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Louisiana Federation of Republican Women:

President, June Williams stated: "Founded in 1953, the Federation is a grassroots political organization with thousands of active members in local clubs across Louisiana, making it one of the largest and most influential women's political organizations in the state.  We work to promote an informed public through political education and activity; increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government; encourage and facilitate cooperation and communication among local clubs, their members and the LFRW; foster loyalty to the Republican Party and promote its principles and candidates in all elections; and support objectives and policies of the Republican National Committee and work for the election of the national Republican Party nominee."  http://www.lfrw.org/president.php 
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Republican Professional Women of St. Tammany (RPWST)

RPWST Officers
President Pamela Ferguson
1st Vice President, Programs Samantha Goodwin
2nd Vice President
Recording Secretary Daphne Misuraca
Corresponding Secretary Brenda Morton
Treasurer Jacki Schneider
RPWST will not be meeting during July.
We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe summer!
Please make plans to join us for our next meeting on 
August 1, 2018
at Bosco's Italian Cafe'
Our speaker will be
Representative Mark Wright
Congratulations to Wenzel Conroy and Pamela Ferguson, members of the Leadership St. Tammany Class of 2019!!!
In the waning minutes of the Louisiana Legislature’s 2018 regular session on Friday evening, Louisiana legislators gave final passage to the Commissioner Selection resolution (HCR 4) offered by the Convention of States Louisiana team! 
The resolution was authored by Rep. Mark Abraham (R-Lake Charles), who worked tirelessly in both the House and the Senate to explain, prod, push, and persuade legislators in a very contentious session, focused heavily on the budget issues in the last week of the session. In the Senate, the resolution was handled by Sen. Page Cortez (R-Lafayette), who also waltzed through the myriad of misunderstanding and rules in order to get the resolution to the Senate floor, and properly explained to those who had ears to hear.
  
Although the COS Louisiana team helped write and fully supported the resolution, this resolution applies to any convention of states called to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution under Article V. The resolution provides for the selection and authority of commissioners representing the state when a convention is called to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
 
This resolution says Louisiana will send five commissioners (also known as delegates) to the convention, all selected by the state legislature. Three alternates will also be selected in the same way. Citizen representation will be included, because at least two delegates may not be members of the state legislature. The commissioners from Louisiana cannot be federal government representatives, because no person will be eligible who is a member of Congress, an employee of the United States, or an employee or other representative of a contractor with the United Sates. Additionally, any Louisiana elected official holding a statewide elected office is not eligible to be a commissioner.
 
The resolution also provides for legislative control over the commissioners. The resolution specifically establishes  “the duty to abide by instructions established by concurrent resolution of the legislature for participation in the convention.” Prior to the convention, the legislature will,  by concurrent resolution, provide written instructions to the commissioners and alternates regarding the scope of matters they may consider and vote on at the convention.
The resolution also says a Joint Legislative Committee shall be selected by the legislature to supervise the commissioners during the convention and will have the ability to recall any commissioner who acts outside of the legislature’s instructions. The commissioners will have no authority outside that given by the state legislature.
 
This resolution (and other similar resolutions already passed in several other states) means a runaway convention is impossible. The often-heard (and always-mistaken) criticism that commissioners to the convention will run off and repeal Bill of Rights protections or rewrite the Constitution are just wrong and this resolution shows why – the commissioners will have no authority outside that given by the state legislature.  
 
Louisiana passed the COS resolution calling for a convention in 2016 (SCR52 - 2016), so now Louisiana has passed two of the four steps to reeling in a runaway federal government. The third step will be the written instructions to the commissioners once the convention is called. The fourth and final step will be ratification of any amendments proposed by the convention.
Thank you for your continued support!
The Convention of States Louisiana Team
     In the waning minutes of the Louisiana Legislature’s 2018 regular session, Louisiana legislators gave final passage to the Commissioner Selection resolution (HCR 4) offered by the Convention of States Louisiana team! 
     The resolution was authored by Rep. Mark Abraham (R-Lake Charles), who worked tirelessly in both the House and the Senate to explain, prod, push, and persuade legislators in a very contentious session, focused heavily on the budget issues in the last week of the session. In the Senate, the resolution was handled by Sen. Page Cortez (R-Lafayette), who also waltzed through the myriad of misunderstanding and rules in order to get the resolution to the Senate floor, and properly explained to those who had ears to hear.
     Although the COS Louisiana team helped write and fully supported the resolution, this resolution applies to any convention of states called to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution under Article V. The resolution provides for the selection and authority of commissioners representing the state when a convention is called to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
     This resolution says Louisiana will send five commissioners (also known as delegates) to the convention, all selected by the state legislature. Three alternates will also be selected in the same way. Citizen representation will be included, because at least two delegates may not be members of the state legislature. The commissioners from Louisiana cannot be federal government representatives, because no person will be eligible who is a member of Congress, an employee of the United States, or an employee or other representative of a contractor with the United Sates. Additionally, any Louisiana elected official holding a statewide elected office is not eligible to be a commissioner.
     The resolution also provides for legislative control over the commissioners. The resolution specifically establishes  “the duty to abide by instructions established by concurrent resolution of the legislature for participation in the convention.” Prior to the convention, the legislature will,  by concurrent resolution, provide written instructions to the commissioners and alternates regarding the scope of matters they may consider and vote on at the convention.
     The resolution also says a Joint Legislative Committee shall be selected by the legislature to supervise the commissioners during the convention and will have the ability to recall any commissioner who acts outside of the legislature’s instructions. The commissioners will have no authority outside that given by the state legislature.
     This resolution (and other similar resolutions already passed in several other states) means a runaway convention is impossible. The often-heard (and always-mistaken) criticism that commissioners to the convention will run off and repeal Bill of Rights protections or rewrite the Constitution are just wrong and this resolution shows why – the commissioners will have no authority outside that given by the state legislature.  
     Louisiana passed the COS resolution calling for a convention in 2016 (SCR52 - 2016), so now Louisiana has passed two of the four steps to reeling in a runaway federal government. The third step will be the written instructions to the commissioners once the convention is called. The fourth and final step will be ratification of any amendments proposed by the convention.

Thank you for your continued support!
The Convention of States Louisiana Team
RPWST Literacy Program Success!
Congratulations to Jordan Hymel
2018 Charlotte Hays Scholarship Winner!
Congratulations Sarah Surla
2018 Anne Barnes Scholarship Winner!

About Us - Republican Professional Women of St. Tammany (RPWST) 

The Republican Professional Women of St. Tammany is one of several clubs in the St. Tammany area.  We are the only club that meets regularly in the evening, making it possible for working women to participate.  We meet the first Wednesday of each month at different locations throughout West St. Tammany.  Our meetings begin at 6:30 pm for networking and social time with the business meeting and dinner starting at 7:00 pm.  We have many dynamic speakers through out the year.  Please come and join us.  For information, contact Samantha Goodwin, Second Vice-President/Membership Chairman at samanthagoodwin1@yahoo.com or RPWST2013@gmail.com.
The Republican Professional Women of St. Tammany (RPWST) is an energetic group of women, many whose busy schedules benefit from our evening meetings.  Members include homemakers, office professionals, retailers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, veterinarians, retirees, community activists, former military and elected officials.  The agendas of RPWST meetings host dynamic speakers who educate and inform us as to current events.  Recent speakers include Louisiana State Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, Mike Strain, Louisiana Secretary of State, Tom Schedler, Cuban Immigrant Gisela Chevalier, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, on topics ranging from white collar crime investigation to Cuban immigrants who have made their new lives in America. Meetings often include a "Constitutional Minute":  an ongoing educational session about our Country's Bill of Rights, Constitution and its Amendments. Our group is very involved in political activities and elections from the local scene to the national level.  We proudly support the Northshore Young Republicans and St. Tammany Teen Age Republicans (STTARs) along with local community outreach programs such as Habitat for Humanity, Safe Harbor, Wounded Warriors and Operation We Care.

Awards Received from the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women:
2015 State Biennial Convention, Alexandria, La for Division B:
First Place Achievement Award - Newsletter

First Place Achievement Award Finance / Fund Raising - Most Money Received
First Place Achievement Award Finance / Fund Raising - Best Idea
Second Place Achievement Award Campaign Volunteer Hours - Club
Second Place Achievement Award - Community Service Caring for America
Second Place Achievement Award - Public Relations and Publicity
Second Place Achievement Award - Scrapbook
Second Place Achievement Award - Technology
Third Place Achievement Award - Programs
2018 Executive Board


President: Pamela Ferguson

1st Vice President: Samantha Goodwin

2nd Vice President: 

Secretary, Recording: Daphne Misuraca

Secretary, Corresponding / Hospitality:  Brenda Morton

Treasurer: Jackie Schneider

Community Leaders and Elected Officials Belonging to RPWST:  

Melissa Henry, Clerk of Court, 22nd Judicial District, St. Tammany Parish
Maureen O'Brien, St. Tammany Parish Council, District 10
Susan Leonard, Justice of the Peace, 4th Ward
Anne Thompson, Justice of the Peace, 4th Ward 
Maureen O'Brien, Pamela Ferguson, Joyette Rhoden, Jackie Schneider, Republican Parish Executive Committee 
 Members
Sharon Drucker, St. Tammany Parish School Board 
Kristie Thomas, NAMI Board
Jackie Schneider, State Central Committee 
Susan Strain, Chair Keep Louisiana Beautiful Board