I know it was so disappointing when we all worked so hard in 2006 for our candidates and then had to face so many losses locally. The year 2007 is a new beginning, and we have to put the 2006 experiences behind us; we must now step forward and concentrate on rebuilding our local party in readiness for 2008.
Despite all the losses by our local candidates, Alamo City Women had a great year. We had such a hardworking executive board, and I am pleased to say that many of these members have chosen to stay on, albeit some to serve in different positions in 2007. The Christmas luncheon was "over-the-top." City Councilman Kevin Wolff was a big hit and received so many questions from the members that we finally had to cut them off. Congressman Bonilla stopped by and also addressed us, and needless to say, we are devastated by his loss. Imelda Torres, Texas Federation of Republican Women Deputy President for Region IX, did a beautiful installation of the newly elected 2007 officers. We gave away over forty free door prizes donated by the board members. Unfortunately, Santa had to cancel that morning due to the sickness of one of his children (bet you didn't know Santa had children!) but he plans to be there next year.
We also presented our 2006 Scholarship Award to Laurie Pruski of Wilson County Republican Women. Besides receiving a check, Laurie received a beautiful corsage, a framed certificate, an ACRW mug and a handbook plus a spray of roses from Imelda Torres. She is a delightful young woman, and we wish her well in her career.
I want to thank hyou all for putting your trust in me to serve as President of this great club for another year. I have wonderful helpers as you already know, but there are some extra special ones that many of you do not know about. One is my husband, George. He is my "behind the scenes" co-president. A few members do know what he has done over the years but most do not. He, along with my son Kerry Graham, have helped make Alamo City Republican Women what it is today. Kerry produced our handbook in 2006, designed the cover and the majority of the ads. George typed most of the written words and Kerry added all those fitting pictgures and maps. Kerry also designed our letterhead in 2000 and got us on-line with our own website.
I hope to see you on the 16th.