Well, I have almost finished my first three months of my tenure as President. My Board makes it easy; that’s for sure, but because we are such an active club, they keep me busy, too. But first, for those who couldn’t attend our March luncheon either in person or via Zoom, let me tell you a bit about myself. I grew up in Eastern Oregon, went to school at OIT for Computer Science, spent 23 years leading teams building and maintaining computer systems for telecommunications before retiring at age 41. I have been married to RJ for 33+ years. He and I built a winery in Gaston starting in 2007. In 2016, I ran for House Representative in District 29. Unfortunately, I did not win against the incumbent but I met the wonderful ladies of the Beaverton Hillsboro Republican Women club and joined shortly thereafter. In 2018, I became 1st VP, a title that stuck for 3 years until this year. Last year, in May I took over as Executive Director of the Forest Grove/Chamber of Commerce, a job I absolutely love.
In January, for our first meeting of the year, we were honored to have the Washington County GOP Chair, Alexander Flores, come speak to us about his vision for the county. He emphasized communication as the key to success in getting conservatives elected. We also finalized our Essay contest winner to speak at the February meeting.
February, we got our motors running by supporting the efforts of the Communities for Sensible Schools to find conservative candidates to run for school board positions. We invited those candidates to our February meeting along with Bruce Starr, a consultant for Communities for Sensitive Schools. Shortly following the meeting, our own member, Jeanette Schade, became a candidate for the Beaverton School Board. Also, in the February meeting, we had our Essay winner with her Mother. Congratulations, Sarah! The audit team completed the financial audit with no negative findings and the By-laws team completed their review and edits. The Red Shoe book club met for the first time in a year and lastly, the Activist Committee of one sent out several calls to Action for bad bills, redistricting, and campaigning for school board commissions. Busy month!
In March, we had our first face-to-face luncheon in a year. Our leading topics were Legislation by Jeff Stone and Jeanette Schade discussing her school board platform. It was a great meeting and luncheon, and we were joined by several ladies over Zoom. Not to be outdone by February, we had an awards action and planning meeting. The Activist chair along with several other ladies taught a second class on written and verbal testimony. Many hours of campaign support have been provided and almost all of the open school board seats have conservative candidates running.
So I can truly say, we have hit 2021 running and with a State Board meeting, District meeting and two conventions to look forward to, there is no slowing down.
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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.
Bethany Public House is located at:
4840 Northwest Bethany Boulevard, Portland, OR
Mask are required in restaurant until you are seated! Remember to wear your Nametag!
Speaker: Bob Terry
Bob is a former County Commissioner in Washington County and was Chair of Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. He served in the US Navy and was the owner of Fisher Farms and has a long history of working with Oregon Association of Nurseries and the American Nursery and Landscape Association.
BHRW's Red Book Club met on April 26 to discuss Grateful American A Journey From Self to Service by Gary Sinise
BHRW membership met at Bethany Public House as well as via Zoom on April 15. Jeff Reynolds spoke. Jeff is the past chair of Multnomah County Republican Party, Author of Behind the Curtain, and state director for Cruz Campaign for President. Beaverton School Board candidates, Saralyn Dougall, Jeannette Shade, and Dr. Fuhua Xu all spoke about the issues they see with our schools.
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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. Our next meeting is July 26th when we will discuss Better Angels: You can Change the World. You are not Alone by Sadie Keller. Please RSVP to Alison email@example.com
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