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If you are interested in hearing how your Greenville County taxes are spent and how the county’s budgets are determined, you won’t want to miss our June speaker, Greenville County Administrator Joe Kernell. 
Mr. Kernell is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Greenville County Government, which employs more than 1,800 people.  In addition to carrying out the policies, directives, and legislative action of County Council, Mr. Kernell is responsible for the County’s annual budget of over $195 million.  From this budget, Greenville County’s roads, bridges, jails, EMS, Sheriff’s office and all county services are funded. 
Mr. Kernell’s decisions greatly impact what gets done in our county. Come hear him speak about the important decisions being made in our county and about the potential redevelopment of the County Square facility.  A Q&A time will follow.
RSVPs need to be made by June16 at 6pm by emailing

Meet and Greet from 11:30 to Noon 
Lunch from Noon to 1:00 p.m.


You're Invited
Please join us monthly at
the Poinsett Club
807 E. Washington Street
Greenville, South Carolina
Meet and greet time for the June meeting: 11:30 to Noon
Meeting and lunch: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Cost of meal is
$18 for members and 
their guests
$20 for non-members 
and walk ins

Our 2016 Meeting Schedule

June 20
July - No meeting
August 15
September 19
October 17
November 21
December 19


If you have any questions or want to make reservations click here or email
For your sample ballot - click here and add address

Bring your checkbooks or your wad of cash, because our live and silent auction -- called off at our May BBQ fundraiser due to rain -- will be held at our June meeting! 
Items to be auctioned include:
  • A beautiful, hand made quilt by Debbie Ballard  (She has at least $300 in this quilt.  Bid generously!)
  • Dance lessons
  • Tuxedo rental
  • Greenville Drive tickets
  • Signed books by Paul Ryan and Carly Fiorina
  • Two sets of elephant print throw pillows
  • Round of golf for four at Verdae, The Preserve
  • Elephant soap dish, tumbler and

    The URW President's Letter

My second of four sons, Jordan Gottschall, knew at a very young age that he wanted to serve his country as a Marine. knew at a very young age that I wanted all of my children to go directly to college from high school. Jordan honored my wishes: after graduating from high school, he went off to college and earned a business degree from Clemson University. He also followed his heart; while completing his studies at college, he applied for the Marines’ Officer Candidates School (OCS), got accepted, and upon his graduation from Clemson he was off to Quantico for training.


After his OCS training was complete, Jordan was selected to go on to the Infantry Officer Course (IOC) – a rigorous, grueling program designed to identify and develop effective combat leaders.  As Jordan shared with me his experiences during his training, I was impressed that even though war tactics, survival skills, and marksmanship were part of the weekly training schedule, the daily schedule centered on training the officers to be strong leaders.


America's last five-star general, Omar N. Bradley, wisely said, "Leadership is an intangible. No weapon, no impersonal piece of machinery ever designed can take its place."


General Bradley commanded the million-man army in Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. In fact, he led our forces throughout World War II—from the D-day invasion, to the Battle of the Bulge, and finally to the surrender of the Nazis and the collapse of the Third Reich. General Bradley knew that it would take real leadership, not just guns and tanks, to win each battle, and ultimately the war.


Today, our Republican Party needs the wisdom and experience of a five-star general to command the millions of Americans in another Operation Overlord. This battle is not being fought on foreign soil, but in the courts and in the Capital of our great nation. Taking over the White House and restoring America's justice system may be as daunting a task as the landing of our troops on the shores of Normandy. Our party’s presumptive presidential candidate, Donald Trump, and our Republican leaders will need all hands on deck to steer our nation through the turbulent waters that have been stirred and muddied by the hands of liberal government.


Our strength and our resolve will be tested at every turn. The battle ahead will not be won by the weak, the indecisive, or the moderate. It will be won by the strong, decisive, and conservative Americans who make their voices heard and who give themselves to the honorable cause of making America great again. No man—not even the President—can do this single-handedly. It will take each one of us, bound together by a spirit of determination and unity to achieve victory—for our candidates, and for our country.


My son and thousands of other troops took their call to serve their country seriously. I charge each of you to do your part by volunteering your time and your talents over the next five months to support our local and national Republican “troops”— our candidates. Their battle is fierce. To turn the tide in this battle and ultimately achieve victory, we must support and stand united together with our candidates.


Remember that the Upstate Republican Women’s Club is “The Working Club.” Let’s get behind our Republican candidates and be a good example to our community and our state.


Donna Gottschall


First Lieutenant Jordan Gottschall actively serves our country today as an Infantry Tactics Advisor in the Republic of Georgia as a member of the Georgian Training Team.


     BBQ Fundraiser          Success!

Because of the teamwork of our committee members, board members, club members (including new members), and our generous host, our May BBQ Fundraiser was a phenomenal success.  Thanks to all who worked so hard before, during, and after the event!
Thanks also to Tom of Tom's BBQ for providing his delicious food and serving it with a smile, even as the storms raged above us in Simpsonville! The desserts, provided by the candidates and elected officials in attendance, were both incredible and abundant.  (We had so much leftover that we delivered it to the women at Shepherd's Gate to enjoy.)  

A big thanks to our generous sponsors:  Steve Loftis, Pam Batson -- Wells Fargo, Garry Smith, John White, William Timmons, Jason Elliott, Cowart Awards, Judy Coe, Weesie and Dennis Poole Floor Sanding, and Rains Group HR.
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South Carolina Federation of Republican Women

Upstate Republican Women
Become a member of Upstate Republican Women
Yearly memberships are $25.00.  

Associate memberships are $20.00.  (These memberships are for men or for women who are already members of another club.)

For more membership information, contact Barb Taylor.
Welcome New Members
Colleen Deas
Stacy Kuper

Welcome New Associate Members
Mike Fair
Jason Elliott

Countdown to Cleveland

Federation Members Represent Their States at the GOP Convention

There is much excitement around the Federation as we gear up for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Reports already are coming in of many Federation members who have been chosen to represent their states at the convention. We are so proud of them!
For planning purposes, please let the NFRW know if you are going as a Delegate or Alternate or serving in another capacity. Send your name, state, title, and contact information to

Dates to Remember
June 7 - Greenville GOP Meeting
June 13 - URW Board Meeting
June 14 - Primary Voting
June 20 - Luncheon 
July - No meeting due to renovations at Poinsett Club
July 18-21 - RNC Convention in Cleveland
August 27 - SCFRW Fall Meeting in Columbia
Plan for a Legislative Day this Fall!
Upstate Republican Women Executive Board

President - Donna Gottschall
President Ex Oficio - Phylis Foster
Vice President - Carla Renner
Secretary - Weesie Poole
Treasurer - Aline Kilgore

Standing Committees 
Programs - Carla Renner
Membership - Barb Taylor
By-Laws - Available
Campaign - Available
Communications - Cheryl Cuthrell
Public Relations - Colleen Deas
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