Wow, what a year!
It’s been a tough one, but we did not let COVID hold us down as we had a pretty amazing year considering it all. We were agile in making changes and adjusting as needed to keep meeting and hold on to our traditions. The garage sale, membership social and candidate dinner were all successful. We supported our candidates with our time and donations and celebrated 100 years of women’s right to vote. A new Education Com-mittee was created that kept us informed on timely topics such as the Electoral College vs National Popular Vote, Women’s Suffrage, the Emancipa-tion Proclamation, Juneteenth, and the Thirteenth Amendment. I think our resilience during these times attracted strong Republican women to our club as our membership grew 22.5% to 76 active women!
Looking back, what have we learned from this COVID-19 pandemic? Hopefully it is clear that bad times highlight the true character of leaders. Any leader can look good in good times. It is when times get tough that the good leaders rise up and the bad leaders stumble. In difficult times, good leaders embrace the uncertainty and make decisions knowing they will be risky and imper-fect. That is exactly what Trump did with Opera-tion Warp Speed. He empowered the federal gov-ernment, the pharmaceutical companies
and others to work together, break down barriers, and innovate to get a vaccine in record time. Good leaders are also empathetic, listen to people and allay their fears. They do not get drunk with their pandemic power dictating rules, changing them at will and telling neighbors to rat on each other as Gov Kate Brown has done. Good leaders walk their talk. They are not hypocrites like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Gov Gavin Newsom and so many more. I hope people are paying attention and are ready to vote out the bad leaders when they are up for re-election.
It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to be your President these past 3 years. BHRW is such an amazing group of women with so much talent and dedication to Republican values. It was a joy to serve you.
Your new leadership team is awesome. There is a mix of new members with older members and new officers with returning officers. It is clear that they have already formed a solid bond and will work well together. Congratulations to Juanita Lint, Susan Wiedkamp, Gayla Hyer, Lauren Re-gan, Regina Skarzinskas and Pamela Wilson.
As we see the end of 2020, let's go out in style! Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS and OTHER BHRW EVENTS
Our usual monthly membership meetings are on the third Thursday of the month from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Most of our in person meetings have been held via Zoom due to the state's restrictions.
Prior to the pandemic our monthly meetings were held 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at:
Rock Creek Country Club
5100 NW Neakahnie Ave.
Portland, OR 97229 (see map)
The meeting was usually $27 per person which includes lunch.
Recent BHRW Events:
BHRW's February 22 Red Shoe Book Club discussed Planet Earth Trumped by Barry A. Dennis and they were joined by the author. Pictured here are Mr. Dennis and friend with member Alison Kettenhofen. The book for next month (see below) will be Count Your Blessing and Your Votes by Gary Wilhelms and hopefully the author will join the meeting.
Our February 18, 2021 membership meeting via Zoom was again well attended by current members and guests. The winner of our 2021 essay contest, Sarah Baker, joined us along with her mother to read the winning essay entitled The History of America and Why it Matters. Due to Covid restrictions Gayla Hyer and Gail Wilhelms delivered our check and certificate to Sarah prior to our meeting.
Our speakers were 3 of the 4 conservative candidates for the Hillsboro School Board. They each spoke of the concerning situation in Hillsboro with the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and other curricula and the frustration they have faced in having input to their children's education. Former Oregon Representative, Bruce Starr, also joined us to voice his support of the group. You can find out how to help on their website Community for Sensible Schools or their FaceBook page.
Our January 21, 2021 Membership meeting was held via Zoom again. We had several first time attendees and several guests for a total of 26 attendees. Alexander Flores, Chair of the Washington County Republican Party, spoke about his plans to improve communication and expand involvement in the County's Republican Party. Several attendees participated in the ensuing discussion mentioning opportunities to get involved with the Washington County GOP as well as other key local efforts and training.
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Other Upcoming Events:
BHRW Red Shoe Book Club usually meets monthly on the 4th Monday at 11:00 am at Café Murrayhill in Beaverton, 14500 SW Murray Scholls Dr #103, Beaverton, OR 97007. The next inperson meeting will be Monday March 22 at 11 a.m.. The book will be Count Your Blessing and Your Votes by Gary Wilhelms. Please RSVP to Alison email@example.com
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