthough our President has stated that global warming is the greatest threat to our country, we believe Radical Islam is the number one threat to the United States.  On August 24, Lt. Colonel (U.S. Army, ret.) Jeffrey F. Addicott will speak on Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11 – Learning the Lessons.

He is a full Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law.  Addicott was senior legal advisor for the United States Army’s Special Forces.  As an internationally recognized authority on national security and terrorism law, he not only lectures and participate in professional and academic organizations both in the United States and abroad (over 800 speeches), but he also testifies before Congress.

Addicott is a regular contributor to national and international news media outlets (over 4,500 media interviews).  He is a prolific author, publishing over 60 books, articles and monographs.  His most recent book (2016) is entitled: Radical Islam Why: Confronting Jihad at Home & Abroad.  The purpose of this book is to explore fully the nature of the enemy forces arrayed against us so that we can find better ways to confront them.  You may purchase his signed book for $40 after the meeting.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

 

 

 

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