Walker County Republican Roundup

Ariel Traub–On Thursday, October 11, 2012 the Junior Fellows volunteered at the Republican Roundup, which took place at the beautiful Byrd home and pavilion.

Byrd Home

The Roundup is a fun event that allows fellow Republicans to come together and raise funds to support GOP candidates. This year Tracy Sorensen took on the responsibility of directing the event and performed her duties with grace and style!  The event took on a classic country theme with cowboy boots filled with flowers as the centerpieces on the tables and delicious bar-b-que for dinner.

Junior Fellows Table

To raise funds for the Party a silent auction was held. There were several items and gift baskets on which guests could bid.  Also, more than 160 tickets were sold, with VIP guests Congressman Kevin Brady, Chief Justice Tom Gray, and TX Representative John Otto topping the bill.

Congressman Brady Speaking

Special thanks to Congressman Kevin Brady, Representative John Otto, Steve Fox, the Walker County Justices of the Peace, the Walker County Constables, County Commissioner Ronnie White, Judge Barbara Hale & County Clerk Kari French, and Judge Danny Pierce for sponsoring tables.

On an organizational level, we are especially grateful to Tracy Sorensen, who provided tickets for the Junior Fellows, and to Representative John Otto, who provided a ticket for the Junior Fellows President, Annel Gonzalez.

Charlotte Oleinik, Carol Smith, Representative John Otto, Annel Gonzalez

In turn, the Junior Fellows supervised the registration table, the merchandise table, and assisted with the silent auction and the food, which was provided by Bennie J’s.

Ariel Traub, Jacy Sodek, and Chelsea King Helping Out at the Merchandise Table

We also had a chance to catch up with people that we don’t get to see everyday.  We partnered with Justice Gray in April to bring the 10th Court of Appeals to Walker County, and we were able to start planning for a similar event in the spring of 13.

Justice Gray, Melva Gomez, Ameera Swaiden, and Annel Gonzalez

We’ve worked with Congressman Brady numerous times over the past seven years, and it was good to see him again.

Junior Fellows with Congressman Brady

And of course we all got to see many of the county officials that present at our County U Program.

Tax Assessor Collector Diana McRae, Speaking at the Republican Roundup

We were very pleased to have this opportunity, and we appreciate Tracy Sorensen letting us help.  Really, without local leaders giving us the opportunity to be a part of this type of thing, we wouldn’t learn as much or be able to contribute to our adopted community, so we really do appreciate when provided these opportunities.

The event itself was also educational, for the Fellows and all attendees.  Sorensen announced the candidates for the local elections and allowed the candidates to give short speeches–brevity was encouraged.

Tracy Sorensen, Master of Ceremonies

For their part, the candidates updated the party faithful or laid out why they felt they were the best person for the job.

Sorensen concluded the event by announcing the winners of the silent auction, thanking the audience for their attendance, and encouraging the audience to vote.

On a more personal level, I especially enjoyed this event because I was able to meet some great people…

County Clerk Kari French & Justice of the Pease (pct 2) Mike Countz

…and enjoy the wonderful festivities that Tracy Sorensen planned. I think that I speak for all of the (Republican) Junior Fellows when I say that we are anxiously awaiting the next Republican Roundup.

Junior Fellows with Representative Otto and Chief Justice Gray

Note: The Junior Fellows have both Democrat and Republican members.  The organization, its officers, and its advisors encourage members of both parties to be involved in the political process.


One thought on “Walker County Republican Roundup

  1. Definitely enjoyed this event! And it was great getting to meet and visit with the numerous VIPs.

    Thanks Ariel for the write up!

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