Williamson County
Republican Women

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February 2014
Volume 7, Issue 2
In This Issue
Next Meeting
President's Message
Membership Special

Meeting Minutes


Please read and review the  


 January Meeting Minutes


before the Feb. meeting so that we may approve them at the meeting.


Thank you!




Calendar of Events



  Feb 10- Monthly Luncheon Meeting

Feb 20 - Board Meeting

Feb 27 - Social with Allison Pataki



2014 WCRW Board




Marci Revelle

Elexis Grimes
1st VP Programs

Debbie Simmons
2nd VP Membership

Lee Ann Seitsinger

Pat Grisham


Emily Pataki 

Immediate Past President


Committee Chairs


Open Position
Campaign Activities/Awards

Debbie Simmons

Open Position
Caring for America/Literacy


Carol Haenel 


Elaine Prout
Newsletter Editor 


Lea Stoddard 


Cinda Johnson
Military Liaison

Cari Christman-Ott
Legislative Chair

Blayre Pena
PAC Treasurer

Shannon Tracy
Public Relations

Carol Haenel

Lee Ann Seitsinger
Web Master


Lee Ann Seitsinger



Elexis Grimes



Debbie Simmons



Emily Pataki


Quick Links

Email WCRW

Williamson County  
Republican Women 
February Luncheon
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Author Karen Watson

"Being Black and Republican in the Age of Obama"   


Karen Watson is one inspiring American who is fighting to get this country back to our conservative roots. 
Karen is the Founder and President of GOPBuzz.com, an Internet portal for Republican centric events nationwide, and she has written and self-published her first book,  
Being Black and Republican in the Age of Obama. 
MONDAY, February 10th, 2014

11:00am Meet and Greet

11:30am Lunch and Program 

Location: Williamson Conference Center

(behind the Wingate Hotel at I-35 and 79)

1209 North I-35

Round Rock, TX 78664


Please RSVP by February 7th through our ticketing system by clicking on this link:






Meeting Cost: $16 members & $20 non-member

 You may send in your check prior to the meeting to help check-in at the meeting  go more smoothly.  Please mail your check made payable to WCRW-PAC.
  PO BOX 342

     ROUND ROCK, TX 78680


*OR, you may pay at the door if you prefer.

  Please note: If you are unable to keep your reservation, WCRW is still responsible for lunch costs. It is our policy to bill $16 for no-shows.


If you have any problems, you can reach
Elexis Grimes by email





President's Message
Marci Revelle


What a busy time it is to be a Republican in Williamson County!  January has been full of opportunities to get out, get involved, and learn more about the candidates and the races that affect us.  Heading in to the March 4th Primary, I promise many more opportunities lie ahead.  I encourage each of you to step beyond your already busy schedule and participate.
Williamson County is a strong Republican County but many new families are moving here.  Let's remind our new neighbors and friends why they chose this area.  Williamson County has long been a conservative county and that is why we live here, we work here, we raise our families here.  As Ronald Reagan said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."  Please join me and fellow WCRW members as we work hard to support our Republican candidates, promote an informed electorate and promote Republican ideals.  Please follow our Facebook page and Twitter account for updates on events and opportunities not to be missed.
Thank you for your continued support of Williamson County Republican Women.  It is an honor to serve with you!

Marci Revelle

February Social Event with Author Allison Pataki

Please join us for a fun evening with upcoming Author Allison Pataki.  Daughter of former New York Governor George Pataki, Allison transitioned from a career in journalism at FoxNews to being a fulltime author with the release of her new book, The Traitor's Wife  www.allisonpataki.com
The Traitor's Wife is a historical fiction novel surrounding the story of Benedict Arnold, his wife, Peggy Shippen, and the Revolutionary War - don't miss the chance to hear firsthand from Mrs. Pataki and go behind the scenes of this important time period in our nation's history

Thursday, February 27th
7 - 9pm
Logan's Roadhouse
2702 Parker Road
Round Rock, TX 78681

Please RSVP to



Legislative Update

Cari Christman

During the 83rd Texas Legislative session, many Republicans worked hard to prevent efforts by Democrats to pass policies associated with the Affordable Care Act into state law.  S.B. 1795 passed the Texas Legislature with bi-partisan support, pre-emptively addressing the federal health care law by requiring Texas to regulate federal navigators at the state level when federal rules are deemed insufficient by the state.
In light of James O'Keefe's Project Veritas video release, exposing federal navigators for questionable activity in Texas while enrolling residents for Obamacare, many Republican legislators are pleased with their decision to pass S.B. 1795.  In response, a number of Texas Republican senate and house members sent a letter to the Texas Insurance Commissioner urging passage of rules "due to the fact these videos were made at a time when only federal standards were in place - underscoring the need for more stringent state-level rules."
Under the authority provided by S.B. 1795, the Commissioner has adopted rules to strengthen protections for consumers who seek assistance from federal health exchange navigators.  The order requires background checks, privacy and ethics training, proof of identity, and evidence of financial responsibility for individuals providing the navigator assistance.

Some of the most important provisions of the rule include the following:
1. Requires entities and individuals that provide enrollment assistance in a federal health benefit exchange to register with TDI.
2.Requires Texas-specific education for individual navigators.
3. Requires navigator entities to secure and maintain evidence of financial responsibility to protect consumers against wrongful acts, misrepresentations, errors, omissions, or negligence of the navigator entity, or the individual navigators who represent the entity.
4. Requires that individual navigators provide to consumers a notice disclosing the navigator entity they represent and a valid state-issued ID before providing federal health benefit exchange enrollment assistance.
5. Prohibits navigators, while providing navigator services, from engaging in electioneering activities or finance or otherwise supporting the candidacy fo an individual for government positions.
6. Limits use of the term "navigator" by entities and individuals who are not registered as navigators.
7. Provides violations and outlines administrative penalties that are applicable to individuals and entities.
8. Insurance Code provisions relating to privacy and protecting the consumers' personal information are applicable to navigator entities and individual navigators.

the final rules have been submitted to the Texas Register for publication on February 7, 2014.  to view the final rules, please visit:
Final Rules Link

Membership Update


To celebrate the 2014 election season, WCRW dues for all members, both regular and associate, have been reduced to $20!
Renew now and support our efforts to promote an informed electorate through political education and to promote Republican ideals.
If you have already renewed at full price, please contact our 2014 Vice-President of Membership, Debbie Simmons at

Benefits of Membership
Reduced cost to Monthly General Meeting Luncheons, featuring dynamic guest speakers, including local, state and federal elected Republican officials
Subscription to the monthly WCRW newsletter, keeping you up to date on all WCRW activities
Subscription to the newsletter of the Texas Federation of Republican Women
Subscription to the newsletter of the National Federation of Republican Women
Listing in and a free copy of the WCRW annual directory
Full voting rights and privileges for Regular Members and
E-mail updates regarding campaign volunteer opportunities for Republican candidates and legislative action alerts.

2014 Membership Form


WCRW Directory Advertising
Advertise in our 2014 directory!  Half a page cost is $25, full page is $50.  Don't miss out on this affordable opportunity to advertise your business or campaign!  Deadline for the Directory is the March 10th WCRW meeting.  Please email your contact information and artwork to Debbie Simmons at - directory@wilcorw.org
Click here for a Directory Advertising Form.
Membership Renewals must also be received by the March 10th meeting to be included in the Directory.
  Board Meeting  
 February's  Board Meeting will be February 20th at 10am. We will be meeting at TFRW Headquarters, 515 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Suite 133, Austin, TX 78746. Everyone is welcome!  
Scholarship Announcement

Two $1,000
scholarships courtesy of the Williamson County Republican Women are available for graduating Williamson County female students who have an interest in, and an awareness of, one's need to become involved in the political process. 
Those interested in applying for the scholarship will  write an essay based on one of the republican beliefs listed below.  The applicant needs to explain the belief she chooses, why she agrees with that belief and how she would work to strengthen this belief among her peers.

Republicans Believe In
A U.S. Constitution written from Judeo-Christian principles 
Pro-Life/Family Values 
Right to Bear Arms 
Smaller Government 
balanced Budget/Cut Spending 
Domestic Oil Production 
Decreasing Regulations 
Supporting Businesses 
Against Obamacare 
True Balance of Power

Applicants must also have a letter of recommendation from a verifiable member of the Williamson County Republican Women or a verifiable member of another Williamson County Republican club.
Applications are available by contacting Mrs. Carol M. Haenel at chaenel@nc.rr.com or you may use the link below.Scholarship Application

January Meeting


Hollidaze WCRW has two wonderful friends who help us with fundraising.  Kathie Holliman of Hollidaze Gifts is a long-time supporter and often brings a wide assortment of Republican-themed items to club luncheons, including her popular "Republican Women are the Life of the Party" shirts. Kathie donates a portion of each sale back to WCRW.  You can order these shirts by emailing republicanlady@ymail.com