March 2019 Newsletter

TO ALL OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS:  ENGAGE, ENGAGE, ENGAGE… everywhere you go; Grocery, Pharmacy, Church, anywhere you are around people, talk to them about their values, family goals, personal wants etc. and let them know that Republicans have their backs – we want the same things for ourselves as well as them and we are willing to work at the grassroots level to achieve it for all of us.  Try to bring them to our meetings so they can see what it’s like for other like minded Republicans… we want them, we need to let them know what the truth really is!!!

Our Harris County Chair, Paul Simpson has invited us to join him and our Governor, Greg Abbott, who is the Guest Speaker for the 2019 Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner, March 27, 2019.  This year it is being held at the Omni Houston Hotel, 2 Riverway, Houston.   See newsletter for RSVP instructions.

April 25, 2019 brings us TFRW Legislative Day in Austin when all Republican Women in Texas, dressed in Red, are recognized in both sessions of the Legislature.  It is very exciting to see all of us in the Gallery as we are noticed by the entire audience.  VRW has reserved a ‘free’ bus to take all who are interested in going for the day, and attend the TFRW Luncheon.  See the newsletter for RSVP instructions.  This year the featured luncheon speaker is Ronna Romney McDaniel, Chair of the RNC.  All in all, a very fun day!!!!

Our Membership Meeting is March 27, this is also the last day to join VRW and have your name printed in the 2019 directory.  Also our speaker is Besa Martin, an active participant of TFRW for many years.  She will be speaking on THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE  and why it is so important to keep it for our elections.  Come find out what it means to our Republic.

So, go to the Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner, join VRW on Membership Day or before and join us for Legislative Day.  There is a lot for you to be involved in.

We WANT you to join if you have not already renewed or joined and we are hoping to see you March 27.

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February 2019 Newsletter

At our January meeting last week, our speakers, Kevin Shuvalov and Alan Vera gave us insight into the Midterm Election with the demographics of the voters who exceeded our expectations in this election. We also learned about the tremendous voter fraud sweeping through our state causing problems for every election. I hope we all learned that we ‘have’ to hang in there but change how we are working in the campaigns and put first on our agenda to REGISTER MORE VOTERS in diverse areas just like the Democrats are doing. Another activity we need to be doing is looking for our best people to run for offices and put us back in the majority in Texas. If we don’t, I hate to think what we have to look forward to in our country; Venezuela comes to mind.

On Wednesday evening, February 6, at 6:00p.m. at Trini Mendenhall Center there is a meeting that Alan Vera told us about. This is just one of many of these Community Meetings held by the new District Clerk, Diane Trautman on how she plans to change Harris County to a Countywide Voting Center. All you Election Judges can use your imagination to see how this would go, not to mention the fraud that would be prevalent. Please attend with me to voice our disagreement with this process. Republicans are not turning out for these meetings and that is hurting us. She has an active agenda and is pushing this through if we don’t stop it. Think ahead to 2020’s election and how it would affect our presidential election if we don’t.

Human Trafficking is a topic everyone tries to avoid but folks it is here with us in huge numbers. Our next meeting features Retired Congressman Ted Poe who will be speaking on this subject. We may not know it but probably there are a number of people we see everyday who are swept up in this tragedy. Let’s ask him what we can each do to expose it and wipe it out.

Nuts N’ Bolts is coming up February 19 at Trini Mendenhall Center. Every year Greater Houston Council presents this workshop for every member of the Republican Women’s Clubs. The cost is only $20 to cover lunch, just rsvp on the form in this NL and come learn from others who have been ‘there’.

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January 2019 Newsletter

We are right in the middle of the Christmas Holidays and the end of the year 2018.  It seems as if it suddenly appeared and that yesterday was June, but come to think of it, I feel that way every year as they come faster and faster.  And what a year we have had with the election results that shocked all Republicans, especially in Texas….. don’t forget, though, this year was a vote by Democrats against Trump  and they rallied their constituents in huge numbers.  We don’t want to have this happen again and in 2020 so what do we do?  Work harder you say, but we did work extremely hard this year… maybe we need to change our method of working to doing what the Democrats did:  hold neighborhood meetings and talk about our beliefs and hold these often in homes in key areas, promote our values without calling them Republican values, sign up more folks to vote, be more visible and meet more folks outside our circle of friends.  Stay involved!  Couldn’t hurt, could it?

I especially want to thank everyone of you for your kind generosity to our Veterans and the Children’s Assessment Center.  VRW asked a lot of all of you and you came through.  Kathaleen Wall delivered the huge numbers of books to the Veterans at the USO, (read about in the January newsletter),  our Teddy Bear drive at our Christmas Party was wildly successful and we donated a large number of Teddy Bears to the Children’s Assessment Center (see photo in the January newsletter) and your dollars added up to a nice sum in credit cards which Cheryl Dalton delivered to Camp Hope PTSD Foundation (see photo in the January newsletter).  Camp Hope was so surprised and delighted to receive all the wonderful credit cards for them to pass out to their Veterans.  Thank you!!!!

Be sure to get your 2019 membership renewals in before January 15 and encourage others you know to join our very active organization and meet others who think like you do.  What better way to learn what is going on, what to do, and how to do it.  We have a lot planned already for 2019 and will need your help.

I accepted the challenge for VRW to co-chair the Finance Committee for the TFRW bi-annual convention coming up later this year on October 3-5 in OUR area, which will make it easier for all of us to attend.  It is at Moody Gardens, near Galveston.  You will hear more about what is needed from you as plans proceed.

Have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to a prosperous New Year ahead!

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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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