Our Mission Statement

PVRW is organized for the purpose of uniting women to promote Education, Communication, Legislative Action, Candidate Recruitment, Fundraising and Leadership Development. 


President's Message

The April 1st date has come and gone. Almost all of the candidate petitions to get on the ballot have been submitted, except for the school board candidates. We now know who will be running to represent us in the Primary elections on July 30th, with the winners victorious (hopefully) on November 5th in the general election.

Key to voting in July:

“Who do you believe has the best chance of winning in the general election?” 

Please do not be a single-issue voter! Issues change over time, but the destruction of America at the hands of the democrats and socialists may not be able to be reversed. If they take power in AZ and America, they will undo EVERY SINGLE bill and policy we worked so hard to pass. They have already shown they are willing to ignore the law and the Supreme Court. 

Next on their agenda – remove/alter the Supreme Court and defund all police who would get in their way of total control over the citizens. A federalized police department is already being planned. Jailing citizens for being near the Capitol on January 6th without a trial is only the beginning. As vocal Republicans, we are first on the list if they take power. Look at what they are doing to President Trump. We cannot keep fighting with each other - we must unite.

Dirk Van Leenen, holocaust survivor and our April luncheon speaker, advised us to open our eyes. The first thing the Nazi’s did was to take away all means of transportation and cars, leaving them with bikes. Next – rationing food, gas, oil, electricity and water. Sound familiar? A few examples: 

  • Allowing countries to buy our resources (farmland, major companies)
  • road diets
  • windmills
  • no oil in US reserves
  • an outdated/failing electrical grid
  • push for electric vehicles (which they can monitor and even shut off)
  • water shortages/restrictions
  • open borders allowing entry for criminals and terrorists.

It's all there for us to see!

Our society is being dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. Gifted classes and Valedictorians are being eliminated due to ‘fairness’. Do you know what else isn’t fair? DEI. Do you want your doctor, pilot, teacher, or cop to have that position because of their color, ethnicity, gender, orientation or political ideology if they don’t have the knowledge and skills to back it up? HECK NO!  But this is America today.  You get what they give you. 

‘Never Forget’ is what we said! 

Let’s pray it’s not too late to stand now together and

Make American Great Again. 

I’m ready. Are you?

Cindy Hill, M.Ed.

PVRW Board Updates

Michal Joyner: 1st VP, Programs

Looks like summer has arrived with vengeance. Time to drink more water and keep our pets hydrated.


Our April luncheon was amazing. Nine candidates introduced themselves to us with their two-minute speeches. Carrine Warner, candidate for LD 4 State Senate and Pamela Carter, candidate for LD 4 House spoke to us about their goals and challenges. To be specific we must keep control of both houses to maintain our freedom and liberty.


Our featured speaker was Dirk Van Leenen. He recounted his experiences with the Gestapo, and his brief time at the concentration camp, Bergen-Belson. I saw many tears on the cheeks of our members. He has written 3 books about his experiences, and he had a huge crowd around his book table. His books can be ordered directly from him at a discounted price, or you can find them on Amazon. His first book is titled Resistance on a Bicycle.

Our May 15th luncheon will feature Scottsdale Mayor candidates, Linda Milhaven and Lisa Borowski. We’ve decided to feature a panel format where the candidates will each answer the same questions. We will also have County Recorder candidates Stephen Richer and Justin Heap attending using the same panel format.

I know you all have lots of questions for these candidates. Please send your questions to me - so I can vet them with our Board members - prior to April 29th.


Jan Dubauskas and I just completed the Scottsdale Citizens Police Academy. This is a ten-week event where you work and learn from Scottsdale’s finest. I simply had NO IDEA about all the work these men and women do to keep us safe. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in law enforcement. My husband, Keith, attended along with us, so you can certainly attend together. This event is held twice a year, and the next one will be in the Fall. Either Jan or I will be happy to share our experiences with anyone who is interested.


Our May luncheon announcement will be out on May 1st, and it will be a very short registration period, so please register as soon as you receive it.


Keep Cool, and I’ll see you in May. 

Michal Joyner

1st Vice President, Programs



Briana Khalaf: 2nd VP, Membership

Thank you to all the wonderful women who have renewed their membership! 

There are still quite a few who have not yet renewed — we will be making more reminder calls and emails in the coming weeks. You can easily renew online HERE.

If you have any questions on how to do so, please feel free to contact me via phone (480) 284-9505 or email brianaleighj@gmail.com and I would be happy to help.

Let's continue our legacy as one of the largest groups in the state!

Briana Khalaf

2nd Vice President, Membership



Jan Dubauskas: 3rd VP, Caring for America

Happy Mother's Day

to all of our mothers!

In April, we honored Mother's Day by collecting purses and women's needs for Shoebox Ministries.

Thank you for your donations and for helping mothers in need! 

In May, we will help home-bound seniors by joining the city of Scottsdale to "Beat the Heat." We will be collecting bottled water, new water bottles, store-bought snacks, $35 grocery gift cards, and more! 

Thank you for your generous donations to some of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Thank You!

Jan Dubauskas

3rd Vice President, Caring for America


Jan Stephenson: Education Committee

We were pleased to honor the 2023-2024 ASU Center for American Institutions Palo Verde Republican Women Club scholarship recipients, Reagan Taylor and Jacob "Jake" Dueck, at our April luncheon.

Reagan Taylor is a freshman at ASU studying History. She is also enrolled in the undergraduate certificate Political History and Leadership (PHL) program led by Professors Don Critchlow and Jonathan Barth.

Reagan plans on becoming a history teacher to share her respect for the great country of America and her love of history with students.

When she is not at school, Reagan teaches piano and works at a daycare. She enjoys swimming, reading, and one daydreams of publishing her own books.

Reagan's parents named her after American's 40th President.

Jake Dueck is a freshman at ASU studying History with a minor in Political Science and enrolled in the PHL undergraduate certificate program.

His passion for law shines through his active participation in the ASU Mock Trial program, fueled by aspirations of becoming an Arizona state prosecutor after law school.

Beyond academics, Jake finds solace in music and the rhythm of running. Intrigued by the complexities of international relations, he harbors a keen interest in foreign service and international relations, embodying a commitment to academic excellence and a thirst for global understanding.

Both Reagan and Jake are most grateful to the PVRW for their scholarships.

The Education Committee will NOT be meeting on May 3rd. Our next meeting will be held

Friday, June 7th at 11:00 AM

Vito’s Pizza and Italian Ristorante

18221 N Pima Road, Scottsdale

All are Welcome!

Please pay close attention to what is going on in the Scottsdale Unified School District as pertains to the resignation of the Principal of Coronado High School and the early extension of the Superintendent's contract. Attend the Scottsdale USD Governing Board Meeting on April 30th at 6:00 PM at the Mohave District Annex at 8500 E Jackrabbit Rd. in Scottsdale.

Jan Stephenson 

Education Committee Chair



Deb Oberhamer: Learn and Lunch, Book Club

PVRW Learn and Lunch

(Formerly Discussion Group)

Vito’s Pizza and Italian Ristorante

18221 N Pima Road, Scottsdale

April 24th, 11:30 am

Diane Ortiz-Parsons and her team from AZ Conservative Policy Alliance will present “Moving Arizona Ahead in 2024.” Please join us to learn more about our current political situation and prospects for our state.

PLEASE RSVP IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY: deb.oberhamer@gmail.com

May 22nd, 11:30 am

Please mark your calendar for our May Learn and Lunch. Republican candidates for Maricopa County Treasurer and Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools will speak and answer your questions. This is a great opportunity to meet the candidates so you will know who you want to vote for in the primary election.

PVRW Red Shoe Book Club

We are reading BLOOD MONEY by Peter Schweizer.

Thursday, May 9th, 12 NOON

Vito’s Pizza and Italian Ristorante

18221 N Pima Road, Scottsdale

Please RSVP for all events at deb.oberhamer@gmail.com. We hope you can join us!

Deb Oberhamer

Learn and Lunch & Red Shoe Book Club Chair


Joan Lang: Ways and Means

Will you please help us reach our 1000 wreath goal this year?

It's easy to purchase a wreath - by clicking on the link or using the QR Code below:

If each of us commits to purchasing a family pack of four wreaths, at a minimum, we should reach our goal.

Thank You!

Joan Lang

PVRW Ways and Means Chair


April Americanism Moment

On April 19, 1775, The American Revolutionary War began when local militiamen clashed with British soldiers in the Battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts thus marking the “shot heard round the world.”

Other countries became involved in this lengthy war also known as: Revolutionary War and American War of Independence. Initially there were 13 colonies which were established by a royal charter under the British Empire. The American forces were supported by France and Spain, while the British were supported by hired Hessian soldiers from Germany.

The American forces, known as the Continental Army and led by General George Washington, defeated the British Army. On July 4,1776, The Congress in Philadelphia unanimously ratified The Declaration of Independence.

The war continued through North America, the Caribbean, and the Atlantic Ocean, until in 1783 when the Treaty of Paris was developed which put an end to the War. Finally, Great Britain recognized the independence and sovereignty of The United States.

Carol Ann Smith

Americanism Chair


Dear Lord, thank you for the life of Dirk van Leenan, a Holocaust Survivor, who spoke to us at our April luncheon.

We pray for the State of Israel in this time of war, shock, and grief.  

May people sense your presence and peace despite the conflict and uncertainty of the future.

Lord, we know you are sovereign and in control of all things today and forevermore.

We pray this In the mighty name of our Lord, our Yeshua.

Wishing our friends peace and blessings this Passover.


Mary Reitz PVRW Chaplain

Check our online calendar for future events: PVRW Calendar

April 29th - 10AM to 12NOON

'In Person' Tour of the Maricopa Tabulation and Election Center

Charmaine Roth, our AZFRW Region VIII Director, has scheduled a 2-hour tour for up to 60 people. This will involve viewing what the office calls “the life of the ballot,” where we will see how Maricopa County conducts an election, from early voting all the way to tabulation.

Date: Monday, April 29

Time: 10 AM - 12 PM

Location: 510 S. 3rd Ave, Phoenix (Northwest corner of 3rd Ave & Lincoln) *

If you plan to attend, please contact Charmaine: charmaineroth@me.com

Upcoming PVRW Luncheon

Watch for Registration Details - May 1st!

May 15th - 11AM to 1:30PM

Candidate Speakers:

Linda Milhaven, Scottsdale Mayor

Lisa Borowski, Scottsdale Mayor

Stephen Richer, Maricopa County Recorder

Justin Heap, Maricopa County Recorder


The Pavilion at McCormick Ranch Golf Club

7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ

June 13-15



5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd,

Chandler, Arizona, 85226

We are working on filling guest speakers, candidates and workshops for the June 13-15 meeting.

  • Sheriff Mark Lamb, candidate for US Senate is confirmed.
  • Kari Lake, candidate for US Senate has been invited, but not yet confirmed.
  • Karen Newton, NFRW 2nd VP and Region II Director is confirmed.
  • Legislative Wrap Up - Senator President Warren Peterson
  • Women Working with Women - Prescott Councilwoman Lois Fruhwirth


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