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Will be our featured speaker March 8th
We will host a luncheon in the HOA2 Ballroom featuring former Governor Scott Walker.
Governor Walker is currently President of Young America’s Foundation.
Young America’s Foundation is committed to ensuring that increasing numbers of young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. Young America’s Foundation stepped forward to save President Reagan’s Western White House, in the spring of 1998 to preserve it as a living monument to Ronald Reagan.
Lunch includes --
Chicken Tortilla Salad- (Garden greens, grape tomatoes, black bean corn pico de gallo, pickled red onions, grilled herbed lime chicken breast, jack & cheddar cheeses,
tortilla strips, chipotle ranch dressing.)
Dessert: Assorted cookies
Tickets will be available on the DesertView Event Website
February 1, 2023
The SaddleBrooke Republican Club was honored to have Congressman Juan Ciscomani speak Valentine’s Day to the SaddleBrooke Republican Club. He acknowledged us as his good friends and thanked SaddleBrooke for the support he received during the campaign. This was a surprise for club members, and we only heard the good news on Monday at 4:30 of his availability. Our scheduled speaker from the Goldwater Institute graciously agreed to come another month so as to give Ciscomani the full time allotted. His first visit of the day was Sierra Vista on border issues and then a luncheon with the Sierra Vista Republican Club. Next, he made the over 2 hour trip to SaddleBrooke.
Attendees of the meeting heard firsthand about his historical selection to be appointed to the appropriations committee, (the most prestigious committee in Congress) which rarely is given to a freshman. He explained how committee assignments were an interview process and what he did to be appointed. He will also serve on the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, something near and dear to his heart. He will be able to continue the work he started in Arizona while working for former Governor Ducey.
Members of the audience posed questions after Ciscomani’ s remarks. The border and fentanyl were prominent on the minds of the audience and Ciscomani responded that the Oversight committees and Judiciary will be questioning Homeland Secretary Mayorkas and his clear dereliction of his sworn duty to enforce the law and protect the US from invasion.
Ciscomani also shared how offices are assigned. All freshmen names are put in a lottery. Out of the 76 new freshmen, he drew 33. Ciscomani, married and the father of 6 children, (who have decided to reside in Tucson while he commutes to D.C.) was pleased as this is not only his working office, but where he sleeps on an air mattress.
After speaking and taking questions from the audience, he left for a Valentine Dinner with his 3 daughters. He explained their family tradition where his wife Laura takes the 3 boys someplace special, and he takes the girls. Afterwards, the family meets to share dessert together.
The crowd of over 150 left talking with each other about their appreciation of our congressman. In his appearance he showed his passion for the job and his true appreciation for what it means to be an American Citizen. He communicated what it meant to swear his oath to the United States of America, twice. This first time when he became a citizen and the second, on the floor of the United States Congress. He ended by saying “only in the United States of America could an immigrant and son of a bus driver become a US Congressman.” The crowd erupted in a standing ovation.
We were devastated to learn of the passing of one of the founding members of the SaddleBrooke Republican club, Richard Hudgins. His last volunteer venture for the club was to serve on the Nomination Committee last September for the current SBRC Board.
Richard was born in Longview Texas on October 9, 1939. He graduated from Texas A&M, married his beloved LeNeille and went on active duty with the US Air Force in July 1961. He went home to the Lord on February 15, 2023.
After 22 in the Air Force, he retired as a full Colonel in 1983 and spent 16 years with the Boeing Company in Seattle Washington before retiring and moving to Saddlebrooke in 2001.
Not only was Richard one of the founding members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club he was the author of the original by-laws. He was also currently the Vice Chairman of the Golder Ranch Fire District and the President of Impact of Southern Arizona.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, LeNeille, his daughters Rebecca and Rachel, as well as siblings and grandchildren.
In a short conversation I had with LeNeille, she was doing well and told me how they had tickets to see Governor Scott Walker. At first she thought of calling me and returning the tickets. But after a few minutes she decided Richard would want her to go and she called a friend and said that they will be there March 8th. What a joy to have these two members of our club and we know Richard is looking down and will do all he can to keep us on track as the best club in Arizona!
Our deepest condolences and love to the family.
Why does the SBRC now meet in the DesertView Theatre instead of the HOA2 Ballroom?
Covid changed so many things in our lives. We all realize that our HOAs have had a difficult time staffing. We also have to realize that SaddleBrooke is a long drive for those employees who live in the surrounding communities and, to be competitive, we must consider the cost of gas and time. The management of both HOAs were addressing many of these issues before Covid.
During the transition from Robson to HOA2, the HOA2 Board and management made some decisions. One decision that affected the SBRC was the decision to charge a non-sanctioned club a room rental fee. A SaddleBrooke-sanctioned club is a club that does not have outside SaddleBrooke residents as members. The SBRC has members from the Ranch that are lifetime members and members from Eagle Crest, etc. Although some SaddleBrooke clubs have rescinded memberships of those members who were not residents, the SBRC Board has honored all memberships.
Today we find ourselves in the position of being a non-sanctioned club and we pay rent. The HOA2 Board and management will only allow us to meet in the Ballroom if we are having a meal venue. Some of you are thinking back to when we could meet in the ballroom without a meal but with a bar; however, HOA2 has retracted that possibility because of staffing requirements, setup manpower, and so on. Consequently, our only option for meetings is the DesertView Theatre for a facility that can accommodate our numbers. Our fee is like any outside group that would like to rent the facility, and we pay $250 from
3 – 5 pm. We also pay for the microphones, projector, etc.
We are examining our memberships. Last year we gained 113 new-member households and all but 6 were from SaddleBrooke: 2 were people running for political office. A few years ago, SBRC was the only Republican club in this area. That is not the case today. The Ranch has its own club, and there is a relatively new club in Oro Valley, the Northwest Republican Club. The SaddleBrooke Republican Club also has members who are elected officials who do not live in SaddleBrooke. We always accommodate our elected officials and are honored to have them at our meetings.
PLEASE sit together towards the front of the theatre. It tends to look sparse for speakers when they are at the podium and the crowd is light.
For those of you who show up monthly, thank you! We appreciate you.
We do our best to bring you informative meetings, and our speakers travel a good distance (mostly from Phoenix) to attend.
WE much prefer the ballroom as it is easier to talk to friends and mingle. We appreciate HOA2 and their staff who are always accommodating.
We understand their rules and why they have them. Our task is to function within their rules.
Please go to the website. It is always up-to-date with where our meetings are being held.
Ideas were shared as to what we could do as a Board to get more members involved in the club. One thing that was decided is EVERYONE liked the social aspect of the afternoon and the club needed to look at
having more small group activities.
Email Kathleen with your suggestions-- k.dunbar@Reagan.com
Barbs political career began in 1962 working on the campaign of a friend running for the State Legislature in Wisconsin. In 1964 the Goldwater campaign took up five months of her life. After that she became Chair of the 4th District Young Republicans. In that role she met Ed Treick who was serving as Chair of the 5th District Young Republicans. Following their marriage she became Assistant Home Secretary for Congressman Glen Davis, and later Executive Assistant to the Director of the Milwaukee County GOP.
In 1980 Barb was appointed Wisconsin Director of a National GOP Program called Commitment 80 designed to recruit volunteers for the Reagan campaign and use their efforts to get out the vote. Following the successful completion of Commitment 80 and the election of both President Reagan and Senator Robert Kasten, Ed and Barb thought it was safe to bring another Treick into the world, and their third child was born. Shortly thereafter, they purchased SF Analytical Laboratory in West Allis, Wisconsin. It was formed in the early 1900s and had a solid customer base and 15 employees. They managed it until 2010 and when sold had 35 employees and an even larger customer list.
Since arriving in Saddlebrooke in 2012 they both joined the Republican Club, Ed became a Precinct Committeman, and Barb joined the Republican Women of Pinal County. She had served two terms as President prior to Covid. Following the reemergence of the SBRC Barb volunteered for the job of Program Director, where she has served for the past two years.
The SBRC is fortunate to have Barb’s vast experience doing programs. Last year she made sure we had the opportunity to meet the candidates running for statewide offices. Finding interesting speakers available on a Tuesday afternoon is a challenge and she is the perfect person for the job. Barb is a snowbird and would appreciate a small committee to help her out during the summer. If you are interested, please contact her. If you have speaker contacts or program suggestions, she would also like to hear from you. Thank you Barb for everything you do to make us a great club.
To contact Barb:
Membership Chair Gloria Wolf, Committee Member Debbie McGeeham, and President Kathleen Dunbar, enjoyed sharing the benefits of joining the SBRC Saturday February 4th at the SaddleBrooke Activity Fair. As expected, many new residence to our community visited our booth and shared their excitement at discovering SaddleBrooke had an active Republican Club.
Welcome to SaddleBrooke!!!