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Fayette County Republican Women, Fayette County Texas
Welcome to the Fayette County Republican Women's web site. Our organization, chartered in 2001, is affiliated with the Texas Federation of Republican Women (tfrw.org) and the National Federation of Republican Women (nfrw.org), a body of over 100,000 women who support Republican candidates and conservative causes at all levels of government.
FCRW is open to all Republican women and men who care passionately about conservative values. Political education and support of conservative Republican candidates is our mission. As part of that goal, our annual Literacy Projects, which began in 2003, provide an encyclopedic dictionary to all third-grade students in Fayette County and donate new adult and children books to each of our four Fayette County public libraries each year.
In 2011, we initiated our annual FCRW scholarship program which grew from $250 each in 2011 to $1,000 each in 2019 and 2020. These amounts were awarded to one graduating senior girl at each of the five Fayette County High Schools. In 2021, we will offer one $5,000 scholarship to attend Hillsboro College. (See EDUCATION for more details on this.) Our periodic fundraisers provide the monies for these projects, as well as opportunities to meet candidates and hear dynamic speakers such as Nick Adams, founder of FLAGUSA.org. Please "LIKE" us on Facebook: Fayette County Republican Women. (See link in Useful links).
Meetings and Events
Guests are always welcome, you do not have to be a member to attend.
We welcome your ideas! To provide suggestions for speakers or topics,
please contact our VP/Program Chair, Kimberley Rutledge at 214 507-9922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FCRW's monthly general meetings will be held on the third THURSDAY of each month, excluding July and December.
These will be evening meetings. Social time starts at 6:00 PM. Our general meeting will start at 6:30 PM.
Our events calendar will be updated throughout the year as speakers and events are scheduled.
FCRW's Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, excluding July and December. These meetings will be held at the La Grange city hall and start at 2 PM. All FCRW members are welcome to attend and provide input.
NEXT GENERAL MEETING: Will follow current COVID-19 safety recommendations
Our next monthly meeting will be on Thursday, March 18, at the Wine Haus in Flatonia, 110 W. North St., Flatonia, 78941. Our guest speaker will be Alice Mundy, TFRW District Director. Social time starts at 6:00PM. You’re welcome to order from the Wine Haus menu, Dutch treat. If you’d like to order a meal, please come early. We will start the business meeting at 6:30.
2021 Events Calendar
Jan. 14, 2:00 PM FCRW Board meeting at La Grange City Hall council chambers.
Jan. 21, 6:00 pm FCRW General meeting. Location: La Grange City Hall, 155 E. Colorado. Speaker: Kathy Haigler, one of the "Texas 8" who traveled to Wisconsin to assist with the ballot recounts in Dane county.
Feb. 11, 2:00 PM FCRW Board meeting at La Grange City Hall council chambers.
Feb. 18, 6:00 pm. FCRW General meeting. Location: La Grange City Hall, 155 E. Colorado. Speaker: Mark Goloby, founder of TC Research Institute. Topic: Taxpayer funded lobbyists. **Cancelled due to snow/ice storms**
Mar. 11, 2:00 PM FCRW Board meeting at La Grange City Hall council chambers.
March 18, 6:00 pm FCRW General meeting. Location: La Grange City Hall, 155 E. Colorado. Speaker: Alice Mundy, TFRW District 10 Director.
Apr. 8, 2:00 PM FCRW Board meeting at La Grange City Hall council chambers.
April 15, 6:00 pm FCRW General meeting. Location: La Grange City Hall, 155 E. Colorado, La Grange. Speaker: TBD.
May 13, 2:00 PM FCRW Board meeting at La Grange City Hall council chambers.
May 20, 6:00 pm FCRW General meeting. Location: La Grange City Hall, 155 E. Colorado, La Grange. Speaker: TBD.
June 10, 2:00 PM FCRW Board meeting at La Grange City Hall council chambers.
June 17, 6:00 pm FCRW General meeting. Location: La Grange City Hall, 155 E. Colorado, La Grange. Speaker: TBD.
July 4th - Participate in Round Top July 4th Parade with FC GOP.
July - No General meeting this month.
Aug. 12, 2:00 PM FCRW Board meeting at La Grange City Hall council chambers.
Aug. 19, 6:00 pm FCRW General meeting. Location: La Grange City Hall, 155 E. Colorado, La Grange. Speaker: TBD
Sep. 2-6 FCRW/FCRP Republican booth at Fayette County Fair
Sep. 9, 2:00 PM FCRW Board meeting at La Grange City Hall council chambers.
September 16, FCRW General meeting. Location: La Grange City Hall, 155 E. Colorado, La Grange. Speaker: TBD.
Oct. 14, 2:00 PM FCRW Board meeting at La Grange City Hall council chambers.
Oct. 21, 6:00 pm FCRW General meeting. Location: La Grange City Hall, 155 E. Colorado, La Grange. Speaker: TBD. ** 2022 Officer Candidates to be announced. **
Nov. 11, 2:00 PM FCRW Board meeting at La Grange City Hall council chambers.
November 18, 6:00 pm FCRW General meeting. Location: La Grange City Hall. Speakers: TBD. ** 2021 Officer Elections **
Dec. 4, 6:00 pm FCRW Christmas Party and 2022 Officer Installation. Location: Frisch Auf! Country Club.
No Board or General meeting in December.
A LOOK AT PAST EVENTS
February 22, 2020 FCRW hosted a Resident's Day Celebration fundraiser for our literacy projects, scholarships, and Republican candidate support. Our Key Note speaker was Nick Adams, founder of FLAGUSA. He is pictured with Senator Lois Kolkhorst who helped the auctioneer, Lee Frisch, conduct a live auction. Other attendees included State Representative Ben Leman and many of our local officials and candidates. Students from Fayette county high schools, including most of the FC High School Republicans organization members, assisted with check in, food service, and clearing tables.
With many fabulous and exciting auction items for both the live and silent auctions, the event was a great success.
On July 4th, 2020 FCRW members joined with Fayette County Republican Party members with an entry in the Round Top Parade. Despite spacing and other restrictions in place due to COVID-19, there were dozens of parade participants and hundreds of spectators all along the parade route winding through Round Top.
Pictured are L-R: Robert Diaz, who provided his truck; Deborah Frank, FC Republican Party Chairman and FC Republican Women Secretary; Kimberley Rutledge, FCRW Treasurer (hidden); Julie Patterson, FC High School Republican member and recipient of one of the 5 $1,000 scholarships that FCRW awarded in 2020; Barbara Appelt, FCRW President; and State Representative Ben Leman.
On August 27, 2020 the Wimberley Area Republicans hosted an outdoor event just outside of Dripping Springs. Barbara Appelt, FCRW President, Kimberley Rutledge, FCRW Treasurer, and Deborah Frank, FCRW Secretary attended, where recently-elected Republican Party of Texas Chairman Allen West was the key note speaker. The highlight of the event was watching President Donald Trump accept the nomination as the Republican Party's 2020 Presidential candidate on a 25 foot screen.
The Fayette County Republican Campaign Headquarters opened on September 1, 2020 and remained open 5 days a week through the end of October. Many FCRW members assisted by manning the headquarters, which distributed campaign signs for local, state, and federal candidates, including Trump flags, yard signs, and 4' x 4' fence signs.
Additionally, FCRW contributed $500 to five of the justice candidates running for re-election. This included Justice Kevin Patrick Yeary a member of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the 9-member body that serves as the court of last resort in state criminal cases. Judge Yeary was the guest speaker at FCRW's August general meeting. All but one of the candidates which FCRW contributed to won their race.
FCRW members also worked the polls and assisted the Election Administrator in distributing and picking up polling equipment and supplies for the November 3 elections.
Kimberley and Bob Rutledge, along with Deborah Frank, participated in one of the many "Trump Train" events which popped up throughout Fayette County every Saturday afternoon in October 2020. These were spontaneous gatherings of Trump supporters which grew from, initially, a dozen or so vehicles flying Trump flags and displaying Trump signs, to up to 50 vehicles. This and the thousands of Trump flags and signs displayed throughout the county, foretold the positive results of the elections here. Trump received approximately 82% of the votes. Just doing our part to KEEP TEXAS RED!
Pictured L-R: Kimberley Rutledge, Deborah Frank, LaMorris Thompson, Barbara Appelt, and Frank Forestier. They were the Republican entry in the Czhilispiel parade on October 25, 2020. They joined dozens of other vehicles, as part of another "Trump Train". We received excellent reception from the locals watching along the parade route as it wounded its way through Flatonia. In fact, there were only a couple of Biden supporters. One family walked away as we approached their viewing area. Another excitedly waved her sign and was friendly, even in the face of overwhelming odds against her candidate. No one will ever be able to explain how Biden could have LEGITIMATELY won the presidency when he rarely left his basement in 2020 and Trump had MILLIONS of supporters at his rallies throughout the country, who voted for him in November.
Pictured L-R: Marilyn Beasley, Deborah Frank, and Barbara Appelt.
TFRW’s bi-annual Tribute to Women luncheon was supposed to take place during the RPT state convention. However, like so many other events in 2020, it was postponed. As it turned out, the separation of the TTW from the convention made the event much more relaxed and enjoyable. FCRW’s honoree was Deborah Frank, who has held multiple officer positions in FCRW, including multiple terms as Secretary and President. Deborah and Barbara Appelt traveled to Georgetown on November 14, 2020 for the event, which was held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. The keynote speaker was Kimberly Warner, a businesswoman from Kenosha, WI. whose home and businesses were in the middle of the BLM/ANTIFA riots, burnings, and looting there this past summer. Coincidently, Barbara’s sister, Marilyn Beasley, was the honoree from Central TX RW (Temple/Waco area). Congratulations to them both!
Our November 19, 2020 general meeting was held at Frisch Auf! Country Club. After enjoying a delicious meal (Dutch treat, of course), we heard from four guest speakers from Turning Point USA. Mark Cota, Maycee Crofts - Alamo (Austin) Field representative, Stormi Rodriguez - Magnolia (Houston) Field Representative, and Kayla, a Student Campus Coordinator from Texas State University in San Marcos. Each was an excellent speaker, sharing how they got involved with TPUSA and their passion to spread the conservative message nationwide. It was wonderful to see and hear these young adults talk about how they became conservatives and joined the TPUSA organization. They are our future!
Our 2021 Officers were installed during our annual Christmas party held on December 5, 2020 at Frisch Auf! Country Club in La Grange. As usual, the facility was beautifully decorated for Christmas and the dinner was delicious. Several FCRW members provided a nice selection of excellent desserts. Fayette County Judge Joe Weber did an excellent job conducting the installation ceremony. Our State Representative Ben Leman also attended and gave us a preview of his priorities for the next legislative session.
Pictured (L-R): President, Cindy Rodibaugh; VP/Program Chair, Kimberley Rutledge; Secretary, Jamie Moreau; and Treasurer, Debra Eguizabal.
December 16, 2020, while a bit chilly, was a wonderful day for a road trip! FCRW officers (pictured L-R) Kimberley Rutledge, Barbara Appelt, Deborah Frank, and Cindy Rodibaugh drove to Galveston to attend the Galveston Republican Women's Christmas party and officer installation ceremony. The luncheon was held at the fabulous Hotel Galvez, a historical hotel. After the luncheon, we toured the museum in the lower level of the hotel.
Oct. 3 - 5, 2019 eight FCRW members attended the Texas Federation of Republican Women's biennial convention at the Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center in Galveston, Texas. We had a great time and, most importantly, elected a TERRIFIC new SD18 director – Vanessa Hicks-Callaway! We heard from some excellent speakers, including Nick Adams, Ken Star, and Gov. Abbott, to name a few.
The debate between RPT chairman James Dickey and Allen West was the highlight of the convention for me. Perhaps the most fun was our “extended happy hours” Thursday and Friday nights.
A good thing about being our age is that we have a lot of stories and experiences to share! Pictured to the right Barbaba Appelt, Cindy Rodibaugh, Deborah Frank, Donna Barr, Kimberly Rutledge and LaMorris Thompson.
FCRW Board members attend TFRW Legislative Day
ABOVE: On April 24 -25, 2019 all FCRW officers and one member were in Austin to participate in TFRW Legislative day. The first evening we attended the Belles & Boots event at Scholz Garten. Many of our Legislators attended. L-R: Senator Donna Campbell, Barbara's sister Marilyn, Kimberley Rutledge, Deborah Frank, Barbara Appelt, and Carole Bourlon.
ABOVE: L-R: Donna Barr, VP; Kimberley Rutledge, Treasurer; Jana Rinehart, member; Sherrie Tolbert, Literacy Chair; Barbara Appelt, President; Carole Bourlon, Scholarship Chair Deborah Frank, Secretary.
We sat in on the House session and then moved to the Senate chambers to attned the Senate session. In each, FCRW was recognized by our legislators – Representative Ben Leman and Senator Lois Kolkhorst.
House District 13 Representative Ben Leman was the guest speaker at our Feb. 21, 2019 FCRW meeting, held at La Grange City Hall. He updated us on the priorities of this legislative session - Property Tax Reform, School Finance Reform, and Property Tax Relief.
He also discussed several of the bills he has filed. Ben has been assigned to four important committees: Land & Resource Management, Redistricting (a 2-session assignment), Transportation, and Republican Caucus Policy Review. Fayette County is lucky to have Ben representing the rural counties in HD13. (Above L-R: Deborah Frank, Ben Leman, Barbara Appelt)
February 13 - 14, 2019, Deborah Frank, as Fayette County Republican Party Chairman, and Kimberley Rutledge, as FCRP Treasurer, attended TRCCA (Texas Republican County Chairman Association) training in Austin.
This training focused on how to navigate the Texas Legislature online web site to locate and track legislation. Above we are pictured (Left side of the front row) with many of the other Chairs who attended.
Our first general meeting of 2019, on Jan. 17, started the year off with an inspiring speaker. Nick Adams, who was born in Australia, is the founder of FLAG (Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness).
He immigrated to America (the RIGHT way) and is now an American citizen. He is America's leading voice for patriotism. He has written four books espousing American exceptionalism, how fortunate we are to be American citizens, and what we must do to preserve our freedoms.
Additionally, FLAG has initiated programs for public schools to reach students inside their classrooms with an accurate, compelling, modern, and inspirational message about America and what makes it special. (Above L: Nick Adams; R: FCRW President Barbara Appelt, second from left, presented copies of the illustrated classroom books on the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Federalist Papers to Schulenburg Junior High School).
Our Boots & Bling fundraiser on October 20, 2018 was a huge success. Held at the Historic Casino Hall in La Grange, it was a fun and productive party. Our key note speaker, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was a hoot! Our DJ, Victor Rodriguez, did an excellent job. So did our auctioneer, Lee Fritch!
Among those who attended were out-going Fayette County Judge Ed Janecka and his wife Margie, in-coming Fayette County Judge Joe Weber and his wife Brenda, and HD13 State Rep. Ben Leman and his wife Christie.
Thanks again to our fundraiser committee members who worked on this event for months in advance. L-R: Cindy Rodibaugh, Sherrie Tolbert, Barbara Appelt, LaMorris Thompson, Deborah Frank, Carole Bourlon, Rita Dernehl, Kimberley Rutledge (fundraiser Chair). Sarah Berckenhoff, our Treasurer, is not pictured.
Pictured above: Sid Miller with members of the Lost Pines Republican Women, Aleata Oeser, Jeanne Raley, Carol Spenser, and Kaye Leidy.
At our annual Christmas party in December 2017, Senator Lois Kolkhorst (in green) performed our officer induction ceremony.
2018 officers (L-R) Deborah Frank, President; Cindy Rodibaugh, VP; Kimberley Rutledge, Secretary; and Sarah Berckenhoff, Treasurer.
July 4, 2017
FCRW and FCRP had a joint entry in the Round Top July 4th Parade. William and Brianne Bernsen, along with all six of their children, were dressed in their patriotic best and helped fill our trailer to capacity!!
Caitlin and WIlliam Bersen walked the entire 4-mile parade route handling out small American flags.
May 18, 2017
Fayette County Republican Women Donate $4,000 to County Law Enforcement
On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Fayette County Republican Women (FCRW) presented checks for $1000 each to representatives from the four law enforcement agencies that protect Fayette County. The money will be used to purchase protective vests for the men and women on patrol.
The idea was the brainchild of Joan and Mike Spencer, along with Bill and LaMorris Thompson, who contacted the officers regarding how the community could help them be safe when criminals are sometimes equipped with better weapons than the police force.
By invitation, officers from each agency attended FCRW’s January general meeting where they explained their work duties and discussed encounters with criminal elements. The Fayette County Republican Women are proud to “Back the Blue” with these donations.
Front Row left to right: Deborah Frank, FCRW President, Troy Brenek, Police Chief, Schulenburg, Perry Kram, Police Chief, Flatonia, David Gilbreath, Police Chief, La Grange, Randy Noviskie, representing Sheriff Keith Korenek, LaMorris Thompson, FCRW Membership chair. In the background: Members of Fayette County Republican Women.
Several FCRW members and associate members attended the Republican Party of Texas state convention in May 2016.
Pictured L - R: David Stall (FCRP County Chairman, who was also elected as a CD10 delegate to the Republican National convention in July 2016), Bill Wright, Anne Wright, Rock Laibson, Deborah Frank, Tim Spice, and Linda Stall.
July 25, 2015 - SD18 Meeting in Rockport, Texas / Sep. 11, 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award ceremony
"I want to recognize Deborah Frank of Fayette County for being named the Senate District 18 Republican "Volunteer of the Year" at our recent meeting in Rockport. Deborah is a tireless worker for Republican candidates both local, state and national.
I cannot say thank you enough to Deborah and so many like her in our district and beyond who are working to elect conservative candidates on all levels of government! Thank you and may God bless you and your work.”
Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst
In Fayette County, fall is full of festivals and many of them have parades. The Fayette County Republicans participated in the Lickskillet parade Sunday Oct. 19, 2014 and Czhilispiel parade on Oct. 26, 2014.
State Representative Lois Kolkhorst attended both first riding in Deborah's 1955 T-Bird, then in Rock's 936 Ford 5-window coupe. We had perfect weather both days and great response from the crowds!
At the Czhilispiel parade, Rock Laibson was proud to escort Representative Lois Kolkhorst, her daughter Lois Kate, and husband Jim in his 1936 Ford 5-window coupe. (Below) Next, Judge Ed Janecka chats with Fayette County Republicans while waiting for the parade to start.