P.O. Box 58103
A new addition to the BARW Web site, this is a page of pictures of BARW members attending various functions and activities. If you have pictures of BARW members in action that you would like to add to the page, please send them to this email. Please include a detailed description of who is pictured and the event or occasion taking place.
Really great leaders come along rarely; Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher are three that come to mind when I think great. You may have you own choices, depending on what you believe are great qualities. The qualities I believe are necessary for greatness are principle and vision coupled with the ability to distinguish/communicate accurate facts. It helps to have a wit as well, and a desire to lead is imperative. When we look for people to lead our community, be it School Board, or the highest office in our land, it has become obvious, the potential office holder must possess vision/ values congruent with our founding fathers and our Constitution. It is also becoming clear that the notion of a “loyal opposition” is a myth; the politics of “win at all cost” and “destroy the Republicans” is now in play. There is a deafening silence coming from many areas in our Government. Deviant principle, vision and an unclear picture of what is important to the electorate are most definitely problems for many of our elected officials. Many lack what it takes to assess a situation and make clear/concise decisions. When you add to this situation a press that fails to question or monitor our Governments at all levels, the present situation will continue far into the future. I urge everyone to attempt to get a clear picture of what is needed in candidates and what you desire them to achieve for the 2014 election. Make your wishes known and pledge to fight with all that is in you to achieve the established common goals. If we do not, we are defying our mission as Republican Women.
Campaign Activities Chair
BARW members celebrating birthdays in May are Barbara Stubblefield, Cindy Kuenneke, Danny Schnautz, Edie Holland, Fred T. Blanton, Kathleen Kearns, Ken Clark, Maurita Gallagher, Ruth Palmer, Clive Taylor, Dana Benoit, Dana McDonald Doncaster, Jim Engstrand and Janina Joiner.
Meals on Wheels
Our meals on wheels donations were $178.00 for March and April. We would like to encourage members to participate more actively and donate to this great cause. Please do not forget to contribute to the baskets at each meeting. They appreciate all our efforts.
Come and Take It
The Comptroller’s Unclaimed Property Division really wants you to come and take your money. It is your money and they are hoping you will go online, look up your name or business name, and see if you might have some forgotten dollars. They have found that folks may have paid an apartment deposit for a child in college or left a few dollars sitting in a bank account, forgotten a security deposit with a utility, and so on. She stresses that these are your dollars and they want you to have them.
To date, they have been able to return over $770 million to individuals, companies, even cities and hospitals, which had somehow been misplaced and then turned over to us. The website is easy to use (I looked up our names and it is easy). Go to: www.claimittexas.org. Visit the site, type in the names of family members and you may be amazed at what you find! We found some. The Comptroller’s office prides themselves on good customer service and asks that if you need help, to please let them know. The Comptroller says that “Washington sometimes seems to feel that this kind of money is theirs’, but in TEXAS, we know that isn’t so! It is ALWAYS your money.”
One thing the Comptroller’s office has learned from watching the federal government, is that it can be remarkably easy to ‘tax’ citizens and yet they may not know it, or the scope and size of the burden that is being imposed. “We don’t want to follow the federal model here in Texas”, the Comptroller said.
Annual dues of $25 for full members, $15 for associate memberships (men and women who are full members of other Federated Republican Women's Clubs) are payable to the BARW Treasurer. Please mail your checks made payable to BARW PAC, including your occupation (satisfying the PAC requirements) to the following address:
BARW's Mailing Address
A P.O. Box has been opened in Webster:
Bay Area Republican Women
P.O. Box 58103
Webster, TX 77598-8103