By Don Bolding
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON – In a pilot project to capture the spirit of Independence Day, the Central Texas Republican Women set up a voter registration table and a bake sale to raise money for civic activities Friday on the route of the Belton Fourth of July Parade.
Both were on the lawn of the 138-year-old residence of Wes and Aida Riddle at 410 N. Main St.
"I think it was really a success," said CTRW president Nancy Mayer of Maxdale. "We registered eight voters – and we weren't trying to reach Republicans or Democrats, just unregistered voters – and five or six others took forms with them to give to newcomers and others they knew. At the sale table, we sold all our pies and all our brownies. We made over $300.
"We also signed up five new members for our organization."
Chairperson of the event was finance chair Wanda Slye of Belton, who said the group registers new voters all the time, but this was the first time they held an event at the parade.
Bake sale proceeds will go into a fund for various purposes, including scholarships awarded to a young man and a young woman each year.
"We also buy books for elementary schools and for colleges," Mayer said. "We donate to Caring for America projects including Ronald McDonald Houses and the Warriors in Transition program. This afternoon, in fact, we're delivering some books and magazines to the VA medical center in Temple."
She said, "Some of these are for patients, but we're trying to do something for the families who wait for their veterans countless hours.
"There are many ways Caring for America projects help our schoolchildren, veterans and others. We always need money for them. We thought of the voter registration table here first and then decided to make a fundraiser of the day as well."
The group draws women from an area roughly from Copperas Cove to eastern Bell County. Mayer said Salado has a Republican women's group of its own.