February 18, 2019
Please join us for our February meeting. We will be celebrating Black History Month. Our guest speaker is Mr. Mark Davis, principal of Booker T. Washington Elementary School.
As a leader in our community, he will speaking on the decades of Black leaders in Wichita Falls and the contributions they have made.
Bring a guest!
Our focus this month is on human trafficking and its impact on our community. Our guest speakers will be John Gillespie, Wichita County District Attorney and Sgt. Brian Sheehan of the Wichita Falls Police Department Juvenile Unit.
Please join us and bring a friend!
March 20, 2017
Tony Rike, a legislative representative with the Texas Municipal Police Association, will speak about legislation the organization favors and opposes in the 85th Legislative Session.
January 16, 2017
U.S. Representative Mac Thornberry spoke about his optimism about the changes in DC, his excitement for the new cabinet, and his hope for the implementation for "A Better Way".
February 20, 2017
Andrew Gray, a 21-year old student at MSU, had an inspiring message to share with WCRW on President's Day. He showed pictures of his thrilling trip Washington, D.C. to attend the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. He shared his moving personal history of deprivation and hard work to become the first in his family to attend a university. He spoke about his conservative beliefs and those of his fellow Millennials. Finally, Andrew fielded questions from the audience in a concise and straightforward way. As several noted afterwards, it was so refreshing to hear a young adult speak passionately about Conservative values and the American Dream.
November 21, 2016
State Senator Craig Estes installed our 2017 officers and spoke about the upcoming 85th Legislative Session that begins in January.
October 17, 2016
Tim Ingle and Stephen Santellana, candidates for Wichita Falls Mayor in the election on November 8th, shared their backgrounds, their visions for the future of Wichita Falls and their views of the most pressing budget issues facing the city. Steve Garner also shared his experiences at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Steve movingly told how impressed he was with how the system acknowledged the views of dissenters, but ultimately followed the convention rules.
September 19, 2016
WCRW was very pleased to welcome Angie Turner as our guest speaker on Monday. A volunteer from Eastland, Texas with the Convention of States project, she presented a powerful message about the need to rein in an out-of-control federal government and why an Article V convention called by the states would be the most effective way to accomplish it. Noting that 34 states are required to call a convention on the same topic, 26 states to propose specific amendments within the convention, and 38 states must approve each amendment for them to be ratified, she described a rigorous process. She also noted three specific areas the Convention of States project is focused on: 1) Limitation of the Scope and Jurisdiction of the Federal Government 2) Fiscal Restraint 3) Term Limits. To learn more go to http://www.conventionofstates.com/
August 15, 2016
A very big thank you to Jon Larvick, President of the Shepherd Military Affairs Committee (SMAC), for an interesting and informative speech. Noting that the relationship between SAFB and the Wichita Falls area was the best he had seen in the 14 communities he served in during his career, he shared three main points:
1. It is almost time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of SAFB and the 35th anniversary of ENJJPT (Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program). The celebration on Sept 17-18 will include an airshow featuring the Thunderbirds and a concert featuring Pat Green.
2 SMAC is now posting on their facebook page - Go like it!
3. Due to budget cutbacks, the Air Force does not have enough money to maintain infrastructure. This could potentially result in another BRAC (Base Closure and Realignment Commission). While our community relationship with the base would be a positive in this process, airspace encroachment is the biggest risk to maintaining this vital piece of our economy.
July 18, 2016
Manuel Borrego, Chief of Police for the City of Wichita Falls shared his background in the military and coming up through the ranks with WFPD. He spoke about how the department has responded to changing conditions in our community (i.e. gang activity in the 90’s) to insure the safety of its citizens. Chief Borrego noted that officers participate in ongoing training in such areas as listening to constituents, deescalating tense situations, and dealing with the mentally ill. He also noted that community support is important to both the officers and their families. We appreciate all that Chief Borrego and his officers do for Wichita Falls.
June 20, 2016
When Bruce Harris was unable to speak due to illness, Stephen Garner graciously stepped in to deliver our program. Steve, elected at the State Convention to be a delegate to the National Republican Convention in Cleveland, July 18-21, gave an emotional and heart-felt address on why he initially became involved in Republican politics after attending the 2009 Taxpayer March on Washington. He has been an election judge, Precinct Chair, and delegate to three State Republican conventions since that time. He is eagerly looking forward to participating in the National Convention for the first time. We know Steve will represent Congressional District 13 well in Cleveland.
April 18, 2016
Ann-Marie Birdwell spoke on behalf of RPT Chairman Tom Mechler, Vice-Chair Amy Clark, and Republican National Committeewoman Toni Anne Dashiell, all running for reelection at the RPT State Convention May 12-14. Paul Braswell, candidate for SREC Committeeman for Senate District 30 spoke about his background and qualifications for the position he is seeking.
Dabney Bassel and Elizabeth Kerr, candidates for Justice, 2nd Court of Appeals, Place 3 in the runoff election, returned to Wichita Falls in support of their candidacies. The runoff election is May 24th, with early voting May 16-20.
February 15, 2016
Republican candidates in Railroad Commissioner and various State-wide contested Judicial races were invited to address WCRW. Dabney Bassel, Bill Ray, Andy Porter, Mary Johndroe, and Elizabeth Kerr all candidates for Justice, 2nd Court of Appeals District, Place 3, attended. They shared their backgrounds, their judicial philosophies, and their points of views about the court.
Dabney Bassel Elizabeth Kerr Mary Johndroe Andy Porter Bill Ray
November 16, 2015
Lou Kreidler, Director of the Wichita Falls Health Department and Wichita County Health District spoke about the function of the Health Department and the impact of the recent Legislative session.
May 16, 2016
Mark Beauchamp, candidate for Wichita County Commissioner, Pct. 1, shared more of his background and his excitement about joining the Commissioners Court. Barry Mahler, Candidate for Wichita County Commissioner, Pct. 3, noted that he takes nothing for granted and will conduct a vigorous campaign. He also encouraged all to get behind our presidential nominee to insure that Hillary Clinton does not move back to the White House.
March 21, 2016
Having spoken to WCRW on the 84th Legislative Session in August 2015, we asked Representative James Frank to look forward and share with us what he saw on the horizon, legislatively and politically. He adroitly met this challenge by answering questions he anticipated might be of interest on six national issues and then six on state/local issues. Just a sample of what he shared – One lesson to take away from this election cycle is the impact of the media.The biggest issues of the coming session will be the budget with lower oil & gas revenues and school financing.He is very happy in his current role as State Rep and looks forward to making the House run more smoothly..
January 18, 2016
Local Republican candidates in contested races were invited to address WCRW. Those candidates included Tommy Smyth and Mike Pollard, candidates for Tax Assessor-Collector; Mark Beauchamp and Ray Gonzalez, candidates for County Commissioner, Pct. 1; David Blackerby and Alton Yeakley, candidates for Constable, Pct. 3.
Tommy Smyth Ray Gonzalez David Blackerby
Mike Pollard Mark Beauchamp Alton Yeakley
October 19, 2015
Sen. Craig Estes, representing Senate District 30, shared his goals and accomplishments for the 84th Legislative Session.
September 21, 2015
Nancy Schulze, founder of the Republican Congressional Wives Speakers in Washington spoke to members on the topic “America – What Happened, and What Will it Take to Turn it Around?”
July 20, 2015
Tom Mechler, Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas spoke to WCRW about his background and his plans for the RPT.
August 17, 2015
State Representative James Frank spoke about the recently completed legislative session and his thoughts about the future.