This week’s message will be short, as many of you will be spending the day with family and friends celebrating Easter. May the Blessings of this most Holy Season be with all of you and your families.
Spring is definitely in the air, I do believe we have seen the last of the cold weather here in Florida. You know what that means.. All the global warming talk can begin again! Another season getting going is the 2013-2014 political season. The list of people filing papers to run for various elected offices continues to grow, and as Republicans, we cannot take our eyes off the ball for a second. We must watch for continued manufactured issues and controversies that force our attention away to what is truly going on in our governments. WE must learn to discern fact from media hype and “fiction”.
At the OCREC meeting the other night, we were privileged to have two elected officials speak to us; Congressman Dan Webster was on hand to give us a glimpse into the Washington scene (it’s not pretty) and State Senator Dave Simmonds gave a report about what’s happening during the Florida Legislative Session, going on now through the 1st week of May. Both speakers were informative and spoke of the need for us citizens to get and stay involved in our government. Reminder: all government is of, by and for the PEOPLE!!! US! It is our duty as citizens to stay focused and as involved as we can.
To that end, see below for a list of events that is going on in our area.
Wednesday, 4/3 – Apopka City Commission meeting, 1:30 pm at Apopka City Hall. If you get the Apopka Chief, and you probably should, you can see the City is dealing with a host of issues right now.
Thursday, 4/4 – West Orange Republican Women’s Federated monthly meeting, 12:00 noon, at the West Orange Country Club. Reservations are needed.
Looking ahead, our own NORWF Bunco Party and Stuffed Purse Auction is coming up quickly, Saturday April 13, from Noon – 3 at Windy Hill Ranch. Mary Smothers has put out several emails recently about what is needed, from door prizes to food donations, to items to put into purses. This is a CLUB event and there is way for each of our members to contribute. Tickets are $5.00 and available from any NORWF Board member.
Birthdays this week (3/31 – 4/6) – None that I could see. Again, apologies if I missed anyone.
Wishing the Blessings and Beauty of this Easter Season upon all.
Blessed Palm Sunday to everyone! The start of Holy Week; Passover begins later this week. Let us pray for our Christian and Jewish friends as we commemorate the Holiest week of the year. If you missed our meeting on Thursday the 21st, you missed another good one. Patty Redlich, Orange County State CommitteeWoman to RPOF spoke about specific plans to take back our Nation and how our Club can help. She told us she has been charged with being the liason for the Teenage Republican Clubs in our state. Each Federated Club can help by sponsoring or mentoring a teenage Club in area High schools. Young people are bombarded constantly with messages from the liberal democrats and we, as Republican women can work to counteract that effect. There are a surprising number of Conservative republican teens and we must reach out to them. Patty suggested other ways we can make a difference are to hold issue or candidate coffees in our homes, or some kind of ice crème social. It is up to us, individually and as a Club, to decide what we are willing to do to save our Nation.
To that end, our meeting next month will be a celebration of our Youth, as NORWF will award our two scholarships, the Alice B Miner Scholarship and the Barbara Gehrig memorial scholarships. This week is the last week we will be accepting applications (deadline is Saturday March 30). If you know a high school senior, or someone who is continuing their education, please encourage them to apply. All the information for both scholarships is on our website, www.norwf.org. You can also contact Joan Alsup, Scholarship Chair for information. Our meeting in April will be on a special day and time, Wednesday April 17 at 7:00 pm at Errol Estate. In addition to our scholarship presentations, we are honored to have as our guest speaker, James Doyle, the young man who is working with Patty on the TARS clubs mentioned above.
Several activities this week to look for :
Tuesday March 26, Orange County Board of Commissioners meeting, starting at 9:00 am, 201 Rosalind in downtown Orlando.
Tuesday March 26, Winter Park Republican Women Federated, monthly meeting, 12 noon -1:30, Winter Park Racquet Club; RSVP to Susan Burrows.
Today March 24 – March 31 – Online fundraiser for Scott Plakon. Scott just announced his candidacy for Florida House, District 29, which covers mostly Seminole County. Visit www.scottplakon.com for details.
Thursday March 28, OCREC meeting, 7:00 pm, Marks Senior Center.
Birthdays this week (3/24 – 3/30) – None that I could see, I hope I did not miss anyone.
Looking ahead, Don’t forget to get your tickets NOW to the NORWF Bunco Party and Stuffed Purse auction, Saturday April 13, at the Windy Hill Ranch, from Noon – 3:00 pm. $5.00/ticket, contact any NORWF board member for tickets, or Mary Smothers.
Stay focused, stay involved. Write letters to the Editor, have that issues coffee, attend meetings, contact your local, state and National elected officials to let them know where you stand on issues, hold them accountable!! It’s still not too late to affect change, but we must ACT now! Working together, as always, we are Women (and men) making a difference!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day – I hope everyone has a bit of the luck of the Irish today! March madness commences this week as well. The NCAA tournament begins, at last. The one time of the year when Cinderella actually gets a chance! Of course, I will cheer my Wisconsin Badgers all the way to the Final Four. Whose your team?
Well the 2014 mid-term elections are still well over a year away, yet candidates are already throwing their hats into the ring for various elected State and county offices. Among those candidates is NORWF’s own Terri Seefeldt, who is running for Fl house, District 31, the seat currently held by Rep Bryan Nelson, who will be termed out in 2014. Various other candidates have also filed papers with intentions to run for Florida House seats, some county commission seats, and the like. The next step for these candidates is getting enough signatures to get their names on the ballot. It does seem like there is a much shorter time span between elections. As republican women, we must study the issues and the candidates, and as individuals choose who we will work for and what the extent of that work will be. As always, we will be women making a difference!
If you have not yet done so, PLEASE make your reservations NOW to attend this week’s NORWF monthly membership meeting. Mayor Rich Crotty and our own Patty Redlich, Orange County’s State Committeeman and Committeewoman will be on hand to discuss RPOF’s plans for victory heading into 2014 and beyond and how we can help in that endeavour. We will also be reviewing and voting on our Club’s Standing Rules. The Standing Rules are more like a day-to-day operating manual for our Club, no less important than our Club’s bylaws. If you would like a copy of the standing rules to review ahead of the meeting, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email a copy right back to you. Please make your reservations for our meeting today, at www.norwf.org, or reply YES when the phone committee calls you. You do have till Tuesday noon to get us your reservation.
This week looks to be a busy one, with various meetings and activities going on. Let’s take a look:
Wed, 3/20 – Suburban Womens Republican Federated meeting, 11:00 am at the Westin Hotel in Lake Mary. Special guest is Susan Fernandez, from Sen Marco Rubio’s office, discussing immigration . Reservations needed.
Wed, 3/20 – Apopka City Commission meeting, 8:00 pm, Apopka City Hall. One of the Agenda items will be further discussion of plans to build a Sam’s Club in Apopka, across from the Apopka Walmart.
Thursday 3/21 – NORWF Monthly Membership meeting, 11:00 am. See details above. Please be there!
Thursday 3/21 – Open House meeting for the first section of the Wekiva Parkway, from 6-8 pm, at the Apopka High School Cafeteria. Review plans, talk to representatives and officials.
Friday 3/22 – Regional meeting of Commissioner Fred Brummer, 10:00 am at Apopka City Hall. Agenda will include discussion of an eco-village and the Lake-Sumter MPO regarding transportation concerns.
Birthdays this week (3/17-3/23) – Louise Fortunato (3/20); Lynn Garrett (3/19); Wishing you lovely ladies a Wonderful Day.
Looking ahead, we have the NORW Bunco Party and Stuffed Purse Auction coming up on Saturday April 13, details were in our Newsletter. Get your tickets from any NORWF Board member, only $5.00. Bring a guest!! And also, the Apopka Art & Foliage Festival April 27 & 28th. NORWF is a sponsor of this wonderful event and will have table there. We need Volunteers to man the table. Come spend an hour or two that weekend with us, it will be fun! You’re probably going to the Art Festival anyway, so why not??
2013 looks to be a busy year. Jump on our website, see what’s happening, what committee can you join? Get involved, it’s no fun just sitting on the sidelines, is it? We can make a difference!! Call or email me any time with ideas, suggestions, questions!
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW!
NORTHWEST ORANGE REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING
THURSDAY, March 21, 2013
ERROL ESTATE RESORT AND COUNTRY CLUB
1355 Errol Parkway, Apopka, Florida
11:00 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m.
Special guests: Orange County State Committeewoman Patty Redlich and Orange County State Committeeman Rich Crotty
Patty & Rich will discuss RPOF plans and strategies as we head into 2013 & 2014, and how our Club can be a part of these plans. This is important, NOT-TO-Missed information! We may have lost the election in 2012, but we can regain our foothold going into 2014. Come find out how!!
Guests are ALWAYS Welcome!!! Come join us and bring a friend!! Remember, reservations are required! Reservations are a must, even if you do not eat. We have a table reserved for those of you who do not plan to eat and water is available. No food or beverages may be brought into our meeting. If you have a food allergy, please let us know when you make a reservation. Thank you for your understanding.