December Newsletter 

Doris Gentry Wins for Napa City Council 

After years of service to her community and her party plus lots of hard work, Doris Gentry has won a seat on the Napa City Council.  It's quite a story.
Doris Gentry was born in Rosiclare, in Southern Illinois, to a family with four generations of leaders, going back to her great-great-grandpa, who served in the Civil War and as a judge.
Gentry owned corporations coast to coast, serving as Executive Director and CEO.  She  managed a corporation of 2,500 employees and multi-million dollar budgets.  She has also been a teacher for 35 years.
She served on a 5 County Regional Planning Commission for 5 years.  Working as the Business Development Specialist, she handled multi-million dollar loans and networked local governments with federal and state grants to help cities re-build failing infrastructure.
Doris had a rough time growing up: instability, moving, missing school, on her own at age 14.  This inspired her to create the kind of foster home that she never had, one with open communication and belief in kids.

Doris Gentry has lived in Napa for 27 years and together with husband Jim raised 4 children, 6 grandchildren and over 100 foster kids in their home.
Doris is also proud of her community organizing.  She is a formidable force in the community.  Some of her work includes:
- Chair of the Napa 4th of July Parade since January 2009
- Chair, annual Chocolate & Wine benefit for Napa foster kids since 2009
- Chair of the Napa County Task Force on Sex Trafficking since 2014
- Chair, Annual Sex Trafficking Conference for 400 guests
- Host & Producer of "Talk so Kids Listen" live radio show on 1440 KVON Radio
In addition, Gentry has been active as a Republican.  She was the Party's nominee for state Assembly in 2008 and 2010.  She served as a CRP delegate and member of the state Platform Committee.  In 2012 she made her first run for Napa City Council.
Her campaign this year was unconventional in several respects.  She spent no money on mail.  Instead, she assembled a team of 40 neighborhood workers to contact voters.  She led them to meet voters face to face. 
"It's all boots on the ground," she says.  "We knocked on every door three times.  I raised less money but worked harder than the others."
Doris had a very specific message and stuck to it.  She says, "Whatever your sense of family is, a community will thrive when you strengthen the family."
She used her innovative website to help convey her message.  It has sections on Encouraging, Balancing, Caring, and Supporting, topics that express her deeply compassionate approach.  You can see her website here.
Ultimately, Doris defeated an appointed incumbent by about 8% of the vote.  We expect her high level of achievement to continue as a member of the Council.
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December, 2016 Luis Buhler, Publisher
Bay Area Republicans Win Local Races:
Allen, Velasco, Chang Kiraly, Wright, Davis and More

In the November 8th elections, local Republican candidates won over 40 races around the greater Bay Area.  Some notable new winners include Debora Allen, Roland Velasco, Virginia Chang Kiraly, Sean Wright, and Dev Davis.
Businesswoman Debora Allen won the BART Board District 1 seat in Contra Costa County with an impressive 64% of the vote, defeating a three-term incumbent who substantially outspent her.  Her financial expertise will be a big asset in dealing with the BART system's mismanagement and overspending.  This was her third contest this year, after running in the Assembly primary, and winning the county chair of the Contra Costa Republican Party.

Gilroy's Roland Velasco also had a big victory, winning the race for mayor with over 66% of the vote.  He had developed experience and expertise over many years, serving on various commissions and as a councilman, and working as a policy analyst for a county supervisor.  He had also established himself in the community, volunteering with community groups.
Virginia Chang Kiraly won election to the San Mateo County Harbor District Board, which operates the harbors at Pillar Point and Oyster Point.  She received over 128,000 votes, in a district that includes the whole of San Mateo County.  Kiraly had served previously on the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, the Civil Grand Jury, and the Republican Central Committee.  She was appointed to a vacancy on the Harbor Board in 2015.
In the race for mayor of Antioch, one of the closest races in the Bay Area at this writing, Dr. Sean Wright has a slim lead of about one-third of a percent - in a city with 17% Republican registration.  Dr. Wright stepped up in 2011 to rescue the insolvent Chamber of Commerce.  He is now the CEO of the Chamber, continues his successful chiropractic practice, and volunteers with numerous community organizations.
In San Jose's Willow Glen area, Devora "Dev" Davis won the District Six seat on the San Jose City Council, a full-time job.  She is an educational research manager who had served as president of her neighborhood association.  She was a dedicated precinct walker, covering nearly all of the households in the district.
In all of the campaigns above, the candidates were endorsed by their Republican county central committees, who sent mail on their behalf and helped in other ways.  In addition, the candidates received the endorsement and financial support from the Lincoln Club of Northern California.  
You can see a more extensive list of successful endorsed Republican candidates here.
December Events

Thursday, December 1, 2016 / 6:30 pm
Commonwealth Club, 555 Post Street, San Francisco
Climate One will host a panel discussion titled "What Now for California" featuring Duf Sundheim, 2016 Candidate for U.S. Senate and former Chair of the California Republican Party. He will be joined by Christine Pelosi, former Republican State Senator Tony Strickland, and Democrat Assemblymember Tony Thurmond. They will discuss the future for California and the nation with a Trump Administration.
RSVP: Register online. Cost: $20 for nonmembers; $12 for members; $7 for students. Check-in opens at 6pm; program at 6:30 followed by a networking reception.

Saturday, December 3, 2016 / 4:00 pm
Norm Larson Residence, Address available upon RSVP, San Francisco
The San Francisco Log Cabin Republicans invite you to join them at their Annual Holiday Party.
RSVP: Please reply to Admission is free.

Sunday, December 4, 2016 / 5:00 pm
Trek Winery, 1026 Machin Avenue, Novato
The Marin County Republican Party invites you to celebrate the election and the Holidays at their Christmas Party. There will be light food, a complimentary glass of wine with each adult ticket, and live piano music courtesy of Glen Woodruff of JB Piano.
RSVP: Purchase tickets online or mail a check to Marin GOP, 888 Fourth Street, #16, San Rafael, CA 94901. Cost: $35 for adults; $10 for kids under 16 when accompanied by a parent. 

Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Meeting
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 / 11:30 am
Lawrence's Restaurant, 611 Canal Street, King City
The Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will hold their December General Membership meeting that will include a special performance by the Timshel Choir. Please bring two wrapped gifts for children of the military at Fort Hunter Liggett, for ages 3 - 11. Please mark the gift for a boy or girl. View the invitation.
RSVP: For more information and to make reservations, email or call Karen at (831) 385-1333. Cost for this special Prime Rib Luncheon: $20.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 / 10:00 am
A Bellagio Restaurant, 33 South Central Avenue, Campbell
The Silicon Valley Association of Republican Women will host their Annual Christmas Luncheon and Installation of Officers for 2017. Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman will administer the oath of office to incoming SVARW Executive Officers and provide an update on issues effecting Santa Clara County. Salvation Army representatives will make a presentation and provide an opportunity to make a donation. Learn more.
RSVP: Purchase tickets online by Friday, December 2. Cost: $40; Free to sponsor members.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 / 8:00 am
Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Attend a complimentary breakfast hosted by the Institute of World Politics. The featured speaker will be Matthew Daniels, Chair of Law and Human Rights for the Institute of World Politics. His topic will be "Defeating Jihad in Cyberspace, Winning the Wars of Ideas". He will address how a free and open democracy can employ the Internet to counter attacks, to inspire and motivate for the cause of freedom and human rights.
RSVP: Reply by email. View the invitation for more information.

SJSV Chamber Access Series: "The 2016 Elections"
Thursday, December 8, 2016 / 8:00 am
San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, 101 W. Santa Clara Street, San Jose
The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce will conclude their 2016 Access Series with a discussion on the topic of "The 2016 Elections."  The panel of speakers will include Dr. Terry Christensen, Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University, Bob Nuñez, Chairman of the Santa Clara County Republican Party, and Steve Preminger, Chairman of the Santa Clara County Democrat Party.
RSVP: Learn more and reply online. Cost: $10.

Blackhawk RWF Annual Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 8, 2016 / 11:30 am
Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville
The Blackhawk Republican Women Federated invite you to their Annual Christmas Luncheon featuring United States Marines Toys for Tots, the Devil Mountain Chorus and the Installation of Officers for 2017. Please bring unwrapped gifts for ages 6 months through 12 years of age for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. View the invitation.
RSVP: Email or call Jane Parish at or (925) 216-6663. Mail Jane your check for $30 made payable to "Blackhawk Republican Women" to arrive no later than Monday, December 5 at 366 Jacaranda Drive, Danville, CA 94506-2125. Check-in and Social at 11:30am; Luncheon and Program at Noon.

Monterey Peninsula RWF Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 8, 2016 / 11:30 am
Rancho Cañada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel
The Monterey Peninsula Republican Women Federated will host a Christmas luncheon including the installation of officers, Christmas songs by Tracy Hathaway, and a Christmas Fashion Show.
RSVP: Call Sylvia at (831) 484-1104 or email Cindy at by December 5th to make reservations. Cost: $22 for members; $25 for non-members.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 / 11:30 am
Napa Valley Country Club, 3385 Hagen Road, Napa
The Napa Valley Republican Women Federated will hold their December luncheon to install officers and hear a presentation by Shirley Mark, President of the CA Federation of Republican Women. Learn more.
RSVP: Make reservations by emailing by December 5th. Cost: $35. Registration opens at 11am; Business Meeting at 11:30am; Lunch at Noon; Program at 12:30pm.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Solano GOP Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield
Join the Solano County Republican Party at their monthly dinner for a great meal and discussion with their featured speaker, George T. Kammerer. George will be speaking on topics pertaining to the local community.
RSVP: Learn more and purchase tickets online. $20 per person or $35 per couple. Questions to (707) 422-5000.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 / 6:00 pm
The St. Francis Yacht Club, 99 Yacht Road (on the Marina), San Francisco
The Nob Hill Republican Women's Club, Federated hosts its 21st Annual Christmas Dinner Gala in support of the Marines' Memorial Association "Gold Star Parents" and The Pathway Home, Inc. in Yountville. The Pathway Home assists returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan with brain trauma. There will be music by the Vince Aguiar Trio and a raffle conducted by Tony Hall.
RSVP: Reservations required. Contact Joan Leone at or (415) 567-7424. Cost: $125. Reception starts at 6pm; Dinner at 7pm.

Monday, December 12, 2016 / 6:30 pm
Galvanize Tech School, 543 Howard Street, San Francisco
The Pacific Research Institute invites you to the Lincoln Network's "Man vs Machine, The Potential of Artificial Intelligence and Universal Basic Income". Speakers will include Roy Bahat of Bloomberg Beta, Niall Ferguson, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Matt Krisiloff of YC Combinator, and Michael Faye, co-founder of Give Directly. Kim Mai-Cutler, columnist for Tech Crunch, will moderate the discussion. Learn more about the event.
RSVP: Register online. Cost: $10 for PRI supporters.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 / 11:00 am
Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato
The Novato Republican Women Federated will host a Holiday Boutique and luncheon, including the installation of officers for 2017. Guests are asked to bring their favorite cookies, candies, pies, etc. or their crafts, Christmas decorations or gently used items you'd like to "regift."  The unwrapped gifts will be available for the highest bidders. Learn more.
RSVP: Reserve your seat online. Cost: $33. Check-in begins at 11:00am.

San Mateo County GOP Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Private Residence, Address available upon RSVP, Hillsborough
The San Mateo County Republican Party invites you to celebrate the holiday season at their Annual Christmas Party. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
RSVP: Reply online. Cost: $20.

Santa Clara County GOP Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Lexus of Stevens Creek, 3333 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
You are invited to the Santa Clara County Republican Party's 2016 Christmas Party. Join with Republican leaders, elected officials and local Republicans for a festive evening as you celebrate the upcoming holidays and a victorious election season. Beverages and heavy appetizers will be provided.
RSVP: Make your reservation online. Cost: Early Birds (until Dec. 10) - $25; After December 10 - $35.

Sonoma County GOP Annual Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / 6:30 pm
Sonoma County GOP Office, 1421 Guerneville Road, Suite 110, Santa Rosa
Celebrate the holiday season with the Republican Party of Sonoma County.
RSVP to or (707) 542-7066.

West Valley RWF Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 12:00 Noon
Lorene Milligan's Residence, Address available upon RSVP, San Jose
Join the West Valley Republican Women Federated for their Christmas Luncheon. They will be collecting items for donation to "Next Door Solutions" women's shelter.  View the invitation for more information.
RSVP: Reserve your seat by sending your check by Thursday, December 8th (made payable to West Valley RWF) to Betty Kaye Miller, 12305 Walden Court, Saratoga, CA 95070. Questions? Cost $15.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Private Residence, 4760 Santa Ana Valley Road, Hollister
The San Benito County Republican Party will host a Christmas Party and a brief meeting to swear in new officers. Party members are encouraged to invite elected officials and other Republicans. View the invitation.
RSVP: For more information call or text Chairman Peter Hernandez at (831) 245-5361. Meeting at 6pm; Food and drink at 6:30pm.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 5:00 pm
Office of Sup. Candace Andersen, 309 Diablo Road, Danville
Join Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen and her staff for a Holiday Open House. She will be accepting monetary and food donations for the Food Bank of Contra Costa County. Enjoy appetizers and cocoa.
RSVP: Call (925) 957-8860 or reply by email.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills
The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) will hold their annual Holiday Dinner at the Fremont Hills Country Club including music, treats, and an appearance by Santa Claus!
RSVP: For more information and to make your reservation, visit Cost: $40 for members; $45 for non-members, $25 for Students with ID. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 / 10:00 am
Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Drive, Clayton
You are invited to the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women's Christmas Luncheon with music by Sandy Debrichy. There will be an installation of officers, prizes, and guests are encouraged to bring Toys for Tots (unwrapped toy for a child 6 mo. to 12 years.)
RSVP: Contact Terri at or call (925) 766-4603 by Friday, December 16. Cost: $26.  There will be a Christmas Boutique with CC Kelly accessories starting at 10am; Christmas Party and Luncheon at 11am. 


This section contains information on county committee meetings, club meetings without a speaker, grassroots activities, etc.


Thursday, December 1, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Republican Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield
The Republican Party of Solano County normally meets on the first Thursday of every month. This is an open public meeting, so bring a friend. Contact them at 707-422-5000.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Creekside Clubhouse, Rossmoor Country Club, 1010 Stanley Dollar Dr, Walnut Creek
The Contra Costa Republican Party will swear in the new central committee members and elect an executive board. RSVP here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Patriot House, 2 Embarcadero Center, Level P, 3rd Fl., San Francisco
Join the San Francisco Young Republicans at their monthly third-Tuesday Happy Hour. 

Save the Date!
Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Meeting
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 / 11:30 am
Lawrence's Restaurant, 611 Canal Street, King City
The Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will hold their monthly luncheon meeting.
RSVP: For more information and to make reservations, email or call Karen at (831) 385-1333.


Friday, January 20, 2017 / 11:30 am
The U.S. Capitol, , Washington, D.C.
Donald Trump and Mike Pence will be sworn into office as President and Vice-President in a televised ceremony.
The 11:30 am time is approximate.

Friday, February 17, 2017 / 8:00 am
San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos, San Jose
The Joint Venture Silicon Valley State of the Valley Conference will feature keynote speaker David Brooks. Known for his New York Times columns and his "comic sociology" books, Brooks is also a regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR's All Things Considered. He will present his view of Silicon Valley's relationship with the new political order in Washington, D.C. under Donald Trump's presidency.   Learn more.
RSVP: Register online. Registration Cost: $150. Nonprofits may register at a reduced rate of $75 (use code NONPROFIT).
California Republican Party Organizing Convention
Friday-Sunday, February 24-26, 2017
Hyatt Regency Sacramento and Convention Center, 1209 L Street, Sacramento
The California Republican Party State Convention will take place Friday-Sunday, February 24-26, 2017. This is the CRP's organizing convention, where new officers will be elected by the delegates. There will also be speakers, workshops, hospitality suites and a general session. For more information, contact the CRP Convention Team at
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