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

Greetings Everyone! 

I hope you are all enjoying the nice hot weather that June has brought us. 

As we head into our first Presidential debate this Thursday night between our 45th President Trump and 46th President Biden, the future of our country is truly at stake. In my opinion, it is

Good vs. Evil. 

Right vs. Wrong. 

Common Sense vs. Nonsense.  

We must all rally behind our only hope of defeating Marxism. President Trump can’t do it alone though. We have to set him up with a Republican House and Senate in Washington. In AZ, we need a Republican House and Senate to counter the craziness that comes when a Democrat Governor, like Katie Hobbs who breaks and circumvents rules and laws, is put into office. Apparently, that is a Democrat theme. Biden does the same thing by ignoring the Supreme Court decisions. There have been no consequences. We need people in positions who pass laws but also provide the consequences by enforcing them as well! 

In order for us to take back our country…we MUST vote.  In the primaries, you all have the ability to vote for your choice among Republican candidates. Some are stronger than others. Remember, we must vote for the person we believe who can WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION against the Democrats. 

The Primary Election ballots will be mailed out starting July 3rd. If you requested a mail in ballot, vote and get your ballot returned as soon as you can! Our amazing Republican teams will be texting and calling to remind you until it shows that it was received and counted. 

  • If you forget…go to the polls on July 30th and Vote in person!   
  • If you get extra ballots, take pictures and let us know! We want to track how many ballots are being distributed erroneously. It's important that we confirm the veracity of the voting rolls before the general election.  

I have another topic to address. We are trying out an additional way to contact you regarding our luncheons or big events.  TEXT MESSAGES!

Many of you have told us that you don’t check your emails often, or at all, and often miss our meeting announcements until after the deadline has passed. We want to fix that! We now have the ability to send text messages to our current members only. In addition to our usual emails and following an introductory text, you will receive two texts each month reminding you of the luncheon detail. If you hate that idea, just email Cherryl McDougall at pvrepublicanwomen@gmail.com and she can remove you from the texting list.  

I will not be at the July meeting because I will be heading back to Pittsburgh to spend time with my family and friends (40th class reunion with best friends). In my absence, two of our past Presidents - Jan Stephenson and Joan Lang - will continue our PVRW 50th anniversary celebration by sharing their past adventures leading the club. I’m sorry I will miss this! 

Speaking of milestones, Jim and I are celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary today, so it is a happy day.  

Enjoy your summer. I’ll be back in August to learn about the Primary Election winners and then off to the races we all go to win those votes in November.  

Cindy Hill, M.Ed.




PVRW Board Updates

Michal Joyner: 1st VP, Programs

I believe we had a blockbuster June luncheon meeting with a total of 9 candidates seeking three different offices.

Kate Brophy McGee and Tabatha LaVoie are running for the Board of Supervisor (BOS) seat in District 3. Point of Clarification: BOS District 3 is NOT the same as LD 3.

We also heard from Robert Backie and Kim George who are running for the US

House of Representatives CD1. Both have different backgrounds and points of view on how to best serve constituents.

Our final panel included the Republican candidates running for Scottsdale City Council. There were lots of ideas, humor with different experience levels and approaches to the challenges that face Scottsdale. I suggest everyone try to hear from them several times during the campaign season. Please remember that there are 3 open seats in this race so do your homework and vote accordingly.

Many club members attended the AZFRW state conference at Wild Horse Casino in

South Chandler. It was a lovely venue, and I always enjoy visiting with other members

from across the state. The next event will be in October in Tucson, and President Pat

has promised a “big surprise” will be announced soon for that event. That event will be

after the Primary and before the General so I expect there will be many candidates in


Our July 17th luncheon will feature Sheriff Mark Lamb, Congressman David Schweikert and both candidates for Maricopa County Attorney - Rachel Mitchell and Gina Godbehere. Additionally, Matt Gress, candidate for State House in LD 4, will speak to us. This meeting will occur after the ballots drop but before the actual election day.

Please get involved in some form to Ballot Chase. There are numerous ways to help get

ballots turned in early. I’m encouraging my PCs to knock on doors, e-mail, text, make

phone calls and mail out post cards. PVRW member, Terra Wales is our very own

representative for Voter Gravity, and she’s conducting Zoom trainings on a weekly basis.

They’re focusing on those who voted in 2020 but did not vote in 2022. There is also a

campaign for Christians to call Christians who did not vote, and Catholics to call Catholics

that did not vote. So, you can see there’s work for everyone. Our membership is large

enough that we can make a huge difference in voter turnout if we all just do something.

Have a great rest of June, and I’ll see you in July.

Michal Joyner

1st Vice President, Programs



Briana Khalaf: 2nd VP, Membership

Thank you to all who've renewed their membership! 

There are still some who have not renewed yet. 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.

You can easily renew your membership or join our club online HERE.

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

As you may know, Scottsdale Police Detective Ryan So was killed in the line of duty. If you would like to donate to his wife and three young children, you can drop off cash or a check payable to Ashley So to The Valley Life Church front office at 34406 N 27th Drive, #198, Phoenix, Arizona 85085 Monday thru Friday 9am-3pm. 100 percent of money donated will be given directly to Mrs. So and her children. Thank you. Please keep this family in your prayers. 

At our June meeting, we blessed the Young Republicans with over $450 in donations!

Your generous donations encouraged our young Republicans in a time when they are constantly pressured to conform to woke values - Thank You!!

In July, we will support the City of Scottsdale's Back to School program by donating school supplies for children in need.

Thank You!

Jan Dubauskas

3rd Vice President, Caring for America


M. Stephens & J. Alford: Political Legislative and Campaign Team

In a marathon session on Saturday, June 15, a budget was passed by both the House and Senate. 

Some of the key highlights include: 

  1. No cuts to K-12 Education. Instead, they received a 2% inflation increase. 
  2. No cuts to Empowerment Scholarship Accounts cuts (however rules added that keep ESAs from being used on summer programs and random audits).  
  3. No cuts to School Tuition Organization (STO) tax credits.  
  4. Average of 3.5% cut in most agencies with the exception of public safety agencies.  
  5. Increase in funding for local border support.  
  6. Funding for fentanyl enforcement.  

The new budget will wipe out the approximately $1.5 billion deficit from the past year.  Great work by our Republican Legislators in this time of divided government!!  

Be on the lookout for your mail-in ballot. It should arrive sometime after July 3. If you have not requested your mail-in ballot you have until July 19 by going to BeBallotReady.vote   

Primary Election Day is July 30,2024!  

Political Legislative and Campaign Team

Michele Stephens


Jamie Alford


Jan Stephenson: Education Committee

The Education Committee will NOT be meeting in July. 

We hope you will be attending Community Coffees and Meet and Greets for the myriad of candidates running for office. Most importantly, VOTE in the Primary Election by July 30th.

School Board candidates will not be on the Primary ballot. They will be elected on November 5th. You will be hearing more about these preferred candidates very soon. 

Please plan to attend our PVRW August15th Luncheon Meeting to hear the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Horne, speak.

Jan Stephenson 

Education Committee Chair



Deb Oberhamer: Learn and Lunch, Book Club

PVRW Learn and Lunch

Vito’s Pizza and Italian Ristorante

18221 N Pima Road, Scottsdale

June 26th, 11:30 AM

I hope you can join us on Wednesday, June 26th for our Learn and Lunch meeting. Two Candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission, Renee Lopez and Rachel Walden are coming. Lisa Borowsky, Scottsdale Mayoral Candidate, and Justin Heap, candidate for Maricopa County Recorder will also be joining us. You will be able to ask all your questions in an intimate setting before you vote in the primary beginning July 3rd.

July 24th, 11:30 AM

Our next meeting will be held on July 24th. I am waiting to announce which candidates will be featured until we discuss it at our 6/26 meeting.

PVRW Red Shoe Book Club

Vito’s Pizza and Italian Ristorante

18221 N Pima Road, Scottsdale

July 11th, 12 NOON

We are reading THE BLUEPRINT—HOW THE DEMOCRATS WON COLORADO by Adam Schrager and Bob Witwer. This is very interesting because this may be the blueprint being used here in Arizona. 

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


June Americanism Moment

The Evolution of Our American Flag

The first National Flag appeared on the flagship Alfred in the Delaware River on December 3,1775 during a skirmish at Fort Schuyler, Delaware. It had 13 alternating red and white stripes representing the 13 colonies, with the Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner.

It remained as such until June 14, 1777, when the field of blue and white stars was introduced as a result of the Second Continental Congress which passed the Flag Resolution. It became known as the Grand Union Flag.

There has been some controversy regarding the rumor that Betsy Ross sewed the first flag from a sketch presented to her by General George Washington. This has been disproved.

Over the years there have been 27 designs of the flag. On August 21,1959 President

Eisenhower ordered the current version with 50 stars representing the states.

There are rules which dictate how the flag can be displayed and handled when tattered and torn. One method of disposal is through the American Legion Posts which will have them burned with dignity.

Through the years the American Flag has been known as: The National Flag, Old Glory, The Stars and Stripes, and The Star-Spangled Banner. By whatever name, we say

Long May She Wave!

Carol Ann Smith

Americanism Chair


On June 14th we celebrated Flag Day.

Let us renew our pledge of allegiance and devotion to our country 

and offer a prayer that the Stars and Stripes may truly wave forever 

over the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. 

May we have the courage to stand United under God!


Mary Reitz

PVRW Chaplain

Check our online calendar for future events: PVRW Calendar

July 17th - 11AM to 1:30PM

Upcoming PVRW Luncheon

Watch for Registration Details - July 1st!

Candidates Joining Us

US Senate: Sheriff Mark Lamb

US CD1: Congressman David Schweikert

Maricopa County Attorney: Rachel Mitchell and Gina Godbehere

AZ House LD4: Matt Gress


The Pavilion at McCormick Ranch Golf Club

7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ

July 30th - 9AM to 12PM

ASU Center for American Institutions

Leadership Academy for Adult Learners

Topic: Responding to the Communist Invasion of South Korea

Location: Durham Hall, 851 S. Cady Mall Tempe Arizona 85287

Details and Registration HERE

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