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President’s Message

Dear SMRWF Members,

As we approach the ominous election season, and with the dubious impeachment trial going on, I am reminded of an event in my life that I would like to share with you, as I believe it applies to our club right now.

Thirty years ago, when public observance of the National Day of Prayer launched onto the scene with the

announcement of Shirley Dobson as Chair of the National Day of Prayer Committee, I felt called along with a friend to start a National Day of Prayer Breakfast on the lawn of Santa Monica City Hall. It was a daunting task contacting

various clergy and representatives of the Christian and Jewish faiths, to speak before an outdoor audience, as well as approaching Santa Monica to approve such an event at City Hall. Six months pregnant with my third child, I went to my pastor to express doubt that I could organize and execute such an event. What he said to me spoke volumes and has helped me many times in my life. “You were called for such a time as this.” I pressed onward, and to this day theNational Day of Prayer continues in Santa Monica, but now at Tongva Park due to the landscaping of the city hall lawn.

The phrase for such a time as this comes from the Book of Esther in the Old Testament. Esther was a queen in the

court of King Xerces of Persia. She secretly was a Jew. A minister to the king, named Haman, desired that all

servants bow to him as he passed by. Queen Esther’s cousin Mordecai refused to bow and Haman, knowing he was a Jew, plotted to have all the Jews killed and won the King’s permission to do so. Upon hearing of the plot, Mordecai implored Queen Esther to go before the King to ask for his mercy. The only problem was that no one could enter the court without the King’s permission and Esther would be risking her own life to do so. Mordecai then said – to summarize, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance of your family and friends will perish. Who knows if you were made queen for such a time as this”.

I tell you these stories, because I feel we, as Republicans and as the Santa Monica Republican Women Federated Club, are called for such a time as this! It is not a time to keep silent as people speak out against and believe lies about President Trump labeling him a racist, a crook, or threat to our society. We know who and what are threats to our society and need to bone up on the facts about the candidates’ platforms and their claims about Trump. We need to speak truth and praise of Trump’s accomplishments in trade, economy, battling the opioid crisis, or hiring of women and gays during his term. We need to learn to fight with questions that cause aggressors to pause and think. What did being a “closet” gay do for the gay movement? It wasn’t until they spoke out that gays and lesbians rallied people behind their cause. Yes, it has gotten out of hand, but being silent did nothing to help them. I urge you now to prepare to help save our nation from a Democratic president being elected. Evaluate when and where you can speak up, enlighten others to change minds and change votes.

For YOU were called for such a time as this! I invite you to attend this month’s luncheon to hear Agnes Gibboney speak. She is someone who is answering the call

– for such a time as this.

Sincerely yours,

Pat Peterson, President

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