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)

RRRW May Meeting Information!

Our May Meeting,

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, May 21!

We will 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)

Judge For Yourself!

It’s Time for Candidate Speed Campaigning! Part 3

This month we will again be featuring candidates for state level offices.  As of now, the following candidates will be speaking:

  • Jeff Burkhart
  • John Dawson
  • Kent Griffy
  • Curtis Johnson
  • Deanna McLaughlin
  • Tommy Vallejos

April Meeting – Come Hear The Candidates!

Our April Meeting,

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 16!

We will 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)

Judge For Yourself!

It’s Time for Candidate Speed Campaigning! Part 2

This month we will again be featuring several different candidates running for a number of different offices.  This is a chance to come and hear the folks that are running in the Republican primary in our local area!  As of now, the following candidates will be speaking:

  • Wendy Davis
  • David Harper
  • John Holt
  • Jason Knight
  • Steve Powers
  • AC Lopez
  • And most likely a few others….

March Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, March 19!

We will 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)

This month we will be featuring several different candidates running for a number of different offices.  This is a chance to come and hear the folks that are running in the Republican primary in our local area!  As of now, the following candidates will be speaking:

  • John Fuson
  • Wes Golden
  • Robert Nash
  • Wallace Redd
  • Neil Stauffer
  • Eric Yow

February Meeting!

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, February 19!

We will 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)

Education Forum

Rep. Jay Reedy & Republican School Board Candidates John Crespo, Aaron Maberry and Brad Morrow

This month we will be focusing on education, which is especially timely as so many of our members are educators and parents. The Left may not realize it, but they have started a counter movement as conservatives are attending school board meetings, running for school board, and taking education back from the hands of the Leftists!

Jay Reedy, Associate member of RRRW, has long been a champion of teachers, children and families during his years representing the 74th District in the General Assembly.  When the Professional Educators of Tennessee needs someone to sponsor education bills favorable to our views, Jay is often one of the first legislators we meet with.  His knowledge of education in Tennessee is unparalleled. 

John Crespo is a local business owner and father of five.  As a business owner with children in the local school system, he knows the importance of creating the next generation of leaders and citizens in our community.  He is on the board of two non-profit organizations, Recover Our Sons (mentorship and training) and the Clarksville Hispanic American Family Foundation.  As a Christian he is concerned for his children and believes we need to make sure that parents’ concerns are head and addressed.

Aaron Maberry is the Next-Gen Pastor at Mosaic Church and attended East Montgomery Elementary, Richview Middle, Clarksville High, and after redistricting graduated from Rossview High in 2003 – all of which are in District 7. Aron has been the main representative as a Partner of Education for Mosaic Church with CMCSS. In 2021 in his position at Mosaic, Aron oversaw over 2,000 individual children – many who attend CMCSS schools. In addition to his service with students, Aron is currently in Leadership CMCSS class of 2022, and has served his local community for four years as the HOA Board President of the Poplar Hill Subdivision in Sango where he lives with his wife and two daughters.  Aaron would like to be a voice for parents in our community, to help bring greater accountability and transparency to our school system and board, to make sure they are represented well in District 7.

Brad Morrow, the son of a teacher and social worker, retired from the US Army in 2017, and recently graduated from APSU with a Masters in Teaching to complement his degree in public administration.  He has been a member of the CMCSS Parent Advisory Council for six years and is on the board of advisors to the Academy for Academic Excellence (a small local school that provides educational opportunities for children with learning challenges).  He and his wife Anna have four children in three different CMCSS schools.  Morrow feels that he can be a voice for parents and can bridge the gap between stakeholder perspectives and develop the kind of cooperation we need that provides the best outcomes for Montgomery County students.   

January Meeting Information

We are fortunate to have Linda Kollmann, the newly elected President of the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women, as our speaker to kick off 2022!

Linda has a long background in Tennessee politics, especially as a member of the TFRW.  She has served as Vice President, Convention Chair, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, as well as serving on numerous committees.  Her service also includes positions at the national level with the National Federation of Republican women where she served on the Protocol & Distinguished Guests Committee, the Membership Committee, and as a NFRW Regent Member.   She’s also a Past President of the Williamson County Republican Career Women’s Club, was awarded the Williamson County Republican Woman of the year in 2014, and chaired (many, many times) the Annual Red, White & Blue Event.

Outside of politics she is a member of the Franklin Lions Club, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and Preceptor Alpha Rho Sorority.  She is married to George Kollmann and they have one son, Jason.

We look forward to welcoming Linda to Clarksville and look forward to having her as our guest!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, January 15!

We will 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)

December meeting/party!

No Speaker this month!!! 

After a busy year of politics, we have always made it a tradition to slow down, socialize, and celebrate the holiday with a party! 

  • We will be having a potluck so bring your favorite brunch type food item!
  • Games!  Quite possibly the return of the ever-popular Christmas trivia!
  • Gift Exchange – our theme this year is to support local by purchasing a $10 or less gift from a local business. 
  • Fun and socializing!

Our next meeting party will be on Saturday, December 18!

We arae 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 a very quick business meeting to start at 10:00We will be celebrating the holidays with games, trivia, potluck and gift exchange! 

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)

November Meeting

Our November meeting will be on Saturday, November 20, 2021. We meet at the Montgomery County GOP Headquarters at 1817 A., St. 1, Madison Street, Clarksville, TN.

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 this month will be State Rep. Steve Cepicky who is the Chair of the House Education Instruction Committee. If you are even remotely concerned/interested about the state of Education in Tennessee, you won’t want to miss this!

July Meeting Notice

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, July 17!

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 will be Diane Canada

Diane Canada is a Professional Speaker, Author, and Talk Show Host. Her specialty is building conservative women of influence. 

Having guided numerous women entrepreneurs and small business owners through difficult challenges via her own consulting firms, and with a broadcasting background from the Grand Ole Opry to building an internationally syndicated television show of her own, and having recently navigated the swampy political waters as a candidate for TN State House of Representatives, she has combined these 3 skill sets to launch her new Talk Show and enhance the influence of conservative women in American communities. 

In the areas of public service, Diane has served in these roles: as the Nashville Political Advocate for the National Association of Women Business Owners; on the Mayor’s Minority Business Advisory Council in the city of Nashville; founding board member of the American Bible Project; voted Volunteer of the Year for her work teaching entrepreneurial skills in the Tennessee Prison For Women. 

Her new book is titled “Lady Up + Don’t Quit”, which is her signature message.

Special Guest Event! Robin Steenman with Moms for Liberty

Topic:  Protecting Our Children – How We Can Stop the Leftist Indoctrination of Our Children

Friday, July 30, 2021 – 4:00 pm

GOP Headquarters, 1817A Madison Street, Suite 1, Clarksville, TN

Robin Steenman is a former B-1 pilot with 1000+ combat hours over Afghanistan and 100+ weapons on target in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).  She left the Air Force in 2013 and received a mission upgrade to full-time Mom, which his still her primary mission.  She is a native Texan, graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.  She started the Williamson County chapter of Moms for Liberty in April 2021, and has led the group, now 1700 followers on social media and 500 on the roster, to take on Critical Race Theory and failed curriculum in Williamson County and the state of Tennessee. She is a mom of three, a cancer survivor, a patriot, a believer and a resident of Williamson County.

Space will be limited for this event, so please contact Cathy Kolb at (931) 801-6954 or email at cathykolb@reagan.com to reserve your spot.  Please include your name and the number of seats you will need.

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.