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!!




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.




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 (karelleabiggs@charter.net) 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.