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October 16, 2018 Luncheon Meeting

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Novato Republican Women


                          Nan Su,Nan Su

                                        Senior Correspondent, The Epoch Times

                                     “What is News?”

                             Tuesday, October 16, 2018

                                 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  500 Country Club Drive, Novato
                                  Members $28  |  Non-members $32


Founded on the belief, “A well-informed society is the cornerstone of a flourishing democracy,” The Epoch Times was launched in 2000 to provide uncensored and honest reporting. Our speaker, Nan Su, covers California news for The Epoch Times as a Senior Correspondent. His presentation will contrast the news coverage by his paper ( ) with other news sources. His recent articles include coverage of Gavin Newsom’s proposal for free health insurance to illegal immigrants if elected governor; and conflicting views of federal and local governments on the operation of public facilities for the purpose of injecting illegal drugs, known as safe injection sites (SIS).

A recent Op-Ed by Ted Rall in the Wall Street Journal pointed out, “Citizens see issues through increasingly narrow ideological blinders …. what about the news story that captivates half the electorate, while the other half hardly know that it exists?”

What if we don’t even hear another side? A small group of Chinese Americans who witnessed events like Tiananmen Square and religious persecution wanted to be sure their stories were heard. Thus, The Epoch Media Group (EMG) was created in New York. Some reporters in China were jailed and some tortured. Despite numerous challenges, the news outlet grew; regional bureaus with local coverage were added. Today “The Epoch Times” is just one element of EMG’s global media company which offers content in 23 languages across a variety of platforms.

Currently Mr. Su lives in San Jose, California, is married and has two daughters. He was born and raised in China before coming to the U.S. in 1989. 



NRWF Gold Seal transparent600 Days Party – Friday, September 14 -- 5:00 p.m.TrumpPenceLogo


Celebrating the first 600 days of our Republican administration, you are invited to a cocktail gathering on Friday, September 14  from 5:00 p.m. until the part ends. You are invited to bring a bottle of wine – no cover charge, no corkage fee!! This will be an evening of good humor and an opportunity to rejoice in the President’s successes, rejoicing it’s still not Hillary! It will be a casual gathering.


The event hostess will contact you after you register to give you directions to her home and additional information.

Novato Republican Women


                          David Wolfe,David Wolfe

                                        Legislative Director, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

                                     “California Taxes and the November Ballot”

                             Tuesday, September 18, 2018

                                 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  500 Country Club Drive, Novato
                                  Members $28  |  Non-members $32


The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) was founded after Prop 13 passed in June 1978 as a permanent citizen’s organization to protect taxpayers’ gains from the proposition. Today HJTA has kept Prop 13 and the California Tax Revolt alive for more than 30 years. During that time Prop 13 has saved Californians over $528 billion or nearly $10,000 for each man, woman and child in the state.
David Wolfe has worked for HJTA for ten years. In this capacity, he monitors the Legislature closely, writing position letters and testifying on hundreds of bills. He is responsible for the Annual Report Card for all 120 legislators and he contributes to HJTA’s quarterly publication “Taxing Times.” Having sat through hundreds of hours of budget hearings, he can also speak broadly on Sacramento’s spending habits. Wolfe is a graduate of Redwood High School and Sonoma State University – a Marin boy with a conservative brain. Hallelujah!

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                          Mark Kirkorian,Kirkorian

                                        Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies

                                     “Are We Even Allowed to Debate Immigration Policy?”

                             Tuesday, June 19, 2018

      11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  500 Country Club Drive, Novato
Members $28  |  Non-members $32


Mark Krikorian is one of the most influential voices on the immigration issue with a solid 22 year career leading the Center for Immigration Studies. The Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C., began in 1985 to respond to the need for reliable, fact-based research on the immigration topic. Donald Trump cited the Center’s work during his campaign, drawing the ire of many.

Fractious as the topic is, essential rational dialogue has begun. Now, we actually are discussing specific policy points such as lottery visas, chain migration and qualifications.

We are fortunate that Mr. Krikorian will talk with us about some of the Center’s immigration studies so that we can make informed choices. Who benefits and who loses from loose enforcement of immigration laws? Mark is frequently asked to appear on major cable television and broadcast news networks. His writings have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, and he is a contributor at National Review Online. (You can follow him on Twitter: @MarkSKrikorian.)

Novato Republican Women


                          John Cox,Cox

                                        Republican Candidate for Governor

                                     “The Neighborhood Legislature Initiative
                                      and the California Governor’s Race”

                             Tuesday, May 15, 2018

      11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  500 Country Club Drive, Novato
Members $28  |  Non-members $32


      “In a Fox News op-ed titled, “California may elect a Republican governor -- Incredible as that sounds,” Newt Gingrich writes that GOP candidate John Cox is “within striking distance” of front runner Gavin Newsom. Gingrich cites a recent Public Policy Institute of California poll that found that Cox has surged into second place behind Newsom, and notes that a quarter of the poll’s participants were undecided.”
John Cox is a successful businessman, not a politician. Seeing the dangerous direction our Sacramento leaders are taking our state, Cox is fighting back. In an attempt to take power from the Sacramento stranglehold and return it to local communities, Cox championed the Neighborhood Legislature Initiative. This state initiative proposed to increase the number of state legislative representatives and cut the legislature’s funding. The initiative failed to qualify but did show to Californians that Cox will fight for creative change in our state. He calls himself a “Jack Kemp style Republican,” and has put $4 million of his own funds into his campaign for governor.
      The Cox campaign website ( summarizes, if we need any reminders, why Californians should vote Republican for change:
We have the highest income tax rate in the nation and rank dead last in friendliness to business. We have the highest poverty rate in the country. Our unfunded public pension liability is double that of any other state and we haven’t even begun to fund our huge public retiree health care liability. Our regressive taxes are hurting the middle class, with the highest state sales tax, and outrageously high traffic fines and utility rates, AND if you felt under-taxed before, the California Legislature recently passed an incredible $52 Billion gas tax increase.
      John Cox has four daughters and lives in San Diego County with his wife, Sarah. He is involved there with charitable organizations and the Nativity Catholic Church.
      Come hear Mr. Cox share how he will lead our state.

Novato Republican Women


John "Woody" Woodrum,Woody Woodrum 1

President, California Scream Eagles

Make California Golden Again

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  500 Country Club Drive, Novato
Members $28  |  Non-members $32



Woody Woodrum, (President, California Screaming Eagles; State Chapter of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles & California State Volunteer Chairman, Donald J. Trump for President 2016) embodies grassroots activism. A key Trump presidential campaign organizer in California, Woody was offered a position in the Trump Administration but declined, preferring to stay here in California. His political activism started long before the Trump campaign. While he has a profession other than politics, he dedicates much of himself to promote positive, conservative policies. With his wife of 41 years, Donna, Woody travels, tweets and travails to Make California Golden Again. Both will fly up from southern California to join us for this meeting.

Woody will provide us with a tactical briefing on how to target a large block of voters so Republicans can take back our state assembly and state senate this year. With real time information from the web, Woody will share his specially developed tools and insights for our members and their guests. Press will not be invited to this strategic session. The website, offers a basic overview of his efforts but more detailed information is password protected for its members.

Over the years, Woody has served in a variety of capacities with the GOP and has even run for office including US Congress and as a write-in candidate for mayor of San Diego. Functioning as a voting block within the GOP, in 2013 Woody helped to create the Tea Party California Caucus.

Our June primary election is fast approaching with absentee ballots mailed out within the month of our April meeting. Each vote will be critical, and this talk will help us find and turn out critical support for positive change in our state.

Novato Republican Women


Assemblyman Travis Allen,
Republican Candidate for California Governor

"My Vision for a Better California"

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

11:30 a.m. -- 1:30 p.m.

Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato


 You can listen to a live stream on Facebook at the
Travis Allen for Governor Volunteers Facebook Page

After the event, members can log in and listen to or download a podcast of the event.

Assemblyman Travis Allen, a Huntington Beach Republican and leading conservative force, announced on June 22, 2017 that he is running for California Governor. Since his election to the Assembly in 2012, Travis Allen has fought for lower taxes. Perhaps most noticed in his fight for lower taxes was the (unsuccessful) initiative to repeal Jerry Brown’s recent state gas tax.

Travis Allen became politically active to help small businesses and all of us squeezed by overregulation, high taxes and bad public policies. For over 20 years, Allen operated his own small business as a Certified Financial Planner and saw firsthand businesses forced to relocate to other states, taking their jobs with them.

In his run for Governor, Travis Allen offers to Californians, “Is it time for a change?” His priorities are to lower taxes in the state, reduce the regulatory burden for businesses, get tough on crime, improve our roads and reduce traffic, improve education and improve our water supply. Check out his campaign website for more details or sign up to get involved:

There are many candidates, both Republican and Democrat, in the race. With our current top-two primary system and a high percentage of undecided voters, polling numbers are still indicating no clear choice. So, will the overtaxed California voter start shopping for an alternative? Travis has been a bold and tireless voice articulating a vision for a prosperous state for the ordinary citizen. He will share his vision with us how we can make California better.

The NRWF does not endorse one Republican candidate over another Republican and extends an invitation to each to address our group. John Cox is scheduled to speak at our May meeting. We do encourage our members to get involved now so we can have a Republican candidate advance to the General Election.


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The 2018 Elections and What They Will Mean

Stephen Frank,
California Political News and Views

Tuesday, February 13  |  11:30 - 1:30

Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato

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Stephen Frank will offer, well, a frank assessment of the 2018 elections and what they could mean for California Republicans. Mr. Frank has dedicated 50 years to political and community service. He tweets breaking news @capoliticalnews and advises on Internet use for public outreach. In 2014 he became the Senior Contributing Editor of California Political Review, which also posts Frank’s “California Political News and Views.” ( ). In addition to his web writing, Frank appears on television and the radio, and is a regular guest on KSFO. 

Our February meeting will focus on “What issues will motivate California voters this year?” Our "bellwether state” leads the nation on many political, business and social issues, but currently stands in direct contrast to many set out by the Trump Administration: immigration issues, tax policy, and even marijuana use. Will these hot topics drive citizens to the polls?  Will the state’s infamous gas tax motivate more to vote Republican? Frank will highlight promising races and offer ideas for how we can organize to attract voters and work around Sacramento’s one party shenanigans - and what can we accomplish in time for the June 5 nonpartisan,"Top Two,” California primary. 

Mr. Frank lives in Southern California with his wife of 45 years; they have two grown daughters. He served in Viet Nam, First Infantry Division, and then worked for seven years on behalf of prisoners and those missing in action. Along with Bob Dornan, he developed of POW/MIA bracelet. Among his many varied interesting volunteer positions, he served as President, Girl Scout Councils of California.


Novato Republican Women


Vigo G. (Chip) Nielsen, Jr.

Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Gross & Leoni, LLP

California, a Sanctuary State: What happens when state and federal laws are in conflict?Nielsen


To kick off 2018, the renowned political lawyer and strategist, Chip Nielsen, will discuss the sanctuary state issue and the issues which arise when state and federal laws conflict. In October 2017 Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 54, The Sanctuary State bill, to limit local cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. Can our state or local jurisdictions flout federal law? What will the political and legal repercussions be?

Our speaker, Chip Nielsen, is regarded as one of the best lawyers in his field. In 2016 Chambers and Partners ranked Mr. Nielsen as one of the leading Political Law practitioners in the nation. Chip is a senior political law partner in a firm which handles a wide range of political issues. Of the nearly 350 California statewide and local ballot measures represented by this firm, he was general counsel to 55 statewide and 25 local ones, and he has participated as a co-legal compliance counsel in most all of these recent ballot measure committees. He has also been the author of a half dozen statewide initiatives. Chip has managed two statewide candidate campaigns and has been pro-bono legal counsel to George Moscone and Art Agnos for San Francisco Mayor and to Pete Wilson, twice for U.S. Senate and twice for Governor of California.

Before becoming an attorney, Chip was an Administrative Assistant to a California assembly member, Assistant Deputy State Controller, Chief Administrative Officer of the California Assembly as well as a Chief of Staff to a Lt. Governor. Debate over the sanctuary issue continues following the Kate Steinle verdict. There are an estimated 2.4 million immigrants without legal status in California. SB 54 is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2018, but there is opposition. Whether it is this issue or one of the other topics where California officials disagree with the Trump Administration, we will see more battles stemming from conflicting political outlooks and policy preferences.


AdobeStock 94429135 ConvertedNRWF Holiday Luncheon Boutique

Tuesday, December 12  |  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Marin Country Club, 400 Country Club Dr., Novato

December is our most fun luncheon of the year: The NRWF Holiday Boutique! The only business is the swearing in of our new Board for 2018. This is not a political meeting, so please bring your friends of all stripes for a great dose of holiday spirit and get a head start on your holiday shopping! You bring your nice items, like things that you got for gifts that you can’t wear, didn’t fit, wrong color, or its just not your taste. Some ideas are scarves, hats, jewelry, baked goods, candy, crafted items, wine glasses, decorative items, serving pieces, books (not paperback, but special coffee table or signed books). Bring your unwrapped items with you to the meeting. We will price them for you with a starting bid (or if you know the value you can help us) and place them on the tables for everyone to bid silent auction style.beaubell
We start off with champagne and conversation followed by a fabulous holiday buffet, all the while keeping your eye on your bids on the treasures you desire. This is tons of fun, and you may get your holiday shopping done. Bring cash or check, but we will accept credit cards as well.