March Newsletter

Jim Brulte and Harmeet Dhillon to Lead CRP

The California Republican Party elected Jim Brulte as its new Chair and the Bay Area's Harmeet Dhillon as statewide Vice Chair on Sunday at the state convention in Sacramento. 

Both were elected by significant margins.  Brulte defeated David Miller 990-115.  Dhillon won over Rodney Stanhope 880-116.  They will each serve a two year term.

Jim Brulte was featured previously in the BayAreaGOP February 2013 Newsletter, where you can read about him.

Harmeet Dhillon is best known to Bay Area Republicans as the Chair of the San Francisco Republican Party, where she has led an active program and been an outspoken media figure in one of the most challenging counties in the United States.

She has served on the San Francisco central committee since 2005 and was elected Chair in 2011.  She ran for Assembly in 2008, the first Indian American major party nominee for state office in California history.  She also ran for State Senate in 2012.

Harmeet Dhillon was born in Chandigarh in northern India and moved to the United States at age two.  She was the daughter of conservative Sikh parents, her father an orthopedic surgeon.

She grew up in a rural town in North Carolina.  She attended Dartmouth College, where she edited the conservative Dartmouth Review.  One article became a national free speech story, with a court reinstating student reporters suspended by the administration.

After graduation, Harmeet worked at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., where she was the Assistant Editor of Policy Review magazine.  She attended law school at the University of Virginia.

Then her Dartmouth colleague, conservative Dinesh D'Souza, recruited her for  the conservative public interest law firm The Center for Individual Rights.

Harmeet Dhillon has broad experience as an attorney, working at  prestigious international law firms before founding Dhillon & Smith.  She is a passionate advocate, focusing primarily on commercial litigation and arbitration but also handling some election law and civil rights cases.

She has won awards and recognition for her pro bono legal work on behalf of domestic violence survivors, religious discrimination plaintiffs, and political refugees.  

She even served a term on the board of the ACLU of Northern California, after defending Sikhs, who were attacked after the 9/11 attacks.

During her assembly campaign, Dhillon met Sarvjit Randhawa, a retired nuclear engineer who worked for the Public Utilities Commission.  In 2011, Harmeet and Sarv sailed to their own wedding on Angel Island, and were married by a Republican judge.

In 2012, she started her own small business, manufacturing and selling California made yarn and scarves, inspired by her husband who wanted to purchase products made in California. (See the S.F. Chronicle story.)

You can learn more about Harmeet Dhillon in the San Francisco Chronicle profile or her KQED radio interview

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Meet the CRP Regional Vice Chairs    


During the CA Republican Party Spring Convention, each of the five northern regions elected, or re-elected a Regional Vice Chair who will serve on the Board of Directors for the CRP.  We are very fortunate to have officers with a history of active volunteer work for our party, who bring great talent, experience and capability to our CRP Board of Directors.

Following are the elected Regional Vice Chairs  for Northern and Central California, beginning with those who are newly elected.



Bay Area Regional Vice Chair Kevin Krick

Counties: Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara,  Alameda, Contra Costa. 

Kevin has served two terms as the Chair of the Marin County Republican Central Committee, and presently serves as First Vice-President to the California Republican Party County Chairmen's Association.  To learn more, view this BayAreaGOP endorsement article. 



Northwest  Regional Vice Chair Elissa Wadleigh

Counties: Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Yolo, Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake.

Elissa is serving her second term as Chair of the Sonoma County Republican Central Committee.  It was her brother's military service that spurred her to become active in politics.  She wanted to take a stand for freedom and liberty here at home to honor his service and commitment abroad.  Read more on her website.



Central Valley Regional Vice Chair Marcelino Valdez

Counties: Sacramento, San Joaquin, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Madera, Mariposa, Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Merced, Kern.

Marcelino is a small business owner who founded the Central California Latino PAC and serves as its Vice-Chairman. Since 2008, he has faithfully served the Fresno County Republican Party as a surrogate speaker to discuss their values and positions on current affairs, in both English and Spanish media.  Additionally, he serves on Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin's Community Advisory Board.



Central Coast Regional Vice Chair Gregory Gandrud

Counties: Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

Greg was re-elected to the Regional Vice Chair position, is the past Chairman of the Santa Barbara County Republican Party, and the former Treasurer of the Republican County Chairmen's Association.   He  served on the Carpinteria City Council and was appointed  to the California Recreational Trails Committee. Read more.  



Northern Region Vice Chair Dr. Arnie Zeiderman

Counties: Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Alpine, Calaveras, Modoc, Siskiyou, Yuba, Butte, Sierra, Plumas, Lassen, Nevada, Shasta, Tehama, Trinity, Glenn, Colusa, Sutter.

Arnie was re-elected Regional Vice Chair, having served in the position since 2011. He also serves as Chairman of the Amador County Republican Party where he has been a central committee member and volunteer leader for more than 10 years.  Read more.  



I would like thank all of these leaders who are willing to give of their time and resources to serve on the CRP Board of Directors and represent their regions at the state level.

Best regards,


March Events

SFRA Honors San Francisco GOP Chair Harmeet Dhillon
Thursday, March 7, 2013 / 6:00 pm
San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton Street, San Francisco

The San Francisco Republican Assembly invites you to join them as they honor San Francisco Republican Central Committee Chairwoman Harmeet Dhillon - "The Newly Elected Vice Chair, California Republican Party".

RSVP: Limited seating available - respond ASAP. Cost: Members $45; Non-members $55. Enjoy a four course Italian dinner.  Find out more ...

TVRWF Luncheon with Lynne Leach
Saturday, March 9, 2013 / 12:30 pm
Cattlemens Restaurant, 2882 Kitty Hawk Road, Livermore

The Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated will host a dinner with featured speaker Lynne Leach, a former member of the California State Assembly.

RSVP: Make your reservation by contacting Devy Torrance at 925-234-2209 or [email protected]. Cost: $24 per person. Find out more ...

Monterey Peninsula RWF Luncheon with Rachel Martin
Thursday, March 14, 2013 / 11:30 am
Rancho Canada, 4860 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel

The Monterey Peninsula Republican Women Federated monthly luncheon will include guest speaker Rachel Martin, National Federation of Republican Women, State and National Chairman of Homeland Security, who will speak on the topic of Terrorism and Gun control.

RSVP: Sign up before March 11th.  Find out more ...

Blackhawk Republican Women Present Mimi Steel
Thursday, March 14, 2013 / 5:30 pm
Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Dr, Danville

Join the Blackhawk Republican Women for their general meeting as they present Mimi Steel, Citizens Alliance for Property Rights President, SF Bay.  She works to educate citizens on the implications of the One Bay Area Plan, a 25 year land use plan.

RSVP:  Make your reservation and payment of $25 by noon on Monday, March 12.  Find out more ...

Nob Hill RWF Present John Blundell
Thursday, March 14, 2013 / 6:30 pm
The Olympic Club, 524 Post Street, San Francisco

You are invited to the March dinner meeting of the Nob Hill Republican Women Federated as they feature guest speaker John Blundell, world-renown economist and author of Margaret Thatcher, Portrait of the Iron Lady".

RSVP: Send check to be received no later than March 8. Cost: $55 for members; $65 for non-members. Find out more ...

Palo Alto RWF Lunch with Dr. John Shoven
Monday, March 18, 2013 / 11:30 am
Michaels At Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View

Please join the Palo Alto Republican Women Federated for their meeting with Guest Speaker Dr. John Shoven. He is Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Professor of Economics at Stanford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Topic: "30 Year Retirements and 40 Year Careers Won't Work - The Necessity of Raising the Retirement Age".

Time: 11:30 Social, 12:00 Lunch. Cost: $23.  Find out more ...

Novato RWF to Host Luncheon Featuring Dr. Padma Manian
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 / 11:00 am
Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato

The Novato Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon with Dr. Padma Manian, History Professor at San Jose City College. How has the feminist movement impacted American women, culture and politics? Dr. Manian will speak on "The Gender Gap: How It Came About."

Cost: $31, includes lunch.  Find out more ...

SVARW Breakfast with Sylvia Oliverez and Pam Hedblad
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 / 9:00 am
La Rinconada Country Club, 14595 Clearview Drive, Los Gatos

The Silicon Valley Association of Republican Women will host a breakfest meeting with special guests health care insurance expert and SVARW member Sylvia Oliverez, along with colleague Pam Hedblad, speaking on the topic: Effects of Obamacare on California. Ms. Oliverez is the owner of Be Well Insurance Solutions, and Ms. Hedblad is a CPA Principal at Abbott, Stringham & Lynch.  Find out more ...

SPARC Presents Education Policy Innovation with Bill Evers
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 / 5:30 pm
Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills

Join the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition for an evening of food, wine and stimulating discussion on K-12 educational policy with Bill Evers. Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, was the US Assistant Secretary of Education for Policy from 2007 to 2009.

Cost:  $45 for Non-Members.   Find out more ...

Ygnacio Valley RWF Dinner with Heather Gass
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 / 5:30 pm
Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Drive, Clayton

The Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Federated will host a dinner with featured speaker Heather Gass, member of the Tea Party.

RSVP:  by Friday, March 15. Cost $35.  Find out more ...

WVRWF Luncheon with Lance T. Izumi
Thursday, March 21, 2013 / 11:30 am
Holder's Country Inn, 998 So. De Anza Blvd., San Jose

The West Valley Republican Women Federated invite you to their next luncheon with featured speaker Lance T. Izumi, discussing the findings of his book Obama's Education Takeover. He is the Senior Director of Education Studies at the Pacific Research Institute.

RSVP:  Checks must be received by Monday, March 18. Price: $18.50.  Find out more ...

Monterey Peninsula RWF Fundraising Dinner
Friday, March 22, 2013 / 6:30 pm
Rancho Cielo Drummond Academy, 710 Old Stage Road, Salinas

The Monterey Peninsula Republican Women Federated will hold a dinner to benefit local students who are learning new skills from a trained chef. The public is welcome.

RSVP: Contact Loretta at 626-4197 or [email protected]. Cost is $50 per person and payment must be received by March 14. Roundtrip transportation is provided from Carmel, that seats 24 people.

Republican Club at the Villages hosts Charles Munger, Jr.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 / 3:00 pm
Vineyard Center, The Villages, San Jose

The Republican Club at the Villages hosts Guest Speaker Dr. Charles Munger, Jr. at its general meeting. He is Chairman of the Santa Clara County Republican Party and was the proponent of the successful Proposition 20, which provided independent congressional redistricting.

No charge. Call Carla at 408-274-4728 in advance to arrange entrance at the gate.

Marin RWF Lunch with Susie Iventosch
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 / 11:30 am
The Club at McInnis, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael

You are invited to join the Marin Republican Women Federated as they present Susie Iventosch, author of Tax Bites and Tasty Morsels. Iventosch is a food columnist and registered tax return preparer. She will speak on the impact of social welfare on the breakdown of the modern family, tying food, family and the future of our nation together.  Find out more ...



This section contains information on county committee meetings, club meetings without a speaker, grassroots activities, etc.

Alameda GOP 20th & 25th Assembly District Caucus Meeting
Thursday, March 7, 2013 / 7:00 pm
Century 21 Mission Bishop Real Estate, 39180 Liberty Street, Fremont

Join the Alameda County Republican Party 20th/25th Assembly District Caucus for their monthly Pot Luck & Meeting. They will be reporting on the recent State GOP Convention and presenting information and tools to use to become an active participant in local government.

Santa Cruz County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 7, 2013 / 7:00 pm
Live Oak Senior Center, 1777 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz

Monthly meetings are usually held the first Thursday of each month.  The meeting is open to the general public.


Napa County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 / 6:30 pm
Coldwell Banker Conference Room, 1775 Lincoln Ave, Napa

The Napa County Republican Central Committee meets monthly on the second Tuesday. The general membership meeting will start with a social period from 6:30 to 7pm. The business meeting will start at 7pm.  


San Benito County Republican Party Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 / 7:00 pm
YMCA, 351-A Nash Road, Hollister

Regular meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month.



San Mateo County GOP Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 7:00 pm
San Mateo American Legion Hall, 130 South Blvd., San Mateo

Join the San Mateo County Republican Party for their monthly committee meeting  -  normally the second Thursday of the month.   


Alameda County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 / 6:30 pm
Alameda County Republican Headquarters, 1039 MacArthur Blvd., San Leandro 


Meetings occur every third Tuesday of the month. The meetings start at 6:30 PM, but there is time to socialize beforehand. They are currently open to all Republican voters in Alameda County, but only Members may vote.  These meetings are a great opportunity to meet many of the involved volunteers.



SFYR March Happy Hour
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 / 6:30 pm
Schroeder's, 240 Front Street, San Francisco

Join the San Francisco Young Republicans at their monthly third-Tuesday Happy Hour. Contact (415) 483-9558 for questions and to RSVP.  



Solano County Republican Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:00 pm
Republican Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield

The Republican Party of Solano County normally meets on the first Friday and third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are open to all Solano Republican voters, donors, candidates, students and volunteers. Contact them at 707-422-5000.   


Sonoma County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:00 pm
1421 Guerneville Road, Suite #106, Santa Rosa

Attend the monthly Central Committee meeting of the Sonoma County Republican Party.  Meetings are normally held on the third Wednesday.   



Solano Republicans Spaghetti Feed
Friday, March 22, 2013 - 6:30 pm
Headquarters, 625 Jackson St., Fairfield

Join the Solano County Republican Party for their fourth Friday spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Delicious homemade spaghetti - all you can eat. This is a fund raising event to help our candidates and support Party operations. $20 per person or $35 per couple. Contact: 707-422-5000.   



CCRP Voter Registration at the Danville Farmer's Market
Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 9:00 am
Danville Farmer's Market, Railroad & Prospect Avenue, Danville

The Contra Costa Republican Party hosts a voter registration table.  You can register to vote, sign a petition, chat with other Republicans, or just say hello.  Info:  925-930-9551.   



Marin County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, March 28, 2013 / 6:30 pm
Jason's Restaurant, Community Room, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae

The Marin County Republican Central Committee will hold their monthly meeting. More Information: 415-446-4111.   



Save the Date!

Monday-Tuesday, April 8-9, 2013 
Sacramento Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street, Sacramento

The California Federation of Republican Women sponsors its 38th annual Advocacy Workshop. Several hundred women from throughout California converge on the state Capitol April 8-9 in Sacramento to lobby legislators on important bills, and hear from legislators.  Men are also welcome.  Contact: [email protected]



Marin RWF Fundraising Night at BJ's
Monday, April 8, 2013 / 5:00 pm
BJ's, 5800 Northgate Mall, San Rafael

Present this flyer when you dine at BJ's on April 8, between 5-9pm, and 15% of food sales will be donated to the Marin Republican Women Federated to be used for community projects.  



Blackhawk Republican Women Spring Luncheon
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 / 11:30 am
Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Dr, Danville

The Blackhawk Republican Women Federated invite you and friends to join them for their Spring Luncheon, celebrating members, new members and prospective members. Edelweiss Geary, Chair of the Legislative Committee for NFRW, will present the History of the Republican Party.  Find out more ...  



SMGOP Lincoln Day Dinner
Thursday, April 25, 2013 / 6:00 pm
IDES Hall, 735 Main Street, Half Moon Bay

Save the date for the San Mateo County Republican Party Lincoln Day fundraiser. More information about the program to come!

RSVP: To order tickets, visit the website. Cost: $95 per person if purchased in March; $105 if purchased in April.  



Marin GOP Lincoln Dinner with Jim Brulte
Friday, May 3, 2013 / 6:00 pm
Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato

The Marin County Republican Party invite you to their Annual Lincoln Dinner.  The special guest will be newly elected California GOP Chairman Jim Brulte.  Jim will share his vision as to how we as Republicans can unite to rebuild the party here in California as well as make a difference locally in Marin.

RSVP: Sign up online. Cost: Adult $75/person, VIP (Champagne reception w/Jim) $150/person, Young Republican (under 40) $45/person. Questions? Call (415) 446-4111.  



Alameda County GOP Lincoln Dinner with Jim Brulte
Thursday evening, May 16, 2013
Marriott Pleasanton, 11950 Dublin Canyon Road, Pleasanton

The Alameda County Republican Party hosts its Lincoln Dinner. Guests will include CRP Chair Jim Brulte and local Republican elected officials. Details will be announced.  



CRP Fall 2013 Convention
Friday-Sunday, October 4-6, 2013
Hilton Anaheim Hotel, Anaheim

The California Republican Party holds its Fall Convention. For more information, please contact Jasmine Megrabyan, Director of Meetings & Convention, at [email protected].  



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