President’s Message to the CARMA Membership

February, 2024



CARMA President - Terry Ricks

Dear CARMA Members and other Honorable Conservative Gentlemen,

I am thrilled to have you all as members of our Republican gentlemen’s club and I encourage you to bring your friends to our luncheons and events .  CARMA is growing along with the W-JCC Republican Committee and our other local Republican clubs.  We have delicious monthly luncheons with interesting speakers on various topics: local, state and national politics, Virginia history, local government operations, technology and lots of humor.  Our local office holders and candidates are always on our schedule.  And remember that CARMA is a respected GOP donor, honored by our local Republican leaders and the Republican Party of Virginia.

The CARMA luncheon on Thursday January 18th featured Dr. Tarron Howe as our speaker. He is an Overseer in the United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic and serves as the Sr. Pastor of United Family Worship Center in Hampton. He also serves as the full-time chaplain at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail located in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has an amazing life story and is a strong minister.

Our most recent informal happy hour was Saturday January 27th at 11:30 at the Colonial Heritage Bar and Grill in the big clubhouse.  Eight members attended and we had lunch and laughs. Artie Bornschein, who lives there with his wife Janet, initiated this meetup.  We are looking for more happy hour organizers and locations.  We do not have a regular monthly day or location so if you want to attend, please contact me and tell me when you are available and I will add you to our happy hour email list.  Time and location are emailed often with short notice.

JCC held a Community Conversation on Wed. Jan. 31st from 6-8pm at Legacy Hall.  Several CARMA members attended. County Administrator Scott Stevens and others reviewed public safety, crime stats, the future consolidation of the JCC government office center, potential trash services consolidation and takeover, and the future expensive, controversial, sports complex.  Wall slides displayed planning details, recreation offerings and life cycle income and costs.  Joe Schumacher from Congressman Wittman’s office also attended to answer questions.

Future Events…The next CARMA luncheon will be on Thursday, February 15th at 11:00 at Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant.  Our main speaker will be the informative Nate Green, the James City County Commonwealth’s Attorney since 2007.  His previous position was as a Fairfax County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney.  He attended W&M Law School and still teaches there as an Adjunct Professor.  Other attendees will make short announcements.

On Friday, February 9th from 5:30-8:30pm at the beautiful Ford’s Colony Clubhouse Ballroom, there will be the Lincoln-Reagan Banquet Dinner hosted by the WJCCRC.  There will be a cash bar and silent auction. Tickets are $75 each and sponsorships are available for more tickets.  The speaker will be Tony Williams, a nationally recognized prolific author of books and essays.  He will discuss both President Lincoln and President Reagan, their experiences, principles and legacies.  He will also discuss the U.S. Constitution as it is used and abused in today’s highly charged divisive political and dangerous world.

The next WJCCRC monthly meeting will be on Wednesday February 28th at 6pm at the main Library at 515 Scotland Street.  Visit for information about joining WJCCRC.

Contact me anytime for more information at or 202-494-8161.  Please visit our great website  Read the articles and humor and the Republican Creed.  The luncheon reservation menu form is there.  Thank you for your support.  Let’s discuss your ideas!  Bring friends.
Terry Ricks,  CARMA President     Don’t gripe … Go and FIGHT !!!

Updated - 02/06/24