A Message from

the President of KARW . . .



Greetings from KARW President Janie Branham,

The Kingwood Area RW Club honored our active duty service members by organizing a golf tournament (June 30, 2017) to benefit the Houston USO. KARW Americanism Chair and the Scuttlebutt newspaper owner Luz Rebollar (Navy Veteran) planned and organized a successful golf tournament that raised thousands of dollars. The Tejano Veterans Association and the Houston USO sponsored several teams and sent volunteers to assist the day of the event. Over 20 active duty service members from Ellington Field were sponsored to participate in the event. Atascocita High School JROTC posted the colors and Julia Cardenas (AHS) sang the national anthem.

Additionally, Kingwood Area RW entered a float in the Kingwood Civic Club Parade. Over fifty KARW members, veterans, and elected officials participated in the event. The veterans were issued gift cards (sponsored by Judge Laryssa Korduba) for their participation. State Representative Dan Huberty sponsored the KARW float. Among the elected officials that participated were Congressman Ted Poe, State Representative Dan Huberty, Judge Laryssa Korduba, Judge Lincoln Goodwin, Judge Jay Karanhan, Humble ISD Board of Trustee Charles Cunningham, several precinct chairs, Rudy Fonseca (Harris County GOP), Kevin McLamb (Texans for Greg Abbott), and etc.


Several activities have been planned for the month of July. Please join us at the following Americanism and Caring for America activities.

July 14, 2017 Second Annual Baby Shower for Pregnant Veterans

United Way (on Waugh Street)

Bring baby items to July 6 special meeting

11:00 AM Kingwood Country Club

(TFRW activity organized by KARW)

July 27, 2017      


Purple Ribbon Luncheon 2nd Committee Meeting

Noon, Kingwood Country Club

KARW Committee members (12)

Need sponsors, silent auction items, & you need to RSVP to attend the event

(NFRW Caring for America organized by KARW volunteers)                                                               

Active Duty Funerals

Colleen Rose, KARW Americanism

Blue to Gold Liaison Mary Ellen Forgay

January – February 15, 2017

Funerals for five veterans


July Campaign Activities

July 4, 2017

Voter Registration at the July 4th Parade

July 8, 2017

Block Walk & Survey Voters

Goal is to recruit 2 Precinct Chairs and grow the party at grassroots level

9:00 AM Kingwood GOP Office

2523 Chestnut Ridge Dr. (Kingwood)

July 6, 2017

2nd meeting for September 21 KARW Fundraiser

Kingwood Country Club 11, 11:00 AM

Keynote Speaker is Ted Cruz

Proceeds benefit Republican Candidates                                                                                                                                                                                   

July 8, 2017

Block Walk

KARW & Harris County GOP Kingwood Satellite Office

Contact Halene Crossman, KARW Campaign Activities Chair

July 15, 2017

Block Walk

Texans for Greg Abbott

Contact KARW President Janie Branham, Liaison

July 16, 2017

Block Walk

Texans for Greg Abbott

Contact KARW President Janie Branham, Liaison


 Thank You to our Sponsors and KARW Committee Members

KARW Float Sponsors: State Representative Dan Huberty, David and Deann Otis  (Real Estate Brokers for Texas Shoreline) and Tom Huberty of Texan Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram and Texan GMC Buick.

Gift Cards for Veterans Sponsor: Judge Laryssa Korduba

Hand Held American Flags Sponsor: Lanelle Johnston

Beverages, First Aid Kit Sponsors and Hay: Pat & Dr. Rick Morlen


KARW  Parade Committee: Janie and Dr. David Branham, Pat and Dr. Rick Morlen, Halene Crossman, Luz Robellar, Connie Kindle, Tracy Hobson, Lanelle Johnston, Rudy Fonseca, Janet Huberty, Tom Huberty, Casey Christman, M’liss and Charles Painter, Pamela McEver, Mardi Long, and Donna La Voie.

KARW Americanism Committee: Luz Rebollar, Chair (Navy Veteran), Connie Kindle, Mardi Long, Colleen Rose, Patricia Morlen, Janie Branham


With a grateful heart,

Janie Branham

Precinct Chair 659

President of Kingwood Area Republican Women



A Note From President Janie

June 2017

     This summer’s campaign activities have been a huge success. We phone banked on June 7 for 3 hours (1,500 calls) and June 10 for 3 hours (1,100 calls) for the City of Pasadena and Pearland Run-off elections. Our efforts paid off, the Republicans won Pearland by big margins, but lost the Pasadena city council seat by only 19 votes.

     Additionally, we have been planning campaign activities for the March 6, 2018 Primary and the November 6, elections. We are so blessed to have a Harris County GOP satellite office in Kingwood. This allows GOP field representative Rudy Fonseca, Kevin McLamb of Texans for Greg Abbott, KARW Campaign Chair Halene Crossman, and I an opportunity to get together and plan. The primary is upon us, for example, the first day to file for a place on the Primary ballot for precinct chair candidates is September 12, 2017.

     On March 6, you will again have the opportunity to choose your Texas and U.S. senators and representatives, the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, Railroad Commissioner, District Clerk, judges and etc. KARW has several members that are judges and every month they show their support. Last month, we had over ten judges attend our Fashion Show. Therefore, we owe it to them to start identifying individuals to work as election judges, alternate judges, clerks, & poll watchers. Additionally, we need volunteers for the phone bank, for block walking, and to push cards the day of the election. Our county office and precinct chairs are also giving a major effort to ensure victory in November 6, 2018.  Please do your part.  It doesn't take much, if many participate!


Together we will turn Harris County RED!

A Note From President Janie

May 2017

     My blessings are countless. However, among my greatest blessings is my freedom. This is a blessing to which I owe a great debt of gratitude to our heroes – the men and women of our armed forces.


     Yes, we owe an incredible debt of gratitude to the men and women of our armed forces. I just took a moment to say thank you, via the USO’s website. I hope you will do the same. You can send a thank you email to our protectors of freedom at the link (http://action.uso.org).


     May is a patriotic month; therefore, the KARW Americanism Committee did something special to thank our veterans. We organized a golf tournament at Walden Country Club. The lady golfers asked a veteran to join them on the golf course. We played games on the Par 3s to raise money for our female pregnant veterans. The proceeds went to the Littlest Patriot Program which was founded by a KARW member Connie Kindle. Please bring baby items to the General Meeting.  Additionally, we are planning and organizing the following Americanism activities for our heroes:  cooking hamburgers, placing flags at the cemetery, a baby shower for our pregnant veterans, a golf tournament to benefit USO, arts and crafts at VA hospital, registering voters, and entering a float at the 4th of July parade.


Please take a moment to say thank you to our military men and women.


Together we will turn Harris County RED!

A Note From President Janie

April 2017


     Voting is the most important activity we citizens can engage in during this Humble ISD election, but the KARW club needs you to do more. We are the political organization that our Republican candidates look up to get elected. They are counting on us to get out the vote during early voting and election day.

     You can start by signing up to block walk on April 22 and April 29, 2017. We are meeting at 9:00 AM at the Kingwood GOP office located at 2523 Chestnut Ridge Dr. (behind the TENCO Station at corner of Kingwood Drive and Chestnut Ridge). The Republican candidates have dropped off their door hangers and their yard signs for our block walk. On Sunday, you can block walk your street. Take some door hangers and a few yard signs home with you for your friends and neighbors.

     Volunteering for an Humble ISD Board of Trustee candidate, can be a great way to support causes important to you and spread the word about the importance of voting. Here are a few ways you can get involved. 

     During early voting (April 24 through May 2) volunteer at a polling place and pass out campaign literature; contribute money to a Republican candidate, host a meet and greet the candidate at your home, and phone bank using your cell phone. There is an App that you can download to call from your home. Contact KARW Campaign Activities Chair Halene Crossman (hlcrossman@aol.com) to learn how you get involved at the grassroot level.


Together we will turn Harris County RED!

     The holiday season is over and I pray it wwas a joyous time for all. 

     After the election, I realized how much we take for granted as we go about our lives.  As the holidays approach, I particularly remember those with whom we’ve shared past holidays that are no longer with us, including past KARW members.  They are always missed, but even more so during the holidays. Still, I’m thankful for having known them and for the cherished memories.

     I’m very thankful for all the KARW members who worked as a team at the GOP office, who served on the Executive Board, and who organized the community engagement activities. I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve one more year as the 2017 KARW President, and for my family who support my efforts.

     We need to take time to count our blessings and give thanks to those who make our lives better, let’s all remember to always give thanks.  Even better when you encounter those who serve, be it military, police, firemen, park personnel, waiters and waitresses, wildlife officers or someone else, take a moment and say thank you personally.


Americanism, Days to Fly the Flag

Flying the American flag is a tradition in this country and it has symbolized freedom and justice for the over 225 years. It signals that democracy is very much alive and treasured in the United States. No other symbol captures the power and glory of our nation like the American flag. It has flown as our national emblem in some form without interruption since 1777.

The American flag remains a living piece of history and a source of pride and unity for all Americans. The Stars and Stripes embodies the very qualities that make our nation great: liberty, justice, freedom, love of country and national purpose.

Days to Fly the Flag in January through February:

January 1

New Year’s Day

January 16

Martin Luther King Day

January 20

Inauguration Day

February 12

Lincoln’s Birthday

February 20

President’s Day











August, 2016

The KARW members have been very busy with campaign activities: phone banking, block walking, voter registration, and etc.  Below is a quick update:


1.       Phone Banking: Every Tuesday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

        Block Walking: Saturday, August 13, 8:30 AM to Noon 

2523 Chestnut Ridge Dr. (behind TENCO Station at corner of Kingwood Drive and Chestnut Ridge)                                                                                                  

2.       Betty Newton will be contacting 80 individuals that recently moved to Kingwood. She will be sure that they are registered at their new address to vote in November and will extend a personal invitation to join KARW.

3.       Terice Richards and Janie Branham have volunteered to register nursing home residents.

4.       We have planned September voter registrations at all Humble ISD high schools.

5.       Starting a Junior Associate Member Club at the high schools (Pam McEver &Thomas Mardik)

6.       Turn in your campaign hours to Betty Newton on Wednesday, August 24th (KARW meeting)

7.       The Executive Board has approved the Campaign Fund Committee’s recommendation to distribute $9,500 to our Republican Candidates ASAP. More funds will be distributed in the Fall.

8.       Julie Payne has a new email address: 7276payne@gmail.com

9.       Pam McEver needs our assistance to reach the goal of 123 members before the end of August. We have 111 members; therefore, encourage your friends to come to the August 24th meeting  and join the club. E-mail Pam if you have a lead at pamelakarw@gmail.com.


Meetings & Trainings

Greater Houston Council of Federated Republican Women

Unite to Win- Get Out The Vote Training

Saturday, August 20 (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)

Harris County Republican Party

7232 Wynwood

RSVP required for lunch


General Meeting: Uniting Republicans

Thursday, August 25, 2016

7:00 PM Dinner and Program

River Plantation Country Club

United To Win,

Janie Branham, President of Kingwood ARW


May 2016

It has been one of the great honors of my life to serve as your President for the past year. In reflection, I have made KARW my full time job.  But that is because of my love for our club and our mission.  Looking back, my first responsibility in KARW was as Legislative Update Chair.  I was then privileged to serve KARW as Secretary and First Vice-President, and serve the Republican Party as election clerk, and Precinct Chair of Precinct 659, encouraging my neighbors to get more involved. Over the last year, I have served also as the Texas Federation of Republican Women Voter Registration Chair and the Greater Houston Federation of Republican Women Speaker's Bureau Chair. At every level of involvement, I have understood that it is our grassroots volunteers that are the engine of our Party. KARW is truly a grassroots-up club.  That is something that cannot be taken away. Top down leadership is not only ineffective, it is contrary to our conservative ideals of individual liberty and smaller government.


The future of the Republican Party is truly in your hands. I am proud to serve alongside you---working to grow this Party, elect Republicans to office at all levels of government, and to promote our conservative principles. I believe the role of a leader is not to create followers, but to create leaders. My agenda is very simple: empowering KARW members in every way possible to be effective leaders in their communities and effective voices in standing for our principles. I humbly ask for your support this Fall to return me to the office of KARW President for a second term. I want to continue working with you, as hard as I can, to not just keep Texas Red, but to make it even greater.



KARW members at the Mothers Are Jewels Luncheon

KARW members at the Mothers Are Jewels Luncheon pose with Senator Brandon Creighton and mother Patricia at The Overlook in Atascocita Friday, April 29. From left to right (front row): Erica Johnston, Patricia Creighton, Halene Crossman, Regina Thompson, and Julie Payne. From left to right (back row): Senator Creighton, Daniela Sumbera, and Patricia Morlen.


President Janie Attends the TFRW Board of Directors Meeting in Austin

Dr. Jeffrey F. Addicott briefly discussed Isis and the threat of radical Islam in the United States and abroad at the Texas Federation of Republican Women Patron’s reception in Austin, Texas. Dr. Addicott is a Professor at Law and Director of the Center for Terrorism Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law





WASHINGTON, D.C. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady

April 19:

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) recently sat down with the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce to discuss how Ways and Means Republicans are working on a pro-growth agenda that will help American families and job creators.

“As our work continues, we need you to provide your ideas about tax reform in general and about specific proposals that affect our families and our communities, our businesses small and large, and our economy overall.

“Working together, this year we will design a tax system that is built for growth, which is what the American economy needs and what the American people deserve. And continuing to work together, next year we will enact that system into law.





KARW President Janie Branham @ Washington D.C.

The White House is the oldest public structure, started in 1792 and home of the Presidents of the U.S. This is a perfect example of late 18th century Renaissance and yet has the simple dignity of a gracious American home. 




This morning I posted the above information on the KARW Facebook. Every day, I will be posting what I did to represent the club's interest. 

Monday, April 18, Washington D.C. Trip Itinerary

10:30 am U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Meredith French

Director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations 

10:35-10:55 am

Katie Mahoney

Executive Director of Health Care Policy

10:55-11:15 am

Marc Freedman

Executive Director, Labor Policy

11:15-11:45 am

Giovanni Coratolo

Vice-President, Small Business Policy

6:00 pm

Congressman Jack Fields' Home

6:30 Night Time Capitol Tour

I keep getting weather alerts of tornadoes and floating in Houston. I saw the flooded streets of Houston on CNN. My husband is home with the twins. Humble ISD canceled school. 

I am praying for everyone's safety





U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Washington DC



The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, based here in Washington D.C., is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions.  It is important that our Republican elected officials in Washington, like Senator John Cornyn, Senator Ted Cruz, and Representative Ted Poe continue to make policy that promotes business with low tax rates, reasonable health care demands, and minimal regulation.  I was fortunate to meet today with U.S. Chamber members Meredith French, Director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations, Katie Mahoney, Executive Director of Health Care Policy, Marc Freedman, Executive Director, Labor Policy, and Giovanni Coratolo, Vice-President, Small Business Policy.








Quotes and Stats on 2016 Republican Primary

By Dr. Janie Branham

Kingwood Area Republican Women President


In Harris County the Republican primary turnout more than doubled 2012 turnout.  The Kingwood area was not an exception.  For instance, Republican turnout in the District 127 Texas House primary in 2012 was 12,317.  It was 23,413 this year.

Local Republican incumbents also easily withstood challenges from opponents attacking their record.  District 127 State Representative Dan Huberty easily beat challenger Mitch Bosworth capturing 78% of the vote. 

“Our local Republican representatives show their dedication constantly.  It is difficult to successfully attack someone like Dan Huberty who continuously dedicates himself to his community.” said Dr. Janie Branham


“The Kingwood Area Republican voters made a strong declaration by both turning out in huge numbers and selecting the candidates that they want to faithfully represent them in the area, in Austin, and in Washington.  I guarantee that we will see the same resolve in November.  I’m proud to be a member of a Party that stands for freedom and principle, and practices politics with voice, action and hard work.” said Dr. Janie Branham, President of the Kingwood Area Republican Women.










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