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Join our community of like-minded individuals who enjoy socializing and keeping current on issues that impact our lives. We bring information from our local officials and keep you updated on current events. Remember...our meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
The doors open at 3 PM, and the meeting starts promptly at 3:30.
All Republicans, Independents, and those not affiliated with a party who live in SaddleBrooke are invited to attend a meeting before joining. Be a part of one of the most prominent Republican Clubs in Arizona!
To Join...follow the link below.
Jeff DeWit, Chairman of the AZ Republican Party, unfortunately, has a conflict and cannot attend our meeting. Brusc Ash will be our speaker.
Sheriff Lamb is a candidate for US Senate running against Kyrsten Sinema. Please mark this on your calendar, and PLEASE bring a friend. We need to show up and support Sheriff Lamb.
37 People participated in this nonscientific straw poll. Not everyone answered the questions asked… The following are the results to the best of our ability to tally.....
Who is your choice for President 2024?
Who Is Your Choice for Vice President?
Nikki Haley 41%
Tim Scott 8%
Kristy Noem 5%
Kari Lake 14%
Who do you think the nominee will be?
Who is your choice for US Senate 2024
To the question, should Trump debate… 68% said YES while others either said no (2) or not sure.
We will ask the same questions over the next year. Results were different in September than in July when we took the first survey. In July DeSantis was hardly mentioned. It is interesting to see what SaddleBrooke is thinking compared to national surveys. Please participate...it is confidential and only for FUN!!!
A US Navy Vietnam Veteran and a 13-year Member of American Legion Post 132 Oro Valley led us in the Prayer and Pledge. He is currently the Post Chaplain and Color Guard Member and a member of the SBRC.
Photos of the meeting are below and taken by Tom Costner, the club's new photographer.
Please take a moment and look at the photo. 35,677 Arizonans registered as an Independent or No Official Party from January of this year through July. During the same time period, only 1,985 registered as a Republican and the Democrats lost 10,014 voters.
There are more registered Independents than Republicans or Democrats in Arizona. We have had several speakers tell us over the last year that it is the Independents who will determine the outcome of elections in 2024.
WE HAVE WORK TO DO!!!
Everyone left the meeting feeling confident about elections in Pinal County. Dana Lewis was appointed County Recorder by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors on August 5, 2022. She will be a candidate for Recorder in 2024, and we all agree, that Pinal County is in good hands with our elections with Dana at the helm. She gave 45 minutes of facts and information. Still, the most important takeaway is that every one of us needs to verify with the elections department our voter registration is accurate at least 45 days before the upcoming election.
Ricky received $1,000 from our club members and the SBRC to attend the Young America Foundation Leadership Conference. He is also in leadership at the U of A with the Young Republicans and he shared how his training at YAF has given him leadership skills for the work the YR's are planning to elect Republicans in 2024. He said they will be more active than ever as they are energized!!!
Membership in the SBRC is for SaddleBrooke residents only.
We are pleased to announce that Kirsten Sandvick has joined the Board as Director of Events. Her first event, the August 1 potluck was a huge success. We had 70 SBRC members attend and the food our members brought was fabulous. EVERYONE has suggested we do more of these events and the committee is busy exploring options.
Thank you to everyone who attended, AND a special thanks to our volunteers... Eva Rees, Lynn Denning, Dick Dunbar, Steve Kartsonis, Membership Director Gloria Wolf and her team on the Membership Committee Diane Foster and Debbie McGeehan. It was a fun evening! The decor was perfect and the raffle prizes (donated by Kirsten) were especially unique. A special thanks to our guest speakers Ross Teeple, (Candidate for Sheriff); Dana Lewis, (Pinal County Recorder); and Senator Justine Wadsack and Representative Cory Jones, (our LD 17 Representatives).
Photograph by Tom Costner
Pictured President Kathleen Dunbar
Special Event Director Kirsten Sandvik
By Kathleen Dunbar
SaddleBrooke resident Al Melvin who represented SaddleBrooke in the former LD-11 from 2009-2015 has passed away. Melvin made a run for Governor in 2014, dropping out early in the contest and also ran for Arizona Corporate Commission in 2016, losing in the Republican primary. His surviving spouse Kou is an avid golfer.
Former Senator Vince Leach commented on Melvin’s passing “Senator Melvin got me started in state politics soon after we moved to AZ. He helped me immensely in my decision to run for political office. He was always a straight shooter and was always there to help out anyone that was in need. "Thanks Senator for your service to the state of Arizona. ”
Melvin earned his B.S. from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1969, his MBA in International Management from American Graduate School in 1972, and his Diploma from the United States Naval War College in 1994. His professional experience includes working as a teacher for the University of Arizona from 2002 to 2006 and working as a consultant for American Quality International Consulting from 2002 to 2006. Melvin served as a Captain in the United States Navy from 1997 to 1999 and a Ship’s Officer in the American Maritime Officers from 1999 to 2002
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Bud Alexander is from southeastern Arizona. He graduated from NAU in the 1960s. As a lifetime Arizonan, Bud has seen our state grow from a collection of small ranching, mining, and tourism communities to major metropolitan areas. Growing up on a farm in Arizona, Bud’s deepest convictions are in self-reliance, personal responsibility, and conservative values. With the election of Ronald Regan, Bud became totally conservative forever.
Bud’s academic and career interests have always been on the technical side of business, computers, and the high-tech industry. He has programmed mainframes, mid-range computers, and the latest personal computers. As the early personal computer industry grew, Bud went from an IBM mainframe developer to an Apple Macintosh developer to real-time software development in manufacturing. Bud has led software development teams that have changed how major corporations work both domestically and internationally.
Over the years, Bud became more and more technical in his endeavors and had more freedom to experiment. He left Motorola in the late 1990s. In 2003 thanks to the lucrative software his teams had developed, Bud was promoted to Vice President of the Fortune 500 company Avnet Inc.
Since retiring, Bud has developed Windows applications that are still in production at HOA1 Purchasing and still in use for managing tips in the HOA1 restaurants. While doing that, he also developed software for various clubs at SaddleBrooke, including SBRC. Given Bud’s Software development and consulting experience, in 2022, he joined the SBRC board as a technical advisor and overseer of the systems and applications for the SaddleBrooke Republican Club.
It is our pleasure to introduce Bud Alexander to the Membership. Bud has been so instrumental in helping so many clubs with their websites, tech information, etc., and is an all-around great person to know. Besides being brilliant, he is modest. He is married to Lois (a fabulous line dancer) and this couple reflects one of the greatest things about SaddleBrooke … the people!!!!
Thank you, Bud, for always being there … for so many, for so many years.
The job includes overseeing communications from SBRC to the membership, including writing articles for the website, newsletter, and communication with the Membership. Experience with Constant Contact and Godaddy helpful.