“Stand up for what we (Republicans) believe and execute what we believe” was the thesis of Don Ytterberg’s speech at the District III Southwest Republican Women’s meeting held Saturday, May 14, at the Pagosa Lodge. Over 50 women and men attended representing Durango, Cortez and Pagosa Springs.
As vice chairman of the Colorado GOP, Ytterberg in his speech, “Principles of the Republican Party: can you tell an elephant from a donkey,” reiterated the principles as: 1) We believe in free enterprise; 2) We believe in fiscal responsibility; 3) We believe in limited government; 4) We believe in personal responsibility. Thus we, as Republicans, have to actively represent, not compromise, our values in daily life and in the officials we elect.
Ken Clark of Colorado 912 Project briefly explained the project and the Liberty Movement in relation to the Republican Party in his speech, “The Ties That Bind.” He is of the strong belief that only by moving back to constitutional principles will we survive. Again, the theme of, “get actively involved, don’t sacrifice/compromise our principles and goals” was stressed to the group.
Attending Republican Women’s District meetings is important to unify the Republican Party on a statewide level as old and new members share ideas, revisit our history as one of the seven Republican Women’s Districts in Colorado and to hear inspiring informational speeches to reenergize us. District III is one of two districts on the Western slope. Our Archuleta County Republican Women’s president, Marilyn Harris, is running for 4th Vice President of the Colorado State Republican Women (CFRW)
Three of the 2002 original founders of the ACRW were present at the meeting and continue to be involved. They are Mojie Adler, Carolyn Ulrich and Mason Lee Carpenter. The club has now grown to 51 members. Besides meeting every second Tuesday at noon at Boss Hogg’s to hear speakers talk on relevant topics (thanks to the work of Mary Ann Smith 1st Vice President), the club sponsors a Lincoln Day Luncheon, Tea Party event, Patriots Picnic in July, and does community outreach such as a college scholarship for a high school senior. ACRW is a growing and contributing community group. Everyone is welcome to attend.