Here we go again! Exciting days are ahead for us; so many of you are already helping our candidates, and you are all greatly appreciated. Some members have been out there blockwalking for candidates even during these long hot days of summer. Keep it up—our candidates need you, and the time is ripe for all of our candidates to win! Talk to your friends, relatives and neighbors about the candidates and make sure they are all registered to vote. Also, be ready to counter any negativity with the facts. It is wonderful if you have the resources to financially support our candidates, but if you cannot, your time is just as valuable.
We had a wonderful New Member Orientation Reception at The Resort at Dell Webb Hill Country Retreat in July. Many of our candidates were in attendance and, as usual, the board came through with fantastic food. Special thanks go to Helen Cleary, Alamo City Republican Women's New Member Liaison, and her assistants who organized the event.
I am certain the majority of the membership has heard that the candidate for County Commissioner's Court District 4 unexpectedly passed away. The Precinct chairs in that district were called upon to elect a replacement candidate on the ballot. If you haven't already met Susan Pamerleau, their choice, you will be impressed when you do meet her. She has the experience we need. Susan retired as a Major General after 32 yrs in the USAF. She lists her experience in the private sector as Senior Vice-President at USAA, and has led large organizations, managed large budgets and is involved in the community by serving senior citizens, victims of family violence and also through her church. Susan needs volunteers; you do not have to live in District 4 to help her defeat Tommy Adkisson. In a county this large, we need more than one commissioner representing Republicans. Read the role of Bexar County Commissioners Court in your handbook.
The 2010/11 Handbooks will be available at the luncheons for those who have not yet obtained their copy. Unfortunately, it is not cost-effective for us to mail them to the membership since the books are spiral-bound and quite heavy, and would have to go in a padded envelope. We are issuing one free copy per family; additional copies cost $15.00. If you cannot attend the luncheons, you may have a friend to pick up your copy for you. This is not a directory, although members names and addresses are listed. It is a handbook full of useful information.
I am looking forward to seeing you at the luncheon. Freida Wright