Capital Area Republican Women Virtual Club (CARWVC) of North Carolina held our twelfth meeting on March 9, 2021, marking one year since our founding members approved a name, bylaws, and elected our first slate of officers. In that year, we have had some memorable meetings:
- July 2020 - "The One Where Susan Tillis, wife of Senator Thom Tillis, Kept Losing Her Internet Connection, but a Wonderful Time Was Had By All"
- October 2020 - "The One Where We Had a Speed Campaigning Event With 20 Candidates in an Hour"
- March 2021 - "The One Where NC Lt. Governor Mark Robinson Dropped in to Say Hello"
All of this happened on Zoom, as we are the first Federated virtual club in North Carolina, and probably the first virtual political club in the state.
We also held a big in-person fundraiser in August at an estate in Pittsboro for several statewide candidates, including now Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson and now state Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby, and a smaller online fundraiser for state House candidate and NFRW member, Erin Paré, who succeeded in winning her race, defeating an incumbent rising star of the NC Democratic Party. We flatter ourselves that all of these candidates succeeded in winning their races in part because of CARWVC efforts.
We are looking forward to another fun, groundbreaking year. As of March 1, we reached 17 members, which is where we ended 2020. Our meeting on March 9 was our largest meeting to date, with over 40 attendees, and we believe we will continue to grow.
Also, we have several club members running for county and state GOP leadership positions this spring, and we are grateful that Martha Jenkins, NFRW 4th VP, is an associate member of our club. We are reaching women who cannot commit to attending traditional meetings due to work and family commitments, and we are training new Republican activists. This year, we will focus on growing our committees and the issues that will help Republicans win in 2022: election and voter integrity, education, and stopping the Democrats from packing the United States Supreme Court.