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President’s Message – June 2018

President’s Message

I am officially declaring the week after convention “Texas Federation of Republican Women: Pamper Yourself Week”.  Seriously, I woke up Sunday morning and not only did I look like a train wreck but my house matched my disheveled appearance. Mascara about an inch thick under my eyes, hair going in all directions and my feet were not only swollen, but bruised and blistered. I misplaced my new Ray Bans, but I did find the missing lime juice cans; melted under the garage refrigerator. While I was gone, the dog threw up on the dining room rug and the ice maker broke down.

I felt really organized and in control before convention. My outfits were lined up in my closet by day and event. I had the Wednesday Board gathering prepared for weeks. Margaritas with Senoritas was staged in my garage as was the merchandise for the booth. My calendar was printed in duplicate along with alarms set on my phone, so why did I wake up Sunday morning feeling like I got hit by a Mack Truck? Life is always throwing you curveballs and this convention had a lot of them.

I would sum up the 2018 Republican Party of Texas Convention as an emotional rollercoaster. Climbing to the top was slow and steady, the uphill ride is always safe, but fear of the downhill ride is always in the back of your mind. The twists and turns and unexpected drops began early Friday morning and continued for hours. I wanted off the ride until midway through when I realized I had a job to do, I had to represent all 10,000 members of the T.F.R.W.  As terrifying as that initial decent is on a rollercoaster, it is also exhilarating; it wakes you up. You go from being scared and apprehensive to feeling more alive than ever. That is how I felt Saturday morning when I walked out on that stage as the face of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, you all gave me that strength. It was a rough ride but if we want to win in November we need to pull together and do what we do best; get Republicans elected.

I’m heading to Skin Rejuvenation Clinic for a facial, then off to Ann’s Nails for a well-deserved pedicure. I suggest you do the same.

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Karen C. Newton, President