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E UREKA R EPUBLICAN W OMEN F EDERATED ,
Serving the Republican Women of Humboldt County
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Joy Finley, President · Margaret Stafford, Program Chair

Rex H. Bohn to be June 19 Speaker
Rex H. Bohn will be guest speaker at the Thursday, June 19 luncheon meeting at the Eureka Red Lion, 1929 Fourth Street . His topic will be New Pulp Mill Improvements. For the last two years he has been Vice President of Resources at the Evergreen Pulp Mill in Samoa . A graduate of Saint Bernards and College of the Redwoods, his prior work history includes employment with Levy Zentner Company, Renner Petroleum, and owner of the 4th Street Connection. Widely known for his creative and extensive community service, he was formerly a Republican candidate for mayor of Eureka . He lives locally with his wife, Adena, and has a son, Trevor. Hobbies include duck hunting and youth sports at Redwood Fields. Buffet Lunch-$14.50 Beverage Only-$6.00

P RESIDENT ’ S M ESSAGE
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J OY F INLEY

Today is Primary Election day so by the time you receive this bulletin, we should know the winners and losers. I want to thank those who took out papers and ran for office. It’s a lot of work and by helping on several campaigns, I can say that I wouldn’t want to do it. I just got back in town from Hawaii. What a tropical paradise!!! Welcome back to reality and the rain. I love Humboldt County, I just wish the global warming that we hear so much about, would hurry up and get here!!! We are going to meet all summer because it is an election year. Anyone who wants to help on any campaign, just call & I’ll hook you up.

The Buffet lunch begins at 11:30 and the meeting opens at noon. If you are not contacted by our Telephone Committee, please call Margaret Stafford at 8223255 for your reservation. Members' guests and interested community members will be welcomed. A reservations made is a reservation paid AND cancellations a necessity.

Eureka Republican Women Federated 70th Anniversary

1938-2008

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A MERICANISM R EPORT
Flag Day --June 14, 2008
On 14 June 1777, the Marine Committee of the Continental Congress adopted a resolution, which gave birth to our National Flag. The resolution read: “Resolved that the Flag of the United States be made of 13 stripes, alternate red and white, that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” General George Washington explained: “We take the stars from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by

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C HRIS W ENNERHOLM
speaks to us, speaks to us of the past, of the men and women who went before us, and of the records they wrote upon it.” Today, our flag is a beacon for liberty, a symbol of hope for all people who “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” On this Flag Day 2008, please display and pay homage to our country's flag.

white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.” On 30 May 1916, President Woodrow Wilson announced during his Memorial Day address, that 14 June of each year would be celebrated as Flag Day. “This flag, which we honor and under which we serve, is the emblem of our unity, our power, our thought and purpose as a nation. It has no other character than that which we give it from generation to generation... Though silent, it

California Federated of Republican Women

Legislation Update
by Kathleen Brugger
The Governor’s May Budget Revise The state is now starting to face the stark reality of what most of its citizens face once a month, weekly, or bi-weekly - the bills. It became clear that the state has to choose between the little extras and paying the bills. For your everyday Joe or Sally with the choice among the beautiful $300 Jimmy Choo high heels, the X-box 360, or paying the rent, paying the rent usually wins. The Governor chose to pay the rent, i.e., keeping important things like our wonderful parks open, funding our children’s education, and keeping twentytwo thousand inmates locked up at night. Nevertheless, the most talked about issue at the press conference is how to best use lottery funds as an asset and get the maximum rate of return by using those funds to help fill the gaps in the budget and finance a “rainy-day” fund. The problem that the Legislature still faces is that the state has a $24 billion shortfall. For the next weeks, the budget battle will be fought. The Republican Assembly members and Senators will be holding the line on no new taxes and fees. Assembly Republican Leader Mike Villines, Fresno, stated: “I applaud the Governor for fully funding education at the minimum guarantee. I am also pleased that the May Revise includes some positive improvements over the January budget proposal, including eliminating a previous early release plan, keeping our state parks open and reducing spending in one of the fastest growing areas of government. “The May Revise also presents some significant concerns for Republicans. With families struggling to pay high prices for gasoline and groceries while home values are falling, the last thing we ought to be doing is raising taxes. The time for borrowing and questionable budget schemes is long behind us. “Let me be clear – Assembly Republicans will not support tax increases, period. Raising taxes will only lead to more jobs lost, which will hinder our economic growth and hurt families. Assembly Republicans are ready to sit down today with the Governor and Democrats to take immediate action to balance the budget and help California live within its means.”

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Joy Finley Margaret Stafford Barbara Hecathorn Terry Roberts Cindy Lewis Margaret Stafford JoAnn Stanhope Lynda Pozel Chris Wennerholm Scrappers Edge Joy Finley Haline Sundet Vee Sorenson Colleen Hedrick Sheryl Fearrien Haline Sundet Barbara /Vee Joy Finley Barbara Hecathorn Delores Theuerkauf Margaret Stafford Paula Cunningham Bernice Huston Jeannette Cruz Connie Mortenson Terry Roberts Ruth Schnell Irene Schultz Pat Stolte Haline Sundet Debbie Walker Joy Finley Bill Odonnell

Balance 4/30/08

W AYS & M EANS
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J OY F INLEY

Ladies, I have scored another great opportunity gift! We have an overnight stay at Benbow Inn with a round of golf! Thanks to Jack McDonald and the Quality Inn. I love it when our advertiser’s are so supportive of our group. We also have our ongoing Afghan drawing. I saw that someone brought address labels and put them on the back of the tickets. This is an excellent idea because you don’t have to put your name & address on them. This is an ongoing fundraiser and the Afghan was crocheted by our own Chris Wennerholm. It is beautiful. Remember, when women work we win!

M EMBERSHIP
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B ARBARA H ECATHORN

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Not just the largest US flag, but the "Largest Flag" anywhere!

"Ski" Demski, founder and father of the Superflag, The World's Largest Flag is no longer with us. He requested that Superflag continue to be displayed across this great country for the Thomas L. Demski Trust, by Jim Alexander. "Ski" Demski had this flag made of cloth and sewn together in Pennsylvania (his home state) and delivered to him on Flag Day June 14, 1992. In order to make it into The Guinness Book of World Records® this 3000 lb. Superflag, now The Worlds Largest Flag was hoisted over the Hoover Dam with the help and supervision by "Ski" Demski. The primary focus of Superflag is to bring patriotism, nationalism, and American sentiment back into our society. Superflag is but just one of many avenues available to do this.
Submitted by Debbie Walker

M ARK Y OUR C ALENDARS ‘08
June 3 June 14 June 19 July 4 Primary Elections Flag Day Luncheon, Red Lion Independence Day

C HAPLAIN ’ S C ORNER
King David faced a time of persecution when he wrote Psalm 41. He asked God for help on the basis of his integrity. He reminded God that even if others considered him unkind, that he had been good to the poor. He was upset concerning his reputation. How does our integrity as Republicans, measure up to our

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V EE S ORENSON
shows it was a Republican President who went to war to free the slaves and were responsible for voting in the civil rights act. Our reputations in the minds of others reveals what they want to perceive us to be. Our integrity should affirm to us the truth as God sees it.

reputation propagandized in the media? We hear words like; they are mean spirited...they don’t care for the poor...they are racist. Yet we know that surveys clearly show conservatives are more generous in their giving to charities and liberals take other peoples money to aid those supposedly in need. History

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The colors on the Flag represent: Red: valor and braver White: purity and innocenc Blue: vigilance, perseverance, and justice

S O Y OU W ANT M E T O S END M ONEY . . .
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C OLLEEN H EDRICK
is worth spending public money on make it stand alone. Enact realistic measures to deal with energy needs on both short and long terms. If you hadn't spent so much dumb time pandering to the environmentalist vote we wouldn't be in this situation. Impose a national speed limit. Tighten up on how many mixes we have on fuel. Use our own resources. Stop saying these measures are needed but not in my state. The fact that China is drilling off our coast and we are not makes us look like idiots. Utilize the coal on government lands. Grow up. Tighten up on government. Remember we are the party of less government. We don't need to have more and more bureaus of tomfoolery created. Trim the blubber. Further most of the fool hearings that are held simply become a session for the public to view too many senate or house members grandstanding in grandiose styles. Forty times more stuff is heard from congress than is heard from those called to give testimony. Giving jobs to every yahoo who ever worked on your campaigns and all your relatives isn't constructive. Stop getting yourselves involved in scandalous behavior--and get rid of those who do. Everyone blabs about the loss of Hassert's seat--if he had behaved himself that wouldn't have been a problem. Why are you still jerking around with Larry Craig? Knock off the graft and favor seeking. Many of you have independent wealth. All of you are paid salaries and have perks that are well beyond most of the citizenry--enough already. Be somebody we can be proud to have in office. If you think this sounds like too much to ask ponder the fact that you worked like crazy to get elected and do everything on God's green earth to hang on to the job. That should put that in perspective. It is flagrantly apparent that both the house and senate on both sides of the aisle are too often conspiring for political advantage rather than being intent on doing what is best for the country. Take the high road and do what best serves the people. Congressional members blab constantly about the President's low rating. Wake up and smell the manure pile because your ratings are even lower. That is seldom mentioned but that does not make it go away.

Every third or fourth email or letter or phone call I get is a request for contributions to Republican congressional candidates. I have contributed and will do so again but for today I sent the following reply: To: Congressional Solicitors, Right now all Republican congressional candidates appear to be doing is to run against the threat of the cockeyed Democrats. Further you have been an embarrassment in your failure to control the despicable earmarks which amount to bolstering your campaigns at taxpayer expense. In every sense you (collectively) have harvested public monies as campaign contributions. Obama and his fog headed congressional candidates are frightening but you need to have a platform that relates to what your potential voters can see as a reason to vote for you. Newt Gingrich has a proposal. Someone in your hirarchy should be able to provide solid reasons to vote for you. If you get elected get to work and keep your word. For a few suggestions: Contol earmarks--Declare a year's moratorium. After that if a thing

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I NDEP ENDENCE D AY
"Hallowed be the day, forever bright its memory in the heart of the Nation. Sing to it, poets; shout to it, freemen; celebrate it with bonfires, parades, and triumphant assemblies"
(Daily Alta California, 4 July 1855).

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D EBBIE W ALKER
authenticated copy of the Declaration by ordering a special printing of multiple copies on January 18, 1777. The first celebrations occurred shortly after the declaration in various locales along the Eastern Seaboard. Much of the tradition inherent in the way we celebrate today was evident almost from the beginning. Sound, spectacle, and sentiment played an important role in that tradition.

The First 4th of July Celebration The Declaration of Independence, unanimously declared by the thirteen United States of America , was adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. The task of getting the document signed began on August 2, 1776. Congress made sure that all states would have access to an

Q UOTES
'My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it.'
Barack Obama

"In every instance, the price of liberalism is loss of liberty." Rush Limbaugh "This is extortion. Who's to say this bird is even endangered? They take away your freedom because they say there's a problem, and then they don't even

really lay out the problem."
Roger Rodoni - January 2002 after he was the lone dissenting vote to test a controversial new park ordinance designed to make the county's beaches safer for the western snowy plover. Calling the ordinance "draconian", Rodoni said he doubted the federal government had even adequately proved that the plover was in fact endangered.

We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election. He has a vision to change America."
Ahmed Youser, Chief Political Adviser to Hamas, on WABC.

E DUCATION R EPORT
Wow! June is here, the year is almost half over, and before we know it, November 4th will be just around the corner! What I try to teach my students is to consider all sides of an issue before making up their minds on what they believe to be true. Recently, I received an email of quotes from Barack Obama's book from fifteen years

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S HERYL F EARRIEN
Republicans do. We consider all the sides of a story before making up our mind, rather than REACT emotionally! I have just started reading the book and have no opinion yet, other that Obama seems to have been a very confused child which is no surprise considering the changing homelife his mother created for him! By this time next month, I should have more to report!

ago. They were frightening to say the least. But I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and see if they had different meanings taken out of context, or in other words to see if the Obama we see and hear today is the same Obama who wants to be president! I purchased a copy of his 1995 book, Dreams from My Father to read and investigate. Afterall, that is what

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