2016 year in review wcrwc
January N.C. Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry gave an entertaining talk to kick off our year! We had
lots of laughter as we took pictures with the "Elevator Queen." She is the only Republican woman
serving on the NC Council of State.
February We had an informative and interactive presentation from Jamey Falkenbury. Jamey is Press
Secretary, Director of Operations, and Education Policy Advisor for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest. We had lots of
questions that Jamey answered. He presented “The Facts about Education in NC: What the media isn’t
telling you”. -What a contrast to what is portrayed in the media.
March John Hood of the John Locke Foundation and Governor Martin, 70th Governor of NC, attended
our March luncheon. Our guests had the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of the book,
Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans. This book chronicles the life and
political career of Martin, North Carolina's first two-term Republican governor. WCRWC encourages
you to purchase this book on Amazon. John Hood brings to life the history that you have lived.
April Representative Mike Hager, NC House Majority Leader, was our April Guest Speaker. Justice Bob
Edmunds, running for reelection on June 7, was also invited to share about his retention election.
We informed our guests that NC literally hangs in the balance. We educated our guests that if
Justice Edmunds does not win the primary, conservatives lose the court until 2023! During our
monthly Club Caucus time we shared implications of how this will impact NC.
May On May 2nd we had our annual Pre-Cinct-O De Mayo Membership Social at La Rancherita. Our
special guests were Judge Michael Denning and Judge Jefferson Griffin. At our May luncheon, we had
Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of NC Values Coalition, introduced by Susan B. Anthony List.
Director of Communications at NC Values, Kami Mueller. The presentation, Opportunities & Challenges
for Pro-Life Religious Freedom & LGBT Issues in the Tarheel State, was very informative! We heard
from several congressional candidates/campaigns including Sue Googe, Rep. George Holding, and Greg
Brannon. We also awarded our First Annual WCRWC Writing Scholarship to Kathryn Cowsert at our May
luncheon. Nan Miller, WCRWC Scholarship Chair, presented Kathryn with a gift and Certificate of
Award. The club provided lunch for her family. A check was delivered to Meredith College in the
amount of 500.00.
June We were honored by the presence of Dale Folwell, Candidate for NC Treasurer. Dale informed us
about his race as NC Treasurer. He is one of the main reasons for NC's economic turnaround. He took
a 2.3 billion dollar deficit and turned it into a 1 billion dollar SURPLUS. Our club supports the
Fisher House at Fort Bragg Womack Army Medical Center. We attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of
the new house. We also continue to support the USO with monthly contributions.
July We have always been big supporters of our judges and July was no exception. During our July
luncheon we focused on Judges. We had an interactive judicial candidate panel, consisting of our
Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and District Court Judges.
August We were honored to have Congressman George Holding and his wife Lucy Holding as our keynote
speaker. He shared critical info on the threat of ISIS. We also had Tea at the Governor’s Mansion.
September Our September meeting was a panel of our distinguished NC Council of State Candidates. We
sold pink bricks to stop Hillary’s agenda as a quick and fun fundraiser. We had raffle prizes as
well. We hosted Lemonade with Lara Trump immediately following. Lara was a wonderful speaker and
very congenial, taking time for pictures and mingling with our members and guests. For Republican
Women on the MOViE we went to see Hillary’s America: The Secret History Of The Democratic Party
starring, Dinesh D'Souza.
October Our October luncheon had lots of energy! Before Rush and Hannity there was...Ashley Thomas
"Tom" Joyner, Conservative Radio Hall of fame, our keynote speaker. During our Club Caucus time we
raised over 2000.00 through an auction-style quick fundraiser, with checks written directly to a
candidate of choice, including some candidates in attendance. Before the meeting we addressed
postcards for Sen. Chad Barefoot. We placed 250 bright PINK Conservative Judge Voting Signs at the
polls. Signs were placed at all Wake early voting locations as well as precincts on Election Day.
We focused on getting out the vote through social media and mail. Over 8400 mail pieces were
delivered for all candidates. Members were encouraged to work polls as greeters. Several of our
members volunteered at the NC State Fair.
November Our November meeting focused on Veterans with Tyler Sain from Concerned Veterans of
America. We recapped election results and ongoing recount efforts.
December December’s meeting theme was Back The Blue. Our program featured support for law
enforcement, hosting Wake County Sheriff
Donnie Harrison and 8 of 12 police chiefs in Wake County. We delivered spiral Hams and Rols to all Wake Couny Police Stations, Detention Center & Sheriff's Office the week before Christmas. It was a blessing to end our year with Back the Blue!
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