The newsletter of the Alamance Republican Women of North Carolina
Keep Allied Churches in Mind this Christmas
Homeless men can sometimes be a forgotten group during the holiday season. The men staying at Allied Churches Shelter are working toward securing permanent residence and a better life for themselves. We would like to make small Christmas gifts of care essentials to distribute to these guests. We are asking you to fill as many gallon-size zip lock storage bags full of essential and gift items as you would like to contribute. Please keep in mind that each bag should represent a gift of goodies for one individual. You can bring your filled bags to our meeting Dec. 1.
Knit caps, gloves, socks and toiletries are some items that you may consider when filling your bags. We hope to give a gift to each of the 70 current residents of the shelter. If you know of others who may want to construct a bag, please feel free to bring those bags along as well to the meeting. If you can not attend or have bags after the date of the meeting, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for pick-up.
Package assembly night is scheduled for Dec. 8. We will need a few people to gather that evening to help wrap and get the packages ready for delivery. If you can participate please contact Liz at email@example.com.
You may also bring along any items you wish to donate to the kitchen of Allied Churches. This on site kitchen feeds not only the residents, but anyone who walks in needing a meal. A complete list of critical need items for the shelter and the kitchen can be found on our web site www.alamancerepublicanwomen.com (click on the Caring for America page).
At this time of the year, many of us may wish to help, but are too busy to do so. For that reason, we have a few volunteers who will shop for the necessary items. A donation jar will be located on the sign in desk at our Dec. 1 meeting. All money collected in that jar will go toward gift bags for residents or supplies for the kitchen.
Thank you to all who contribute in so many various ways to help make all of our Caring for America projects successful.
Sheriff Johnson, Board Inductions Cap a Successful 2011
Things start to wind down toward the end of the year, but not for the Alamance Republican Women. Our year-end Dec. 1 meeting features a popular speaker and the induction of our new board. We even have a lovely Christmas wreath donated by Phyllis Parker up for raffle!
Sheriff Johnson will keynote our December meeting.
We are honored to have Sheriff Terry Johnson as our keynote speaker once again.
Johnson attended East Carolina University where he was a walk-on linebacker for Coach Clarence Stasovich before received his B.S. in Criminal Justice. After college, he started a 28-year career with the SBI, where he became one of its most decorated agents, risking his life many times as an undercover drug-sting officer. He infiltrated biker gangs in pursuit of drugs and drug dealers, did what was necessary to get drugs off the streets and tried his best to keep them out of North Carolina.
In December 2002, Johnson was elected to his current position as Sheriff of Alamance County. Some of his most recent honors include sitting on a Congressional Panel of National Sheriffs and CIS Analysts to discuss crime challenges with Illegal Immigration; Chairman of the NC Sheriff's Association Sheriff's Training Institute; and Member of the National Sheriff's Association Immigration Subcommittee.
Johnson and his wife Patricia have two children and three grandchildren.
Our 2012 board will also take office. Our board, as elected at the November meeting, is as follows:
President: Dee Ann Cobb VP, Programs: Jennifer Cranford VP, Membership: Katie Dukeshire Secretary: Leigh Ann Whittle Assistant Secretary: Delrita Coble Treasurer: Julie Dean Assistant Treasurer: Judy Carter
The principals of the schools seem very excited and grateful for our donation to their literacy program. We are looking forward to visiting the schools and meeting the teachers. The Literacy Committee would like to thank all who participated in this project.
The Alamance Republican Women would also like to extend a special thank you to Jackie Kane for her hard work on this year-long project.
A row of white-gloved hands slowly raised in an honor salute. A bugler playing taps. Our flag being meticulously folded and presented on behalf of "a grateful nation." These are just a few of the many images in my mind after my great-uncle's funeral last week. The full military honors were provided by the United States Marine Corps. My Uncle John was like a grandfather to me, and it was very difficult to say "goodbye." It was a unique experience, though, to be reminded of the tradition, precision and honor that mark our military ceremonies.
Many of the Marines I met that day wore combat medals. These young men in crisp dress uniforms have fought for us in the deserts and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan, and there is a good chance that many will return to battle after their tour of duty on honor guard has ended. On the way home from the service, I couldn't help but think that in less than one year's time these Marines might have a new Commander-in-Chief. The seemingly never-ending stream of television ads, phone calls, mass mailings and debates will finally be over. Campaign headquarters across the nation will be quiet. People will be marking their calendars and shopping for Christmas presents once again.
One year. One year for Americans to decide who will lead our brave men and women as they dedicate their lives to our protection. One year to decide who will lead all of us through our current economic crisis. One year to decide whether our unborn babies will have a friend or a foe in the White House. One year to decide whether Freedom will win the day.
The Alamance Republican Women are dedicated to making every second count in the coming year. We love our families, our country, and our freedom. We know what is at stake, and we are willing to work hard to ensure that our candidates have the support they need.
What can you do? Join us! It will truly be "all hands on deck" as we enter into the election year, and there is a place for you in our organization. We are here to serve our candidates and our community, and together, we can truly make a difference in Alamance County and beyond. This time next year, may we all be able to say that we've done everything in our power to protect our freedoms and preserve our great nation for future generations.
On a personal note, it has been entirely my honor and privilege to serve as President of ARWNC. I have been surrounded by an incredible team of talented, passionate ladies who have all dedicated untold hours to the success of this organization. This journey has truly been a blessing, and I can't wait to see what is in store for ARWNC in 2012!
The Time to Join is NOW!
Alamance Republican Women is in the middle of a membership drive, and
anyone who joins or renews between now and Dec. 31, 2011 will
automatically be entered to win a basked of ARWNC or GOP goodies. Best
of all, your membership will be good through Dec. 31, 2012. Now that's
Republican Women of North Carolina is an organization of women
dedicated to the Preservation of freedom and American values.
Mission is to elect GOP candidates by volunteering our time and
talents, empower women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds to
participate in the political process, and inform our members &
friends about legislative issues.
The Trumpet Connection is edited and designed by Leigh Ann Whittle, ARWNC Public Relations Coordinator.