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October 24th, 2019

Speaker: Pete Peterson, Braun Family Dean of Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy

Prior to his current position, Pete Peterson was the executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement at the School. Peterson co-created and currently co-facilitates the training seminar "Public Engagement: The Vital Leadership Skill in Difficult Times," a program that has been attended by over 2,500 municipal officials around the country.

In 2017, Peterson launched the “American Project: On the Future of Conservatism” at Pepperdine, which convenes activists and academics to discuss and write about the American conservative movement. This work has involved Victor Davis Hanson, Charles Murray, Heather MacDonald, and Senator Mike Lee among many others.

Peterson writes widely on public engagement and the conservative movement for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle, as well as numerous blogs. He contributed the chapter "Place As Pragmatic Policy" to the edited volume, Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America (New Atlantis Books, 2014), and "Do-It-Ourselves Citizenship" in the volume, Localism in the Mass Age (Wipf & Stock, 2018).

Peterson was the Republican candidate for California Secretary of State in 2014.

 

September 25th, 2019

Speaker: Allison Olson, CFRW Legislative Advocate

Allison Olson is the Legislative Advocate for the California Federation of Republican Women. She has held this position since 2009. As part of her assignment, she tracks and analyzes California state legislation, lobbies on behalf of the CFRW, and keeps members of the Federation educated and informed about what is happening in Sacramento. When she speaks to us she will update us on the latest changes in legislation and how the changes may influence the upcoming election.

Allison majored in Political Science at UC Davis, and since that time she has remained closely connected to politics in California. In fact, prior to accepting her position with the CFRW, she was the Deputy Finance Director for the McClintock for Congress campaign. In college, she chaired the UC Davis College Republicans. She was awarded a fellowship with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in April 2007–2008. It was during this time that she studied with counter terrorism experts in Israel and Washington, D.C. She remains actively involved in defending Israel through her participation with “Stand With Us,” which is a non-profit organization that supports Israel through international education.

Allison currently resides in Davis with her husband, Rob, and their two sons, Rowan and Liam.

The CFRW Capitol Update is emailed monthly by Allison to all CFRW members. If you are not receiving this email, let me know.

June 12th, 2019

Speaker: Linda Paine, President, Election Integrity Project California, Inc.

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Linda is President and Co-Founder of Election Integrity Project California, Inc. (EIPCa). She has always had a passion for people and a deep love for America. Linda also co-founded the Tea Party group in Santa Clarita, California, and the SoCal Liberty Coalition of citizen activists.

Since January 2011, Election Integrity Project volunteers diligently researched state and county voter rolls and trained approximately 10,000 volunteers in 40 counties to observe polling locations and report observations.   

In August 2015, the California Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights held a public hearing to review EIP’s reports, civil grand jury reports, and national reports on the condition of California’s election process. Approximately 80 citizens from counties all over the state described their documentation of deterioration of the entire election process.  

In March of 2017, Linda and Ruth Weiss founded the nonprofit organization Election Integrity Project California, Inc. (EIPCa) to continue the work of the Election Integrity Project.

In December of 2017, EIPCa became the main plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the CA Secretary of State and Los Angeles County Registrar- Recorder, based on noncompliance with the NVRA requirement to ensure voter rolls are properly maintained.

In December 2018, Election Integrity Project California, Inc. signed a Settlement Agreement that requires the State to immediately begin to follow federal mandates to identify and remove deceased, those who have moved and other ineligible registrants from the voter rolls throughout California.

May 22nd, 2019

Speaker: Dottie Linden, President, California Federation of Republican Women Northern Division  

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Dottie retired from AT&T as Regional Director, Northern California. During her career of 33+ years at Pacific Bell/Pacific Telesis/AT&T, she led large organizations of 3000+ people, and was responsible for 3.5M customer contacts daily.  

She is currently the California Federation of Republican Women Northern Division President. She’s a former 2nd and 3rd Vice President CFRWND, Regional Director, and President of Sacramento Republican Women Federated and has chaired several committees. Her personal mission is to help the leadership teams to strengthen and grow the organization by being Informed, Involved and Impactful! She is determined to engage and share the knowledge and experience gained as a member of the National Federation of Republican Women with EVERYONE as the best way to overcome voter ignorance and apathy.  

In addition to advocating for Republican causes and candidates, Dottie has also been involved with other community activities including the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento, a shelter for abused and neglected kids. She has served as President of the Home’s Board of Directors, and of the CRH Guild. She continues to advocate on behalf of the kids at the Home, serving on the Community Council, SPROUTS Advisory Board, and helping on various fundraising efforts which benefit the CRH kids.

Dottie and her husband Ralph live in Roseville. They love traveling, social and family activities, including her passions for cooking and entertaining.

April 24th, 2019

"Plant Our Conservative Seeds"
MRWF presents our Annual Fundraiser
To Benefit Our Conservative Educational Projects and Youth Outreach MRWF Community Projects

LUNCHEON * SILENT AUCTION * WHITE ELEPHANT SALE

March 28th, 2019

Speaker: Sally Zelikovsky, Political Commentator, Activist, and Writer

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Sally lived in Marin for 14 years before returning to her native New Jersey in 2014.  While raising her children in Marin, Sally got involved with the Marin GOP for a short time as an alternate, then started a private, conservative group to discuss politics that ultimately morphed into the San Francisco Tea Party and Bay Area Patriots.  Sally quickly became an unofficial spokesperson for all things republican and conservative in the Bay Area, and a go-to political commentator for the San Francisco media. She published prolifically in American Thinker, The Marin IJ, The Washington Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Thoughtful Women.   Her goal during the Tea Party years was to form a coalition among the various conservative groups in the Bay Area in order to give this minority a stronger presence, to present conservative points of view to the public in thoughtful ways and, most importantly, to give voice to the thousands of Bay Area conservatives who had been marginalized over the decades.

Sally has lived in Switzerland, Germany, and Russia, and has a degree in Economics and German from Washington University, a JD from Northwestern, and an LLM. from Columbia.  

She will speak to MRWF on her favorite topic. You will quickly be drawn into the issues we confront as fascinating and terrifying strides in technology change the cultural, political, and economic landscape.

 

February 20th, 2019

Speaker: Mary Owens, Principal, Owens Estate & Wealth Strategies Group

Three years ago Mary spoke to MRWF about the jobs crisis caused by lack of trades-education in our schools. Her experience in her industry and her public service as mayor of Auburn, CA give her a unique perspective on public policy issues.

Mary has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, which gives her the skills and knowledge to help clients with any type of question or issue ranging from investments to insurance, taxation to real estate. 

She holds Bachelor of Science Degrees cum laude in Economics and Business Administration from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA and a Master of Science Degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA and is a Certified Public Accountant. She also holds her California Community College lifetime teaching credential, which reflects her passion for client education.

Mary has started two companies which trade publicly today. She started an international special risk insurance company where she held the prestigious position as Chief Operations and Financial Officer. Mary also owned and oversaw the growth of a regional professional accounting firm. She also served as the Branch Manager for UBS Financial Services in Grass Valley, CA before deciding to form her own practice.

Mary offers discretionary asset management, estate and wealth planning, strategic liquidity analysis, business succession planning, comprehensive financial planning and tactical portfolio management. Mary believes that providing guidance and solutions to life’s transitional issues creates stability in life’s ever-changing landscape.   

January 23rd, 2019

Speaker: Rear Admiral John W. Bitoff, United States Navy Retired

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Our speaker donned a uniform at age 17 and retired it at age 55. His service began at the end of the Korean War, went through the Cuban Missile crisis, the Vietnam War, and concluded at the end of the First Gulf War. He spent 14 years in sea-going assignments, including command of destroyers, and as an admiral, command of the combat logistics ships in the Pacific Fleet. He completed graduate study in International Relations and Human Resources Management. His most significant Washington assignment was Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He later served as the Director of Plans and Policy on the staff of the Commander in Chief U.S Forces in Europe. During this assignment the admiral was responsible for designing the implementation modalities for the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with the Soviet Union.

In the wake of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, he led the Navy’s rescue and recovery effort in the greater Bay Area with more than 10,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel. In the early 1990s he was charged with integrating women aboard ships in the U.S. Third Fleet.  Upon retirement in 1992, he was appointed Director of Emergency Services for the City and County of San Francisco, where he was responsible for the coordination of police, fire, and emergency medical services.

November 14th, 2018

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Speaker: Joanie Greggains, the Bay Area’s noted Health and Fitness Expert

Joanie Greggains, popular host of The Joanie Greggains Show on KGO Radio for 25 years, is known for her long-running TV exercise show Morning Stretch.

Joanie's 25+ years of representing health and fitness in the media have made her one of the more trusted and respected sources of information today.  She is always up-to-date with the latest trends and information and brings you legitimate information about maintaining good health. Her book Fit Happens is available on Amazon; its advice is as relevant now as it was the day she published it.

Joanie believes in the value of education. Her goal is to teach you how to make well-informed choices so that you can take charge of your own health. She believes that "Fitness isn't a job or an obligation; it's the natural result of making good, positive lifestyle choices every day."

Join us to get your questions answered by the expert!  Stress and Humor - what a pair for these times we live in!

October 17th, 2018 

Speaker: Allison Olson, CFRW Legislative Advocate

Allison Olson is the Legislative Advocate for the California Federation of Republican Women. She has held this position since 2009. As part of her assignment, she tracks and analyzes California state legislation, lobbies on behalf of the CFRW, and keeps members of the Federation educated and informed about what is happening in Sacramento. When she speaks to us she will update us on the latest changes in legislation and how the changes may influence the upcoming election.

Allison majored in Political Science at UC Davis, and since that time she has remained closely connected to politics in California. In fact, prior to accepting her position with the CFRW, she was the Deputy Finance Director for the McClintock for Congress campaign. In college, she chaired the UC Davis College Republicans. She was awarded a fellowship with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in April 2007–2008. It was during this time that she studied with counter terrorism experts in Israel and Washington, D.C. She remains actively involved in defending Israel through her participation with “Stand With Us,” which is a non-profit organization that supports Israel through international education.

Allison currently resides in Davis with her husband, Rob, and their two sons, Rowan and Liam.

The CFRW Capitol Update is emailed monthly by Allison to all CFRW members. If you are not receiving this email, let me know.

June 13th, 2018 

Speaker:  June Gilliam

Socio-communism has been tried for more than 100 years by hundreds of millions of people, and the results are always the same: death, destruction, and despair.

Besides terrorism, a major threat facing America today is the infiltration of socio-communism. Silently and effectively, it has eroded the foundation of America through systematic attacks on our education system, economy, morality, and traditional culture. As our nation is horribly divided, it is vital for all of us to recognize this new form of evil in order to win this battle.

Born and raised in the largest city of China--Shanghai, Ms. June Gilliam graduated from one of the top universities where she became a member of the communist party. In 1998 she came to the U.S. hoping to advance her career. She has been involved in public speech to offer honest insights of China and to raise awareness of China’s Human Rights issues since 2008.

In addition to her public involvement, Ms. Gilliam has a Master’s degree in Management of Information Systems. She has been working for a Fortune 100 company in Silicon Valley for the past 17 years as a business operations management professional. Ms. Gilliam is an avid world traveler, a leisure sailor, and a hard-core hiker. She currently resides in Santa Cruz with her husband and two young children.

May 23rd, 2018  

Speaker:  Debbie Bacigalupi, Property Rights Activist, Radio Host and Writer

Debbie Bacigalupi is the proud daughter of Californian cattle ranchers.  She is in-demand throughout the west as an educational speaker and radio guest on pressing topics like Agenda 21, Sustainable Development, Regionalism, the One Bay Area Plan, the 2030 Agenda, the New Urban Agenda, Global Warming, Cap and Trade, property rights, California agriculture, dams, water rights, “conservation,” and other related issues. 

She has participated in high profile, international environmental conferences focusing on issues like climate change, cap and trade, and endangered species, and has co-produced documentaries - BlueNo Water No Farmer No Food, and Wolves in Government Clothing. These focus on how aggressive environmental policy is harming rural America.  In October 2017, she started her own weekly radio program RADIO ACTIVE WEDNESDAY (8:00am - 10:00am PT) with expert guests, broadcast on TheMicroEffect.com.  She is a co-producer of The Red Pill Expo, with author/speaker G. Edward Griffin. 

Discouraged by the erosion of rural America, Debbie ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.  Ms. Bacigalupi holds a BS degree in Business and a Masters in Business Administration.  She is a Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Sommelier.  Her entrepreneurial spirit and desire to fund her passion to free rural America and change lives through education inspired her to open her own business with Rodan+Fields (dbacigalupi.myrandf.biz). Debbie Bacigalupi is Ambassador-at-Large for Technocracy.News and travels extensively as an invited speaker on the above issues. 

April 25th, 2018  

“New Beginnings”
MRWF presents our Annual Fundraiser
To Benefit Sonoma Fire Victims & MRWF Community Projects

     

For our Honored Guest
Betsy and Rusty Dillon
of Glen Ellen

Masters of Ceremonies Melanie Morgan and Joanie Greggains
LUNCHEON * FLOOR SHOW * SILENT AUCTION * DRAWINGS
Entertainment by the Dana & Doug Duo

March 28th, 2018  

Naweed Tahmas

Speaker: Naweed Tahmas, Vice President, UC Berkeley College Republicans

Naweed Tahmas is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, and serves as the Vice President of the UC Berkeley College Republicans.  Recent planned events with Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro, spearheaded by Naweed, gained international attention when the University imposed a series of unconstitutional restrictions essentially shutting them down after much publicized riots broke out following an earlier Berkeley College Republican event.  

Naweed reached out to powerhouse attorney and RNC committeewoman Harmeet Dhillon and took the university to court. This lawsuit—intended to reinstate the free speech rights of all students at UC Berkeley— has now been backed by U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his Justice Department. The aggressive legal challenge to the university behemoth sent campus administrators into full retreat. The war is far from over, but conservatives are winning the fight.  

As a conservative student in Berkeley, Naweed faces routine attacks and threats for holding conservative viewpoints at the most liberal university in the nation.  

Naweed has been featured by numerous media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox. He also currently serves as the Bay Area Chair for the California College Republicans and helps other conservative students from around the nation fight for their First Amendment rights on their university campuses.  

February 28th, 2018  

Travis Allen

Speaker:  Travis Allen, Assemblyman and Candidate for Governor of California 

A long-time resident of Huntington Beach, Assemblyman Travis Allen was first elected to the State Assembly in November of 2012 to represent the 72nd Assembly District in Southern California.  As a State Assemblyman, Allen has fought for lower taxes, safer communities, better roads, and better schools.    

 For over 20 years, Allen has operated his own small business as a Certified Financial Planner, concentrating on investing and building secure retirements for working families, retirees, and local business owners. Assemblyman Allen saw the damage done to the portfolios of his hard-working clients by government overregulation and bad policies. He has seen firsthand businesses that have been forced to relocate to other states, taking their jobs with them. Seeing this repeat itself too many times, Assemblyman Allen became politically active to help small businesses by fighting for job creating policies.  

Travis Allen has a lifelong history of giving back to his community. He has given his time and resources to many charitable and community causes, including helping the homeless of Orange County with the Orange County Rescue Mission and supporting the Christian and Jewish communities.   

He knows that if we work together California can once again be a state that has the best schools, safe neighborhoods, and thriving small businesses and communities where hard-working families can afford to live. 

 Join us and meet this candidate. Get your questions answered about his vision for our state.

 

January 24th, 2018  

Sally lived in Marin for 14 years before returning to her native New Jersey in 2014. While raising her children in Marin, Sally got involved with the Marin GOP for a short time as an alternate, then started a private, conservative group to discuss politics that ultimately morphed into the San Francisco Tea Party and Bay Area Patriots. Sally quickly became an unofficial spokesperson for all things Republican and conservative in the Bay Area and a go-to political commentator for the San Francisco media.  She published prolifically in the American Thinker, the Marin IJ, the Washington Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Thoughtful Women.

Her goal during the Tea Party years was to form a coalition among various conservative groups in the Bay Area in order to give this minority a stronger presence, to present conservative points of view to the public in thoughtful ways, and most importantly, to give voice to the thousands of Bay Area conservatives who had been marginalized over the decades.

Sally has lived in Switzerland, Germany, and Russia, and has a degree in Economics and German from Washington University, a JD from Northwestern, and an LLM from Columbia University.  She will speak to MRWF on her favorite topic - Technology and Your Political Future.  You quickly will be drawn into the issues we confront as fascinating and terrifying strides in technology change the cultural, political, and economic landscape.  

November 15th, 2017       

Joanie Greggains

Speaker: Joanie Greggains, the Bay Area’s noted Health and Fitness expert

Joanie Greggains, popular host of The Joanie Greggains Show on KGO Radio for 25 years is known for her long-running TV exercise show, Morning Stretch.

Joanie's 25+ years of representing health and fitness in the media have made her one of the most trusted and respected sources of information today.  She is always up-to-date with the latest trends and brings you legitimate information about maintaining good health. 

Joanie believes in the value of education.  Her goal is to teach you how to make well-informed choices so that you can take charge of your own health.  She believes that "Fitness isn't a job or an obligation; it's the natural result of making good, positive lifestyle choices every day."

October 18th, 2017

Speaker:   John Cox, 2018 Candidate for California Governor     

Conservative Republican John Cox is an attorney, C.P.A. and millionaire venture capitalist who has announced his run to become governor of California.  Raised by a single mom, his biography is fascinating.  On social media, John describes himself as a businessman, government reform advocate and a Jack Kemp-style Republican. He has, in the past 35 years, established and built four businesses which now employ over 100 people and have assets of over $200 million. He moved to California in 2008.

In addition to running for Governor, Mr. Cox is mounting a new initiative to restore the balance of power to citizens in California.  He is the driving force behind an amendment to the California state constitution called the California Citizens Legislature Initiative.  Its aim is to redrawn all the legislative districts in the state, subdividing them so as to dramatically increase local citizen participation in government.

Cox is on the San Diego USO board, works with the San Diego Restorative Justice Mediation Project, and is a member of the Lincoln Club.

Cox was active in the Illinois Republican Party prior to moving to California. He mounted campaigns in the early part of the last decade against incumbents for an Illinois U.S. Congressional seat and a Senate seat.

Please join us and get your questions answered by this 2018 candidate for California Governor.

September 27th, 2017

Speakers:   

Judge Steven Bailey, 2018 Candidate for CA Attorney General
Allison Olson, CFRW Legislative Advocate


Steven Bailey: Why I am running for CA Attorney General      

Judge Steven Bailey presides as a Superior Court Judge in El Dorado County, California where he has been effective in protecting California families. Prior to taking the bench in 2008, he had a successful law practice for 18 years, and served as a Juvenile Judge for four years. He brings a wide breadth of experience to his offer to serve as Attorney General. He has adjudicated cases in human trafficking, criminal activity, domestic violence, mental illness, family law, and elder abuse. He brought the Veterans Court to El Dorado County to foster a better understanding of the issues embroiling this population, the effect of drug use in children and adults, and how the use impacts the local community.

 

Allison is our CFRW Legislative Advocate, our “eyes and ears” at the State Legislature. The CFRW Advocacy Program, working with Republican legislators, has evolved into an effective voice for women involved in government. The program has enabled us to influence legislation, seat many women in pivotal appointments, and make our presence felt. The Legislature will be wrapping up its session when Allison comes to speak to us, so she will discuss the bills they passed and those they did not pass, and what is on the Governor’s desk to sign. The fate of approximately 800 bills will be decided in the next two months!

June, 2017

NOVATO  ADVANCE - WEEK OF JUNE 21, 2017

FEATURED STORY: Donation to St. Vincent School for Boys Residential Homes Improvement

By Cari Lynn Pace
Marinscope Newspapers

St. Vincent’s School for Boys has been a San Rafael landmark since 1855 when Timothy Murphy donated land to build the center. You can glimpse the beautiful tall spires of the church fronting the property beyond the cow pastures and eucalyptus trees west of 101.

St. Vincent’s is a high-level non-profit treatment center. They house abused and neglected boys ages 7 to 17 who have been referred by the Bay Area’s social services departments. The facility is the boys’ healing place, offering schooling, counseling support, and a welcoming home for its 50 young residents.

“St. Vincent’s goal is to restore a boy’s family situation wherever possible,” says Kent Eagleson, the Director. “We provide adult counseling and help to his caregivers to achieve a reuniting into his home.”

St. Vincent’s is the only residential youth treatment center in Marin. The housing for 50 boys is in need of repair.

The Marin Republican Women, a group of 155 members (including men), tirelessly raised funds to support the refurbishing of the boys’ residences. At their June monthly meeting, President Faye Bourret presented Eagleson with the membership’s gift totaling $10,000.

“I’m so grateful for your donation,” said Eagleson “particularly since we have a matching grant from our private donors. Your $10,000 has given us $20,000 to get our project underway. It’s a wonderful start.”

For more information on the monthly meetings, speakers, and activities of the Marin Republican Women Federated go to www.MRWF.org.

Contact Cari Lynn Pace at PaceReports100@gmail.com.

May 24th, 2017

Debbie Bacigalupi

Speaker:   Debbie Bacigalupi, Senior Editor, Technocracy News

Topic:       Someone Is Taking Away Your Way Of Life    

If you believe that, what will you do about it? Does it involve your county supervisors and city council members? Debbie Bacigalupi is a California cattle rancher who is quite familiar with the questionable way the government relates to rural America.  She is noted for her educational lectures on current issues regarding rampant government intrusion into the American citizens’ way of life. She brings a unique perspective as she amplifies the meaning and progress of the Global Action Plan, “Agenda 2030”, and “Agenda 21”. She will bring us up to date on Sustainable Development, Regionalism, Cap-n -Trade (AB32 and SB375), water and water rights, property rights, dams, renewable energy, land use, conservation, agriculture, ranching and farming issues, and environmental treaties in the Western states. She will present what is happening in America right now and how an aggressive environmental policy is harming American citizens, specifically in rural America. Debbie serves as a senior editor of Technocracy News. She is their expert on Agenda 21/ Agenda 2030, the United Nations initiative which is being aggressively promoted in our country, state and county.  She will share her understanding of the overarching plan to return millions of acres of productive agricultural land to a wilderness state by driving ranchers off their property and cutting off water supplies to key farming areas.

April 26th, 2017

“Swing Into Spring”
To Benefit St. Vincent School for Boys Residential Homes  
Interior Improvement Project
Meet our Honored Guests Kent Eagleson, Director, St. Vincent School for Boys and graduates of the school and program 

LUNCHEON * FLOOR SHOW * SILENT AUCTION * RAFFLE 
Entertainment by Pacific Empire Chorus - Award Winning Sweet Adelines 

March 22nd, 2017

Paul Premo

Speaker:  Paul Premo, Citizens for Sustainable Pension Plans - Marin 

Topic:  Marin Pension Unfunded Liabilities - What Can Citizens Do Now? 

Paul Premo is a 52-year resident of Mill Valley. He worked with Chevron for 27 years, first as a Chemical Engineer (Masters from MIT) and then in management and executive positions in finance, regulatory matters, and as Secretary and Treasurer of Chevron USA.  Paul retired early from Chevron and has been consulting on energy and regulatory matters for 20+ years. He served on the Marin Civil Grand Jury as foreperson pro-tem for its 2012-2013 term. Premo has been a core group member of Citizens for Sustainable Pension Plans since 2014, and frequently comments on related pension issues in letters to editors and in comments and testimony before local governments and concerned citizens groups. He is the taxpayer representative on the Citizens Oversight Committee of Transportation Authority of Marin, a member of Marin United Taxpayers Association (MUTA), and a core group member of the newly formed Citizens for Sensible Taxation - Marin. Paul Premo will answer your questions on this very serious Marin issue of unfunded pension liabilities and how the citizens can effect change to the Marin government’s flagrant debt spending.    

February 22nd, 2017

KatyGrimes

Speaker: Melanie Morgan: Radio Talk Show Host, Author, Journalist

Topic: How to Save California in 10 Easy Steps

Melanie Morgan is an award-winning radio talk show host, author, columnist, journalist, TV anchor, and former News Director. She is known for her advocacy on behalf of the American military and defense of the War on Terror. She has been a frequent guest on many cable TV shows, including Fox News, CNN and BBC. We are fortunate that she accepted our invitation to speak and share her insights about the steps California can take to move in a positive direction. Melanie returned to the airwaves of KSRO Radio in Santa Rosa in 2014 and anchored the “Sonoma County Morning News” until just recently. Previously, she co-hosted The Brian Sussman and Melanie Morgan Show at KSFO from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. For almost 15 years, Melanie was co-host of the highly rated Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan show at KSFO and also served as a reporter for KGO-TV in San Francisco. In 2009, Talk Radio tapped her to be co-anchor of the network’s morning show, America’s Morning News in Washington, D. C. Melanie returned to California in 2010 and followed her passion for justice by helping form the nonprofit organization “International Cold Case Investigators Association”, designed to solve cold cases and track killers who have escaped throughout the years. 

January 25th, 2017

KatyGrimes

Speaker: Jan Miller - President and Co-Founder of Citizens Against Homicide

Topic: An Organization that Speaks Out in Support of Family and Friends of Homicide Victims

Jan Miller is the president and Co-Founder of Citizens Against Homicide.  CAH is a non-profit, public benefits organization based in Marin County, California.  The group supports the friends and families of homicide victims by honoring the deceased, advocating for families seeking criminal justice for the murder of their loved ones, and supporting crime legislation that keeps the citizenry safe. 

CAH was cofounded in 1994 by Jane Alexander, whose thirteen-year search for the murderer of her 88 year old aunt inspired the book CITIZEN JANE, and by Jan Miller, whose 19 year old daughter, Veronica, was murdered in 1984 in a case that remains unsolved.  By 1998, the group had become active in all 50 States and had a mailing list into the thousands. The group's membership actively assists the prosecution of murderers by writing to block the parole of convicted murderers and providing advice to families about the criminal justice system.  CAH also provides information on pending crime legislation.  Their website is www.CitizensAgainstHomicide.org.

November 9th, 2016

KatyGrimes

Speaker: Katy Grimes - Political Journalist, Quintessential Analyst and Saucy Cynic; Never a Stenographer

Topic: The Impact of the 2016 Presidential Election and California Politics

Katy Grimes, a longtime political journalist, analyst, writer and saucy cynic, will speak on the outcome of the Presidential election, and its effect on California politics. Katy is a Senior Correspondent for Flash Report, covering the California Legislature and state agency politics from the State Capitol. For the last 10 years she has worked as an investigative journalist, political columnist and news reporter for the Sacramento Union, Pacific Research Institute’s CalWatchdog Journalism Center, and Flash Report.

Currently, Katy writes for the Canada Free Press, Legal Insurrection and Reagan Baby. She has been published in the Orange County Register, Flash Report, Cal News, California Political News and Views, Fox and Hound, Human Events, and Watchdog.org. She was a regular columnist for the Sacramento Union, and has written for the Washington Examiner, the San Francisco Examiner, the Sacramento Bee, Fox News, and the Business Journal. In addition, she has been an influential political blogger since 2004, she can be heard on many talk radio shows throughout California, and fills in as the host for radio shows in Sacramento.

A native of California, Katy lives in Sacramento with her husband, Terry. Her son is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, now a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

September 21st, 2016

Speaker: Allison Olson, CFRW Legislative Advocate

Topic: An Up-To-The-Minute Analysis of Ballot Measures and Current Legislation

Allison Olson is the Legislative Advocate for the California Federation of Republican Women. She has held this position for seven years, beginning in 2009. As part of her assignment, she tracks and analyzes California state legislation, lobbies on behalf of the CFRW, and keeps members of the Federation educated and informed about what is happening in Sacramento. When she speaks to us she will update us on the latest changes in legislation and how the changes may influence the upcoming election.

Allison majored in Political Science at UC Davis, and since that time she has remained closely connected to politics in California. In fact, prior to accepting her position with the CFRW, she was the Deputy Finance Director for the McClintock for Congress campaign. In college, she chaired the UC Davis College Republicans. She was awarded a fellowship with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in April 2007 – 2008. It was during this time that she studied with counter terrorism experts in Israel and Washington, D.C. She remains actively involved in defending Israel through her participation with “Stand With Us” which is a non-profit organization that supports Israel through international education.

Allison currently resides in Davis with her husband, Rob, and their two sons, Rowan and Liam.

June 15th, 2016

Speaker: Brenda Schmale, President of NRA Sonoma County Members’ Council

Topic: The Fight of our Lives:  Saving the US Constitution and the 2nd Amendment

Brenda Schmale's passion is our Constitutional 2nd Amendment rights. "We are in the fight of our lives to save the United States Constitution. If the 2nd Amendment is destroyed, we will have no way to protect our Constitution."

Brenda is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, a Shotgun Instructor, a Range Safety Officer, and a CA Department of Justice Firearm Safety Certification Instructor. Most significantly, she provides instruction on how to "Refuse to be a Victim." She received “Shooter on Campus” training, a swat-style course sponsored by the UCSF Police Department, which was attended by the SFPD and SF Sheriff’s Department. And she has completed a 4-day "Defensive Handgun" course at the Front Sight training facility in Pahrump, Nevada, where she received law enforcement type training.

 A native of California, Brenda was born and raised in the SF Bay area. She is dedicated to making a difference and she currently provides instruction for shotgun and handgun use, including Women on Target shooting clinics at the Valley of the Moon Trap Club. For 7 years she has been part of the Friends of NRA which generates the funds for women’s programs, youth shooting sports, and range development.

Get your questions answered about the 2nd Amendment and how you can take action to preserve your rights.          

May 25th, 2016

Speaker: Joe Tassone, Instructor in Global Studies, Economics, and Theology- Marin Catholic High School

Topic: Victims of ISIS. The US response to Assyrian/Chaldean Refugees From War Torn Syria and Iraq.

  Joe Tassone will speak about ISIS amid the continuing Middle East conflict the refugee and migrant crisis it is generating and explain how he raised over $25,000 to help them. Joe teaches AP Economics, Global Studies, and Theology at Marin Catholic High School and, in addition, he holds a real estate license. In 1989, after Ronald Reagan’s presidency, when the Berlin Wall fell, Joe felt compelled to see the freed people behind the Iron Curtain and learn about other nations in the world. He traveled across Russia on the Trans Siberian Railway after the collapse of communism in 1993. He toured the demilitarized zone in Korea and gained a first-hand understanding of the problem of communism from his experiences.

  Today, Joe’s background makes him uniquely able to respond to the refugee crisis we are witnessing. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, a men’s Catholic service organization, and he maintains a website of conservative articles www.theintelligentconservative.com. He will speak about how he mobilized the Marin Catholic High School community and local community, to make a difference by raising money and awareness of the plight of the persecuted Middle East indigenous Christians and to support their local Bay Area community. It was at the urging of the Knights of Columbus that their situation was officially declared a “genocide”.

Apr 20th, 2016

 “Heroes: Yesterday and Today”
To Benefit TROOPSDIRECT

Meet our Honored Guests
      Ralph N. Cole, US Army, 89th Infantry Division, Colonel – WWII
      Jacquelyn L. Tribolet, Army Nurse Corps, Major – Vietnam
      Jennifer L. Donahue, US Navy CEC, Commander – Active Duty 

LUNCHEON*FLOOR SHOW*SILENT AUCTION*RAFFLE
Entertainment by Lovin' Harmony Trio    

 

Mar 16th, 2016

Speakers: Jeanne MacLeamy, Sashi McEntee, and Maria Aguila: Women at the Forefront of Marin Politics

Game changers, these women represent the vanguard of conservative action in Marin.

        Jeanne MacLeamy began her architectural career in Marin 30 years ago. She served on the Novato Design Review Committee,  was elected to the Novato City Council for 3 terms, and elected for 3 terms as Mayor. She was a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow for creating affordable senior housing, and recognized by Saint Mark’s (Mark Day) School for her service, naming a building after her.    

        Sashi McEntee has a background in finance and business development, enabling her to tackle the pressing issues in Mill Valley where she lives and manages a family business. As a member of the City Council, she has identified 5 areas of concern: traffic, aging infrastructure, emergency preparedness, sustainability and long-term financial stability. She is Chair of CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team, and Vice-Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Commission.                    

       Maria Aguila serves as an elected member of the Novato Unified School District Board of Trustees, member of Marin United Tax Payers Association, the Equity Design Team for NUSD, the Bully Prevention Committee, the Joint Legislative Action Committee, AFJROTC, School Fuel, Novato Blue Ribbon Coalition and Golden Bell Committee. She is Community Liaison for Canal Community Organizations, supporting students and families throughout Marin.                                      

Feb 17th,  2016

It is a Double-Header! For February our speakers and topics get us connected to young Republicans and initiate our Community Project, supporting TroopsDirect on April 20th.

Speaker: Kerida Moates, President, UC Berkeley College Republicans       

Topic: Being A Republican at UC Berkeley – How to Prevail in Campus Conversation and Elections 2016          
   
   Kerida Moates hails from Ukiah. Today, she is a junior majoring in history. In her first week she joined the College Republicans and remains committed to their aims and goals. As a sophomore, she was Internal Vice President for the Berkeley College Republicans which prepared her to be President. She also serves as the Bay Area Region Vice Chair, California College Republicans. She will speak about the supportive community she found with UCB young Republicans.
 

Speaker: Aaron Negherbon, CEO, TroopsDirect          

Topic: Supporting Troops Deployed Around the World with Direct Shipment of Materials  
    
    Aaron Negherbon responded to a request from a longtime friend when he shipped a gift package to Afghanistan. There was an outpouring of gratitude from the men. From this experience, Aaron conceived of TroopsDirect which is dedicated to responding to direct requests from American units (a single trooper, a battalion) anywhere on the globe at no expense to the unit. Through TroopsDirect, Aaron achieved his personal goal, finding a higher calling in life; and he achieved his goal of providing a lifeline to our military heroes who sacrifice to protect us and our nation’s security.

 

Jan 20th, 2016

 
Speaker:   Mary Owen, CPA, BS, MS
Financial Services Expert, Business Owner, and former Mayor of Auburn, California
Topic:       Returning the U.S. to a Stable and Prosperous Economy
 
   Mary will recommend ways to improve our economy, drawing on her thirty years of experience in the business and financial services industry.  Her expertise gives her a unique perspective on our country’s problems and how to turn it around. She has assisted individual clients and businesses regarding investing decisions. She will illuminate the topic by relating the current situation to you and how you may be impacted by changes in our global economy.
    Mary started two companies that trade publicly today. The first was an international special risk insurance company holding the prestigious position of Chief Operation and Financial Officer. The second was a software firm serving as its Chief Financial Officer. She has owned and overseen the growth of a regional professional accounting firm providing management advisory services. Earlier, she was the Branch Manager for U.B.S. Financial Services in Grass Valley.
    Mary was elected to the Auburn City Council and served as its Mayor. She enjoys staying active in her community and has volunteered since 1994 as a statistician for local high school football teams, serving as Treasurer for Hospice of the Foothills and the American Red Cross. She has two children and four grandchildren. 
    Please join us to hear her ideas about how to move our country forward. 
 

Nov 18th, 2015

Program:  Elections and Awards

      •Our MRWF 2016-2017 Officers election and installation
      •Tom Del Beccaro, Candidate 2016 for U. S. Senate, guest speaker
      •Award presentation to the 2015 MRWF Woman of the Year 
      •A thank you to our outgoing Board Members who served us during 2013 - 2015 
 
   
    Join us for our final luncheon meeting of the year. It is the time we review the successes of this year and look forward to the exciting 2016 election year to come. We will elect our new Officers to lead our club for the next two years, honor our outgoing Board members and we will announce our 2015 Woman of the Year. 
     
 
    Tom Del Beccaro will speak to us on his candidacy as the California Republican to run for U. S. Senate in 2016. Del Beccaro is an attorney and published author and served in 2011 - 2013 as Chairman of the California Republican Party, 

 

October 21st, 2015

“Fashion Forward into Fall”

Featuring 

J. Jill Women’s Fashions

Stylish and Casual Looks for Today’s Woman

Master of Ceremonies
Melanie Morgan
Bay Area Radio Talk Show Host
 
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