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May Meeting Summary

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The May meeting was one our best to date. We had a standing room only crowd to hear two dynamic candidates. Thank you to all who were able to attend.

President, Kaye Feller, discussed the first edition of The Trunkline, our new newsletter. It will come out in two parts, approximately two weeks apart. Kaye ask members a question from articles in the first and second parts of the newsletter. The winner of the question from the first edition, part 1, what is the name of the newsletter, received 5 free 50/50 tickets. There was not a winner of the second question, how many primary members do we have per the newsletter? Be sure to read both parts of the newsletter so you may be a winner at the June meeting.

Some of our members have already seen the movie, "2000 Mules" while others had plans to it view soon. This movie is such an important part of being able to prove the 2020 election was stolen from Republicans. Arizona is one of five states featured prominently in the film.

We learned from the film that we all need to be willing to participate in the elections. There are various rolls our Republican members can fill here in Pinal County; poll watchers, people to watch videos of public drop boxes to insure they are being filmed and to watch for people that may be attempting to stuff the boxes with illicit ballots, workers at the polls on election day and throughout early voting, people willing to transport ballot boxes from the site of the drop boxes to the election centers, people to watch the vote counting as well as other rolls not mentioned here. As soon as we have the lists for the positions we need to fill and the training for those positions, every member will be notified.

We encourage our members to attend the AzFRW Summer BOD meeting is June 2 – 4 at the Doubletree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale. If you are a member of our club and first time attendee, the club will pay your registration fee for the meeting. 

Kim Snow, Program Chair, announced our June speakers will be Rodney Glassman, candidate for AZ Attorney General, and our LD 15 state legislators; Jake Hoffman, candidate for State Senate for LD15, Jacqueline Parker, candidate for re-election as one of our two state representatives for LD15 and Neal Carter, candidate for election as our second state representative for LD15. Be sure to come out and meet this dynamic team.

Kim Snow later introduced our two outstanding speakers for the evening.

The first speaker, Shiry Sapir is running for the AZ Superintendent of Public Education. She explained that as a parent of three young children, she was upset over the masking of students and the closing of the public schools for COVID while private schools remained open. These concerns led to her decision to run for Superintendent of Public Schools. Closing the public schools has done irreparable harm to many students who may never be able to catch up with what they missed out on while the schools were closed. Shiry is also alarmed at the CRT and ESL being taught in AZ schools.

  • Shiry is a proponent of education monies following the children to any school of their choice. She sees this as a sound way to improve the public schools by forcing them to improve the quality of the education they are providing to students.
  • She noted that many teachers are leaving the profession as they cannot discipline students for infractions, minor or more serious. Discipline is now considered discriminatory. High schools are filled with drugs and at least 60% of students cannot read at grade level.
  • Last year the current Superintendent of Public Education, a Democrat, created a department of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within the Dept of Public Education. Shiry would end this department and create a group of 20-30 members to monitor complaints from parents and students and forward them to the state Attorney General. She would also ensure that civics and American history (1776 Project) is taught to our students.
  • She has visited schools throughout AZ and noted while in Yuma that there are about 2000 Mexican students crossing the border in Yuma every day to attend school and then returning home to Mexico after the school day. She would work to stop this process.
  • Shiry believes that Common Core was the death of our education and will work to end it in our schools. She believes we will need a detox program for the teachers now teaching the equity, diversity, inclusion program approved last year.
  • Charter Schools do not have the same indoctrination of their teachers as public schools. Only about 20% of teachers belong to the Teachers Union.
  • Shiry has a list of school candidates on her website. Our members and guests gave Shiry Sapir a standing ovation at the end of her talk.

Our second speaker, Mark Finchem, is running for AZ Secretary of State. Mark started his talk by reminding us that the SoS is the crucial roll in every state as the keeper of our election rolls and ensuring that our elections, are fair to all.
Mark was one of three AZ candidates, along with Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, that a liberal group sued to keep off the AZ ballot in 2022 because of their support for President Trump and challenging the electoral votes in the 2020 Presidential election. The case was thrown out and all three will remain on our ballot.

  • Mark believes that we need to go back to 1 day to vote, voting manually and a manual count of ballots. He is firm in his belief that elections belong to the people – not the government.
  • The Democrats have introduced HAVA, Help America Vote Act which is the forerunner of the federal government taking over our elections. The constitution gives elections to the individual states so this act is unconstitutional. We must be ever vigilant.
  • Mark indicated that his election donations are coming from all 50 states.

One of many questions ask of Mark was if AZ will decertify Arizona's electoral votes. He indicated that it will not happen in 2022 due to the Speaker of the House, Rusty Bower, opposing the initiative. Bower is termed out of the House at the end of this session and will not be there in 2023 so it is possible that the vote to decertify may be held in 2023.

He also spoke to illegal ballots in AZ during the 2020 election. He indicated that there was a large ballot distribution center at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ. It is known that there were somewhere between 160,000 and 200,000 ballots distributed from this location.

Members and guests also rose for Mark Finchem at the end of his talk.

Hope to see you all at the June Meeting where we will be celebrating Flag Day and President Trump's birthday both on June 14.

The meeting was adjourned following our second speaker. 

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