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- WINTER 2012-
Executive Board
Marianne Gearhart
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Co-1 VP Programs
Alice Butler-Short
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Bunny Monroe
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2 VP Membership
Suzanne Petrie
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We have gotten off to a great start. Our first January
meeting was informative with three District 11 candidates
vying to unseat Senator Connelly. We had a lovely
installation ceremony for the 2012 Executive Board.
The middle of January I attended the Republican
Party of Virginia 2012 Grassroots Planning meeting which
had many good ideas for the upcoming elections.
Information from that meeting will be sent soon.
On February 4th several 11th District Republican
Women’s clubs met at the Woodlands in Fairfax to hear
Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis talk on “Executive Orders &
Regulations: Impact & Danger.” In January 2010 she was
appointed by Governor McDonnell to the Office of
Intergovernmental Affairs where they review the executive
orders from the Obama administration. There were
approximately 100 men and women in attendance and found
the information quite eye opening.
Our next RWC general meeting will be held on
February 21; social hour starting at 7 pm and general
meeting starts at 7:30 pm at Centerville HS in the 2nd floor
lecture hall. Our speaker will be Dr. Michael Abidin whose
talk will focus on "Lessons from Great Women in History"
Corresponding Secretary
Recording Secretary
Shirley Parsons
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The date for the RWC Membership Tea has been set
for Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 3:00PM-5:30PM at the
home of Alice Butler-Short, 9103 Wood Spice Lane, Lorton,
VA 22079. The Keynote Speaker, the popular commentator
and speaker, Star Parker. Star Parker is the founder and
president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal &
Education <http://www.urbancure.org/>, a 501(c) 3 non-profit
think tank that explores and promotes market-based public
policy to fight poverty.
Prior to her involvement in social activism, Star
Parker was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles, received
a BS degree in marketing and launched an urban Christian
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The 1992 Los Angeles riots destroyed her business, yet served as a springboard
for her focus on conservative activism. I am looking forward to her presentation.
Current members; if you haven’t renewed your membership for 2012, now is the
time! The form is on the next to last page of this newsletter. We would miss you if you
decide not to renew. For those unpaid members this will be your last newsletter and
your name will be removed from our distribution list.
CPAC 2012 was held in Washington, DC on February 9th through 11th. As expected in
this critical election year it was a huge event. Ten thousand conservatives met to listen to the
candidates, Republican leaders, media pundits and issue experts. It was exciting. All of the
speakers were very clear about what President Obama has done to this country and how
important this election is for the future of our country. Simply put: Will we allow the United
States to continue to be transformed by President Obama into a second rate, debt ridden nanny
state whose centralized government tramples on the Constitution and individual liberties or
return her to the American exceptionalism made possible by respect for the Constitution, limited
government, individual liberties, personal responsibility and a free market? CPAC was a
clarion call to rise to the challenge of righting the course of the United States. The way to do
that: Win the 2012 Presidential Election, win a Senate majority and expand the House majority.
Three candidates for President spoke at CPAC. Rick Santorum spoke first, surrounded
by his family. Mitt Romney appeared second and Newt Gingrich third. All of them were well
received and each generated a lot of excitement given the fluid nature of the race. However, of
all the candidates it was Newt who brought the house down with his willingness to candidly
address the challenges facing our nation and to propose bold solutions – never count Newt out.
It was exciting to see so many young people at a conservative conference. It appeared
to me that about half of the attendees were in their twenties. During past CPACs anyone in
their twenties was most certainly a Ron Paul supporter, but not this year. All of the candidates
had youthful supporters. Their energy and enthusiasm are invaluable assets. Most importantly,
they are the future of the conservative movement.
Lastly, as a reminder of the class warfare theme emanating from the White House, we
were confronted by Occupy Washington protesters as we left CPAC. The group was made up
of about 100 hippie looking types who surrounded a large inflatable cat that resembled Garfield
and which, one assumes, represented all of us CPAC fat cats. The protesters presence drove
home CPAC’s overarching message: This election is for the future of the country. We must
support our Republican nominee for President whoever it turns out to be and work as if our lives
depended on it. That is an obligation we owe to the founders and to our great country.
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This is an excellent video that has come out and apparently 6 Million others think
so too because there have been 6 million hits in 4 days. Please watch it and send it on
to others. We believe the pendulum has started to swing so let's keep it going. This is
very well done. <http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=JVAhr4hZDJE&vq=medium#t=19 >
Media bias presents a great challenge to those of us who want to know the truth about
what is happening in America and the rest of the world. Journalism, with its charter of
objectivity, has clearly gone by the wayside for much of the media. Thankfully, some still
get the word out about what is happening such as reports of the scurrilous Media
Matters determining what media outlets like MSNBC should say to support the Obama
Much of our local media are no better. For example, the Connection newspapers
frequently publish lengthy articles about Democrats and favoring liberal/progressive
ideology. In the Feb 9-15 edition, the headline of one editorial was “Suppressing the
Vote and Other Action in Richmond.” Upon reading the opinion piece, I learned that new
voter ID requirements were supposedly what was “suppressing the vote,” which is
clearly not the case. We need these new requirements to protect us from voter fraud,
especially after learning that the Pew Center of the United States reported more than 18
million dead people are registered to vote across the country!
So, what can we do to combat media bias? Here are a few ideas:
 Let people know the truth through in-person conversations as well as via social
media such as Facebook and Twitter.
 Write Letters to the Editor – for example, even though the Connection newspapers
show a clear liberal/progressive bias, the local edition has printed all the Letters I
have submitted, which is quite a few.
 Call talk radio shows to express your views.
 Purchase an existing local newspaper, or start a new one, and make it a standard
for truth in journalism.
 Refer to the Media Research Center (www.mediaresearch.org) for unbiased
information on current events. Their online news, delivered via Cybercast News
Service at CNSNews.com, gives reliable and authentic reports that are well
respected by conservative talk show hosts.
 Explore the possibility of an internship at the Media Research Center for a family
member who may be seeking a career in journalism.
 Consult the Parents Television Council at the Media Research Center to ensure that
your children are watching unbiased programs.
Thank you to Chris Cavaleri for her contributions to this article.
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As a Republican woman, we want to be involved in all aspects of the Party. This
spring we will have the opportunity to attend conventions throughout the State. Please
remember that MARCH 10 is the filing deadline to attend these conventions. To
attend any of these conventions, you must file on one form available through the
Fairfax Committee: www.Fairfaxgop.org. Although some of the filing fees are
optional, I encourage you to pay them to help offset convention expenses and to be
able to participate in voting.
The Fairfax County Republican Committee Convention will be March 24 at 9:00
a.m. at West Springfield High School. The Chairman of the Committee will be elected;
Matt Ames and Jay McConville are candidates for this position. A $25 filing fee is
required if you wish to vote.
The Tenth District Conventions will be held on May 19 at Tuscarora High School
in Leesburg at 10:00 a.m. The Chairman of the Congressional District will be elected;
Anna Lee and John Whitbeck are candidates for this position. Additionally, 3 delegates
and 3 alternates will be elected to the Republican National Convention, one Presidential
Elector and 3 members to the State Central committee. The $20 filing fee is optional.
The Eleventh District Convention will be held on May 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Oakton
High School in Vienna. Three candidates are vying for the Chairman's seat: Becky
Stoeckle, Mike Giere, and Terrance Wear. Additionally, 3 delegates and 3 alternates
will be elected to the Republican National Convention, one Presidential Elector and 3
members to the State Central Committee. The $15 filing fee is optional but required for
The Republican Party of Virginia will hold their convention on June 16 in
Richmond. Chairman Pat Mullins is currently running unopposed for Party Chairman.
We will also elect the Virginia Committee Man and Committee Woman to the
Republican National Committee. Thirteen delegates and alternates will also be elected
to represent Virginia at the National Convention in Tampa this fall, as well as two
Presidential Electors.
I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever
heard. Please read, pay attention, and send it on!
I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description
I've ever read.
Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction). Did
you know that women rarely have the same dramatic
symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack. You
know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat,
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grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of
one woman's experience with a heart attack.
'I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion; NO prior
emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was sitting all
snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting
story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and
warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.
A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a
hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that
hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in
slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down
so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly, and this time drink a glass of water to
hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation--the only trouble
was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.
After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions
that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms),
gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where
one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).
This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both
jaws. 'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening -- we all have read
and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening,
haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I'm having a heart
I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell
on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking
into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else... but, on the other hand, if I
don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get
up in a moment.
I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room
and dialed the Paramedics... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the
pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or
afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over
immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and
then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.
I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost
consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me
onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St.
Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the
radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my
stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably
something like 'Have you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind
interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up
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until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up
my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side
stints to hold open my right coronary artery.
I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least
20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes
before the call, and both the fire station and St Jude are only minutes away from my
home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on
restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the
procedure) and installing the stints.
Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of
you who are so important in my life to know what I learned firsthand.
1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not the
usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws
got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI
because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion,
take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel
better in the morning when they wake up... which doesn't happen. My female friends,
your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if
ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a
'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!
2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies,
Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER - you are a hazard to others on the road.
Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking
anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road.
Do NOT call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you
won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell
you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to
be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr will
be notified later.
3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal
cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely
the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood
pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body,
which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there.
Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The
more we know the better chance we could survive.
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Was largely homeschooled
Believed God saved the Revolution
Was regarded almost universally, as the greatest man of his generation
From George Washington’s Rules for Civility, fourth edition, Copyright 2003, 2006
Goose Creek Productions, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to
those that are present.
When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body that is not
usually discovered. 
Show nothing to your friend that may affright him.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: “And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the
life in your years.”
MARK TWAIN: “The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.”
Virginia Primary – Super Tuesday
March 6
RWC General Membership Meeting
FCRC Convention – at West Springfield HS
RWC Membership Tea at Alice Butler-Short’s home
RWC General Membership Meeting
VFRW Convention - Williamsburg
10th Congressional District Convention
11th Congressional District Convention
June 5
RWC Board Meeting
Senate and House Primary
RPV Convention Richmond Convention Center
RNC Convention Tampa, FL
Election Day
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RWC Members are dedicated to:
Promoting an informed public through political education and activity;
Increasing the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government;
Electing Republican candidates; and
Promoting freedom, equality and justice – the principles upon which this country was
Please make your check payable to RWC and mail it, along with this form to
RWC Treasurer
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Installation of RWC Executive Committee
Dr Michael Abidin
"Lessons from Great Women in History
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