The Kingwood Area Republican Women (KARW) support Republican candidates and officials running for office and is also involved in numerous community projects. The projects are part of Caring for America, a special committee chaired by past KARW President Betty Newton.
In 1987, KARW began funding the Girls State Program by sending two female delegates to the event. Girls State is a summer leadership and citizenship program sponsored by The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary for high school juniors. They believe that educating youth about the basic ideals and principles of government will help ensure the survival of democracy.
While each state’s program may vary, in general, participants are divided into subgroups referred to as “cities.” The citizens of the cities elect mock municipal officials and representatives to the mock state legislature. The participants elect state officials such as governor, lieutenant governor and other state-level officials mirroring their actual state.
KARW awarded Marissa Amar, of Kingwood High School, and Jenna Leath, of Kingwood Park High School, the Girls State awards in 2018. Club members heard each girl’s inspiring talk about their experiences at Girls State. Amar was asked to return to Girls State in a leadership role as she demonstrated her skills.
They honored Xiomara Salinas, an eighth-grader at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School in Humble, as the winner in an essay contest. She wrote a very impressive essay entitled, “Why I Love My Country.” She competed against 30 other students and her essay focused on the rights and freedoms which are vital for society and how the Constitution and Bill of Rights secure Americans’ liberties and maintain justice. The essay contest served to give young people a forum to highlight their patriotism, pride and love for their country.
Another project is the Littlest Patriot Baby Shower, which is a baby shower for pregnant military moms whose husbands may be deployed and need support with baby items such as diapers, clothes, diaper bags and other supplies. The shower takes place in Houston and always has a great following.
Also during the year, U.S. Constitution books were given to fifth-grade teachers at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School to distribute to students.
KARW and the Texas Federation of Republican Women offer assistance to human trafficking victims by supplying backpacks and school supplies.
Their literacy program involves donating books offered to FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center for children of their clients. The Republican women donate books to both the Kingwood and Atascocita branch libraries. They continue to support FOLK (Friends of Library-Kingwood) with gently used books. Monies collected from the sale of used books are given to the Kingwood branch to further enhance the overall quality of the library.
Several KARW members always participate in the Michael J. Fox 5K Run for Parkinson’s. Members who have participated were M’Liss and Chuck Painter, Jim and Lanelle Johnston, Linda Robertson and Gina Thompson, and her granddaughter, Allison Whitney.
Creekwood Middle School honors military veterans and KARW supports this cause. The Honor Garden at Creekwood was given a bench from KARW in honor of retired Congressman Ted Poe for his continued dedication and service to the community.
KARW is always present for the July Fourth Community Parade, rain or shine. They look forward to participating this year.
November is a special Veterans Honor Day and KARW invites many veterans, both active and retired, to a special lunch as their guests. The numbers grow each year.