Women of vision, power, and purpose

April - May, 2016

Executive Board

Melissa Beaudoin

First Vice President & Programs

Geraldine Davie

[email protected]

Second Vice President  & Membership

Patricia Martell

Recording Secretary

Mikki Terry: 703-978-0205


Bobbi Green: 703-328-7260


Violeta Warner:

703 282-9779

Sitting Committees

Americanism & Caring for America: Lynne Blankenship

Budget & Bylaws:
Bobbi Greene

Rosemary Espinosa

Ann Collins

Directory: Carol Ford

Farmer's Market:
Lola LeCraw

Fundraising/Ways & Means: Lola LeCraw

Newsletter & Social Media: Violeta Warner

Parliamentarian: Jane Woods

Photographers: Mary Bell & Violeta Warner

2016 GMRW Schedule, Meetings & Conventions 

Committee Needing Leadership


Campaign Activities

Current Issues

Homeland Security



Public Relations

State & Local Legislation

Young Women's Liason

Members,  please send your volunteer hours to Melissa Beaudoin at [email protected] 

Needed Now:

Precinct Captains

We're outnumbered by Dem EOs in Fairfax County, so please consider becoming one. You learn a lot about the election process and you get paid!!for the Springfield District

"One Team - One Fight"

Contact Geraldine Davie at [email protected]


GMRW Membership Committee Report

By Patricia Martell

The GMRW Membership Committee is running a competition among our membership. The member that brings in the most new members during 2016 will be given a prize. There will be a mid-year and an end of the year recognition. If there is a tie, we will have a lottery at our meeting to award the prize. The end year total will be for the whole year while the mid-year is the total for 6 months. The prize which is pictured here is to be given in June. 


Bestiality, incest, pedophilia and gang rape filled the pages of many assigned books in Fairfax County Public Schools. Approximately four years ago, I learned that both of my boys, one a sophomore and the other a senior, were reading assigned literature containing graphic descriptions of sexually explicit acts. When students learn about some of these same sensitive topics in the health or sex education classroom, Virginia law requires parents to be notified, and students to be offered alternate assignments. Unfortunately, this same philosophy or policy is not the case when reading fictional novels in the English classroom. After raising this issue with the local Administration and School Board, I attempted to email verbatim quotations to the Virginia Board of Education. Ironically, due to the nature of the content, the direct quotes were blocked due to the Board's firewall! About a year later, when the verbatim quotations were posted on the Board's Public Town Hall Site, they were removed because the verbatim excerpts were determined obscene and potentially harmful to children.  
House Bill 516, the parental notification bill, or "Beloved" bill, received bipartisan support as it passed both the House and Senate in the Virginia General Assembly this past legislative session. One senator began reading the verbatim quotations on the floor, but was requested to cease reading by his own colleagues due to the explicit nature, and the fact that student pages were present. He made his point! Unfortunately, Governor McAuliffe vetoed this bill. For now, the issue will continue through the regulatory process with the Virginia Board of Education. There will be several opportunities for public input and I hope you will respond with emails and phone calls. To be clear, this bill does not approve or remove any material from the classroom. It simply notifies parents and provides alternatives, just like the sex education policy and the animal dissection policy in the biology classroom.

Is Not Voting OK? 
By Ann M. Collins
Chair, Constitution Committee

In our present chaotic political campaign environment, many people who support either party may be wondering whether "not voting is ok."   Before making that final decision on whether or not to vote, just remember that your vote can make a difference.  The power of the Federal government comes from the US Constitution--if it's not in the Constitution, it's not authorized.  And 100 percent of that power is vested solely in 545 individuals.  Thus, of over 300 million Americans, only 545 wield all of the power of the Federal government.  Those individuals are 435 members of the US House of Representatives, 100 US Senators, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices.  Other bureaucrats have limited or delegated power by the Congress.  Thus, we can assume anything involving the Federal government that is wrong is 100 percent the fault of those 545 individuals.  Those 545 individuals spend much of their energy convincing us that what they did is not their fault.  They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.  Therefore, Congress is the originator of all Federal government problems and Congress is also the only remedy available.  That is why complaints and protests should be properly directed at Congress, not at the individual agencies. 


Most importantly, the US Constitution gives Americans an opportunity to choose those 545 individuals by our election processes.  Although the phrase "right to vote" is mentioned in more than one amendment to the US Constitution, the Fifteenth Amendment, however, does speak specifically of "the right of citizens of the United States to vote."  It is a cherished right that should be exercised, seriously.  When not exercised, it generally means the same as casting a vote for the opposition and many times allowing an unwanted individual to gain power.  


Charley Reese (1937-2013), a former Orlando Sentinel columnist, was a popular conservative voice for decades arguing forcefully for less government and more personal freedom.  The following excerpts from his March 1995 editorial (updated) gives some rationale for taking a stand to always exercise your right to vote.  Think about it!


"...Politicans, as I have often said, are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them....


"...It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of over 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted--by present facts--of incompetence and irresponsibility.  I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people.  When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the Federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist...."


"...There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do....


"...They (545), and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.  Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees--we should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!"


The 2016 fall general election ballot will include presidential and congressional candidates.  Also, Virginia allows absentee voting in person or by mail.  Don't pass up this opportunity to help choose the next President and the individuals who will control the 115th Congress starting in January 2017.  Encourage your family members and friends to vote, too.  The future of our country depends on it!


Check out local Voting information:


Click here: Office of Elections - Fairfax County, Virginia

Dear George Mason Republican Women, 


It has been a busy spring for us! George Mason Republican Women (GMRW) members played active roles in the VFRW, RPV, county, and district conventions. Thank you, all, for your hard work in making these events successes. Please join me in giving a special thank you and congratulations to our very own Linda Bartlett for faithfully serving as the VFRW President for two very successful terms.  Thank you for the sacrifice of your time, your leadership, your vision, and your many accomplishments that have placed the VFRW in a position to thrive, Linda. We are proud to say that you are a member of the GMRW family!

With the state and local conventions now a memory, we look to RNC Convention in July and the final determination of our party’s nominee. Once our Republican nominee is formally established, I join my voice with those who call for Republicans to unite behind our nominee. At the May GMRW meeting, I read an article written by the President of the Republican Women of Clifton, Bonnie Burkhardt. It eloquently explains why we need unite behind our nominee and ensure that a Republican is sworn into office in January. The article is included in this newsletter in the guest writer section. If you were not able to attend the May meeting, please take a moment and read this excellent article. Also, if you have friends and family that are hesitant to unite behind the Republican nominee, send them the newsletter and have them read Bonnie’s article. It will help them unite behind the Republican nominee as it explains that a vote for president is more than a vote for just one me. It is also a vote for more than 3000 people that the president appoints.

At our May meeting, GMRW welcomed Dr. Milan Sturgis as our guest speaker.  Dr. Sturgis spoke on Afghanistan and national security.  He discussed the historic development of the state of Afghanistan, how it has impacted the entrenched conflict that it has become, the current conflict, and how modeling is used to anticipate actor behavior in the conflict. What an excellent and informative talk!  Thank you for joining us, Dr. Sturgis!

Please mark your calendars and make your plans, now, to join us for our June meeting because this is a meeting you will not want to miss! First, we are excited to be hosting Milt Clary, who will be talking about women & fire arms and 2nd Amendment rights. Also, we will be presenting a resolution to the GMRW body for consideration. Fairfax County Public Schools Board Members Elizabeth Schultz and Jeanette Huff have been actively opposing the reassignment of public school bathrooms to gender neutral areas. We plan to present to the GMRW membership a resolution to Board Members Schultz and Huff formally supporting and thanking them for their efforts to protect the privacy and safety of our children. Please, join us on Saturday, June 18 at 12:30 PM, at King’s Park Library in Burke for this important meeting.

Finally, I wish all of you a wonderful summer with your friends, families, and loved ones and I look forward to seeing you all again, soon.


Melissa Beaudoin, President

George Mason Republican Women




2016 VFRW CONVENTION, APRIL 22-24,2016
The Hilton McLean Tyson Corner
George Mason Republican Women received two awards at the VFRW CONVENTION on April 24 for their work in 2015. One award was for the enormous volunteer hours we put in and the other was a Blue Ribbon Award for a high level of achievement in maintaining the goals of the VFRW. 
2015 President Geraldine Davie humbly accepted the awards for all the members of our club.

Photos from the VFRW Convention 2016

GMRW May Meeting
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Milan Sturgis

Dr. Sturgis spoke on Afghanistan and national security.  He discussed the historic development of the state of Afghanistan, how it has impacted the entrenched conflict that it has become, the current conflict, and how modeling is used to anticipate actor behavior in the conflict. What an excellent and informative talk!  Thank you for joining us, Dr. Sturgis!

Bonnie Burkhardt, President

Republican Women of Clifton


I voted for Ted Cruz in the primary.  When people talk about party unity, they talk about the next President nominating between 3-5 new Supreme Court Justices.  Only one percent of all the cases referred to the Supreme Court actually get heard.  For the other ninety-nine percent, the ruling of the lower court stands and those justices are also appointed by the President.  Presidential appointees control all the lower courts, appeals courts, etc.

There are between 3,100 and 3,500 political appointees granted positions from the Plum List, which is so named because it contained in the Plum Book which has a purple cover.  Although the Civil Service may do all the paperwork for how to apply for and get a grant or how to shuffle papers for a law to be properly documented, the direction they get is from the political appointees.  There is a six-page printout of just the list of departments within the federal government that get appointees.  It starts with the Defense Department, which has been operating in spite of Obama’s political appointees the last few years.

Other departments include Management and Budget, Economic Advisors, Environmental Quality, Trade, HUD, Science and Technology, Drug Control, Agriculture, Commerce, CIA, Education, Energy, Health, Housing, Labor, Justice, Transportation, Veterans Affairs, Battle Monuments, Arctic Research, Scholarships, Fellowships, Civil Rights, Fine Arts, Disabled, Product Safety, DC, Nuclear Anything, EPA,  FDIC, Housing, Maritime, Mine Safety, Energy, Federal Reserve, Peace Corp, Federal Trade Commission, Medicare, NASA, Archives, Indian Affairs, Ethics, Alaska Natural Gas, Railroad, Securities & Exchange, Small Business Administration, Smithsonian, Social Security, Tennessee Valley Authority, Trade, Holocaust Memorial, International Trade Commission, and Postal Service, just to name a few.  You are not just voting for President; you are voting for a slate of 3000 to 4000 people to run your government.

Although Obama may be smart, at least they say he is smart, there is no way he alone can come up with all the wacky policies that we have endured the last 7 years.  Some examples include the recent Department of Education and the trans-gender bathroom issue, or redefining marriage.  Then there is the destruction of the low-end used car market so poor people can’t afford to buy cars anymore with the Cash for Clunkers program that cost millions.  The Department of Energy wants to kill the coal mines and the Keystone XL Pipeline.  Obamacare.

I have been a government contractor providing support to defend our country during the Cold War to the recent War on Terrorism.  Some of the atrocities committed by the terrorists even outdo those of the Nazi’s.  I recently spoke with someone who had just come back from Oman and was assigned to deal with the Guantanamo detainees who had been sent to Oman.  I asked him if they were now in prisons over there.  He replied that they were just released to live with their families and could do whatever they wanted.

For those of you who voted for Mr. Trump, I know you are fired up and ready to take on the election in the fall.  For the rest of you, I don’t know if Mr. Trump was your second pick, your seventeenth, or your eighteenth.  We do know that he has gumption and is willing to take on anything.  Personally, I may prefer that he uses a few more words that have more than four letters.  However, he will fight for what he believes in and he is willing to take the gloves off and go for it.  We also know that he likes to surround himself with the best people to do the job.   It is our responsibility and duty to support him and provide him the best advisors possible and the best people to execute his policies that we can.  I think it is very notable that he announced Trey Gowdy as his pick for Attorney General.  He is the Chairman of the House Select Committee investigating Benghazi and what Hillary Clinton did or didn’t do.  He named this pick for AG even before he named his Vice Presidential pick, which speaks volumes.

My ancestors didn’t come over on the Mayflower, my grandfather came over on the Lusitania and he homesteaded this land.  As near as we can tell, he had come over and homesteaded, then went back to find a woman to marry, and they both came over on the maiden voyage of the Lusitania.  She took a job as a nanny and a maid to make sure she liked this new country, but eventually they did get married.  When my grandfather homesteaded, he did not wait around for the government to put in water pipes, he dug his own well.  He did not wait around for Section 8 housing, he built his own home.  He helped build this country and make it great.  My father was born and raised on that homestead, and I was raised there.  Those traditions run deep in my family, and I will do whatever I can to make this country great again.  I hope you will join me.


                   April                                   May                      

   Esther Sparling                         Joan Hebrance
                                                     Mr.Maury Eckels
                                                     Lydia Bernal
                                                     Mercedes Pfeffer
                                                                                               Trish Martell
                                                                                                Nancy Krakover                                                                                                                                    Pam Heminger                                                                                          

Saturday, June 11, 2016
9:00 - 11:30 AM

Have you never volunteered to help in a political campaign? Have you volunteered but never really understood the full volunteer operation and your role in it? Have you volunteered but found yourself isolated carrying out tasks with minimal interaction with other volunteers? Have you volunteered but been overwhelmed with the tasks assigned to you with minimal guidance for how to complete them?
You may be suffering from the dreaded Volunteer Training Deficiency Syndrome. VTDS, often revealed in such symptoms as:  blind ignorance of how to get involved, uncomfortable awkwardness about how to ask for help, unsettling reluctance about getting involved politically, guilt about not forthrightly standing up for your beliefs and fighting for them, and other like discomforts.
Take heart! We have good news for you! The Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) has designed a remedy that will permanently cleanse you of this condition. It's called the FCRC Volunteer Training Summit, offered on June 11, which will:
  • Identify and describe all of the opportunities available to Republican volunteers in the county
  • Provide sufficient information about each of these opportunities so Republican volunteers can pick those that suit their interests, time availabilities, and schedules
  • Introduce volunteers to Republican county and district officials who can provide volunteer guidance and responsive assistance
  • Help volunteers tap into established Republican networks in their neighborhoods and local areas
With the outcome of this year's presidential election being so critically important to the survival of our constitutional republic, now is the time to take the plunge and figure out how you can help the cause.
Click on the link below right NOW, and sign up for the Republican volunteer training on June 11. You'll find the volunteer niche that is suitable for you, you'll meet some like-minded people who are willing to stand up for their beliefs, and you'll tie in with a dynamic group.

Join experienced volunteers and volunteer newcomers at FCRC's Volunteer Training Summit:

9:00 - 11:30 AM

Saturday, June 11

(Doors for sign-in open at 8:00 AM; please arrive by 8:30 AM so we
can sign in everyone and start the program promptly at 9:00 AM)

Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department
Fire Station #3
4081 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Sign up NOW for the volunteer training!

Please sign up NLT June 6 so we can prepare for you.

Attending volunteers can choose training classes that cover:

 Precinct Work
 Campaign Literature Distribution
 Phone Calling
 Election Day Support
 Election Officer Duties
 Pollwatching
 Communications
 & Lots More

Meet other Republicans! Learn about volunteer opportunities suitable for you! Multiply your vote by volunteering!


Saturday, September 10,2016
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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