The Kingwood Area Republican Women hosted Congressman Ted Poe as guest speaker at the Sept. 8 meeting.

The Blue Star Moms, a group of mothers of service men and women who are or have served in the military, were honored at the meeting.

We owe this active and patriotic group of exceptional women a tremendous amount of thanks for all they do to support our military and their families, said KARW president Betty Newton.

Before beginning his speech, Poe said he was happy to be back and, in Superman lingo, added he had been out fighting the forces of evil to seek out truth, justice and the American way.

Poe stressed the importance of the upcoming election for the Republican Party; and he urged everyone to vote for each candidate individually. He added that Texas will get three or four new Congressional seats when the Texas Legislature redistricts.

This is a major deal for Texas. To get three or four new Congressional seats is unprecedented, Poe said.

Poe recalled that during the first election in Iraq, there was a 64 percent turnout, and he reminded the group that in the best of times the voter turnout here was only 55 percent.

Voting is something Americans really dont do very well, he said. Everyone should vote its our duty as citizens.

During remarks about the responsibilities of the House of Representatives to approve government spending, Poe explained that unpopular bills can be approved after an election; and, even if a Congressman were not re-elected, he or she could still vote on bills until the end of that Legislative session

I think we need legislation that would say that the session of Congress should end on the day of the election no matter if its Republican or Democrat the day of the election, Congress is over, said Poe.

He encouraged everyone to remember Sept. 11, and to never forget that on that day, America was attacked by people who murder in the name of religion and still have not been held accountable. They need to be tried right awayand in my personal opinion, it is unwise and disrespectful to build a mosque near ground zero.

He spoke of the first responders of Sept. 11 who died so that others might live.

We have the Blue Star Moms with us tonight and their sons and daughters are serving overseas right now for us and for our country; and theyre all volunteers, Poe said. We need to all volunteer to make sure that our country belongs to the American people and not to the government.

Many well known political leaders were in attendance, including Houston City Councilman Mike Sullivan, Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez, Judge Lynn Bradshaw Hull, state representative Republican nominee Dan Huberty and Robert Scarfo, Humble ISD board of trustee member.

Blue Star Mom Katie Awe was touched by the honor KARW gave to the group.

I would like to thank the Kingwood Republican Women for their generosity and hospitality in honoring the Blue Star Moms at their September dinner and meeting at the Kingwood Country Club, said Awe. We all had a wonderful time and enjoyed listening to Congressman Ted Poe speak.My son, Captain Michael Awe, U.S. Army, is a KHS and Texas A&M graduate and is currentlystationed in Germany.