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)

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.

July Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, July 18th 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. 

  • https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86803078851?pwd=V3R4K0o0M29DeU1RVGUzcmtiRy9DQT09

Meeting ID: 868 0307 8851

Password: 7E6Sir

Speakers for July! 

(In Alphabetical Order)

Dr. Byron Bush – running for U.S. Senate

Dr. Bush is a Nashville resident and small business owner.  He is a graduate and former instructor of Meharry Medical College and Tennessee State University School of Hygiene; and of Trevecca Nazarene University.  He has served the community on the Governor’s Alliance for a Drug Free Tennessee, founded the Never Ever Drugs campaign, and helped with the Save the Children Coalition.  He has served as a GOP delegate to two Presidential Conventions and as a Platform Committee Chairman for the state Party. Dr. Bush is married, with two sons and a granddaughter and is a member of Nashville’s First Church of the Nazarene.

John Dawson – running for District 67 State Representative

A native of Memphis, John enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1987 as a helicopter repair technician.  Over the years the military took John to Fort Drum, NY, Korea, Fort Lewis, WA, Fort Carson, CO, and eventually Fort Campbell, where he retired after 20 years of service.  During his time in Korea he met his wife, Kyong, and they have a son and a daughter.  As a civilian he began a career in civilian aviation, serving as a technical analyst for military airframes, and then as a technical instructor, culminating with a position as a Program Manager for airframe weapons systems.  He has served his community through the Disabled American Veteran’s Society, his church, and as a Montgomery County Republican Party Executive Board Member.

Katy Olita –for Circuit Court Judge for the 19th Judicial District

A Clarksville native, Katy graduated from the University of Tennessee and the University of Memphis School of Law.  She practiced law for three years in Memphis but was able to move home in 2006 to join the Batson Nolan law firm.  Her practice was primarily in defense of civil suits with an emphasis on government liability, employment law, and business litigation.  In 2018 she was selected by Gov. Haslam to serve as Circuit Court Judge in the 19th Judicial District that includes Robertson and Montgomery Counties.  She presides over civil cases primarily consisting of family law issues such as adoption, divorce and child custody.  She is married to Aaron, has two children, and is very actice in her church and the Clarksville community.

Bill Powers – running for State Senate District 22

A Clarksville native, Bill graduated from the University of Tennessee and returned home to Clarksville.  He is the founder of the Wyatt Johnson Pass & Go event which was started to get more CMCSS students to take AP classes.  His inspiration is his father, Richard Powers, long-time County Commissioner and member of the City Council.  He has served two terms on the Clarksville City Council, is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville and Leadership Middle Tennessee. He has served on many boards and committees, including the Roxy Regional Theater, the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Clarksville Parks and Recreation, and the Better Business Bureau of Clarksville.  He and his wife Fran have three children, Spence, Louise and Henry.

RRRW June Meeting Information!!!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, June 20th 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. 

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88469652735?pwd=OFZQam1NSlpyQW9Xa3R5dVo3RkZrQT09
    Meeting ID: 884 6965 2735
    Password: 1NPcz6

Our speaker will be State Senate 22 Candidate Doug Englen

Doug Englen retired from the United States Army after 33 years of service as a Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CW5). Serving at the highest level in the Pentagon, Doug was the Senior Warrant Officer Advisor to the Secretary of the Army. He is one of the most decorated aviators in U.S. Army history during the global war on terror, and a legend in the Joint Special Operations community. 

In 1990, Doug deployed to Turkey for Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Upon his return, he made the decision to follow his dream of becoming an Army Aviator, graduating Warrant Officer Basic Course and Flight School in 1994. After completing the CH-47 Chinook Aircraft Qualification Course, Englen was assigned to Camp Humphreys, South Korea followed by three tours in Bosnia/Kosovo while stationed in Germany. 

In 1998, Doug assessed and was selected into the elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). Known as the Nightstalkers, 160th SOAR is the world’s precision rotary-wing airlift support to Special Operations Forces, including Army Rangers, Special Forces, Navy SEALs, and Marine Corps Special Operators. He and Tina moved with their four children to Fort Campbell to begin this new adventure. 

During his time with SOAR, Doug logged more than 7000 hours of flight time where he flew more than 2500 combat missions. Doug possesses a keen intellect, and extraordinary competence and leadership. As a result, he was selected to fly in nearly every high-profile Special Operations mission in the Global War on Terror.

Doug has been awarded numerous medals for heroism and valor, including two Silver Star medals, two Legions of Merit, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars, and two Meritorious Service Medals. He also earned a degree in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Doug is a loving husband, supportive father, and now a doting grandfather. He and Tina have been happily married for 31 years and they have four children together: Christopher, Alexandria, Catheryn, and Elizabeth. They also have two grandchildren, Carter and Reagan, with one more on the way.

Recently, Doug announced his candidacy for Tennessee State Senate, District 22, where he will continue to demonstrate his commitment to leadership through service.

May Meeting Information

Our speaker this month is Maya L. Sethi.  Maya L. Sethi is an attorney with 15 years of experience. She currently serves as General Counsel for Rocketship Education, a national non- profit charter school organization dedicated to eliminating the achievement gap for low-income children. Before serving in this role, she was a litigator and practiced white collar defense and commercial litigation in two different law firms and was in the healthcare litigation department at HCA.

Maya is a graduate of Boston University Law School and Wellesley College. Maya is the President and co-founder of Healthy Tennessee, a non-profit organization designed to promote preventative healthcare across the state. She is also a member of the  board of Tennessee Voices for Victims, a non- profit organization focused on victim advocacy, and a member of the board of Children’s House Montessori, a preschool which is beloved by her two children.

She is married to Dr. Manny Sethi, and together they have a four year old and a six year old, two guinea pigs, and a rescue dog.   Maya and Manny are members of McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville.

We are pleased to have Maya Sethi as our speaker for May, not only because she happens to be married to U.S. Senate Candidate Dr. Manny Sethi, but because she’s a Mom (and it’s Mother’s Day this month) and a successful attorney in her own right.

Once again, in order to keep everyone safe, we will be holding our meeting via Zoom.  Here are the details:

Karel Lea Biggs is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: RRRW May Meeting
Time: May 16, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84332976239?pwd=Z1dJMmR3MjNheDdFUWlzM3VGYkJqZz09

Meeting ID: 843 3297 6239
Password: 0HffRW

Information on Our April Zoom Meeting

When?  Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am

Where?  Your house!

How?  We’re going to Zoom!!  Here’s the details:

Topic: RRRW April

 

Time: Apr 18, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

Join Zoom Meeting (copy and paste link)

https://zoom.us/j/490864029?pwd=cWRDVlNybHZuQTRtRzBCalBPWjFZdz09

 

Meeting ID: 490 864 029

Password: 3K7FEJ

 

If you’ve never used Zoom, you can download it on phones, tablets and computers.  I would recommend, if you have an older computer without video and audio, you use a newer device.

I didn’t set it to automatically mute everyone, but once you enter and say “hello”, I’d recommend it or we’ll hear all the background noise at your house.  You can unmute yourself to speak when you need to.

This is a video chat so you can be seen so make sure you aren’t in your jammies!

Speaker for April – Our Very Own Congressman Dr. Mark Green

 

Congressman Mark Green took the oath of office to represent the 7th district of Tennessee on January 3, 2019. It is the exact oath he first took as a cadet, on the historic Plain at West Point more than thirty years earlier. A successful business leader, decorated combat veteran, and ER physician, Green served in Tennessee State Senate before his election to Congress.

Throughout his life Mark’s love for our country’s founding principles has inspired his service. Green’s experience building a successful healthcare company equips him to take on wasteful spending and over regulation. His 24 years of service, between the Academy, active duty Army and Army Reserves — including two trips to Iraq and one to Afghanistan — have impressed upon him the need for strong American leadership internationally, a globally responsive military and a well-cared for military family.

The son of a hardworking father and loving mother, Green grew up on a dirt road in Mississippi. Mark came to Tennessee in his last assignment in the Army as the flight surgeon for the premier special operations aviation regiment. As a Night Stalker, Dr. Green deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan in the War on Terror. His most memorable mission was the capture of Saddam Hussein. During the mission, he interrogated Hussein for six hours. The encounter is detailed in a book Green authored, A Night With Saddam. Congressman Green was awarded the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with V Device for Valor, among many others.

After his service in the Army, Green founded an emergency department staffing company that grew to over $200 million in annual revenue. He also founded two free medical clinics that provide healthcare to under-served populations in Memphis and Clarksville as well as numerous medical mission trips throughout the world.

Green was elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012, where he distinguished himself as a conservative leader that fought for freedom and smaller government for all Tennesseans. His many legislative accomplishments include the repeal of the Hall Income Tax, only the second time in U.S. history a state repealed an income tax, and the passage of the Tennessee Teacher Bill of Rights. He won the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ Guardian of Small Business award, Latinos for Tennessee’s Legislator of the Year among many other numerous awards.

Green resides in Clarksville, Tenn., with his wife, Camilla. They have two grown children.

 

 

February Meeting – With Dr. Manny Sethi

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, February 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)

Our speaker for February!

Dr. Manny Sethi

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Over the past few years Dr. Manny has been one of our most popular guest speakers and now, we’re having him back as a candidate for the U.S. Senate!

Dr. Manny is not a politician.  He is a trauma surgeon and political ousider.  Manny is fiercely conservative and supports President Trump.  Above all, Dr. Manny is a man of deep Christian faith, who serves his community and Tennessee as a way of saying thanks to America.

Raised in rural Hillsboro, Dr. Manny earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  He returned home to Tennessee to make a difference for families in life-threatening emergencies.

Dr. Manny is running for the U.S. Senate to make a different kind of difference.  He’ll stand up to the establishment politicians and bring impactful, conservative change to Washington.

A few things to know:

Big Changes for the New Year!

 

  • The Wonderland Café is at the same physical location as The Looking Glass but under new management and ownership.
  • 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.

 

January 2020 meeting! Our speaker is Ambassador Bill Hagerty!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, January 18th 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:

Big Changes for the New Year!

  • The Wonderland Café is at the same physical location as The Looking Glass but under new management and ownership.
  • 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
  • If you don’t want the above, you can order off the menu when you get there.
  • The Hash Brown Casserole is returning.

Our speaker will be Ambassador Bill Hagerty, who is running for senate.

Bill Hagerty was born in Gallatin, Tennessee and learned the value of hard work from his father, a veteran and a road builder, and his mother, a teacher.  As a boy, he raised pigs and cattle, baled hay, and shoveled asphalt.  He went to college and had a successful career in business.  He also served as the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

Bill and his wife Chrissy have four children.  They are members of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, and they are raising their children with the same Christian, conservative values they grew up with.

Bill has earned President Trump’s seal of approval four times.  First as Trump’s Tennessee Victory Chair, then as senior leader of the Trump transition team.  Then, President Trump tapped him to serve as the United States Ambassador to Japan, one of our strongest allies.  Now Bill is proud to have Trump’s endorsement in his Senate campaign.

 

 

December Meeting and Holiday Fun

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, December 21 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)

It’s just our annual holiday bash where we simply get to chat, eat, have some fun and finish the year on a high social note!

We’re planning on a game or two, as well as honoring our late President Bush and his love of socks by having a holiday sock exchange.  Bring a fun pair of holiday themed socks if you wish to participate!

We are also holding our elections for new officers, so please attend to cast your vote.

And if you haven’t paid your dues for 2020 yet, please do so.  Even if you can’t make the meeting you can mail them in!