TRUNK LINE FRESNO COUNTY & CITY REPUBLICAN WOMEN FEDERATED Affiliated with the California & National Federated Republican Women THE LARGEST ALL WOMEN’S VOLUNTEER POLITICAL ORGANIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES
+,++,++,++,++,++,++,++,++,++,+ Cheryl Storer, President, 559-325-1525, email@example.com MAY 2014 Judy Harlan, Membership Secretary, 559-431-9631, firstname.lastname@example.org Roberta Genini, Editor 559-435-7667, email@example.com
Edition XV, Number 5
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Join us for our May luncheon! Featuring guest speaker:
FRESNO MAYOR ASHLEY SWEARENGIN “Looking Forward - The Future of the City of Fresno”
Special Guests include candidates for June 2 Primary Elections. Thursday, May 22, 2014 Ramada Inn University(Shaw Avenue & Freeway 41) Room Shaw A
MENU: Beef Taco Salad with Chips/Salsa and Dessert Check-in starts at 11:15 a.m. with lunch served at 12 Noon. All attendees must register for the luncheon. Luncheon costs $18. Vegan/dairy-free or gluten free options are available if requested at the time of reservation. Payment accepted at the door with reservations, or pay online at www.fresnorepublicanwomen.org. To make a reservation by phone, call Una Freitas at (559) 224-3720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Please reserve by Tuesday, May 20. Cancellations will be accepted until 24 hours before the luncheon.
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE In just a few weeks, we will have the opportunity to cast our vote for the best-qualified candidates on the June primary ballot. I hope the past few luncheon speakers and candidates have given you the information that you will need to vote. We are honored to have Mayor Ashley Swearengin as FCCRWF’s guest speaker for this month’s luncheon on May 22. She has done a fantastic job as Fresno’s Mayor, and her vision for the city and hard work does not stop with her candidacy for State Controller. We will also be hearing from Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, Neel Kashkari , and Glenn Champ, candidates for Governor, and from Ron Nehring, candidate for Lieutenant Governor. I know you will enjoy hearing from these candidates. The Republican Women Federation Bylaws do not allow us to endorse Democrats, nor can we endorse one Republican over another when there is more than one Republican running in a particular race. As you know we have four Republican candidates running for Congressional District 16 and two Republicans running for DA. Since we are able to endorse candidates who are the lone Republicans running for the offices in question, we have endorsed Gary Yep for Fresno County Board of Supervisor, District #1, Mike Goossen for Assessor-Recorder and Buddy Mendes for Fresno County Board of Supervisor District #4. We need to support these candidates so we can get California back and stop the bleeding of large corporations and large employers from leaving as Toyota and Occidental have recently done. Have a Happy Mother’s Day! … I will see you May 22.
Cheryl Storer , President
Four Proposed Amendments to FCCRWF Bylaws By Cheryl Storer, President
The FCCRWF Board at its April meeting approved four amendments to the FCCRWF Bylaws. I sent them to be reviewed by the Central Division Parliamentarian, Maxine Bennett. They will be provided to members with at least 30-day notice to be in compliance with FCCRWF Bylaws, so no later than May 27, to allow for a vote at the June 26 FCCRWF luncheon/business meeting. FCCRWF will try to ensure that the information regarding proposed changes to the Bylaws goes out only to current members. FCCRWF will send the proposed amendments out by email and by mail only to members without email. Please look for information on the amendments by email or mail in the next few weeks.
CARING for AMERICA By Mary Heredia, Caring for America Chairman
At the May luncheon we will gratefully receive your tax-deductible monetary contributions to Evangel Home, http:// www.evangelhome.org/
Evangel Home has been serving homeless women and ch i l d re n s i n c e 1 9 5 5 . Yo u r contribution by check made out to Evangel Home will serve as your receipt.
Look for the ladies offering opportunity-drawing tickets at the FCCRWF May luncheon! Bloom with Patriotic jewelry for sale at the luncheon as well!
SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT on Edie Kassabian By Roberta Genini, Editor
FCCRWF can boast its very own Nixonette, Edie Kassabian! So let’s “get to know a Nixonette”, as the famous button from a Nixon campaign advised. Edie was born and raised in Southern California where she did indeed meet and work as a “Nixonette” with Richard Nixon on his 1962 gubernatorial campaign She explains, “We Nixonettes would provide backup for him at his various campaign stops in Southern California. The then ‘Mr. Nixon’ even signed my hat ribbon. I still have a letter that he wrote to my mother.” Republicanism runs in Edie’s father’s family “as far back as my greatEdie Kassabian Today great-great- grandfather in Ohio,” she proudly states. After working on the Nixon campaign, she had a chance to meet with Ronald Reagan when he first started his gubernatorial campaign. “I knew I had met someone exceptional,” recalls Edie. “He was so genuine and honest. In later years, seeing him as President, I realized that he had not changed from when I first met him.” Moving to Fresno, Edie had the opportunity to work with Justice Marvin Baxter on Governor George Deukmejian’s campaign, including doing a television commercial for him that was shown in the Bay Area and Northern California. She was then invited to attend his inauguration in Sacramento, and had the honor of seeing him sworn in as governor. Edie spent several years in Southern California working for GTE, and after moving to Fresno worked for twenty-five years in the Community Medical Centers, where she served as Telecommunications Manager, responsible for all voice communications for the corporation. She retired in 2009. Her husband, Richard, who is retired from Edie as a 14-year-old the Department of Agriculture, has since Nixonette in front served as President of the Board of of Richard Nixon’s D irectors for the Shinzen Friendship headquarters on G a rd e n a t Wo o d w a rd P a r k . T h e re h e Hollywood happened to meet FCCRWF member Nancy Boulevard. Enloe, who invited Edie to an FCCRWF luncheon, and the rest is history. Edie serves on the FCCRWF Board of Directors as Americanism Chairwoman. She also helps plan the monthly luncheons with other board members, and serves on the Ways and Means Committee.
This Is a Must Get! FCCRWF Polo Shirts! By Sharon Gerardi, First Vice President, Website Manager
FCCRWF is selling great looking polo shirts with the FCCRWF logo! They come in two colors (Moonlight Blue or Bright Yellow). The sizes available are S, M, L, and XL. The cost is $30. Please order by emailing email@example.com). PANTONE 2757 C
Sunshine Through Clouds
Busy, Busy FCCRWF… As Reported in the April, 2014 Pacesetter
By Connie Silva, Sunshine Committee
By Sharon Gerardi, First Vice-President, Website Manager
Do you know of a member who has had a recent bereavement, an illness, or who could just use a kind word of encouragement? Please let me know at (559) 276-2386 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Do not forget to inform me of contact information for the person who might appreciate a card or other greeting from FCCRWF. FCCRWF sadly notes the passing of Martha Ann Davis, aged 85, retired nursing professor at California State University, Fresno. She was a long-time FCCRWF member, and served the club as a faithful Telephone Committee volunteer. She and her family are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be missed.
April began with members Judy Harlan, Connie Silva, Cheryl Storer, Cheri Risch and Sharon Gerardi serving as community judges in the local home school debate tournament. Next came Clovis Big Hat Days, a two-day street fair in O l d To w n C l o v i s . The FCCRWF booth overflowed with candidates and Republican Women as we registered voters and gathered Voter ID petition signatures.
It’s Not Too Early to Prepare for Santa’s Village
Common Core was also the topic of our “Read to Know” Book Club hosted by Adair Murphy. We discussed The Story Killers: A CommonSense Case Against the Common Core by Hillsdale history professor Terrence O. Moore.
By Audrey Redmond, Community Outreach Chair
As most of you are aware, each year in December, Bringing Broken Neighborhood Back To Life (BBNBTL) and the Fresno Police Department Neighborhood Watch sponsor “Santa’s Village”, a two-week event where the community (especially families with children) is invited to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a free photo with Santa, receive a gift, winter clothing, fingerprinting for the children, and enjoy refreshments and entertainment. This is a very magical moment for these children and one that many of them would never experience, if not for BBNBTL. The event will mark its eleventh year of giving back to the community at Christmastime. This year there will be a greater need than ever for teddy bears to give as gifts to the children who attend the event. Please add this monetary donation to your gift list. It is tax deductible. For more information contact me at email@example.com. Donations are made out to FPNWA. Please mail to WFMA, P.O. Box 11563, Fresno CA 93774 - Attn: Audrey. You will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.
Member Melissa Fairless had her own booth for “Advocates for Excellence in Education”, a citizen group of Republican Women and Tea Party patriots. Melissa talked to moms and dads about the perils of the Common Core standards, and she passed out hundreds of flyers and business cards.
Fundraising was successful this month with Jessie Robb’s Ways and Means Committee pulling in $2,047 in the ever-popular “No Bake Sale.” Members Sue Deming and Kim Castro raised almost $500 selling jewelry at the Sunbird Conservative Conference, which hosted keynote speaker Col. Allen West. April ended with FCCRWF’s luncheon with Congressman Tom McClintock. His inspiring talk was a great way to kick off an election season. He’s a true conservative dedicated to California and we need more representatives like him.
Congressman Tom McClintock Addresses Big April Luncheon Turnout
REASONS FOR CONCERN ABOUT COMMON CORE Ǥ Adoption Process Ȉǯ ǡ ǲǡǳ ȋȌ Ǥ Ǥ Ȉ ǡ ǡǡ Ǥ Ȉǡ Ǥ ǡ Ǥ State/Local Control and Governance Ȉ ǡ ǯ Ǥ Ǥ Ȉ Ǥ ͳͷΨ Ǥ Ǥ Ȉ ǡͶͶ ȋǤ Ȍ Ǥ Content Concerns ȈǦ Ǥǣǲ ǡǡ ǯǮǯǤǤǤǤǳ Ȉǡ ͺͻǡ Ǥ Ȉ Ǥ Ȉ Ǥ Cost of Implementation to the States/Localities Ȉǯ ǡ Ǧǡ ǡ Ǥ̈́ͳ Ǥ Privacy/Data Sharing Ȉ ǡ ǡ Ǥ
Official CFRW Proposition Positions ǡProps 41 and 42Ǥ Ǥ OPPOSE Prop 41SUPPORT Prop 42Ǥ ǡ ͶͳǤͶͳ Ǥ ǡ Ǥǡ Ͷͳ ǤͶͳ̈́ͲͲ ǡ̈́ͻͲͲʹͲͲͺǡ ǡ Ǥ ǡǡǤ ̈́͵ͲͲ̈́ͲͲ ͳͻǡͲͲͲǤ ʹǡʹȀ͵ ͳΨǤǦ ǡǤͶͳǡ ǡ ǤͶͳ ǡ̈́ͷͲ ͳͷǤͶͳ ǡ Ǥ Ǥ Ǥ ǡ Ǥ ǫ ǤͶͳǡǤͶͳǨ ǡͶʹǤ ͶʹǤͶʹ Ǥ ȋȌ Ǥǣǯ ǫͶʹ ǯǡ Ǥ Ǥ Ǥ ǡ Ǥ ͶʹǨ
P House Passes Rep. Denham’s Amendment to H.R.4486. Rep. Jeff Denham co-sponsored this bipartisan measure to increase funding for the Veterans Benefit Administration by $10 million. The funds are necessary to help tackle the disability benefits backlog. For more information please visit http://denham.house.gov/pressrelease/denham-amendment-decrease-veterans-backlog-passes-house P If you have not already signed the petition to place an initiative on the ballot to require reasonable presentation of personal ID to vote please visit http://www.guardmyvote.org or contact FCCRWF at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain petitions. May 15 is the target date for all petitions to be turned in. P Please visit http://www.parentalrights.org for some really good news about positive action against the forces imposing Common Core curricula on the nation. P Be alert to daily developments in the formation of a Congressional Select Committee to investigate the cover-up of the real story behind Benghazi and the needless deaths of four Americans. P Sheriff Margaret Mims, Assembly Member Jim Patterson and about 60 others rallied May 2 against the decision to protect the yellow-legged frog without concern for the impact on families. Please refer to the following link at Jim’s website http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/ AD23/?p=pr Please also visit the Defend Rural A m e r i c a ’s website http:// w w w. d e f e n d r u r a l a m e r i c a . c o m / DRA/FrogsToads.html for more on this developing story.
Big Hat Days Voter Registration Is Encouraging By Cheryl Storer, President
At Big Hat Days in Clovis, FCCRWF and Clovis-Fresno Evening RWF in a shared booth registered 38 Republicans and 4 Democrats. I wish we could keep this up! Could the gratifying numbers of Republicans registering have something to do with a new Pew Research study that shows support for Obama’s Affordable Health Care Law has eroded among Hispanics? In this demographic group, support for Obamacare declined from September 2013 (when it was at 61% approval) down to 47% in March. Compare this to the small decrease in approval (from 42% to 41%) among the general public. There has also been a sharp decline in Hispanics’ approval of Obama during the same period, from 63% to 48%, while the general public’s approval of Obama, although wobbling a bit, has remained relatively flat. You may view the complete Pew Research Center article at http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/03/27/supportfor-obama-health-care-law-has-eroded-among-hispanics/
DO YOU KNOW? Education Committee
. . . that Rush Limbaugh is writing history books for young people with Rush Revere as the hero, assisted by his talking horse, who can travel through time? At the regular meeting on May 8, Nancy Colley will lead the FCCRWF Read to Know book club in a discussion of one of his books, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans. This book would make a great gift for a student in your family or an acquaintance. . . . that on Thursday, June 12, book club members will discuss I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb? The meeting will be held at the home of Adair Murphy at 10 a.m. For further information, please call Adair at (559) 439-7094. All women are welcome. . . . that information about FCCRWF Scholarships will be announced in the June issue of Trunkline?
PLEASE MAKE PLANS! May 5 .......... First day to vote by mail for June 3 primary election .......... (formerly called voting by absentee ballot). 5 .......... Blossom Trail Meet & Greet with Rep. David Valadeo .......... This is also the day most vote-by-mail ballots are mailed. 8 .......... FCCRWF Read to Know Book Club at Adair Murphy’s 19 .......... Last day to register to vote for June 3 Primary 22 .......... FCCRWF Luncheon Meeting @ Ramada, .......... Mayor Swearengin, Candidates 26 .......... Raffle of Joint Service Honor Command Quilt 27 .......... Last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot by mail. June 3 .......... Primary Election Day in California 26 .......... FCCRWF Luncheon Meeting @ Ramada Paul Loeffler, .......... “Honor Flight”, Candidates July 3 .......... FCCRWF Board of Directors Meeting 10 .......... FCCRWF Book Club 26 .......... FCCRWF Luncheon Meeting- FASHION SHOW November 4 .......... General Election Day in the U.S.
“All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel mother.” President Abraham Lincoln, speaking of his mother, Nancy Hanks, who died when he wa nine years old.
Writes Col. Gary Gladstone, 375th Airlift Wing Commander, posting on the Scott Air Force Base website, “Though [Lincoln] knew her for such a short time, it is said that he remembered her for her warm affection and example. In that short time, she fused a solid foundation for how President Lincoln would treat both sides of the brutal civil war—with fairness, without judgment and in a way that ultimately bridged the gap between the two sides.”
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CFRW Central Division 1st Place Newsletter-- 2008 & 2009, Large Clubs
+,++,++,++,++,++,++,++,++,++,+ Inside This Issue . . . Mayor Ashley Swearengin to Share Her Wisdom Regarding Fresno’s Future, May 22 Luncheon Shining the Spotlight on Edie Kassabian FCCRWF Keeps Up a Dizzying Pace as Primary Nears Read to Know Will Be Inspired By Malala’s Stand Against The Taliban