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:
On Dec 17 BHRW met via Zoom for our annual Christmas party and installation of 2021 officers. That didn’t slow us down. We each brought our favorite libations for several toasts. Gail Wilhelms provided a 20 question Christmas quiz. As a past BHRW President, Gail also installed our 2021 officers (please see Getting to Know US). Newly installed President, Juanita Lint, thanked our outgoing President Melissa for her impressive three years of service. Melissa found BHRW’s thank you present and card miraculously waiting for her at her door.
BHRW continued their holiday giving tradition by giving sheets and towels to the Salvation Army Center for Veterans and Families. Individual members also donated much needed personal items and games to the Union Gospel’s Mission Life Change for Women and their Children.
Our Nov 19 membership meeting was via Zoom to hear Secretary of State Candidate, Kim Thatcher, and State Treasurer Candidate, Jeff Gudman, reflect on their recent races and what's next for them going forward. They both spoke of the urgent need for state Republicans to unite, strengthen their messages and plan now for the future. Over 30 people joined us. There were several guests including two from Downtown Portland Republican Women.
BHRW held their Oct 15 membership meeting via Zoom again. Several candidates joined us to talk about their campaigns: Dale Fishback (HD 29) , Sandra Nelson( HD 27) , Peggy Stevens (HD 26), and Jeff Gudman (State Treasurer).
Christine Drazan (Or House Minority Lead) spoke to the group about the struggles to help Oregon citizens harmed by the pandemic and recent fires and the struggle the Republicans are having making their case with the Governor. She urged us to help in anyway we can with local candidates (please see our Call to Action tab) and mentioned the Republican' s Evergreen PAC as a place to find how to help. She mentioned two candidates who, with some additional help, have an especially strong chance of winning: South Coast candidate is Boomer Wright at Boomer@boomerwright.com and North Coast candidate is Suzanne Weber at email@example.com.
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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 Jan 25. The book is Planet Earth Trumped” by Barry A. Dennis Please RSVP to Alison firstname.lastname@example.org
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