August 2016 Newsletter

Buffie & Jessie WattersLOOK AT ME…I AM IN WATTERS WORLD!

The National Convention was an amazing experience. I wish all could have been there! This is the only time that the media actually loves Texas!  The law enforcement team and the volunteer team were both larger in number than the delegate count!  Very safe and friendly, Cleveland went all out to make us feel welcome.

Now that we have survived the primaries and the Cruz mess at the convention …. THE PEOPLE have spoken. Donald Trump won more votes than anyone in the history of the Republican Party, and now we must buckle down and work like… to overcome our candidate’s verbal outbursts!  HIL-LIAR-Y CANNOT WIN!

The Campaign Center is open!  VRW volunteers, elected officials and candidates will be working out of this location 6 days a week!  Under the direction of Nancy Scott, Bob Hall, Rajada Fleming, Beverly Roberts and others, VRW members pulled off an outstanding Grand Opening with over 170 excited Republicans ready to get to work and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Thanks to all of you for working so tirelessly!

The summer is over, kids are back in school, and we have less than 90 days till the election …. YOU NEED TO GET INVOLVED!  There are many ways YOU can make a difference. I hope you will go by the center before the next VRW general meeting,  August 24, and get your Trump stuff!

You don’t want to miss the next meeting! No one knows more about Terrorism and what is going on in our own backyard, than Professor Addicott.  He is an awesome speaker!

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May 2016 Newsletter

Trump is zooming ahead! Who knew?  He is at least talking about issues that most Americans are concerned about. I am usually in agreement with most of what he says, but wish someone else was saying it and in a more respectful way. I hate the childish personal attacks!  BUT……

WHO EVER WINS AFTER THE CONVENTION, WE MUST RALLY BEHIND THEM!

HERE IS MY BUCKET LIST FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT AND LEGISLATURE:

  1. Hillary: in prison!
  2. Put “GOD” back in America !!!
  3. Borders: Closed!
  4. Congress: On the same retirement & healthcare plans as everybody else .
  5. Congress: Obey its own laws NOW!
  6. Language: English only!
  7. Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!
  8. Drug Free: Mandatory drug screening before & during Welfare!
  9. Freebies: None to Non-Citizens!
  10. Budget: Balance the damn thing!
  11. Foreign Countries: Stop giving them our money!
  12. Fix the TAX CODE!
  13. Repeal Obamacare!
  14. RESPECT and REBUILD OUR MILITARY!

To that end, VRW is forging ahead with plans to open a Westside Houston Republican Campaign Center in the fall!  We have done this in the past and it was very successful.

More on this later, during the summer months.  I hope all of you will sign up to help man the center.

VRW traditionally takes the June, July and August months off, but your Board wants to stay in touch and keep building the momentum. VRW will be going on a road trip to College Station in June to tour the George Bush Library. That should be really fun and inspiring. Then, the club will be participating in the Villages “Fourth of July Parade and festival”.  Have you ever wanted to be a star in a parade, waving from the convertible?  Just let Mary Grace know!  We will also have a booth and put patriotic tattoos on eager attendees, register voters and hand out Republican materials. Then in the last week of July, we are planning a CHAT (chicks having an awesome time) with a speaker who is sure to get your motor running!

The next VRW general meeting after May will be Wednesday, August 24. Mark your calendars for all these dates and have a safe and happy summer break!

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April 2016 Newsletter

What an exciting year in American politics!  Choose to look at it through THE EYES OF FAITH NOT FEAR!  The end result will be the same but your days will be much happier!

Saying that, We, educated Patriots, still need to be active in making the outcome the best we can.  A major theme the Republican Party is finally embracing is VOTE STRAIGHT TICKET!

When I was younger I felt that I should only vote for people I had researched.  I didn’t think the down ticket positions played much of a part in my life. Now that I am older and wiser…. I realize how wrong I was.  The further down the ballot, the more local the race, the more my vote counts!

This year, if we are going to get all those Democrat Judges that came in with Obama , to leave with Obama,  we must vote straight ticket  AND ENCOURAGE EVERYONE WE TALK TO , TO DO THE SAME!

Here is your rebuttal for anyone who thinks they shouldn’t vote on races where they don’t know the candidate:  Vote straight ticket except for the particular race you know a Democrat you prefer.  Otherwise, BY NOT VOTING ON ALL THE RACES, you are giving the Democrat you don’t know the vote instead of the Republican you don’t know.  Even if you don’t know them, which one is closer to your philosophy? Democrats vote straight ticket!

I hope to see you at the lunch Sunday April 3rd at Cafe Adobe with City Councilman Greg Travis to discuss the “State of our city”. Downgraded financials, lawsuit on term limits, Fountainview Project, Recycling Issue, Gessner widening, lots of issues to know about.

Then you can’t miss Dr. Neil Frank on Global Warming.  I am sure he will give you facts to arm you against the liberals who think this is the most important issue for our future!

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March 2016 Newsletter

Saul Alinsky died about 43 years ago, but his writings influenced those in political control of our nation today…

Recall  that Hillary did her college thesis on his writings and Obama writes about him in his Book.

Education:       University of Chicago
Died:               June 12, 1972, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Books written: Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals

Anyone out there think that this stuff isn’t happening today in the U.S. ?

How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:

There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state.
The first is the most important.
1) Healthcare:

Control healthcare and you control the people.

2)  Poverty:

Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.

3)  Debt:

Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.

4)  Gun Control:

Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.

5) Welfare:

Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)

6) Education:

Take control of what people read and listen to, take control of what children learn in school.

7) Religion:

Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools

8) Class Warfare:

Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.

Alinsky merely simplified Vladimir Lenin’s original scheme for world conquest by communism, under Russian rule.

Stalin, described his converts as “Useful Idiots.”  The Useful Idiots have destroyed every nation in which they have seized power and control.

It is presently happening at an alarming rate in this country. We must get engaged and stop the

“Useful Idiots”…Pick what you can do and VOLUNTEER!

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February 2016 Newsletter

Not one vote has yet been cast in a presidential primary. Don’t let the press (or opinion polls) fool you. There are a total of 2,470 delegates that will decide our Republican presidential candidate, so 1,236 delegates are needed for a single candidate to win the nomination. Texas gets 155 total delegates. Here is a clear source for the number of delegates each state and territory gets and why (scroll down this website’s page for an interesting chart): http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P16/R-Alloc.phtml

I think it is fascinating that Puerto Rico gets more delegates than several states, but evidently they have more Republicans there. Some states hold “non-binding” caucuses or primaries where no delegates are awarded; they are just basically beauty pageants. Not sure why they bother. The RNC frowns upon that.

Iowa’s up first with a February 2 primary, followed by New Hampshire on February 9, and South Carolina and Nevada on February 23. Texas and eleven other states are next—holding our primaries on March 1.

Each state or territory determines its own delegate selection process. Texas, because we are awesome, awards our delegates to candidates based on our primary election results. In other words, each delegate is told who he or she will vote for at the Republican National Convention based on the votes cast in the delegate’s home congressional district (for at least the first round of voting). In a “brokered national convention” where no one candidate has the needed 1,236 delegates, the rules change and it becomes important which candidate each delegate personally supports.

Choosing those delegates begins with our primary election. In Texas, you are not a “Republican” until you vote in our primary. That vote declares your affiliation and allows you to engage in the rest of the Republican Party process. No one that votes in another party’s primary will be eligible to participate.

The next step in the delegate selection process is when all Texas Republicans meet in their senatorial district conventions on Saturday, March 19 (this date is uniform across the state, unlike the precinct conventions). At this convention, delegates will elect those who will represent them at the Texas GOP Convention and also will vote on Resolutions to be forwarded to the State Platform Committee. Watch your local County GOP website for the location in which your county/senatorial district convention will be held. Remember: You must be a voting delegate (elected from your Precinct Convention) to participate and vote at this convention or you will be treated as a guest.

The next step is our Texas GOP Convention which will be held in Dallas May 12-14. Put it on your calendar now. We need delegates, alternates (those elected at the county/senatorial district conventions), and volunteers to take part.

At the State Convention we will elect 3 delegates and 3 alternates from each of our 36 congressional districts to represent us at the Republican National Convention. The remainder of the delegate and alternate spots will be elected “at-large”—except for the 3 automatic delegate spots that go to our Texas Republican State Chairman, our Republican National Committeeman, and our Republican National Committeewoman. Texas will have a total of 155 delegates and 155 alternates to send to the Republican National Convention (second only to California’s 172). At our State Convention we will also adopt our 2016 Texas Republican Party Rules and Platform.

Finally, the Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 18-21, 2016. This is where delegates elect our presidential candidate and decide our National GOP Platform and Rules. The date of this convention has been moved up six weeks from the previously traditional September Republican National Conventions. This is in order to shorten the calendar gap between the primary campaigns and the funds that may be spent only by an officially nominated presidential campaign. By the way, the Democrats moved their convention up too—theirs will be held the following week in Philadelphia.

Tuesday, November 8, 2106 will be the day we have been waiting for! I want to encourage all of our VRW members to get involved, we need more Republican Women at the conventions steering this country back on track!

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January 2016 Newsletter

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Finally, our last year to endure Obama and his Czars! I wasn’t sure the country could survive 8 years of growing socialism. We cannot afford to have four more years of the same. Take a look at these statistics:

stats-during-obama-administration

If we do not get Republicans, Conservatives and Independents to unite at the polls, this is what we can look forward to!

You have an excited New Board, that has lots of fun and action packed ideas to get us back on the right track.

Number one… We must tackle this “War on Women” madness! We must spread the word and unite! PLEASE BRING A FRIEND to the meeting January 27th. We will discuss the plans for VRW in the coming year.

You want to be a part of this conservative movement. We need YOU!

Make your reservation today for the Thursday, January 27th meeting at Lakeside!

 

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November 2015 Newsletter

As we approach the end of 2015 we also approach the end of my term as your President. It has been a delight and an honor to serve you, and I thank you for the opportunity.

We’ve had some incredible programs over the last two years, especially the many forums that we’ve pulled together so that you would have an “up close and personal” chance to meet and learn about the candidates. At least we know that most of them are smart enough to understand the incredible political influence that our members wield in Houston.

You do incredible work for our candidates and our causes. The members of Village RW are phenomenal.

So much so that the club was awarded the highest level John Goodwin Tower Award of Excellence from the Texas Federation of Republican Women at the annual convention this month. Representative Jim Murphy (District 133) sent along the following note:

                   “Dear Village RWC: Your hard work has been duly noticed and awarded. Congratulations to each of you for your accomplishments and to TFRW for its continued push for excellence and for recognizing a VERY deserving chapter.”

We’ve also had lots of time to spend together having fun…..such as the watch party at the Westside Victory Center, our Christmas party last year, and our CHATS.

We have our major fundraiser of the year on November 20th. You’ve gotten lots of emails on the subject and if you haven’t already purchased your ticket, now is the time. It will be massive fun, and the proceeds make it possible for us to help Republicans get elected. I hope to see each of you there.

Thank you, again, for allowing me to serve you these past two years. It has been many things, but especially fun and never dull. As I transition into my next role, I know that Village is very capable hands with the newly elected officers. Buffie Ingersoll will do her usual (read: fabulous) best and we will all be the better for it.

Signing off………for now.

Theresa

 

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October 2015 Newsletter

We are thirteen months from a Republican winning the White House… so now you know how I mark my calendar. While 2015 may be closing out, 2016 promises to be a busy, and very important, year for all of us. We in Texas know how to put Republicans in every top job in Texas, now we need to do it nationally as well. I know that each of you will play a role……you will get involved and make a difference as you always do.

Our big “Roaring 20’s” Fundraiser is fast approaching – it’s only a month away. We need lots of underwriters and donors for the auction items to make it a success. Please consider participating in the auction – funds raised help us to contribute to Republican candidates. There is plenty of information on the VRW website and watch for more on email. Remember, it takes all of us to make this club successful!

Another exciting improvement is that, beginning at the October meeting, we will be accepting credit cards for DUES payments (sorry, not lunch). That is the same meeting at which we will begin accepting memberships (new or renewals) for 2016. Dues are $55; discounted to $50 if you pay by cash or a check. I understand that our Membership Chair, Marilyn Davis, will be doing something special in November – you have to have joined or renewed for 2016 by the November meeting to participate!

For our November meeting, our theme will be a Salute to Veterans. In addition to inviting veterans as our guests, we would like to honor the family of our club members who have served by creating a slide show. If you or a family member has served, I would love to include their photos in the slide show. I am looking for the photo that all service members have taken, but will take others if necessary; I want to highlight their service. Please send me a JPEG file via email (theresa.kosmoski@gmail.com) and name the file with the service member’s name. I also need to know which branch he/she served in, when he or she served and his/her relationship to you.

Finally, I must give a big thank you to our member Pam Goodson and her husband, Doug, who generously underwrote the entire cost of this year’s directory.   We appreciate Pam and Doug and their commitment to Village Republican Women.

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September 2015 Newsletter

I can hardly believe that summer has flown past and it’s September. At this rate, Christmas can only be a week away!

Although the club has been on a “meeting break” since May, your club and its leaders have been quite busy and, although we are in the final stretch of my term as President, there is much still on the horizon.

Joanie and Bruce Bain hosted our “Summer CHAT” at their home – held with Magic Circle – and it was a wonderful event. Harris County Chair Paul Simpson updated us all on his plans to help ensure the election of Republicans in our county- something that we can all get behind.   A huge thanks to Joanie and Bruce for opening their lovely home and their incredible hospitality.

You should know that Village Republican Women will be awarded the highest level of club achievement at the National Federation of Republican Women’s Biennial Convention in Arizona this month.   You will be represented by Joanie Bain and me, and we look forward to showing the nation what we do here at Village RW.

The Texas Federation of Republican Women’s Biennial Convention will be held in November in Lubbock and Village will be well represented there, too. To the delegates who were chosen at the May meeting, you’ll be getting your registration forms soon.   Awards Chair Beverly Roberts has completed the forms for the TFRW John Goodwin Tower Award of Excellence, and I’m proud to say that VRW will be receiving the highest level of recognition.   Again.   And it’s because of the work and dedication that you show our club.

This month our program will be the Candidate’s Forum for the City of Houston Mayoral Election. Our Programs VP, Joanie Bain, has done great work gathering commitments from all but one of the candidates. I want to thank the West Houston Chamber of Commerce for co-sponsoring the event. Be sure to attend – even if you don’t live in the city of Houston this election matters. The person who is elected will lead one of the largest cities in the nation and his actions will impact the entire region for decades to come. It is critical to know as much as you can about the men who would like to hold the reins of so much power and influence. Get informed, and then get involved. In all the municipal elections; they all matter.

Another exciting event this fall will be our “Salute to Veterans” luncheon on November 18th. We have great plans to show our veterans that Village Republican Women is proud to honor those that have served to protect our rights, our families and our country. Watch for details in the coming weeks.

Planning for our “Roaring 20’s Gala” fundraiser on November 20th is well underway and you will NOT want to miss this opportunity to be a part of this event, and maybe even find your way into our VIP Speakeasy. Watch for announcements and detail.

Finally, please put the evening of December 6th on your calendars. Kathaleen Wall and her husband, Holly Frost, are hosting our annual VRW Christmas party at their home and I’m sure it will be another wonderful event. My thanks to Kathaleen and Holly for opening their hearts and home to our club this year.

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May 2015 Newsletter

Welcome to May; the month that signals that we are nearly at the half-way mark of another year. This year we get a respite from the state and national elections, but please do not forget about the local elections this November. I will say it again: elections matter; all elections have consequences. Take the time to get informed and get involved.

We have many important things to accomplish at our May meeting; please plan on attending. We have some new Standing Rules to consider and we will be electing our alternate delegate to the NFRW Convention. We will begin electing our delegates and alternates to the TFRW Convention, which will be held in November in Lubbock. Our delegate and alternate strength is determined by our membership numbers and it looks like we will have a healthy number of delegates and alternates available to us.

Perhaps most importantly, we will elect our Nominating Committee to recommend a new slate of Officers to serve you in 2016-2017. If you didn’t serve on the last Nominating Committee you are eligible to serve this year. It’s one of the most important ways that we can serve our club and I hope you’ll consider being nominated to this committee.

Finally, I was reviewing some old documents this week and stumbled upon the old Republican Oath. I know that it has been modernized and no longer called an “oath” but I still think it strikes to the core of who we are, and should be. What do you think?

“I believe that the proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.

I believe that good government is based on the individual and that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized.

I believe that free enterprise and encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.

I believe that sound money policy should be our goal.

I believe in equal rights and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin. I believe that persons with disabilities should be afforded equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunities as well.

I believe we must retain those principles worth retaining, yet always be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accommodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.

I believe that Americans value and should preserve their feeling of national strength and pride, and at the same time share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.

Finally, I believe that the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.”

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