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

I hope your May is beautiful and you are enjoying the under 100-degree temps as long as possible. I am writing to you from Pittsburgh where I am at a family funeral, and the weather here is rain, rain and more rain. Quite a difference from our Arizona weather but at least it's cooler. I’m sorry I had to miss our May lunch meeting but being here with my 4- and 2-year-old nephews reminds me how important this next election is and how beautiful children are. They are our future.  

It has been brought to my attention that a Democrat Scottsdale City Council candidate running for an additional term was introduced at our lunch meeting while I was away.  

To the Republican candidates running, I apologize on behalf of our board. We do not pick and choose candidates in the Primary, but we strongly encourage you to pick from the following Republican candidates ONLY that will be showcased in our June Meeting: Jan Dubauskas, Adam Kwasman, Mason Gates, Bob Lettieri, Justin Laos, Stephen Casares.

I want to be sure you are aware that US Senate candidates Sheriff Mark Lamb and Kari Lake will hold a virtual debate this Thursday, May 23. Register for this event HERE.

Before I left, Nancy Barto, with the 'It Goes Too Far' campaign, shared with me the untold dangers to women and girls if a fundamental right to unlimited, unrestricted late term abortions is enshrined in Arizona’s Constitution in November. 

According to Nancy, “Despite many more pressing issues Arizonans face with a wide-open border, crime, an uncertain economy and school choice in the crosshairs, Democrats will continue to make abortion THE issue this year and we need to arm Republican women with the best possible responses to voters’ questions.” Most people do not understand that this amendment is extreme. Everyone needs to know this before voting. Here are some myths that might help you when discussing with others: MYTHS

PVRW is proud to support our Arizona State Teenage Republicans (Teen Reps formally TARs). They are on their way to the RNC July 15th-20th. In order to get there, they are fundraising and need our help! If you can help by purchasing a raffle ticket it would be appreciated very much by our teens.  

I look forward to being back in June and hearing from our Republican Scottsdale City Council candidates. We have a development nightmare to overcome, decisions about taxing ourselves even more on the ballot, and a fight over the future direction of our great city. Should be a doozy. 

Hug your family members tight.  

Cindy Hill, M.Ed.




PVRW Board Updates

Michal Joyner: 1st VP, Programs

This month seems to be flying by, and soon many of us will enjoy summer breaks and vacations.

We missed President Cindy Hill at our May meeting and look forward to her return in June. This event featured Republican candidates for both the Scottsdale Mayor race and the Maricopa County Recorder’s office. The questions asked were provided by our Board, club members, and the actual candidates themselves. I want to thank both Lisa Borowski and Linda Milhaven for giving us an opportunity to hear their views on a variety of topics.


I also want to thank Jan Dubauskas for assisting in the County Recorder panel so I could eat my lunch. She did a great job with Stephen Richer, Justin Heap, and Don Hiatt. This panel highlighted the differences in opinion they each share on how to best manage the Recorder’s office.

June will feature Robert Backie and Kim George for US Congress in District 1. David Schweikert is unable to attend but will be featured as soon as his schedule allows. In addition, we will have all six Republican challengers for Scottsdale City Council. This should be a “do not miss” for all residents of Scottsdale as there are three open seats. Also speaking will be Tabatha LaVoie, candidate for County Board of Supervisors.

Please email me questions you'd like considered for any of these candidates. 


Prior to our June meeting, the AZFRW will host its summer meeting in Chandler June 13-15 (details at the end of this newsletter). I've spoken about the importance of attending these State meetings on numerous occasions. They provide a great opportunity to hear and meet members from all over the state with many breakout sessions to learn about a variety of topics. Since this event is so close in proximity, you can attend the day meetings and the luncheons without the expense of a hotel room. I hope you will consider attending or call me if you want more information.

The lunch announcement and bios of the June speakers will be published June 1st. Please, please make your reservations as soon as you receive it as last-minute requests put a tremendous strain on our amazing Arrangements Chair, Casey Hargett. Unfortunately, we had to turn latecomers away for the May luncheon.


I’ll see you all at the June meeting, and I hope to see lots of you at the AZFRW Summer Conference. 

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.

The last day to become a full member is July 1st, and it is quickly approaching! If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact me. 

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

Thank You to everyone who donated to the city of Scottsdale 'Beat the Heat' program. We helped home-bound seniors get through the summer. Thank You!

In June, we will support the Young Republicans. Instead of bringing items to donate, we'll be focused on encouraging monetary donations. So - bring some extra dollars to our luncheon and get ready to support our Young Republicans!

Thank You!

Jan Dubauskas

3rd Vice President, Caring for America


Jan Stephenson: Education Committee

There are 3 education-related Events to add to your calendar:

Wednesday, May 22nd - 11:30 AM

The PVRW Lunch and Learn Group will have a panel of the Republican candidates running for Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools at Vito's at 11:30.

Vito’s Pizza and Italian Ristorante

18221 N Pima Road, Scottsdale

Friday, May 31st - 10 AM

Sheila Roe and Gail Derscheid are hosting a Neighborhood Coffee with the following candidates:

Jan Dubauskas, Scottsdale City Council

Jeanne Beasley and Drew Hassler, SUSD Governing Board

Please email Sheila for more details: sheilaroe@msn.com

10800 E Cactus Rd Unit 10

Scottsdale 85257

Friday, June 7th - 11 AM

The Education Committee Meeting will meet to learn about new member appointed to the Cave Creek USD Governing Board in addition to information from Scottsdale USD and Paradise Valley USD.

Vito’s Pizza and Italian Ristorante

18221 N Pima Road, Scottsdale

All are Welcome!

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

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.

June 26th, 11:30 AM

Primary election voting begins soon so please join us to hear from candidates. Republican Candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission Rachel Walden and Renee Lopez will speak. Republican Candidate for Scottsdale Mayor, Lisa Borowsky, will also join us since she had to cancel her appearance earlier this year because of a lengthy court case. You will be able to meet these candidates up close and personal and ask all your questions.

This is a great opportunity to learn about these candidates so you will know who you want to vote for in the primary election.

PVRW Red Shoe Book Club

Vito’s Pizza and Italian Ristorante

18221 N Pima Road, Scottsdale

June 13th, 12 NOON

We have decided to read the Democrat playbook RULES FOR RADICALS by Saul D. Alinsky. For our July 11th meeting, we are reading THE BLUEPRINT: HOW THE DEMOCRATS WON COLORADO. (It incorporates the rules from the previous book and the blueprint is being used in AZ.)

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


May Americanism Moment

This month's 'Moment' focuses on the Unsung American Heroin, the Farmer’s Wife. I know about these women through stories about my great grandmothers, and personal dealings with my grandmother, aunts and cousins. These women stood by their husbands, and behind their husbands to support the work of the Midwest farmers in America.

This took considerable effort, especially at the turn of the century. Farmer’s wives were the breeders for helpers on the farm and for future farmers. The wives took care of the children, made all of the meals, made a vegetable garden, harvested the vegetables and fruits - canning them for future meals, and took care of much of the livestock. All of their children worked in some capacity on the farm.

In the late 1930s, my mother wanted to be a schoolteacher, but was told they needed her on the farm. In the 1960s, some of the women and children decided they wanted a college education. By that time, the machinery had become easier to use, and they could spare the children who could get more education.

Now, the wives and daughters can drive a tractor or combine with an enclosed, refrigerated cab with music; and can become teachers of agriculture, nurses, psychologists, office workers, and dental assistants. These women deserve our gratitude for their hard work and perseverance. 

Carol Ann Smith

Americanism Chair


Let Us Celebrate Mothers!

Lord, we praise you when we think about the sacrifice and love given by mothers.

Thank you for the mother who gave birth to us, the one who adopted us, and the ones who mentored us along the path of life.

May Your Holy Spirit fill their hearts with peace, joy, and strength.


Mary Reitz PVRW Chaplain

Check our online calendar for future events: PVRW Calendar

June 19th - 11AM to 1:30PM

Upcoming PVRW Luncheon

Watch for Registration Details - June 1st!

Scottsdale City Council Candidates

Jan Dubauskas

Mason Gates

Justin Laos

Adam Kwasman

Bob Lettieri

Stephen Casares

US Congressional District 1 Candidates

Robert Backie

Kim George

County Board of Supervisors Candidate

Tabatha LaVoie


The Pavilion at McCormick Ranch Golf Club

7505 McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ

June 13-15



5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd,

Chandler, Arizona, 85226


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