PRESIDENT'S MONTHLY MESSAGES:
Dear Members and
Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fundraiser for Mitt Romney
hosted by his wife,
Ann. She was very refreshing and I found it intriguing to hear the
process by which their family
decided to make the run, again, for President of the United States. She
began by telling us it was Mitt, not her, this time around who was
hesitant to make the commitment. In the decision process, she said she
asked him if he thought our country was too far gone to be saved. He
told her it was close but not quite yet. With that thought in mind, she
said, “Then Mitt, save our country!”
She felt this was one of the most important elections since Abraham
Lincoln. That we are at a fork in the road and the future of our
children is at stake. This is the first generation that may never have
the same or more opportunities as their parents. It was a very
nice event and I am thrilled to throw my support to Mitt Romney as the
next President of the United States.
With Lincoln Day Breakfast, Meet the Candidate events, County
Convention, Senatorial Debate
and State Convention; it has been very busy year. I am so grateful for
our Washington County
Republican Women organization. You are an outstanding group and we are a
wonderful team. I
thank you for your integrity and hard work. I am proud to be associated
At our Washington County Republican Party Convention the following
people were either
unopposed (voted in by acclamation) or won the nomination with 60+
percent and became our
• Alan Gardner Washington County Commission
• Steve Urquhart State Senate District 29
• Jon Stanard State Legislative District 62
• Lowry Snow State Legislative District 74
• Don Ipson State Legislative District 75
There are still many questions about the State convention and the 2nd
Race. Our Chairman, Thomas Wright, was asked to conduct an inquiry into
the events arising
with respect to this race. The motion passed and at the request of the
delegates he initiated an
investigation into the events in question. I will not belabor this other
than to provide you with
the link (http://www.1888932-2946.ws/ComTool6.0/ckfinder/userfiles/files/Chairmans-Inquiry.pdf)
where you may find his results and therefore make your own conclusion.
His findings don’t much matter, at this point. Chris Stewart won with
60+ percent of the votes at the convention and became Utah’s Republican
nominee for the US 2nd Congressional District. I encourage all
Washington County Women to fall in line and give Chris Stewart our full
Utah needs four Republican Congressmen/women in Washington DC.
State Convention Nominees:
• Gary Herbert Utah State Governor
• Rob Bishop US 1st Congressional District
• Chris Stewart US 2nd
• Jason Chafetz US 3
rd Congressional District
• Mia Love US 4th Congressional District
• Brad Last State Legislative District 71
State Primary Election (June 26):
US Senate Race
• Senator Orrin Hatch
• Dan Liljenquist
State Attorney General
• John Swallow
• Sean Reyes
• Austin Johnson
• John Dougall
Utah State Senate district 28
• Casey Anderson
• Evan Vickers
*State School Board 15 – names sent to Governor
• Barbary Corry
• Bette O. Arial
• Janet Barton
*State School Board non-partisan election process
• The Governor appoints a 12 member nominating & recruiting
committee. The committee
members represent different business & education sectors as defined b
the statute. The
committee works to recruit candidates.
• The State Selection Committee review resumes and interviews
candidates. The committee selects at least three candidates and submits
those names to the Governor for consideration.
• The Governor reduces the list to two and submits those names to the
Lieutenant Governor to be placed on the November Ballot.• Voters votes
in November between the two candidates.
I would like to thank all of you for your kind words of sympathy at the
passing of my sweet
mother last month. It was a difficult time for me and I appreciate all
of you for your patience as
I work to get the wind back under my feet.
Dear members and
I really love spring time. In my front yard, surrounding palm trees
are many, many daffodil bulbs. Each year I anxiously await their
rebirth. For a period of about two week I can enjoy a beautiful short
burst of splendor. It is truly worth the wait.
And speaking of spring, March is known for its whirlwinds and I feel, as
I am sure many of you do, that I have been caught up in a continual
political storm. With so many elections ahead,
information is pouring everywhere.
Thanks to Annette Taylor and Bonnie Harrington, we have a one-stop-shop
Please check our website (www.WCRW.us
often. Bonnie Harrington, our Legislative Chairwoman, is updating
information weekly on
all of you who attended your neighborhood caucus. We had outstanding
attendance! Lesa Sandberg, our 2nd VP and membership chairwoman,
gathered the statistics and I am very proud to announce we have nine (9)
WCRW members elected as State Delegates and nineteen (19) elected as
County Delegates. That is awesome!
April is going to be another very exciting whirlwind month!
I am very proud and excited that our women will organize, greet, usher
and moderate the
Senate Candidate Debate. If you would like to be involved please call
Coordinator, LaStar Richins at (435) 656-4361.
Attendance at Conventions is a requirement for State and County
Delegates, but if you are not a delegate and are interested in watching,
there will be a section for guests.
As we proceed into April’s storm, plan to get your feet wet and we will
“dance in the rain.”
I hope you
have a wonderful day.
Dear members and
I think March is such a fun month! On the 11th we ‘spring forward’ with
daylight savings and on the 20th we mark the beginning of spring in the
northern hemisphere with the equinox.
It is also a very busy and exciting month for politics. MARK YOUR
CALENDAR for the following three dates:
Caucus Training and Q & A from the County Party
Governor Gary Herbert
is sponsoring a
Town Hall Meeting
at Dixie Sate
College in the Gardner Center.
His campaign has given our organization a very special invitation to
attend and have a display booth.
Republican neighborhood Caucus’s fall on this date at 7:00 PM.
Locations will be announced on the website as soon as we know them. (www.WashingtonCountyRepublicanWomen.org
and our very own, Lisa Thorpe, is posting them on the Washington County
Republican Party website as well. (www.WashingtonCountyRepublicans.com).
I would encourage each of you to become involved in your caucus
Go there ready to be elected as part of the leadership. Show them that
WE are empowered Women!
March 21st: SENATORIAL DEBATE.
Our WCRW And the
UFRW have been honored with an invitation to co-sponsor this Senatorial
Debate right here in our Dixie. Three candidates
including; Senator Orrin Hatch, Dan Liljenquist & Chris Herrod have
already been confirmed.
As more information become available we will keep you informed. Please
mark that date.
I recently discovered a Spanish Proverb which made me chuckle, “To tell
a woman everything
she may not do is to tell her what she can do.”
I am thrilled with the opportunities that are coming our way. It is a
compliment to each of you for your commitment and hard work within our
organization. Together we make a great
regards, LaRene Cox, President
Dear WCRW Members and Guests,
With all of the political fanfare these days, I find myself glued to the
news. Today all of the national polls suggest that none of our
Republican Presidential Candidates are strong enough to beat the current
president. All may not be lost, and I for one, have not given up hope.
Last month at our luncheon, I was given an ‘Out of the Office – Obama –
Calendar’. It is proudly
displayed in my office. Each day as I work and occasionally take a peek
at my new ‘Out of the Office – Obama – Calendar’, I anxiously await the
promise it suggests that in 359 days from Friday, January 27th,
Obama will indeed, be ‘Out of the Office.”
On a serious note, however, the thought of our current president being
elected for a second term reinforces, in my mind, why it is so important
that we work hard to make wise and educated decisions
Utah currently has three congressional seats. Two being held by
Republicans (Chaffetz and Bishop) while one (Matheson) is a Democrat.
Far too often this means that one of our two Republican voices is
silenced by the offsetting vote from Mr. Matheson. With the addition of
one more seat in Utah we have
an opportunity to send four Republicans to Congress this year!
In our second Congressional District, we currently have eight
conservative Republican candidates. Each one of them would be a dramatic
improvement over our current Democratic Representative. We are excited
to announce that this Thursday we will have all eight of them coming to
lunch. We will be able to meet, greet and speak with them. What a great
opportunity we have to become educated and informed. I am proud of each
one of our candidates for being involved and willing to serve.
Please join me in welcoming them, this Thursday, February 2nd
at the Abbey Inn. The candidates have agreed to be available to meet and
visit with us beginning at 11:00 AM. Lunch will be served at the normal
time, 11:30 AM, and the program will begin at 11:50 AM. If you’re able
to stay late, our candidates will be available for a brief question and
answer session after the program has concluded.
February is also our Membership Drive month. Please bring a friend and
encourage them to join our WCRW Organization.
With my best regards,
It is my hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas season with your
family and friends. As the New Year approaches, let us remember those
who are less fortunate and keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
I am honored to have been chosen as your president for the year 2012 and
promise to serve you with my very best. You have also selected an
outstanding Executive Committee! I am overjoyed by their enthusiasm and
feel fortunate for the opportunity to work, side by side, with such a
wonderful group of women. We have already met and selected Committee
Chairs and Co-Chairs who along with the EC will make up the Board. Each
one of them brings wonderful ideas to the table. They are looking for
help in each of their respective committees and I would encourage you to
become involved in one or more committees of your choice. With many
hands helping, we are sure to have an awesome year!
Our theme for year 2012 will be to “Inform, Educate and Meet the
Elna Rae Page, your 1st VP, has already outlined a wonderful
year for our programs.
In January, we will begin with the theme of “Freedom”.
Dr. Paul Gooch and his wife, Chantra (a Cambodian refugee) have agreed
to share with us, their inspiring story which they have titled,
“Yearning to Breathe Free”.
You won’t want to miss this presentation.
This is your organization! Your suggestions and comments will always be
welcome. I am looking forward to become better acquainted with each of
Happy New Year and my best regards,
Above all, we must
realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is
so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is
a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.