Saturday, August 1, 2015

What is a Veteran? Excerpts of an essay reprinted from the Richmond-Times Dispatch and shared via the American Legion Auxiliary magazine, August 2015 edition

What is a Veteran?


Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.

Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg, or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.

You can't tell a veteran just by looking.

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating 2 gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

She is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back soother--or didn't come back at all. 

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket--palsied now and aggravatingly slow--who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being--a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

So remember: Each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say "thank you." That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot: "Thank you."



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We had a great time at our Summer Republican Picnic BBQ in Lafayette County. Here's a recap of this wonderful evening as guests enjoyed delicious food, special entertainment and impressive speakers.

                          

Lafayette County Republicans Hold Annual Summer Picnic BBQ

(NOTE: MANY MORE PHOTOS ARE POSTED AT THE END.)




Summer BBQ Picnic July 16th inside LaBella Winery in scenic Lafayette County, Missouri.




You just can't beat summer picnics, and we had a blast at ours last Thursday night, July 16th at LaBella Winery near Wellington, Missouri.

The event was co-sponsored by the Lafayette County Republican Central Committee and the Federated Republican Women's Club of Lafayette County.

• Great food.

• Enlightening and interesting talks by an extraordinary group of candidates.

• Rousing ragtime piano music played by John Hancock, chair of the Missouri Republican Party, who also gave a short address on the importance of working together to win in 2016.

• And, indeed, it was a special evening as we enjoyed fun and fellowship with more than 100 Republican friends and guests. Attendees savored a delicious carry-in dinner including desserts galore and BBQ brisket entree that was catered by Nadler's of Wellington.

Most importantly, we were honored to host several statewide candidates as well as our own state representative and state senate candidates who each spoke to the group.

Speakers included:

• Running for Governor --Catherine Hanaway, John Brunner, and Randy Asbury's wife, Connie Asbury, who filled in for her husband who was attending another Republican event.
• Running for Lt. Governor--Bev Randles.
• Running for Attorney General--State Senator Kurt Schaefer.
• Running for Secretary of State-- Jay Ashcroft and State Senator Will Kraus.
• Running for State Senate District 21--State Representative Denny Hoskins, Speaker Pro-Tem of the Missouri House.
• Running for State Representative District 53--incumbent State Representative Glen Kolkmeyer.

A special thank you to:

Marlene Strodtman, local FRW Women of Tribute, for offering the table prayer and to Judge Russell Kruse, associate circuit judge in Division 2, who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. We would also like to thank Mark Anthony Jones, chair of Jackson County Republican Central Committee, for introducing our speaker John Hancock.

Thank you to LaBella Winery for their hospitality and use of their beautiful facility.

We are grateful to all who attended from Lafayette County, as well as to those from other counties, to county and state elected officials, state committee members, and to our great volunteers who attended and who also worked hard to make this event so successful.

Warm regards,
Kay Hoflander, chair
Lafayette Country Republican Central Committee

Lana Crain, president
Federated Republican Women of Lafayette County


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PHOTO RECAP OF OUR SUMMER PICNIC
 IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY:



Catherine Hanaway, candidate for Governor, shown with Molly Swift (on the left), the Breckenridge Scholar for the 5th Congressional District Federated Republican Women.

Connie Asbury, wife of Randy Asbury for Governor, as she greets guests in the serving line, along with Jay Ashcroft,
candidate for Secretary of State.


John Brunner has formed an exploratory committee for the Office of Missouri Governor.


Sen. Kurt Schaefer, candidate for Attorney General


Bev Randles, candidate for Lt. Governor



Jay Ashcroft, candidate for Secretary of State


Sen. Will Kraus, candidate for Secretary of State



Bev Randles and Will Krause



 Federated Republican Women greet Catherine Hanaway for Governor--from left, Marlene Strodtman, Kay Hoflander, Catherine Hanaway, and Lana Crain.


From left: State. Rep. Denny Hoskins, candidate for State Senate District 21, with John Brunner and former State Rep. Mike McGhee who was term-limited out in 2012 after serving his district (including Lafayette County for eight years).




Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer addresses the packed house at LaBella Winery.

John Brunner greeting guests in dinner line along with Jay Ashcroft.


Jay Ashcroft and John Brunner (on the left)


Connie Asbury speaks for her husband Randy Asbury for Governor.


Sen. Kurt Schaefer explained recent court decisions in Missouri.


John Brunner


Bev Randles 


Candidates enjoyed visiting with guests as they formed a serving line.



Catherine Hanaway, Bev Randles, Will Kraus, Denny Hoskins, Jay Ashcroft greet guests in the serving line.


Mark Anthony Jones, chair of Jackson County Republican Committee, introduces John Hancock.



Associate Circuit Judge Russell Kruse introduced before he leads the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.




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MISCELLANEOUS PHOTOS TAKEN THROUGHOUT THE EVENING








                                











Monday, June 29, 2015

Lafayette County Republicans and Federated Republican Women's Annual Summer BBQ "Picnic" - MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THURSDAY, JULY 16TH at 6:30 PM at LaBella Winery! No charge for event. Program: Talks by MRP Chair John Hancock and Statewide Candidates, Ragtime Piano Music, and more. It's going to be fun!


Summer 'Picnic' BBQ
Thursday, July 16

TIME: 6:30 PM

LOCATION: 
LaBella Winery 
11644 Flournoy School Road 
Wellington, MO 64097
Website: click here.
*500 yards off of Hwy FF and Flournoy School Rd 

Sponsored by Lafayette Country Republican Central Committee 
and Federated Republican Women's Club 

SPEAKER: John Hancock, chair of Missouri Republican Party, on "Winning in 2016".  Program: Hancock playing rousing ragtime piano tunes. Don't miss it!

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ALSO -- PROSPECTIVE 2016 STATEWIDE CANDIDATES WILL GIVE SHORT PRESENTATIONS ON THEIR CAMPAIGNS.


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IT'S A



SORT OF

• Barbecue brisket, potatoes, bread and beverages provided.
• Bring two side dishes, additional meat, or desserts per family.
• Candidates may give brief talks and do not need to bring food items.
• Wine and beer may be purchased at LaBella Winery.
• Event will be inside in their banquet room with optional outside deck seating available.
• No charge for event.


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Paid for by the Lafayette County Republican Central Committee, Heidi Kolkmeyer, Treasurer




Friday, June 12, 2015

Recap of MoFRW State Convention held June 5-7 in Blue Springs. Headlined by Sen. Roy Blunt, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and MRP Chairman John Hancock.

 A spirited, involved and dedicated group of women, the Missouri Federation of Republican Women, held its annual State Convention in Blue Springs June 5 to 7th. The event featured Sen. Roy Blunt, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Missouri Republican Party Chair, John Hancock.





A grand gathering indeed of Republican Women at MoFRW State Convention!


MoFRW Annual Convention informs and connects Republican women from around the state as they meet annually hearing from officials and candidates and preparing for the statewide and national election year ahead.

Senator Roy Blunt, Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, and Missouri Republican Party Chairman, John Hancock headlined the MoFRW State Convention in Blue Springs. Each gave insightful and informative talks. Additionally, MRP Chair John Hancock entertained the crowd with his rendition of delightful ragtime piano tunes. Several local officials and statewide candidates also gave brief talks.

"Reclaiming Our Heritage, Forging Our Future" was the theme of the Missouri Federation of Republican Women's annual state convention in Blue Springs June 5-7. The convention was hosted by the MoFRW 5th Congressional District with clubs in Jackson and Lafayette Counties. The purpose of the convention was to transact any federation business that may come before its members. Delegates and alternates are elected from each club, and all members and guests are invited to register and attend. The goal of the 5th District was to provide a convention that informed the ladies, made them feel more connected and provided some fun.

Special guests on the program included:
Darla Jaye, radio talk show host of The Darla Jaye Show on Talk 980 AM airing at 5 to 9 AM weekdays.
Brittany Wagner of St. Louis Young Republicans.
Joyce Mucci, field representative for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Mary Jefferson spoke on "Eisenhower: the Forgotten President".
Carrie Almond, National Federation of Republican Women second vice president.

Note: our own Lana Crain, Lafayette Country Federated Republican Woman's Club president, served as the 2015 MoFRW state convention chair. We are proud to say she planned and executed a superb convention. Congratulations Lana on a job well done!

Below is a photo recap.






United States Senator Roy Blunt


Senator Roy Blunt greets Molly Katherine Swift, the 5th District Breckenridge Scholar recipient for 2015.


Senator Roy Blunt addresses the convention.



Senator Blunt had everyone's rapt attention as he spoke to the group. He jokingly asked how long he should speak, and someone remarked--we could listen to you all day.  Blunt presented an overview of issues that affect the United States of America and its citizens, and he also kept the group laughing with a bevy of fun and humorous stories. The ladies were honored to have Senator Blunt attend and thanked him for his service to the State of Missouri.




Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder








MoFRW President Tane' Schwartzman introduced Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder who discussed  a number of issues that concern the State of Missouri including the recent Right-to-Work veto by the governor.



MRP Chairman John Hancock



John Hancock, chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, gave a rousing speech Saturday night at the MoFRW State Convention banquet and explained the pathway forward that will be necessary to win statewide elections in 2016. He also noted how important it is to re-elect Senator Blunt as well as help the country elect a Republican president in 2016.
MoFRW President Tane' Schwartzman is pictured on the right.


During Chairman Hancock's speech, he played some ragtime piano tunes that left everyone wishing for more. 



MORE PHOTOS OF THE EVENT:



Mayor of Blue Springs Carson Ross welcomed the convention delegates, alternates and guests to the City of Blue Springs, saying how proud and happy he is that the 5th District FRW chose his city for their state convention. 



Chris Lievsay, Blue Springs City Councilman,  and Jackson County Republican committeeman, encouraged everyone to visit Blue Springs while they are in town for the convention and brought a warm welcome from the City Council.


Popular Kansas City talk 980 AM radio personality, Darla Jaye, entertained the ladies with a powerful talk as only she can.


Thanks Fifth District FRW member, Mary Jefferson, First Ward Federated Republican's Women's Club, for her great informative presentation on Eisenhower: The Forgotten President, at the Missouri Federation of Republican Women's state convention in Blue Springs, June 6th.



Brittany Wagner, representing the St. Louis Young Republicans spoke on plans State YR's have to help win in 2016.
In the Kansas City area, please email the Kansas City YR's for more information: at kansascityyr@gmail.com



Angie Stiffler was installed as the new president of the Missouri Federation of  Republican Women. She is a member of the First Ward Federated Republican Women's Club in the 5th District.




NFRW 2nd VP Carrie Almond on right installs new officers for 2016:
From left: Jacque White, Secretary, Nancy Johnson, Treasurer, Barbara Smith 2nd VP, Jan DeWeese, 1st VP, and Angie Stiffler, President.


Lafayette County's FRW own, Emily Kolkmeyer Wilson and her mother Lisa Kolkmeyer, designed and decorated beautiful table decor for the conventions luncheon and banquets. Lovely job ladies! 



Mary Potter, Missouri Republican of the Year, and Mark Anthony Jones, chair of the Jackson County Republican Central Committee and chair of the 5th Congressional District.



MoFRW President Tane' Schwartzman, left, presents the Diamond Award, the highest category state award, to Lafayette Country FRW represented by Lana Crain (right), president of Lafayette County Federated Republican Women.


A goodie bag presented to convention attendees by the Federated Republican Women of Lafayette County.


Past MoFRW Presidents, from left: Violet Corbett. Carrie Almond, Kathy Chinn, Kathy Drake, and Barbara Cooper.



Program speaker, Joyce Mucci, Field Representative for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.


State Rep. Sheila Solon, District 31, welcomed the group to Blue Springs, which makes up a large part of her house district. Pictured on the left is Angie Stiffler, new president of the Missouri Federation of Republican Women.


Frontier Justice of Lee's Summit presented a fashion show featuring some of the products and clothing they sell.

Frontier Justice is a next-generation firearms facility and shopping destination. Frontier Justice is equipped with a firearms and archery training facility, firearms and archery retail, and a gunsmith, along with a cafĂ©, women's and men's clothing, jewelry and home furnishing retail. 
Frontier Justice believes strongly in traditional American values and leads the way to MAKE A STAND for faith, family and freedom.
For more information about Frontier Justice (a firearm equipment, training and apparel store), visit this site:  http://www.frontier-justice.com.





TIME FOR FUN


CENTURY CLUB EVENT 


Century Club is a group of MoFRW donors who donate funds for a "reach-out and teach initiative", which educates and informs women voters, provides women with increased opportunities in governmental leadership roles, and helps educate Republican candidates. 
It is a  foundation on which the MoFRW builds for the future.

(The Century Club event is held at each annual convention to thank the donors who make the civic and political work of the Century Club possible.) 












Modeling Poodle skirts at the Century Club event: Judy Wales, Ruth Pirch and Virginia Robbins.


Betty Allen admiring Bev Worth's 1957 T-Bird at the Century Club event.
Pictured from left: Bev Worth, Mary Potter, Judy Wales, Ruth Pirch, and Lana Crain
(with Bev and Ray Worth's 1957 V-10  T-bird).  







Chris Lievsay, Eloise Ross, Mayor Carson Ross, and  Susan Culpepper, Blue Springs City Council member.



Lana Crain, president, of the Federated Republican Women of Lafayette County
 and chair of the 2015 MoFRW Convention.



Lisa Kolkmeyer, second vice president of Lafayette County FRW and wife of State Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer (District 53).



Lafayette County FRW members, from left: Alice Jarman, Lisa Kolkmeyer
and Doris Strickler, club secretary and central committeewoman. 



AND MORE FUN!




WATCHING THE BELMONT STAKES WITH HATS AND MINT JULIPS, OF COURSE!
FROM LEFT: Melissa Cole, Membership Secretary; Lana Crain, Convention Chair; Jan DeWeese 2nd VP; and Kathy Drake, past MOFRW president.