The sun shone on Alamo City Republican Women again! Despite the forecast of rain and ominous-looking clouds, we made the decision to hold the event outside at l0 o'clock on the morning of our reception and were we ever glad we did. The weather warmed up, and it was a perfect day again. If you have never attended one of the receptions at the McNeel's lovely home, you have missed out. This was the seventh year Marilyn and Day have graciously opened their home to us. They are such good friends of Alamo City Republican Women and we dearly appreciate them and their extended family.
Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones charmed everyone. She is doing a wonderful job serving as Chairman of the Commission, and we are so proud that she won her first statewide race. The District Attorney, Susan Reed, introduced Elizabeth. One of our members said to me prior to the event, "I hope she is not just going to go up there to read an official bio," and she didn't! In spite of feeling ill, the District Attorney gave a very funny and personal introduction of the Commissioner.
The food provided by the membership was spectacular as usual. The board members and their teams of workers did an outstanding job. Our kitchen boss, Don Tedder, was everywhere--even acting as a food runner! As many of you know, Kathleen Kirkpatrick, our Membership Chairman, was unable to organize the reception because she had to take care of her husband who fell on the ice and shattered his hip, so members of the board jumped on the wagon and took care of things. What a great team we have.
I have received so many words of appreciation for the valet parking service we hired this year. I don't know why we have not thought of doing this before because many people had complained of having to walk so far. The young man who owns the service has only been in business since August; he and his workers did such a great job. I highly recommend him if you are ever in need of valet parking.
We have an exciting year ahead, so be sure to attend the meetings to hear our great speakers. First, we have the council and mayor's races in May, and following that, everyone will be positioning himself/herself for the 2008 primaries.
I hope you will invite a friend to hear our new Comptroller of Public Accounts, Susan Combs, on March 20th.