October Meeting!

We’re super excited to spotlight a Republican Women-owned business this month with Joni Bryan and her Bella V skin care line which will be launching in November!  We get a sneak peak!  What’s really interesting is that her line is organically based and utilizes CBD oil.  We had Rep. Jay Reedy talk to us a few months ago about raising and harvesting hemp, a crop that is really taking Tennessee agriculture to new heights.  Now, we’ll hear from a businesswoman on how she’s using these products in her start-up business!

Joni Bryan received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Alabama in Biology and Chemistry. She has had a life-long love of skin care products and research into health and wellness using natural ingredients. When cannanbadiol became legal nationally with President Trump passing the 2018 Farm Bill, Joni developed formulas utilizing CBD oil into formulas she had already been using on her own skin. Bella V is a new 5 step skin care system that is launching online and at Urban Roots Market in November. It is one of the only 5 step systems on the market that uses all natural ingredients and CBD in each step. She also makes all the CBD products that are sold at Urban Roots including CBD tinctures, dog products, edibles and the new RENEW muscle and joint cream.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, October 19 at the Looking Glass Restaurant at 329 Warfield Blvd. Dutch treat breakfast will be at 9:30 am, with the business meeting to start at 10:00.

If you plan to eat breakfast you must RSVP to Karel Lea Biggs via email (karelleabiggs@gmail.com) or text (931-217-4018) by noon on Wednesday prior to the meeting. (Text is best, just be sure to tell me who you are in case I don’t recognize the number)

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, June 19!

We will now be meeting at the Montgomery County Republican Party Headquarters: 

Montgomery County Republican Party

1817A Madison Street

Suite 1

(There is additional parking in back.)

We will start as usual at 9:45 am, with the business meeting to start at 10:00Breakfast will not be served but there will be a coffee bar and donuts.

If you plan to attend please RSVP to Cathy Kolb  by noon on Thursday prior to the meeting so we know how many chairs we need.  You can reach her at (931) 801-6954 or email at cathykolb@reagan.com  (Text is best, just be sure to tell her who you are in case she doesn’t recognize the number)

Our Speaker for June – James Amundsen

Americans For Prosperity

James Amundsen

James Amundsen is the Deputy State Director for the Tennessee chapter of Americans For Prosperity (AFP), one of the most influential conservative advocacy groups in the country.  A long-time conservative political activist himself, James began volunteering with the organization in 2013 before officially joining the team in 2016.  He manages the chapter’s staff and is responsible for its statewide grassroots operations.  He is a registered lobbyist for state government affairs and leads AFP-Tennessee’s health care policy initiatives. 

James’ path to Tennessee was not simple or easy, though.  He was born in Germany as a Yugoslavian citizen before his family immigrated to the United States in 1978.  His mother’s decision to escape communist Yugoslavia and seek a better life would later inform James’ politics and inspire his love of liberty and service to the country.  James graduated from high school in North Carolina and received an Air Force ROTC scholarship to study electrical engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  James later served six years on active duty in the United States Air Force and was deployed three times for combat air operations during Operations Southern Watch, Desert Strike, and Allied Force.  For his service, James was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, three Air Force Achievement Medals, and an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor.

Following active duty, James moved to Nashville to accept an engineering position with AGFA Health Care, a European information technology company that specializes in medical imaging solutions.  Although his involvement in politics began soon after he left the military, James spent over 16 years in the health care industry before pursuing a full-time career in public policy.  During that time, James served in a variety of civic, charitable, and political organizations, often in a leadership position, where he focused primarily on local and state issues.  He even sought public office on two occasions, albeit unsuccessfully.  Thankfully, he had much greater success managing other candidates and their campaigns, which eventually led to a short tenure in state government.

After Governor Lee’s inauguration in 2019, James was appointed to the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services (TDVS) as its Chief of Staff.  James was tasked with streamlining many of TDVS’s existing projects and processes while creating a 4-year strategic plan to improve the state’s overall veteran outreach and advocacy programs during the governor’s first term.  This included integrating support for the VA Mission Act—a major reform to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health services—long advocated by AFP and its partner organization, Concerned Veterans for America (CVA).  James also ushered the final acceptance of the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Bradley County and hosted its much overdue ground-breaking ceremony.  James left TDVS to return to his previous role with AFP in late 2019, but his passion for veterans’ affairs continues through his on-going role as a consultant to CVA and as a past commander for the American Legion.

James currently resides in Franklin, TN, with his wife, Molly, and their two sons, Kristoffer and Behr.

April Meeting!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 17 at our new location!!!!!!!!! 

Syvella Robinson has offered us the chance to use her retail space.  The address is:

SHE Gifts of Life LLC

2197 Madison St Ste 104

Clarksville, TN 37043

We will start as usual at 9:45 am, with the business meeting to start at 10:00Breakfast will not be served but there will be a coffee bar and donuts.

If you plan to attend please RSVP to Cathy Kolb  by noon on Thursday prior to the meeting so we know how many chairs we need.  You can reach her at (931) 801-6954 or email at cathykolb@reagan.com  (Text is best, just be sure to tell her who you are in case she doesn’t recognize the number)

Remember, a new location!!!

She Gifts of Life LLC

2197 Madison Street

Suite 104

Clarksville, TN

(Across from Gas & Water and in the same shopping center as Shipley Donuts.)

Our Speaker for April

Congressman Mark Green

When you have a speaker who has been a supporter of Red River Republican Women almost since our inception nearly a dozen years ago, you really wonder, “do we have to have a biography?” 

Congressman Green (“Mark” to most of us) has been a stalwart representative for our area, first as a member of the Tennessee State Legislature, and now as our U.S. Congressman.  To say that we are fortunate to have him is an understatement.   Most of us are proud to say, “That’s MY Congressman!” when we spy him on the news or see some of his wonderful (and educational) posts on FaceBook. 

Mark grew up in Mississippi, attended West Point, and began his career as a military physician.  He arrived in Tennessee where he served as a Night Stalker flight surgeon, and served in both Afghanistan and Iraq during the War on Terror.  His book “A Night with Saddam” details his six hour interrogation of the notorious dictator.  After his military career, Mark founded an emergency room staffing company, did medical mission trips, and founded medical clinics that serve underserved populations in Clarksville and Memphis.

A true believer in The Constitution, smaller government and individual rights, Mark has long fought for his constituents here in Tennessee.  He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis.  And that’s just a start…

Married to Cammie, and the father of two, Mark is an old friend and true patriot, and we’re so happy to have him back for his yearly update on Congressional shenanigans.

March Meeting Info!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, March 20 at our new location!!!!!!!!! 

Fortunately Syvella Robinson has offered us the chance to use her retail space.  The address is:

SHE Gifts of Life LLC

2197 Madison St Ste 104

Clarksville, TN 37043

We will start as usual at 9:45 am, with the business meeting to start at 10:00Breakfast will not be served but there will be a coffee bar and donuts.

If you plan to attend please RSVP to Cathy Kolb  by noon on Thursday prior to the meeting so we know how many chairs we need.  You can reach her at (931) 801-6954 or email at cathykolb@reagan.com  (Text is best, just be sure to tell her who you are in case she doesn’t recognize the number)

Our Speaker for March

Barbara Trautman

President, Tennessee Federation of Republican Women

Barbara Trautman, President, Tennessee Federation of Republican Women

Barbara Trautman has volunteered for Republican candidates for over 30 years.   

Since serving as founding President of Republican Women of Purpose in 2005, Barbara has held many positions within the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women. Beginning with various committees on six different TFRW Conventions, she was elected for two terms as Area Vice President, served as the TFRW Campaign Chair, as the TFRWFirst Vice President, and waselected President of the Tennessee Federation ofRepublican Women at the TFRW Biennial Convention in October, 2017 and re-elected at the TFRW Biennial Convention in October 2019.

Barbara served on the NFRW Campaign Committee from 2014-2015 and was appointed the NFRW Campaign Committee Chair from 2016-2017, where she was able to travel around the country with NFRW President Carrie Almond, “Rosie” the bus, and the campaign team to help Get Out the Vote for the very successful 2016 election. 

Today, Barbara holds a position on the NFRW Board of Directors as State President of the Tennessee Federation.

Barbara has received many awards from the Republican Party of Shelby County at its annual Lincoln Day events, including the Republicanism Award in 2016 and the Grassroots Campaign Award several times.

She has been married to Dr. Bob Trautman for 50 years.  They have two sons, Lucas and Ben.  Lucas and his wife Kristin have two daughters, Myra and Leia.

February Meeting with Dean Wegner of Authentically American!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, February 20 at a new location!!!!!!!!!  The Wonderland Cafe is turning their meeting room into a retail space so we needed to find a new location.

Fortunately Syvella Robinson has offered us the chance to use her retail space.  (You may remember her from our Conservative Business Special Newsletter done in December.)  The address is:

SHE Gifts of Life LLC, 2197 Madison St Ste 104m Clarksville, TN 37043

We will start as usual at 9:45 am, with the business meeting to start at 10:00Breakfast will not be served but there will be a coffee bar.

If you plan to attend please RSVP to Cathy Kolb  by noon on Thursday prior to the meeting so we know how many chairs we need.  You can reach her at (931) 801-6954 or email at cathykolb@reagan.com  (Text is best, just be sure to tell her who you are in case she doesn’t recognize the number)

Remember, a new location!!!

She Gifts of Life LLC

2197 Madison Street

Suite 104

Clarksville, TN

(Across from Gas & Water and in the same shopping center as Shipley Donuts.)

Speaker for February!

Dean Wegner of

Authentically American!

We are incredibly excited to have Dean Wegner, founder and owner of Authentically American as our speaker for February!  Mr. Wegner is a Veteran, and an unabashedly proud Christian and American, who has founded a Nashville-based clothing company that is “Authentically American”.  He’s spoken to large national audiences, been on major media outlets (Fox and Friends, for example) and is going to be joining us for what promises to be a fantastic event. 

Authentically American is a Veteran owned, American made, premium apparel brand that is competitively priced.  They are building an iconic American brand that is truly American made and helping create American jobs.  They have a Consumer Brand and Client side of their business.  They have had recent national media coverage in Forbes Magazine, Fox News, and Yahoo Finance.  You can also watch a short 1-minute VIDEO to learn more about the essence of their brand.  Now more than ever, Americans are actively seeking American made products. 

If that doesn’t get you fired up, try this short video on our speaker, Dean Wegner: 

January Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, January 16 at a new location!!!!!!!!!  The Wonderland Cafe is turning their meeting room into a retail space so we needed to find a new location.

Fortunately Syvella Robinson has offered us the chance to use her retail space.  (You may remember her from our Conservative Business Special Newsletter done in December.)  She is also going to be our speaker this month. The address is:

SHE Gifts of Life LLC

2197 Madison St Ste 104

Clarksville, TN 37043

We will start as usual at 9:45 am, with the business meeting to start at 10:00Breakfast will not be served but there will be a coffee bar. 

If you plan to attend please RSVP to Cathy Kolb  by noon on Thursday prior to the meeting so we know how many chairs we need.  You can reach her at (931) 801-6954 or email at cathykolb@reagan.com  (Text is best, just be sure to tell her who you are in case she doesn’t recognize the number)

Remember, a new location!!!

She Gifts of Life LLC

2197 Madison Street

Suite 104

Clarksville, TN 

(Across from Gas & Water and in the same shopping center as Shipley Donuts.)

Red River Republican Women December Meeting Information

Our next meeting party will be on Saturday, December 19 at the Wonderland Restaurant at 329 Warfield Blvd. Dutch treat breakfast will be at 9:45 am, with the business meeting to start at 10:00.

If you plan to eat breakfast you must RSVP to Cathy Kolb  by noon on TUESDAY prior to the meeting.  You can reach her at (931) 801-6954 or email at cathykolb@reagan.com  (Text is best, just be sure to tell her who you are in case she doesn’t recognize the number)

A few things to know:

  • The Wonderland Café is at the same physical location as The Looking Glass but under new management and ownership. They haven’t put up a new sign yet, so you’ll still see “Looking Glass” on the front.
  • We’ve had a slight change to the time – it’s now 9:45.
  • You need to RSVP by TUESDAY if you want coffee/tea, fruit and pastries for $5.  There will be a table set up in the room where you can pay for this instead of having to go to the cash register.
  • If you don’t want the above, you can order off the menu when you get there.

No Speaker for December!

Traditionally, our December meetings have been a time of celebration of the holidays, a time to mingle with friends, and a time to recover from a brutal (and it gets worse all the time) election season.  So no speaker this time, just some fun!!! 

Some of the activities planned are

  • Holiday Trivia Game!  With prizes!
  • Patriotic Facemask contest!  (If we have to wear them, might as well have some fun)  With Prizes!
  • Jingle Bell Food Drive for Loaves and Fishes.  They can accept canned goods, jars of peanut butter, household items, cleaning supplies.  Bring what you can and we’ll see that they get it. 
  • Just overall fun with friends!
  • Oh, and renew or pay your membership dues for 2021!!! 

RRRW November Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, November 21 at the Wonderland Restaurant at 329 Warfield Blvd. Dutch treat breakfast will be at 9:45 am, with the business meeting to start at 10:00.

If you plan to eat breakfast you must RSVP to Cathy Kolb  by noon on TUESDAY prior to the meeting.  You can reach her at (931) 801-6954 or email at cathykolb@reagan.com  (Text is best, just be sure to tell her who you are in case she doesn’t recognize the number)

A few things to know:

  • The Wonderland Café is at the same physical location as The Looking Glass but under new management and ownership. They haven’t put up a new sign yet, so you’ll still see “Looking Glass” on the front.
  • We’ve had a slight change to the time – it’s now 9:45.
  • You need to RSVP by TUESDAY if you want coffee/tea, fruit and pastries for $5.  There will be a table set up in the room where you can pay for this instead of having to go to the cash register.
  • If you don’t want the above, you can order off the menu when you get there.

Our speaker will be local author Julie Lomax!

Julie Lomax was born in Monterey, California in 1962. As an Army brat she moved several times throughout the years. As a child, Julie’s parents took turns making up bedtime stories and songs. Many of the stories she writes about are extensions of her parent’s wild and made up stories, travels and misadventures. Julie admits she has always enjoyed reading, anything from classics to comic books. Her favorites were mysteries and romances.  

As a young woman, Julie was known for her wit, sarcasm and storytelling. She began to embellish the characters and plots and always had a broad range of stories to tell across the age spectrum. Those years, Julie wrote as a hobby and presented many stories to friends and families as reading gifts. She has been told she has a great “witch” sound, which was always the requested narrator’s voice.

As an educator, Julie taught obstetrical, gynecology and neonatal classes for registered nurses. In a deployed environment she served as a nurse during mass casualty operations. She worked as a health care administrator for a regional hospital, operated several services as an advance nurse practitioner in midwifery and consultant for Women’s Health. She has additional years of experience as a Chief Nurse Officer for inpatient hospitals and outlying clinics. She has written several educational and training programs, in-services, grants, pamphlets and has been a co-editor and reviewer on several research proposals and papers for Nursing. She currently serves as chairman for Lomax Educational Group. Check out her website http://www.JuJu.agency regarding inquiries. Her recent Ju Ju short story series focus on the development of safety, self and service for young minds. The first publication “Melissa Moo Moo’s Special Lesson”, Archway Publishing and for adults “The Costly Wish”, Austin Macauley Publishing are out on Amazon and Books A Million. Julie will be bringing along copies of her books for a book signing!

October Meeting Update

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, October 17 at the Wonderland Restaurant at 329 Warfield Blvd. Dutch treat breakfast will be at 9:45 am, with the business meeting to start at 10:00.

If you plan to eat breakfast you must RSVP to Cathy Kolb  by noon on TUESDAY prior to the meeting.  You can reach her at (931) 801-6954 or email at cathykolb@reagan.com  (Text is best, just be sure to tell her who you are in case she doesn’t recognize the number)

A few things to know:

  • The Wonderland Café is at the same physical location as The Looking Glass but under new management and ownership. They haven’t put up a new sign yet, so you’ll still see “Looking Glass” on the front.
  • We’ve had a slight change to the time – it’s now 9:45.
  • You need to RSVP by TUESDAY if you want coffee/tea, fruit and pastries for $5.  There will be a table set up in the room where you can pay for this instead of having to go to the cash register.
  • If you don’t want the above, you can order off the menu when you get there.

Speakers for October!

It’s that time of year, election season, so we have a total of 8 speakers who are vying for state and local offices.  Here they are in alphabetical order!

Jimmy Brown – City Council, Ward 8

Scott Compery – City Council, Ward 9

Wendy Davis – Montgomery County Circuit Court Clerk

John Dawson – Tennessee State Representative, District 67

Jason Knight – City Council, Ward 5

Brad Morrow – City Council, Ward 9

Joe Shakeenab – City Council, Ward 12

September Meeting Notice!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, September 19 at the Wonderland Restaurant at 329 Warfield Blvd. Dutch treat breakfast will be at 9:45 am, with the business meeting to start at 10:00.

If you plan to eat breakfast you must RSVP to Cathy Kolb  by noon on TUESDAY prior to the meeting.  You can reach her at (931) 801-6954 or email at cathykolb@reagan.com  (Text is best, just be sure to tell her who you are in case she doesn’t recognize the number)

A few things to know:

  • The Wonderland Café is at the same physical location as The Looking Glass but under new management and ownership. They haven’t put up a new sign yet, so you’ll still see “Looking Glass” on the front.
  • We’ve had a slight change to the time – it’s now 9:45.
  • You need to RSVP by TUESDAY if you want coffee/tea, fruit and pastries for $5.  There will be a table set up in the room where you can pay for this instead of having to go to the cash register.
  • If you don’t want the above, you can order off the menu when you get there.

Our speaker will be State Rep. Scott Cepicky!

State Representative Scott Cepicky was elected to the Tennessee General Assembly in 2018, serving the 64th District and is currently serving in the 111th General Assembly.

Representative Cepicky attended the University of Wisconsin. He has led a successful professional football career with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings and a professional baseball career playing for the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins.

Representative Cepicky is married to Teresa, and together they have two sons, Gabriel and Daniel. He has a great love for farming and enjoys working on a cattle farm in Culleoka.

Representative Cepicky is known for his clear message of standing for “faith, family, and freedom.”

RRRW August Meeting Info

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, August 15th at the Wonderland Restaurant at 329 Warfield Blvd. Dutch treat breakfast will be at 9:45 am, with the business meeting to start at 10:00.

If you plan to eat breakfast you must RSVP to Cathy Kolb  by noon on TUESDAY prior to the meeting.  You can reach her at (931) 801-6954 or email at cathykolb@reagan.com  (Text is best, just be sure to tell her who you are in case she doesn’t recognize the number)

A few things to know:

  • The Wonderland Café is at the same physical location as The Looking Glass but under new management and ownership. They haven’t put up a new sign yet, so you’ll still see “Looking Glass” on the front.
  • We’ve had a slight change to the time – it’s now 9:45.
  • You need to RSVP by TUESDAY if you want coffee/tea, fruit and pastries for $5.  There will be a table set up in the room where you can pay for this instead of having to go to the cash register.
  • If you don’t want the above, you can order off the menu when you get there.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable attending in person, we will have Zoom available at 10:00 am.  Email karelleabiggs@gmail.com for the zoom link and password.

Speaker for August!  Jen Stanton

(Part of our Republican Women in Business Series)

Jen Stanton, the spirit behind Genuine Printing & Promotions, will be our speaker this month.  She started her first job in the printing business in 1995 for Spectra Business Systems in Kentucky. After 10 years she had a perfect opportunity to become a sole proprietor and in 2005 Genuine Printing & Promotions was born and she moved to Clarksville TN. She is the accounting department, salesforce, marketing manager, customer service representative, web designer, office manager, and final decision-maker of all day to day operations.  

An Air Force brat, she has lived in 7 different states and the Philippines. She was the student body President of her High School all four years, on the University of Louisville Soccer team, and got involved in the U of L Pi Beta Phi sorority.  Traveling is her passion.

She gets the most satisfaction in being busy and creating new products to sell in this everchanging market.  A client asked if she could make over 500 hand puppets a year.  She is now producing hundreds of “Billy the Bird ” red furry puppets yearly and making many school-age kids interested in learning by watching and listening to Billy.  

Another achievement was changing her business and providing PPE products to other businesses.  She now sells washable masks, gloves, thermometers, and hundreds of safety items to help businesses stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Pandemic forced her into new unfamiliar opportunities as none of her clients were buying printing and branding items. Sales is all about constant challenges (price, delivery time, competition, quality, and rejection to name some). She had to learn new platforms, created a website, learned how to zoom with customers and took a lot of webinairs to learn new products, vendors and purchasing challenges in order to stay successful. Her honesty, friendliness, and attention to details are what her clients say is what sets her apart from her competition.  

We are delighted to feature Jen in a series we hope to continue over the years where we feature Republican women business owners and leaders.