Their guest speaker was Floyd Brown, the publisher of WesternJournal.com. Brown is also an author of six books, his latest, “Big Tech Tyrants, How Silicon Valley’s Stealth Practices Addict Teens, Silence Speech, and Steal Your Privacy.”
After pointing out the inescapable stifling bias in social media, Brown covered the fact that our society today has ceded personal privacy to Big Tech companies such as Google and Facebook. He concluded by suggesting that people avoid Google and gmail if at all possible and find services that do not sell personal information to tech companies.
Did you know that RWOP was founded in 1942, and was the 2nd club to be established in Arizona. Now it has grown to be the largest Republican Women’s club in the Nation. The January meeting started out by recognizing former organization Presidents that had served, including Nancy Barrett, who served for their 50th anniversary.
Here are some of the ladies that were recognized yesterday:
Nancy Barrett - 1992
Sally Lerette - 1998, 2000
Rehab Boswell - 2006
Susan Cohen - 2009, 2014
Sue Francis - 2011
Pam Jones - 2012, 2013
Billie Orr - 2015
Donna Tanzi - 2016
Linda Nichols - 2017
Pat Lorenzen - 2018, 2019
In other business, the membership in attendance voted to approve the budget, anticipating over $249K in revenues and a gross profit of $106K. However, many of their expenditures have increased, so they expect to break about even for the year in 2020.
Among their increased expenses, they voted to raise their Scholarship fund from $15,000 to $18,000 this year. The 2020 scholarship program opened October 1, but there is still time to turn it in by the deadline of Thursday, February 20, 2020. Here are the requirements:
- Application must be complete - download here: RWOP Scholarship Application
- Official high school and college (if applicable) transcripts sent by school
- Letter of Recommendation sent to the Scholarship Committee from a Teacher, Counselor, Principal or a person of influence (for homeschool students)
- 150-word document outline background, skills, accomplishments, written and sent by student
- 500-word essay on the topic of the Electoral College versus the National Popular Vote and how either of these positions would affect the outcome of an election or change the representation of the American voters.
- Selected candidates must be available for an interview with the RWOP Scholarship Committee on Monday, March 16, 2020
- For further information, go to the RWOP Scholarship page on their website.