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San Fernando Valley Republican Club
Meeting Notice and Newsletter
In This Issue
The New Media: Using Social Networking Sites to win Politically
MajorityNext: A New Conservative Movement
Open Discussion at February Meeting
SFVRC, RPLAC and CRP on Facebook and Twitter
Do business with fellow Republicans
SFVRC Calendar of Events
CRP Convention - Feb. 20 - 22 in Sacramento
Quick Links
January 17, 2009 
Dear Gary,

The next meeting of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club will be on

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Galpin Ford, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
15555 Roscoe Blvd (just east of the 405)
North Hills. 


There is a $5.00 event fee, except for first time visitors, students and guest speakers who may attend at no cost.

We have not scheduled a featured speaker.  This will be a business meeting where we discuss the policies for SFVRC for 2009-2010.  We will also get introduced to the new media social networking sites that are the ways of the future to achieve political success in America.

We will have Austin Dragon introduce us to his new program for the Republican Party called "MajorityNext"

Meeting Agenda:
Flag Salute
Committee Sign-ups
Brief Tutorial on Facebook and Twitter
Austin Dragon: MajorityNext
Open Discussion relating to SFVRC Activities
The "New Media" for Restoring Limited Government
 How can social media sites help the Republican Party win elections?

At the February meeting I am going to demonstrate a couple of the new media social networking sites and explain how to use them.

Not only are they great for your personal and social connections with people anywhere on the planet, but they can also be used for business purposes and for political purposes.

I will concentrate in my demonstration on the ways that Twitter and Facebook can be used Facebookfor political purposes and how the new media will change the face of politics in American going forward.  We may have been slower than the Democrats in adopting the new technology, but from what I see, we will surpass them in our use of the technology to win elections.

The New Media already made a huge difference to the Obama campaign where they raised $100 Million online through web-based social media with investors whose average contribution was $100.00.

Because of the importance of the new media to Republican success in 2010 and 2012, our featured speaker in March will be Michael Patrick Leahy, the founder of #TCOT (Top Conservatives on Twitter) who will speak on the topic, "The #TCOT Revolution: Restoring Limited Government to the United States through the NetRoots Movement."  It will be good for you to have the background that will be provided in the February meeting before the March meeting.

Majority Next A New Program for the Conservative Movement

Austin Dragon, President of the Southern California Republican Club, has organized a new movement for conservatives.  Currently it is only in Southern California, but Austin expects to take it national.Austin Dragon

Here is what MajorityNext says on its web site:
Because we must have our own 21st century, second-to-none, national organization of conservatives focused ("like a laser beam") on getting conservatives elected on the local, state and national level. Not talking about it. Doing it!

Austin will explain what MajorityNext is and how we can be involved.
Discussion on SFVRC Activities  
Discussion: What Can SFVRC Do to Win Elections in the SFV?

We have all agreed that we will not have a featured speaker in February and we will spend the hour or more that we would normally give to a speaker and have a discussion about what we can do, as a club, to make a difference in the 2010 and 2012 elections.  If this works out well, we may do this a few times a year.  I also think it is a good idea to allow, if we can, at least 20 - 30 minutes each meeting in the future for members to express their views.

If the discussion period is not managed well, it has the potential to dissolve into meaningless cross-discussion.  In order for it to be effective, we will need to manage it.  We will have a little more than one hour to try to have a discussion out of which will come some useful ideas.

Here is what we have come up with.  I would prefer that those who intend to present a proposal about what we should do, send it to me in advance by email.

At the meeting we will ask you for the topic of your proposal.  We will list all the topics on the white board.  We will then pick three topics (more if time permits) by vote for presentation to the group.  The member will then make his proposal which will be followed by an open discussion on that proposal.  Over the next few months as proposals are presented we will try to have ten of the best proposals for the group to vote on as to whether we should undertake that activity.  Out of the ten we will narrow the list down to three, which we will agree to undertake.

We will not have cross-discussion.  All questions and comments will have to be directed to the Chair.

I am sure we will have an interesting discussion, and we will continue it on to future meetings.
SFVRC, RPLAC and CRP on Facebook and Twitter
Republican Groups are all on Facebook and Twitter

SFVRC has a group page on Facebook.  If you are on Facebook already, go to and click on "Join this Group."

If you are not yet on Facebook, you can go to and sign up. 

The purpose of the Facebook group is to be able to communicate more easily with our members and to be able to organize Facebook events that support the activities of the SFVRC and to receive information about other Republican and conservative activities being organized on Facebook that we might have interest in.

The Republican Party of Los Angeles County (RPLAC) also has a Facebook Group at:
Go there and join the group.

The California Republican Party (CRP) has a Facebook Group page at:
Go there and join the group.

Much of the communication in the future from our club and from RPLAC and CRP will be disseminated on the respective Facebook pages.

Ron Nehring, Chairman of the California Republican Party sent the following email to California Republicans a couple of days ago:

Dear Gary,
Republican leaders around the country are networking on Twitter and I wanted to send you a quick note to encourage you to join us.
If you're not familiar with Twitter, it's a free, easy, innovative tool that helps people communicate what they're currently doing/working on.  Republican chairmen, activists, members of Congress, legislators, and online warriors are now directly following each other, sharing information and alerts on Twitter.
You can follow me on Twitter and sign up by clicking here:   
If you don't know what Twitter is or why you should care visit the official Twitter FAQ page.  You can also check out a great online guide for conservative activists here: Twitter 101 guide.
You can post and read Twitter updates through your computer using your web browser, your cell phone, and your Blackberry using its web browser or a great application called Twitterberry.
I've also updated my personal website to integrate with Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Blogger.  Taking full advantage of new technologies is key to our party's success.  Please join me.
Thank you for your leadership.

Ron Nehring
CHAIRMAN, California Republican Party
SFVRC Business Roster  
Do Business with fellow Republicans

In these tough economic times we have decided to help each other out economically.

We are preparing a business roster of Republicans for SFVRC members.  We are encouraging all of our members to patronize the businesses of our fellow members and Republicans.  If you need goods and services, why not have them provided by your fellow Republicans?

For those of you who would like to have your business listed in our business directory, please send an email to:
BUSINESS@SFVRC.ORG .  Provide your name, the name and street address of your business, your business phone number, your business web site address, and your email address.  Also provide a description of the services you provide or the type of goods you sell.

We would like to publish this directory no later than the end of March, so please send in your information.  Send an email to with the above information.
SFVRC Calendar of Events
New Active Calendar of Republican and Club Events

Google CalendarWe have now set up a Google Calendar on our club web site.  The calendar is regularly maintained and includes not only events of SFVRC but many other Republican events in the area.  Organizations wanting their information included, please send the info to me by email.

To access the calendar, go to and click on "Calendar" on the menu, or go to:

The calendar is in monthly mode by default, but you can click on "week" to see the calendar by the week.  If you click on any event it will open up and give you details.  The calendar can also be printed.
CRP Convention  
California Republican Party The California Republican Party Spring Convention

The California Republican Party will hold its Spring Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sacramento on February 20 -22.

The convention is always interesting and I encourage everyone to attend.  You can get convention information here.

State Party Officers will be voted on and elected at the Convention.
We expect to have another great meeting of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club on Tuesday, February 3rd.  I hope to see you there.


Gary Aminoff

Gary Aminoff
San Fernando Valley Republican Club