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What is the Electoral College and is it Outdated?

    The Electoral College drew a lot of attention in December 2017 when the Electors voted as their state’s directed for the next
President of the United States. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but Donald Trump won the Electoral College and the Presidency.

    To understand the college, it’s important to understand the difference between a democracy and Constitutional republic. In a
democracy, representatives are chosen by direct popular vote. Our founding fathers saw the potential danger of this system.
They were concerned about tyranny by the majority, when 51% represents a majority. What about the other 49%? How could
the minority be assured a voice? Or are they simply going to be overrun by an ambitious majority? How could they preserve
liberty and build an effective government that represented the voices of both the majority and the minority?

    If we were to amend the Constitution to change the way a president is selected to popular vote, it would change the entire
dynamic of the way we are governed. Popular vote would mean that just a few highly populated cities would choose a president,
to the exclusion of everyone else. If the same party elected the President and both the Senate and House of Representatives,
then they would most likely be tyrannical and would ignore the needs of the minority.  

    As a Constitutional republic, we elect people at the local level to be our representatives in the seats of government, be it Local,
State or Federal government. By electing people locally, they are directly accountable to those who elect them. A duly
elected representative joins other representatives and they work together to assure all voices are heard.

    This is the premise of the Electoral College. Each State has representatives, called Electors. The Electors are chosen by the
popular vote of that State. The number of legislators and senators in each State determines the number of Electors they have. 

    When you’re voting for president, you are actually voting for a slate of Electors that represent the candidate you’re voting for.
If you combine the total of all State’s Electors, there are 270 and a candidate must receive the majority vote of the Electors
to win the presidency.

    Our founders put a lot of thought into this process. The process is straightforward and quite detailed and you can read about it
 in Article II Section 1 of the US Constitution.  

The Electoral College is a safeguard against tyranny by a majority and assures that all voices are heard.

                                                                                                                                                                      By Suzanne Cook Catki
What is the proper method of disposal for
 the American flag?

    A U.S. flag should be retired when it is ripped, faded, frayed or otherwise unserviceable as an emblem of the country. Though U.S. Code does not provide specific details on methods of destroying unserviceable flags, the American Legion developed its own ceremony to destroy flags respectfully through burning.

    The VFW will accept and properly dispose of your retired American flag. We should always treat this symbol of our American Freedom with proper respect!

      Why Republican?

   -We believe America's strength lies with individuals, not with government.

    -We believe in a strong national defense, preserving our national strength while working to extend peace and freedom throughout the world.

    -We believe that government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

    -We believe that free enterprise and individual initiative bring opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

    -We believe in equal rights and equal opportunity.

    -We believe that the Republican Party will help us translate these ideas into successful principles of good government.

C C R W   S c h o l a r s h i p   W i n n e r s

    2023-----Tori Mosher - Mt. Carroll
    2022-----Ty Bickelhaupt - Mt. Carroll
    2021-----Sophia Guenzler - Savanna
    2020-----Nicole Adolph - Mt. Carroll          
    2019-----Kortney Queckenborne - Milledgeville 
    2018-----Leah Kuper - Lanark

Day is done,
gone the sun,
from the lakes
from the hills
from the sky,
all is well,
safely, rest,
God is near.

Fading light,
Dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky
Gleaming bright,
From afar,
Drawing, near,
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
Neath the sun
Neath the stars
Neath the sky,
As we go,
This, we, know,
God is near.

"Taps" is a bugle call played at dusk, during flag ceremonies, and at military funerals by the United States Armed Forces. 

The official military version is played by a single bugle or trumpet, although other versions of the tune may be played in other contexts.

The Basic Elements of American Government

Excerpt* from American Popular Sovereignty @2019 by Randall E. White.

    “In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power,
 but to give power to the American people, where it belongs.” —President Donald J. Trump [1]

 The essential elements of American law and government that are never taught in conventional civics courses, include
    1-The traditional motto of the United States is E Pluribus Unum, a Latin phrase meaning “out of many, one”. We are more than
        just a nation of many individual people. Together, we form one united entity, which our government was formed to serve:
        the People.

    2-The core of American government is popular sovereignty, which means that all political powers exercised by the state through publicly         elected and appointed representatives originate from the citizens, who are the sovereign or supreme power and authority.

    3-We the People, meaning the citizens collectively, as a sovereign body politic, possess absolute sovereignty. Our
        governmental institutions, entities and public representatives, possess limited sovereignty conditioned upon official conduct
        conforming to publicly delegated authority, defined purpose, and mandated standards for official conduct.

    4-American citizens, in our capacity as a sovereign body politic, possess plenary public powers, which we have historically
        exercised through our participatory and representative governmental institutions, together with their parallel governmental
        processes and procedures. Plenary means full and complete.

    5-During the 1600s through the 1800s, America’s traditional participatory governmental institutions in the form of public militias,
        grand and petit juries, protected our civil rights and the integrity of our representative governmental institutions (the 
        legislative, executive and judicial branches of representative government) by holding public representatives accountable to
        their oath of office and to the citizens’ public will, as depicted in Diagram A — American Government in 1791.

    The concepts and political traditions which comprise American popular sovereignty evolved out of the desires and aspirations
    of ordinary working-class people from Europe and other places around the world to be free from oppression and to be self-governing.
   Most of our ancestors who immigrated to America originally came here because they were fleeing religious persecution,
    economic oppression or slavery in its various forms, while at the same time seeking freedom and a genuine opportunity to create
    new and better way of life for themselves and their families, for generations to come. This pursuit has become widely known
    and commonly referred to as “the American Dream.

    America is a “melting pot” of peoples from around the world, made up of all races and ethnic backgrounds.

        Americans characteristically tend not to judge or look down upon oppressed peoples in other parts of the world because many
    of our own ancestors were either destitute or taken as prisoners or slaves at an earlier time in history.  Americans as a whole are a
    generous people who sincerely desire to share their good will and cultural traditions supporting freedom and opportunity with
    people in other countries, through economic trade and cultural exchanges conducted in a manner which benefits everyone
    involved, without causing any harm.

  • [1] President Donald Trump’s statement to the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2017.

  • *Re-posting permission given by the author.

    The CCRW Americanism program seeks to promote respect for the American Flag and foster allegiance to the United States and its customs and institutions.

    Carroll County Republican Women help carry out this mission in our local communities through educational and inspirational programs and projects. Examples include:

    Teaching the rules of Flag etiquette
    Donating patriotic books to libraries and schools
    Sponsoring patriotic essay contests for schools
    Presenting flags to schools and community groups

    CCRW takes pride in supporting the United States of America's Military (Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, Veterans, and their families).  We will seek to identify veterans in our communities (service, dates of service, and military specialty) so as to honor them and their service to our country.
Our club will have a minimum of one Military or Veteran service project each year.

    Club Achievement Awards are presented to clubs that demonstrate excellence in membership development, campaign activities, community relations, programs and club functions.  CCRW was awarded the NFRW Diamond Club Achievement Award in 2021and 2023;  and the Gold Club Club Achievement Award in 2019.

    Our Bylaws Committee reviews the bylaws on an annual basis to ensure our bylaws are aligned with IFRW or NFRW Bylaws; and submits amendments, updates or additions as the need arises.

    The main focus of the Campaign Activities Chairman (CAC) is to coordinate the activities of the club to help elect Republicans. Activities can include:  1) encourage and keep track of campaign volunteer hours; 2) educate members on the importance of attending the County Convention and IL GOP Convention; 3) encourage members to be precinct committeemen; 4) submit the club's campaign hours to NFRW for the Volunteer Campaign Award.

    The Carroll County Republican Women's mission is to mobilize Republican women in support of local, state and federal campaigns. We are proud to be the Republican Party’s “boots on the ground,” contributing many campaign volunteer hours of door-knocking, phone calls, and other campaign activities to elect Republicans.

    Carroll County Republican Women show 'we care about our communities' by financially supporting local food pantries in Carroll County as well as initiating other projects that support our law enforcement, fire officials & other first responders.  Donations are accepted at each regular CCRW meeting.

    The Publicity Chair works with local radio and news media outlets to communicate  with the public regarding upcoming meetings, events and candidates we support and is responsible for the compilation, editing and printing of IFRW publications; to have good publicity and public relations; to promote good public relations for the CCRW, not only through the usual media such as newspapers, radio and television, but also through email/social media/website.

    One of the CCRW’s primary objectives is to empower women in the political process by providing a forum for women to serve as leaders in the political, government and civic arenas.

    To achieve this objective, the CCRW promotes a Leadership Development program which offers resources, materials, workshops and other training and mentoring opportunities to club leaders, as well as to all members.

    Our legislative priorities include:
        1). Keeping the Supreme Court Independent
        2)  Safeguarding Elections
        3)  Expanding School Choice
        4)  Combatting Human Trafficking
        5)  Curbing Power of Federal Regulators

    Via MELP [Mamie Eisenhower Literacy Project], Carroll County Republican Women donate books to local libraries in Carroll County.

    The purpose of the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project, established in 1961 to honor the former First Lady, is to foster Republican philosophy and ideas through the donation of subject related books and videos to libraries and/or schools.

    CCRW is made up of registered Republican women across Carroll County and the surrounding area.  As a member of CCRW, you will be part of an active, constructive organization focused on:

    -Sustaining and growing the Republican Party
    -Working for the election of Republican candidates
    -Encouraging, educating, and promoting Republican women to run for elected        office
    -Having a real and direct impact on our local communities through service and leadership

    CCRW is committed to providing the education and information you need to deal with the issues of the day, and the tools to be more effective in the challenges ahead.

    CCRW is proud to provide scholarship opportunities to graduating high school students in Carroll County. Through these monetary gifts, we hope to enrich lives and encourage young women or men to become future Republican Leaders. Scholarships questions:  
"How do you plan to demonstrate future Republican commitment?"

Key Legislative Terms

To help you become a better legislative advocate, here are key terms to understand.


    A type of legislative measure that requires passage by both chambers of the legislature and action by the governor. A bill is the primary means used to create and change the laws of the state. The Legislative Information System also uses the term "bill" generically to refer to the various types of legislative measures that may be introduced during a legislative session. Bill types include: senate and house bills, senate and house joint resolutions, senate and house concurrent resolutions, and senate and house resolutions.


    A change to the state constitution. A constitutional amendment may be proposed by the legislature in the form of a joint resolution that must be adopted by both houses of the legislature by a two-thirds vote and be approved by a majority of the voters to become effective.


    The period during which the legislature meets. There are two types of sessions. The regular session convenes every two years and may last no more than 140 days. A called session, commonly referred to as a special session, is so designated because it must be called by the governor. A called or special session may last no more than 30 days.


    The presiding officer of the House of Representatives elected from and by the membership of the house at the beginning of each regular session.

Educating, Engaging, and Empowering Women Since 1943.

2023 CCRW Leadership

 Executive Committee
  (Voting Board members)

    President - Patty Hiher
    Vice President - Karen Funk 
    Secretary - Lydia Hutchcraft 
    Treasurer - Amy Buss
    Immediate Past-President - Lana Soldat
    Standing Committee Chairs

 Standing Committees
(Voting Board Members)

  Bylaws - Rebecca Strojohann

  Campaign Activities  - Diane Bradbury

  Fundraising - Robin McConnel

  Legislative - Michelle Buckwalter-Schurman

  Membership - Lana Soldat / Elaine Rooker, P.E.

  Programs - Karen Funk

  Public Relations / Communications 
    - Deb Peterson  (news media) 
    - Gail Noonan (website) 
    - Amy Buss (newsletter)
    -  Karen Funk (email)

 Special Committees

   Americanism - ______________
   Armed Services - Amy Buss
   Awards - _____________
   Caring for America - ______________
   Club Achievement Awards - Karen Funk
   Historian - Elaine Rooker, P.S.
   Hospitality - Programs Committee
     Savanna-Elaine Rooker, P.E.
     Thomson - Lana Soldat/Robin McConnel
     Milledgeville-Karen Funk
     Lanark/Shannon - Patty Kloepping​
     Mt. Carroll - Amy Buss/Susan Jacobs
   Literacy/MELP - Karen Ruter
   Scholarship - Bridget O'Neill
   Sunshine - April Eberle

 Appointed Positions
  Chaplain - Lydia Hutchcraft
  Historian - Elaine Rooker, P.E.
  Parliamentarian - Susan Jacobs

Patty Hiher
Karen Funk
Deb Peterson
Amy Buss


    To conduct a biennial review of the CCRW bylaws; to receive, consider and draft recommendations in regard to possible changes in Bylaws and Standing Rules.

    To assist membership by training and educating members on Republican principles and how to become involved in the electoral processes; to inform the membership of how to access informational materials for use in promoting Republican ideals and candidates; to devise methods in which activities on the local club level can be coordinated with those of other groups responsible for the campaign.

    To prepare and implement a plan for raising funds in order to meet the CCRW's budget; and shall notify the treasurer of all fundraising committee meetings.

    To be informed on state and national issues and on legislation pending in the Illinois General Assembly and U.S. Congress; and to assemble and distribute information on state and national issues and legislation and make it available to club membership.

    To assist in efforts to increase membership; to stimulate and aid in the planning of membership recruitment events.

    To assist in planning good programs by assembling pertinent materials and making it available; to assist the President in planning programs for the Board of Directors meetings; to maintain an active list of those qualified and willing to take speaking engagements at club meetings.

    To be responsible for the compilation, editing and printing of CCRW publications; to be responsible for all publicity and press releases for CCRW; to assist the club to have good publicity and public relations; to promote good public relations for the CCRW, not only through the usual media such as newspapers, radio and television, but also through every larger aspect, including social media, email, newsletters, and the website; to stimulate other members of the CCRW Board of Directors and CCRW members to understand and use the larger aspects of public relations.
"In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people, where it belongs.” —President Donald J. Trump