Two days ago marked the 10th Anniversary of the loss of the crew of the space shuttle Columbia. I remember that day, Saturday morning, clear and cool. We were actually watching the local news, waiting to see the landing. I’ve never seen a shuttle landing, live on tv, so I was very excited. The time for the landing came and went, and no shuttle. I remember the concern starting to show on the newscasters faces, and then the announcement that NASA was going into their contingency mode. From excitement to sadness and grief so quickly. I remember President Bush giving a short, eloquent speech later that day commemorating the event and the lives of the brave souls on board the shuttle that day. If you get a chance, I would recommend reading “Comm Check..The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia”, by Michael Cabbage and William Hardwood. An excellent accounting of that day, events from months and years previous leading up to that day and lastly, an accounting of what was going on in the Shuttle during those last moments. An Amazing read.
Couple of Club reminders: PLEASE, if you have not yet renewed your membership, take care of that this week. We need each and every one of you if our Club is to be successful. We have some great plans for this year, don’t miss out! Also, if you are planning to attend the FFRW Spring Conference, be sure to register NOW for this event. It’s from Sunday March 3 – Tuesday March 5. You can go to www.ffrw.net to register on line, it takes only a few minutes. NORWF’s budget allows for reimbursement for up to $75.00 for registration for up to 10 people from our Club to attend. It’s fun and very exciting. The Conference culminates on Tuesday March 5, coinciding with opening day of the Florida 2013 Legislative Session.
A couple of things going on this week; as always, let me know if I’ve missed anything, or something you would like to let our members know about.
Wed Feb 6 – Apopka City Commission meeting, 1:30 at Apopka City Hall. Looks like a full agenda.
Thursday Feb 7 – OCREC District 2 meeting, aprox 7:00 pm, Apopka Chamber of Commerce.
Birthdays this week (2/3 – 2/9) – William “Mac” McGuffin (2/6); Wishing Mr. McGuffin a VERY Special day!
Our Newsletter will be out later this week. Still time to get in a story, or story ideas. This is YOUR newsletter. Enjoy SuperBowl Sunday, cheer for the team of your choice, or enjoy some of those great commercials.
This year’s recipient of the Northwest Orange Republican Women Federated’s Alice B. Miner Memorial Scholarship recipient is Seth Heard of Apopka. He was awarded 1,000 dollars to be sent to the school of his choosing.
Northwest Orange Republican Women, Federated will be hosting a Bunco Party and Stuffed Purse Auction on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m. at Windy Hills Ranch, 3620 W Kelly Park Rd, Apopka, the home of Shirley and Richard Risser.
There will be refreshments, fun, door prizes, more prizes, more fun and best of all our Stuffed Purse Auction. Not only will you want to bid on these great purses but you just never know what unexpected treasures may lie within. All are welcome.
If you have never played Bunco with a fun group of ladies before, you are in for a treat. Bunco is an easy to learn fun game that anyone can learn in just a few minutes. You might start out with a friend or two but chances are you will make many new friends and contacts before you leave. And chances are, you won’t leave empty handed either.
Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased from many NORWF members. Tickets will also be available at the door.
If you missed the I-4 Women Roar event on Saturday Jan 21, 2012, you missed an exciting, inspiring day!! The Event was hosted by NORWF, along with the Winter Park Republican Women’s Club Federated. This was a first of a kind event, and the largest ever hosted by our Club. The event Co-chairs, Sharon Rousey, from NORWF and Susan Burrow from WPRWF, did a truly outstanding and amazing job of bringing together Womens clubs, Tea party organizations and conservative clubs from all over Central Florida, to show what we can accomplish when we all work together!! The event actually sold out, as we had plenty of people showing up at the door!!
Special speakers included Sharon Day, RNC Co-chair, Cindy Graves, President of FFRW and a very special appearance by Congresswoman Sandy Adams, who flew in from Washington just for this event!! All three women gave rousing speeches that ignited the crowd of almost 200 women and men. These three women are true patriots who have dedicated themselves to defeating Obama and the Liberal Socialist agenda he and his minions are determined to set for this Nation. We can all take a lesson from these three courageous women.
Other speakers included Blaize Ignoglia, RPOF vice-chair, Lew Oliver, OCREC chair and Al Schwarz, SCREC chair. Each of the Presidential candidates (except Ron Paul) was represented by campaign surrogates who were allowed to speak for up to 5 minutes each. Other local candidates and organizations purchased display tables. And there was a spectacular array of gift baskets and Silent Auction items available for raffle and bid.
This was indeed a day to remember and definitely was a GREAT way to kick off the Campaign 2012 season. As I write this, the Florida Presidential Primary in only days away, and each of us has a very difficult decision ahead of us. We cannot let the liberal media set our agendas for us. Listen to the candidates, visit their websites, like them on facebook, talk to their supporters. I-4 Women Roar showed us that, as women, we ARE empowered and MUST do all we can to work together to save this beloved Nation of ours!! We are women of ACTION and we are truly making a difference!!
NORWF is planning a number of election year activities, the first being the I-4 Women Roar event. This event is unique in that it will bring together a number of Central Florida Republican Clubs and Tea Party organizations. We will join together to kick off the 2012 Political Season. The Republican Presidential campaigns have been invited to the January 21’st brunch, hosted by our club, along with Republican leaders from across the State, along with a number of candidates. It will be held at the Altamonte Spring Hilton, 350 North Lake Blve, Altamonte Springs, FL, with doors opening at 10:30. There will be plenty of hobnob opportunities.. This is an event you WILL NOT WANT TO MISS.
Our exciting keynote speaker will be Stephen K. Bannon, writer and director of the moving documentary, “Fire from the Heartland”. This is the first film ever to tell the story of the conservative woman, in her own words, from the founding mothers of our Republic to some of the most powerful and influential women of our time.
Right now, we are offering tables, or single seating for the event. Go to i4womenroar.eventbrite.com to register and find out more about this event.
There is much work to be done, and Central Florida’s Republican clubs along with our coalition family of Tea Party organizations are ready to get to work, because as we all know.. WHEN WOMEN WORK.. WE ALL WIN!!!
See ya there!!!!