November 2018 Newsletter

It’s here, it’s here! The Midterms are finally here. Like it or not we are heavy into this election and voters are turning out in masses. If you pay attention to the exit polls, we might be able to say the Republicans are slightly ahead, we hope that turns out to be the case. Don’t miss this chance to help your candidates and vote for your choices. See you at the Polls, that is if the crowds aren’t too bad! Don’t forget how bleak it will be if the left is put in charge.

Westside HQ has been a huge success this year for this election and has played a very important part for our candidates. Thank you to the many volunteers who worked many hours phoning voters, handwriting postcards, block walking and so much more. We’re not to the finish line for a few more days and both our State and Federal Elections are very important. Let’s cover the ‘blue wave’ for our state and country and let them know we won’t let them take over.

Our next meeting will be November 28, 2018 when we will honor our Veterans with a fabulous program presented by Debra Coffey with a heart wrenching story of her personal experience. At this meeting, we will bring gently used mystery books to be given to Veterans to read. Also we will bring gift cards in any amount from anyplace that will be given to the Veterans at Camp Hope. Let’s support our Veterans and bring your Veteran to our meeting.

Then we end our year with our annual Village RW Christmas Party at Cantina Laredo. It will be held Sunday, December 2 from 5:30 to 8:00 when we will gather for fun, food, and great conversation as we celebrate the Republican win in the midterm election. Invitations will be going out this week, so make your plans now to attend this great evening.

Friends, stay focused on this election for a few more days and do everything you can to push Republicans to a win holding or increasing our seats in the House and Senate, then sit back and watch our President go to work again.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, then the week after come to our Veterans Day Celebration for a great speaker.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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October 2018 Newsletter

We’re almost there… only 22 more days until early voting begins for the Midterm Elections with the Election to follow on November 6.  How important this election has become with everything that hinges on Republicans maintaining and gaining seats in Congress to support our U.S. President Trump.  It is so important that each of us work hard to register voters, work the phones for our candidates, block walk, address post cards.  If you can’t think of how to help and have some free time, please come to the HCRP Westside HQ and fill in there.   Don’t forget our statewide elections and the candidates who are facing tough Democrat opponents who are well funded by outside sources… Texas is under attack as well!

Village’s longtime friend and supporter, Don Carlson will be speaking at our regular meeting October 24.  Over the years, Don has supported our fundraisers with donations, arranged extras for our members who visit D.C. and always answers questions for us personally on various political topics.  Don has extensive knowledge and insight into ‘Swamp’ politics and will help us understand and sort out the truth in D. C. as he gives us the ‘Dynamics of the Midterms’.

November 28 is our annual celebration of Veterans Day with a fabulous speaker, Debra Coffey, to tell her experience.  You won’t want to miss this moving talk and bring Kleenex for use during her presentation.  Please invite the Veterans you know to attend with you.  Also bring your gently used hard back or paperback books to be given to the Veterans Center for Veterans to enjoy reading. They especially enjoy mysteries. In addition, our club is a supporter of Camp Hope PTSD Foundation right outside of Houston and we ask everyone who attends to please bring a gift card in any amount from any place to be given to the Veterans at Camp Hope.

Don’t give up hope, WE CAN PULL THIS OUT!!!!  Just continue working and staying plugged in to Village and HCRP Westside HQ… support each other through this process.

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September 2018 Newsletter

At our CHAT last Wednesday we heard Jim McIngvale, aka ‘Mattress Mack’ as he entertained us and several Candidates speak to kick off our fall GOTV to prepare for the Midterm Elections.  This is a tough Election, folks, and we need to prepare ourselves with as much information as possible in order to make the right choices that will impact our future both locally and nationally.

Have you ever heard so much about Socialism as we have recently,  but I wonder how many of us really know what Socialism is or what it would mean to every person in this country if the current Socialist Candidates were elected to office.  On Wednesday, September 12, we have another CHAT planned at the HCRP Westside HQ office on Katy Freeway at 5:30 pm .  Our speaker is Carmen Montiel, former Candidate for CD 29.  She grew up in Socialist Venezuela and will tell us, first hand, exactly what Socialism will do to this country if the worst happens and what we can expect.  Watch your email for a separate flyer invitation and rsvp to Rajada Fleming now.

As we move forward to the election, we will have Sen Paul Bettencourt speak at our September meeting to address the true picture of voting that is actually happening in Harris County by Republicans and Democrats.  Are they really about to overtake us and turn us Blue.  Sen. Bettencourt has the figures to show us facts proving how things are turning out here in our area.  Don’t miss this meeting!  Is Harris County turning Blue?  It’s up to us to prevent it.

Get involved!!!! If you don’t know what to do, go to the HCRP Westside HQ and volunteer your time to help elect our Republican Candidates.  You can address postcards, make phone calls, block walk and many other things, just get involved or you can’t complain when your candidate doesn’t get elected.  Our wonderful Village RW are staffing and running this office so you will see faces you know and have fun as well.  Let Rajada Fleming know when you can be there and we’ll see you next week.  And when you go, take some supplies like napkins, bottled water, cleaning wipes, etc.

Don’t sit out this election, that’s what Village RW do, we’re involved, we work and elect the best Candidates for the job.  And don’t miss the September meeting!

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May 2018 Newsletter

Village has been keeping its members busy recently with educational, informational activities and there is more to come.  April 10, we gathered at the Courthouse in downtown Houston for a personal Tour through the Houston Historical Documents section by our good friend Chris Daniel, Harris County Clerk.  He gave us history that dated back to the 1600’s on Harris County and we were fascinated to see very old documents with signatures of our founding fathers.

Also, our last meeting with State Representative James White answered, as well as brought up, so many questions about the Mental Health Issue in Texas’ Criminal Justice System.  He was a great speaker who presented details of our problems in the system.

Keep watch for the Westside HCRP HQ which will be opening soon.  There is so much planned between now and the election there for you to be part of. Village always is the largest presence in the Westside Office, if you have not signed up to volunteer, please contact Rajada at rajadafleming@yahoo.com. There will be signs, t-shirts for sale, candidate forums, and lots more!

Don’t forget the School Board Elections, on May 5 and the all important Run-off election May 22.  Volunteer to help in these elections and make calls at the Westside HQ to bring out voters.

On May 23, our next meeting will be a forum between both of the candidates for Chair of the Republican Party of Texas:  Cindy Asche and James Dickey.   This forum will answer everything you ever wanted to know to help you make a decision when you vote at the Texas State Republican Convention, June 14-16, 2018.

Time to get busy, members!  Don’t let the Democrats take over our wonderful state.

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April 2018 Newsletter

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Easter and the fabulous weather that went along with it.

In the not too distant future, those of us who were elected as Delegates to attend the Texas State Republican Convention at the Senatorial District Conventions in March, will begin receiving our confirmations with information about the convention in June. Make your hotel reservations and register to attend the convention as soon as you receive the paperwork so you won’t miss out on a hotel room close to the Convention Center. This year’s convention will have a lot of issues on the table for discussion and voters necessary so we need every delegate to be present. Make your plans now to attend!

Who knew that Texas has a Bill of Rights and that Number 23 supports the Second Amendment to the Constitution. There are others that may surprise you, look up Texas Bill of Rights and you’ll find it very interesting to learn about your wonderful State and it’s laws, go to https://law.justia.com/constitution/texas/articles/cn000100.html

Hope you were able to attend the Village RW Chat on April 10 with a Tour of Texas History Documents conducted by District Clerk Chris Daniels.

On April 25, we have a fabulous speaker, Rep James White who will educate us in detail about what in the world is taking place with Mental Health in our Prison system. Not something you hear a lot about but explains why there is so much overcrowding and you may gain an opinion about tax dollars being used to build more prisons.

Village RW is busy with so many events in this busy election run-off season. Join us and be part of all that is going on.

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March 2018 Newsletter

VOTING!  VOTING!  VOTING!  We’ve all heard a lot about it and worked hard for the outcome in the last six months and now the long awaited Primary Election is almost over.  If you haven’t voted yet, you have one more chance to vote and that is Tuesday, March 6, 2018.  Please, don’t let it go, it is always important but this year, it is critical that you vote.  The Democrats have had record turnouts in their Primary that could spell disaster for our Party, so get out there and vote Tuesday.

Village RW wants record turnouts in their membership for 2019.  If you haven’t renewed or brought your guests to one of our meetings, you have another chance at our next meeting on March 28 at the Houston Racquet Club.  There you can join and your guests can join and if your guests join, you will get your next month’s meeting lunch FREE.  We have two great speakers, Rep. Jim Murphy, and the Hon. Patricia Harless speaking on ‘What it means to be a Republican Woman’ and ‘Why you want to be a member of Village RW’.  This will be your last chance to join and have your name listed in our 2019 Directory.  A few spaces for Ads are still available until that time.

Sometime in April or May, the Harris County Republican Party will be partnering with Village RW to open the Westside HQ on our ‘side’ of town.  Nancy Scott and Rajada Fleming are in charge of setting up and running the Center which will hold events, special speakers, and have volunteers calling etc.  If you have an interest in being a part of this great effort, please contact Nancy or Rajada.

Stay hard at work and don’t give up….our Party needs us more than ever.

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February 2018 Newsletter

Last week we celebrated the first year anniversary of the Inauguration of our awesome President.  His many accomplishments in his first year in office gave us an idea of the many ways he is truly Making America Great Again.  It makes us excited looking forward to what’s in store the next three years:  THE wall, healthcare reform or maybe even more job growth.  Who knows, but we love it.

Thank you President Trump – Texas Republican Women love you!

February 21, 2018 will be our only remaining meeting on the third Wednesday due to a conflict with the Racquet Club on our usual day. Our March meeting on March 27, 2018 will put us back to our usual fourth Wednesday of the month meeting day. 

Also March 27 is our annual Membership Meeting with speakers  reminding us why it’s good to be a Republican Woman, how to be more active, and why you want to be a member of Village Republican Women.  Keep watching as more details come out about that meeting.  You will want to join or renew your membership by March 31 to be listed in the 2018 Membership directory.  If you are interested in buying an ad in the Directory, please click here or find more information in the attached newsletter.

We have an exciting meeting planned for February 21 with Judge Ed Emmett speaking.  Come early around 10:45a.m. for a special Candidate Meet and Greet allowing you to ask questions one-on-one with each candidate to give you the information you need before early voting begins February 20, 2018.

Our year will certainly be an exciting one and Village RW looks forward to getting to know you, our members, and hearing from you.

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January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year everyone as we welcome in 2018!  Hope you had wonderful holidays and are getting back to work well rested.

Thankfully, we also welcome the long- awaited TAX REFORM BILL which was passed just before Christmas.  The Country we love so much has made history with it’s passage after being advocated for by Conservatives for many years.

But it won’t be smooth sailing next year with the Congressional election upon us.  There are 10 Liberal Senators up for re-election in states where President Trump won and we can help… there will be phone banks and direct mail that we can be involved in to make sure these Liberal Senators do not get re-elected.  Get involved in Harris County and don’t let Harris County turn into San Francisco. Remember if Harris County goes Blue, Texas goes Blue and there will not be a Republican elected in Texas in the future.  Help us send the Democrats a message and don’t let that happen, let’s affect the entire country from right here in Texas.  Stay busy working for Republicans in Houston.

One thing we can do is attend TFRW Leadership Day Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Austin.  What a great way to pick up ideas that help us run our clubs so our members know what they are to do to support our Republican Candidates and Elected Officials and how to do it.

It’s not too late if you find you now are able to attend the Greater Houston Council’s 55th year Anniversary Celebration on Jan 5, 2018, see the flyer in the January newsletter and just call me to tell me you can attend and bring your check that day.  We have such a fun luncheon planned you won’t want to miss it.

Robin Armstrong who is our National Committeeman, will be speaking at our next meeting on the 17th.  He will update us on the DC ‘swamp’ and tell us how we can help drain it.  A great speaker with good information.

I am so excited to be Village’s new President even though I realize I can not adequately fill the capable shoes (literally) of former President Buffie Ingersoll who, with her great ideas kept us busy every month slaying Democrats.  Don’t go far, Buffie, we want to hear from you.

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November 2017 Newsletter

This will be my last note, as my reign and crown are fading.  It has been a pleasure and honor serving as your President these last two years. But I could not have done it without the amazing board members. 

Kathaleen, Wow she really set the bar high when it comes to providing fantastic programs. I can’t even begin to cover all the hosting, events, sponsorships and hours she contributed to VRW. 

Eleanor…. Membership Chair Extraordinaire! She took the Village Membership to new heights!  Her professionalism, follow up, friendliness, creativity, and cooking are second to none!!! 

Mary Grace sure found her passion and led us in Patriotism in so many wonderful ways. 

Rajada, while she is small, she cannot be ignored!  I could always count on her to step up when there was a need (Parliamentarian, hospitality, newsletter, etc).  Not only that, she won the 2017 TFRW award for Most Improved Newsletter!  Speaking of Rajada, she will only give me so much room on her newsletter so I cannot go into every member of the board, but THEY WERE ALL THE BEST a President could ask for and I am grateful to them! 

VRW won the highest awards NFRW and TFRW had to offer.  I was very proud to be able to represent you at the conventions.  Our club has a well-known reputation as an active, fun, profitable and supportive organization to the Republican Party here in Houston. I cannot tell you how many times I had elected officials and candidates tell me they were told they need to get our attention. VRW campaign center was the only satellite office that did not cost the party money… in fact, we made them money! Not to mention the thousands we contributed to the campaigns.  I could go on and on, but alas, Rajada won’t let me.

So,  thanks for the memories and I hope to see each of you at the Christmas  Party as we wind down this year and look forward to 2018!

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October 2017 Newsletter

As I write, the Texans are playing the Titans in a full stadium, following the singing of the National Anthem in which EVERYONE IN THE STADIUM WAS STANDING! A perfect example of the people of this great country, finally becoming outraged enough to band together and speak out for our principles!  I was prepared to act out my own protest… if all the players didn’t respect the anthem and stand, and Gary tried to watch the game, I was ready to boycott the kitchen and he would go hungry!

We still can make a difference, but we must stay vigilant!  One hurdle passed this week… After Governor Abbott agreed to send Mayor Turner 50 million for the flood repairs, Turner has decided not to go through with the vote on the property tax hike. I’d like to go to City Council and remind them these are the same people they voted to SUE over the sanctuary city laws.  I don’t believe he would have won, anyway. But there is still a lot to vote on in the coming election and  we will be giving you details.

I am so very proud of how generous VRW members have been to their sisters who were affected by the flood.  Mary Grace will be announcing soon,  the amount and how the money will be distributed.  Thank you ladies, for your big hearts!

Only 2 months left in this year for VRW but we have a full schedule.   Kathaleen has some awesome speakers for your meetings and a couple of fun, and informative extra events.  Also, Nancy Scott, the Chair of the 2016-17 fundraiser has decided due to the turmoil from Harvey, we are going to have a new twist on our fundraiser… A non-event event.

See ya at the Brunch!

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