Saturday, December 26, 2015

Capitol Update: Monday, December 21, 2015

President's Message

I can’t believe this will be my last President’s Message. The past two years have gone by so quickly but they have been two of the most memorable years of my life. I have had the opportunity to travel across California speaking to so many outstanding clubs and making so any new wonderful friends. It has been a privilege to serve as your CFRW President these past two years.

Our theme has been Working Together to Make a Difference and I have been so pleased to see so many of our clubs working together. That is the only way we can be successful in electing our Republican candidates and also the only way we can grow our clubs. We are a very unique organization and we need to remember we are not only a political organization, we are also a sisterhood and we are here to help each other and work with each other. What ever we do we work hard for the success of our clubs, our Federation, California and America, not our own personal power!

I want to thank each of our hard working Executive Committee members and Board of Directors. Without your support we would not have been successful these past two years. We had informative and exciting Board of Directors meetings, workshops and a very successful Biennial Convention. We are so proud of all the clubs and members who donated to our CFRW Project, the All- Terrain Track Chair Project. When we first decided to have a CFRW Project we thought it might take us two years to donate one chair but with your help we were able to donate two chairs and we are hoping to do one more chair next year. Our clubs helped to stop the super majority in Sacramento and elected more Republicans in 2014, our membership outreach chairs continue to engage more Republican women from different backgrounds so CFRW can represent the great diversity that is California. We were thrilled that two of our nominees won NFRW Awards, one for the Dorothy Kabis Internship and one for the Betty Rendel Scholarship. Thanks to all of your hard work CFRW was also very successful at the NFRW Biennial Convention winning the Outstanding State Campaign Award, the Campaign Volunteer Award for our 265,466 volunteer hours and once again we are a State of Excellence. I had the privilege to be one of the five finalists for the 2015 Ronald Reagan Leadership Award. Over the past two years we had more members attending the NFRW Board of Directors meetings and we also had many more members and guests attending the Convention in Phoenix.

I was thrilled to be asked to serve as the NFRW Membership Committee Chair by NFRW President elect Carrie Almond and I am excited about helping our clubs continue to grow.

I want to congratulate all the 2016-2017 Executive Committee Officers and wish them all the very best! I know President Elect Shirley Mark will do an outstanding job as President and I am looking forward to two very successful and exciting years.

Without the support and encouragement from so many members I would never have had the privilege to serve as your CFRW President . Thank you for all you have done the past two years to make CFRW an even stronger organization.

Best Wishes to you and your family: A Very Merry Christmas & A Very Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year

Thank you for all you do,

Club Spotlight


Over the past two years I have submitted an addition to our “Capitol Update” spotlighting clubs from the three divisions that have been successful in recruiting and maintaining their memberships. We are fortunate to have strong leaders that have led their clubs to achieve above and beyond their goals. Thank you to all the president s from CFRW who sent me articles that I could use in the “Spotlight A Club” It is a great advantage to have this sharing of ideas and tools to grow a successful club Thank you ladies of CFRW.

Congratulations to the following clubs from southern, central and northern divisions that will receive “Break Your Record” vinyl records to literally break at our CFRW Conference, February 26-28, at Rancho Cordova in Sacramento. It is important that all clubs winning awards be there to break some vinyl records and accept their awards.

SOUTHERN DIVISION: Asian American, Carlsbad, Channel Islands RWF, Chula Vista- Bonita, Conejo Valley, Costa Mesa, Diamond Bar, East Pasadena, East Valley, Encino Oaks, Escondido, Garden Grove, Grand Terrace, Hemet/Jacinto Valley, Hi Desert, Intermountain, La Habra, Lakeside, Long Beach, Navajo Canyon, North Los Angeles, Oceanside, Orange, Pat Nixon, Puente Hills, Rancho La Habra, Rancho Mirage, Resenda/Tarzana, Riverside, Rossmoor-Los Alamitos, San Clemente Area, San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara RWF, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, Simi Valley, Temecula Valley, Thousand Oaks, Tustin Area, Valley Center, Westlake Village, Woodland Hills.

NORTHERN DIVISION: Auburn Area, East Contra Costa, Georgetown Divide, Glen county, Humboldt, Marin, Monterey Peninsula, Napa Vintage, Nevada County, Nob Hill, Novato, Oroville, Piedmont Area, Sacramento, Silicon Valley, Siskiyou County, Sonoma, South Lake Tahoe, Tehama County, Tule Basin, West Valley.

CENTRAL DIVISION: Alta Division, Atascadero, Bakersfield, Blossom Trail, Delta Central, Estero Bay, Fresno County and City, Inyo County, Madera, Merced County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Southeastern Tulare County, Tulare, Visalia.

I value the friendships that I have gained during the years that I have been in the federation, and look forward to working with you in the future. It has been a rewarding experience serving as your CFRW Membership Promotion Chair for 2014-2015. I will still be available to speak at your club and help you with membership campaigns.

Thank you CFRW President Roseann Slonsky-Breault for allowing me to be the Membership Promotion Chair. I will treasure my experience. I am grateful.

Wishing you all the best for 2016!

Gaylon Kastner-CFRW membership Promotion Chair 2014-2015


The Capitol Update will take a Christmas/New Year's break and return January 8th. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!