March Meeting – Importance of Republican Women

Join Village Republican Women at our annual membership meeting on March 28. Both State Representative Jim Murphy and former State Representative Patricia Harless will speak about the importance of Republican women, why joining Village Republican Women is important, and how hard the Democrats are fighting to turn Texas blue.

patricia harlessThe Honorable Patricia Harless is a fourth generation Texan and native Houstonian with deep roots in the community as a small business and civic leader. In 2006, Patricia was elected to the Texas House of Representatives (HD-126) and served five terms, retiring in January 2017. She served on the Transportation, Calendar, State Affairs, and Licensing committees, as well as the chair of Environmental Regulations Committee. Harless served as a board member of the Texas Motor Vehicle Board (1998-2005), being appointed by both Governor George W. Bush and Governor Rick Perry.

Jim MurphyState Representative Jim Murphy was raised in and represents HD-133 in west Houston. Along with Representative Harless, Murphy was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts and is a member of the Ways & Means Committee. Murphy also serves as Floor Leader for the House Republican Caucus. He has been recognized for his work by numerous pro-business and pro-taxpayer groups as an effective advocate for reducing burdensome regulations and improving workforce development programs.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

February Meeting – Looking Past the March Primaries

judge ed emmettWe have the pleasure of welcoming Judge Ed Emmett as our guest speaker at the February General meeting. He will discuss the election year. with a speech entitled, Looking Past the March Primaries, Onward to November.

Judge Emmett is the Director of Harris County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, chairman of the Harris County Juvenile Board and chairman of the Conference of Urban Counties Policy Committee.

Edward M. Emmett became Harris County Judge on March 6, 2007.

A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987, Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

January Meeting – The RNC and the Trump Presidency

Dr. Robin ArmstrongRobin Armstrong was elected as the National Committeeman from Texas in June of 2012.  He is a politician and physician who served as vice chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from 2006-2010.  Dr. Armstrong has a B.S. in microbiology from Texas A&M University and an M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He did his residency in internal medicine and is on the staff of the  Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, TX.

Dr. Armstrong has been active in both politics and his community. He has traveled on missionary journeys to Africa and Nicaragua and worked in inner city and youth ministries in addition to leading a men’s Bible study group. His activities in grassroots Republican politics include serving as a city chair, an election judge, a precinct chair, a poll watcher, a convention delegate, a Senatorial District Convention chairman, the State Republican Executive committeeman for Texas Senate District 11 and most recently, the Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

Dr. Armstrong and his wife Martha, who is also a medical doctor, have four sons, Daniel, Gabriel, Joshua and Noah.

~ Deanna Harrington, Programs

November Meeting – Revitalizing the Houston GOP in the Wake of Harvey

Leslie May

Leslie May has a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and has worked for a variety of major chemical companies.  She is also an election judge, forensic chemist, technical editor, veteran of the Boston Marathon and Special Assistant to Harris County GOP Chairman Simpson.  Leslie will speak about “Revitalizing the Houston GOP in the Wake of Harvey.”

The November Meeting will focus on celebrating our veterans.  Please bring a framed photo of a veteran you wish to honor as a centerpiece for the table.  We will present checks to Kelly Raley, Executive Director of Helping a Hero and Mea Williams, President/CEO of Grace After Fire. They will each spend 10 minutes to tell us about their organization and its impact on veterans.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

October Meeting – Disrupt North Korea

Michael Dokupil

Michael Dokupil is the chair of the North Korea division of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF).  He first began working on HRFs “Disrupt North Korea” program in 2015 during a site visit to Seoul.  It was at this occasion that he was able to meet numerous defector and refugee partner organizations, and learn more about how outside information is the key to liberating the North Korean people.  In the past two years, Michael has helped the program grow through various initiates, events, and new partnerships as the organization continues to increase the flow of outside information into North Korea. 

Michael has met with many North Korean defectors about the regime and will share interesting perspectives. Michael is a life-long Houstonian and he co-founded SFC Management in 1999 where he focuses on statistical arbitrage trading strategies.

~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

September Meeting – Overview of Legislative Sessions

Paul BettencourtTexas Senator (District 7) Paul Bettencourt will present an overview of the 2017 Texas legislature’s regular and special sessions.

First elected to the Senate in 2014, Paul Bettencourt represents Senate District 7, which includes portions of Harris County. He previously served 10 years as the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, where he introduced “Smart Government” at the Harris County Tax Office and developed a customer service-driven organization. His team created the first major online property tax payment system and the first county tax office website with online automotive registration in Texas. (His motto was “Get on-line, not in-line.”)

In his first legislative session, Senator Bettencourt served as the chief Senate sponsor on 25 bills that the Legislature approved, including his amendment to SB 1760 that requires a 60% supermajority within a taxing jurisdiction to increase property taxes and has already prevented Dallas ISD from imposing a $100 million tax increase on its taxpayers. Senator Bettencourt also led the passage of the Andrea Sloan “Right to Try” bill, which allows terminally ill Texas patients access to drugs still in the FDA approval pipeline, and SB 1004, which expanded dual credit opportunities in Harris County.  He built upon this success in the most recent legislative session by passing legislation to stamp out inappropriate student-educator relationships and he reached across the aisle to establish ISD and Charter School Partnerships to give Texas students better access to educational opportunities. Additionally, he worked to pass HB 810, which gets government out of the way and allows adult stem cell treatments to be used for patients facing severe chronic illnesses.

During the interim session, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed Senator Bettencourt to serve as Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform & Relief. The Select Committee toured Texas and heard almost 50 hours of public testimony, discussing ideas to reform the appraisal system and bring tax relief to Texans, as proposed in SB 2 (SB 1 in the special session), the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2017.

Senator Bettencourt also serves on the Senate Finance, Education, and Higher Education committees, and is the Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Most recently, he was appointed Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Government Reform and unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as the Chair of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Senator Bettencourt is the CEO of Bettencourt Tax Advisors, LLC, a tax consulting company in Houston that has grown to more than three dozen employees. He is also a radio and television personality.

The senator and his wife Susan are active members of Saint John Vianney Catholic Church, where Paul is a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus.




~ Kathaleen Wall, Programs

Summer CHAT – Human Trafficking Awareness

As the end of summer nears let us come together to learn more about the movement to end Human Trafficking and crimes against children. We will explore the facts and vulnerabilities the children in our community face, as well as the resources available to rescue them. Joining us are three guest speakers who will share their valuable knowledge, and with our support we can help change the course.

Wednesday August 23, 2017

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(See email announcement for more details)

Guest Speakers

Congressman Ted PoeCongressman Ted Poe was instrumental in passing the Justice for Victims Trafficking Act that includes reforms that help individuals get the shelter and services needed to provide a fresh start. As a father and former judge, he believes in not only punishing those who commit the crime of sexual exploitation of children but also helping the survivors and affected families to rebuild their lives. He will share his experience in combatting these major issues of adolescent sexual abuse and human trafficking in our area.
Elaine StolteElaine Stolte, the Executive Director of the Children’s Assessment Center (The CAC) will tell about the safe haven The CAC provides for sexually abused children and their families. The CAC’s multidisciplinary team approach aids in the prevention, assessment, investigation, and treatment of child sexual abuse. She will share about volunteer opportunities at The CAC.
Luis Menendez-SierraSergeant Luis Menendez-Sierra of the Houston Police Department serves as the Commander of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task ForceThe Task Force, covering eight counties in the Houston Metro Area, along with 60 Task Forces nationwide actively seeks out child predators and brings them to justice. Sergeant Menendez’s primary objective is to save children from these predators and get them the help they need.


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.


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