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8 February
2018

2018 Ladies Day On The Hill
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TFRW Ladies Day On The Hill will be Monday, 2 April 2018, at the Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville, with a luncheon to follow at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nashville Downtown. Nashville Republican Women President Mary Obersteadt is our 2018 Ladies Day On The Hill Chairman. Please find additional information contained in the "Save the Date" and "Invitation" links below. Each club will register and take payment from its club members who are attending, so please see your club President if you'd like to attend. Club registration forms can be found in a link below as well. Please invite your legislators to sit with you at the luncheon. Clubs need to include those legislators on their Club Registration Form.

Find Link Here: Ladies Day on the Hill Save the Date

Find Link Here: Ladies Day on the Hill Invitation

Find Link Here: Ladies Day on the Hill Club Registration Form

From the President's Desk
TFRW President Barbara Trautman

TFRW Members,

Thank you to all who attended the January 27th TFRW Board Meeting. Scott Golden got us fired up for our busy campaign year. We have a great start to 2018!

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" are the insightful words of Helen Keller, which applies to the Republican Party today. When we join forces with others, we can have a great impact, which is what we are going to do this year.

2018 is a big election year, and we Republicans must work together to keep our Republican seats in elections across the state. The Democrats are energized because they really turned out in the Virginia governor's race to defeat Republican candidate Ed Gillespie. In special elections for Congress around the country last year in very Republican districts, the votes were closer than expected. In our state, look what happened in last year's special election in Republican Senate District 17. Our Republican candidate won over his Democrat opponent by only a small margin. Democrats want to take our Republican seats. We can't let that happen!

Voter turnout in mid-term elections tends to be lower than in Presidential elections. For that reason, we need an aggressive plan.

As Scott Golden told us on January 27th, "We need to work to keep TN Red to the Roots." With that in mind, our TFRW plan is for all of our 50 federated clubs across the state to work with their county Republican Parties. Our clubs must recruit many, many volunteers to work to increase voter registration, voter turnout, and to elect more Republicans. Having a plan, executing it and having the pieces come together is a winning strategy. We need to focus on our part of the plan and implement it well.
 
Ladies, TFRW Bylaws state that "Neither this organization nor its President, nor its Area Vice Presidents, nor its Clubs or Club Presidents shall endorse any candidate for office before the Primaries."

However, the NFRW published "A Practical Guide to the Political Activity of Local Clubs." The relevant section reads:

"Local clubs may organize volunteers to staff telephones banks, conduct registration drives, and distribute campaign literature. Federal and most state campaign reporting laws only require reports to be filed for monetary contributions and in-kind contributions and not the provision of personal services. Thus, volunteer activity should be encouraged and undertaken by local clubs."
 
I encourage you to volunteer at a field headquarters, and then recruit more volunteers. You could be the Volunteer Coordinator. You could assign your volunteers to make phone calls, knock on doors, help with mailers, or be early voting or election day poll workers. All volunteers are necessary for a successful plan.

Find Link Here: Key Dates of the Campaign Election Cycle in TN.

You can see that after the May 1 county primary election, you are free to wholeheartedly support your county primary winners.

Right now, voter registration is the most important activity that you should be working on. Notice that the last day to register voters for the May 1 primary is April 2, 2018.

Find Link Here: Tennessee Secretary of State Voter Eligibility and How to Register to Vote.

Find Link Here: Welcome to the TN Online Voter Registration System.

Knowing how to make it easy for those turning eighteen to register to vote, and for those recently moving into Tennessee, is extremely important.

After the August 2 primary for Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the Tennessee Senate and Tennessee House of Representatives, we will have a very aggressive "Get Out the Vote" plan. To be continued..............................................................

Thank You,

Barbara Trautman
TFRW President, 2018-2019

TFRW Regents Program
Be a Founding Year Member

The response to the new TFRW Regents Program has been great.

Find Link Here: Regents Brochure

Find Link Here: Regents Application

Benefits to TFRW of having the Regents Program:
  • Maintain low general membership rates
  • Make memberships affordable to women of all ages and economic backgrounds
  • Support the wide range of TFRW education and training programs
  • Provide for special projects, networking events, special speakers
All of the above help Republican women stay informed and develop skills that allow us to achieve our goals at the grassroots, state and national levels.

Benefits of becoming a TFRW Regents Founding Year Member:
  • An exclusive membership pin
  • Private receptions and events held in your honor with notable Republican guests
  • Networking opportunities with Republican dignitaries
  • Recognition in Ladies Day on the Hill and convention programs
  • Preferred seating at convention luncheons
  • Invitation to special events held in conjunction with Ladies Day on the Hill and convention
  • Listing on the TFRW website in the Regents Section
All of this is possible for only $300 annually which may be paid in one lump sum, in two equal payments, or in three equal payments.  

TFRW Futurists may join the Regents program with dues waived for 2018 only.

Questions? Email Gale Morton at
bristolgopwomen@yahoo.com or 423-366-5555.

Club Spotlight
Red River Republican Women

Red River Republican Women (RRRW) hosted a "Home of the Govs" fundraising event which was attended by all six Tennessee gubernatorial candidates. Later in 2017, RRRW and the Clarksville Visitors Bureau hosted the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Weekend Celebration, assisting veterans and family members locate and honor those brave men and women on the Traveling Wall. Cindy Stonebraker, an MIA Daughter serving on the National League of POW/MIA Families Board of Directors, was RRRW's August speaker and also a speaker at this Veteran's Celebration. Donations were accepted at the meeting to help Cindy fund her trip to Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand to continue searching, finding, and returning those soldiers who never made it home. Cindy met with President Trump in a surprise meeting before embarking on her trip.  
Tennessee Federation of Republican Women, 3089 Oakleigh Ln., Germantown, TN 38138
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