The luncheon, held at the River Hills Country Club at One County Club Drive in Lake Wylie, is open to the public, both men and women. Visitors and those interested in joining the CLWRW are invited. Our luncheon is generally held on the fourth Friday of each month unless otherwise published.
To reserve your seat, email Stonie Kennington at email@example.com.
Shane Massey is the State Senator for District 25 – Aiken, Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick, and Saluda Counties. First elected in a 2007 special election, Shane ran for the Senate with a promise to work as hard as possible to shake up the status quo in Columbia. He’s kept that commitment by holding more than 130 town hall meetings across the district, providing weekly legislative updates, and constantly fighting the Columbia establishment with his speeches and votes.
Energetic and passionate about public service, Shane has worked hard to hold state government accountable:
Shane believes that working to improve his community is a requirement of citizenship. He has served as Chairman of Edgefield County’s First Steps Board and as a mentor and tutor at Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School. He and Blair are attorney coaches for the award-winning mock trial team at Strom Thurmond High School. Additionally, Shane is an active member of the Aiken SERTOMA Club, the Edgefield Lions Club, the Edgefield County United Way, the Johnston Development Board, and the Upper Savannah Council of Government’s Board of Directors.
Shane was selected as a Liberty Fellow in 2009 and a Rodel Fellow in 2015. In 2014, the Washington Post selected Shane as one of the top 40 rising stars among state-level elected officials under the age of 40 across the county.
A graduate of Strom Thurmond High School, Clemson University, and the USC School of Law, Shane and works as an attorney in Edgefield. He and his wife, Blair, have two children and live in Edgefield. They attend Providence Baptist Church in Johnston, where Blair is active with children’s ministry and Shane has taught several Sunday School classes and has served his church as a Deacon.
The May luncheon featured Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) who recently joined other members from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform along the southern border in Texas and New Mexico to examine the new border crisis. During the trip, Rep. Norman toured Border Patrol Station #1, the El Paso Processing Center, and the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. He also toured portions of the border wall where construction has ceased following President Biden’s executive order, and participated in a night ride with the National Border Patrol Council. At the May meeting, Rep. Norman discussed the border crisis along with other pressing issues facing our nation. Did you know:
The situation along our southern border is on track to be the worst in 20 years, according to DHS. In April, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered:
Since taking office in January, neither President Biden nor Vice President Harris has visited the border to meet with CBP authorities or observe conditions firsthand. Rep. Norman and Oversight Republicans have repeatedly called on the Biden Administration to provide a plan to address the issue at the border. Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has also ignored calls from Republicans, including Rep. Norman, for a hearing about this situation.
Rep. Norman issued the following statement after he returned: "The ill-advised policy decisions by this administration have played a major role in the new surge of illegal immigrants and the resulting humanitarian crisis. While lawful immigration has many benefits for our nation, there is simply no excuse for what I witnessed firsthand this week. We desperately need to (1) secure our border, while at the same time (2) prevent asylum claims from being abused, (3) enable businesses to legally hire workers when they cannot find willing Americans, and (4) pressure Central and South American countries to get their house in order and take care of their own citizens. Sadly, the Biden Administration is nowhere to be found on this issue."
Thanks to the targeted approach of Governor Henry McMaster and with the strong leadership of Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, SC is in a stronger position than virtually every other state in the country. The Lt. Gov. gave a report of all the great things happening in our state at the Clover Lake Wylie Republican Women’s Club on April 23, 2021.
More About Pamela Evette
Pamela Sue Evette of Travelers Rest was elected as the 93rd Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina on November 6, 2018.
Prior to her election as the first female republican lieutenant governor of South Carolina, Evette founded Quality Business Solutions, Inc. (QBS), a payroll, human resources, and benefits services firm headquartered in Travelers Rest. Under her leadership as President and CEO, QBS has grown exponentially, going from start-up to earning a spot on the Inc. 5000 listing of the nation’s fastest-growing small businesses. Her company has also been repeatedly honored among the fastest growing and best places to work in the State of South Carolina.
Evette has been the recipient of numerous business and professional accolades, including the ATHENA Leadership Award®, which honors individuals who assist women in reaching their full leadership potential and provide community service; the Women’s Presidents Organization/American Express 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Award; and being honored as a member of the Impact 50, an annual ranking of the most powerful women leaders of Inc. 5000 companies. She is also a sought-after public speaker and nationally published author.
A trained accountant and former CFO, with many years serving in a financial capacity at a wide range of organizations, Evette has demonstrated a keen focus on driving customer growth and a deep understanding of the regulatory issues and challenges facing small and medium-sized businesses.
Based on her years of experience in handling small business compliance, Evette was appointed to serve as a member of South Carolina’s Small Business Regulatory Review Committee, which is charged with reviewing and supporting or challenging proposed regulations that might impact small businesses’ ability to start-up, operate effectively or grow within the state.
Evette has always been passionate about and focused on improving educational performance in the community, assisting the elderly and the young – especially those facing illness, and helping small- and women-owned businesses. She serves on the boards of directors of the St Francis Foundation (affiliated with Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital) and the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO), where she is also an emeritus member of the state legislative committee.
A native of Ohio, Evette is the granddaughter of Polish immigrants. Her parents, Jennie and Emil Gajoch, were first generation Americans who taught her the value of hard work and the importance of civic duty and giving back. Evette holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in accounting from Cleveland State University.
Evette and her husband David, COO of QBS, attend Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Taylors. The Evettes have three children, Amanda, 22, Joseph, 20, and Jackson, 11.
Another wonderful CLWRW Membership Champagne Tea was enjoyed on Dec 4th at the lovely home of Sandee Wilkerson.
Thank you, Suzanne Krause, for your perfect planning, as usual.
Special thank you’s to Coroner Sabrina Gast, Sheriff Kevin Tolsen, and State Senator Wes Climer for donning aprons and making us feel extra special. Our members are very special to me. Merry Christmas!
Beautiful day at the SCFRW Legislative Day event. Our own Peggy Upchurch was acting President in Donna Gottschall’s absence. Our member, Patty Weaver Roberts enjoyed a laid-back moment on the front porch of the Governor’s Mansion with our SC First Lady Peggy McMaster and the SC First Dog Mack.
Governor Henry McMaster was welcoming and thankful for the near 200 Republican women in attendance today and all we accomplish for the local, state, and national Republicans.
Held at Lily's Bistro in Lake Wylie on April 19th, the first LTP 2021, was a huge success. Don Brown, Lisa Feeley, and Kevin Brackett were the presenters.
Be on the lookout for the next event or notify Pam Cullen at 443-223-1326 if you would like more details.
A huge thank you to Pam Cullen and Barbara Haba for their hard work on making this event a success and a big shoutout to Jerry at Lily's for his ongoing support of our community.
Lily's is located at 4547 Charlotte Hwy, Lake Wylie, SC, 29710.