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  April 10, we gathered at the Courthouse in downtown Houston for a personal Tour through the Houston Historical Documents section by our good friend Chris Daniel, Harris County Clerk.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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September 2017 Newsletter

I hope you have all had a wonderful summer filled with opportunities to make great memories.

We have a packed agenda for the coming months. Our President and the Conservative Movement is being attacked everyday. We must continue, day after day, to stay vigilante and fight for our believes and principles. Look over the “Mark your Calendar” in this month’s newsletter and vow to get involved.

Please do not let the liberal media and the hate groups convince you all is lost and the President is going in the wrong direction.  Here are some of the accomplishments in his first few months:

  1. Supreme Court Judge Gorsuch
  2. 59 missiles dropped in Syria
  3. He took us out of TPP
  4. Illegal immigration is now down 70% (the lowest in 17 years.)
  5. Consumer confidence highest since 2000 at index 125.6
  6. Mortgage applications for new homes rise to a 7 year high
  7. Pulled out of the lopsided Paris accord
  8. Arranged 20% Tariff on soft lumber from Canada
  9. Bids for border wall are well underway
  10. Keystone pipeline approved
  11. NATO allies boost spending by 4.3%
  12. Allowing VA to terminate bad employees
  13. Allowing private healthcare choices for veterans
  14. More than 600,000. Jobs created
  15. Median household income at a 7 year high
  16. The Stock Market is at the highest ever In its history
  17. China agreed to American import of beef
  18. $89 Billion saved in regulation rollback
  19. Rollback of A Regulation to boost coal mining
  20. MOAB for ISIS
  21. Travel ban reinstated
  22. Executive order for religious freedom
  23. Jump started NASA
  24. $600 million cut from UN peacekeeping budget
  25. Targeting of MS13 gangs
  26. Deporting violent illegal immigrants
  27. Signed 41 bills to date
  28. Created a commission on child trafficking
  29. Created a commission on voter fraud
  30. Created a commission for opioids addiction
  31. Giving power to states to drug test unemployment recipients
  32. Unemployment lowest since may 2007
  33. Historic Black College University initiative
  34. Women In Entrepreneurship Act
  35. Created an office or illegal immigrant crime victims
  36. Reversed Dodd-Frank
  37. Repealed DOT ruling which would have taken power away from local governments for infrastructure planning
  38. Order to stop crime against law enforcement
  39. End of DAPA program
  40. Stopped companies from moving out of America
  41. Promoted businesses to create American Jobs
  42. Encouraged country to once again Buy American and hire American
  43. Cutting regulations 2 for every one created
  44. Review of all trade agreements to make sure they are America first
  45. Apprentice program
  46. Highest manufacturing surge in 3 years
  47. $78 Billion promised reinvestment from major businesses like Exxon, Bayer, Apple, SoftBank, Toyota…
  48. Denied FBI a new building
  49. $700 million saved with F-35 renegotiation
  50. Saves $22 million by reducing white house payroll
  51. Dept of treasury reports a $182 billion surplus for April 2017 (2nd largest in history.)
  52. Negotiated the release of 6 US humanitarian workers held captive in Egypt
  53. Gas prices lowest in more than 12 years
  54. Signed An Executive Order To Promote Energy Independence And Economic Growth
  55. Has already accomplished more to stop government interference into people’s lives than any President in the history of America
  56. President Trump has worked with Congress to pass more legislation in his first 100 days than any President since Truman
  57. Has given head executive of each branches 6 month time Frame dated march 15 2017, to trim the fat. restructure and improve efficacy of their branch. Observe the pushback, the leaks and the lies as entrenched POWER refuses to go silently into that good night!
  58. Last, Refused his Presidential Pay Check, donated it to Veterans issues.

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May 2017 Newsletter

I can’t believe it is May already!  One more meeting, then we break for the summer.  I am thrilled with the President’s first 100 days! On April 26, President Trump rolled out the first details of his tax plan, which will reform the complicated tax code, slash rates, and empower companies and workers to create jobs and keep more of their money in their own pockets.

 Personal Tax Reform

  • Provide Tax Relief for Middle Income Families
  • Simplify the Tax Code by Moving from 7 to 3 Brackets: 0, 10, 25, 35
  • Modernize Tax Code to Help Families Struggling with Child & Dependent Care Costs
  • Repeal 3.8% Obamacare Tax on Investment Income
  • End Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Eliminate Itemized Deductions Except Mortgage Interest & Charitable Contributions
  • End the Death Tax

Business Tax Reform

  • 15% Corporate Rate
  • Small Business Owner/Operators Eligible for Business Rate
  • Territorial Tax System to End Penalty on Companies Headquartered in the U.S.
  • Onetime Tax for Repatriation to Bring Back Trillions of Dollars from Overseas
  • Eliminate Tax Breaks for Special Interest

The Texas Legislators will be burning the midnight oil and they should be, they have accomplished very little at getting conservative bills passed by both houses. At the time I wrote this, only 3 bills out of 4,000 submitted have passed. I would like to give you an update on the Houston pensions issue, but it changes from minute to minute… stay tuned!

HB 2815 by Tom Oliverson is referred to as the “nursing home voting bill.”  It could help prevent the single source of voting fraud that is the topic of the highest number of complaints received by the Secretary of State after every election. 

HB 2139 by Mike Schofield brings organized election fraud under the state’s racketeering laws and makes it a felony to engage in organized election fraud activity like ballot harvesting. 

HB 3643 by Valoree Swanson increases penalties for illegally assisting voters and particularly for voter ambush. That’s were organized groups wait in the parking lots of polling places, lock arms with unsuspecting voters and proceed into the polling place to act as the “assistants” for voters with whom they have no prior relationship.

HB 3435 by Valoree Swanson gives the Signature Verification Committee of the election Ballot Board more flexibility in disallowing mail ballots for which the signatures displayed are clearly not the signatures of the voter.

Call or email your representative today to let them know this is important to you.  On the last page of this newsletter you can click on to find your representative.

What to say:  
Tell your representative there are 4 election bills that we need to improve election integrity in Harris County. Ask them to please do whatever they can to pull these 4 bills to votes by the House and Senate.  Your voices can make a real difference.

We have some exciting events and speakers planned for you next fall.  Have a happy, healthy fun summer and we will see you in August!

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April 2017 Newsletter

April is a busy month, so hold on….here we go!

Thursday, April 6: 32 members will be going to the Capitol for TFRW Legislative Day.  Tell you all about it at the next VRW meeting.

Friday April 7: Republican Women Protest Hillary !

I hope you will all join me for the Hillary Protest!  The opposition is well organized, and very active, we need to show we are not going to let them turn our state blue! (details below)

April 26: VRW General meeting…details above, make your reservation now!

April 28: HCRP Lincoln/Reagan Fundraiser

This is the biggest fundraiser for the county party.  They have a great lineup of speakers, a chance to talk to many elected officials, have some fun and get dressed up….all while supporting our conservative cause.

GET INVOLVED…SHOW UP…WE NEED YOU… AND IT IS FUN!

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