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17 July 
Official Call to Summer Meetings
Saturday, 18 August 2018
Richland Country Club
1 Club Drive
Nashville, TN 37215
9 a.m. CENTRAL time: Executive Committee Meeting
  • Elected officers
  • Immediate Past President
  • Area Vice Presidents. Area VPs unable to attend should send a proxy in their place. The proxy must be an active member in good standing residing in the same Area as the Area VP. The proxy has both a voice and a vote. Find proxy form here: Official Area VP Proxy Form
10:15 a.m. CENTRAL time: Board of Directors Meeting
  • Executive Committee
  • Standing Committee Chairs
  • Special Committee Chairs
  • President's Appointees
  • Club Presidents and club members are invited and encouraged to attend
Email agenda items to TFRW President Barbara Trautman at no later than Monday, 13 August 2018.     
Your assistance is needed, please.

We need silent auction items for our upcoming Biennial Barbara McAndrew Iris Fund Luncheon and Silent Auction.
Each TFRW club is asked to please donate at least one auction item valued at $50 minimum. Individual members are also encouraged to donate items for the silent auction.

Once you collect your item(s), please take a photo and text it to Beth Webb at
901-826-6186 so she can create silent auction bid sheets. Include a description of the item and the donor's name.

We need clubs and individuals donating silent auction items to collect those and text the picture of the item and a description to Beth no later than 4 August so there is time to prepare for the auction. Then please bring your item with you to Richland Country Club between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. central time on 18 August, the date of our Biennial Barbara McAndrew Iris Fund Luncheon and Silent Auction.

QUESTIONS? Email Susan Wall at, or call 615-838-8870.
About The Barbara McAndrew Iris Fund


In November of 1997, the Tennessee Federation of Republican Women (TFRW) Board of Directors established a Political Action Committee (PAC) to provide Republican seeking election to Tennessee's General Assembly with financial assistance. In honor of the effective and diligent efforts of outgoing TFRW President Barbara McAndrew, the PAC was called the Barbara McAndrew Iris Fund. Barbara McAndrew served on the Iris Fund Committee until her death in 2011. The Iris Fund is managed by a committee of the TFRW. The committee is composed of six members, two from each grand division of the state of Tennessee. The committee works closely with the Tennessee Republican Party and has sole responsibility for distributing monies.

A Biennial Iris Fund Luncheon is held on even numbered years.

The first Iris Fund Committee raised $72,000 and issued the first round of checks on September 4, 1998 to the designated Republican candidates. Every election cycle since, the Iris Fund has continued to provide financial support to Republican candidates. 
Each TFRW Federated Club Contributes 
Each TFRW federated club is asked to contribute annually to the Barbara McAndrew Iris Fund.

Each TFRW federated club is asked to donate an auction item valued at at least fifty dollars for our Iris Fund Luncheon Silent Auction, or make a monetary donation in lieu of sending an auction item.  
From the President's Desk
TFRW President Barbara Trautman

Ladies, the members of TFRW are the volunteer force that our candidates and our party are counting on to help get Republican candidates elected in the August 2 Republican Primary and County General Election. Republicans need a bigger voter turnout in this midterm election than ever before. Early Voting is underway and will continue through July 28. So, I thank all of you who have volunteered so far and I encourage you to continue to work hard toward our goal this summer. This election will be determined by Republican turnout!
So many Republican women all over the state of Tennessee are on the August 2 ballot. In addition to Republican women running in the Gubernatorial race, the U.S. Senate race, the U.S. Congress, the Tennessee state House and Senate, Republican women are running in county wide races for Trustee, Sheriff, County Commission, Register of Deeds, County Clerk positions, Judges and State Executive Committeewomen. Actually, there are 8 Republican Women on the ballot in Shelby County, 7 in Wayne County, 6 in Washington County, 6 in Montgomery County, 5 in Sumner County, 4 in Hamilton County, 4 in Madison County, 4 in Williamson County, 3 in Hardin County and the list goes on and on. Good luck to all of you and thank you for running.
Earlier this year we encouraged our Federated Clubs in Tennessee to join with their county parties to work for their Republican candidates. I am pleased to report that heavy campaigning is being done diligently in counties all across Tennessee. Please continue to work to insure victory for all Republican candidates with a strong push now during Early Voting and until the polls close at 7 p.m. on August 2. This election will be determined by Republican turnout!
Victory Tennessee 2018 plans are underway with the help of RNC Field Directors across the state. You can help them in their plans by volunteering to make calls and to knock on doors. Here is a link for volunteer sign-up: Volunteer For Victory 
Ladies, please keep a daily calendar of all your campaign activities.
Count Your Campaign Volunteer Hours!

Club Spotlight
Republican Women of Purpose

For 14 years now, Republican Women of Purpose has held a huge rummage sale every April as its largest fundraiser. It has grown through the years from an event held in a member's garage and driveway to a large storefront in a shopping center when available. Items are collected throughout the year and are kept in a storage unit until the sale date.

As the sale date approaches, the membership works very hard for about ten days to set up, price, and staff the sale. They advertise on local shopping sites, craigslist, flyers posted in nearby businesses, Facebook, as well as utilizing an email list that is added to each year from shoppers wanting to be notified of the next upcoming sale. The average participation is over 50 members each year and that doesn't take into account all the other members that donate or collect items to the sale, prepare food for the workers, or help in various other ways. When the sale is over, remaining items are boxed up and donated to Disabled Veterans, Salvation Army, or other worthwhile charities.

The sale is a lot of hard work, but, it has cemented friendships and is a wonderful way for members to get to know one another. State legislators (Senators Mark Norris and Brian Kelsey and Representatives Mark White and Kevin Vaughn) support and visit the club's event.

The most gratifying result of this endeavor are the donations that can be made to the Shelby County Republican Party, West Tennessee Veterans Home, Alpha Omega, Salvation Army Senior Angel Tree, Barbara McAndrews Iris Fund, and others.

Lyna Medlock
Republican Women of Purpose
TFRW Nominated Two For NFRW Scholarship
Introducing Your Nominees!

TFRW nominated two young ladies for 2018 National Federation of Republican Women scholarships.
Our nominee for the National Pathfinder Scholarship is Phoebe Stark, a recent University of Tennessee Knoxville graduate. Ms. Stark graduated with a 4.0 and majored in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology. Ms. Stark will attend medical achool at the University of California San Diego.
Our nominee for the Betty Rendel Scholarship is Rachel Gibbs. Ms. Gibbs is an economics major at University of Tennessee Knoxville, and is currently working on Tim Burchett's congressional campaign. Ms. Gibbs will graduate in May of 2019 and plans to go on to law school.

NFRW established the National Pathfinder Scholarship in 1985 honoring First Lady Nancy Reagan. This $2,500 scholarship provides financial assistance and support to young women seeking either an undergraduate or graduate degree.  

NFRW established the Betty Rendel Scholarship Fund in 1995 honoring NFRW Past President Betty Rendel. This $1,000 scholarship is designed for college undergraduate women currently majoring in political science, government or economics.
Club Achievment Awards Form Available Online
New and Improved for 2018!

Good News! The 2018-2019 Club Achievement Awards form has a new look. It is now an Excel spreadsheet you complete on your computer and submit via email, versus the old hard copy form that did not allow you to type in your information. National Federation of Republican Women decided the time was right to move from handwriting and hardcopies, into the digital age. The new form can be found on our TFRW website's homepage, It can also be found on the NFRW website by going to You will be asked to sign in to your NFRW account. If you need to reset your log-in credentials, instructions to do so are provided there.
Or, you can find the newly updated form here: NFRW Club Achievement Awards Spreadsheet
Millie Gump
Achievement Awards Chair

Tennessee Federation of Republican Women, 3089 Oakleigh Ln., Germantown, TN 38138
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