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

Wow, life has changed since last month!  We are now in the midst of stay-at-home orders by our counties in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   I hope you all are keeping yourselves safe by following CDC guidelines on social distancing so that we can slow the spread and give our medical community the time to prepare supplies, beds, equipment, and treatments to deal with the virus outbreak.  I have been watching the briefings by the President and his task force each day.  I am very proud of President Trump, Vice President Pence, and the task force experts who are working hard to fight this invisible enemy.  I am confident that we will get to the other side of the crisis and experience an economic rebound, and President Trump is the right leader for this moment in history.

We won't be able to meet together in April.  We'll monitor the situation for May, so please watch for announcements.

While most of us are stuck at home, there are actions we can still take to support and help Republicans.  Check out the Political Action section below for details.
Please take care of yourselves and pray for the worldwide community, our leaders, and the healthcare workers on the frontline of the pandemic!


Carla Birk
2020 President, NWARW

April Meeting - Cancelled
Caring for America - Elaine Lehmann, Chair

The tour of  Brookwood in Georgetown has been cancelled.  We'll re-schedule for another time.

Many of our neighbors and non-profit organizations will be temporarily hurt due to the sudden economic halt due to the pandemic.  We encourage you to reach out to the many non-profit organizations including ones we have supported.
May Elections Postponed

The May 2 municipal elections have been postponed by the counties, and a proclamation by Governor Abbott allows them to be held as late as November 3.  Cedar Park has three city council positions plus the mayor up for election.  Round Rock also has two council members plus the mayor up for election.  The Austin city council elections were previously scheduled for November, so the filing period will open in July.

The Primary Runoff elections scheduled for May have been postponed until July 14.  Governor Abbott also postponed the Special Election for Senate District 14 until July 14.  Early Voting for the elections will begin June 29 under the current schedule.  There are three runoff elections effecting parts of Travis County:  House District 47 between Jennifer Fleck and Justin Berry (pending a recount), State Board of Education District 5 between Lani Popp and Robert Morrow, and Congressional District 17 between Pete Sessions and Renee Swann.  
Membership – Ann Bradley, 1st VP Membership


Please keep Ann and her family in your prayers.  Her husband Walter is scheduled for surgery on April 6 at MD Anderson in Houston as he battles a new cancer as well as ongoing leukemia.

2020 Membership 

Renewals were due March 1 to remain an active, voting member of the club.  We're happy to report that we have over 100 new and renewed Active members already!  Remember to invite a friend to our meeting, and we'll continue to renew for those who haven't yet.  Active members will receive a copy of our new 2020 Membership Directory & Handbook.  We also have business cards available at the Membership table that you can carry with you to give to ladies you know or meet that may be interested in joining us.  

Click Here to Download a Membership Application
Legislative Update - Jan Duncan 

Due to restrictions on public gatherings, both Travis and Williamson County / SD Conventions were convened and immediately adjourned to a future date.  TCRP will reconvene on May 30 at Great Hills Baptist Church.  WCRP will reconvene at the call of the chair to be posted to the website 7 days prior and emailed to delegates.  The Republican Party of Texas State Convention likewise will be postponed until July 13-18 pending the necessary votes by the party's officials committee to be approved by the SREC.

Two emergency bills have been passed by Congress and signed by President Trump dealing with the corona virus pandemic.  The first at the beginning of March authorized $8.3 billion to combat the virus.  The second bill passed last week and provided free virus testing, expanded sick and family leave, increased unemployment benefits, and food assistance.  On Monday a bi-partisan Senate bill was close to passing, but failed after Speaker Pelosi returned from break with her own version of a bill.  Republicans expressed outrage as the Pelosi bill contained a wish list of progressive agenda items unrelated to the temporary crisis.  After contentious negotiations this week, Congress seems close to a deal on the third bill which at this time is estimated at $2 trillion in economic aid to workers and businesses.
Political Action – Susan Friedrich and Terry Ross, Co-Chairs

Four ways to help Republican candidates and officials while you are at home.

1.  Get trained and make phone calls to voters.  Krysta Walker, Central Texas Field Organizer with the Republican Party of Texas, can get you started.  Email her at  Also Mary Heffernan can get you started to call ten Republicans who need to register to vote or update their registrations as part of the RPT's 10K for 10R program.  Email Mary at

2.  Print, sign, and send the official petition to reinstate the camping ban in public areas in Austin and to prohibit panhandling 7PM-7AM.  The petition will put the issues on the ballot in the November election if 20,000 signatures by Austin voters are collected by July.  Download the form here:

3.  Stay in touch with your elected officials to tell them when you support them or what actions you want them to take or not take.  Hearing from voters does make a difference.
The White House -
Senator Cornyn -
Senator Cruz -
Governor Abbott -
Mayor Adler -
Refer to your NWARW Directory for more contacts.

4.  Connect through social media.  Follow NW Austin Republican Women on  Learn to use Twitter to follow your elected officials and "tweet" at them.  They do pay attention to tweets.  Look for the blue checkmark to know that you are tweeting at the real (verified) person.  See and follow our club there at NW Austin Republican Women (@NWAustinRW).

Campaign Activities – Carolyn Isbell, Chair

Find out more information and submit your hours on the website at  You can also email your hours directly to Carolyn at

First quarter 2020 hours are due before April 15.


Submit your hours
Caring for America Hours 

Find out more and submit your hours on the website at
You may also send your hours directly to Carolyn at  

2020 President's Circle Members
  • Kebra Albrecht                            
  • Carla Birk              
  • Ann Bradley                                 
  • Regan De Marines
  • Jan Duncan                                  
  • Ginger Earle
  • Rosemary Edwards                  
  • Susan Friedrich
  • Dolly Golden                                
  • Mary Heffernan
  • Janell Kelton  
  • Patricia Lombardo                               
  • Rachel Lopez
  • Teresa McAnally 
  • Laura McGarraugh                       
  • Joyce Melugin
  • Susan Merrick                             
  • Rhonda Murphy
  • Sheri Radomsky                         
  • Michele Samuelson
  • Carrie Weikert                             
  • Debra June Wieber
  • 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.

The events below are subject to changes due to orders and restrictions by applicable government entities.

May 4 -
General Meeting, Dave & Busters, 11:15 AM check-in, 11:45-1:00 meeting, 1:15-1:30 new member orientation
May 11 - NWARW Executive Meeting, 11:30-1:00, Mangia's Pizza at 12001 Burnet Rd
May 30 - Travis County SD Conventions (delegates to the convention are selected at precinct conventions).  Travis will meet at Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin.  

Carla Birk send email

Rhonda Murphy send email

Ann Bradley send email

Mary Heffernan send email
Janell Kelton send email

Linda Durnin send email

Sandy Woerner send email

Sheri Radomsky send email
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 
Literacy - Dr. Rosemary Edwards & Leslie Key
Newsletter - Carla Birk & Madelon Highsmith
Parliamentarian - Julia Johnson, Rosemary Edwards (alternate)
Political Action - Susan Friedrich & Terry Ross
Telephone - Deb Kraig
Website - Carla Birk & Madelon Highsmith
If you are interested in serving on a committee, please fill out our committee survey:
and email it to Carla Birk at or turn it in at the next meeting.
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