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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 Linda Dubbels, President, 559-325-1525, JUNE 2017 Judy Harlan, Membership Secretary, 559-431-9631, Edition XVIII, Number 6 Susan Abbott and Roberta Genini, Co-Editors 559-435-7667,

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Come and hear KMJ Radio's Brad Maaske on the specifics of local real estate under a new administration.

BRAD MAASKE host of KMJ Radio’s “Real Talk”

“Real Estate Gets Real” Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ramada Fresno North (Shaw Avenue & Freeway 41)

Check-in starts at 11:15 a.m.with meeting/lunch at Noon. All attendees must register for the luncheon. Luncheon costs $20. REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017. MENU: Chicken Taco Salad, Chef’s Choice Dessert Vegan (no meat or dairy) or Grilled Chicken Salad (no dairy and gluten-free) available if requested at the time of reservation. Payment accepted at the door with reservations. Checks, cash or credit cards accepted. Reservations may also be made via e-mail at or by contacting Sharon Gerardi at If you do not use emai,l or more information, call Sharon Gerardi at (559) 292-5414.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE I am very pleased to announce that Shirley Mark, CFRW President, is planning to attend the FCCRWF June General Meeting Luncheon. FCCRWF looks forward to her visit, and I am planning a special acknowledgment of Joe Gerardi’s acceptance to West Point. The June guest speaker, Brad Maaske, will be discussing the California Democrats’ policies and their effect on real estate, among other things. Special thanks to those of you who lent your support to Fresno City Councilmember Gary Bredefeld (District 6) in his quest to display the phrase “In God We Trust” permanently on a wall of the Council Chambers. After hearing the opinions of the many citizens who stepped up to the podium, the Council voted in favor of Councilmember Bredefeld’s motion. Well done! FCCRWF members interested in attending NFRW’s Biennial Convention September 14 -17, 2017 in Philadelphia may visit NFRW’s website for information. Convention registration begins June 19, 2017. Linda Dubbels , FCCRWF President

Phildelphia beckons . . .

DO YOU KNOW? Education Committee

Coming up at FCCRWF’s Read to Know Book Club: June 8 - More than a Hobby: How a $600 Start-Up Became America’s Home and Craft Superstore by David Green, Founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby July 13 - The Law—The Classic Blueprint for a Free Society by Frederic Bastiat (This is a substitution for The Smear by Sharyl Attkisson which will not be released in time for the July 13 book club meeting.) August 10 - Make Your Bed—Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven All FCCRWF members are invited to attend book club meetings, which are held 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. the second Thursday of every month at the home of Sharon Gerardi. Call Sharon at (559) 292-5414 for further details.

Make a Difference on FCCRWF’s New Legislative Committee By Melissa Fairless, Chair, Legislative Committee

Have you asked yourself what the perfect fit might be for you to make a difference? Would you like to become more involved with current issues? If so, I have a job for you! My name is Melissa Fairless, and I am chairman of the FCCRWF Legislative Committee. I would like your help. Please email me at if you would like to help make America great again!

SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT on Kim Castro By Roberta Genini, Co-Editor

Kim Castro’s days with the Republican Party began in 2006, with “a wonderful group of people” working to elect Arnold Schwarzenegger as California’s governor. ”I fell in love with the hard work and determination of the team,” she relates, “and made a mental note to return to politics.” A year later her dedicated pro-life work began with Bound4Life, a ministry focused on ending abortion through prayer and fasting. In 2010, she became a pro-life missionary, co-chairing “40 Days for Life” campaigns. Recently she co-founded Saving the Black Family, a pro-life group focusing on ending abortion within the African-American community. This vital movement will hold a major event at Westside Church of God on June 24. For more information, you may call Kim at (559) 348-3138 or e-mail her at In April, 2014, Kim Castro was invited to a Fresno County Republican Party (FCRP) meeting and found it fascinating. That year she also joined FCCRWF, and soon became Jewelry Committee chairman, turning a very nice profit for the club. She has enjoyed “every club member,” she declares, and has happily continued her involvement with FCCRWF. She has demonstrated leadership in many campaigns, ranging from “Yes on Measure G” to “No on Prop. 64”. In June of 2016, she became the Citizen’s Against Legalizing Marijuana (CALM) Area Representative, covering Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Merced counties. In 2017, FCCRWF elected her to the position of First Vice-President/ Program Director. Kim emphasizes how much she enjoys working with the ladies of the FCCRWF Board of Directors. She holds a business degree from CSUF, and will be returning in the fall of 2017 for a special credential to become an academic school counselor. Her calm and sympathetic manner is known to everyone who deals with her, and will stand her in good stead as she blesses local youth with her wisdom. Kim has worked in the retail industry for over twenty years, and has a beautiful family and many friends. ”I am genuinely thankful for my political experiences with FCCRWF and FCRP, and I look forward to the future with delight and great expectations,” she concludes.

Attention All Members! By Sharon Gerardi

Would you like to extend your influence in Republican Women? Here is an opportunity… The Central Division-California Federation of Republican Women (CD-CFRW) Nomination Committee has formed and will be meeting to select a slate of officers for the 2018-2019 Central Division Executive Committee. Being able to travel to board meetings and conferences within the Central Division is required. To learn more or to submit your letter of intention and endorsements, please call Norma Burdick at (559) 325-1079.

In Memoriam

June Sunshine By Connie Silva, Sunshine Committee

FCCRWF sent “get well” ymour wishes to Diane Se Seymour ymour.. Do you know of a member who has had a recent bereavement, an illness or who might just appreciate some cheering up or should be congratulated? Please let Connie know at (559) 276-2386 or email her at with complete contact information for this person.

Michele Knapp May 7, 1938 – June 4, 2017

FCCRWF Does Not Want to Lose Contact with You! Membership Committee

USPS does not inform FCCRWF when members move since Trunkline is sent by bulk mail, which does not have forwarding service. And, of course, the only way FCCRWF can learn of a member’s new e-mail address or telephone number is if the member informs the club. Please tell FCCRWF membership chairman Judy Harlan about any changes. She would like your information in writing either in e-mail to or via snail mail to Judy Harlan, 1439 W. Paul Ave., Fresno, CA 93711.


PLEASE MAKE PLANS! June 8 ........... “Read to Know” Book Club at Sharon Gerardi’s, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 12 ........ FCRP Monthly Meeting, Der Manouel Insurance, 6:00 p.m., ............. 548 W. Cromwell, Fresno 13 ........ INS Ceremony, Fresno Convention Center, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon 13 ........ Ways and Means Committee meeting, 2:00 p.m., at Pat Powell’s. ............. Call her at (559) 432-4532 or (559) 905-1443 for more information. 14 ...... Flag Day. Fly your flag proudly! 15 ........ Last day to make reservations for June 22 luncheon. 22 ........ Woman of Distinction FCCRWF Luncheon at Ramada Fresno North, ............. 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 4 ......... Happy Independence Day! 6 ........... Board Meeting at Sierra Grande Apts. 10 ........ FCRP Monthly Meeting, Der Manouel Insurance, 6:00 p.m., ............. 548 W. Cromwell, Fresno 13 ........ “Read to Know” Book Club at Sharon Gerardi’s, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. 27 ........ FCCRWF Luncheon at Ramada Fresno North, 11:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE September 25, 2017 Elbow Room Restaurant Takeover, 5:30 p.m. Cocktails & Music; 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Dinner Program

Stop and Shop at FCCRWF’s Jewelry Table on June 22 By Lisa Tacherra, Jewelry Chairman

With Independence Day just around the corner, what better time than the June luncheon to stock up on those elegant accessory touches for the Glorious Fourth? Stop by FCCRWF’s jewelry table to see all the glitzy as well as informative and useful items available there.

Trunkline June 2017  
Trunkline June 2017