2017 GOP Float in Albany's Veterans Day Parade

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On Saturday, November 11, 2017, Benton and Linn County Republicans participated in Albany's Veterans Day Parade with a float entry and lots of enthusiasm to show our veterans how much their service to this great country means. BCRW members assisted with design, decorating and riding on the float.

The Veterans Commemoration Associations' parade theme for 2017 was "Honoring Our Women Veterans, It's Time We Honor Them All." BCRW's Benton Buttoneers were commissioned to design and make 500 theme buttons for the VCA. BCRW always makes buttons to honor veterans at the parade and did so again this year with "Honoring All Who've Served." PJ's husband, Garland, passed out the buttons.

Participants: (Benton County) Louanna Oliver and son Bobby; Chair Betsy Close, Stella Guenther, John Detweiler, Garland & PJ Hunter, Arden Ray, Jean & Charles Nelson, and Kristie Hernandez with daughter Izzy and friends Laell, Cheyenne and Alondra. (Linn County) Michael Wynhausen, Dale Hummel (photographer), Joe Bullard, Jim Vause, Sr., Mary Grimes and Alma Lee. (Other) Jerell from Lane County also joined us with a large Trump flag. Along the route another Republican climbed aboard to finish the parade with us.

All showered veterans with love and enthusiastic shouts of appreciation, while the more energetic walked with the float passing out buttons and candy along the way. The float was this years' 2nd Place winner. Alondra shows off the trophy in a photo. Zumi (dog) rode along too.

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2017 BCRW Constitution Day Flag Rally


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Between 12 Noon and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16th, Benton County Republican Women sponsored a flag rally, which was held in front of the Benton County Courthouse to celebrate the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Donna Hammond of Prineville Oregon, stopped by to thank the participants for honoring our very special constitution and she joined the group for a photo. Participating were Carolyn and Bob Webb, Donna Hammond, John Detweiler, Charlotte Vickers, Stella Guenther and PJ Hunter. BCRW President Jean Nelson was attending the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) 39th Biennial Convention in Philadelphia, otherwise, she and Charles Nelson would have attended the rally as well to honor and support the Constitution of the United States of America! [FLYER]

In his book, Rediscovering Americanism, Mark R. Levin describes how Progressive ideology has eroded individual liberty in favor of egalitarianism and threatens the constitutional goverment of our republic. Regarding future generations, he poses the question, "What will they say about us? Will they say that we were a wise and conscientious people who understood and appreciated the blessings of our existence and surroundings and prudentially and conscientiously cared for them; or will they say we were a self-indulgent and inattentive people, easily shepherded in one direction or another, who stole the future from our own children and generations yet born, and squanderd an irreplaceable heritage?" Read More......

2017 BCRW Constitution Day Library Display


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As a "Caring for America" project, Benton County Republican Women present a Constitution Day poster in honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The poster will be on display from September 11-29 at the Philomath Community Library. See the text included in the display HERE. Read More......

2017 BCRW Booth at the Benton County Fair


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Benton County Republican Women and Benton County Republicans were neighbors at the Benton County Fair, which ran August 2-5, 2017. The BCRW booth again featured the U.S. History Game, which attracted young people from elementary school to young adults as they tested their knowledge on the Founders, Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of government, true or false questions and so forth winning a piece of candy or a patriotic sticker for correct answers. Volunteers working in the booth had a wonderful opportunity to talk to women about membership in the BCRW, sell patriotic buttons and offer ice-cold water to fair goers during a heatwave that hit the area at fair time. Many thanks to all the volunteers for staffing the booth during the fair. Read More......

2017 BCRW Summer Potluck Picnic


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The Benton County Republican Women's annual potluck picnic for 2017 was held at the lovely home of Charline King amid her beautiful summer flowers. Linda Bartcher assisted Charline in organizing the event and Bre Miller, president of Corvallis Knights was the featured speaker. Read More......

2017 - BCRW helps with Benton GOP Float in July 8th Philomath Main Street Parade


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Benton County Republican Women participated in the Philomath parade with Benton County Republicans on July 8th, 2017. There was excitement in the air as everyone pitched in to help decorate the float. The turnout was terrific and the weather was absolutely perfect for a parade. Enthusiastic flag wavers and sign holders called out, "We love America," chanted "USA, USA, USA," and left the words "Liberty" and "Freedom" wafting in the wind. With places like North Korea and Venezuela in the news lately as reminders that freedoms of the people can be lost to dictatorial power, the float was decorated with some of America's first principles, which must always be protected.

We offer a huge thank you to these fantastic Republicans for their participation: Nic & Louanna Oliver (drivers), Jessica Paulsen, Trinity Paulsen (age 4) and JR, Jeff Limón, John Detweiler, Stella Guenther, Jean & Charles Nelson, Kristie Hernandez, Izzy Hernandez and friend Layell (great helpers/passed out candy), Jerry & Arden Ray, and Garland & PJ Hunter. Doggies Sassy and Zumi were also aboard the float. Read More......

2017 - BCRW celebrates 4th of July with Benton GOP


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Benton County Republican Women celebrated Independence Day with Benton County Republicans by participating in the Corvallis All-American Anyone Can Join, Fabulous, Fantastic Fourth of July Parade followed by a fun BBQ & Potluck at the Troop 3 Scout Cabin. Kristie Hernandez organized the BBQ. Due to camera failure, there is little coverage of these events, for which PJ apologizes. If anyone has pictures, please let me know. Thank you.

Corvallis Gazette-Times Article: Corvalliis celebrates Independence Day
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2017 Flag Day Rally - June 14, Corvallis, OR

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The Benton County Republican Women sponsored a non-partisan flag rally to celebrate Flag Day on June 14th! We heard and saw a lot of patriotic horn honking and energetic waving in response to the beautiful USA flags billowing on the corners of 9th Street and Walnut Boulevard in Corvallis, Oregon. Flag wavers for this event were Bob and Carolyn Webb, John Detweiler, Stella Guenther, PJ Hunter, and Charles and Jean Nelson. S. Thomas Lewis dropped by to join us. See his video of Flag Day in Corvallis! Read More......

2017 Armed Forces Day Tribute

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The Benton County Republican Women sponsored this May 20, 2017 flag rally along Kings Boulevard in front of the National Guard Armory to pay tribute to and express appreciation for all the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. There was a lot of enthusiastic waving and car honking in honor of our Troops! - Thank you, Corvallis! Flag wavers for this event were John Detweiler, PJ Hunter, Lou Copes, Don Copes, Jean Nelson and Charles Nelson. Read More......

2016 BCRW Christmas Party & Luncheon

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The Benton County Republican Women met at the Adair Clubhouse on Monday, December 12, 2016 for their annual Christmas Party. Jean Nelson, President, called the meeting to order at 12 Noon and Stella Guenther, BCRW member and Chaplain of the Oregon Federation of Republican Women, gave an invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. A lovely buffet luncheon by Valley Catering, followed. After lunch, Jean praised the great successes Republicans enjoyed in the November 8, 2016 Elections. She reported, "Not since the 1920's have Republicans won such a decisive victory in a national election! Republicans now have 2 out of 3 governorships in the whole nation! In State legislatures, Republicans control 55.5% of all seats and Democrats control 42.8%. Our biggest win was electing Donald J. Trump as president of the United States!" Jean then added, "Let's celebrate!" Just then, PJ Hunter announced that President-Elect Donald J. Trump, who is traveling the country on his Thank Your Tour, had arrived. Sporting his familiar red "Make America Great Again" cap, Mr. Trump spoke briefly, in his unique style, and gave credit to the Republican Women for their part in his H-U-U-U-G-E victory.

Regarding Oregon elections, Jean noted that electing Dennis Richardson to Secretary of State was quite an accomplishment for it has been 40 years since a Republican held that office. She announced that Mr. Richardson has invited all to his swearing-in ceremony at 11:00 a.m. on December 30th, in the Senate Chambers of the Oregon Capitol. Jean also offered congratulations to Sen. Brian Boquist, Rep. Andy Olson and Rep. Mike Nearman on their reelections to the Oregon State Legislature.

Felicia Ehlen, librarian and acting director of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, joined the BCRW for lunch and Jean presented five books to Ms. Ehlen from the club. The books were, Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, Trust Betrayed by Scott Taylor, American Exceptionalism by Charles Murray and two hardbound copies of Adair Diary by long-time club member, Charline King.

Due to scheduling mixup, Jean Nelson presented Acupressure Facial and the Benefits of Massage, giving step-by-step directions on self-facial acupressure as members and guests followed along, pressing, tapping, rubbing and scratching their heads and faces (should have gotten pictures of this).

BCRW offers much thanks to Charline King for chairing this event,  to Linda Bartcher for the festive table decorations, and to Associate Member, John Detweiler, for playing Mr. Trump and for always being a good sport. Read More......

BCRW 2016 Christmas Wreath & Swag Sale



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The Benton County Republican Women’s hand decorated Christmas wreaths and swags are made of fresh Douglas and Noble Fir with mixed evergreens, pinecones, chestnuts, a lovely large bow and much more. No two are alike! These beautiful pieces will add the perfect touch to your holiday décor! The price is $35 for a 22" wreath or swag and $40 for our new 24" wreath. Proceeds go to the BCRW's “Caring for America” projects, primarily the Dictionary Project. CONTACT PERSON: Stella Guenther | h: (541) 929-5382, m: (541) 602-1737. Read More......

2016 BCRW Constitution Day Flag Rally


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Benton County Republican Women sponsored a flag rally to celebrate Constitution Day and the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. Braving the weather were Jean Nelson, Charles Nelson, Susan Newby, John Detweiler and PJ Hunter. Read More......

2016 Republican Booths at the Benton County Fair


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The Benton County Republican Women and the Benton County Republican Central Committee had booths next to each other with the BCRW giving away candy for correct answers to U.S. History questions determined by a spin of the wheel, while next door, the BCRCC promoted Donald Trump for President and the Republican candidates running for national, state and local offices. Read More......

2016 Flag Day Rally


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On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, the Benton County Republican Women of Oregon sponsored a Flag Day Rally at the corners of 9th Street and Circle Boulevard in Corvallis, Oregon. It's always a pleasure to participate in this patriotic event with beautiful USA flags flying. There were lots of honks and waves from passing cars from all directions at the intersection, which made the rally exciting.

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2016 BCRW Garage Sale

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On April 30th and May 7th, Benton County Republican Women held a garage sale to raise funds for The Dictionary Project. The sale raised a bit over half of the cost estimated for dictionaries for this fall. Many thanks are due to those who organized the sale, contributed goods to the sale and those who worked the sale. Special thanks to Debbie Thorpe for so generously providing the venue in downtown Philomath! Finally, we thank all who shopped our sale.

Since 2004, the BCRW has distributed nearly 12,000 dictionaries to area 4th grade students. We thank Stella Guenther for her dedication to this worthy project and to those who have assisted her over the years. Read More......

2016 BCRW Presidents' Day Library Display

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Every February since 2010, the Benton County Republican Women have submitted a poster with display materials for Presidents' Day for exhibition on the main floor of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The 2016 presentation features quotes by Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as well as interesting historical details regarding these most honorable presidents. We hope you'll visit the library and view our presentation, which will be on display February 1st thru 14th. (see PDF showing selected text for 2016). Read More......

2015 BCRW Christmas Party


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On Monday, December 14th, Benton County Republican Women met at the Adair Clubhouse for their annual Christmas Party, which included installation of officers for the 2016-2017 biennium and a lovely luncheon buffet by Valley Catering. The featured speaker was Jeremy Woodall, Program Director at the beautiful new Allworth Veteran's Home in Lebanon, Oregon. In the spirit of Christmas, guests brought a generous array of gifts for the veterans from a list of needed items. Read More......

2015 Appreciation Dinner (BCRCC)

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On Thursday, November 19th, the Benton County Republicans held their annual "We the People" Appreciation Dinner at The Clubhouse in Adair Village with a nice buffet dinner by Valley Catering. Chairman Jerry Jackson welcomed all and announced that he has filed to run for County Commissioner. He introduced Carolyn Webb, president of Benton County Republican Women and Stella Guenther Immediate Past President and extended thanks to the BCRW for all the work they do. Carolyn spoke briefly and Stella informed attendees about the Dictionary Project and that the Club is selling Christmas Wreaths and Swags to support this important project. As the new Precinct Committee Person Chair, Jacob Vandever fired up the PCP's. Bill Currier, chair of the Oregon Republican Party was the featured speaker and he presented a very positive message for the 2016 elections. State Representative Mike Nearman spoke briefly on potential headway for Republicans in the Oregon House. Jo Rae Perkins, candidate for U.S. House talked about her conservative values and asked guests for their vote. Heartfelt appreciation went to the guests attending the dinner for they are the wonderful local Republicans, who serve as PCP's or  spend time, energy and give valuable support to the Republican party year in and year out; and the Oregon State University College Republicans, who are eager and enthusiastic to make a difference in GOP politics on campus and in the community. Read More......

2015 Veterans Day Parade, Albany, Oregon

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On Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11, 2015, Benton County Republicans and Linn County Republicans paid tribute to all U.S. Veterans with their joint float entry in the 64th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Albany, Oregon. The parade was organized by the Veterans Commemoration Association and they did a spectacular job again this year! The parade theme was Veterans: "STARS Unlimited - STRIPES United." Benton County Republican Women made 1400 Veterans Day parade theme buttons to pass out to Veterans and children. Parade watchers turned out in huge numbers to show their respect for America's veterans. Early morning decorators from both Linn and Benton Republicans did a fantastic job readying the float for the parade start at 11:00 a.m.. Pulling the float was Louanna Oliver. Riding the float and waving U.S. Flags (veterans shown with branch in which they served) were John Detweiler (U.S. Navy), Charles Nelson (U.S. Air Force), Jean Nelson, Kim Rowe, PJ Hunter, Garland Hunter (U.S. Marine Corps), Mary Grimes and Jim Vause, Sr. (U.S. Marine Corps). Walking with the float and passing out buttons were Michael Wynhausen (Chair, Linn County Republicans) and Stella Guenther. See large collection of 2015 parade photos at the Democrat-Herald. S. Thomas Lewis posted videos of the parade on YouTube: 1 of 4 | 2 of 4 | 3 of 4 (Republican float first 16 seconds) | 4 of 4. Read More......

BCRW Oct. 2015 - Pat Dysart's Walk Across Australia

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On Monday, October 26, 2015, Benton County Republican Women met at King Tin Restaurant in Corvallis for a no-host luncheon and general meeting. With a stunning slideshow, retired OSU researcher and BCRW member, Dr. Pat Dysart, detailed her 1988, six-month, science based walk across the Australian continent that landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records. Pat field-tested 40 consumer products and planted two million coolabah trees on the trek. Out of the camel train of 15, Sam and Chuluk were featured in Pat's presentation for their distinctly different personalities. The same is true for human personalities, as we learned. Some participants made the trek, or partial legs thereof, for different reasons, which led to some (humorous to us) conflicts. BCRW members and guests enjoyed this record-making travelogue tremendously. On Nov. 3, 2015, the Corvallis Gazette-Times featured Dr. Dysart's trip on the front-page as one of the paper's The Story Next Door series under the title The Long Walk. Read More......

BCRW Celebrates Abigail Scott Duniway, Oct. 2015

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Monday, September 28, 2015 - Benton County Republican Women met at King Tin Restaurant, 1857 NW 9th Street in Corvallis at 11am for a no-host luncheon, a short business meeting and a speaker at 12 Noon. The topic was "Celebrate Abigail Scott Duniway, women's rights advocate from Albany, Oregon!" Dunaway was a driving force in winning women's right to vote in Oregon in 1912. Sharon Thorne, docent from the Oregon Historical Society, gave an exciting presentation on Mrs. Duniway's most productive life. Read More......

2015 Constitution Day Flag Rally, Corvallis, OR

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On Thursday, September 17th, Benton County Republican Women hosted a non-partisan flag rally in celebration of Constitution Day. The event was held in front of the beautiful Benton County Courthouse on the 228th anniversary of the signing of The U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, PA. The sign-holding, flag waving participants were BCRW President Carolyn Webb, Bob Webb, Stella Guenther, Kim Rowe, Arden Ray, Birdie Reetz, Jeri Schmidt, Jane Buck, Charles Nelson, Andrew Decker, Doug and Louise Salmons, PJ Hunter and Cathy Connor. Read More......

Benton GOP Float in 2015 Philomath Frolic Grand Parade

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LIBERTY rides again! On Saturday, July 11, 2015, the Benton County Republican Women participated with the Benton County Republicans in the Grand Parade in Philomath, Oregon during the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo. Sorry to say we didn't get photos of everyone but we had a wonderful time happily stressing "Liberty" throughout the parade and getting lots of thumbs up all along the route. Nic and Louanna Oliver pulled the float and Chairman Jerry Jackson and his grandson Stephen walked and passed out candy. Riding the float were Jean & Charles Nelson, Stella Guenther, John Detweiler, Garland & PJ Hunter with Zumi (the dog). Read More......

4th of July Parade, Corvallis, Oregon

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The Benton County Republican Women helped decorate the Benton County Republican's "Liberty' float in the Corvallis All-American Anyone-Can-Join, Fabulous, Fantastic 4th of July Parade. Pulling the float were Nic and Louanna Oliver in their handsome truck decorated with USA flags. Kim Rowe came early to help decorate but couldn't stay to ride the float. Showing enthusiasm for this special American holiday were Jean & Charles Nelson, Stella Guenther, John Detweiler, Garland & PJ Hunter with grandson Ty Sisson and Zumi the Republican Labrador. Benton GOP Chair, Jerry Jackson, walked with the float and passed out candy to children. Riders wished all a "Happy 4th of July" and called out "Happy Birthday, America!" Read More......

2015 Flag Day Rally

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On Saturday, June 13, 2015, Benton County Republican Women sponsored a flag rally to celebrate Flag Day, as recognized each June 14th in the United States. This event was held from 12 Noon to 1:00 p.m. at the intersection of 9th Street and Circle Boulevard in Corvallis, Oregon, and was open to the public. Flag wavers were met with honks and cheers as cars passed by. BCRW President Carolyn Webb provided a candy dish and wonderful chocolate-chip cookies. It was a gorgeous sunny day with a light wind that kept the flags flying beautifully. Thank you to all who participated. Patriotism is alive and well. Read More......

May 2015 BCRW Honor Flight Presentation

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On Tuesday, May 26th, Mike Pungercar, Director of South Willamette Valley Honor Flight, explained 'A promise kept,' to see that every veteran gets to see the monuments and memorials in Washington D.C. that were created and dedicated to honor THEIR service in the United States Armed Forces. In World War II, 16.1 million served; over 408,000 were killed in action; and now, 750-800 WWII veterans are passing away daily. WWII Veterans take priority over all others and so SWV Honor Flight is fulfilling its promise with flights and full tours taking place each May and October for veterans of Benton, Linn, Lincoln and Lane Counties at absolutely no cost to the veterans. The trips are funded through donations, of which, 99% goes to travel, food, lodging, busses and serving all the veterans needs on the trip. Mr. Pungercar was accompanied by WWII Veterans, Harry Lagerstedt (2013 Honor Flight) and Jack Stephens (2015 Honor Flight), who spoke briefly about their service and Honor Flight experiences. To donate, please visit the website for details. If you know a WWII Veteran who would like to make the trip, please help him or her get in touch with Mike Pungercar, (541) 746-3469. Read More......

2015 Armed Forces Day Flag Rally

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On Saturday, May 16, 2015, the Benton County Republican Women held a non-partisan Armed Forces Day Flag Rally to pay tribute to all the brave men and women who serve to protect the USA. The rally was held at the National Guard Armory, 1100 NW Kings Blvd., from 12 Noon to 1:00 p.m. The minute the flag wavers started unfurling their flags, drivers started honking their horns and waving. There was much enthusiasm and the event was a very nice recognition of our troops. Thank you to all who participated and special thanks to BCRW President, Carolyn Webb, who brought wonderful refreshments. Thank you, most especially, to all members of the Armed Forces. Read More......

2015 OFRW District III Meeting

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On Friday, May 15, 2015, six members of BCRW attended the OFRW District III Meeting at Novak's Hungarian Restaurant in Albany, Oregon. District III clubs are Benton, Linn, Polk and Capitol City (Salem). Following a lovely lunch, the meeting was conducted by retiring director Diane Tillotson. After the invocation and flag salute, the ladies sang the National Anthem. Oh my! They sounded wonderful! Pam Kniffin was elected as the new District III Director. Each club's president reported on their organizations' activities and Ande Hofmann and Joyce Waggoner gave inspirational talks. We offer our appreciation to Diane for serving as Director. She attended most of BCRW's monthly meetings and kept in close and friendly contact. Read More......

BCRW Christmas Wreath & Swag Sale

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The Benton County Republican Women’s hand decorated Christmas wreaths and swags are made of fresh Douglas and Noble Fir with mixed evergreens, pinecones, chestnuts, a lovely large bow and much more. No two are alike! These beautiful pieces will add the perfect touch to your holiday décor! The price is $30 each. Proceeds go to the BCRW's “Caring for America” projects, primarily the Dictionary Project. CONTACT PERSON: Stella Guenther | h: (541) 929-5382, m: (541) 602-1737. Get BCRW 2014 Christmas Wreaths & Swags Order Form.
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2014 Gun Show


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The Benton County Republicans & Republican Women conducted voter registration, handed out campaign literature and sold raffle tickets at the annual ARPC Gun & Sportsmen Show on September 27 & 28 at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, Oregon. Ken Kurth chaired this event and was joined by Stella Guenther, Jerry Jackson, Nic & Louanna Oliver, Kim Rowe, Ken McCracken, Kristie Hernandez and PJ Hunter, who took shifts manning the table. It was a very successful event. Read More......

2014 Constitution Day Ceremony, Corvallis, Oregon

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On September 17, 2014, the Benton County Republican Women were pleased to sponsor a Constitution Day civic event in honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. The event was held on the south lawn of the Benton County Courthouse. BCRW President, Stella Guenther, emcee, opened the ceremony and welcomed all.  Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning spoke about the rights of the people that the U.S. Constitution protects and Adair Village Mayor Bill Currier focused on how blessed we are and that it is up to us to insure that future generations enjoy the same freedoms.  The Young Marines of Albany posted the colors and conducted a flag-folding demonstration, while Stella read the meaning of each fold. Soloist Ellen Demarest, accompanied by Tom Demarest, sang the National Anthem and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. Senator Betsy Close and Mayor Currier called off the States as representatives of Boy Scout Troop 3 placed the States on the map in order of their statehood. Jeff Kropf, former legislator, 5th generation Oregon farmer from Sublimity, former Director of the Oregon Chapter of Americans for Prosperity and current Executive Director of the Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation, spoke passionately about the constitution to the rapt attention of attendees. No people have accomplished so much to improve the living standard of man and champion freedom the world over as the free people of America thanks to the persistence and sacrifice of our founders, who in their wisdom fashioned a constitution they hoped would allow generations hence to live in freedom. The forces of tyranny are always present. What happens if we loose faith in the U.S. Constitution and fail to protect it? Read More......

2014 GOP Booths at Benton County Fair

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2014 Benton County Republican BBQ

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2014 BCRW Summer Picnic

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On July 21, 2015, Benton County Republican Women held their annual summer potluck picnic at the lovely home of Charline King in Adair Village, Oregon. Surrounded by hanging baskets spilling over with beautiful flowers, members and guests enjoyed a fabulous potluck luncheon on the patio. After a few announcements, the gathering was very 'social.' Later, the festivities moved inside for a game suggested by Pat Dysart. Participants were to anonymously submit a 'headline' describing a fun, unique, astounding, or memorable life experience for the group to guess "Who Did It?" The game was a real hit and we all discovered a little something special about each other. Our thanks to Charline for offering her home and patio for this event. Read More......

2014: Benton GOP at Philomath Frolic Parade and Booth


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The Benton County Republican Women assisted the Benton County Republican Party with their booth and in the Philomath Frolic Grand Parade in a float designed to support our statewide and local Republican candidates running in the 2014 election. With flags waving and shouting, "Liberty" riders enthusiastically hoisted giant letters spelling "LIBERTY" to parade watchers, who showed their approval with applause! Jacob Vandever, candidate for Oregon House, Dist. 16, and Jerry Jackson, candidate for Benton County Commissioner walked with the float passing out candy to youngsters and greeting voters. Sen. Betsy Close, candidate for Oregon Senate, also participated in the parade riding in a beautiful white Corvette with her fabulous campaign team afoot (we borrowed her photos from Facebook). Louanna Oliver pulled the float… and expertly, we might add. On board were Kristie Hernandez, daughters Ronnie and Alexia with friend Erick, John Detweiler, Stella Guenther and PJ Hunter with Zumi (the dog). Garland Hunter walked the parade route and took pictures. The float won the Grand Marshal's Award trophy. Read More......

2014 Benton GOP 4th of July Parade Float

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On Independence Day 2014, the Benton County Republicans participated in the Downtown Corvallis "All-American Everyone Can Join, Fabulous, Fantastic 4th of July Parade" on the Benton GOP float featuring our fabulous, fantastic Republican Candidates! Thank you to Nic Oliver for pulling the float and Louanna Oliver for taking the shotgun seat to help. Thank you to Kim Rowe, Ken McCracken, Garland Hunter, who helped set up the float, and to Stella Guenther, PJ Hunter, John Detweiler, Susan Newby, Birdie Reetz, Danny Gonzales, Ronnie Hernandez and Charles and Jean Neslon, who also helped set up and who showed great enthusiasm riding the float, waving flags and promoting LIBERTY and our wonderful candidates! Al and Kathi Hutchinson drove the always classy Sen. Betsy Close in their very classy 1940 Ford convertible. Candidates Jacob Vandever and Jerry Jackson walked the parade route.

Candidates featured: Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate, Art Robinson for U.S. Congress (Dist. 4), Tootie Smith for U.S. Congress (Dist. 5) Dennis Richardson for Oregon Governor, Sen. Betsy Close for Oregon Senate (Dist. 8), Andy Olson for reelection to the Oregon House (Dist. 15), Jacob Vandever for Oregon House (Dist. 16), Mike Nearman for Oregon House (Dist. 23) and Jerry J. Jackson, Sr. for Benton County Commissioner.

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June 2014: Chana Cox speaks on 'Common Core' at BCRW General Meeting

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On Monday, June 23rd, Chana Cox spoke at the General Meeting of the Benton County Republican Women at King Tin Restaurant in Corvallis, Oregon. A Senor Lecturer Emerita from Lewis and Clark College, Ms. Cox is well qualified to speak on Common Core and how it is affecting the education of our children and grandchildren. Chana taught at Lewis and Clark for over twenty years after receiving her Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University. She taught courses in the departments of philosophy, history, political science, the business department, and the freshman core. She is the author of several books and other writings, including a book on the history of classical liberalism, Liberty, God’s Gift to Humanity. She is currently a member of the board of U Choose and is director of its Speakers Bureau and Writers Club.

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2014 Flag Day Rally, Corvallis


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A public flag rally, organized by Carolyn Webb, Immediate Past President of the Benton County Republican Women, was held on Flag Day, June 14, 2014, from Noon to 1:00 p.m., in Corvallis, Oregon. Flag wavers were greeted with honks and waves by drivers and passersby's at the intersection of NW Circle Boulevard and NW Ninth Street. Some inquired as to why the rally was being held and, when told that it was to celebrate Flag Day, the most often heard response was, "Oh, I forgot. I'll put my flag out as soon as I get home!" The rally was mentioned in Corvallis Gazette-Times article, Flag Day events honor Stars and Stripes, featuring the Corvallis Elks Flag Day Ceremony.

About Flag Day
On this day in 1777, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution stating that "the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white" and that "the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation." According to Wikipedia, "In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress." Flag Day, however, in not an official federal holiday. Read More......

May 2014: Sen. Betsy Close Speaks at BCRW General Meeting

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On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, Senator Betsy Close was the guest speaker at the Benton County Republican Women's General Meeting. Sen. Close was appointed to serve the remainder of Sen. Frank Morse's term and is now running to maintain her seat as State Senator for Oregon's Senate District 8. Sen. Close spoke on her experiences at Senator to date. She has been extremely consistent in voting against government expansion and for fiscal restraint. Read More......

2014 Armed Forces Day Flag Rally

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The Benton County Republican Women held a non-partisan flag rally to celebrate Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in front of the National Guard Armory, 1100 NW Kings Blvd., in Corvallis, Oregon. It was a pleasure to honor the men and women serving in the U.S. Military. It was a gorgeous day. The wind blew lightly to keep the beautiful USA flags waving and the sun came out to warm this patriotic event. Drivers and passengers honked, waved and cheered in their support of those who serve in our Armed Forces. Thank you to Carolyn Webb, BCRW's Immediate Past President, for organizing the rally. Read More......

2014 BCRW April Meeting

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On Monday, April 28, 2014, the Benton County Republican Women held their April meeting at King Tin Restaurant in Corvallis. Speakers were Cynthia Kendoll and Jerry J. Jackson, Sr.

Cynthia Kendoll is president of Oregonians for Immigration Reform and the authorized agent for the petition that put “Protect Oregon Driver Licenses” on the November 2014 ballot. She told the group that she had never spearheaded a ballot initiative before and she credited leaders from around the state and many volunteers for their help. She described the process and talked about her experiences throughout the successful effort. Jerry Jackson is the Republican candidate for Benton County Commissioner. He gleaned leadership experience serving on the Philomath City Council becoming the body's chair. He also served as the city's chief financial officer and Philomath is a model for fiscal responsibility. Benton County would be well served if voters elect Mr. Jackson for County Commissioner in November. Read More......