September 2009 www.rwop.org
Board of Directors
Rieta Selberg General Meeting and Luncheon
Peggy Larkin Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Mary Jane Anderson
Ridgeway Country Club
Lynn Stewart Join us as
Republican Women of Purpose
Celebrates Literacy Month
Shara Lynn Goldin
and Honors Our Educators
Julie Etheridge & Debbie Jarvis
Jana Kearney & Liza Kirk
Barbara Trautman Greg Thompson
Public Relations Chair
Sandy Drewry Director for the Hyde Family Foundation
Please make reservation by:
Cheryl Lombardo Wednesday, August 26, 2009 to
Newsletter Coordinator Jana Kearney 853-8443 or Kearney4@bellsouth.net
Bylaws Chair Reservations must be guaranteed. If you make a reservation and do not attend,
Beth Webb you will be billed $25.00 for lunch. Make check payable to RWOP.
Betty Yambrek The National Federation of Republican Women has designated September as
Special Events Coordinator Literacy month. Strides in education will be the focus of our program. Greg Thompson
Gina Johnson & Linda Robertson
will be our featured speaker. He is the Education Program Director for the Hyde Family
Carolyn Gardner & Louise Pacheco Foundations where he oversees the Foundation's K-12 education portfolio--which includes
Alpha Omega 12 charter schools, the Tennessee Charter Schools Association, the Jubilee Schools, New
All About Women Leaders for New Schools, Teach for America, the New Teacher Project, and Building
Beth Webb Excellent Schools. We are also participating in the Dictionary Project this year by
Caring for America presenting to Ann Allen, principal of Kingsbury Elementary School, a dictionary for each
Iris Fund student in the third grade. Representative Brian Kelsey will present in our club's behalf
Pat Melvin a U.S. flag (which has flown over the Tennessee Capitol) and a Tennessee Blue Book to
Mrs. Allen. Invite an educator (past or present) to our September meeting.
Kay Kelsey & Alison Ely From Jana Kearney, RWOP Luncheon Chairman
Chris Norris Our club is required to give Ridgeway Country Club a confirmed number of reservations
Voters Registration Chair each month. If you have a standing reservation, but cannot make it to the luncheon, you
Volunteer Hours Chair must cancel. Also, if you do not have a standing reservation, but would like to attend,
Lena Ekmark please contact Jana Kearney at 853-8443 or email@example.com by the deadline
S.C. Career Women Liaison Chairs
Barbara Howell & Vicky Towles
posted in each newsletter. To avoid unnecessary cost to our club, we must charge those
SCRP Liaison who do not attend after making a reservation and those who fail to cancel before the
Paula Sedgwick stated reservation deadline. Thanks so much for helping us with the luncheon
Anne Truett reservations.
President’s Message, Rieta Selberg
We had one of our largest attendances at our August Luncheon/Meeting to hear and visit with Senator
Mark Norris, the Senate Majority Leader. It is always a special time to have this highly respected
public servant and friend to be our speaker. I want to say “thank you” to Peggy Larkin who took over
for me at the August Luncheon and July Board Meeting while I was out of town.
It is hard to believe that summer is over and our children and grandchildren are already back in school. Summer went by
way too fast.
September is designated as the NFRW National Literacy Month. Kay Kelsey, our Literacy Chairman, has planned a
wonderful program for this month’s Luncheon/meeting to honor our teachers. We are delighted to have Mr. Greg
Thompson as our featured speaker. Mr. Thompson is with the Hyde Family Foundation where he oversees the
Foundations K-9 education portfolio. More information about the program from Kay is in this Newsletter.
I want to say thank you to all the ladies who attended the Area 9 convention. We all are so excited that Barbara
Trautman was elected as the next Area 9 Vice President and will serve on the TFRW Board 2010-2012 and will be
installed at the TFRW State Convention in October in Chattanooga. Barbara, we wish you the best. I do hope you are
making your plans to be at this convention to vote on the new TFRW officers and to be there to support Barbara as she is
being installed. Please let Anne Truett know if you are interested in being a delegate or alternate. It is always very
educational and a fun time to be with Republican ladies across the state. More info is in this newsletter.
The Nominating Committee will meet in September to nominate the 2010 RWOP Officers. If anyone would like to
suggest a nomination, please contact anyone on the nominating committee. The names of the nominating committee are
listed in this newsletter.
CONGRATULATIONS TO BARBARA TRAUTMAN
Barbara was unanimously elected at the Area 9 Convention held in July to be the new Area 9 Vice President for TFRW.
We are so excited about this and do know she will do an outstanding job keeping the clubs in her district informed.
She will be installed at the TFRW Convention in Chattanooga, October 23-25.
From Anne Truett, Nominations Chair
The RWOP Nominating Committee will meet immediately following the September 2 luncheon meeting. Please submit
your nominee for any of the following positions: 1VP (President Elect), 2nd VP (Program Chair), 3rd VP (Fundraising
Chair), Assistant Treasurer (Fundraising Treasurer), Recording Secretary (minutes of meetings), and Corresponding
Secretary (sends meeting notices and cards) to one of the following members of this committee, Anne Truett, Chair,
firstname.lastname@example.org, Susan Brubaker, email@example.com, Kay Kelsey, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Cheryl Lombardo, email@example.com, Pat Melvin, firstname.lastname@example.org, Carole Pruett, Alternate,
email@example.com, Barbara Trautman, Alternate, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in placing your name
or the name of someone else into consideration for one of these positions, please do so.
Renew your Republican Party of Shelby County Membership!
New "MEMBER" Window stickers and t-shirts now available
Shelby County Republican Party has undergone some important changes in the past few months as part of a
coordinated plan to reinvigorate and revitalize membership efforts. Among other things, re-vamped the Committee
structure; re-tooled the ward/precinct organization; put greater emphasis on voter registration; and recently adopted a
new Mission and Platform Statement.
If you have not done so already, it is time to renew your membership for 2009. As part of the effort to build
awareness and reward Members, SCRP has recently commissioned a limited number of distinctive window decals that
are only available to committed, dues-paying members of the Party. Join today to get one and show your pride in being
a Republican in Shelby County.
For Contributing Level Members ($100 annual contribution), there is a new t-shirt available featuring the new
"Demand Accountability. Expect Results." theme that was adopted to complement the Mission and Platform Statement.
You can join the Republican Party of Shelby County online at www.ShelbyGOP.org/join or you can download
a form to send to Don Johnson, Headquarters SCRP, 2400 Poplar Ave, Suite 418 Memphis, TN 38112 or call
Paula Sedgwick, SCRP Liaison
“REPUBLICANS GOT TALENT”
Can’t stand to go to another boring fundraiser?
You don’t have to. But you don’t want to miss this!
It’s Republicans Got Talent and it’s Thursday night October 29, 2009 at Woodland Hills at 6:00 pm.
Where else could you see: Bill Giannini play guitar, Pat Miller entertain us, Colin Richmond sing, or
Jane Pierotti dance the West Coast Swing with a former national champion?
Where else could you : Participate in a silent auction, bid on one of our Republican bachelors being auctioned
off, or enjoy a fashion show featuring models like Kemp Conrad and Julie Etheridge?
No reason we can’t raise money to defeat the Democrats and have some fun too.
Watch for tickets to go on sale Sept 2, 2009
TENNESSEE FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN
You Are Invited 27TH Biennial Convention
Shelby County Republican “Republicans Shine in Tennessee”
October 23, 24 & 25, 2009
Fashion Show and Luncheon Doubletree Hotel
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Hilton Hotel Don’t miss this great opportunity to be with Republican women across the state
939 Ridgelake Blvd. at the TFRW Biennial Convention. Our club being the second largest in the
state can have 15 delegates and 15 alternates. At the convention you will hear
11:00 a.m. wonderful speakers, attend great training sessions and vote on the TFRW
$35.00 Officers for 2010—2012. You don’t want to miss being there to cheer our
member, Barbara Trautman, as she will be installed as the next Area 9
Fashions by Vice President and will serve on the 2010 –2012 TFRW Board of Directors.
With all the “hustle and bustle” of the summer and fall around the corner, it is
Your check made out to SCRW is time to think about being a DELEGATE or ALTERNATE for this convention.
your reservation. Mail to: It truly is a great experience to attend your Federations’ conventions.
Nona Miller, 8706 Maple Creek Cv., Chattanooga is a fun city to visit, too. It is only 5 1/2 hour drive from
Germantown, TN 38139 Memphis.
Registration is only $100.00 which includes all convention fees, workshops and
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS meals. You don’t want to miss this opportunity.
We are delighted to welcome Contact Anne Truett at 763-1306 or email her at email@example.com to be
new regular members: a delegate or alternate and for more information.
Wanda Barzizza Myrna Estes
Jane Ricketts Jenny Weaver TnFRW STATE CONVENTION REMINDER LIST
Thank you for joining Individual Registrations forms must be sent in with payment by
Republican Women of Purpose! September 23, 2009 (see insert). Convention forms are in this newsletter.
To date, we have 155 regular Room Reservations:
members and 36 associate members.
Call 1-800-222-8733 and ask for the Chattanooga, TN Doubletree
If your address, telephone number or or www.chattanooga.doubletree.com or
email address has changed please Dial direct to Chattanooga Doubletree at 1-423-756-5150 or
advise Barbara Trautman so she can Call 1-423-752-6959 and ask for Kimberly
update the records. Rooms are reserved under TFRW and the cost is $104.00 plus tax.
Collierville, TN 38017
1797 Lisson Cove
Republican Women of Purpose
If you have any prospective members for our club, please send the addresses to Kim Perry,
VAMusicMom@aol.com, so that we may send them a newsletter
DATES TO REMEMBER
Sept. 2 11:00 am RWOP Luncheon Meeting Ridgeway Country Club
Sept.16 10:00 am RWOP Board Meeting Ridgeway Country Club
Sept. 10—13 NFRW Convention Orlando Florida
Sept. 7 Constitution Day
Oct. 7 11:00 am RWOP Luncheon Meeting Ridgeway Country Club
Oct. 21 10:00 am RWOP Board Meeting Ridgeway Country Club
Oct. 23-25 TFRW Convention Double Hotel Chattanooga, TN
Oct. 29 6:00 pm Republicans Got Talent Woodland Hills Country Club
JOIN REPUBLICAN WOMEN OF PURPOSE Would you like to sponsor one of our
$35-regular member, $25-Associate member —available to men or women who are monthly newsletters? For a $100
regular members of another NFRW unit donation to RWOP, your name or
Send to Barbara Trautman, 3089 Oakleigh Lane, Germantown, TN 38138, Ph. 262-6821 business could be displayed here!
As a service to its members, The Republican Voice will gladly print notices of Contact Cheryl Lombardo, 757-4953
candidates’ fundraising events for members of RWOP only. or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please continue your support of Alpha Omega by bringing coffee, can products, paper towels, toilet paper
and napkins to our monthly luncheons.
Please continue your support for the patients at the Veterans Affairs Hospital by bringing donations of travel
sized personal hygiene products, and gift cards for gas, phone calls and groceries.