Thursday, May 23, 2013

Greater Houston Council Updates Membership on PAC Treasurer Rules

The bi-monthly general membership meeting of Greater Houston Council of Federated Republican Women was held Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Sosa Center.  President Sherry Peterson presided and the program was a workshop-like information session on PAC Treasurer information.  Cynthia England, TFRW Treasurer and Julia Morton, TFRW PAC Treasurer distributed information handouts and explained laws and regulations for filing reports.  They answered the many questions posed by members in the audience.

A tribute was held for longtime Republican Woman volunteer and organizer, Lilian Norman Keeney who died recently, quite unexpectedly.  

Some candidates were acknowledged for their presence including Becky Berger, running for Texas Railroad Commission, and a representative from Jerry Patterson's office and Lt. Governor campaign.

Debbie Fancher, President of Spirit of Freedom Republican Women PAC, spoke about her opportunity to team up with Kim Chambers from TFRW and Lisa Roper from NFRW to work on Hispanic coalition building from the local, state and national level.  As an outgoing, enthusiastic Republican and Hispanic woman, Debbie is a good fit for the job.

Cheryl Daulton, President of Daughters of Liberty Republican Women PAC, spoke about some suggestions for future GHC meetings put forth by herself and other club presidents during a President Lunch with Sherry Peterson recently.  Many of the suggestions were good ones but have been done in the past with little or mixed results.  One suggestion was to have more workshop oriented programs instead of the usual mix of speakers featured by everyone else at meetings. 

I wish I had heard the need for coalition building with women in general, not just a focus on the Hispanic community.  Though the Hispanic community is important, women in general make up 56% of total voters and in order to win elections, the votes of women are needed.  According to this recent article, those at the national level realize the need for promoting and electing women candidates at the state and national levels.

Republicans’ quest for more women elected officials on their side continues today, with the Republican State Leadership Committee’s re-launch of its program aimed at electing more women down-the-ballot.RSLC Chairman Ed Gillespie, a former national party chairman, announced new leadership as well. Tennessee Speaker Beth Harwell, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will serve as co-chairs of the so-called “Right Women, Right Now” initiative.“We believe that one of the ways to grow our Republican Party is to create a strong pipeline of diverse leaders to put some new voices on the escalator to higher office,” Gillespie said on a call with reporters. “The first steps of that are these state offices.”
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West Pearland Republican Women PAC announced a fundraiser, featuring Fox News contributor and stand up comedian, Steven Crowder.  The date is August 24 and tickets can be purchased soon, so keep an eye on their website for updates:

Each Thursday a new video is put up by Crowder here:

Having Steven Crowder was a keynote speaker will sell tickets for younger women guests, which is a good way to build a coalition of up and coming Republican women activists.

The next general meeting is scheduled for September 17, 2013 at the Sosa Center.

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