Why We Are Here!
We enjoy each other’s company during our luncheon meetings, of course, but it was brought to my attention that it was time to reiterate the reason for our existence.  So here is our mission statement, which you can also find on the first page of our bylaws. 
Thank you all for being part of our club!  

The Republican Women of Cary and Southwest Wake County

 A member club of the National Federation of Republican Women

  The purpose of the club’s membership shall be to: 

 1. Increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government. 
2. Disseminate information to all State Federations and local units. [NFRW]
3. Inform the public through political education and activity. 
4. Foster loyalty to the Republican Party at all levels of government. 
5. Promote the principles of the Republican Party. 
6. Work for Republican candidates in all elections, including non­partisan elections.
7. Support the objectives and policies of the Republican National Committee.
8. Perform any lawful activity not inconsistent with the foregoing..

In Addition to Our Speaker, Guests Might Include:

Kim Cooley candidate for Wake County Board of Commissioners, District 4



Our May Program

Donnie Harrison

Title: The Drug Epidemic Facing Our Country

​Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison will share with us the severity of the drug and opioid crisis in North Carolina and Wake County. His office has instituted many programs to combat this epidemic and save lives. He has enlarged the Wake County K-9 unit, and has equipped his officers with a supply of Narcan to reverse opioid overdose.

 Sheriff Harrison will also share a video presentation illustrating the quick reaction time and split-second decision making our public safety officers must employ in critical situations.

Sheriff Harrison entered law enforcement in 1967. He joined the Highway Patrol, was assigned to Wake County, rose through the ranks and eventually retired as Sergeant.

Donnie Harrison was first elected Sheriff of Wake County in 2002, and was reelected in 2006, 2010 and 2014.  In November of 2018 he seeks his fifth term as Wake County Sheriff! He is the first certified law enforcement officer elected Sheriff.

Donnie Harrison is a “hands-on” Sheriff. Every day he puts his community first! He leaves his office to ride the roads of Wake County, working with the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office answering calls, showing up at drug raids, joining in a search for a burglary suspect, or checking in with the detention staff.

“I’m not a paper-pushing Sheriff. You have to get out and work the roads if you want to know what’s going on.”—Sheriff Donnie Harrison

For 26 years on the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Sheriff Harrison first-hand the challenges law enforcement officials face in our county.  Donnie also served as Chief of Security for the Lieutenant Governor from 1988-92, and taught numerous courses at the Highway Patrol Academy.

Donnie has been recognized as one of Wake County’s top canine search and rescue handlers. He trained his own dogs and voluntarily offered his services to find missing children and Alzheimer’s patients. With his canine unit, he tracked down criminal suspects for local law enforcement agencies.

“I always said I would be a working Sheriff, out there with our employees. With 5 decades of law enforcement experience, I’ve been there and know what they face. I want them to know that I love law enforcement and am proud to work beside them and support them in their jobs.”—Sheriff Donnie Harrison

Sheriff Harrison grew up in Bear Grass, N.C. in Martin County. He currently lives in Garner. He has two daughters, one granddaughter, and one grandson.

“I have been very blessed to have the opportunity to serve the People of Wake County. As your Sheriff, I will never forget that the Wake County Courthouse belongs to you. I will faithfully execute my Constitutional duties as your elected Sheriff. I am proud to serve this great county and will continue to look for new opportunities to improve our community”.

—Sheriff Donnie Harrison


​​The next Republican Women of Cary & Southwestern Wake luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 3,

at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary.


Check-in and social time begin at 11:15 AM, with lunch starting at 11:45 AM.

Please have your checks to "RWC" ready to speed up the registration process.

​Starting the meeting 15 minutes earlier will give our excellent speakers more time with you!


The cost of lunch is $15 for members and $20 for guests. You can pay by cash or check to RWC.  It will help expedite check-in if you have a check or exact change.

Reply early to guarantee yourself a seat as our club's membership has exceeded the room's capacity.  If we reach capacity we will start a wait list.  if your plans change, let us know ASAP so we can accommodate others that may be waiting for a seat.

Please RSVP to: rwcsw123@gmail.com.

"Freedom is not the sole prerogative of a chosen few, but the universal right of all God's children."    Ronald Reagan, 1985

2018 RWCSW Executive Board

President:  Cathy Fanslau
VP of Programs:  Toni Mascherin
VP of Membership:  Margaret Confalone
Treasurer:  Sheila Risk
Recording Secretary:  Ginny Suever
Corresponding Secretary:  Angela Hawkins

Dates to remember:

May 8, Primary Election Day

May 11, NCFRW “Tribute to Women”  Lexington, NC

May 11-12, NCFRW Spring Board Meeting Lexington, NC

May 29, NCFRW Legislative Day  Raleigh, NC

June 8-10, NCGOP Convention  Hickory, NC

MAY 1  ​​


2018 Meetings

​    May 3

August  2     

Special Door Prizes! Always something fun & new!​​

Bring Black or White Crew Socks for MMIA and get an extra door prize ticket.

Come and be a winner!

For the Fill the Footlocker Program in March
the Special request for our homeless veterans is:

Black or White Crew Socks

You can also donate online:


Republican Women of Cary & Southwestern Wake

The NCFRW Tribute to Women will honor women from NC Clubs at The Tribute to Women Banquet on May 11th in Lexington, NC. The Meeting Hotel is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at the Vineyards: 351 Vineyard Crossing, Lexington NC. Dates of the Stay are May 11-13, 2018. Room Rate is $119 including breakfast. The room block is available until April 27, 2018.

 If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please contact Cathy Fanslau for the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is April 11th. Previous women from our Club that have been recipients of this award were:
Martha Fay
Cindy Felix
Shirley Miner
Sheila Risk

Want to serve your local club, are you interested in using your gifts of leadership? We are planning our 2019 leadership and support groups. Talk with Kathy Dusto soon to explore the possibilities.