The Winston County Republican Women held its March meeting at noon at
Lake Tiak O’Khata. New officers elected for the upcoming year were
Dean Watkins, President; Amy Nowell, Vice President, Shelly Thomas,
Recording Secretary, and Ann Nance, Treasurer. The WC Republican
Women were represented at the Mississippi Republican Women’s
Legislative Day and had the opportunity to visit with Gov Bryant and
his administration and observe the Senate and House in session.
Ouida Donald and Dean Watkins were joined by Senator and Mrs. Giles
Ward, Congressman Joey Hood from Ackerman, and Kelli Russell from
Congressman Nunnelee’s office in Columbus. Mrs. Bryant hosted a tea
later in the afternoon. Dean Watkins also attended the “Ladies for
Lynn Fitch” luncheon in Jackson. Congressman Marsha Blackburn from
Tennessee, who is a Mississippi native and MSU Graduate, was the
guest speaker. Mrs. Fitch reported on the achievements of her office
thusfar asked the group to support legislation to make financial
awareness mandatory for all high school seniors.
It was approved that the local Republican Women’s group donate a
book “The History of The Pledge of Allegiance” by Tricia Raymond of
Madison to the local library and to each school in Winston County.
The group also pledged a donation to first lady Bryant’s efforts to
donate books to the Smithville School Library which was destroyed by
a tornado last year. The issue of legislation to make texting while
driving a serious criminal offense was discussed. This issue was
introduced this session but did not make it out of committee.
Courtney Harris, Director of Public Relations for Mississippi College
Republicans was the guest speaker. Miss Harris is a senior at
Mississippi State University and shared the goals of the College
Republicans on the campuses of colleges in Mississippi, which is to
make the student body aware of fiscal conservatism and to increase
student knowledge of the Republican philosophy.