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									          Charlotte-Mecklenburg Republican Women
                                        Bringing women together for our country....
                                                                                                     www.cmrw.org
CMRW Officers
                                                                                                  NOVEMBER 2010
                                                 President’s Message
                President    “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from
            Linda Jones
                                                      too much government.”
                                                          Thomas Jefferson

                            The election is over and what great victories for the Republican Party! The letters you
           VP Programs      sent to our elected officials, the Tea Parties you attended, talking to your neighbors and
               Gail         friends, helping candidates or working at the polls during early voting and on election
            VanDerVeer      day are what brought us this landslide victory! It is all of the many, many hours spent
                            working toward getting our great country back on track with our passion which stemmed
                            from both anger and extreme disappointment with what is happening locally, statewide
               VP           and in Washington that make this victory even sweeter. We turned that anger into
            Membership      determination to see that elected representatives who did not listen to “We the People”
                            were booted out of office. I think of Senator-elect Marco Rubio’s landslide victory and
            Ann Chalk
                            his acceptance speech on election night that was so inspiring. He was optimistic about
                            our future and his great love and appreciation of this country were woven throughout his
                            speech. It was truly encouraging to see such a dedicated, conservative young man win
                VP          because he did listen to the people and shares their Republican values – it gives us all
           W & Means
            ays             hope for the future of America.
           Janice Pollock
                            Locally, we had a fantastic slate of candidates who made us proud that we are Republicans
                            - candidates who are passionate and who worked very hard. It’s just too bad that not
                            all of our wonderful candidates were elected. We can’t rest now though. We must hold
                VP          accountable those representatives that we have just elected. If those newly elected do
            ays
           W & Means
                            not listen to us we must continue our work to vote them out and continue to work on
           Cindy Caudle     those currently in office who still need to be voted out. The 2012 election starts now
                            in that we will hold each elected representative accountable and we will be supporting
            Recording       candidates who share our the Republican values.
            Secretary

              Janet         I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the women of CMRW who made sure the
            Grimmer-        polls were covered every hour of every day for early voting and on Election Day. You
             Kempf          handed out thousands of voter guides and served as poll watchers - each of you made a
                            tremendous difference in this election. Thank you!! Each of YOU gives us hope for the
                            future of this country. Thank you – what a wonderful, beautiful, intelligent, and informed
                            group of women you are!
                Treasurer
                            Don’t forget to get your tickets for our beautiful Christmas auction and luncheon on
            Pam Cross
                            Friday, December 3 at Myers Park Country Club featuring Dr. William Bennett. Please
                            remember our auction is where we make our money for next year to support the
           Corresponding    military, candidates and secure great speakers. Donate items, services, beach or mountain
             Secretary      homes for the week end, or you may donate cash!!! Thank you!
                 Sherry
                 Joseph
                            Linda Jones
                            CMRW President
                                                    Campaigns
                                                    Victoria Smith



                               Big wins for North Carolina Republicans!
Republicans had good gains in Mecklenburg County - gaining a seat on the County Commission, winning the District
Attorney race, adding a Superior Court judge and two new District Court judges and Soil & Water Conservation District
Supervisor.

More really big news was….for the first time since 1898 the Republicans have the majority in the North Carolina State
Senate! And adding to the great news was for the first time ever, Republicans have the majority in both houses of the
legislature in Raleigh.

Republican representation for the Mecklenburg County area are:

Richard Burr United States Senator
Sue Myrick           United States Congress - District 9
Bob Rucho            NC Senate - District 39
Thom Tillis          NC House - District 98
Bill Brawley         NC - District 103
Ruth Samuelson       NC - District 104
Ric Killian          NC - District 105
Jim Pendergraph      County Commissioner at-large
Karen Bentley        Mecklenburg County Commission - District 1
Neil Cooksey         Mecklenburg County Commission – District 5
Bill James           Mecklenburg County Commission - District 6
Andrew Murray        Mecklenburg County District Attorney
Barbara Jackson      North Carolina Supreme Court - Associate
Ann Marie Calabria NC Court of Appeals
Rick Elmore          NC Court of Appeals
Sanford Steelman     NC Court of Appeals
Bill Constangy       NC Superior Court 26B
Eric Levinson        NC Superior Court 26C
Lisa Bell            NC District Court (26)
Sean Smith           NC District Court (26)
Matt Osman           NC District Court (26)
Martha Curran        Clerk of Court
Dempsey Miller       Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor



                                 GRASSROOTS COORDINATOR

                                              Catherine Oxford
FOR A FULL LIST OF GRASSROOT opportunities please visit http://cmrw.org/Grassroots
“When you are in Washington, remember what the voters back home want—less government and more freedom. Millions of
people are out of work, the government is going bankrupt and the country is trillions in debt. Americans have watched
in disgust as billions of their tax dollars have been wasted on failed jobs plans, bailouts and takeovers. It’s up to us to

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stop the spending spree and make sure we have a government that benefits America instead of being a burden to it.”
                                     Senator Jim DeMint R – South Carolina
                                          Wall Street Journal 11/3/2010

I’m still celebrating! Congratulations to all of the new Republicans elected to serve! Well, well, well…seems that the
progressives that suggested the death of the Republican Party was premature! Thanks to the Patriots in the grassroots,
we have another chance to save our Republic! Did we do everything right? Of course not…it was our first election,
and we became fast learners! But we are a long way from accomplishing our goals, and we must view this as just the
beginning. We have shown what conservatives, working within the Republican Party can accomplish at the ballot box.
Now it’s time to get to work, and see what we can do to turn our country back around.

What’s next?
1.) Holding our new Congressmen, Senators and NC General Assembly to their promises! If you don’t like what is
going on, let them know! Remind them that they work for “We The People”, not the other way around! We must hold
them accountable. This is NO TIME to breathe a sigh of relief and go back to your lives! We have to stay involved in
what they are doing (or most importantly not doing)…remember every single person counts in this movement and will
make a difference!
2.) I hope all Tea Partiers will, if they haven’t already, taken the next step in their political lives and become precinct
chairmen, so they can not only vote for the leadership of the Party but also help the BEST conservative candidates win
the all-important, traditionally-very-low-turnout primary elections. We Grassroots Conservatives have figured out that
real political power that can change the outcome of elections lies WITHIN the political party. We’ve learned the rules,
became County, District and State delegates and can’t wait for the next election!
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Charlotte provides many opportunities to learn, protest, and activate! America’s best days are ahead,
                         join one of the many local groups taking a stand:

C.A.U.T.I.O.N.
Common Americans United To Inspire Our Nation
To Educate. To Inspire. To Unite.
We are a group of common conservative citizens with a heart and passion for this country. We meet every Monday from
5:30PM to 7:20PM at Red Rocks Cafe Strawberry Hill Shopping Center located at 4223 B Providence Rd. We are a
very unpretentious group who would love for you to come by and catch one of our history lessons and the discussion
that follows.
www.proceedwithcaution.us
Join CAUTION on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=146988167032&ref=ts

Charlotte Tax Day TEA Party HQ
http://www.charlotteteaparty.org/
Join Charlotte Tax Day TEA Party On Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=72936998526&ref=ts

Mecklenburg County Young Republicans
The Meck YRs (commonly referred to as ”The Elephant Club”) is a social group that enjoys creating an environment
where people can share their political views among friends. Outside the social/networking aspect of each meeting, our
meetings will provide an opportunity for citizens to become educated on political issues at the local, county, state, and
national levels from our own elected officials and those running for political office. We define “YOUNG” as those
individuals that are between the ages of 18 and 40, but anyone outside that specified range is welcome to join as an
Associate Member or simply come have fun with us at our meetings! The Meck YR’s meet First Tuesday of Each Month
6 PM – 8 PM Dilworth Neighborhood Grill, 911 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204
www.meckyr.com
Join Meck YR’s on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8905602758

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Southern Mecklenburg Republican Club
SMRC was founded to promote Republican values through education, fellowship, service, and advocacy. We explore
together what Republican values should look like in practice, using educational programs, service projects, and social
events. SMRC meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at Harper's Restaurant at Carolina Place Mall. Harper's is
located at 11059 Carolina Place Parkway, Pineville, NC 28134. Dinner and fellowship starts at 6:30 pm. The meeting
starts promptly at 7 pm and ends at 8 pm.
www.somerepublicans.org

Stand Up NC
Join together to restore the constitutional republic our founding fathers intended, to unite our voices and make a difference.
To unite people who are concerned with the threat to our constitution, the debt of our country and the corruption within
our representatives. To educate ourselves, and others , regarding the fundamental documents that are the foundation of
our government. To address our representatives on issues of importance. To communicate our concerns to citizens be-
yond our membership. To present our beliefs to the media and to hold them accountable for communicating information
truthfully. To peacefully demonstrate and speak out on issues we agree are critical to the future of our country. Monthly
meetings are held on the First Tuesday of the month at the Charles Mack Citizens Center in Mooresville NC.
http://www.standupnc.com/
Join Stand UP NC on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=327901371362

StrengthenCharlotte
StrengthenCharlotte will locally work to efficiently and creatively champion the needs, and then wants, of Charlotte
with a can-do vision and within the confines of our 5 shared principles of:
1) Efficient Government
2) Reasonable Taxes
3) Individual Liberty
4) Free Enterprise
5) Upholding the Constitution
Mission:
StrengthenCharlotte is an advocate for improving the quality of life for all Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
citizens by focusing on local efforts including reducing crime, improving the state of education, reducing taxes,
providing comprehensive transportation, and providing a forum for citizens to express concerns and participate in
their local government.
http://strengthencharlotte.com/
Join StrengthenCharlotte on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=72936998526&ref=ts#!/StrengthenCharlotte?ref=ts

The 9/12 Project Charlotte, NC Chapter

This group is a place for you and other like-minded Americans looking for direction in taking back the control of our
country. It is also a place to find information that will assist you in navigating the rough waters we face in the days,
weeks and months ahead.
Join The 9/12 Project on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=74134000632&v=info#!/group.php?v=wall&gid=74134000632

Know of a group not mentioned here? CMRW wants to know!
contact: cwoxford@bellsouth.net

TO DO NOW:
Join the MeckGOP right this minute! Sign up for their newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn:
http://www.meckgop.com/
Join the NCGOP! Contribute -- “A Dollar A Day Keeps The Democrats Away”
Sign up for their newsletter, Facebook, & Twitter:
http://www.ncgop.org/site/c.osLZIdMSJvH/b.5606099/k.BFA8/Home.htm


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                                   ELECTION DAY on TUESDAYS?
                          Why the Tuesday after the first Monday in November?
For much of our history, America was a predominantly agrarian society. Law makers therefore took into account that
November was perhaps the most convenient month for farmers and rural workers to be able to travel to the polls. The
fall harvest was over, (remember that spring was planting time and summer was taken up with working the fields and
tending the crops) but in the majority of the nation the weather was still mild enough to permit travel over unimproved roads.

Why Tuesday? Since most residents of rural America had to travel a significant distance to the county seat in order to
vote, Monday was not considered reasonable since many people would need to begin travel on Sunday. This would, of
course, have conflicted with Church services and Sunday worship.

Why the first Tuesday after the first Monday? Lawmakers wanted to prevent election day from falling on the first of
November for two reasons. First, November 1st is All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation for Roman Catholics. Second,
most merchants were in the habit of doing their books from the preceding month on the 1st. Apparently, Congress was
worried that the economic success or failure of the previous month might prove an undue influence on the vote!”




                 The Donkey— Presidential candidate Andrew Jackson was the first Democrat ever to be associated with
                 the donkey symbol. His opponents during the election of 1828 tried to label him a "jackass" for his
                 populist beliefs and slogan, "Let the people rule." Jackson was entertained by the notion and ended up
                 using it to his advantage on his campaign posters.

 But cartoonist Thomas Nast is credited with making the donkey the recognized symbol of the Democratic Party. It first
 appeared in a cartoon in Harper's Weekly in 1870, and was supposed to represent an anti-Civil War faction. But the
 public was immediately taken by it and by 1880 it had already become the unofficial symbol of the party.

                  The Elephant— Political cartoonist Thomas Nast was also responsible for the Republican Party elephant.
                  In a cartoon that appeared in Harper's Weekly in 1874, Nast drew a donkey clothed in lion's skin, scaring
                  away all the animals at the zoo. One of those animals, the elephant, was labeled "The Republican Vote."
                  That's all it took for the elephant to become associated with the Republican Party.



                              Citing health overhaul, AARP hikes employee costs
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press – Thu Nov 4, 4:34 pm ET

WASHINGTON – AARP's endorsement helped secure passage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Now
the seniors' lobby is telling its employees their insurance costs will rise partly as a result of the law.

In an e-mail to employees, AARP says health care premiums will increase by 8 percent to 13 percent next year because
of rapidly rising medical costs.

And AARP adds that it's changing copayments and deductibles to avoid a 40 percent tax on high-cost health plans that
takes effect in 2018 under the law. Aerospace giant Boeing also has cited the tax in asking its workers to pay more.
Shifting costs to employees lowers the value of a health care plan and acts like an escape hatch from the tax.

"Most plan co-pays and deductibles have been modified," Jennifer Hodges, AARP's director of compensation and
benefits, wrote employees in an Oct. 25 e-mail. "Plan value changes were necessary not only from a cost management
standpoint but also to ensure that AARP's plans fall below the threshold for high-cost group plans under health care
reform."

To read more go to http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101104/ap_on_bi_ge/us_aarp_health_plan


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                                   2009 CMRW MEMBERSHIP
                            Thank you for helping grow our membership and
                            look at all of our donors! It is all because of our
                            wonderful members and their dedication to the
                            Republican party.
                             It is now time to renew your CMRW membership
                             for 2011. All membership renewals are due by
                             December 31, 2010. A membership application /
                            renewal form is included in this newsletter - please
	    	      	       	       take	a	moment	to	fill	it	out.	
If you are paying at the luncheon for membership, please make your checks payable to CMRW. Have one
check written for the CMRW membership and another check written for the luncheon. (This is for bookkeeping
purposes). By mail, send to:        Pam Cross, 3019 Savannah Hills Dr., Matthews, NC 28105.
To make it even easier to renew your membership, you can go to www.cmrw.org and click
on “Join or Renew Online” and follow the instructions! It’s easy and only takes a few minutes.
Or simply follow the instruction here if you are reading this online:

                               Did You Know You Can Now Make Luncheon
                                Reservations, Apply & Renew Membership
                                                On Line??

                               In addition to making it easy for members, using
                               the on line service also makes it eaiser for those who
                               volunteer their time to perform these task for CMRW.
                                                      Overview:
                                                Go to www.cmrw.org
                                         Then choose one of the following:
                                    Meetings > Calendar – RSVP & Pay Online
                                                          Or
                                         Members > Join or Renew Online
                                            Then follow the simple steps!

                        Please renew now so your name in the directory!!

2010 NEW MEMBERS                              &       republican donor club
Nick Dockery                Janet Profant                  Sarah Cherne                 Ann Chalk
Kathleen Juhl               Amy Rivers                     Shirley Gibbons              Darrell Harrison
Marcy Keyser                Stacy Straub                   Diana Horner
Janet Smith                 Andrea Arterburn               Alicia Jesso                 Gold $50
Kimberly Giger              Lisa Bell                      Catherine Parker             Mollie Elliot
Connie Brown                Mary Jane Denny                Carole Smith                 Margaret Gatto
Janet Trusty                Linda Mullis                   Amy Williams                 Nora Kuester
Deborah Moss                Margaret Gatto                                              Ada Nicolay
Darla Nichols               Tracie Weeks                   Diamond $100                 Charlotte Payne
Velma Turner                Jean Darden                    Winn Moore
Camille Nixon               Roseann Hill                   Jo Fields                    Silver $25
Laurie Brown                Mary Kovacs                    Jane Carroll                 Andrea Arterburn
Mary DelMoore               Elayne McCormack               Linda Jones                  Betsy Buter
Judy Dodaro                 Myrna Medina                   Petrina De Koster            Kathy Prokay
Amy Fergione                John Gordon Powell             Gretchen Easton              Gigi Leffler
Sharon Wright               Hope Taylor                    Carol Kuester                Sherry Joseph
Bill Constangy              Julie Wiens                    Janet Grimmer-Kempf          Fran Perez-Wilhite
Sherry Joseph               Georgette Albainy              Gail VanDerVeer              Joyce Purdy



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                      Join Charlotte Mecklenburg Republican Women

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                                                       3019 Savannah Hills Drive
                                                       Matthews, NC 28105

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                                                   Dear
                                       CMRW Members,
                           As this year’s Silent Auction co-chairs,
we would like to invite you to partner with us to make this year’s auction the best ever. Our
                 goal is 100% participation from membership for donations.
How can you help? If your time is short, we value a cash donation. Cash donations are
appreciated as Cindy owns a retail shop and can purchase very nice items at cost making it
                     easy for those who are uncomfortable soliciting.
A donation of your time, talent or treasure is a great place to start. If you have a special talent
or are a business owner, we ask that you please consider an item or service you can donate
to be auctioned off. For your convenience we have attached a wish list of items we are looking
                 for. All donors will be recognized in the auction program.
Why not grab a friend or two and volunteer to serve on the committee. Whether you have
          a little or a lot of time to devote to this event, we have a spot for you.
We still need to aggressively begin the acquisition process. In the fall we will be competing
with schools and various other organizations, so we encourage you to help us in starting this
                                       process early.
We look forward to seeing how things unfold over the next few months. We will keep you
posted through the newsletter and at our monthly meetings. Most of all we look forward to
                seeing you at Myers Park Country Club on December 3th.
                                                  Sincerely,
                                 2010 CMRW Silent Auction Co-chairs
                                    Janice Pollock and Cindy Caudle
              Please contact Janice Pollock or Cindy Caudle for more information:
             Janice Pollock                                                 Cindy Caudle
             (704) 552-8773                                                 (704) 905-1031
             Janice.pollock@yahoo.com                                       ccaudle@bellsouth.net

For cash donations please make your checks payable to CMRW and note on the check that this money is to be used
for auction purchases and mail them to: Pam Cross. Pam will then give your donations to Janice and Cindy to make
purchases for you.
                                                   Pam Cross
                                           3019 Savannah Hills Drive
                                             Matthews, NC 28105

You may also make an auction donation on the CMRW website. Click button below and select Donation from the list.




                                Proceeds from this event go to Caring for
                                America (troop support), rent for Meck GOP
                                Headquarters, pay for informational speakers
                                (Bernie Goldberg, Bill Bennett), contributions
                                to campaigns and events for GOP.


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                                  Christmas Silent
                                 Auction Wish List

Partridge in a Pear Tree: Political items like signed books...


Two Turtle Doves: Whether it is dinner for two or ten or even gift certificates to one of
Charlotte’s fine restaurants...


Three French Hens: Unique entertaining items like a wine tasting party at an art gallery,
Bonterra or Del Frisco’s, a catered dinner party at a CMRW member’s home, cookie/dessert
a month...


Four Calling Birds: Tickets for events: Symphony, Theater, Bobcats, Panthers, NASCAR,
Golf Tournament, the Masters, hole sponsor for GSO golf tournament....


Five Gold Rings: Jewelry in range from “Handpicked” to “Elizabeth Bruns”...


Six Geese a Laying: Autographed sports memorabilia- golf club or tennis racquet
or may be even golf, tennis, flying or fishing lessons...


Seven Swans a Swimming: Vacation homes for a long weekend getaway to prime vacation spot
or a hotel package for a romantic getaway...


Eight Maids a Milking: Handyman service for a day, pet care for a year, auto detailing...


Nine Ladies Dancing: Items for the lady: spa/facial packages, gift certificates to boutiques,
gift baskets for her, fine decorative items for the home...


Ten Lords a Leaping: Items for the man: gift certificates to fine menswear stores; certificates
to Jesse Brown’s, Dick’s, REI; men’s watch...


Eleven Pipers Piping: Spend the day shadowing an elected official, or shadow a professional
vet, orthodontist, banker, doctor, or what about the Dottie Martin Scholarship...


Twelve Drummers Drumming: Your auction committee drumming up the details for this
year’s event!



                            Proceeds from this event go to Caring for
                            America (troop support), rent for Meck GOP
                            Headquarters, pay for informational speakers
                            (Bernie Goldberg, Bill Bennett), contributions
                                 to campaigns and events for GOP.


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                                                      Who We Are
                                     The People's Party
                                     It all started with people who opposed slavery. They were common, everyday people
                                     who bristled at the notion that men had any right to oppress their fellow man. In the
                                     early 1850’s, these anti-slavery activists found commonality with rugged individuals
                                     looking to settle in western lands, free of government charges. “Free soil, free labor,
                                     free speech, free men,” went the slogan. And it was thus in joint opposition to human
                                     enslavement and government tyranny that an enterprising people gave birth to the
                                     Republican Party.

In 1856, the Republicans became a national party by nominating John C. Fremont for President. Four years later, with
the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860, the Republicans firmly established themselves as a major political party.
The name "Republican" was chosen because it alluded to equality and reminded individuals of Thomas Jefferson's
Democratic-Republican Party.

All of Us Equal
In 1861, the Civil War erupted, lasting four grueling years. During the war, against the advice of his cabinet, President
Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves. The Republicans of the day worked to pass the
Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery; the Fourteenth Amendment, which guaranteed equal protection under
the laws; and the Fifteenth, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans. All of these accomplishments
extended and cemented the fundamental freedoms our nation continues to enjoy today.

The Republican Party also played a leading role in securing women the right to vote. In 1896, the Republican Party
was the first major political party to support women's suffrage. When the 19th Amendment finally was added to
the Constitution, 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify it were under Republican control. The first woman
elected to Congress was a Republican, Jeanette Rankin from Montana in 1917. So it was by hardworking Republican
hands that color and gender barriers were first demolished in America.

Free from Oppression
Republicans believe individuals, not government, can make the best decisions; all people are entitled to equal rights;
and decisions are best made close to home. These basic principles are as true today as they were when the Party was
founded. For all of the extraordinary leaders the Party has produced throughout its rich history, Republicans understand
that everyday people in all 50 states and territories remain the heart and soul of our Party.

Presidents during most of the late nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century were Republicans. The
White House was in Republican hands under Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald
Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. Under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, the United
States won the Cold War, releasing millions from Communist oppression, in true anti-big government Republican spirit.

Elephants, Not Donkeys
The symbol of the Republican Party is the elephant. During the mid term elections in 1874, Democrats tried to scare
voters into thinking President Ulysses S. Grant would seek to run for an unprecedented third term. Thomas Nast, a
cartoonist for Harper's Weekly, depicted a Democratic donkey trying to scare a Republican elephant - and both symbols
stuck. For a long time, Republicans have been known as the "G.O.P." with party faithful believing it meant the "Grand
Old Party." But apparently the original meaning (in 1875) was "gallant old party." When automobiles were invented it
also came to mean, "get out and push." That's still a pretty good slogan for Republicans who depend every campaign
year on the hard work of hundreds of thousands of everyday volunteers to get out and vote and push people to support
the causes of the Republican Party.

Freedom Fighters
Abolition. Free speech. Women's suffrage. These were all causes the Republican Party adopted early on. So, too, were
reducing the size of government, streamlining bureaucracy, and returning power to individual states. With a core belief
in the primacy of individuals, the Republican Party, since its inception, has been at the forefront of the fight for individuals'
rights in opposition to a large, intrusive government.


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               Lisa                                                                                     Gail
              Yeager                                UPCOMING                                         VanDerVeer
             Hospitality                                                                            VP Programs
                                          LUNCHEONS & MEETINGS
Unless otherwise specified, meetings are held the fourth
Wednesday of each month at Maggiano’s Restaurant in                         SAVE THE DATE
                                                              January 26, 2011 ~ Karen Wright-Fairley will lead
SouthPark Mall; in a private room upstairs. (Please           December 3, 2010 ~ William J. Bennett

                                                              a diversity workshop starting at 10:00 a.m. Karen
note we have no meetings in June, July and November.)

                                                              W. Fairley is the current Cultural Diversity Committee
The meetings begin with a reception at 11:30 a.m.

                                                              Chair for the NC Federation of Republican Women,
– 12:00 noon, followed promptly at 12:00 noon – 1:00

                                                              and former president for the Republican Women of
p.m. with our presentations and a delicious all you can

                                                              Cary and Southwestern Wake, of which she served two
eat lunch. Reservations are required and Republican

                                                              terms. Karen is a licensed Evangelist and is a member
guest are always welcome; members $26, non-members

                                                              of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ, Raleigh, NC.
$31, and college Republicans $15.

                                                              Karen is a preacher/speaker/teacher on topics ranging
Registration closes at noon on the Monday before

                                                              from the Gospel, Domestic Violence in the Church, and
each monthly meeting unless otherwise specified.

                                                              Cultural Diversity to name a few. She is a consultant
Reservations are required and the price increases to

                                                              and focuses on building non-profits (to include ministries).
$31 for all late reservations and walk ins.

                                                              Karen and her husband are the founders of True Test
                                                              Ministries, Inc., which is based on 1 John 4:1.
Please REGISTER ON LINE


                                                              Febuary 24, 2011 ~ Becki Gray has appeared on the
                                                              television shows Political Connections and NCSpin and
Lisa Yeager - lisayeagr@aol.com or 704-846-5801.

                                                              as a guest on the “Take a Stand” radio show in Asheville.
If you are unable to attend, please call to cancel. We are

                                                              Gray has served as guest host for Bill LuMaye’s after-
still financially responsible for the cost of your lunch.

                                                              noon program on WPTF Radio, and she appears as a
                           Thank You!

                                                              frequent guest on Curtis Media Group’s “People and
                                                              Politics” program. She also writes a monthly column for
                                                              Carolina Journal and her op-eds have been published in
                            Charlotte


                                                              newspapers across the state. She frequently speaks
                           Mecklenburg


                                                              to civic and political groups about public policy and
                           Republican


                                                              legislative issues. Karen is a member of the first class of
                             Women


                                                              the John Locke Foundation’s E.A. Morris Fellows, a statewide
                 ANNUAL

                                                              leadership program.
            CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

                                                              March 23, 2011 ~ Pat McCrory was the longest
                                                              serving Mayor in the history of Charlotte, NC, presiding
              Friday, December 3, 2010


                                                              from 1995-2009. McCrory was elected for a record
              Myers Park Country Club
                2415 Roswell Avenue

                                                              seventh term as mayor in 2007 but announced in
                   Charlotte, NC

                                                              2008 that he would not seek an eighth term. He was
                                                              the Republican nominee for Governor of NC in the 2008
                                                              general election, and was defeated by then-Lieutenant
                                                              Governor Beverly Perdue. He received a presidential
                                                              appointment to serve on the United States Homeland
                                                              Security Advisory Council (HSAC) from 2003-2009.
                                                              Since then he has returned to the private sector, becoming a
                    GUEST SPEAKER:
                   WILLIAM J. BENNETT


                                                              national advocate on the economic benefits of transit.
William J. Bennett served as Director of the Office

                                                              Additionally, McCrory is a co-host for WCNC-TV Flash-
of National Drug Control Policy under President

                                                              Point, a Charlotte-based Sunday morning talk show,
George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Education

                                                              and is a frequent guest host for News Talk 1110 WBT
and Chairman of the National Endowment for the

                                                              (AM)radio. He also continues to give speeches and
Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a

                                                              raise campaign funds on behalf of NC Republicans.
bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams

                                                              He is widely seen as a front-runner for the Republi-
College, a doctorate in political philosophy from

                                                              can nomination for Governor in the 2012 election.
the University of Texas, and a law degree from
Harvard. He is the author of such bestselling books

                                                              FUTURE ATTRACTIONS: CMRW’s own Sue Myrick
as The Educated Child, The Death of Outrage, The

                                                              (United States Congress - District 9) Ruth Samuelson (NC
Book of Virtues, and the two-volume series America:

                                                              State House of Reps., District 104, Mecklenburg County),
The Last Best Hope. Dr. Bennett is the host of the

                                                              and a program on women and Islam, in keeping with a
nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett’s

                                                              new focus of our Caring for America program.
Morning in America.
                            Paid for by
           Charlotte Mecklenburg Republican Women



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CMRW Newsletter Editors
Darrell and Sandy Harrison
3401 Beech Mint Dr.
Mint Hill, NC 28227
darrellandsandy@carolina.rr.com




                                        CARING FOR AMERICA
                                            COMMITTEE
                                                  Barb Christie
                                            Veterans’ Day 2010
With Halloween behind us and the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah and New Years’ celebrations ahead, don’t lose
sight of that one, purely patriotic holiday that falls in between – Veterans’ Day on November 11th. Originally established
as Armistice Day to commemorate the end of WWI, the day now honors all who have served our country in uniform.
                                      It’s certainly appropriate, then, that CMRW lend their support to local veterans
                                      during this month of November. Your Board was delighted when they were
                                      approached by the UNC-Charlotte Veterans’ Club, asking for help with their
                                      backpack project. Working in conjunction with Soldiers Angels, the backpacks
                                      will be filled with a number of comfort items for those recovering from combat
                                      injuries. Under the auspices of the Caring for America Committee, CMRW
                                      donated $300 for materials with which to produce twenty no-sew fleece blankets,
                                      and one of the sororities at UNC fabricated the blankets – a wonderful exercise
                                      in community cooperation! The UNC-Charlotte Veterans’ Club will collect
                                      additional items for the backpacks, including thank-you notes, at their 2010
Veterans’ Day Showcase Nov 11th, at the Student Union on campus, from 11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. Stop by and drop off
any additional items you may wish to contribute, and learn more about this wonderful campus organization.
Or visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/veterans.charlotte and “friend” them!
Happy Veterans Day, everyone – especially the veterans amongst our own membership! A grateful nation salutes you!


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