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TFRW Region IX
Texas Senate District 14
January 2020 ~ e-News
President's Letter

The NWARW Leadership held our 2020 planning meeting on January 11, and we're excited about the programs, education, political activities, social events, and Caring for America projects we have planned for the year.  This coming weekend Republican women from across Texas will meet in Allen, Texas, for training sessions with the Texas Federation of Republican Women.  I'm looking forward to learning ways to improve our club, hearing from our new TFRW President Glynis Chester, and watching the debate between incumbent Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey and his opponent Lt. Col. Allen West.  I'm pleased to announce that TFRW President Glynis Chester will join us and speak at our February 3 meeting about her goals and vision for TFRW in 2020.

It's a new year so that means it is time to renew your club membership if you haven't already.  We had an amazing year of growth last year, so let's keep up the momentum!  Renew by February 10 to be included in the 2020 Membership Directory.  Directory sponsors may include a business card as our thank you for a $25 contribution.  We decided to keep our dues at $25 this year even though we are required to send all of it to TFRW; therefore, we are encouraging our members to support our club operations by joining at the Supporting Member level for $45 or joining the President's Circle at $75 if possible.  President's Circle and Supporting Members are recognized in the Directory.  Download the membership form at https://www.nwarw.org/uploads/1/0/2/9/10295847/2020_membership_application.pdf

Early Voting for the Primary Election begins February 18, and Primary Election Day is March 3.  Please research the candidates on your ballot.   Most incumbent Republicans including President Trump and Senator Cornyn have opponents, and many open races have multiple candidates.  Qualified candidates need your support so know who they are, and don't let your favorites down by not voting!  There will also be ten propositions from the RPT asking Republican voters to indicate support or not to help them prioritize issues for the upcoming legislative session.  Here are some places to find out more information:
Let's work together to Keep Texas Red and Keep America Great in 2020!   I'm looking forward to celebrating with you in December!

Sincerely,

Carla Birk
2020 President, NWARW

 
February Meeting Details
Monday, February 3 - Check-in 11:15 AM; Meeting 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM, New member orientation 1:15-1:30 PM
Dave & Buster’s, 9333 Research Blvd #A600, Austin, TX 78759.


Program: Glynis Chester, Texas Federation of Republican Women President
Mary Heffernan - VP Programs


Program Speaker:  Glynis Chester, 2020-2021 President of Texas Federation of Republican Women, will share her plans and vision with us.

Menu: GREEN CHILE CHICKEN STREET TACOS with a stuffed jalapeno, chips, and queso plus iced tea or water to drink.   $20 pre-ordered (Tax and tip included.).

RSVP online at  https://www.nwarw.org/meeting.html  by Friday, January 31, at noon so we can get a head count for meals to avoid unnecessary charges and ensure proper staffing.  We are guaranteeing 26 lunches for this event.  Pay at the meeting, cash or check preferred.

If you order a lunch but need to cancel, please cancel by 9AM on the day of the meeting at https://www.nwarw.org/meeting.html The club must pay for meals we pre-order! Limited walk-up orders may be available.
Caring for America:  Women's Heart Health and The Source
Elaine Lehmann - Chair

 We'll hear from the American Heart Association about Women's Heart Health and the upcoming Austin Go Red Summit (more details about at  ahaaustin.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/20192020AustinGoRedLuncheon/tabid/1056631/Default.aspx). 

Also, we will again be collecting diapers, wipes, and monetary donations for the diaper bank at The Source, which provides licensed health care, counseling, and pregnancy support services for women.  More information at www.thesource.org.
   
Membership – Ann Bradley, 1st VP Membership

2020 Membership 

It's membership renewal time!  We are printing the 2020 Member Directory at the end of February so get your 2020 renewal in by FEBRUARY 10 to be listed in the Directory.  There's still time to get your business card in the directory too by being a Directory Sponsor.  President's Circle and Supporting members will be recognized in the directory so you can also upgrade your membership to those levels.

Download the form below and either mail it to Ann Bradley with your check or bring it to the February 3 meeting.

We ended 2019 with well over 100 members so let's keep that momentum going into 2020 and show the Democrats that we are ready to work and ready to win!

New Member Lunch - February 22

Mark your calendar for February 22 for the New Member Lunch.  This lunch is for members to learn more about the club and its activities and to meet the leadership in an informal setting.  Lunch is provided by the NWARW board.  If you have never attended one of these lunches, we invite you to join us!  More details are coming soon.

Click Here to Download a Membership Application
Rally for Life Weekend Events


(Some NWARW members at the 2019 Rally for Life in Austin)

January 22 marks the 47th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, legalizing abortion in the United States.  Events are scheduled across the country this week.  Here are some in the area.

January 24 - GOP Women Pro-Life Panel and Trump Victory Leadership Institute, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek in Lakeway.  Panelists include Congressman Chip Roy and Monica Cline, who spoke to our club earlier this month.  Details and RSVP at https://trumpvictory.com/tx/gop-women-prolife-panel

January 25 - March and Rally for Life, 1-3 PM, Texas Capitol. To carpool email Rosemary Edwards at edwards.r8@gmail.com or text at 512.680.2734.  Carpool will meet at the home of Leslie Key at 4601 Madrona Drive in Austin.  Also, VDRs are needed to register voters at the event, so bring your registration cards and let Rosemary know you will attend Event details at 
http://www.texasrallyforlife.org/
Legislative Update - Jan Duncan and Terry Ross, Co-Chairs

The Primary Election process will culminate with the selection of Republican candidates to represent the party in the November General Election.  Most of us know that the presidential nominee will be selected at the national convention which will be held in Charlotte in August.  The Texas State Convention will be held in Houston, May 13-15.  Important business of the party occurs at the state convention including voting on the 2020 Platform, setting the legislative priorities, electing delegates to go to the national convention, choosing the official presidential electors, electing the state party chairman, and electing the SD representatives which make up the Executive Committee of the state party. The delegates and platform resolutions that go to the state convention are determined at the County Senate District (SD) conventions on March 21, and the precinct conventions on March 7 are where the delegates to the County SD convention are selected and platform resolutions are passed.  Grassroots Republicans play a critical role in determining the platform, priorities, and officials of the party through the convention process.  You can be a part of this by voting in the Primary Election and attending your precinct convention on March 7.

In national news House Democrats delivered the Articles of Impeachment against President Trump last week, and the Senate is beginning the process of holding a trial.  The articles were passed in the House with only Democrat support.  Speaker Pelosi held up delivery of the articles for over a month while trying to force the Senate to allow new evidence and continued investigation as part of the trial.   Experts expect the trial to last between two and six weeks.  Opinion on the impeachment is strongly divided along partisan lines.
Political Action – Susan Friedrich and Gina Van Dyke, Co-Chairs

Republican Victory 2020 - Voter Registration

President Trump and Republican candidates need you! To win Texas in November we need to bring in 2 million additional Republican voters.  The RPT and Trump campaign are working to identify and register Republican voters.  This will only happen if Republicans are actively involved..  Here are several ways to help.

  • Participate in Days of Action to block walk in targeted areas.  Drivers and walkers are needed.  Watch for email alerts from NWARW.
  • Make voter registration follow up phone calls with RPT.
  • Sign-up for the RPT 10K 4 10R program to register ten targeted residents.
  • Train with your county to be a Volunteer Deputy Registrar.
  • Get involved with your favorite candidate's campaign.

Sign-up with the Republican Party of Texas to let them know you want to help:
https://www.texasgop.org/join-our-team/

Help Wanted - Election Judges and Convention Volunteers

Travis County Republican Party is looking for "a small army" of Republicans to serve at the polling places for Early Voting and Election Day.  To help or find out more contact Ed Check at travisgopprimary@gmail.com or call the TCRP office at 512-302-1776.  Williamson County volunteers should call the WCRP office at 512-863-8481.

Republican volunteers are needed to help with the Travis County SD Conventions on March 21 for setup, check-in, pages (high school students may help), and tear-down at Great Hills Baptist Church.  If you can help or have questions, please contact Olga Lasher at olga.tcrp@gmail.com.  For Williamson County call the WCRP office at 512-863-8481.

Mayor Adler and Council Member Recall Petitions

If you would like to get involved with collecting signatures for the recall, contact Susan at skfriedrich@austin.rr.com.  You must be registered to vote in the city of Austin to collect signatures.

Call Susan at 512-517-2962 for questions or help getting started.
Campaign Activities – Carolyn Isbell, Chair

Submit campaign hours to Carolyn at disbell@austin.rr.com.  
Campaign hours include many volunteer activities related to supporting the Republican party such as

  • work done as a precinct chair,
  • work done on a party committee (NWARW, TCRP, SREC, etc.),
  • helping at a party or club office,
  • promoting party officials, candidates, legislation and policies on social media, emails, and conversations,
  • attending training on policy and advocacy,
  • testifying on GOP legislation and communicating with legislators on party priorities and platform,
  • drive time to and from party and club activities,
  • shopping and baking for party and club fundraisers and activities.

 For other ideas see page 22 of the Directory.  

Caring for America Hours 

Send Caring for America hours to Carolyn at disbell@austin.rr.com.  

See the Directory, page 23, for examples of Caring for America hours. Remember, time spent shopping for donations to projects are counted as hours.

   2020 CARING FOR AMERICA PROJECTS:

Please consider these organizations for service hours and for your end of year giving!

January – The Source, women's clinic providing licensed healthcare, counseling, and pregnancy support services
February – Women's Heart Health with the American Heart Association's Austin Go Red Luncheon
 
2020 President's Circle Members

Special thanks to
  • Kebra Albrecht
  • Carla Birk
  • Ann Bradley
  • Reagan De Marines
  • Ginger Earle
  • Rosemary Edwards
  • Susan Friedrich
  • Janell Kelton
  • Rachel Lopez
  • Teresa McAnally
  • Joyce Melugin
  • Susan Merrick
  • Rhonda Murphy
  • Sheri Radomsky
  • Carrie Weikert
  • Sandy Woerner
Join the President's Circle with a $50 donation to NWARW.  Circle members receive a lapel pin, acknowledgement in the eNews, and invitation to an exclusive event.

January 24 - TFRW Quarterly Board meeting in Allen, TX (near Dallas)
January 24 - GOP Women Pro-Life Panel and Trump Victory Leadership Institute, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Lakeway Activity Center, 105 Cross Creek in Lakeway.  Details and RSVP at https://trumpvictory.com/tx/gop-women-prolife-panel
January 25 – TFRW Leadership Day in Allen, TX (near Dallas),  https://www.tfrw.org/events/leadership-day/
January 25 - March and Rally for Life, Texas Capitol, 1-4 PM, To carpool email Rosemary Edwards at edwards.r8@gmail.com or text at 512.680.2734.  Carpool will meet at 12:30pm at the home of Leslie Key at 4601 Madrona Drive in Austin, http://www.texasrallyforlife.org/
January 24-26 - Texans for Greg Abbott weekend in Houston.  Transportation, hotel, and meals provided.  To volunteer fill out form at  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdB2xtw5Jem7c6XIPNqr8ICCxNpS5Ka5dvSZBKOx-bCHGvCUw/viewform?usp=sf_link
January 27 – TCRP Girls and Guns, The Range in Austin, 10 AM – 1PM.  Details and RSVP at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gop-girls-guns-january-2020-tickets-88512775093
January 31 - Wilco GOP Reagan Dinner, 7PM, https://www.williamsoncountygop.org/reagan-dinner-2020-texas-style/
January 31 - February 1 - RPT SREC Quarterly Meeting, Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin
February 3 - NWARW General Meeting, Dave & Busters, 11:15 AM check-in, 11:45-1:00 meeting, 1:15-1:30 new member orientation
February 4 - President Trump Rally Watch Party, details coming
February 10 - NWARW Executive Meeting, 11:30-1:00, location TBA
February 18-28 – Early Voting, see county websites for locations and hours
February 22 - New Member Welcome Lunch, 11:30-1:00,
March 2 - General Meeting, Dave & Busters, 11:15 AM check-in, 11:45-1:00 meeting, 1:15-1:30 new member orientation
March 3 – Primary Election Day, 7am-7pm, see county websites for locations and hours
March 7 – Precinct Conventions, check with the county party for times and locations

ELECTED OFFICERS
PRESIDENT
Carla Birk send email

VICE PRESIDENT
Rhonda Murphy send email

FIRST VP MEMBERSHIP
Ann Bradley send email

SECOND VP PROGRAMS
Mary Heffernan send email
RECORDING SECRETARY
Janell Kelton send email

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
Linda Durnin send email

TREASURER
Sandy Woerner send email

PAC CHAIR
Sheri Radomsky send email
SPECIAL COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Americanism - Mary Heffernan
Awards - Karen Smith
Bylaws - Rossy Farina-Strauss
Campaign Activities - Carolyn Isbell
Caring for America - Elaine Lehmann
Chaplain - Peggy Cravens
Community Engagement - Rachel Lopez & Audrey Johnson Scheper
Facebook - Carla Birk, Susan Friedrich, Mary Heffernan
Financial Review - Linda Berezin
Fundraising - Rossy Farina-Strauss & Eulonda Nardiello
Hospitality - Kebra Albrecht
Legislative - Jan Duncan & Terry Ross
Literacy - Dr. Rosemary Edwards & Leslie Key
Newsletter - Carla Birk & Madelon Highsmith
Parliamentarian - Julia Johnson, Rosemary Edwards (alternate)
Political Action - Susan Friedrich & Gina Van Dyke
Telephone - Deb Kraig
Website - Carla Birk & Madelon Highsmith
If you are interested in serving on a committee, please fill out our committee survey:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dRRRjHf8w4_QxriJfeLm__8t-zHQgcv6/view
and email it to Carla Birk at carla.tcrp@gmail.com or turn it in at the next meeting.
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