Page 1


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 Sharon Gerardi, President, 559-325-1525, Judy Harlan, Membership Secretary, 559-431-9631, Roberta Genini, Editor 559-435-7667,

MARCH 2016

Edition XVII, Number 3

Visit us on the web at

Register NOW for the FCCRWF March luncheon and invite the men in your life to join us for a special presentation from Joseph Bank Clothiers. Our Second Amendment Rights are Under Assault. Plan on Attending this Riveting Message:


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ramada Fresno North (Shaw Avenue & Freeway 41)

REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE MARCH 17. MENU: Mixed Greens Salad, Tri Tip Roast with Demi Glaze, Mashed Potatoes, Assorted Vegetables, Rolls & Butter, Chef’s Choice Dessert Check-in starts at 11:15 a.m. with lunch starting at Noon. All attendees must register for the luncheon. Luncheon costs $20. Vegan (no meat or dairy) or Grilled Chicken Salad (no dairy and gluten-free) available if requested at the time of reservation. Please make your reservation online or via e-mail at If f you do not use e-mail, call Una Freitas at (559) 224-3720.


The Ramada’s new management has informed FCCRWF that they need a luncheon count seven days in advance. Your kind understanding is requested as FCCRWF complies with this new policy. The club will have little leeway in accepting reservations after March 17. All members are encouraged to make luncheon reservations as early each month as possible, and preferably to sign up for permanent reservation status. Sign-up sheets for permanent status will be available at FCCRWF luncheons. When a member is on permanent status a reservation is automatically made for her (or him.) The member need only call (by cutoff date, please) if unable to attend.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE The pundits have labeled Republican voters as “angry” this election season. Is the media silencing the GOP with the label “angry”? Are Republicans irrational and easily manipulated to anger? Does this mean we cannot be trusted to pick the party’s nominee? I turned to one of my favorite authors, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, for insight into anger. Bishop Sheen says that anger is an emotion compatible with reason and comes from a real or perceived injury. Anger that has no rightful cause, or is excessive, revengeful or long lasting, can be labeled “unjust anger.” But anger that is directed at evil - I would put the selling of aborted fetal body parts in this category -is “just” or “righteous anger.” According to Bishop Sheen, “it is not anger that is wrong, it is being angry at the wrong thing that is wrong.” In my mind, it is wrong not to be angry at the decline of American culture, the unsustainable government debt and the lack of a plan to keep America safe at her borders and beyond. Loving America is a natural feeling of gratefulness for the benefits of this special nation. To be angry at the attacks upon her foundations is a rational, not irrational, response. To prevent unjust anger, I offer Bishop Sheen’s three conditions for anger: (1) If the cause of the anger be just; (2) If it be no greater than the cause demands, that is, if it be kept under control; and (3) If it be quickly subdued. Keep your anger within the guardrails of reason, and be a part of the debate over the future of America. Sharon Gerardi , President

Leadership Training is Right Around the Corner Sharon Gerardi, President

Region IV is joining with Region II (clubs in Visalia and Tulare) to offer a Leadership Training Workshop for club officers and members. The workshop will be Saturday, March 12 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Selma. Featured speaker is Brenda McElroy of Organized by Choice. Her talk, titled “Time Management for Leadership—How Republican Women Can Be Organized and Effective”, is not to be missed. Other short workshop topics include Voter Registration, Achievement Awards, Website Development and Per Capita Reports. Cost for the workshop is $20 and includes one meal. Reservations may be made by email at

DO YOU KNOW? Education Committee

. . . .that FCCRWF Read to Know Book Club members are brushing up on their knowledge of history? For February’s meeting the reading choice was Charles C. Johnson’s Why Coolidge Matters, and for March, Churchill’s Trial and the Salvation of Free Government, by Dr. Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College. Looking forward to April 14, Edie Kassabian will lead the group in discussing Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America by Dick Cheney and Liz Cheney. The book club meets on the second Thursday of every month at 10:00 a.m. at the home of Adair Murphy. For further details, please call her at (559) 439-7094. Many thanks go to members of the book club who contributed new children’s books to the Pinedale Elementary School library. On February 29, Paula Guzman presented the books on behalf of the club to Carol Lewis, school librarian, both of whom are pictured with a few of the books, some of them having already been snatched up by fourth grade students who were in the library at the time. Please see the article in this issue about the Education/Literacy Committee’s annual scholarship. Now is the time to encourage worthy applicants.

FCCRWF member Paula Guzman with Carol Lewis, librarian, Pinedale Elementary School, and a few of the donated books

Sunshine Behind the Rain

Sign Up Now for Clovis Big Hat Days

By Connie Silva, Sunshine Committee

FCCRWF sent condolences to Judy Ward on her husband’s passing. Get well wishes were sent to Marion Shouse and Mary Jane Barbian after their surgeries; to Trisha Oak ander Oakander ander, who broke her ankle; and to Pat Nuttall Nuttall, suffering an illness.

By Cheryl Storer

What is a fun way to reach 140,000 people with an opportunity to register to vote and information about FCCRWF and the Republican Party? It is Clovis Big Hat days, Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3. FCCRWF will run a booth each day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call Cheryl Storer at (559) 593-5228 to sign up for a shift at your convenience. Please consider a two- or three-hour time slot.

Time for FCCRWF’s Annual Scholarship for a STEM Student at CSUF! By Mary Ann Dews, Education/Literacy Committee

As part of the Education Committee’s focus on promoting higher education for Republican women preparing for their future, FCCRWF offers an annual scholarship to a woman student at California State University, Fresno. This year FCCRWF is offering one $1,000 scholarship to a woman who has completed 60 or more units of study in one of the following majors: Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. An applicant must be a registered Republican and a resident of California. The Education Committee would like to be able to offer more than one scholarship per year, but your support is needed to be able to accomplish that. Please consider contributing to the “Dollars for Scholars” bags that will be on the tables at FCCRWF’s March and April luncheons. FCCRWF currently has a yearly scholarship budget of $1,000. With your support this amount may be increased sufficiently to offer an additional scholarship by dividing the available funds between two applicants. If you know a female student currently attending CSUF who is studying one of the qualifying majors, please encourage her to apply for this year’s scholarship. The application can be found at FCCRWF’s website:

You Can Help Make the Difference for Clint Olivier at GOP Headquarters By Sharon Gerardi, President

Please come by GOP Election Headquarters anytime to help phone bank for Clint Olivier between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. during the week. If you would like to set up a time, please contact Taylor Strand at (949) 230-3951. The FCCRWF Board of Directors, at their Thursday, March 3 meeting, endorsed Assembly District 31 candidate Clint Olivier for 31st Assembly District in the race to replace Democrat Henry T. Perea. Two Democrats have filed to oppose Clint. The race, according to all commentators, will be tight in a Democratmajority district, but Clint has a very good chance of turning District 31 red. We are LESS than 30 days out from the April 5 election. Please help the Republican effort to get Clint across the finish line! The 2016 Fresno County GOP Election Headquarters is located at 770 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 121, Fresno, CA 93710 (northwest corner of Shaw Avenue and First Street across from Fashion Fair Mall). In addition to volunteering for Clint, please email if you are able to volunteer for a shift at Republican Election Headquarters during the week. There is 24-hour security, and the building was recently renovated.

FCCRWF Needs Your Stuff for Sunnyside Swap Meet April 16 Ways and Means Committee

FCCRWF’s Ways and Means Committee will be selling used items at the Sunnyside Swap Meet April 16. Donations from FCCRWF members are needed. Good sellers for swap meets include gardening equipment, tools, sports items, bikes and skates, toys, DVDs, picture frames, small appliances in working order, gently used linens, clocks, children’s books, dishes, and costume jewelry. Clothing is harder to sell unless it is almost new. If you live west of Cedar Avenue, make arrangements with Pat Powell at (559) 432-4532 for your donations. If you live east of Cedar Avenue make arrangements with Sharon Gerardi at (559) 292-5414.

SHINING THE SPOTLIGHT on Nancy Reagan By Roberta Genini, Editor

Expressing his and Laura’s sorrow at the death of Nancy Reagan, former President George W. Bush stated, in part, as reported by Fox News Insider: “Mrs. Reagan was fiercely loyal to her beloved husband, and that devotion was only matched by her devotion to our country. Her influence on the White House was complete and lasting. During her time as First Lady and since, she raised awareness about drug abuse and breast cancer. When we moved into the White House, we benefited from her work to make those historic rooms beautiful.” Also from Fox News Insider comes word that “Mrs. Reagan will be buried at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, next to her husband, Ronald Wilson Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004. Prior to the funeral service, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects at the Library. Details will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Reagan requested that contributions be made to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Librar y and Foundation at”

Thank You from a Grateful Nation Nancy Reagan Born: July 6, 1921 Died: March 6, 2016

As Ronald Reagan slipped into “the long good-bye” of Alzheimer’s disease, the enduring phrase applied to the condition by daughter Patti Davis in her 2005 memoir concerning her coming to terms with his illness, The Long Goodbye (Knopf, 2005), it was Nancy who became his primary caretaker until his death. Her steadfast devotion to him is a principal theme of Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling book Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency (Henry Holt & Co., 2015.) Though criticism of O’Reilly’s book has been harsh from some close friends and associates of President Reagan’s, no one argues with the portrayal of Nancy Reagan as admirable in her tender, exemplary care of her ailing husband through painful years of decline. May 16, Restaurant Takeover at the Elbow Room with mayoral candidates Lee Brand and H. Spees; also District 6 City Council candidates Jeremy Pearce, Holly Carter and Garry Bredefeld, Ph D. Once again the event will have the popular black and white motif. Cost: Just $50.


1486 W. Menlo • Fresno, CA • 93711


PLEASE MAKE PLANS! March 10 ........ “Read to Know” Book Club @ Adair’s, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 14 ........ Fresno County Republican Party monthly meeting. ............ Kingsburg, The Depot, 6:00 p.m. Speaker: Clint Olivier, ............ FCCRWF-endorsed GOP candidate for 31 st Assembly District 24 ........ FCCRWF Luncheon, Ramada Fresno North, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. April 2-3 ...... Clovis Big Hat Days 5 .......... Special Election for Assembly District 31 7 .......... Board Meeting at Sierra Grande Apts., 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m. 8 - 1 0 ...... CFRW Central Division Spring Conference at Stockton Hilton, Stockton 11 ........ Fresno County Republican Party monthly meeting, ............ DerManouel Insurance, 6:00 p.m. 14 ........ “Read to Know” Book Club at Adair’s, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 1 6 ....... FCCRWF at Sunnyside Swap Meet. Items needed. 15-17 .. Vintage Days at Fresno State 28 ........ FCCRWF Luncheon at Ramada Fresno North, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 29-30 .. CAGOP Convention, Burlingame May 5 .......... Board Meeting, Sierra Grande Apts., 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 12 ........ “Read to Know” Book Club at Adair’s, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 1 6 ....... Elbow Room Restaurant Takeover 19-21 .. American Principles Institute (Sunbirds) Conference

CFRW Central Division Spring Conference “Honoring Our First Responders—Celebrating Everyday Heroes” April 8-10, 2016 Stockton Hilton, Stockton, California



It’s Getting To Be Much More Than Jewelry By Kim Castro, Jewelry Chairman

Be sure to take a look at the array of items at FCCRWF’s jewelry table at the March 24 luncheon. There are so many ways to express patriotism, and quite a few of them are glitzy!

March 2016 Trunkline  

The March 2016 issue of the monthly newsletter for Fresno County & City Republican Women Federated

March 2016 Trunkline  

The March 2016 issue of the monthly newsletter for Fresno County & City Republican Women Federated