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)

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Our September Meeting – Everything You Need to Know About School Zoning and Planning for Growth!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, September 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.

Clarksville Montgomery County School System has been in the news lately due to our growth issues.  A proposed middle school was cancelled by the County Commission and now we’re seeing overcrowding at schools throughout the district.  So just what goes into zoning for schools and deciding about building new ones?  Mr. Sumrell is the guy to help educate us on this vital issue.

Jim Sumrell grew up in northeastern Ohio.  His work experience includes 20 years of service in the United States Army where he served as an airborne infantryman (Paratrooper) retiring as the First Sergeant of the Sabalowski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, KY in 1994.  After leaving the Army Jim spent the next 10 years as a Logistics Manager for American Standard Inc. (at that time the corporate parent of the Trane Company).   Jim assumed his current role as the Chief Operations Officer of the Clarksville Montgomery County School System in August 2004.  In his current role he is responsible for managing the District’s – Student Transportation, Vehicle Maintenance, Facilities Management, Building Maintenance, Custodial, and Child Nutrition Departments.  Jim and his wife Vanessa live in Clarksville.  They have four children and six grandchildren.

And in case you’re curious, he’s the guy who decides on whether or not we have a snow day!

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)

 

 

July Meeting featuring Dr. Ming Wang

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, July 20 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).  We need to give the restaurant an accurate count of who will be eating breakfast so please take a second to let us know if you are coming.

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Dr. Ming Wang is a Harvard and MIT graduate (MD, magna cum laude) and one of the few cataract and LASIK eye surgeons in the world today who holds a doctorate degree in laser physics.  He has performed over 55,000 procedures, including on over 4,000 doctors.  He is called, “The doctors’ doctor”.

Ming grew up in China and came to this country with only $50.  Today, he is a world-class eye surgeon and is the only surgeon in the state of Tennessee who performs 3D laser vision procedures.

H has founded two 501c(3) non-profit organizations, Wang Foundation for Christian Outreach to China, and Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration, which to date has helped patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries, with all sight restoration surgeries performed free-of-charge.

Dr. Wang was named the Kiwanis Nashvillian of the Year for his lifetime dedication to helping blind orphan children from around the world.

Dr. Wang has published 9 textbooks, holds several U.S. patents, and performed the world’s first laser ratification cornea implantation.

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Wang to our club so please bring a friend to hear his moving and fascinating story!

Disenfranchising the Republican Vote

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 15 when our own RRRW member, Saundra Waecker will be doing a talk on the professional left and their plan to disenfranchise the Republican vote.  In other words, can we use the lessons learned from their takeover of California to stop them?

Saundra moved to Tennessee, from California, a little over a year ago and witnessed first hand how the left and the Democratic Party pretty much put the GOP out of business.  This is an incredibly important topic that many people are unaware of so please make plans to attend – and bring a friend.

We will be at the Looking Glass, breakfast at 9:30 and the meeting to begin at 10:00.  More details as we get closer to the event.

May Meeting Notice!

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, May 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 (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 speaker for May – Rep. Jay Reedy

 Our own associate member, Rep. Jay Reedy will be our speaker for May, giving us a Legislative Update as well as talking about the growing hemp industry in Tennessee.  Jay has been a staunch supporter of RRRW and we’re always happy to have him come speak!

Jay is a farmer and small business owner and is married to another associate member, Vickie Reedy.  He is the Chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, as well as the Chair of the Joint Government Operations Commerce, Labor, Transportation and Agriculture Subcommittee.  A US Army Veteran, Jay received the US Army Achievement Medal (2 oak leaf cluster) and the US Army Accommodation Medal (1 oak leaf cluster).  He also has received the Conservative Excellence Award from the American Conservative Union and the Family Champion Award from the Family Action Council of Tennessee.

 

 

April Meeting Notice – Saturday, April 27

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 27 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 speaker for April

David Fowler, President of FACT

David Fowler, president of FACT, grew up in Chattanooga. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.S. in Accounting, serving as president of the Student Government Association his senior year. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law on the Chapin-Thomas Scholarship, receiving his J.D. degree in 1983. In law school, Mr.Fowler directed the Moot Court program and participated on the National Moot Court and Craven Constitutional Law teams. He also clerked for the late Harry J. Klusmeier in the Ohio Court of Appeals.

 

Following law school, Mr. Fowler practiced law in Cincinnati and Chattanooga and in 1994, he successfully ran for the Tennessee state Senate where he served for 12 years. For four years he also directed the Center for Law and Government at Bryan College, teaching classes in political philosophy and jurisprudence. After leaving office in 2006, Mr. Fowler worked with leaders from across the state to form the Family Action Council of Tennessee to protect the interests of families with respect to state policy and to educate the public about the importance of a family-friendly culture.

 

Mr. Fowler has served as a choir director in churches in Chattanooga and Cincinnati, Ohio. He is married with one adult child and lives in the Nashville area.

 

February Meeting Notice – Featuring a Candidate Forum

Our next meeting will be on Saturday, February 16 at the Looking Glass Restaurant at 329 Warfield Blvd. Due to the candidate forum, we are moving our meeting up by half an hour – please note the different times for this month only.  Dutch treat breakfast will be at 9:00 am, with the business meeting to start at 9:30, and our candidate forum to begin at 10:00.

If you plan to eat breakfast you must RSVP to Karel Lea Biggs via email (karelleabiggs@charter.net) or text (931-217-4018) by noon on Wednesday prior to the meeting. (Text is best)

 

A few things to know:

In order to streamline the process, this is how breakfast works:

 

  • You will prepay for your breakfast. Just go to the cash register and pay for what you want, then just show your receipt.
  • This eliminates Joseph having to run around to get out all the tickets. It also means that if you have to eat and run, you’ve paid and can go when you want – no waiting around for your ticket.

 

Hopefully this will make it easier on everyone!

 

Our February Speaker:

 

TFRW President, Barb Trautman

 

Please join us as we welcome TFRW president Barbara Trautman as our featured speaker. She has served as a volunteer for Republican candidates in local, state & national campaigns for over 25 years.

Barbara has worked on 5 TFRW Convention committees, served as a 2 term Area Vice President, and the Campaign Committee Chair. She has received the Republicanism Award & the Grassroots Campaign Award from the Shelby County Republican Party at their last 2 Lincoln Day Events.

She is married to Dr Bob Trautman for 46 years and has 2 sons and 2 granddaughters.

 

Barb will be doing a brief presentation on How to Tell if You’re a Republican (because, obviously from what we’ve seen this year, there is some confusion), and then will be the moderator of our candidate forum.

 

Candidate Forum for

State Senate District 22

Due to the election for former State Senator Dr. Mark Green to the U.S. House of Representatives, his seat is now open for the remainder of his term.  As such there will be a Republican Primary on March 7th to determine the Republican candidate to run in the general election for the seat to be held on April 23.

 

Red River Republican Women will be hosting a Candidate Forum for the four qualified Republican candidates who are vying for this seat after our regular meeting on Saturday, February 16.  The event will begin at 10:00 am and will be moderated by Tennessee Federation of Republican Women President Barb Trautman.  Candidates who have been invited are Betty M. Burchett, Jeff Burkhart, Jason D. Knight, and Bill Powers.

 

The format of the forum is fairly straight forward.  TFRW President Barbara Trautman will introduce each candidate and will permit each one to have a one minute opening statement.  She will then ask prepared questions on a variety of topics of local interest which have been contributed by members and associate members of Red River Republican Women.  Each candidate will then have a one minute closing statement.  Please note that this is not a debate, but rather a forum.  After the forum the candidates will have an opportunity to mingle and meet with our members.

 

January Meeting – Focus on Fitness!

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

Our Speaker for January: Owner of Always Strong Fitness,  Reagan Prather

This month we’re focusing on Women’s Health and Wellness, as well as featuring a business owned and operated by a Republican Woman!  It’s January, and many of us may have made some New Year’s Resolutions about getting healthier, and fit, no matter what your age.  Our speaker, Reagan, will be able to help you with those goals!  She sent us the following message”

 

Hello!  My name is Reagan Prather.  I will be 42 years old this year and life with my husband of almost 20 years and my two crazy kids is pretty awesome!

 

If you’re a long time Republican and or math whiz you might already be wondering about my name…  Well, I was conceived in the 76 campaign! 😉  Lifetime Republicans, my parents campaigned hard for Ronnie!

 

I currently own and run Always Strong Fitness/CrossFit Clarksville here in Clarksville!  My passion is for helping normal people live independent, fulfilling lives as long as possible.  I believe that everyone should strive to improve and maintain their functionality well into their golden years!  I love working with people of all ages, but I really get excited about our seniors and our youth!  Although very different populations they are, for a multitude of reasons, two underserved populations in the world of physical fitness.

 

I want to change that!  We all NEED to be capable, and with increased physical capability comes improved confidence, and mental health!  Who doesn’t want to look AND feel better!

 

 

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 (karelleabiggs@charter.net) 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!!

 

 

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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 www.eliserichmond.com 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.