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In This Issue
Featured Speaker - Dr. Vojin Joksimovich
Volunteer for Armineh Chelebian
Valley Campaign Headquarters
Join us to see Expelled on April 24
Rally for WLA Veterans Home
Two successful April Events - RJC Convention and RPLAC Academy
Quick Links
April 20, 2008 
Dear Gary,

The next meeting of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club will be on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 7:00pm at Galpin Ford, 15555 Roscoe Blvd (just east of the 405), 2nd Floor Meeting Room, North Hills.  There is a $5.00 event fee, except for first time visitors, students and guest speakers who may attend at no cost.

Dr. Vojin Joksimovich will be our featured speaker on May 6th.  Dr. Joksimovich will give us insight into what is happening now in Kosovo.
Featured Speaker - Vojin Joksimovich
Vojin Joksimovich Serbian-American Author and Activist
Vojin Joksimovich, PhD was born, raised and educated in Belgrade, Former Yugoslavia, now Serbia. As a child, he was an eyewitness to German and Anglo-American bombings of Belgrade during World War II. At the age of eight, he was an eyewitness and sole survivor of a Nazi bombing which killed seven family members. 

Upon obtaining a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade, Vojin emigrated to the UK where he was employed in the nuclear energy industry and where he obtained a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Imperial College, London University. He became a nuclear power plant safety specialist and consultant with careers in Yugoslavia, UK and the U.S. Vojin arrived in the U.S. in 1970 and became a citizen in 1976. 

Dr. Joksimovich has written over 125 professional papers presented at various international conferences.  As a Serbian-American activist Dr. Joksimovich has published over 60 newspaper and internet columns. He has delivered a similar number of talks on various aspects of Balkans conflicts in the 1990s and the 21st century at most of the San Diego Universities, World Affairs Councils in Boston, Orange County and San Diego, the Commonwealth Club of California, Colorado University at Boulder, Kennedy School of Government at the Harvard University, various Rotary Club branches, etc.

Dr. Joksimovich is the author of two comprehensive books: Kosovo Crisis: A Study in Foreign Policy Mismanagement and The Revenge of the Prophet: How Clinton and His Predecessors Empowered Radical Islam. Vojin is a two-term Serbian Unity Congress president with 11 terms on the Board of Directors. In that capacity met with numerous officials at the National Security Council and the State Department, many congressmen and analysts at various Washington think tanks. Currently, he is Deputy President of the North County Chapter of the San Diego World Affairs Council.  He is a columnist and blogger at several web sites including the site. With his wife of 38 years, Nada, lives in Escondido, California. 

Armineh Chelebian - 40th Assembly District  
Armineh Chelebian Precinct Walkers needed
The San Fernando Valley Republican Club has precinct walks every Saturday to talk to Republicans about Armineh Chelebian and her candidacy for the 40th Assembly seat.  We also place lawn signs for Armineh.

We can always use more volunteers.  If you are interested in helping Armineh win her primary election by walking precincts with SFVRC, please contact Jim Pavik,
Campaign Headquarters for San Fernando Valley  
 20121 Ventura Blvd., Suite 106
The campaign headquarters for the San Fernando Valley for the 2008 election will be located at 20121 Ventura Blvd., Suite 106.  The headquarters was arranged by Mary Hawkins of the West Valley Republican Club.  The headquarters will be managed by Nancy Spero.  Nancy heads the California Republican League in the Valley, and was an early McCain activist.  Nancy will be ably assisted by Sue Abato and Robert Bender all of whom have much experience in successfully running campaign headquarters.

The Grand Opening of the headquarters will be on Sunday, May 4th from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and support Nancy and the 2008 headquarters.
Ben Stein's EXPELLED, the Movie  
Expelled, the Movie Join us on Thursday, April 24th in Burbank
We are getting a group together to see the movie, EXPELLED, on Thursday, April 24th at the following theater:

AMC Burbank Town Center 8
201 E. Magnolia Blvd #345
Burbank, CA 91501

We will meet at the theater at 6:00pm - 6:15pm for the 7:00pm showing of Expelled.  We already have a group of about 12 people attending.  Please join us.  If you plan to attend, please email me at so I have some idea of how many we are expecting.

After the show we will go to a nearby coffee shop and discuss the film.
Save the WLA Veterans Home
VA Rally Rally for Veterans - Every Sunday

WHAT:  A Public Rally to support America's Military Veterans and Save their Los Angeles National Veterans Home in Brentwood.

WHY:  To stop the disgraceful and irreverent land grabbing of this hallowed property and demand government's full compliance and enforcement of the Land Grant Deed of 1888.
"SAVE THE HOME"- This land was specifically Deeded 120 years ago to be permanently maintained as a National Home for America's Military Veterans.   Our government must cancel the no-bid, behind-the-scenes land-grab of 16 acres of Veterans hallowed property that was given away rent-free for a public community park. This parcel of land is estimated to be worth nearly one billion dollars, yet Veterans receive absolutely nothing while their healthcare services are seriously underfunded and woefully inadequate.
     A non-profit, special interest group has plans to take control of Veterans land and build a "central park west."  This National Home is a place of historic quietude for Veterans rehabilitation and convalescence and there must never be any consideration for a noisy public community park.
     There is absolutely nothing in the Deed of 1888 that allows anyone to designate any land for a public park, open space, commercial use, or any other purpose whatsoever, other than for the direct benefit of America's Military Veterans. America's citizenry must demand government's enforcement of the Deed just as it was patriotically granted on March 3, 1888: "To be permanently maintained as a National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers."

WHERE:  The Veterans Public Rally will be held at the Front Gate and on the Sidewalks outside of the National Veterans Home, situated at the Northeast Corner of Wilshire and San Vicente Boulevards in Brentwood.

WHO:  Southern California Veterans and local community supporters will gather together at Sunday's Rally.  Every Sunday, 85 year-old Steve Palmer, a WW II wheelchair Veteran from Panorama City in the S.F. Valley is at the Rally, and so is 80 year-old Dick Breithaupt, a Marine Veteran and member of the "Sons of the American Revolution." Fellow Veterans from Orange County, the Inland Empire and Thousand Oaks have been attending as well.

WHEN:  Sunday, April 20th From 1:00 - 4:00 PM - and every Sunday until the Home is Saved!

IMPORTANT:  Show up and "Save Our Veterans Home."  It's Our Duty!

Two Successful Events this month  
Republican Jewish Coalition Statewide Convention
The RJC Convention in San Francisco two weeks ago was very successful.  As Dan Pine, writer for the Jewish News writes, "A minority in a minority in a minority."

That's how conservative strategist and author David Frum jokingly described the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual California conference, held last weekend in deep blue San Francisco.


On Saturday the convention featured a discussion panel which included Sally Pipes and Vicky Murray from the Pacific Research Institute who presented on "defeating socialized medicine and promoting educational choice and competition". In the afternoon Larry Greenfield (, Richard Baehr (, Rick Richman ( and Eric Goulab ( presented on "Making the GOP case in the Jewish Community". Immediately following was a panel of experts which included Debra Saunders (, Gary Aminoff (, Evan Sayet ( and Tom Del Beccarro ( that discussed California Politics. The day concluded with a reception hosted by the RJC National Women's Committee followed by a banquet honoring Vets for Freedom. An Ice Cream Party concluded the evening with humorist Evan Sayet.

The convention concluded on Sunday with discussions on "Helping Israel's Image", "Israel and the Media" and "Existential Threats to Isreal".

For more information on the RJC click here.


RPLAC Academy for Candidates and Campaigns


The Republican Party of Los Angeles County held its RPLAC Academy last weekend, which was a huge success. Presenters were Ron Nehring, Chairman of the California Republican Party, Tom del Becarro, Vice-Chairman of the California Republican Party, Senator George Runner and Assemblywoman Sharon Runner talking about his initiative for SAFE Neighborhoods, (which I will cover in a later newsletter) and other excellent speakers.  For a review of what happened at the Academy, read Matt Kauble's review in Red County.

We expect to have another exciting meeting of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club on Tuesday, May 6th.

I will be out of town for the meeting but our Vice-President Val Cymbal will do another great job in presiding at the meeting.


Gary Aminoff
Gary Aminoff