Another year is nearly gone and it has been exciting and rewarding traveling the state, meeting the talented, accomplished and hard working women of the VFRW. Now, we look to the Holidays, the RPV Advance at the Homestead, Leg Day January 27, a new slate of VFRW officers to be elected in April at our convention, and the biggest of elections a year from now. Planning is ongoing for the April 2016 Convention. We have one guest confirmed-before he announced for Governor, I invited Ed Gillespie and he has accepted. Susan Cobb and Mikki Terry are planning an exciting and rewarding event.
Heartfelt and enthusiastic CONGRATULATIONS to our member winners on November 3. You are the present and the future of the VFRW and of the position of women in politics in the Commonwealth. We are all so very, very proud of you. To those who came close, we expect to see you again in the future. We will not give up on your future in politics.
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As we all know Legislative Day in Richmond is an important annual event for the VFRW. When I first attended Leg Day we spent time at the Capital Building advocating for causes and issues. Jackson Miller, the House Majority Whip, told me last January that he would like us to do that again. There was a loud and rude group of Democrat women at the Leg just before our conversation and he thought we should do the same because he said we would have better manners. At the same time Julie Coggsdale and other legislative aides were expressing the same sentiment.
This appealed to me as I feel the VFRW, as a group, needs to be more visible and more involved in legislative advocacy. We will convene in the Capital at 7:30 am on January 27 for a continental breakfast and an advocacy session. We will have a no frills lunch together at the Marriott and we hope to have some of the women we supported come talk to us. One thing I can guarantee-we’ve come up with some great ideas-most of which are too late to implement, but the process will be much easier and more cohesive in 2017.
For now - I wish one and all Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016. Stay warm and safe. I will see some of you at the Homestead on December 11 and everyone else I hope on January 27, 2016 in Richmond.