2019 EBRW Events (concluded)


East Bay Republican Women

(formerly Piedmont Area Republican Women)

cordially invite you to our Annual Luncheon

November 15, 2019

Featured speaker:  Andrew Malcolm

Topic:  “Understanding and Coping with Today’s Media Bias.”

Nominated for a Pulitzer eight times, Mr. Malcolm is currently a National Politics Columnist for the McClatchy Newspapers.

RSVP: Cost: $35 per person. Seating is limited. Please email eastbayrw@gmail.com for more information.



Thursday, October 17, 2019

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Claremont Country Club, Garden Room

5295 Broadway Terrace, Oakland, CA 94618

Guest Speaker:  Howard Hyde, Fellow, American Freedom Alliance

Topic:  Escape from Berkeley and the State of Free Speech in 2019

Howard Hyde grew up in the radical leftist environment of Berkeley during the 1960s and 70s.  Today he is a passionate advocate for limited constitutional government, a strong America and capitalism.  He has documented his personal intellectual journey in his book “ Escape from Berkeley:  An Ex-Liberal Progressive Socialist Embraces America and Doesn’t Apologize.”  Howard is a contributing writer at American Thinker, American Spectator, National Review and Front Page Magazine.  He speaks widely and also edits the website CitizenEcon.com 


Wednesday, September 11, 2019
5:15 - 7:15 p.m.

private residence

Mr. Greenfield is a Senior Fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship & Political Philosophy as well as a brilliant, perceptive, skillful and significant conservative thinker. Mr. Greenfield lectures on American politics and U.S. national security issues. In addition to speaking, he is a prolific writer, his articles apearing in American Thinker, PJ Media, Investors Business Daily, among others. Additionally, Mr. Greenfield is a frequent traveler to the Middle East and has focused on the strategic and political responses in the West to the rise of radical Islam. Larry will speak about “The Trump Doctrine in a Dangerous World.”



PARW Members Meet & Mingle Pizza Party

Friday, June 7, 2019

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Private residence in Piedmont, CA

We welcome new members at this event!

$35 Regular Membership; $20 Associate Membership (spouses, students, GOP associate member)\


*Spring Luncheon and Donation Drawing

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Private country club*

Guest Speaker:  Rick Smith, Former FBI Agent

                   Topic:  "The FBI and the Current Climate"
Rick Smith entered on duty as Special Agent with the FBI in November of 1970. He was initially assigned to Seattle, Washington before being transferred to San Francisco in 1972. For 20 years, he was involved with Soviet counterintelligence and investigated both domestic and international espionage cases. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Smith worked as Media Representative for the San Francisco Division of the FBI. He was responsible for handling all FBI matters, including the Polly Klaas kidnapping case and the UNABOM investigation. In 1995, he was promoted to Supervisor of the Russian Counterintelligence Squad. Rick Smith is a consultant to Bay Area media on a wide variety of law enforcement, intelligence and terrorist matters and frequently appears on Bay Area television.

                   Members and Guests:  $35.00 per person 


PARW's "Republicans After Five" Event

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Private country club*

Guest Speaker:  Harmeet Dhillon  

Members and Guests:  $25.00 per person (appetizers and no-host bar) 

 Topic:  "Critical and Current GOP Issues"

Harmeet Dhillon is a nationally recognized lawyer, founder of the Dhillon Law Group, and frequent commentator on Fox News. Ms. Dhillon served as Vice Chair of the California GOP and as National Committeewoman of the Republican National Committee of California. Although her law firm has focused on federal and state commercial litigation and arbitration, Ms. Dhillon has developed a niche practice in representing clients across California in election and campaign law matters, as well as employment and civil rights matters (Meghan Murphy v. Twitter, James Damore v. Google, Berkeley Republicans v. Napolitano, Trump Supporters v. San Jose, to name a few).



PARW's Festive Spring Luncheon  

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location: Private country club*

Guest Speaker Lawrence McQuillan, Independent Institute 

Members and Guests:  $35.00 per person

Topic:  "The Golden Fleece Awards"

Dr. McQuillan is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute.  Additionally, he has served as Chief Economist at the Illinois Policy Institute, Director of Business and Economic Studies at the Pacific Research Institute and is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Dr. McQuillan’s books and major studies are too numerous to summarize here, but you have probably read his articles in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, andInvestor’s Business Daily.  He is the creator of the California Golden Fleece Awards, which highlight a state or local spending program or regulation that fleeces California taxpayers, consumers, or businesses.  


PARW's Annual Membership Tea 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location in Piedmont, CA

Guest Speaker Stephen Frank, GOP activist/consultant

Topic:  "The 2020 Elections - Are You Ready?"

Steve Frank is a long-time GOP activist and consultant. He founded the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, is past president of the California Republican Assembly, is a past board member of the California Republican Party, and has held many other political positions.  He is Senior Executive Editor of the Editorial Board of California Political Review and a research fellow at the Hoover Institute where he studies California public policy, public opinion and electoral politics, with a focus on the future of the California Republican Party. He received his master’s degree in public policy with honors from Pepperdine University and a BS in accounting and business management from Washington and Lee University.


2018 PARW Events (concluded


PARW's Annual Business Luncheon

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Location in Oakland, CA

Cost: $35 per person

Guest Speaker Debora Allen, BART Director

Topic:  "The Latest News about BART"

Debora Allen has served as BART Director, District 1, Contra Costa County, since November 2016. Ms. Allen's career over the past 25 years has involved financial management and board level positions.



PARW's Ballot Box Morning Coffee

Thursday, October 18, 2018

10 a.m. - Noon

at a private residence in Piedmont, CA

Guest Speaker Allison Olson, CFRW Advocate

Allison Olson joined the CFRW team as legislative advocate in 2009.  She was a Fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies from April 2007 to May 2008 during which time she studied in Israel and Washington, DC with counter-terror experts.. She lives in Davis with her husband Rob and and their two children. She received her degree in Political Science from UC Davis.


PARW's Festive Fall Reception

Thursday, September 27, 2018

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

at a private residence in Piedmont, CA

Guest Speaker Joe Russoniello

TOPIC:  "The United Sates of America vs. The State of California"

Mr. Russoniello is a renowned Bay Area attorney specializing in litigation, and business crimes and regulatory defense.  He served twice as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, appointed by President Ronald Reagan (1982-1990) and by President George W. Bush (2007-2010).

Members and Guests:  $20 per person


Piedmont Area Republican Women Federated 

invite registered Republicans and their friends to the 

May Primary Ballot Luncheon 


Lydia Ortega, candidate for Lt. Governor

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Sequoyah Country Club

4550 Heafey Road, Oakland 94605

Guest Speaker Lydia Ortega

Lydia Ortega is the top free market economist in California and chair of the Economics Department at San Jose State University. Her experience in economics, education, public policy and innovation would make her a unique and effective voice in Sacramento. Her priority issues include protecting free speech on campus, making college affordable and productive, improving infrastructure and economic development. 



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

at a private residence in Piedmont, CA

Guest Speaker Mr. John Cox

Republican candidate for Governor of California

Meet Mr. John Cox, businessman and gubernatorial candidate, and find out about his strategy to limit the influence of special interests and to unleash economic growth in California. 

Enjoy some wine, delicious appetizers and stimulating conversation with like-minded colleagues.



Thursday, March 29, 2018

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

at the Sequoyah Country Club

4550 Heafey Road, Oakland 

with Guest Speakers Susie and Steve Swatt

 Susie and Steve Swatt, historians and co-authors of "Game Changers: Twelve Elections that Transformed California"

Steve Swatt is a veteran political analyst and public relations executive. He was a distinguished journalist with the San Francisco Examiner and United Press International, Los Angeles, and a state capitol correspondent for KCRA-TV in Sacramento. Susie Swatt is a member of the National Advisory Council of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. She spent nearly 40 years as a key staff member in the California legislature, and as a special assistant for the Fair Political Practices Commission, she authored a study that won a national award for “investigative work in the public interest.”



Saturday, February 10, 2018

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

at a private residence in Piedmont, CA

with Guest Speaker Dan Walters

Topic:  "The State of the Golden State: Is it still golden?"

Dan Walters is an influential newspaper columnist who has chronicled the people and politics of California's state Capitol for more than 40 years.  In January 2017, he joined CALmatters, the pubic interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California's state Capitol works and why it matters.  His books include "The New California: Facing the 21st Century" and "The Third House: Lobbyists, Money and Power in Sacramento".  Notably, Mr. Walters was the nation's youngest editor of a daily newspaper at age 22, and he joined the Sacramento Union's Capitol bureau in 1975 just as Jerry Brown began his first governorship. His perspective on over four decades of change in Sacramento is unequalled.


2017 PARW Events (concluded)



Thursday, November 30, 2017

11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

11:45 AM - Election of 2018 Officers of the Board

Sequoyah Country Club

4550 Heafey Road, Oakland, CA 94605

with Guest Speaker

CA Assemblywoman Catherine Baker (AD 16) 

Topic:  "What's Happening in Sacramento"

Ms. Baker is a native Californian and a practicing attorney with the firm of Hoge Feton Jones and Appel. In 2014, Ms. Baker ran for the California Assembly seat in AD 16, winning 51% of the vote.  Her election broke a Democratic supermajority in the Assembly, making her a target of the opposition inher bid for re-election in 2016 - when she won 56% of the vote.  Her district covers the Highway 24 corridor of LaMorinda and Walnut Creek and the Tri-Valley. 



Friday, September 22, 2017

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

at a private residence

with Guest Speaker

CA Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach)

Assemblyman Allen is the leader in the effort to repeal S.B. 1, the gas tax increase effective November 1, and is a declared GOP candidate for Governor in 2018. A recent UC Berkeley poll found that 58% opposed S.B. 1, which will also increase diesel fuel taxes and annual vehicle registration fees. Mr. Allen was a certified financial planner before being elected to the CA Assembly in 2012.


PARW Luncheon Event

 featuring State Senator Joel Anderson

Wednesday, April 24, 2017

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Private location in Oakland, CA

Cost: $40 per person


PARW "Republicans After Five" Event

 featuring Professor Patrick Downey

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Private residence in Piedmont, CA

                                     Topic: "Sources of Identity Politics"

Professor Patrick Downey, who teaches at St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA, is author of Desperately Wicked:  Philosophy, Christianity and the Human Heart. Amazon readers rate this book at 4.5 to 5 stars, and one reviewer wrote, "A fantastic book that will challenge the way you view philosophical and religious thought in the West.  Thank [you,] Patrick Downey for writing such a well thought out book. Cannot recommend this book enough."  Professor Downey's students give his classes rave reviews - despite the fact that he's known as "the Republican Professor"!


PARW Spring Luncheon featuring Allison Olson 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sequoyah Country Club

4550 Heafey Road, Oakland, CA 94605

Guest speaker:  Allison Olson, CFRW Advocate 

"Why Israel Matters"

Allison Olson joined the California Federation of Republican Women as Legislative Advocate in 2009.  She tracks and analyzes state legislation, lobbies on behalf of CFRW and keeps Federation members educated on what goes on in Sacramento.  She holds a degree in Political Science from UC Davis where she chaired the College Republicans. In 2007, a postgraduate fellowship with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies gave Allison the extraordinary opportunity to train intensively in counter-terrorism in Israel and Washington, DC.  She is active in defending Israel through Stand With Us, a U.S. non-profit that supports Israel via international education. Allison and her husband Rob live in Davis wih their two sons, Rowan and Liam.


PARW Annual Membership Tea 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

at a private residence in Piedmont, CA


2016 PARW Events (concluded)


PARW Annual Installation Luncheon

Featuring Cassandra Pye

Thursday, December 1, 2016

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sequoyah Country Club

4550 Heafey Road, Oakland, CA 94605

Topic: "What Next? And Why Republican Women Need to Lead"

Cassandra Pye is President of California Women Lead, the state’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of women whose mission is to inform and educate its constituencies, as well as encourage and support women to seek public office. For more than 30 years, Ms. Pye has enjoyed a successful career in communications, government, politics and advocacy for corporate interests in global, national, state and local arenas.  She is founder and President/CEO of 3.14 Communications, LLC. 


Pre-election Ballot Box Coffee/Tea

with Allison Olson, CFRW Advocate

Thursday, October 20, 2016

10:00 a.m. to Noon 

at a private residence in Piedmont, CA

Allison Olson joined the CFRW team as legislative advocate in 2009.  She was a Fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies from April 2007 to May 2008 during which time she studied in Israel and Washington, DC with counter-terror experts. Allison served as Deputy Finance Director for the McClintock for Congress campaign and previously interned with Wilson-Miller Communications in Sacramento. She lives in Davis with her husband Rob and and their two children. She received her degree in Political Science from UC Davis.


PARW Presidential Debate Watch Party

Monday, September 26, 2016

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Private room at an Oakland restaurant

Cost: $30 per person


PARW Festive Fall Event 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

at a private residence in Piedmont, CA

Cost: $35 per person

Guest Speaker:  Terry D. Turchie, former FBI Counterterrorism Assistant Deputy Director


Pre-June 7 Primary Election Luncheon

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Sequoyah Country Club

4550 Heafey Road, Oakland 94605

There's a lot more to vote for in addition to the presidential nominee!

 Guest Speakers will include our local GOP candidates:

State Senate:  Rich Kinney, Mayor, San Pablo (seat to be vacated by Loni Hancock)

State Assembly (District 18):  Roseann Slonsky-Breault

U.S. Congress:  Sue Caro (running against Barbara Lee)


Jeff Wieler, Vice Mayor, Piedmont will speak on Measure F (Piedmont's Municipal Parcel Tax 2016).

Sue Caro will speak on State and local Ballot Measures.

Paul Cummings, Elected Member, Alameda County GOP Central Committee will speak on why the Central Committee is so important.


                                           "Republicans After Five" Event

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

at a private Piedmont residence


             "An Evening with Christine Hughes, Chair of the SF GOP"                           

Christine Hughes' career spans over 25 years of executive level marketing and communications positions.  For the past 14 years, Ms. Hughes has served on non-profit boards in the areas of public policy, the arts and computer history. Active in politics since 1980, she was elected to the SF Republican Central Committee in 2005 and served as SF GOP Chair form 2007 to 2008. She is also Vice Chair of the Citizens for a Better San Francisco and is a member of the California Republican Party Executive Committee.



Wednesday, March 23, 2016

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sequoyah Country Club

4550 Heafey Road, Oakland, CA 94605


Guest Speaker:  Susan Tully, National Field Director of FAIR

(Federation for American Immigration Reform)


TOPIC:  "Border in Crisis"

Susan Tully began working in immigration in 1989 and joined FAIR in 2002.  She manages FAIR's national field program and is field representative to 19 U.S. western states.  She develops members and activist support, and educates the media and the public on immigration issues. She is a former Republican Congressional candidate (Wisconsin), manager for municipal code enforcement (Orange County), immigration coordinator for the Coalition of Government Officials (southern California), and president of the Citizens Committee for Immigration Policy. Susan is the married mother of six children and has 11 grandchildren.


63rd Annual Membership Tea

Saturday, February 27, 2016

2:00 p.m..

at a private residence in Piedmont, CA

Guest Speaker:  Richard Fields of the Pacific Legal Foundation

TOPIC:  "Challenging Obamacare and Other Government Overreach"

Richard Fields is donor relations officer at the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), an organization that upholds private property rights and the individual rights granted to us in the Bill of Rights. Before joining PLF, Richard was in the media business, owning and operating radio stations.  He is host of "The Libertarian Counterpoint", a Sacramento cable TV show.


2015 PARW Events (concluded)


62nd Anniversary Membership Tea

Saturday, February 7, 2015

2:00 to 4:00 pm

Guest Speaker:  Catherine Baker, State Assemblywoman, District 16

Topic:  First Impressions of Sacramento Politics from a Freshman Republican State Assemblywoman


 Spring Luncheon Meeting

Thursday, March 19, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sequoyah Country Club

4550 Heafey Road, Oakland, CA 94605 

Guest Speaker:  Mike Robinson, Board Member of Restore the Delta

Topic:  "California Water Issues:  Past, Present and Future"

Mr. Robinson is president of Robinson Farms Feed Co., a diversified farming and feed manufacturing business in the south Delta. He has experienced first hand the difficulties of California's drought and division of water resources. Mr. Robinson has been active in farming industry organizations and involved in water issues since the last "peripheral canal" attempted water grab in 1982.  He is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Agricultural Engineering and a member of the RD17 governing board of directors.


"After Five" Event Featuring Harmeet Dhillon

Thursday, April 16, 2015

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

(private residence in Oakland)

Guest Speaker: Harmett Dhillon, Vice Chair of the California GOP

Topic:  "The Ongoing Rebuilding of the CA GOP - Plans for Success in 2016"

Ms. Dhillon is a San Francisco attorney and owner of The Dhillon Law Group.  In March 2013, she became the first woman to be elected as Vice Chair of the California Republican Party.  She also served as head of the San Francisco Republican Party in 2011. As a first generation immigrant, she stresses the importance of recruiting on-traditional GOP voters.  She advocates lower taxes, less regulation, incusion and the rule of law, starting with the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.


May PARW Luncheon

Thursday, May 21, 2015

11:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Sequoyah Country Club

4550 Heafey Road, Oakland, CA

Guest Speaker:  Duf Sundheim, potential U.S. Senate candidate

Topic:  "Think Strategy --- Think Success in 2016"

With the historic win of Assemblymember Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) and the defeat of three Democratic incumbent legislators in 2014, California Republicans are in a position to set more modern day records in 2016.

Duf Sundheim is a political reformer who has a record of working across the aisle to get things done, including important issues such as pension reform, education reform ad redistricting. He is also a former Chair of the California Republica Party.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

4:00 p.m.

at a private Piedmont residence featuring



Claire has been cited as the “Voice for Young Republicans.”

Our country's 85 million Millennials will soon become one of the largest voting blocs. What is the political perspective of Generation Y?  Claire will address such subjects as battling the media bias, the degradation of public education in this country, and the changing political dynamics with regard to the integration of social media and technology.  She will also share her experience as a D.C. intern this summer with the Republican National Committee and her appearances on Fox News.  Claire, in her 4th year at UC Berkeley, is double majoring in economics and political science.  She is president of the UC Berkeley Republicans, was the lead reporter for UC Berkeley’s “The Daily Californian,” has spoken at California Republican Party conventions and campaign fundraisers and also likes participating in debates.  She has been quoted in the NY Times, National Review and USA Today.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

10:00 a.m. to Noon

at a private Piedmont residence



TOPIC:  "California Issues - How They Fit into the 2016 Electoral Landscape"

Mr. Bruno is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution where he primarily studies California public polity, public opinion and electoral politics, with a focus on the future of the California Republican Party. Carson also explores domestic economic policy, tax policy, and the intersection of energy and environmental policy.  Before joining the Hoover Institution, Carson structured tax-exempt and taxable municipal bond issuances as a public finance investment banker, which gave him an in-depth look at state and local fiscal policy decisions.

He received his master’s degree in public policy with honors from Pepperdine University, specializing in economics and American politics. He has a BS in accounting and business management, with special attainments in commerce, from Washington and Lee University.


Piedmont Area Republican Women Federated 

cordially invite you to their annual installation* meeting  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sequoyah Country Club

4550 Heafey Road, Oakland, CA 94605



Named ‘The Ambassador of Design’ by the Los Angeles Times, Nancy Weinstein is widely recognized as an international interior designer and ground breaking entrepreneur. Living and working in China for 17 years, Nancy founded Nancy’s Lifestyles to present the American lifestyle of home furnishings, accessories and design to Chinese consumers. She worked on hotel projects, model homes and private residences in China, and also designed the interiors of Chairman Mao’s summer home. But her success turned tragic when her life was threatened and her store was stolen by the Chinese mafia. She has testified before a congressional committee in Washington, DC on doing business in China and is currently writing a book on her experience there.

*PARW's 2016 Board Officers were elected and installed at this meeting.


2014 PARW Events (concluded)


Piedmont Area Republican Women Federated Presents

Annual Membership Tea

Saturday, February 22, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Guest Speaker:  Dr. Stephen Hurley, University of San Francisco Professor

Topic: "Preserving Our Second Amendment Rights"


PARW Luncheon at Clarement Country Club

Thursday, March 27, 2014 @ 11:30 a.m.

Guest Speaker:  Autumn Carter

Topic: "Addressing California's Challenges: Sparking an Information Revolution"

 Republicans After Five

Thursday, April 10, 2014 @ 6 p.m.

Location: Sotheby's Realty in Montclair

Guest Speaker:  John Cooper, Physicist

Topic: "State of Global Warming and a New Alternative Fuel Source"


PARW Luncheon at Clarement Country Club

Thursday, May 15, 2014 @ 11:30 a.m.

Primary Candidates and Ballot Issues



TOPIC: " Obama's Threat to the Constitution"

Formerly Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice in President George W. Bush’s Administration, Mr. Yoo also served as general counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee and law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas. He is currently Professor of Law at UC Berkeley.  His latest book was published in April 2014: Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law and Global Warfare!

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.


          PARW Coffee with Allison Olson

CRWF Legislative Analyst 



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