Lincoln Day Dinner, February 6, 2015 with Lars Larson and Rich Wyatt

LDD frontJoin your fellow Republicans for a delicious dinner at the TapRock Event Center on Friday, February 6, 2015. This is Ronald Reagan’s birthday, so the theme this year will be Reagan Ranch western. Arrive at 6:00 to socialize, greet old friends, and meet new ones. Dinner begins at 7:00.

Our guest speakers will be talk show host Lars Larson and Rich Wyatt, star of the reality TV show American Guns.

There will be a fun auction to benefit the Josephine County Republican Central Committee, with lots of great deals on all kinds of things you know you need (or at least want)!

There is limited seating for the 2015 Lincoln Day Dinner. Please call Keith Trahern (479-7179) or Nancy Trahern (660-1600) to find out about current availability. As always, thank you for your support!

Election Results Party – May 20

Join us on Tuesday, May 20, at the Republican Campaign Headquarters to watch the Primary Election Results!

We’ll start at 5:00 PM and stay until the election results are in (around 9:00).

We’ll be cooking up bcrats on the BBQ and having pot luck for everything else. So bring a dessert, appetizer, snack, or side dish, and prepare for an evening of fun and celebration!

Some of our Republican candidates will be there with us to watch the election results roll in.

Come join in the FUN!

Josephine County Campaign Headquarters
513 NE 6th St, Grants Pass (across from the Courthouse)
Tuesday, May 20, 6:00 PM until ….

Need Volunteers for Campaign Headquarters

The Josephine County Republican Campaign Headquarters is up and running, and we need your help! Current hours are from 12:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

In order to keep the doors open, we need people who can spend some time at the headquarters on a regular (or semi-regular) basis. No special skills are required. Just be friendly and welcoming and hand out campaign literature to people who stop in.

Later, we’ll be needing volunteers with cell phones to help with the Get Out The Vote campaign.

Vivien Kirkpatrick-Pilger is coordinating our volunteers this year so, if you can volunteer, either as a campaign headquarters staffer or as a GOTV caller, please e-mail Vivian at, or call her at Campaign Headquarters, 507-1467.

If you plan to stop by headquarters, please call first. Vivian’s office is in the back and she can’t see who’s coming in, so she’s keeping the door locked until we have more volunteers to staff the front.

Thank you!

$250 Scholarship & Lincoln Day Dinner Tickets for Student Essay Contest Winner

A Josephine County High School Senior can win a $250 scholarship and three tickets to the Annual Lincoln Day Dinner by entering the first Josephine County Republican Party “High School Lincoln Essay Competition”.

Featuring keynote speaker David Rufful of the Young Cons, the dinner will be held Friday Night, February 7th, 2014 at the Taprock Event Center in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Interested students may submit essays of 1,000 or fewer words about political leadership, inspired by the theme: “Abraham Lincoln chose to do what was right, rather than what was expedient.” Essays will be judged on writing quality, persuasiveness, historical accuracy and an understanding of the political courage of Abraham Lincoln.

Our goal is to inspire and empower the next generation of Republican leaders by facilitating critical thinking about political issues, contributing to their education and inviting them to take part in one of Josephine County Republican Party’s most cherished traditions.

All essayists must be enrolled in public or private school, or home schooled, and must be residents of Josephine County. Essays must be submitted via e-mail attachment to Keith Trahern at by Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 5 p.m. or mailed to Josephine County Republican Party, 1867 Williams Hwy, Suite 258, Grants Pass, OR 97527, and postmarked by January 10th.

Others interested in attending our Lincoln Day Dinner event can purchase a seat for $50 or a be a table sponsor of 8 for $450. Click here for more information.

Art Robinson Running for ORP Chair

Allen Alley has announced that he will not run for re-election as chair of the Oregon Republican Party. We appreciate all that Allen has done for our party and wish him well in whatever he decides to pursue next.

Our own Art Robinson, from here in Josephine County, has decided to run for the postion as chair of the ORP. Art ran a good race against U.S. Congressman Peter DeFazio in this last election, but was unable to carry the liberal counties that are so firmly devoted to big government. But he won big here in Jospehine County, and we hope and expect that he will win big across the state of Oregon running for chair of our state Republican Party.

Please give your full support to Art Robinson for Oregon Republican Party chair!

New Exectutive Committee

The Republican Central Committee met on Wednesday to elect our new Executive Committee and delegates to the state Central Committee, and to vote on a resolution to approve a proposal for the federal government to sell the O&C lands to the counties in which they’re located. The resolution passed.

Please join us in congratulating our new Executive Committee and Delegates!

Executive Committee
Chair Keith Trahern
Vice Chair Eric Schaafsma
Treasurer Kathy Kelly

Alan Keobrick
Delegates to the State Central Committee
Chair Keith Trahern Alternate #1 Ron Ruby
Vice Chair Eric Schaafsma Alternate #2 David Scott
Delegate Ron Glynn Alternate #3 Clinton Chard


According to our bylaws, all subcommittees expire on the election of a new Executive Committee. The Executive committee will convene the second Tuesday in December to determine what subcommittees to establish or continue, and appoint new chairs.