Sincerely, Brenda Bloch, GCRW President


Sincerely, Brenda Bloch, GCRW President
November 2013 Newsletter
Letter from the President
The TFRW Convention was a wonderful experience for the 5 delegates that attended in
October—Sue Burden, Barbara Durham, Kelly Follis, Robin Walker, and myself. We
thank GCRW for giving us the opportunity to attend this event. Look in this newsletter for
the delegate’s convention “thoughts”!
We have many members and associates working on our big Round-up fundraiser on
November 14, 6pm at the Red Barn on Cordova Road. What a fun time with plenty of
food, drinks, live and silent auction and Land Commissioner, Jerry Patterson as our auctioneer!! Our catered menu consists of: Cheese/Fruit Display with Cracker Selection;
Pulled Pork Loin with rolls, sauce, pickles and onions; Beef Empanadas, Chicken Tacos,
Salsa; Hot Spinach dip, mini eggrolls with dipping sauce; and assorted bar cookies.
Drinks will include iced tea, beer and wine. We have some great auction items, such as: 3
Night Stay at the Port Royal Condo in Port Aransas, Turkey and Dove Hunts, Ladies
Night Out for 10 (including wine/hors d’oeuvres, shampoo, blow dry and style, and rejuvenating hand treatments), Zoom Teeth Whitening System, books, jewelry, hand crotched
baby items, perfume, wine, etc. We have numerous officeholders and candidates that have
purchased tables and bought admission.
So if you do not want to miss anything—send your admission check of $40/person,
payable to GCRW, P.O. Box 176, Seguin, 78156. And to assist further, you may still donate auction items by calling Susan Dyess, 830.305.4425 and she has volunteered to pick
them up from you! Remember, we only host a fundraiser every other year and THIS IS
Also don’t forget our annual Christmas Party will be held December 11 at 5:30pm at
Lake Breeze Ski Lodge with a full meal ($15) and a cash bar. We need to receive your
RSVP check by December 9 in order to reserve your meal. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will
be installing our 2014 officers.
Sincerely, Brenda Bloch, GCRW President
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Guadalupe County Republican Women
Membership Participation
Members are being asked to buy or donate the money for two tickets!
How Can you help?
First: Help with the Auction!
If you own or work for a local business, please help make this another successful event of
Guadalupe County Republican Women by donating items to be auctioned. Possible donation
items include: Dove Hunts, Deer Hunts, Fishing Trips, Fine Jewelry, Beach Condos, Ski Condos, and Golf Passes. Additionally, quality hand-crafted items, gift cards for local restaurants
and businesses, and items you purchased make great silent auction items. If you would like to
donate item (s), please contact:
Call Brenda Bloch : 830.379.6700 or Barbara Durham : 557-5084
Second: Annual Membership Roundup!
Invite a non-member to the GCRW 2013 Republican Roundup and encourage them to become
Third: Attend!!!
All members and associates are being asked to buy or donate the cost of two tickets!
Fourth: Participate in the Planning!!!
We are always looking for a helping hand! Join a committee and contribute your God given
Invitations & Program
Speaker and Auctioneer
Food and Alcohol
Live and Silent Auction
Fonda Mathis
Barbara Durham
Kelly Follis
Brenda Bloch
Barbara Durham, Susan Dyess, Brenda Bloch and Fonda Mathis
Kelly Follis
The Guadalupe
Join us in receiving our Local and State
Republican Leaders
Thursday, November 14th,
Six PM
For an Hors D’oeuvre Dinner
Texas Agricultural Education and Heritage
“The Big Red Barn”
390 Cordova Road (and Hwy 123)
Seguin, Texas
Please Respond By
November 4, 2013
Tickets: $40.00 / Person
Mail to GCRW,
PO Box 176,
Seguin, TX 78156
Questions? Call Brenda Bloch,
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Guadalupe County Republican Women
From GCRW Membership Chair Barbara Durham:
Our organization is strong, and because of our members, good
things happen in the Republican Party in Guadalupe County. If
you know of anyone who may be interested in learning more
about us, please invite them to one of our meetings. A 2014 membership is attached to this newsletter, as we begin taking 2014
memberships in November. Thanking all of our faithful members
and asking them again for their support in 2014.
Recent New Members :
Ltc. Anna Corley
Yvonne Guenther
Melroy Koehler
Helen Kolb
Kyle Kutscher
Natalie Land
Mark Miller
Lisa and D.L. Schraub
Penny & Jack Shanafelt
Kathleen & Phil Vasile
Donna Wehe
2014 Membership Form
attached or can be found on
FB and on the Website!
Membership ~ Pat Bender and Barbara Durham
NAME TAGS: Pat Bender has found a place that will make GCRW name tags that look like
the ones some members may have previously purchased. The cost is $9.75 each. If you are
interested, please write the name you want on your name tag very clearly. Make your $9.75
check out to GCRW and mail to :
GCRW, P.O. Box 176, Seguin, TX 78156.
If you have any questions, please contact Pat Bender, 830.303.3815
Savannah Knight (left), Girls State Representative and Kim Chambers (Right),
TFRW Outreach Chairman 2013 both speakers at the October 2013 Meeting.
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November 2013
Upcoming Events and Programs
7—GCRW Hosting Moore House Luncheon
14 – GCRW Fundraiser, Red Barn
11 – GCRW Christmas Party, Lake Breeze Ski Lodge
5:30 pm Social (Cash Bar) and 6:00 pm Dinner ($15) RSVP No Later then
Dec. 9 by mailing a check to: GCRW PO Box 176 Seguin, 78155
2014 SUGGESTIONS: Please contact Kelly Follis regarding speakers you would like to hear from during
2014, besides our Republican Primary candidates. E-Mail [email protected] Phone 830.305.1534.!/GuadalupeCountyRepublicanWomen
Caring for America ~ Dixie Bane
The Christian Cupboard is a non-profit organization which provides food and other
basic items needed for those living in Guadalupe County. At each regular meeting we "Pass
the Basket" for the Christian Cupboard. Please
be as generous as you can when the basket
passes by you!
October Meeting Collections: $86.00
Please call Jeannette Wright 210-651-4848 with the names of any club members or club
friends to whom we need to send our gratitude, sympathy or get well wishes.
Barbara Durham—11/19
Jan Koehne—11/19
Heather McMinn—11/15
Stacey Mycue—11/25
Brenda Nitsch—11/9
Shiela Old—11/13
Shirly Vajdos—11/14
OCTOBER! Thank you for attending…
Brenda Bloch, Sue Burden, Barbara Durham, Kelly Follis, Robin Walker
“What a wonderful experience meeting with 800 liked minded Texas
Republican Women! It was also fun to meet 40 politicians and
candidates such as George P. Bush, Joe Straus, David Dewhurst, Jerry
Patterson and many more. We heard interesting speakers such as
Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico and US Senator Ted Cruz.
Educational opportunities provided were workshops entitled, Inclusion:
A road Map to the Next Election and U.S. Tax Policy and Obamacare:
How YOU are Affected. Don’t miss the next TFRW convention in
2015 in Lubbock!”
Brenda Bloch
“Thank you GCRW for choosing me to be one of your delegates to the 2013 TFRW Convention in San Antonio Oct. 17-19. I have been a delegate to many Republican Conventions and I must say this was the best, most
organized, informative, and well planned convention I have ever attended. My heartfelt “thanks” go out to
TFRW for the 2013 convention. Of course it was fun filled also, and my 2 roommates, Kelly Follis and Brenda Bloch, was the “icing on the cake”. Now we must do everything we can to “Keep Texas Red”!!!! “
Barbara Durham
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the TFRW Conference recently. Hearing many Candidates speak so
passionately and enthusiastically about their decision to run was inspiring and confirmed to me the importance
of the role we, as Republican Women, can play in supporting our candidates during their campaign process.
The Campaign Management School was a very intense 7 hours, during which I learned so much. There were
many people there who were contemplating running for office, and also people like me who wanted to learn
how to effectively be a support person for a candidate. Many subjects were covered, including finances,
marketing, office management, time management, speech writing and delivery, recruiting and retaining
effective volunteers, etc. I have a huge binder for reference and I know I will use it! This was time very well
spent, and I encourage anyone running for office, or anyone who wants to help with a campaign, to take this
course. Contact TFRW for dates and times. LETS KEEP TEXAS RED!! “ Sue Burden
“I have been to 3 Texas Federation of Republican Women bi-annual conventions and they just keep getting
better. The highlight for me, besides praying in God's power with all of those people present, while standing
beside Ted Cruz was listening to Senator Cruz and the amazing reception that he got because that means that
our our Republican ladies are unified!) I thoroughly enjoyed Governor Martinez of New Mexico. Common
sense, no nonsense solutions that both Republicans and Democrats can embrace. Finally, I loved being there
with my boss, the incomparable Senator Dr. Donna Campbell!” Kelly Follis
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November 2013
Out and About
Guadalupe County Fair Parade
The next edition of the GCRW
Newsletter will be in January.
Please send your newsletter
submission to Fonda Mathis via email
to [email protected].
December 11
Lake Breeze Ski Lodge
5:30pm Social/6:00 pm Dinner
PO BOX 176 Seguin, 78155
$15 By December 9, 2013
P O Box 176 – Seguin, TX 78156
Political advertising paid by the Guadalupe
County Republican Women-PAC. GCRWPAC PO Box 176, Seguin, TX 78156.
Each and Every member is very important to GCRW and we thank you for your continued support!