The Brush Country Republican Women met for their regular monthly meeting on February 28 for training and seeing friends . Wonderful refreshments were available, made by Millie Kvapil and her crew, Lori Lamb, Gail Johnson and Stuart Knowlton.
President Marian Knowlton called the meeting to order. After the opening prayer was said and pledges to the U. S. and Texas flags were recited, Gail Johnson taught those present a new song which was sung in rounds to the tune of “Row, Row Row Your Boat”. The words are “Cast, cast, cast your vote/Tell everyone you know/Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily/Send Obama home.”
Gail Johnson presented required training from the National Federation, prepared by Caroline George who couldn’t be present at the meeting. She showed places on the website to find the history of Republican Women as well as legislative matters and laws. Handouts were available about the national popular vote sham vs. the Electoral College. The newsletter will be out in April. Members were encouraged to provide information for it.
Danelle Pascarella showed the new website she created for Brush Country Republican Women. She made a motto for the acronym, BCRW, with “Be Trained; Communicate; Relate to Others;Win”. Mike Pas- carella showed a member how to get a Facebook account. The national organization is on Facebook. Both of the Pascarellas said they are open for questions between meetings if any members need more help.
Updated information on the new Texas redistricting and which parts of Atascosa County are in Senatorial District 21 with Senator Judith Zaffirini and which are in Senatorial District 19 with Senator Carlos Uresti was provided by Texas Moore.
Peggy McCampbell presented an idea and speaker for an upcoming meeting, if members approve. President Knowlton said future meetings will have political themes with speakers presenting information on those. These are still in the planning stages. A special meeting with candidates is planned for April. Other business and membership were discussed.
Millie Kvapil announced that the food for the March meeting is pizza. Those eating should help with the cost. Others may bring desserts. The meeting is Tuesday, March 27th, at 6:30 for food and conversation, and 7:00 for the meeting. It will be held at the Rotary Club building on the Poteet Strawberry Festival Grounds on Hwy. 16 across from the Super S store.
Spouses and guests are welcome. Goals of the organization are for all Republicans to be able to participate and be educated about issues and candidates. Those thinking about becoming Republican are welcome at meetings as well. The elections process is very, very detailed, so it is good for voters to always learn more by attending meetings and finding out about other resources for obtaining information. Meetings are always a rewarding time for those attending.