Today New Braunfels Republican Women enjoy being a part of the Republican majority leadership in the state of Texas. However, the road to accomplishing this goal has been a long one. In February of 1964, New Braunfels, as well as much of Texas, was a Democrat stronghold. According to the first president of NBRW, Roxolin Krueger, Axtell and Carol Byles encouraged the few Republicans in New Braunfels to come together and form the organization that was to become known as New Braunfels Republican Women.
The first officers of this newly formed club were Roxolin Krueger (President), Mary Margaret Dickenson (Vice President), Bucky Smith (Secretary), and Zelda Adams (Treasurer). The Board of Directors included: Jeanette Altgelt, Janelle Berger, Robbie Borchers, Carol Byles, Betty Ann Davis, Ann Karbach, Mary Keyes, Frances Lewis, Beverly Ohlrich, Ocie Ollom, Allene Wofford, and Louise Woodward. Some of these women are still active in the NBRW today.
Through the years NBRW worked hard toward meeting the original goal: to bring Republican leadership to New Braunfels, Comal County, and Texas. Four years after the founding the theme was "A Republican State in '68." In 1974, Comal County had only one Republican officeholder.
As the new millennium arrived and the local scene had turned solidly Republican, thoughts turned to assisting candidates in other areas. In 2000 a NBRW member went to the state of Washington in October to work for then Candidate George W. Bush. In 2004 NBRW had members in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida as part of the Mighty Texas Strike Force for the reelection of President Bush. At the end of the decade a sizable percentage of members helped with 17,000 calls made by Comal Co. (and the western part of Guadalupe Co.) which gave Quico Canseco a decided advantage in his successful quest to win the 23rd Congressional Seat of Texas.
On January 25, 2014 New Braunfels Republican Women celebrated their 50th Anniversary. The Guest Speaker was Mr. Rafael Cruz, Father of Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator from Texas.
Path breaking efforts also began in Caring for America projects with care gifts for solders in Iraq, collections of school supplies for needy children, gifts to Fisher House, presentation of dictionaries to third graders, two college scholarships to high school senior girls in the name of Linden Anderson, along with support for many other worthwhile projects. In May 2014, our 5th Vice President/Public Relations officer, Linda Aycock, passed suddenly and unexpectedly. NBRW put together a health fair in July 2014 to honor Linda and bring awareness to health issues that are often ignored by women and men. The health fair has steadily grown each year in size and attendance and this is also our way to give back to the community of New Braunfels which is so supportive of NBRW. The health fair is now an annual event each summer.
NBRW continues to follow the example of our Founding Members by working diligently to work for Republican victories in the November elections.
New Braunfels Republican Women advance the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government, promote the election of Republican candidates, and support the Platform of the Republican Party through active political participation, education, and cooperation among Republican Women of Texas.