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CCRW 2019 Officers

The Honorable Representative Tony McCombie ..... President
Lana Soldat ......................................................Vice President
Amy Buss  .................................................................Treasurer
Jodi Purlee  .............................................................. Secretary

Our Mission

The Carroll County Republican Women are dedicated to promoting the principles of the Republican Party through an informed electorate by educating and empowering its members, and by electing Republicans to local, state and national offices.

Our Objectives

* To promote an informed electorate through political education and activity;

* To increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government through active political participation;

* To encourage loyalty to the Republican Party, and to promote its principles and candidates in all elections, including non-partisan elections;

* To facilitate cooperation among the Republican women of the county;

* To work for and support the election of the Republican Party's 

About Us

- The Carroll County Republican Women (CCRW) was founded in 1943 and was one of the first clubs to be established in Illinois.  
- The Club serves the communities of Carroll County Illinois, including Mt. Carroll, Savanna, Thomson, Chadwick, Milledgeville, Lanark, Shannon and Lake Carroll.
- We take pride in our American heritage, our community and the support of 
our troops.
- We are dedicated to the U.S. Constitution and to the conservative principles
 of the Republican Party.
- Carroll County Republican Women is part of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women (IFRW) and of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW).

Republican Women are the heart and hands, the foot soldiers of the Republican Party.  2018 and 2019 continued to prove to be defining years for our Country, our State and our local communities.  Republican Women are informed, attuned, and motivated to synergize Republican principles. 
Join us for 2020!

Together We:  
-Identify and Elect Republican candidates at all levels.
-Volunteer and Vote and hold accountable Republican and other Elected Officials.
-Team up and stand shoulder to shoulder to continue to Keep America Great!
Standing Committees

Americanism/Historian - Arlene Bickelhaupt
Budget/Finance/Fundraising - Robin McConnel & Diane Powers
By-Laws/Resolutions - Elizabeth Buckwalter
Campaign/Precinct - Susan Jacobs
Chaplain - Joyce Schubert
Community Relations/Scholarship - Patti Kloepping
Legislation - Michelle Schurman
Membership - Patti Hiher
Newsletter/Communications - Lana Soldat & Tony McCombie
Publicity/Public Relations - JoAnn Palmer
Volunteer Tracking - Nancy Freeman

Town Chairmen
Chadwick - Dorothy Johnson
Lanark*Milledgeville*Shannon -  Patti Kloepping / Nancy Shellhause
Mt. Carroll - Nancy Freeman
Savanna - ________________
Thomson - ________________

E   d   u   c   a   t   e     *    E   m   p   o   w   e   r     *     E   n   g   a   g   e
S t a t e   E l e c t e d   O f f I c I a l s

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 Catlin
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!

 Some links you may find helpful:

 The Constitution of the United States

 Republican National Platform  
Our 2019-2020 Goals:

1 - Grow our membership
2 -  Recruit precinct captains

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.
CCRW Scholarship Winners

2019-----Kortney Queckenborne, Milledgeville HS
2018-----Leah Kuper, Eastland HS

Carroll County HS Seniors Can Apply for the 2020 Carroll County Republican Women Scholarship.  Click here:  

How to become a Republican Precinct Committeeman?

A Republican Precinct Committeeman represents the GOP voters of his or her precinct at the County Republican Party level. But most importantly, a Republican Precinct Committeeman is the "face of the GOP" within the precinct. 

In many cases, a Republican Precinct Committeeman might be the only party official a voter ever meets in person. This volunteer position is really what one makes of it. Some do more than others. But the Republican Precinct Committeeman’s job is in essence all about helping to grow the GOP and working to deliver the maximum number of Republican votes from his or her precinct on Election Day.
 Precinct Committeemen comprise the core of any grassroots effort and no political campaign can be successful without these front-line GOP ambassadors. The principle means of doing the job is just an extension of what most people already do – talking to the neighbors. If your neighborhood or precinct is not covered by a Precinct Committeeman please let us know. 

Duties of a Republican Precinct Committeeman

The duties of the Republican Precinct Committeeman are, but not limited to:

-Serving as a member of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee
-Voting on motions in meetings of the Central Committee
-Attending and participating in meetings and Voting for officers of the Central Committee
-Voting on filling ballot vacancies in the precinct
-Register citizens to vote
-Circulate nominating petitions for Republican candidates
-Securing yard sign locations
-Distributions of political material throughout the precinct and promote the election of Republican candidates in all elections
-Finding qualified voters to serve as Republican Election Judges
-Poll-watching and finding volunteers to be poll-watchers
-Making themselves known to the voters in their precinct and identify supporters of Republican candidates in their precincts. 
-Expected to participate in the financial support of the party. 

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.