Women of vision, power, and purpose

September - November, 2015

George Mason Republican Women


Geraldine Davie:  703-464-8104

[email protected]

First Vice President

Patricia Martell:  703-250-5320

Second Vice President

Caroline Herrick: 703-6256-2414

Recording Secretary

Mikki Terry: 703-978-0205


Bobbi Green: 703-328-7260


Violeta Warner:

703 282-9779

Standing Committee Chairs

By-laws and Finance
Mary Pawlow

Campaign Activities
Gerarda Culiper

Carol Frey
Mary Williams

National/State Legislation
Mary Bell

Public Relations,Volunteer Hours,Outreach

Special Committee Chairs

Americanism/Caring for America:
Lynn Blankenship

Bobbi Green

Rosemary Espinosa

Social Media:
Violeta Warner
Mary Bell

Tech-Current Issues:
Edna Eckel

Carol Ford

Literacy - B. Bush and M. Eisenhower projects:
Geraldine Davie

Membership/Volunteer Hours
Caroline Herrick


Jane Woods

Proposed 2015 GMRW Meetings. Please mark your calendar.

Tuesday, April 14 -
11:00 am
Kings Park Library
Speaker Martha Bonita

Tuesday, May 19 -
11:00 am
Kings Park Library

Wednesday, June 17 - 11:00am

Wednesday, July 15  - 11:00am
NFRW National Headquarters

Tuesday, August 18 - 11:00am

Tuesday, Sept. 15 - 11:00am
Kings Park Library

Tuesday, October 20 - 11:00 am
Kings Park Library

Tuesday, Nov. 17 -
11:00 am

Friday, December 11 - 7:00pm

Please note CHANGE in DAY OF THE WEEK for
April, May, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov.

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]


Are you creative? Can you plan events? Then we need you to plan creative and fun ways to fundraise for GMRW.  This is an opportunity for you to use your creativity while helping us maintain the foundation of our club.   Find a friend and work together on this committee.
The current fundraising team of Jean Bradley, Mary Pawlow, and Mikki Terry has been in place for 3 years.  They have done a fabulous job and now they intend to take a well deserved rest.  We have always appreciated the hard work they put forth for the club on this committee.
When selected, the new team will meet with the present team to ensure a smooth transition and bring everyone up to date on the status of our inventory items. 
This is a wonderful opportunity to work with the dynamic women in our club. 
Find a friend and work together on this fun committee.
Would you like to advertise our club events in and around Fairfax County?
It's really quite simple and requires a few minutes each month. 
All you need is a computer and a few email addresses. 
Contact me at [email protected]


GMRWC Fund Raising for Christmas will feature beautiful jewelry perfect for holiday gift giving.
Our GMRW directory has the following Voter Registration Information

1. Precinct
2. Magisterial District
3. Legislative District
4. Senatorial District
5. Congressional District

Maps for Fairfax County


GMRW member Gerarda Culipher at the VietFest helping John Frey up for re-election for Clerk of Court.

At the Burke Center Festival

Xavia Warner and John Frey at the VietFest.

GMRW members: Trish Martell,Geraldine Davie and Bobbi Green addressed envelops at Fairfax Headquarters for JOHN COOK. Bobbi Green and Trish Martell worked for 3 hours and I joined them for 2 hours.  
Contact Michael Schaeffer (Cook's campaign manager) at 301-300-8623 if you would like to work for COOK, Michael will surely appreciate your help.

WELCOME New Members:

Working on the GMRW newsletter our newest member, baby Amy Lee

New GMRW member, Donna Rozelle Garcia with Violeta Warner and Carol Frey


George Mason Republican Women’s Club Meeting

October 20, 2015

Meeting at the Fairfax County Republican Office

President Geraldine Davie formally called the meeting to order at 11:10 am.  The invocation was led by Pam, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Mikki Terry.  

The Treasurer’s Report was given by Bobbi Green.  Copies of the document were distributed. 

Green reported that we had generated enough funds to support a larger number of local candidates than we had in recent memory.  We focus on strong candidates with solid Republican credentials and we noted that the ballot contains many strong women candidates, almost all of them Republican.  We discussed the impact our volunteering, from making phone calls to organizing the efficient distribution of the candidate door knob hangers   Davie noted that even if the candidate isn’t present for the activity candidates seek out participants from the clubs and personally thank them.  They know when, where,   who, and why we’re supporting them.  Individual and group volunteers who work on projects leave precious funding dollars for projects that require specific talent and training such as particular technological skills.  GMRWC volunteers discussed the assumption we’re working under is that data that is collected will be shared with the clubs.  That is not the current practice.  

Green shared the Nominating Committee’s proposed slate, including the proposal to create a position to manage correspondence, from thank you notes to birthday and sympathy cards.  This position would also assume responsibility for finding appropriate space for the strong program Martel has delivered.

The proposed slate is

President                                  Melissa Beaudoin

1st VP                                       Geraldine Davie

2nd VP                                      Trish Martel

Recording Secretary                  Mikki Terry

Correspondence Secretary        Beverley Cavataio

Treasurer                                    Bobbi Grreen

This item was for information only.  The proposed slate will be voted on by the membership at our November 18 meeting.  Officers will be installed at the Holiday Celebration, Sunday December 6 at 6:30 pm at the Army Navy Country Club.  We’ll conduct a silent auction as a fundraising activity.   

Davie adjourned the meeting and we proceeded to identify clusters of adjacent streets in precincts for volunteer election door hangers.   (If you missed this opportunity, you missed a great time working with women who share a commitment to electing Republicans and especially Republican women!)

See you November 18 at Army Navy Country Club!  Bring your Holiday gift list and plan to buy some jewelry that’s one of a kind.

All Politics Are Local


Victory Party late Tuesday night after a long Election Day.  Congratulations to all our local winners.The big winner was the state of Virginia because Republicans held the House of Delegates and the State Senate.  Great job!  A few big Winners were:  JOHN FREY (Clerk of the Court) JOHN COOK (Braddock Supervisor) JEANETTE HOUGH (School Board) and SCOTT CAMERON ( Soil and Water Conservation).
GMRW members, Geraldine Davie and Pam Heminger  with John Cook at the Victory Party.
John Frey, Clerk of Court
Newly elected School Board Member Jeanette Hough

School Board Member Elizabeth Schultz


Photos by Mary Bell and Violeta Warner

Supervisor Pat Herrity
State Senate Nominee Joe Murray
School Board At-Large
 Candidate Jeanette Houg
School Board Member Elizabeth Schultz
Delegate Dave Albo
School Board At-Large Candidate Manar Jean-Jacques
Ross Snare, Assistant to Supervisor Pat Herrity

Six informed and brave Fairfax County candidates
spoke at our September meeting.  The meeting was power packed with information important to Fairfax County residents. Our very informed members asked pertinent questions of these candidates and the discussions highlighted the problems we will face if we leave the Dems in office.
Now we need to do our part. 
First, we all have homework to do.  There are 30 Republican candidates running for office in Fairfax County.  Find out who is running for office in your individual precinct BEFORE going to the polls. There are at least 11 to 16 candidates running in each precinct.  As Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield School Board Member) said..."Make sure you vote the ENTIRE ballot...all the way to the end."  The all-important School Board candidates are usually located at the end of the ballot. 
Second, we suggest that you vote In-Person Absentee (early voting) as soon as possible.  The plan is to bank votes during Sept. and Oct.  Yes, the polls are open at the County Government Center beginning SEPTEMBER 18 and the Springfield Government Ctr. (6140 Rolling Rd.) beginning Oct. 13th. Go to the Fairfax County Website for more detailed information.
Third, please plan to work for your favorite candidate.  Stuff and write envelopes for John Cook,  hand out literature at a Farmers Market (call Lola Lecraw), or hand out ballots at an Early Voting location in the next few weeks (call me at 703-463-8104).  
Fourth, put a bumper sticker on your car, a sign on your window, or a sign on your yard for any one of the candidates shown below.  You can also work a Back-To-School night at your local school.  Please remember that these brave candidates need YOUR support
Please call  Geraldine Davie at 703-463-8104 if you are looking for volunteer opportunities or if you have questions.
Thanks again to all who attended Tuesday's meeting and took part in the discussions.


August 18, 2015
Speaker: Donna Hamilton,Director of Research for Virginians for Quality Healthcare

Bobbi Green and Ramona Weaver told of their recent experience with Breast Cancer and reminded us not to forget our annual Mammograms.




First of all, I've received a lovely thank you from the Veteran's Home for the lap robes we gave to their hospice unit.  They were simply stunned by your generosity.

Building upon that, I'll be collecting calendars for delivery around Thanksgiving.  Each of us receives calendars from organizations as a thank you or promotion.  the veterans do not get these beautiful calendars.  So rather than toss or recycle calendars for 2016, please bring them to our next meeting and I'll take it from there.  There are roughly 400 vets  in what was the Old Soldier's Home.  Let's see if we can get calendars for every single one of them. Thanks.



By: Geraldine Davie

For some time I have worked the Absentee In-Person voting at the Springfield Gov't. Center.
During the 2014 election cycle many GMRW members (Violeta Warner, Brenda Brenna, Janie Lawler-Savitske, Bobbi Green) worked this site with me. We handed out sample ballots to approximately 2500 voters and had a great time. 
This year there will be 30, count 'em 30 candidates, running for office in Fairfax County and we are encouraging as many people as possible to cast their vote before Election day.
Matt Ames, Chairman of the FCRC, has asked that each Women's Republican club adopt an early voting polling place and man it throughout the early voting phase of the election.(see letter below)
I would like our club to adopt the Springfield Government Center as our project. 
This is a convenient local spot, easy to get to and you can set your own hours. It's a perfect job for the women of GMRW who want to make a difference in this year's election.
Will you be willing to work a 2 hour shift in mid October, one or two afternoons a week, handing out sample ballots to early voters? (see schedule of hours below)
This is not door knock or telephone banking, however it will require knowledge of the candidates running in each district.  A list of the candidates was distributed at our last meeting.
Our job is to assist voters outside the poll and make it easier for them to cast their vote inside the poll.  We will be supplied with a list of candidates and their districts along with literature and maps of Fairfax County.
We will also remind each person to vote the entire Republican ticket, down to the bottom of the ballot, so they don't miss the all-important School Board Candidates at the end. 
We will also encourage people to bring their friends, neighbors, and relatives to vote Absentee In-Person.
The Dems work these early voting sites with a passion.
Address:  West Springfield Governmental Center
                 6140 Rolling Road  (Police Station & Pat Herrity's Office)
                 Springfield, 22152
Dates & Times:
     Saturdays - Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 31
                         9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
     Weekdays - Oct. 13th to 30th
                         Monday to Friday - 3:30p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

A Request from Executive Director of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, Kyle Robinson

Subject: Help with Absentee Ballot

Good Afternoon!

I have already spoken with a few you about our Absentee Ballot staffing project we have going on. Absentee in person voting started last Friday, and 25 people voted that day! We need some help when it comes to staffing these locations. The main Government Center in Fairfax will be open from now through October 31st. I was hoping you could reach out to your members about staffing some of the locations. The satellite locations will not start for a few weeks.

So we are all on the same page, we have been signing up the volunteer effort through a program called Sign-up genius. This way everyone can see which locations still need coverage. We have sent these links to campaigns, and the District Chairs so they will start plugging in their volunteers. We are currently missing a link for the Franconia Government Center, and will have the link created soon. We have pamphlets that have all of the candidates listed on them to be handed out. If your club adopts a day of the week to volunteer handing out these pamphlets we will coordinate with you to be able to supply you with the necessary materials.

So please help our candidates out by having members of your club sign up and volunteer. If you have any questions about how to use sign-up genius please call me, 703-766-4467.

Fairfax County Government Center [1]

Mason Government Center [2]

McLean Government Center [3]

Mount Vernon Government Center [4]

North County Government Center [5]

Sully Government Center [6]

West Springfield Government Center [7]


Kyle Robinson

Farmer's Markets are still open, please contact Lola Lecraw at 703 517-1259 to volunteer.

2015 Market Schedule

Directions to the Markets are listed below. For other information about the Markets, call 703-642-0128, TTY 703-803-3354.

*McCutcheon/Mount Vernon: May 6 – December 16: 8 a.m.–Noon

Sherwood Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane
SNAP accepted, bonus dollar program!

*Oak Marr: May 6 – November 18: 8 a.m. - Noon
Oak Marr Recreation Center, 3200 Jermantown Road

*Wakefield: May 6 - October 28, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Wakefield Park, 8100 Braddock Road

*Annandale: May 7 - November 12,  8 a.m. - Noon

Mason District Park, 6621 Columbia Pike

*Herndon: May 7 - November 12, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Old Town Herndon, 700 Block of Lynn St., By the Red Caboose
SNAP accepted, bonus dollar program!

*Government Center: May 7 – October 29, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy

*McLean: May 1 - November 20, 8 a.m. - Noon

Market closed on May 16 for McLean Day preparations
Lewinsville Park, 1659 Chain Bridge Road

*Kingstowne: May 1 -October 30, 4 p.m. -7 p.m.
In the Giant parking lot, 5935 Kingstowne Towne Center


*Burke: May 2 - November 21, 8 a.m. - Noon
VRE parking Lot, 5671 Roberts Parkway

*Reston: May 2 - November 14, 8 a.m. - Noon
Market closed for Multicultural Festival
Lake Anne Village Center, 11401 North Shore Drive
SNAP accepted, bonus dollar program!


*Lorton: May 3 - November 8, 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
VRE parking lot, 8990 Lorton Station Blvd.
SNAP accepted, bonus dollar program!

* = Master Gardener Plant Clinic


SEPTEMBER  Birthdays
8th.     David Ford
16th.   Geraldine Davie
25th.   Joanne Smallwood
26th.   Beverley Gurner
27th.   Edna Eckel

OCTOBER Birthdays
8th.      Rosemary Espinosa
10th.    Jane Woods
 14th.    Therese Antonio
15th.     Gerry Gunn
16th.     Kim Battaglia
20th.    Doriene Steeves
30th.    Mary Pawlow

If we have missed your birthday, we apologize