Active Shooter Training

Join the Ladies Leading Right for August’s general meeting featuring Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Learn how to survive an Active Shooter situation. We hope you never need to use this training.

6:00 – Meet & Greet
6:30 – Meeting

Thursday, August 15th  @ Personal Touch Banquet & Catering
1530 Santa Barbara Blvd • Cape Coral, FL 33991

Dinner includes: Strawberry Almond Spinach Salad w/balsamic vinaigrette, Hawaiian Chicken, Teriyaki Meatballs, Corn on the Cob,
White Rice, Hawaiian Sweet Rolls w/Butter
Coffee Service
Dessert: Cool Whip and Fresh Fruit
Cash bar

Please be kind to our venue and reserve your seat in advance!

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Though online reservations are highly preferred, you may also reserve your seat by contacting our reservations team. *Please note that a reservation made is a reservation paid unless cancelled by Tuesday,  August 13th.

For a limited time we will be offering visitors an opportunity to check out RWCCF. We would like folks from the community to find out what we are about.  Therefore, we are offering  an opportunity to attend a meeting, participate in networking with like-minded ladies leading right (and men too), meet your elected officials, and listen to our keynote speakers without the food purchase. This value is only $5 and only for a limited time.

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Partisan vs Non-Partisan Elections

Having moved to Cape Coral almost seven years ago, I experienced non-partisan city government elections for the first time in my voting life.  I found this odd, but tried to remain open- minded…initially. That did not last long. There is definitely much drama in partisan elections, but I have never seen the drama I have witnessed in the past seven years of elections in Cape Coral, Fl. Personally, I have had my fill of it. From my experience, I find partisan elections much more direct and clear (though no election will ever be drama free). Though there are crazy candidates on both sides of the aisle, these non-partisan elections seem to provide more than their fair share of unhinged, unvetted, unqualified candidates and elected officials!

I wish Democrats and Republicans were not so far apart on basic core values, but we are. And if you are a political hound who registers to vote as either a D or R you have made a personal values statement; big government (D) vs. limited government (R), hand out (D) vs. hand up (R).  I could go on and on. I want to know who my conservative choices are in any election where an individual wants my vote to govern my family and me, to make decisions about quality of life issues or how my hard-earned tax dollars are spent. This is exactly what city government does.  Though many issues may seem non-partisan on the face, the means by which to resolve issues are value-based.  Partisanship matters!

There are many ways to determine the values of a person or candidate. I recognize that partisanship is only one of those ways. We have all experienced a candidate who has betrayed the values they promised to uphold once in office. But that goes to misrepresentation and the integrity of that person. The easy answer is to hold them accountable with your vote. But if you are a conservative, and vote for a declared liberal and they go forward to exhibit different values than you…well, what did you expect? Basically, you got what you bargained for.

Another issue with non-partisan elections is there does not seem to be professional vetting done on the candidates. This takes us back to the crazy-factor identified in the first paragraph. Professional vetting costs money, which requires party support in small, city elections. City level campaigns have small budgets and generally do limited opposition research on their opponent(s). Rarely do they find the erratic work experience, major gaps of time, fake or exaggerated past position claims, tax liens or criminal activities in other states, etc. These are basic issues a national background investigation would uncover by any competent human resources director. Are candidates not applying for a job?

For many, non-partisan elections are partisan anyway. They immediately identify the folks from their affiliated party and start the elimination process from there. Others, the NPA’s and independents, though may have left or right leanings, start the elimination process in a different place. Regardless, we all have the right to know as much as possible about the folks who need our vote and wish to govern us. I agree that the need to take care of veterans should be a non-partisan issue. But values dictate decisions.  We have seen this again and again. If required to choose between funding tax-payer abortions or veterans projects, the values of the individual will guide that decision. If tasked to find money for new bike paths, the values of the individual will be the difference in levying a new tax or cutting the fat in an existing budget. Values matter! Partisanship matters!

This “non-partisan” fiasco in Cape Coral is a means by which leaders of days gone by attempted to force upon the citizens a structure of non-partisanship, of hiding affiliations and values “for the good of the people”. They decided what we need or do not need to know. What about the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America? Did Cape Coral somehow become exempt from it? I see no place in this founding document that states when a person chooses to run for elected office in the city of Cape Coral they must forego their personal rights and must stay quiet about certain affiliations.

It smells of secrecy and coverups. They are banking on most of the people not investigating or not knowing what the candidates’ values are, and if they do show up to vote, their ballot will not inform them of those values.  This gives the candidate who shows up first in the alphabet on the ballot an edge with this uninformed group of voters. Wouldn’t it be better to at least allow them to know what party and core values the candidates claim to be affiliated with?

Why the secrecy? Why can’t we be completely up-front about our elections in Cape Coral? Who and what is to gain from hiding party affiliation? Is it fear that one party would suffer due to the demographics of the area? Oh well, that is how the cookie crumbles. Time to pull up our big boy/girl pants and recognize that we are an information driven society. It is better to be honest and upfront with the information than to shroud it in a dark cloud of secrecy?  I can assure you, people like me will pick at this scab of secrecy until it bleeds profusely. Partisanship is not everything, but it is SOMETHING and should not be hidden.

Women of Distinction Event

Women of Distinction event – first of its kind in Lee County

WOD Finalists

Cape Coral, FL (April 11, 2017) — The Republican Women of Cape Coral, Federated (RWCCF) held their inaugural Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony at the Lake Kennedy Community Center on Friday April 7, 2017.

The sold-out event celebrated six women of Lee County as role models and highlighted their accomplishments and contributions to the community.  The award winners included business professionals, a public official, an educator and a student.  The group ranged in age, profession and community involvement.

The 2017 Women of Distinction are:  Rana Erbrick, Mary Hess, Robin Dawn Ryan, Shannon Treece, Sally Jackson and Connie Ramos-Williams.  Ramos-Williams was also chosen as the first Woman of Year by the event’s planning committee.

The event also served as a fundraiser.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the group’s Caring for America projects which include veteran issues such as training rescue dogs for veterans with PTSD.   “We surpassed all our goals with this event” says Missi Lastra, RWCCF President.  “The success of this event has allowed us to provide our first scholarship to a local youth at the Mayor’s Scholarship Dinner later this month.”  The event served as an outreach effort for the new club whose mission is to educate and inform residents of the candidates and issues that affect our daily lives.

The Republican Women of Cape Coral Federated are the “Ladies Leading Right” in Cape Coral.   The group was chartered in April, 2016 with 11 members.   The group is part of the National Federation of Republican Women and the Florida Federation of Republican Women.  The group meets every third Thursday at Personal Touch Catering Banquet Room on Santa Barbara Boulevard.   The meetings include dinner and topical speakers.   For more information go to or email

Nominations for ‘Women of Distinction’ sought

The Ladies Leading Right are seeking nominations for those amazing women in your life who our making our local community a better place through their time, talent and leadership.  The Cape Coral Daily Breeze wrote a nice article on this amazing program that culminates in a gala to celebrate Women of Distinction.

Read the full article here.

Letter from the President – September

My daughter served her country in the U.S. Army and my grandfather in the U.S. Navy in WWII. I am in awe of their service and so grateful to them both.  I know each of you have the same stories either of your own service or that of a friend or family member.  I am in awe of all those who serve in such a selfless way to preserve our freedoms.

Many of you serve your community in other ways as well.  Either through your church, community organization, or charity.  Some serve through their jobs, such as elected officials, pastors, funeral directors, 1st responders, directors of non-profits, etc.

Another way to serve is to selflessly dedicate a little time each week over the next two months to make sure we elect the right candidates to office who will fight to protect our freedoms and liberties, and those of our children, grandchildren and generations to come. This is the most important election of our lifetime.

This is how I serve. I am asking each of you to join me over the next 60 days. We can make a difference in our City, County, State and Country. Let’s paint our Country RED!

Thank you,
Missi Lastra
President, RWCCF


Results – Straw Poll Results from Candidate Final Pitch

Many candidates running for various offices joined the Ladies Leading Right for what may be their final pitch to RWCCF. A full straw poll was conducted including all Republican candidates’ running for office, along with amendments that directly affect Cape Coral residents. Though many races were close, the winners are as follows:

Lee County Judge GR 4 (non-partisan) – Leah Harwood

Lee County School Board District 6 (non-partisan) –  Don Armstrong

Lee County School Board District 7 (non-partisan) – Chris Quackenbush

Republican State Committeewoman – Doris Cortese

Republican State Committeeman – Chris Crowley

Lee County Supervisor of Elections (non-partisan) – Carmen S. Salome

Lee County Sheriff – Stephanie Eller

Florida Senate – Lizbeth Benacquisto

U.S. Congress District 19 – Francis Rooney

U.S. Senate – Marco Rubio

Amendment 4 – Yes

Talking Points on Governor Mike Pence


Governor Mike Pence is a lifelong Hoosier with legal, small business, and public policy experience. He was elected the 50th Governor of the State of Indiana in 2012 and inaugurated January 14, 2013. Pence was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, where he graduated from Columbus North High School. He graduated from Hanover College in 1981 and earned his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in 1986.

Prior to his election as governor, Pence represented portions of eastern Indiana in the United States House of Representatives for more than a decade. During his time in Congress, Pence served in leadership roles as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee and Chairman of the House Republican Conference. As a Member of Congress, Pence developed a reputation as an advocate for limited government, fiscal discipline, a strong national defense, and traditional family values. He and his wife of 31 years, Karen, have three adult children: Michael (25), Charlotte (23), and Audrey (22).

  • Governor Pence is an excellent choice to serve as Mr. Trump’s Vice President – his successful record of job creation and conservative governance make him the perfect person to help unite the Republican party and defeat Hillary Clinton.
  • Governor Pence is an experienced public servant and a job-creating conservative whose policies have led to the longest period of uninterrupted job growth in Indiana’s history.
  • Trump-Pence is a job-creating ticket, whose wealth of knowledge and experience will get middle-class families thriving again.
  • Mr. Trump and Governor Pence’s winning ideas are in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton, whose plans to help American families are merely more of the failed Obama policies which have sent debt skyrocketing and paychecks slumping.
  • The Trump-Pence ticket’s vision for prosperity and security makes it clear that the Republican Party is the only party prepared to lead an American turnaround.
  • Governor Pence has been a consistent fighter for sound fiscal policies. While in Congress, he co-sponsored legislation reforming earmarks, which sought to rein in wasteful, pork-barrel spending.
  • Governor Pence was the leader of the conservative caucus in Congress and led opposition to out of control spending within his own party.
  • Governor Pence helped turn around Indiana, attracting investors and creating over 150,000 private sector jobs by signing into law the largest tax cut in state history.
  • Because of Governor Pence’s conservative economic policies the state has been named the fifth best overall state in the country for job growth, and turned Indiana’s unemployment rate around from 8.4% to under 5%.
  • Under Governor Pence’s watch, Indiana enacted the largest K-12 education funding in state history, Indiana’s test scores and graduation rates were the seventh highest in the nation, and children in the state outpace national averages at every level.
  • Governor Pence expanded Indiana’s choice scholarship program to more than 32,000 low-and-middle-income Hoosier students, while also ensuring that test results did negatively impact public school teacher compensation and budgets.
  • Governor Pence’s faith and strong Christian values are what drive him to public service.
  • Governor Pence signed “Jenny’s Law”, extending the statute of limitations for filing rape charges in the State of Indiana and ensured $5 million in new funding ($12 million in total) for domestic violence prevention and treatment.
  • Indiana was among the first states to allow our National Guard to carry firearms at all recruiting stations. Now, those who defend our freedom have the ability to defend themselves.
  • One of Governor Pence’s priorities has been to create good jobs for our veterans. Since 2013, Indiana has gone from 31st in the nation for veteran’s unemployment to the 2nd lowest.
  • While in Congress, Governor Pence served on the House Foreign Affairs committee and visited troops overseas every year he was in office.
  • Indiana has become a true innovator in delivering world class healthcare to its citizens with state-based solutions for state-based issues.
  • Governor Pence led the charge to combat the scourge of drug addiction in Indiana by creating a task force on drug enforcement, treatment and prevention, increasing mandatory minimum sentences for the most serious of drug offenders, and providing $30 million over two years to focus on extending treatment and prevention options.
  • Governor Pence is a strong supporter of strengthening immigration laws to protect our borders.
  • Governor Pence has voted in favor of border security and for new visa rules ensuring employers are hiring American workers first.
  • As our nation’s infrastructure crumbles after decades of neglect, Indiana’s has been drastically improved. Under Governor Pence, Indiana substantially increased funding for infrastructure every year since 2013, without raising taxes.
  • Under Governor Pence’s leadership, Indiana was named the “Best Business Climate in the Midwest” and the 5th “Best Business Climate In America” by Chief Executive Magazine.
  • Salesforce has committed to investing more than $40 million, create up to 800 high-wage jobs.
  • Subaru committed to making a $140 million investment and create 1,200 new jobs.
  • Amazon announced plans to add more than 2,000 jobs in Indiana.
  • Indiana’s per capita disposable income ranks in the top ten in the nation (9th), adjusted for cost of housing, up five places from 2012, before Governor Pence.
  • So far in 2016, jobs attracted by the state have an average wage 27% higher than state’s average.
  • 34,000 fewer Hoosiers are unemployed since Mike Pence became governor.
  • Governor Pence has reduced the tax burden on Hoosier job creators by over $300 million since 2013.
  • Governor Pence was awarded the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” by the National Taxpayers’ Union
  • Governor Pence received the “Spirit of Enterprise” Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce every year he was in Congress.
  • He was awarded the “Guardian of Small Business” by National Federation of Independent Business.
  • 100% lifetime score from the Americans For Tax Reform
  • 100% lifetime score from National Right to Life Committee
  • 100% lifetime score from Federation of American Immigration Reform
  • 99% lifetime score from Club For Growth
  • 96% lifetime score from Family Research Council Action Fund
  • 89% lifetime score from FreedomWorks
  • “A” rating from the National Rifle Association

Congressional Debate, District 19 Straw Poll Results


LRWC and RWCCF joined together to co-host a Congressional Debate for District 19.  1st VP Rana Erbrick and Jeff Cohen of planned and executed an informative and civil debate. Candidates Dan Bongino, Chauncey Goss and Francis Rooney were all in attendance. Straw poll results are as follows:

Winner – Francis Rooney, 29 votes

2nd Place – Chauncey Goss, 22 votes

3rd Place – Dan Bongino, 13 votes

Great job candidates and good luck with the election on August 30th!