President's Messages > February 2013

Well, it was another very successful meeting for Alamo City Republican Women and we had a huge crowd despite the absence of many members who called in sick with the flu. Our scheduled speaker, Ambassador Siv, cancelled on us but as usual everything worked out just fine and members were congratulating us on the outstanding program! City Councilwoman Elisa Chan from District 9 was our first speaker and she did an excellent job as always. Elisa will be on the ballot this coming May in our “non-partisan” city election. Our second speaker was Jeff Judson of the Heartland Institute and he gave us quite an education on the streetcar issue. Remember we voted that issue down a few years ago but apparently our vote doesn’t count when the city and county wants to spend our money. Jeff was followed by Logan Chism from Congressman Lamar Smith’s office. I know Lamar would have been very proud of how Logan spoke on his behalf regarding the Second Amendment. Even if you where there you, you probably didn’t realize Logan wasn’t scheduled to be on the agenda, I had only asked him to speak on the issue about 15 minutes before we began. Impressive young man!

Maybe some of our newer members do not know that in February, we do not meet at Oak Hills Country Club because this is the month we try to recruit new members by holding a Membership Recruitment Reception. This year Susan and Aubra Franklin are graciously allowing us to use their fabulous facility, Franklin Park. If the weather cooperates we will hold the event on their beautiful patio otherwise we will be in the elegant Franklin Room. Since this is a retirement community everywhere is handicap accessible. Parking is unlimited across the street in the strip center and on both sides of Sonterra Place, a very wide street. There is a map inside this newsletter. As you will see you, can get to Sonterra Place from every direction without ever having to go on 1604 if you do not wish too.

The most important thing is to bring potential members with you. The following always seems to be confusing to many of our members — the cost to attend is a bargain at $30.00, which includes free membership for 2013 for new members. This special is for new members only. If a guest attended the luncheon at Oak Hills Country Club and then joined, the cost would be $48.00 so this is a good savings for her/him. If you are a current member and you have already paid your 2013 dues it is $10.00 for you, plus we are requesting you bring a finger food. Remember the $10.00 is only for paid-up 2013 members, not for guests. If a guest wants to attend without the free membership, it is our regular price of $20.00.

Our Reservations Chair, Barbara Bearr is having hip replacement surgery on the 7th of February so please DO NOT CALL your reservations in to her. You may make your reservations at or call Carolyn at 493-6210.

We will have a wonderful fun-filled event so mark your calendars because we don’t want you to miss out on this luncheon.