San Fernando Valley Republican Club 
Meeting Notice and Newsletter
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Elizabeth Emken for Senate
Shawn Steel, National Committeeman
List of 2012 Republican Primaries
Republican Business Directory
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April 17, 2012
Dear Gary,

The next meeting of the 
San Fernando Valley Republican Club
 will be on
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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 will have two speakers in May - Elizabeth Emken, candidate for U.S. Senate, and Shawn Steel, RNC Committeeman.

Please review the announcements and other information below.

Please Note:  While we meet regularly on the first Tuesday of each month, in the months of June 2012 and November 2012 we will meet on the SECOND TUESDAY of the month.
 Elizabeth Emken  
Elizabeth Emken
Elizabeth Emken
Candidate for US Senate 


For over a decade Elizabeth Emken has served as an advocate for developmentally disabled children, most recently as Vice President for Government Relations at Autism Speaks, the Nation's largest science and advocacy organization devoted to the public health emergency of autism.

Before becoming active with the autism issue, Elizabeth served in management, financial analysis, and corporate operations at IBM. As an efficiency and cost cutting expert, Elizabeth utilized activity-based cost analyses to identify administrative savings across IBM U.S. - helping streamline operations, eliminate waste, and save the company millions of dollars.

Elizabeth graduated from UCLA in 1984 with degrees in Economics and Political Science. Her studies included course work at Cambridge University, where she focused on political and economic issues in China and the Middle East.

Elizabeth has worked extensively on behalf of military families, advocating for support totaling $24 million at the Department of Defense since 2007, and supporting health care coverage for autism related medical services in TRICARE, the health care program for active duty service members and retirees.

In 2008, Elizabeth secured, for the first time, placement of autism as a Presidential campaign issue with mentions at both party conventions and debates. This was followed by a first ever commitment for autism funding in a President's full year budget proposal.

Elizabeth lives in Danville, California with her husband of 26 years, Craig, a Global Enterprise Solutions Architect at Dell Incorporated. They have two daughters, and a 19 year old son, Alex, who has autism spectrum disorder.

Elizabeth is the US Senate candidate endorsed by the California Republican Party.

For more information on Elizabeth Emken, visit her website.
Shawn Steel
Shawn Steel Shawn S. Steel is the incoming Republican National Committeeman from California. He is a past chairman of the California Republican Party (GOP) and founding director of the California chapter of the interest group, the Club for Growth. He was the cofounder of the successful 2003 campaign to recall Democratic Governor of California Gray Davis. An attorney from Palos Verdes, Steel has also written articles published in every major newspaper in his state.

Steel's lifetime of conservative political activism began in 1964 as a leader of youth supporting Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona for the U.S. presidency. In 1966, Steel was statewide chairman of youth for Ronald Reagan for governor of California. He was also the California chairman of Young Americans for Freedom, an interest group founded by columnist William F. Buckley, Jr.

Steel received his bachelor of arts degree, with California state teaching credentials, from California State University, Northridge, his master of arts from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and his Juris Doctor from Northrop Law School.

Shawn Steel, one of the longest serving directors in the history of the California GOP was elected National Committeeman on February 24, 2008. He won against incumbent Tim Morgan, 590-380 reflecting a major triumph for Steel.

In 1995, Steel was elected treasurer of the California Republican Party. He presided over one of the party's most successful fundraising years. Previously, he had been assistant treasurer from 1991 to 1995. He was named vice-chairman of his party in 1999.

In 2001, Shawn Steel was elected chairman over the wealthy moderate option, Brooks Firestone. As California Republican Party Chairman, Steel is responsible for organizing the historic recall campaign of Governor Davis, which paved the way for Arnold Schwarzenegger's election as governor. His was the first signature on the recall petition.

At the time, many California Republicans as well as national leaders, such as Gerry Parsky, questioned the strategy of recalling Gray Davis. Many party leaders objected to Steel's efforts to unseat Davis, fearing it was too risky. Steel at the CRP convention convinced an over whelming majority to endorse the Recall, thus turning the tide for the recall campaign.
2012 Republican Primaries  
Schedule of Republican Primaries in 2012  
For a list of Republican Primaries this year you can go to the RPLAC website, under the tab: "Talking Points."
Republican Business Directory  
Do Business with fellow Republicans

We are in the process of publishing our Republican business directory.  The site should be up by May 1st.

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

We are preparing a business roster of Republicans for Los Angeles County.

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: 

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 soon, so please send in your information.  Send an email to business@sfvrc.orgwith the above information.
SFVRC Calendar of Events
Active Calendar of Republican and Club Events

Google CalendarWe have 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.
There are several events occurring during the next few weeks.  Be sure and check the calendar to find out when and where.
We expect to have another great jam-packed meeting of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.  Come out and join us.

I hope to see you there.


Gary Aminoff

Gary Aminoff
San Fernando Valley Republican Club


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