Sunday, February 1, 2009

President’s Message - February 2009

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.

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

Eureka Republican Women Federated Welcomes Rob Wolford

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.
Office: (949) 823-7721 Cell: (949) 355-6118

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.


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 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 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. BY MARGARET STAFFORD

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.


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.