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Former state Sen. Nancy Spence, Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman and Gayle Novak
At the last meeting before the organization’s summer hiatus, Cherry Creek Republican Women members and guests were treated to a presentation by Colorado Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, who was humorous, informative and complimentary of his friend and former colleague Nancy Spence.
“I’ve never seen Nancy look more relaxed. Not having her there is a huge loss to the Senate. She was the hardest worker, cared more and honored her constituents. She is a reason there should not be term limits,” Cadman said.
When asked if he had any good news about the last legislative session, Cadman said, “It was a tough session and do you have any doubt where this governor stands?
“When you are sworn in to the Senate, you take a solemn oath to uphold the Colorado Constitution, serve the ideals upon which that Constitution was founded and take that oath willingly, freely and sincerely. Maybe the Hippocratic Oath should be taken as well – first: Do No Harm…
Linda Tweedy, Arapahoe County Clerk & Recorder Matt Crane, Andrea Sedlosky and Laurett Barrentine
“People are starting to pay attention – the Dems are overreaching,” he continued and addressed the topics of education, health, elections and recalls. On education, he remarked that the billion-dollar tax increase barely addresses the deficiencies that won’t be fixed with new money. Health is one of the most expensive undertakings and the Medicaid expansion cannibalizes other programs. On the gun bills there is lots of debate.
“God bless our sheriffs for standing up,” he said.
There are plenty of bills attacking the oil and gas industry.
“As for elections, the Republicans need to pick up three seats. Recalls have not been used much until recently. Senate President John Morse has two times the number of signatures needed. The Dems seem to forget it is our seat, not your seat. We need to embrace the values of Republicans, not change what it means to be a Republican and just get marginally better at a few things. We need not to let the Dems market who we are but sell the truth.”
He encouraged the audience to visit www.Coloradansforanewmajority.com.
Carol Waller and Dave Kerber
David Dorly representing American Conservativesof Color and Sherrie Gibson with Joan and Paul Beninati. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Powerhouse list of speakers address guests
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
Arapahoe County Republicans Chair Joy Hoffman emceed the party’s Annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the remodeled Denver Marriott Tech Center. Her theme was weaving a tapestry holding the country’s, the state’s and the party’s beliefs together. A powerhouse lineup of speakers included Congressman Cory Gardner, Congressman Mike Coffman and California Congressman Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.
The warm, humorous and terrific communicator – McCarthy shared his early experiences in California saying he was one of the state’s first lottery winners. By age 19, he was an entrepreneur, stressing the importance of taking risks, and in two years paid for all his college tuition. McCarthy ran for Congress in 2006. For 2010, his job was to recruit candidates. That election saw 63 Democrat incumbents defeated. In that same year, someone had the gall to suggest the Republican Party change its name.
Congressman Cory Gardner (4th CD including eastern Arapahoe County), California Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Arapahoe County’s own U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman
“I’m from Bakersfield,” said McCarthy. “There are simple rules. There is no better time to explain the differences between the Republican Party and this administration. We have 30 governors. We believe in the Constitution and upholding it.”
Referring to President Ronald Reagan’s comment about America in his farewell address as “the shining city on the hill,” McCarthy said, “ Our task is to join together, climb that hill one more time and make the light shine brighter. The world is changing and we must change how we deliver our message. Less freedom means less opportunity. We still have the largest economy in the world, the greatest military in the world and we are the greatest nation in the world because of what we give to others – freedom. We have a country worth fighting for and are blessed that we can become energy independent. Leading from behind creates world problems.”
Congressman McCarthy made a point of further emphasizing the importance of communication. In the category of Top 5 Politicians on Instagram, he is ranked No. 1 with President Obama in the No. 2 spot.
“It’s about communicating with the American people and creating an open dialogue,” McCarthy said.
Secretary of State Scott Gessler and Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe (standing) with Greenwood Village Mayor Ron Rakowsky and LaFawn Biddle (seated)
John Brackney, standing in for Brian Vogt, presented the Dorothy Vogt Award to former Sen. Nancy Spence who continues to do volunteer work and share what she gained in the legislature. Arapahoe County Republican Chair Joy Hoffman looks on.
Keynote speaker Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy with Arapahoe County Republicans chief Joy Hoffman, her husband Jim and their daughter Mattie
State Sen. David Balmer, who conducted the live auction, visited with Peter Dimond and David Rich
Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon and husband Jim
18th Judicial District DA George Brauchler
Colorado Republican Party Chair Ryan Call and Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
One of the youngest Republicans in attendance – Ryan Wills, student body president of Kiowa High School, with State Republican Party Treasurer Christine Mastin and Arapahoe County Assessor Corbin Sakdol
Lincoln Dinner Chairs: Karen Blilie, Mary Wenke and Andi Allott made sure the multi-faceted evening including live and silent auctions ran smoothly.
Marlene Siegel, Rich Sokol – South Metro Fire Rescue Authority Board and Linda Fankboner
CU Regent Emeritus Norwood Robb and wife Barbara
Centennial City Council Candidate Kathy Turley, Hon. Tom Tancredo and Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Doty
Marolyn Scheffel with Arapahoe County Republican Party District 4 Captain Rita Hyland
Edie and Mort Marks with Jay and Kristina Davidson
Eric Weissmann, State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Freida Sands and Rick Bernheim
FGI Denver Program Co-Chairs Cynthia Petrus and Stephanie Ohnmacht with Neiman Marcus Denver’s fashionable Public Relations Director Nancy Sagar and VP, General Manager Christel Dikeman. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
For the third time, Neiman Marcus hosted the DVD Trends report for the award-winning Fashion Group International of Denver. Hors d’oeuvres and wine were served prior to the DVD that revealed fall fashion trends from the runways of New York, Milan, Paris and London. Entertaining and educational narration was by FGI New York’s own Marylou Luther, fashion writer and editor of the award-winning International Fashion Syndicate.
The production of this valuable piece of creative fashion communication is estimated at more than $750,000. This is just one of the many benefits of membership in the global nonprofit of fashion industry professionals numbering 5,000.
FGI Denver Board Member Linda Fankboner and Butler Rents’ Bernie Brown
FGI Denver Regional Director Carol Engel-Enright with Eloise Wagers and Karen Billings, Ann Taylor/Cherry Creek.
Regional Director-Elect Sharlene Douthit with her guest Senaiet Mesgun
Visionary and Design Director of Lafayette 148 New York was recently in town at Nordstrom/Park Meadows to promote the Spring/Summer Collection, pose for photos with loyal clients and supply fashion advice to eager followers. The collection offered eclectic detail with sleek city style. Wilkerson draws his inspiration from countries around the world.
Edward Wilkerson with a model wearing the citrus sensation color of the season – prevalent at Lafayette
It was a spirited coffee at Denver Country Club when The Harvard Women’s Studies in Religion Program Colorado Steering Committee hosted Dr. Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard. Her topic: “Was Jesus Married? Early Christian Controversies over Marriage, Celibacy and Salvation.”
King is at the center of the current discussion over whether Jesus had a wife with recently discovered and translated ancient Christian writing from Egypt. On the screen was an enlargement of the three-inch piece of papyrus that carries the message hinting of the possibility of a wife. King presented a fascinating translation and fielded questions from the audience.
Guest speaker – groundbreaking scholar Dr. Karen King, Program Co-Chairs Linda Bowen Scott and Marie Whiteside, who had reams of paper extolling the scholarly accomplishments of King for her introduction; philanthropists Arlene Hirschfeld and Lynda Goldstein who are on the Dean’s Council and spearhead the WSRP Colorado Steering Committee
Standing in the al fresco setting are Mariel owner Denise Snyder with Pam Kelker, owner of Castles Home Décor, Channel 9’s award-winning creative director Tommy Collier and Sydney Kelker, Castles Home Décor store manager
The exquisite hats came out when two high fashion, next-door neighbor boutiques combined forces for a good cause. Veteran retailer Denise Snyder, owner of Mariel, and Pam Kelker, interior designer/artist and owner of Castles Home Décor, celebrated the arrival of spring with a Derby Days party that extended onto the sidewalk in front of their upscale stores in Cherry Creek North. A percentage of proceeds were earmarked for the Volunteers of America Guild.
Sylvia Ignas, Kim Pennington and Nicole Gampp. Photos courtesy of Mariel
Author David Von Drehle autographs copies of Rise to Greatness.
David Von Drehle lives in Kansas City with his family, but he was raised in Aurora, attended Gateway High School and was the youngest sportswriter for The Denver Post at 17 years old. He graduated from the University of Denver with a double major in English and Philosophy. While at DU, he was editor of the Clarion student newspaper. He was the recipient of a Marshall Scholarship and spent two years at Oxford earning a master’s degree in Literature. He found journalism was a better fit in which to immerse himself.
Von Drehle wrote for the Miami Herald and received several distinguished journalism awards, including one for being in the youngest category – a Livingston Award. In 1991, Von Drehle became the New York bureau chief for The Washington Post. In 2006, he became editor-at large for TIME and contributes to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. He has also written four books. Deadlock was a source book for the Emmy-award winning HBO movie Recount. His Triangle: The Fire That Changed America won several awards and was a New York Times Bestseller.
Donna Jackson, event chair, holds a stovepipe hat centerpiece with committee members Pat Fisher and Judy Steadman
He was back in town and appropriately at DU to share his latest – Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year. The humble Von Drehle has carved a rise to greatness with his numerous acknowledgements and achievements. He thanked his mentor Bob Richardson in the English Department at DU and remarked about the astonishing transformation of the physical plant at the university.
“A faculty that cares about its students, however, is unchanged,” he said.
Von Drehle’s presentation to the Women’s Library Association shared a glimpse of the electrifying story month-by-month of Abraham Lincoln in 1862 – America’s most perilous year. It is rumored that Steven Spielberg wished he had consulted with Von Drehle and his book before his movie Lincoln and that Von Drehle actually attended the premiere.
Sid and Renae Levin
Lois Jones, president of Women’s Library Association and NancyAllen, dean and director of University Libraries
Empreinte Lingerie Sales Manager Kim Evan, Empreinte Owner Paolo Fabrizio with SOL owners Cindy Johnson and Jeanie Peterson
The Brest, France headquartered luxury lingerie company Empreinte, founded in 1946, launched a special unveiling at SOL in Cherry Creek with a champagne (of course) reception. Both SOL and Empreinte declare themselves selective and the high standards and clientele of each resulted in a perfect match. SOL is known for masterful fitting and Empreinte combines luxurious fabric molding techniques to fit for fuller-figured women with style and elegance – and personalization through the end of April.
Empreinte won the “2009 Designer of the Year” Award at the Salon International Trade Show in Paris. SOL carries the collection exclusively in the region.
Jill Pedicord Peterson, CSU Kappa Alpha Theta alum and Foundation Trustee with sister alums from Northwestern – Beth Carter, Ellie Sachs and Susan Miller Coyne
The Fourth Annual Hearts & Heels event featured cocktails, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction in support of the area Court Appointed Special Advocates organizations – giving voices to abused and neglected children in the court system through specially trained CASA volunteers. CASA’s 600 area volunteers support more than 2,700 children in need each year. CASA Advocates for Children.
Val Lunka, CASA Advocates for Children serving Arapahoe, Douglas, Lincoln and Elbert counties; Hearts & Heels co-chairs Allison Radcliffe, former Denver Alumnae Chapter president, and Allison Klein; Leah Varnell, executive director CASA Jefferson and Gilpin counties. Other offices represented were Adams, Broomfield and Denver.
Elizabeth Metz, immediate past president Denver Alumnae Chapter, with new president Martha Doughtie and her daughter Chef Jil Doughtie, who donated a dinner package to the silent auction and former president and 2011 Inspirational Theta Shera Eddy
Theta alum Caren Stahmer, CASA volunteer, Denver Alumnae Chapter Woman of the Year 2012 and Hearts & Heels sponsor, with husband Albert
Featured speaker Jon Caldera, president of Independence Institute, Channel 12 television host of Devil’s Advocate and KHOW radio talk show host on Sunday evenings
Jon Caldera has been a long time favorite speaker for Cherry Creek Republican Women audiences. He has been president of the conservative think tank Independence Institute since 1988. In the 1980s when he was studying economics and business at CU Boulder, his free market philosophies gelled. His political career began in 1994 when he was elected to the RTD Board and became outspoken about wasteful reforms. In 1998 he became Chairman of the RTD Board.
Most of Caldera’s presentation focused on the hot topic of gun control.” When I was in high school,” he began, “I remember watching Reagan and Thatcher, I didn’t get it then. That moment in history. The world is a different place today. We may not know where we are in history. What happened to our country? What happened to our state? The state I grew up in? The last gun control scare was a long time ago and some Republicans signed on.”
He told his story as a kid being anti gun. His brother educated him about the mechanics and safety. It is a slow process to educate. The passing of a gun law in Colorado is like the turning of a ship.
“To the Liberals, Colorado is like Omaha Beach to win the West.”
Last year, the Independence Institute opened an event building in downtown Denver, a clubhouse to hash out strategies in private. Republicans worked together on the same page. All 62 sheriffs met in Colorado. Governor Hickenlooper actually called the Independence Institute before the gun-control bill signing and spoke to Dave Kopel, Research Director.
Candy Figa, Cherry Creek Republican Women president, with Greenwood Village City Councilwoman Denise Rose and Doris Truhlar, candidate for Centennial City Council
CCRW member Tracy Chapman and former Arapahoe County Commissioner Susan Beckman. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
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