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E U REKA R EPUBLICAN W OMEN F ED ERATED , SINCE 1938

Serving the Republican Women of Humboldt County
V OLUME 34, I SSUE 2 F EBRUARY 2009

Colleen Hedrick, President · Joy Finley, Newsletter Editor

Eureka Republican Women Federated

Welcomes Rob Wolford

P RESIDENT ’ S M ESSAGE
C OLLEEN H EDRICK Valentine’s Day is most likely to come to mind when we start the month of February. Putting our hearts, heads, and energies into working for what is best for our families, our community and our country calls on us to be the best we can be. Pulled as we are in many directions, it can be all too easy for legislation we deplore to slide right by. ERWF can alert us to many of these measures. Then it’s up to us to take the next step and stand up to be counted—call, email, fax, or write elected officials and let your convictions be known. It could help to make a difference and, even if it does not, there’s a lot to be said for knowing we were not part of that dismal silent majority. In January your generous support of the Food for People program with donations of canned and plastic containers of much needed foods was a great boost. We are repeating contributions this month-please put your hearts into the effort.
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February 19th ~ Elks Lodge, Eureka
Buffet Lunch-$12.50 Beverage Only-$4.00
Rob Wolford is a Founding Managing Director of Hollencrest Capital Management, a Southern California investment firm with approximately $1 billion in assets. He specializes in working with owners and operators of privately held businesses. Rob completed his undergraduate studies at U.C. Berkeley and earned his MBA at UCLA. Rob currently serves as the National Chairman of the Board of Operation Homefront, a national charity with over 4,000 volunteers that provides financial assistance to military families in need around the country. Rob has negotiated fundraising and marketing alliances with the National Hockey League, major league baseball and the PGA Golf Tour, to name a few. He is a sought after national speaker who has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, Sportscenter on ESPN, and every major TV network. To date, Operation Homefront has raised and distributed over $35 million to military families in need. In his spare time, Rob likes to spend time with his wife and 3 young daughters.

www.operationhomefront.net Office: (949) 823-7721

www.homefrontonline.com Cell: (949) 355-6118

Happy Valentines Day! Bring a Serviceman to lunch February 19.

Members, their guests, and interested persons are welcome to gather at the Elks Lodge from 11:30 a.m. Buffet will be served by noon. Lunch is $12.50 including coffee or tea, tax and tip. Beverage only- $4.00. Soft drinks may be purchased. *Please bring cans or plastic containers for the “Food for People” donation!

Please RSVP to Colleen Hedrick at 268-0101 Reservations are to be honored. Cancellation notice is a necessity.

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C ONTACTS
Rep. Mike Thompson 269-9595

Senator Barbara Boxer 1-202-224-3553 1-415-403-0100

Senator Diane Feinstein 1-202-224-3841 1-415-393-0710

Email boxes for senator’s offices are often a lost cause because they are full. This sometimes also happens with voice mail but persistence pays.

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION
Governor Schwarzenegger has won a battle in court against the California Employees Union. Sacramento Judge Patrick Marlette ruled that current fiscal circumstances constitute an emergency. Duh ! Amazing to follow what has happened to one of the most prosperous states in America. California is the 8th largest economy in the world, yet is on the verge of issuing IOU’s on its bills. The Governor is also talking about easing environmental regulations to expedite the start of

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as refunds owed taxpayers. Should it start issuing registered warrants, or IOU’s, its credit ranking would tank. It is interesting to watch our State Assemblyman Chesbro, back in an elected position overseeing a mess he helped create as our State Senator when he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee. Like the Democrats in the US Congress, these people are going to try to convince us they can get us out of the mess they created. Don’t hold your breath.

needed construction. It is about time. Without cash in the bank, checks will bounce. Our state’s constitution, Federal law and case law mandate the state must meet certain obligations such as debt service on its external loans. California must have enough cash on hand for payments. So, to insure it meet its obligations to schools and repay loans, IOU’s may have to be issued in lieu of salaries and per diem payments to 1700 legislators, State elected officials and judges and their staffs, as well

C HAPLAIN ’ S C ORNER
I recently read an account of a church youth group who went to the nearby ocean on a retreat. At the beach one day, two of the boys decided to swim out to a buoy. The buoy was far beyond the shallow waters, but they were confident they had the strength to endure the swim. Going out was easy, but when they started back toward shore, one of the boys got overly tired fighting the strong

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Limbaugh has been targeted in such a way to discredit his political beliefs. We need to continue encouraging each other to keep swimming against the “undertow” of untruths, propaganda and criticism. Let us remain women of substance, prayer, and goodness.

undertow. His friend stayed by his side and encouraged him to keep swimming. Had he given up, the undertow would have carried him back to the buoy. As Republican Women, it seems at this time politically we are swimming against an insidious “undertow.” We are insulted with attacks against our beliefs by Hollywood elites and the main stream media. Rush

HSU C ONSERVATIVE C LUB
On Tuesday January 27, I had the pleasure of picking up Mr. Deroy Murdock at the Arcata Airport and deliver him to his B & B and then take him up to the HSU campus for his speaking engagement that evening in the Kate Buchanan Room. Mr. Murdock is a distinguished speaker, he writeS for ScrippsHoward, appears on television and is a Senior Fellow at the Atlas

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credit for the great job she and other club members did to make the event happen. On February 18, 2009, Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist, will speak at HSU Van Duzer theatre at 7:00 pm. Please invite your family and friends to this special program. It is free. The HSU College Conservatives need your support.

Research Foundation. At HSU he spoke about Discrimination. The crowd was small, but he gave an impressive speech. ERWF member Rita O'Connell and her husband attended as did my husband, Tom. We had the pleasure of taking him to the airport for his return trip to New York City. Jerilyn Gashi, the HSU President of the College Conservatives, deserves much

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2009 B OARD
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Colleen Hedrick Debbie Walker Joy Finley Terry Roberts Cindy Lewis Cathy Pierson JoAnn Stanhope Donna Bellairs Lynda Pozel Chris Wennerholm Scrapper’s Edge Joy Finley Haline Sundet Vee Sorenson Colleen Hedrick Sheryl Fearrien Helen Lanning Haline Sundet Carolyn Eisner Vee Sorensen Joy Finley Barbara Hecathorn Delores Theuerkauf Debbie Walker Colleen Hedrick Kathy Rodriquez Joy Finley Bill Odonnell

T REASURER ’ S R EPORT
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$342138 + 2528.00 --1662.36 =$4287.02

Balance 12/31/08 Income Expenses Balance 1/31/09

W AYS & M EANS
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J OY F INLEY

In January, Ruby Brown won the bountiful basket form Bella Baskets! She said this was her first win in 22 years. Way to go girl!! As for the ongoing Afghan drawing, the winning ticket holder was not present so we will try again at our February meeting. We will have an opportunity drawing this month for all things related to St. Valentine’s Day. Please remember our support of Food for people by bringing canned or dry goods to the meeting. Also, since we are having Rob Wolford as our speaker, please bring a veteran for lunch. When Women Work We Win!

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E DUCATION R EPORT
by Sheryl Fearrien The uncertainty of where we will be by the end of 2009 is a bit unsettling, to say the least. One thing I do know is that government is NOT the answer to all our problems — in fact it is the cause of many of them. Actually, I should say that those who misuse their power in the government are the cause of our problems. Will the majority of Americans make their voices be heard? A majority polled in the last few days agree that we don’t want the so-called “stimulus package” as it is being peddled in Congress currently. All the Republicans and a number of Democrats seem to be holding their ground. Let’s hope Obama’s administration gets the message and acts in a nonpartisan manner. No more mad money for failed businesses with the failed leadership still calling the shots. After all, more is at stake than paying off campaign contributors and keeping politicians in pork. The tax burden will never be paid off. It will hold us, our children, and their children indebted virtually forever. My husband, Michael, just finished reading (and I just started) The Forgotten Man, a New History of the Great Depression. It examines the presidencies of both Hoover and F.D. Roosevelt, and while both made mistakes, Roosevelt’s began the socialist trend that is becoming more entrenched as we speak. There is hard evidence that Roosevelt actually prolonged the Depression with his socialist policies. Many of his advisors (some extremely liberal) urged the president not to do what he did, that the policies would not have the desired effect. Roosevelt’s answer was that it didn’t matter… the people would be happy with him if he was doing something, anything! Access to information was more difficult in the 1930s than it is today, yet today, I’m not sure enough contemporary people who disagree with Washington’s proposals and policies will stick to their guns and make their voices be heard, forcing Congress to get it right instead of just throwing money at something the way Roosevelt did! If you are so inclined, say a prayer or two or a thousand!

M EMBERSHIP

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B ARBARA H ECATHORN

Our ERWF Membership Committee is joining with CRWF – Northern Division in emphasizing 100% renewal before March 31st. Kathy Rodriguez will share her ideas on this year’s membership drive at our February meeting. Kathy Rodriguez and Terry Roberts have several innovative ideas to recognize members, encourage participation and with your help, growth of our club. If you too have ideas, please share them with us. Remember that as a member of ERWF, you are part of NFRW/CFRW, the largest women’s political volunteer organization in the nation. There are valuable tools that go with membership, the Republican Woman magazine, Canvassing the Capital, Action Alerts, Leadership Training, voter education, lobbying for effective policies and so on. We are off to a good start in 2009 with 133 members and 11 associate members. Welcome to our newest members, Loretta Bourne and Barbara Toso. If you have not yet renewed for this year, please complete the enclosed form and send in your dues. Win a prize - participate in our membership drive contest by asking a friend or relative to join.

News from NFRW
"The National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) sent its congratulations to new Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. The ERWF's congratulatory message cited his experience, character, and core principles as more than qualifying him to serve as our new chairman, and commented that he has the leadership ability to help rebuild the Republican Party. Republican women look forward to supporting him as chairman and helping him fulfill his goals." Founded in 1938, the NFRW has thousands of active members in local clubs across the nation and in several U.S. territories, making it one of the largest women's political organizations in the country. Local clubs recruit and elect Republican candidates, advocates the Party's philosophy and initiatives, and empower women in the political process.

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A MERICANISM R EPORT
INTERESTING COMPARISONS:

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HEADLINES ON INAUGURATION 4 YEARS AGO: "Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops die in unarmored Hum-vees" "Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times" "Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, Ordinary Americans get the shaft" HEADLINES LAST MONTH "Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $120 million" "Obama Spends $120 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big Party" "Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate" and my personal favorite: "Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration" ............Nothing like fair & unbiased coverage of the news !!! ----------------------Happy New Year, 2009 Reflecting on 2008, we can say that 2008 was a great year: Blacks are happy: Obama was elected. Whites are happy: OJ is in jail. Democrats are happy: George Bush is leaving office. Republicans are happy: Dems will finally quit saying Bush stole the election. All of us are happy: The election is finally over THE NEW LIBERAL CREDO: '2009 will be better: Immediately after his inauguration, Obama will balance the budget, revive the economy, solve the real estate problem, solve the auto industry problem, solve our gas/alternative energy problem, stop the fires and mudslides in California, ban hurricanes and tornadoes, stop identity theft, reverse global warming, find Osama, solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, get rid of corruption in government and achieve world peace.... And, on the 7th day, He will rest.'

N O V ETERINARY T AX

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C ATHY R AY P IERSON

Many of your know of my love for all animals. In fact, I have so many that my vet comes to my house to give my cats and dogs their shots and examinations. It is a costly proposition, let me tell you. Did you know CA wants to legislate a 9% tax on all veterinary services, including meds? This is reprehensible at a time when so much is being done to heighten awareness regarding care for animals. Veterinary training and licensing is as rigorous as that of MDs and will now have their care taxed as though they were dispensing canned goods. The cost of surgeries, neutering, etc. is high --an additional 9% will discourage many from giving their pet care. You can make a difference in this decision! This only takes 5 seconds - you can punch the numbers one after the other. Say NO to taxes on our vet services! (916) 445-2841: then, 1 - 5 - 1 - 2 Please call the Governor’s Office and make it known that balancing the budget at the expense of our pet’s health is not acceptable! It only takes about 20 seconds because it's all automated. Call 916-445-2841 Press 1 for English Press 5 for the Veterinary Tax Proposal It will ask you to Press 1 if you are calling about the Veterinary Tax Proposal, so Press 1. Then Press 2 to OPPOSE THE TAX

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M ARK Y OUR C ALENDAR
Feb. 17 Feb. 17 Feb. 19 Mar. 13-14 May 3-5 CFRW Northern Leadership Workshop, Fairfield Humboldt County Republican of the Year Dinner, honoring Joy Finley - River Lodge, Fortuna ERWF Luncheon, Elks Lodge, Eureka Northern Division Spring Conference, Redding CFRW 34th Advocacy Workshop and Spring 2009 Board Meeting Hyatt Regency at Capitol Park, Sacramento

C OLLEEN ’ S C OMMENTARY
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C OLLEEN H EDRICK
right to deny abortions on the grounds of conscience, 16 states mandate ultra-sound before abortions, 33 states require counseling before abortions, and 50 states require reporting on abortions. Obama’s position on denying care for babies surviving botched abortions was reflected in his votes on related legislation. If legislation follows what has been promised, there will be a reversal of a policy first imposed by President Reagan known as the Mexico City Policy and our tax dollars will be paying for abortions in other countries. If FOCA becomes law and there are no limits for eliminating babies. Who’s next -- the old, the handicapped? Who decides who lives and who dies? All the usual suspects in congress are pushing FOCA, so maybe congress decides. These personal issues are bitterly divisive. The attitudes of many were shown in their brutal treatment of Sarah Palin because she chose life for her Downs Syndrome baby. Call Congress (Mike Thompson 707-269-9595, Barbara Boxer at 202-224-3553, Diane Feinstein at 202-224-3841 and ask them to vote for life, adoptions, and love.

President Obama came to office with a heavy-duty commitment to Planned Parenthood. In July of 2008, his campaign pledge was that on day one of his presidency, he would “sweep away hundreds of anti-abortion laws. The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would codify Roe V Wade into law and guarantee a woman’s right to choose in all 50 states. Currently 38 states prohibit partial birth abortions, 44 states guarantee parental involvement for minors, 44 states restrict lateterm abortions, 46 states protect individual health care, 46 states recognize the abortion provider’s

Loss Of Professor Jacqueline Kasun
Emeritus professor Jacqueline Kasun died January 1 at the age of 84 after a lengthy illness. She was a professor of economics at Humboldt State University from 1969 until her retirement in 1992. She was probably best known for her book, “The War Against Population: The Economics and Ideology of World Population Control.” At the time of its publication, it was highly praised by the renowned economist Thomas Sowell who recommended it to his readers. She also authored numerous articles and the public positions she took were carefully documented and constructed. Political correctness did not concern her and one of her last articles was titled “Doomsday Everyday: Sustainable Economics, Sustainable Tyranny.” Her position was that the leading proponents of sustainable economics were more interested in attacking private property rights and the market economy the they were in conserving resources. The article is available at www.independent.org. Jacqueline Kasun was inducted into the Humboldt County Republican Hall of Fame in 2007 at The Republican of the Year event. Her great good humor was a highlight of that evening.

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