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Serving the Republican Women of Humboldt County
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Colleen Hedrick, President ∙ Terry Roberts, Membership Chair

Humboldt Republican Women, Federated Welcomes

Wilson Lacy

Thursday, September 16, 2010
11:30 Buffet Lunch ~ 12-1 p.m. General Meeting Elks Lodge, 445 Herrick Ave, Eureka, CA

“No Port – No Town”
Have you ever spent time at the ports of Oakland, Los Angeles or New York, gazing at a large container ship arriving or a mile-long stack train flowing though a pass? Well, Wilson Lacy worked in all these places and he has experienced the excitement for over four decades. His involvement in international trade spans changes from loading break-bulk ships to global automated containerization processes. He grew up near the waterfront in Oakland and he was interested in shipping and transportation from childhood. He joined SeaLand Service as a trainee in 1969 and later moved to senior management at APL. He started his public service at Port of Oakland in 2004. Wilson’s accomplishments include: completion of the Union Pass Donner Pass re-opening to allow mile- long trains go direct through Nevada; building the first on-dock rail facility in Jersey City, New Jersey; worked with Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and California Business Transportation and Housing on good movement language in Proposition 1B; and as Maritime Director in Oakland, completed the expansion of Port’s Vision 2000 Program. More recently, through his efforts, the Humboldt Bay Harbor District got West Coast Marine Highway designation M5 by Federal DOT. His public service has given him a passion to have the state and federal governments give ports, water and rail goods movement equal billing with highway and public transportation. Wilson is a member of West Coast Corridor Coalition, UpState California Economic Development, American Association of Ports and he is a master stevedore. Please join us as the Director of Maritime Commerce discusses our area. Buffet Lunch & Speaker ~ $14.50 ~ Beverage & Speaker ~ $4.00 Please RSVP to Colleen Hedrick at 268-0101 *Early lunch reservations appreciated and to be honored ~ Payable to Elks Lodge

We are a Diamond Awards Club.

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B OARD OF D IRECTORS
POSITION President 1st Vice NAME Colleen Hedrick Debbie Walker Mary Jerland Carol Del Biaggio Barbara Hecathorn Pat Murphy Chris Wennerholm JoAnn Stanhope Liana Simpson Bernice Huston Linda Vann Hills Vee Sorenson Lynda Pozel Kathy Rodriquez Donna Bellairs Sheryl Fearrien Mary Scott Haline Sundet Margaret Stafford Terry Roberts Delores Theuerkauf Chris Wennerholm Colleen Hedrick Vee Sorensen Kathy Rodriquez Debbie Walker Laura Bush Nancy Elcock Pat Stolte Irene Stidston Pearl Micheli Kay Parris PHONE 268-0101 441-1126 443-1228 786-4832 442-7124 441-9206 725-2020 822-4776 445-9641 822-0997 445-4112 822-2359 443-1283 839-8105 442-6648 726-0147 442-3056 442-2623 822-3255 599-3255 822-5090 725-2020 268-0101 822-2359 839-8105 441-1126 839-5538 443-2529 725-4031 445-2732 445-9650 442-9232 veesign@aol.com lyndahopkinsportraits.com ksyenrod1@yahoo.com debellairs@yahoo.com schoolmarm50@sbcglobal.net marygscott@sbcglobal.net sun17@suddenlink.net tom-marg@suddenlink.net terry@terryroberts.net erniet@suddenlink.net chrissie.wen@gmail.com colleen1516@sbcglobal.net veesign@aol.com kswenrod1@yahoo.com walktalk@suddenlink.net lbush@asis.com nancyelcock@suddenlink.net patstolte@prodigy.net jstidston@gmail.com pamram9650@att.net EMAIL colleen1516@sbcglobal.net walktalk@suddenlink.net rjerland@sbcglobal.net cdel2@frontiernet.net hecathorn@aol.com
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T REASURER ’ S R EPORT
BY

Treasurer Recording Secretary Parliamentarian Director-at-Large Americanism Auditor Business Co-Chair Business Co-Chair Care Home Co-Chair Chaplain Cookbook Co-Chair Cookbook Co-Chair Corr. Secretary Education Co-Chair Hospitality Hostess Membership Name Tags Newsletter Newsletter State Legislation Telephone

M ARY J ERLAND
2926.50 +806.00 -241.11

Balance 7/31/10 Income Expenses Balance 8/31/10

chrissie.wen@gmail.com jstanhope@suddenlink.net liana317@hotmail.com bhuston21@att.net

=3491.39

Scholarship Savings Account Balance

$1182.74

W AYS & M EANS
BY COLLEEN HEDRICK There were many August winners. The general meeting saw Ruth Schnell win Culture Warrior, Margaret Stafford took home Obama Unmasked, Muriel King's garden was the beneficiary of a gift certificate from Green Lot Nursery, and Colleen Hedrick donated her afghan prize back to the club. Among the winners aplenty at the Republican Picnic were: Vee Sorenson, who chose the gourmet basket donated by Bella Baskets, Colleen Hedrick donated back to the club the prize awarded by Benbow Inn, (an overnight stay and a round of golf for two) and Christine Bagley was the happy recipient, Gary Gundlach won a gift certificate from Scrappers Edge, Kathy Morgan received a round of golf at Beau Pre, Debbie Walker added a book to her library, and Colleen Hedrick won two shawls that were crocheted by Chris Wennerholm. Other prizes included another Scrappers Edge certificate, an afghan and a United States flag. A big salute to Jean Giannini for her outstanding sales work. September's general meeting will offer two succulent gardens, a United States flag, and some items in plain brown wrappers!!

OTHER CONTACTS: Bulletin Design Website Master Scrapper’s Edge Bill Odonnell 445-9686 442-4117 scrappersedge@sbcglobal.net ERWF@odonnell.ws

WEBSITES: Humboldt Republican Women Federated National Federation of Republican Women California Federation of Republican Women CFRW- Northern Division

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FLY THE FLAG IN SEPTEMBER:
1st Monday in September

Labor Day

9/11- Patriots’ Day
Remember those who died in the worst terrorist attack on American soil

9/17
Constitution & Citizens Day

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BY

C OLLEEN H EDRICK

HRWF Nominations for 2011
Following is the slate of officers selected by the Nomination Committee for the year 2011. Nominees are presented here for your review and to be voted on at our October meeting. President Debbie Walker 1st VP Margaret Stafford 2nd VP Gwen Morris Rec. Secty. Carol Del Biaggio Treasurer Mary Jerland Director at Large Pat Murphy

We think you will agree that, with these ladies in office, 2011 will be another great year for our HRWF Club. Nomination Committee: Bernice Huston, Nancy Elcock, Laura Bush, Debbie Walker and Barbara Hecathorn

Humboldt County’s Republican Central Committee Rolls Up Its Sleeves
By Peter Hannaford, First Vice Chairman Your County Central Committee has a three-part mission: Register more Republican voters, get out the vote, and raise funds to support our candidates. Of the several dozen Republicans registered at the party’s Redwood Acres Fair and County Fair booths staffed by volunteers, 35.4 percent switched from other parties to Republican, 30.8 percent were new voters, and 33.8 percent were registering changed addresses. We’re now recruiting volunteers for the get-out-the-vote campaign. Our first job will be two weekend walks door-to-door in selected precincts on October 2 and 30, followed by volunteers staffing telephone banks just before the election in November. A few hours of your time could make the difference for our candidates. To join our get-out-the-vote team, call 442-2259. As for fund-raising, we have two main sources: the annual Republican of the Year dinner held in in April and our direct mail appeal that has just gone out to close to 1,000 donors in the county. Proceeds will be used to support our candidates. The county’s Republican headquarters is now open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. staffed by volunteers. Here voters may register and obtain literature about the party and its candidates.

While it is a season that sees many of those aspiring to office throwing their hats in the ring, we think that it is probably a great time to have a little fun with a Hat Wearing Contest at our general meeting Thursday, September 16. We are hit daily with bad news from Sacramento, bad news from Washington, and bad news from places far and near (some unpronounceable and some tiresome because they stay so persistently on the wrong side of something or whatever). It seems like a good time to decide we will just have fun with something for the sake of fun. Fun prizes will be offered for: the most becoming hat, the ugliest hat, the best sunshade, and the most unusual hat. Both men and women many enter. The opinion of the judges is final and, no matter how much you may disagree, no one will care. Please participate. Unless you have a job interview as a fashion model immediately after the meeting, your hairstyle will survive a bout with a hat after you give it a little tweaking--so please add to the fun and put on a derby, a sombrero, a coon skin hat, or whatever you think up. I plan to prove myself a woman who wears more than one hat. The Republican Picnic was a happy day. Rohner Park was a great facility and thanks to outstanding volunteer help, the event went off very well. Candidates were with us: Lawrence Weisner, candidate for First District State Senate; Loren Hanks, candidate for First District House of Representatives,; Karen Brooks, candidate for First District State Assembly; Sue Long, candidate for the Fortuna City Council; and Virginia Bass, candidate for First District County Board of Supervisors. October is going to be another of our Republican Women fundraiser buffets. We will again fill the tables at the Moose Lodge for our general meeting. That’s Thursday, October 21, so please mark your calendar and save that day for HRWF---if your doctor, dentist, lawyer, accountant, or whoever wants to see you at that time, just bring them to lunch with you--they could do dessert first, if that’s their preference.

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Commentary

by Colleen Hedrick

Who Says a Mama Bear With Cross-eyed Triplets is Impartial?

Election campaigns bring The League of Women Voters into the harsh lights of examination. There’s much to be said on the positive side. The KEET-TV schedule of debating candidates included in this edition of our newsletter testifies in support of the organization. Where there is room for questioning the organization lies in its oft repeated statement that it is non-partisan. Now every member of The League of Women Voters is free to lay claim to whatever they can conjure in that arena but, collectively, they are no more non-partisan than Obama’s 40-plus assorted Czars. I will shout hurrah for the group on their organizational skills and its following through on their functions But, if they are non-partisan, so are a mama bear with cross-eyed triplets and Humboldt Republican Women Federated. The group’s tilt to the left was never a calculated agenda. It happened because persons of like mind joined. That simply means that conservatives need look at our failings in joining the organization, bringing our voices to the mix, and working for more balance for a true non-partisan claim. Membership is $60 per year. The League’s invitation encourages interested persons to bring a friend. Reservations deadline is Monday, September 20. Reserve seats by mailing checks to LWVHC, P.O. BOX 3219, Eureka, CA 95512. For questions, call League members at 442-7495 or 442-8581. The Saturday, September 25, luncheon/program meeting is planned to welcome new members at Hurricane Kate’s from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The luncheon cost is $15 for non-members and, if you are joining the League that day, there is a reduction of $5 on the lunch. Members pay $12.50. The program is a panel of three persons of diverse opinions (Ryan Burns of the North Coast Journal, Supervisor Mark Lovelace, and activist Anna Hamilton of S. Humboldt) on the legalization of marijuana and the economic impacts on Humboldt County. It is our hope that a group of members of HRWF will join the League of Women Voters so the conservative view is part of the voice of the League. Please do call Debbie Walker at 441-1126 or Colleen Hedrick at 268-0101, if you wish to attend with other Republican Women.

California Legislation by Vee Sorenson
WHAT A WAY TO RUN OUR STATE!!!
State Treasurer Lockyer, has been complaining and blaming Wall Street investors who openly have no confidence in California’s financial stability. It is easy to blame Wall Street, but this problem is just a symptom of the state’s sorry financial situation. This is forcing the state to offer its bonds at higher interest rates and higher rates mean much higher costs which the state cannot afford. Must we once again be reminded our state has been consistently controlled by big spending Democrats? The party in power refuses to do any cutting in the current budget and Republicans are rejecting any new taxes. With this ongoing stalemate, no one is budging. The longer it drags on, the more elected officials collect for added days in Sacramento. ***

A RARE WIN
Recently, with the help of 2,561 California citizens who submitted letters of support, AB 1506 passed the Senate floor by a 34-0 vote! The bill called, “The common sense taxpayer protection bill,” forces the state to accept its own IOUs. Senator Mark Wyland (R-San Diego), an ardent defender of taxpayers, gave an impressive speech on the Senate floor and his impassioned presentation was followed by Senator Tony Strickland (R-Ventura), also one of the strongest taxpayer advocates in Sacramento. The passage of the bill was critical to keeping California businesses open during the state’s cash crisis. The bill is now headed back to the Assembly before its final hurdle at the Governor’s desk.

Chaplain’s Corner

by Vee Sorenson

Wooly was a caterpillar. He loved his silken thread and proudly announced it to all nearby caterpillars. “I’d rather stay cozy and sleep than to shed this comfortable little home,” he told passersby. “ I rather like this little cocoon world I am in.” And so he did. The other caterpillars ignored his rantings and, in the proper time, shed their threads and took flight. Wooly never had wings, never flew or saw the beauty of nature around him. Contentment is both beautiful and dangerous. Those who seem to show discontentment cannot enter new stages of life that our God intended for us. On the other hand, those who become cozily content in their own “cocoons” never achieve their potential. Let us get out of our “cocoons” and join the team of volunteers who are tirelessly working to elect Republicans in the upcoming election. Some may have to get out of their “comfort zones,” but it is the right thing to do if we are to accomplish what is good for our nation.

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Americanism Report
LABOR DAY

by Chris Wennerholm

Each year, the celebration of Labor Day, on the first Monday in September, marks the end of summer. The holiday began in 1882 as a day of rest to recognize the efforts of the average working man. The Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to organize an official celebration on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City. That date was chosen as it fell halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving. The idea became popular and local governments around the country adopted it as an official holiday. It became recognized as a national holiday when Pres. Grover Cleveland signed it into law. ------------------------

SOME INTERESTING TRIVIA from Reporter John Popovich, who says,

“We tend to marry into families who share our values…” As a news reporter in Iowa, Popovich covered the political scene, including Ed Mezvinsky, Congressman from Iowa’s first district. He seemed like a nice enough guy, but when he ditched his wife for a New York reporter, the Iowa voters ditched him. Years later, “Fast Eddie” got caught with his hand in the till. He cheated investors out of more than $10 million dollars and went to prison for several years. Just recently, his son married Chelsea Clinton….

Membership Report
HRWF has gained 2 new members!

by Terry Roberts

Please welcome Lora Canzoneri and Jeanne O’Neal! A big THANKS to HRWF members who have referred these lovely, conservative ladies to our group. To date, we now have 202 Members and Associate members. For those of you who have yet to renew your 2010 membership, which is $30.00, please send in those dues so you can continue to receive our monthly Bulletin which will keep you informed on all of the upcoming HRWF activities and programs. Also, you can always give me your dues at our meeting. Remember, too, that although we are the Humboldt Republican “Women”, men are also welcome to come to our meetings and can become “Associate” members. The next HRWF general meeting and luncheon will be on Thursday, September 16 th, at the Elks Lodge. Lunch starts at 11:30AM and the program will begin at Noon. I hope to see you all there!

A Letter from Loren Hanks
My Fellow Americans, I'm asking for your help to get our message of limited government and fiscal discipline out to voters in the 1st Congressional District of California and beyond. We've produced two professional videos, and we've attached them to our website. We need voters to take a look, and then spread the message further. We must draw attention to the fact that California is not the liberal bastion the pundits portray it to be. If it were, our entrenched incumbent would not pretend to be a fiscal conservative while he's here in the district, then vote with the most liberal members of Congress when he's back in Washington. Until now, entrenched incumbents have had all the advantages - and they've been re-elected better than 90% of the time. But this time we have powerful solutions to those advantages - our motivation and our networking. At no time has our motivation to improve our government been higher. And, with that motivation and activism, comes networking that is unprecedented - through the TEA Party movement, Republican Women Federated efforts, and Internet affiliations. Let's use these resources to build a better Congress. Please forward this to friends, neighbors and relatives, and ask them to take a look at our campaign, then forward our message. The website is: Hanks For Congress The videos on the website can be found: Web Ads - History and Platform The 1st Congressional District is bigger than 8 states. I'm driving the wheels off my truck trying to meet all the residents. We will be buying radio ads next week, and, if we can raise $100,000, we will buy TV ads and get our message into voter's family rooms. Web ads are the first great equalizer to the incumbent's million dollar campaign war chest. And if you like what you see on our web ads, please help us get that message on TV with a contribution! We've built the rocket, now we need the fuel to launch it. This is a winnable race. So many jobs have been lost, so much land and water has been taken out of public use - and more takings are underway - that people are ready to break free and get back to a limited federal government. The country will do so on November 2nd. With your help, California's 1st District will be a part of that movement. Let's roll! Respectfully, Loren Hanks

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M ARK Y OUR C ALENDAR
September 9 September 16 September 25 October 16-17 October 21 November 2 Johanna Rodoni Buffet Dinner at the historic Scotia Inn. Social Hour 6-7 p.m. Dinner 7 p.m. Tickets $30, pre-sale please call 407-8599, also at the door. Auctions will be held. HRWF General Meeting at Elks Lodge, Wilson Lacy--Marketing Director for Humboldt Bay Harbor District to Speak. Topic will be No Port-No Town. Buffet starts 11:30, $14.50, Speaker/Beverage $4.00, Meeting 12 p.m.-1 p.m. This is Wear a Hat Day (see President’s message) Precinct Training at 10 a.m. at GOP Headquarters CFRW Fall Conference Embassy Suites, Monterey Bay, Seaside, Group Code CFR HRWF General Meeting at the Moose Lodge, Fund Raiser Lunch Catered by HRWF members is $12.00. Dessert and Beverage $6.00, Speaker/Beverage $4.00, Speaker to be confirmed General Election - Take Back Our Country

SAVE THIS VOTER INFORMATION
CFRW Recommendations for November Propositions

California Propositions from Allison Olson, Legislative Advocate

KEET TV to offer views of local candidates and issues:
Oct. 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Eureka Mayor Oct. 7 - 7:30 p.m. - Humboldt County D.A. Oct. 11 - 7:30 p.m. - Measure N - Balloon Tract Oct. 13 - 7:30 p.m. - Supervisorial District 4 Oct. 14 - 7:00 p.m. - Eureka City Council Oct. 18 - 7:30 p.m. - Supervisorial District 5 Oct. 19 - 7:30 p.m. - State Senate District 2 Oct. 20 - 7:00 p.m. - Fortuna City Council Oct. 22 - 8:00 p.m. - Crescent City D.A. Oct. 25 - 7:30 p.m. - State Assembly District 1 Oct. 27 - 7:00 p.m. - Arcata City Council Oct. 28 - 7:30 p.m. - U.S. Rep., District 1

The CFRW Voting Body has made their recommendations for the November ballot propositions. For more information about the propositions or our analysis, please visit www.cfrw.org: Prop 19Changes California Law to Legalize Marijuana and Allows It to Be Regulated and Taxed: CFRW recommends a NO vote Prop 20Redistricting of Congressional Districts by the Redistricting Committee: CFRW recommends a YES vote Prop 21Establishes $18 Annual Vehicle License Surcharge to Help Fund State Parks and Wildlife Programs: CFRW recommends a NO vote Prop 22- Local Taxpayer, Public Safety, and Transportation Protection Act of 2010: CFRW recommends a NO vote Prop 23- California Jobs Initiative to Suspend AB 32: CFRW recommends a YES vote Prop 24- Repeals Recent Legislation That Would Allow Businesses to Carry Back Losses, Share Tax Credits, and Use a Sales-Based Income Calculation to Lower Taxable Income: CFRW recommends a NO vote Prop 25Changes Legislative Vote Requirement to Pass a Budget from Two-Thirds to a Simple Majority. Retains TwoThirds Vote Requirement for Taxes: CFRW recommends a NO vote Prop 26Increases Legislative Vote Requirement to Two-Thirds for State Levies and Charges. Imposes Additional Requirements for Voters to Approve Local Levies and Charges with Limited Exceptions: CFRW recommends a YES vote Prop 27Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting. Consolidates Authority for Redistricting with Elected Representatives: CFRW recommends a NO vote To recap: Prop 19: NO Prop 20: YES Prop 21: NO Prop 22: NO Prop 23: YES Deadline to Pass Next Tuesday, August 31st, is the deadline for the Legislature to pass and enroll bills to be sent to the Governor’s desk. That being said, we only have a limited time to urge our representatives to vote NO on AB 1998: Plastic Bag Ban (Brownley, D-41). As of today, AB 1998 is still in the Senate Rules Committee. Contact your Senators today and tell them the CFRW OPPOSES AB 1998. For information on AB 1998, see a previous Capitol Update at www.cfrw.org. Correction to CFRW Fall Conference The Call to Conference for our biennial CFRW conference in Monterey is up on our website. There is a correction to room prices, the CFRW group rate is $139, not $159 as it shows. Please register for conference ASAP!

During the debates, each candidate will present their views on important issues and field questions from viewers, who may call in with a number provided during the program. The debates will also be simulcast live on KHSU-FM (90.5). These debates are just one of many local programs presented by KEETTV, as part of its ongoing commitment to broadcast local programming, inspire community dialogue, and connect with various local organizations. The candidate debates are presented in partnership with KEET’s co-sponsor, the League of Women Voters of Humboldt County. It is the League’s policy to invite all candidates to participate in candidate forums. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that does not endorse candidates or political parties.

Prop 24: Prop 25: Prop 26: Prop 27:

NO NO YES NO

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October brings us to the Moose Lodge Event again for:

‘Decadent Desserts & Sumptuous Salads’
***Calling All Members***
Pass a plate, share a dish, you may bring whatever you wish! Last names starting with A-L= Dessert ~ M-Z= Salad (Please provide a serving utensil)

11:30 Buffet Lunch ~ 12-1 p.m. General Meeting Buffet Lunch & Speaker ~ $12.00 Dessert, Beverage & Speaker ~ $6.00 Beverage & Speaker ~ $4.00
Checks payable to HRWF for this event Moose Lodge 4238 Campton Road, Eureka

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