March 6, 2018 Meeting – Former Police Chief Bill Cooper on Terrorism, Active Shooter Situations, and Winning Elections in Democrat-controlled Districts

On March 6, the Club welcomes back Bill Cooper. Mr. Cooper is a retired Chief of Police, who served in senior management in Corporate Security at Microsoft and T-Mobile before becoming a professor at Northwest University.  Bill holds an MBA and second Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He founded Cooper Management Institute, is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has authored 7 books and coauthored 3 others. Bill is a terrorism expert who has presented to local, state, and federal organizations, detailing the realities of terrorism, emphasizing it in the United States.

Bill will speak about the current issues in terrorism, focusing on threats, concerns and attack potential in America and how to respond during active shooter incidents.  Time permitting, Bill, current Chair of the 1st Legislative District Republicans and former Snohomish County Republican Chair, will provide his unique strategies for winning 80% of the races in 2017 in a 60/40 Democrat district.

Eastside Republican Club’s monthly dinner meetings are held at Red Lion Hotel Bellevueclick here for location information and directions. Dinner is served at 6:00PM, and the program begins at 6:30PM. Please RSVP online if you plan to attend the upcoming meeting. Monthly dinner meetings cost $20 per person. If you are able, please bring unused toiletry items and dental samples for homeless youth at risk for trafficking, as well as books you would like to donate to the book exchange (which will be at the May meeting).



February 6, 2018 Meeting – Former Congresswoman Linda Smith on Combating Sex Trafficking

Our dinner speaker on February 6 will be former Congresswoman Linda Smith, who represented Washington’s 3rd Congressional District (the southwest corner of the state) from 1995 to 1999.

In 1998, Rep. Smith traveled to Falkland Road in Mumbai, India, one of the worst brothel districts in the world. The hopeless faces of desperate women and children forced into prostitution compelled her to found Shared Hope International (SHI). As a foremost expert on international and domestic trafficking, Linda has spoken out against the trafficking of women and children in numerous Congressional hearings and in national and international forums. She has subsequently founded the Women’s Investment Network (WIN), Homes of Hope and Villages of Hope, and the War Against Trafficking Alliance (WATA), and led many other efforts to combat sex trafficking of children through prostitution, pornography, and sexual performance. We look forward to hearing Linda’s comments on this important work.

Eastside Republican Club’s monthly dinner meetings are held at Red Lion Hotel Bellevueclick here for location information and directions. Dinner is served at 6:00PM, and the program begins at 6:30PM. Please RSVP online if you plan to attend the upcoming meeting. Monthly dinner meetings cost $20 per person.



January 9, 2018 Meeting – Dino Rossi and Annual Business Meeting

The Eastside Republican Club will proudly welcome Dino Rossi, Republican candidate for 8th Congressional District to replace the retiring Congressman Dave Reichert, as the keynote speaker at our first meeting of 2018!

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 9 at 6:00PM (NOTE: the second Tuesday) due to proximity of the usual date to the New Year’s holiday. This will be the first meeting at our new monthly dinner location, at the Red Lion Bellevue Hotel.

This meeting will also be the Annual Business Meeting for the Club, at which we elect board members as well as officers for 2018. Individuals who have been ERC members for at least the three months preceding the meeting will be eligible to vote. If you are interested in serving on the board, please email

Eastside Republican Club’s monthly dinner meetings are held at Red Lion Hotel Bellevue; click here for location information and directions. Dinner is served at 6:00PM, and the program begins at 6:30PM. Please RSVP online if you plan to attend the upcoming meeting. Monthly dinner meetings cost $20 per person.


Registration is Open for Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction

Eastside Republican Club
Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction

Saturday, December 2, 5:30-9 PM
Sheraton Bellevue Hotel
100 112th Avenue NE

$65 per person
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Buffet items include Grilled London Broil Au Jus with Northwest Craft Beer Carmelized Onions; Herb-Crusted Salmon Filet with Local Sauvignon Blanc-Citrus Cream Sauce; Herb-Roasted Potato Wedges; Beechers Smoked Cheddar Mac & Cheese; Asparagus & Carrots; Tossed Organic Baby Greens with Roasted Yellow Beets, Carrots, Feta Cheese, Pepitas & Basil Vinaigrette; Local Dungeness Crab Salad
with Artichokes, Scallions & Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
Dessert will be Assorted Cakes for the Dessert Dash

Contact if you have any questions.

Auction Items Needed!

To donate an item to the auction, please click here to download the procurement form (Word file), complete it, and send it as an attachment to
Click here to download a list of suggested auction items (PDF).


October 3, 2017 Meeting — Rep. Mark Harmsworth and Dr. Gene Kopelson

Mark Harmsworth (R-44th District, Mill Creek) joined the state House of Representatives in 2014. He is a principled conservative who works with colleagues on both side of the aisle to support policies for economic growth, education, and relief for transportation congestion. He serves on the House committees on Transportation (Assistant Ranking Member), Technology and Economic Development, and Rules. Mark worked for over two decades in the technology industry, including a successful career at Microsoft. He is a former Mill Creek Mayor Pro-Tem having served two terms as a city council member. Currently he enjoys working as one of the directors for the Everett Community College Foundation and for the Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish County. Mark lives in Mill Creek with his wife of over twenty years, Sarah, and their three children. Rep. Harmsworth will report on the 2017 legislative session.

Dr. Gene Kopelson is president of the New England chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, an active Churchillian, and a holocaust educator. As a historian, he has published works on Theodore Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet, Ronald Reagan’s 1966 campaign and Mexican American voters, the 1968 Nebraska and Oregon Republican primaries, and Washington State Republican politics in the 1960s. The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial featured his research on Robert F. Kennedy as an inspiration to Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. His research on Reagan and Eisenhower was featured in 2015 at the 125th Commemoration of the Birth of Dwight Eisenhower at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. He and his wife Mindy educate about the resistance and update teacher-student book and video teaching trunks at the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle.

When not researching and writing history, Dr. Kopelson is a cancer physician. He has published over forty medical articles, contributed chapters in medical textbooks, and lectured in the U.S. and abroad on radiation oncology. He graduated Princeton University with an A.B. Cum Laude in Biochemistry, obtained his M.D. at Columbia University, and completed his internship and residency at Harvard University’s Department of Radiation Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. For two decades, he was the director of a cancer center affiliated with the Yale University School of Medicine and was a practice accreditor for the American College of Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Kopelson will address the club on his book Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman.

Eastside Republican Club monthly dinner meetings are held at Embassy Suites Bellevue. Dinner is served at 6:00PM, and the program begins at 6:30PM. Please RSVP online if you plan to attend the upcoming meeting. Monthly dinner meetings cost $20 per person.


September 5, 2017 Meeting – ERC’s Back to School Night!

Do you think since your children are grown, education is no longer an issue for you? Think again! After decades of indoctrination and a deliberate dumbing down, our schools have produced citizens (including legislators, journalists, and tens of millions of voters) who believe America is oppressive, socialism is cool. and science is based on consensus!

Lt. Col. Roy White is a retired Air Force fighter pilot of 20 years service who is a native of North Carolina but now resides in the Texas Hill Country outside of San Antonio. In 2013 when Texas was considering new instructional materials, Roy, a former school teacher, began what has become the largest national grass-roots organization dedicated to returning truth to our children’s social studies textbooks. His organization, Truth in Textbooks (TNT), has grown from a Texas-only effort that now stretches from California to Florida to North Carolina to New York. Organizing and training over 150 volunteers from 20 states and disseminating their research has resulted in millions of children now having more historically-accurate information within their classroom walls. He will be addressing Truth in Textbooks, and the success which has come from dedicated citizens who do the tireless research.

Sharon Hanek is an accountant, community volunteer, wife, and mother who became active in the political arena when she became involved in education issues. Her “mother bear” instincts brought her into the political arena, where she has run for office and is the current Vice Chair of the Pierce County Republican Party. She now travels around the state presenting her findings and advising others on how to navigate through Olympia. Over the years, Sharon has been a guest on local and national radio programs. She believes that citizens getting involved can change our state, and is committed to helping others learn to be a strong voice in their community and in politics. Sharon will be addressing Truth and Deception in Washington schools.

We will also hear from Jinyoung Lee Englund, who is running for State Senate in the 45th District. A third-generation Washingtonian and married to an active-duty U.S. Marine, Jinyoung has ten years technology and public policy experience solving problems: securing funding for an NGO providing clean water in Africa; serving constituents in Congress as a staff member for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers; educating the public, government and law enforcement on Bitcoin and Blockchain; and Product Manager and Advisor on Technology and Innovation for the U.S. Marine Corps. Her campaign is focused on opposing an income tax, reducing car tab taxes, and prioritizing education. She will share her views on education funding among other important topics.

Finally, the Club will conduct a brief Special Business Meeting to elect a new President to serve the remainder of Tim Cruickshank’s unexpired term.


Enjoy Your Summer — No ERC Meeting in August

It was great to see everyone who came to our Eastside Republican Club Picnic on July 11. We had some great food and fellowship, and were able to hear from many great candidates! Thanks to them for their hard work campaigning, and to you all for supporting them.

If you haven’t yet sent in your ballot, please be sure to get it postmarked on Tuesday or deposited in a ballot drop box by 8PM. To find the drop box closest to you, go to

Information on the September dinner meeting speakers and the special business meeting will be posted here soon.


ERC Summer Picnic on Tuesday, July 11 — Register Now!

Picnic in the Park!

Tuesday, July 11th, 5-8 PM
at Perrigo Park, 9011 196th Ave NE, Redmond

Directions: Take 520 East into Redmond. As 520 turns into Avondale Road, take a right at the stop light on Union Hill Road. Go East approximately 1.5 miles on Union Hill Road then turn left on 196th Avenue NE. Follow for 1/2 mile and Perrigo Park is on the left.

Come hear Liberty-loving candidates for the 2017 election, and spend some time with friends and family in a beautiful local park with the ERC!

$25 per person
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Menu items include Burger Bar (choice of 1/4 lb. hamburger, grilled chicken or veggie burgers plus condiments and toppings), Potato SaladCorn on the Cob, Brown Sugar and Molasses Baked BeansWatermelon, and Fresh-baked Crisps with fresh whipped cream! Catering provided by Twelve Baskets Catering.

Contact Erin Aboudara at 425-306-3883 if you have questions or have a candidate you wish to invite to speak. Click here to download a PDF flyer that you can print and pass out at other events.


June 6, 2017 Meeting — What You Need to Know About the Deed of Trust Act and Why Should You Care?

The topic for the June 6, 2017, monthly dinner meeting of Eastside Republican Club will be “What you need to know about the Deed of Trust Act and why should you care?”. It will be presented by Michelle Darnell, Jeff Jared, and Kreg Kendall.

Michelle Darnell is a consumer advocate. borrower advocate, and expert on the Washington state Foreclosure Fairness Act. She was a candidate for state Senate in the 48th District in 2014, and for state House in the 48th district in 2016. She is now chair of the Libertarian Party of King County, and works as a legal assistant in the law office of Jeff Jared.

Jeff Jared is an attorney in Kirkland. He specializes in family law, criminal defense, and foreclosure defense. Jeff was a candidate for U.S. Senator in 2000.

Kreg Kendall is managing broker at Windermere Real Estate/Bellevue Commons, Inc. He’s a director of Washington REALTORS, and a former director of Seattle King County Realtors.

Michelle, Jeff, and Kreg will discuss the legislative history of the Deed of Trust Act, property rights, foreclosure trends in King County, foreclosure mediation, how foreclosure is related to homelessness, who profits from foreclosure, non-judicial foreclosure verses judicial foreclosure, litigation challenges, standing to sue, and knowing what you’re signing in property transactions, and what people can do to help.

Eastside Republican Club’s monthly dinner meetings are held at Embassy Suites Bellevue. Dinner is served at 6:00PM, and the program begins at 6:30PM. Please RSVP online if you plan to attend the upcoming meeting. Monthly dinner meetings cost $20 per person.