Source: Valley Roadrunner

Dee Chavez nominated “Woman of the Year’ by Assembly’s Waldron

June 13, 2013

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron of the 75th District has nominated Delores Chavez Harmes of Valley Center to the “Woman of the Year”.

According to the letter citing Ms. Chavez, “The San Diego County Republican Women Federated and the region as a whole have greatly benefitted from your dedication to bettering the community. Thanks to the tradition of hard work and self-sacrifice that you have helped to establish, we will surely see great things continue to happen in our area for many years to come.”

Ms. Chavez owns Chavez Financial Offices (CFO. When she was elected president of Valley Center Republican Women Federated (VCRWF), a unit with very little money and few active members, she injected energy and excitement into the small, aging organization. With a core group of six women, she started on a publicity and branding campaign for VCRWF. Tote bags, pencils and other give a ways were purchased with personal funds. A banner was created and hung at every event. She wrote news articles about club activities that local papers published.

The club joined the Chamber of Commerce and she urged changing the meeting times to accommodate both long standing members and new members who could only attend evening meetings. VCRWF is the only Federated club in Southern California that meets each month, twice in one day! She heightened unit participation in community events. VCRWF participates yearly in the Irish Stew Cook-Off, which resulted in increased membership. She suggested VCRWF attend the 150th Tea celebrating the first homestead filed in Valley Center. Members wore vintage antebellum dress and bonnets at Valley Center’s Sesquicentennial. VCRWF also brought out their elephant float from years of hibernation. For nine months members made paper flowers and gave the float, “Miss Liberty,” a total makeover. Ms. Chavez pulled the float in the annual Western Days parade driving a John Deer tractor with Assemblywoman Waldron and Congressman Duncan Hunter riding with “Miss Liberty.”

Mrs. Waldron will host a private reception in honor of the nominees. on June 28 from 4:30 –6 p.m. at her district office in Escondido.