President’s Message to the CARMA Membership

September, 2020


CARMA President - Terry Ricks

Gentlemen of CARMA,

Our luncheon meeting on August 20 was great and full of interesting reports and opinions from our five speakers, Dot Matthews, Mike Watson, Gil Petrina, Dan Roose and Art Garrison. Dot reviewed the WJCCRC activities such as the Just Right Party, the RPV state convention and the Trump regattas.  Our local GOP committee is working with the RPV district and headquarters in a closer-better way every week.  The new Chair of the Republican Party of Virginia, Rich Anderson, was at the Just Right Party as a speaker.  Mike Watson gave an interesting overview of how the Richmond Democrats are hampering small businesses in Virginia and he had disturbing comparisons for us, as compared to North Carolina and Maryland’s positive small business development legislation. 

Gil and Dan reviewed the recent Law Enforcement Public Forum on August 6 that they organized and they announced the next ones on September 2 at the WNGC with Amanda Chase speaking.  She is outspoken and running for Governor.  Our final speaker, Art explained the 9-11 Patriot Day remembrance rally that he is organizing at the JCC Courthouse on 9/11/20 at 5pm.

Our next CARMA luncheon meeting with be on Thursday, September 17 at 11:30 at Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant. Our main speaker will be Jarome Bell, recent candidate for U.S. Congress for the 2nd District, that Scott Taylor won.   A retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, he is a dynamic conservative speaker with revealing perspectives about Virginia politics.  There will not be a CARMA Family Breakfast on September 12 unless some members contact me so we can plan one.  The next WJCCRC monthly meeting will be on Wednesday September 23 at 7pm.

I must remind you again about our annual candidate fundraising project. More members need to participate and send in their cards and checks.  We are facing growing socialism statewide and donations are CARMA’s best anti-Democrat activity. Our Treasurer, Michael Brown, is coordinating a campaign donation bundling project to assist two selected Republican Congressional candidates with their fundraising.  They are U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman of the Virginia First District and U.S. Senate candidate Daniel Gade.  This is a campaign opportunity to use the power of the entire CARMA membership to maximize our impact in these two key races without unduly burdening any one member.  Please send your donations.

Unfortunately, the upcoming November 3 elections are going to be a frustrating mess because the successful Democrat push to allow mail-in ballots without a photo ID requirement will result in ballot counting fraud allegations and litigation nationwide.  Please stay up-to-date with the cases in the news and listen to our respected GOP leaders for future directions. 

Our community has succeeded in supporting and recognizing our law enforcement departments as the vitally important public servants that they strive to be.  When you see an officer, show your gratitude with a thumbs up and a thank you.    Please call your CARMA buddies to check on them.  Volunteer and donate to help our Republican candidates.  Find new CARMA members.  God bless all of you and your families. 

Warm Regards,


Terry Ricks
CARMA President
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