Some Dues News and Updates

The holidays are nearly here so wanted to put a few things out there before we get super busy and things slip past us.
First, our December meeting, which is traditionally a little more informal and relaxed will be on Saturday, December 15.  We will have a local author, Hannah Conway with us and she will have copies of her books for sale (and of course, she will autograph them).  Her newest book is Christmas on a Mission so it’s appropriate we have her visit us for our December meeting!  We’re super excited that Hannah will be here!
Also, we need to send in Dues for 2019 by the end of December, so if you haven’t renewed, please do so.  Even if you can’t come in December, you can renew by completing the form attached and mailing it in with a check.  If you’d like to pay via credit/debit, you’ll have to contact Rebecca Britt who can take care of you.  (Rebecca’s number is 931-206-9577).
In honor of Joy Huggins, who passed away recently, we are going to do a donation for the FUEL program which helps hungry children in our local schools.  We’re going to have a Pop Tart Drive (FUEL bags are full of things children can prepare and eat without a grown up’s help and Pop Tarts are one of the things they need).  So, between now and December, watch the sales, and be sure to bring your boxes of Pop Tarts to the meeting so we can support this worthy cause in Joy’s name.
And last but not least, if you want to do a gift exchange in December, bring a wrapped gift (no more than $20 in value) to the meeting and we’ll have some fun with that!!

Our August Meeting is Coming Up!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, August 18 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 ( or text (931-217-4018) by noon on Wednesday prior to the meeting. (Text is best)

  1. Sit where you want. We are no longer having an issue with people not paying (THANK YOU).
  2. I will tell the restaurant once again, to get the tickets out to us ASAP.
  3. If you change your ticket, their system automatically wipes out any gratuity that may have been added. Please check and TIP your server!!




Our Speaker This Month

Radio Talk Show Host Elise Richmond

For 10 years, Elise Richmond brought her Midwestern sensibilities and her ‘Ole Miss’ Rebel passion to the microphones with a conservative focus from a local perspective. From tax revolts to voter awareness, guest interviews to poignant commentary, The Elise Richmond Show was a rallying point for Conservatives in Palm Springs, the Coachella Valley, Imperial County and the High Desert in California.

You can still catch a Podcast by on Elise’s website or follow Elise’s Blogs on her website or on Facebook.

The Elise Richmond Show enjoyed many nationally known popular guests, including:  Dana Perino,          Ann Coulter, Dinesh D’Souza, Mike Huckabee, Dick Morris, Carly Fiorina, Starr Parker, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Michael Reagan, retired actress and activist Rhonda Fleming, actress Margaret O’Brien, Pat Boone, former Ambassador Francis Rooney, authors Robert Spencer, John Dean, Doug Johnson and Trevor Loudon, Rocker Ted Nugent, Fox News contributors Ric Grenell, Doug Schoen, and Catherine Herridge, and former Congresswoman Mary Bono, politicians galore, like Haley Barber, Tom DeLay, Meg Whitman and many, many more.

Elise Richmond is a retired financial planner and a former English teacher in Illinois, before moving to California. In 2005, Elise moved from cooler Northern California to the Desert, sun-heated Southern California – Palm Springs.

A former Democrat, Elise re-registered Republican in 1992, joined the Republican Party and Lake County Republican Women Federated in 2000. She became the ’06 & ’07 President of the Palm Springs Republican Women and was the strategic organizer of the Capitol Regents and Regents Party at the 2007 National Republican Women’s Convention in Palm Springs.  She has held offices for the NFRW, the CFRW, the Southern Div. CFRW and Riverside County RWF.

Elise is a recipient of the 2012 Heritage Palms Congress of Republicans Grassroots Award for Republican volunteerism.

Born in Anna, Illinois, on August 31, she married Bob Richmond in 1993.  They recently moved from Palm Springs to Pontotoc, MS with their dogs, Gigi and Nacho, are remodeling a house and loving being in the SOUTH!

She is currently starting the Pontotoc County Republican Women Federated Club.




July Meeting Information!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, July 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. We have two fantastic speakers this month!

Bill Summers – Mayoral Candidate

2018 Bill pic

It almost seems strange including a biography on Bill since he’s always been such an active associate member of our group.  However, many of our newer members (and some of our long-term members) may not know about Bill’s background and why he’s uniquely qualified to be Clarksville’s next mayor.

Education and Commission – Commissioned a 2nd Lt. through AFROTC at the University of Tennessee with a BS in Industrial Management.  Masters degrees in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO.

Military Career – Industrial/Management Engineering Officer in the USAF. Recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with cluster, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award and National Defense Service Medal.  Command Management Engineering Officer of the Year.

Business Career – Industrial Engineering partnership consultant to college and universities; self-employed Management and Technology consultant to the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System; former senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers; currently retired.

Political experience – Elected in 2007 and served as a two-term city councilman for the City of Clarksville (Ward 10) (served on numerous board and committees to include the Customs House Museum and Community Action Agency); researched and initiated the use of technology and procedures to make the council more efficient and cost effective in doing business and better able to communicate with constituents.

Currently organizing the Tennessee Veteran (TVET) organization, which will unite state veteran organizations under one political entity/organization for the purposes of working legislative needs/issues for Tennessee military active duty, veterans and their families.  Organizing member of the “Veterans’ Day On The Hill” team, which has brought hundreds of veterans to meet face-to-face with their state legislators in Nashville to discuss veteran issues.  This effort restored full property tax exemption for 100% disabled veterans in 2017. Also working with state Senators and House Representatives and the state military legislative caucus on veteran legislation needs. Spoke before and attended numerous legislative committees, written legislative bills on behalf of TVET/veterans and stood with the governor during the signing of some of our legislation.

State Sen. Dr. Mark Green – Candidate for Congress

Mark Rally PhotoAgain, it almost seems strange including a biography on Sen. Green since many of us have been with him as campaign volunteers and vocal supporters since his political career began.  Mark is definitely a friend of Red River Republican Women!

A resident of the 7th congressional district since 2002 when the Army moved Mark to Clarksville with his family, Green recently sold his Clarksville-based healthcare company founded in 2009 that has grown to $200 million in annual revenues. In the State Senate, he has served as lead sponsor of the Hall Income Tax elimination bill, sponsored the Teachers’ Bill of Rights and numerous veteran and small business support bills, and worked against the expansion of Obamacare by passing a health savings account pilot program. A graduate of West Point, Green has served our nation in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of a Bronze Star and Air Medal with V device for valor under enemy fire.


Note:  Several of our members worked with Mark on the Teacher Bill of Rights bill which was signed into Law last year.  Mark took the time to sit and talk with teachers of every age group and affiliation and used our input to craft this law.  It’s rare that anyone asks teachers about what really goes on in education, so the fact that Mark did this speaks volumes.


It’s time for Our May Meeting!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, May 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 10:00If you plan to eat breakfast you must RSVP to Karel Lea Biggs via email ( or text (931-217-4018) by noon on Wednesday prior to the meeting. (Text is best)

We have two speakers this month!

John M. Clement, Field Representative for Rep. Marsha Blackburn

John Clement is a retired Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot who served 21 years in the US Army with multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. John was a member of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) from 2003-2017. During this time he served as a Maintenance Test Pilot in the 159th Aviation Brigade, 4th Battalion, Bravo Company Kingsmen, Blackhawk Helicopter Company. He also Commanded HHB I&S Company in the Division HQ.

After retiring from the Army, John worked directly with Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Jeff Truitt and Workforce Essentials to Bridge the Gap for transitioning service members, helping them to gain licenses and certifications in order to find meaningful employment. During the 2 years as the Fort Campbell Soldier Transition Program Manager, John assisted 193 Soldiers and spouses to gain employment in Middle Tennessee at an average of $23.84 per hour.

Since then, John has been blessed to become the Field Representative for Congressman Marsha Blackburn representing the 7th Congressional district of Tennessee. He is honored to be a part of TEAM BLACKBURN as the Congressman now runs for US Senate.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, The Meritorious Service Medal, The Air Medal (7 awards), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (4 Campaign stars), Senior Army Aviation Badge and numerous other awards.

John and his wife Mary and their two daughters, Zoe and Maggie are proud to call Montgomery County home and are forever grateful to the people of Tennessee for giving them a chance to serve.

Stan Settles, Candidate for SEC

Stan Settles is twenty years old and running for the State Executive Committee in Senate District 22 because he truly believes that he will help grow our Republican Party stronger and work to preserve it for years to come. For Stan, the Republican Party has always been a symbol for prosperity, safety, and freedom – in short The American Dream. Stan believes that it is worth protecting and would like to do his part to ensure that our party upholds our foundation and values for years to come.

Stan will work to do a better job of connecting with our youth early on, so that when they return to the ballot box, they return as Republicans for the rest of their lives.

Stan has worked very hard over the years championing the Republican Party and ensuring conservative leadership not only within District 22 but across the state of Tennessee. He has been a dedicated Republican and can remember carrying a GOP decal on his go-kart as he spent much of his childhood racing on dirt tracks throughout the Southeast.

The Tennessee GOP has been built on years of hard work, dedication, and passion for our beliefs. Today, our party serves as a model for the rest of the Nation. Tennessee has become one of the greatest Republican strongholds in the country and to maintain that, we must be willing to defend it. As a party, we must keep getting better, we must keep getting stronger, and we must keep building up our future leaders.

Stan is ready and willing to step up as a member of a younger generation to do his part for all of us.




It’s April! Time for Spring, and a visit from County Mayor, Jim Durrett

Okay, so it’s been Sprinter out there (spring and winter) but hopefully by the time our meeting rolls around, it will really be spring.  Celebrate by joining with us on Saturday, April 21 to hear Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett speak.

Durrett, Jim HeadshotA graduate of Clarksville High School, Mayor Durrett also attended University of Tennessee as well as Austin Peay State University.   He spent many years as Director of the City of Clarksville’s Street Department, worked as the City Mayor’s Chief of Staff and was Vice President of Business Development for First Advantage Bank.

First elected to the position of County Mayor in 2014,  Mayor Durrett has reduced County Attorney fees, organized a Fort Campbell listening session (which was partially responsible for eliminating severe budget cuts during sequestration), worked on the Downtown Commons Development, as well as acquiring more Greenway property.  His leadership has brought quite a few new businesses (and jobs) to our county, including Hankook, Google, and LG Manufacturing.  He has been involved in many community organizations, including the Downtown Kiwanis, the Customs House Museum, Leadership Clarksville, and the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce.

He is married to Mary Ireland Durrett, and has three children and three grandchildren.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 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 10:00If you plan to eat breakfast you must RSVP to Karel Lea Biggs via email ( or text (931-217-4018) by noon on Wednesday prior to the meeting. (Text is best)





January Meeting!

Myra Simons 


Myra Simons is currently the Grassroots Coordinator for the Mark Green for Congress campaign seeking to establish county leadership teams in all 19 counties of the 7th Congressional District of TN.   Additionally, she offers support to the campaign in terms of arranging speaking engagements for Senator Green and gathering volunteers for special events.

 Formerly, she served as the Director of Special Projects with TN Right to Life, the oldest and largest pro-life advocacy organization in the state.  During her tenure with TRL, she acted as Board President of the Yes on 1 campaign which was the effort to win passage of the pro-life TN Constitutional Amendment 1.  Having begun this effort in February 2013, she assisted in organizing the grassroots, establishing volunteer training, facilitated special fundraising events and built relationships statewide.  The campaign realized ultimate victory when TN Constitutional Amendment 1 passed in November 2014. 

 Afterwards and more recently, she served as the TN Grassroots Chairman for the Ted Cruz for President campaign again organizing county leadership teams in all 95 counties of the state. 

 She and her husband of 25 years have two children and attend Franklin Road Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN. 

Red River Republican Women Welcomes Sen. Mark Green

Our next meeting will be Saturday, October 28th, and our guest speaker will be our own Sen. Mark Green!

We meet 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

Breakfast is buffet style, so please send Patty Holland an email at or call her at 850-699-5077 to let her know if you plan on eating ASAP.





Thank you!!!

Our Annual Wine Tasting and Membership Drive last night was a massive success!  So much to be thankful for!

A Big Thank You to all the gubernatorial candidates who came to speak!  Five of the six declared candidates were in attendance, and we thank you for that!

A Big Thank You to Joni Hargrove, associate member, who loaned us so many of her table linens and decorations and even brought the gorgeous cake.

A Big Thank You to all the members of Red River Republican Women who helped set up, tear down, work the door, sell tickets, bring food, and generally lent a hand.

A Big Thank You to our elected officials who attended!

A Big Thank You to all who came!  Thanks to you, we sold out, and had another fabulous event!

July Meeting! It’s gonna be Good!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, July 15 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

Breakfast is buffet style, so please send Patty Holland an email at or call her at 850-699-5077 to let her know if you plan on eating ASAP.


Our Speaker:  Richard “Reason” Garrett

Executive Director, LEAP Organization

Clarksville City Councilman

Clarksville City Councilman, Richard Garrett (also known as Reason) is Founder & Executive Director of the LEAP Organization which provides Entrepreneur Development services. He is also a licensed Realtor with Keller Williams Realty.

His hobbies consist of boating, playing basketball in addition to building websites, writing, and publishing other authors’  book under his company, Liberated Publishing Inc.

He graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelors in Public Management and is married to Laquvia Garrett with 4 children.


Mr. Garrett will be speaking on his new entrepreneurial program that was recently launched.