President’s Message to the CARMA Membership

February, 2023


CARMA President - Terry Ricks

Dear CARMA Gentlemen,

Our January 19th speaker was Sheriff David Hardin.  He has been a loyal CARMA member for years.  The Sheriff reviewed key 2022 and 2023 local law enforcement initiatives within the city and county.  He provided stories about common crimes in our area such as car thefts and email/telephone scammers; and he explained what should be done to prevent and to react to such crimes. Shootings have increased and marijuana impaired drivers are more common. He is up for re-election next November, so please offer to help him and donate to his campaign.

The next CARMA luncheon will be on Thursday, February 16th at the highly rated Giuseppe’s Restaurant.  Download your reservation form from the website and mail it with your check to the CARMA PO box.  Our speakers will be two WJCC School Board candidates:  Daniel Cavazos (Roberts) and Michael Hosang (Stonehouse), and our third speaker will be Cameron Boone, candidate for the JCC Commissioner of Revenue.  

At the March 16th CARMA luncheon, our speaker will be Michael Lavin, the well qualified Director of Collections and Conservation at Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation.  JRF is affiliated with Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and is also led by Dr. William Kelso, the Jamestown Fort archaeologist.

Events:  The January WJCCRC meeting on January 25 at the Powhatan Creek Settlement Clubhouse was very well attended.  Chairman Tye Lageman reviewed 2022 activities, the committee strong finances, current 2023 candidates, their petitions, early voting campaigns and promotions, and the neighborhood leaders project.

The next WJCCRC meeting will be Wednesday February 22nd at 6pm .  Please join the committee and attend our meetings at the Powhatan Creek Settlement Clubhouse. Our local Republican Committee meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday. Visit for information and to join.  And the ever popular Breakfast Club, is continuing to meet every Tuesday morning at 8am at Sandy’s Pancakes Restaurant on Richmond Road.

CommentsWe are all glad to hear about: Gov. Youngkin’s tax cut promotions: the fight against electricity rate increases; and the demand for education standards and improvements.  Also Lt. Gov. Sears’ fundraising success among small donors, the push for parents to be able to use state funds for private schooling, and the focus on elections integrity.  Also, Attorney General Miyares’ criticism of our state’s parole board members’ unlawful actions, as well as crazy civil rights violations at Virginia high schools associated with high achievement score announcements. 

Applause Deserved:  George Spalthoff, our gifted IT Guru, spent many hours repairing our website/network software.  Jeff Smith, aka Dr. Sawdust, created a solid walnut CARMA podium top for us.  Tom Phillips continues to recruit new members. Art Garrison is being very successful identifying and scheduling the many interesting speakers that we will hear during 2023.  Jim Brittain is always helping Del. Amanda Batten and his wife, Dayle, who is Amanda’s Aide.

The Energy War on Consumers (source: CRC).  Heating bills, natural gas, crude oil and electricity costs are all increasing at an alarming rate. Be glad we don’t live in Canada or Germany.  They are freezing.  The Green New Deal schedule is impossible.  The mandated electrification cannot be supplied without coal, gas, and oil.  The many shelves full of Green New Deal requirements and their associated technology costs are making China even richer.

Contact me anytime at: or 202-494-8161.

Thank you for your fellowship and support.

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Terry Ricks,  CARMA President