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 www.ladiesleadingright.com or email ladiesleadingright@gmail.com

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 CapeCoral.com 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!


Letter from the President

Republican Women of Cape Coral, Federated was a vision in the minds of a handful of amazing ladies.  We dreamt of this extraordinary group of strong ladies (and gentlemen) that would offer an inclusive environment for like-minded Republicans from all backgrounds, holding diverse yet conservative viewpoints and willing to step up and lead our local community to preserve conservative values and support Republican leaders in our beautiful paradise – Cape Coral.

An incredible thing happened when Cape Coral folks, some old friends and many new ones, “showed up” on April 14th to take part in this movement. And I call on each of you to continue to “show up” with a friend, neighbor or co-worker that like you, love this city, this state, this country and desire to make a difference.

I promise to endeavor to provide and sustain an inclusive environment of education, inspiration and motivation for our membership. Together we can make a difference in our community. Together we will blaze the path to paint Cape Coral red!

Missi Lastra
RWCCF President