President’s Pen – January 2021
Happy New Year! I think more than ever before, there was a giant sigh of relief when the clock struck midnight and 2020 was officially “last year.” I don’t dispute that 2020 was an unusually crazy year or that we have all been looking forward to a fresh start, but really there was a great deal to be thankful for. From Middle East peace agreements and American dominance through the Space Force program to the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett and Republican victories up and down the Texas ballot, 2020 delivered many things for which we should be grateful.
As I reflect upon the past year, I want to thank you, our members. Through all of the challenges thrown at us, you never lost focus or forgot our mission. In fact, if anything I think you were more tenacious and determined to meet those challenges head on and overcome them. You were patient when contracts were cancelled and events had to be rescheduled. We all pivoted and learned new skills together, and through it all you showed kindness to our staff and volunteers. You stepped up, worked together and demonstrated what TFRW was capable of.
My anticipation continues to build as I look toward the possibilities of the New Year. We have a goal of 11,000 members by June (convention cutoff date) and I truly believe that this is attainable. We had 3,500 new members in 2020. That means that if all of our 2019 members had renewed, we would have had 14,000 members in 2020 instead of 10,000. The women are there. We just need to invite them, remind them, and let them know how vital they are! This is going to be an exciting year! Chairwoman Mary Heffernan has assembled an amazing TFRW Convention team, so plan now to attend October 13-16 at the Kalahari Resort in Round Rock. The NFRW Convention will be September 23 26 in Orlando and I’m hoping we will bring home an award or two… or five. We are Texas, after all. ☺
Thinking about running for elected office? Or possibly managing a campaign? TFRW’s Candidate Development School is back! Lesli Fitzpatrick and her team have been working on the CDS curriculum to give female candidates all the tools they need to WIN!
Additionally, 1st VP Kit Whitehill will be heading up the Campaign Schools that TFRW hosts collaboratively with Leadership Institute, RPT, TRCCA, and Texans for Greg Abbott. No matter what you want to do, TFRW has training opportunities to help you be successful.
If you haven’t looked lately, check out our website at www.tfrw.org. There are many resources at your disposal. Everything from position descriptions and award forms to bylaws and meeting information can be found on the site. We even added dedicated buttons for making scholarship and hospitality donations even easier (under Forms and Documents). These tools are for you, I hope you will utilize them in the coming months. And of course, I am always here to help as well.
Thank you again for the honor of serving you. We are empowered women empowering others, and together we will continue to make Texas the leader of principled, conservative governance.
For Texas and The Country!
Glynis Chester, President