April 11, 2022
Last month, I traveled to Livermore, CA, to watch the US Water Polo Association’s Olympic Development Program (“ODP”) teams compete for the nationals. My younger granddaughter was part of the Hawaii’s youth team. On Saturday, March 19, I sat on a bleacher dressed in my puffy wool jacket, a sweatshirt, a t-shirt, and I was freezing. It was 46 degrees, raining, then later on, it dropped to 42. ALL the girls participating on that day swam in outdoor swimming pools in that incredibly cold weather. While Hawaii did not win their matches that day, they got creamed, actually, I was, of course, disappointed they did not do better. But, parents on the opposing teams were impressed with Hawaii’s spirit: They saw our girls, nonetheless, happy to be participating, happy to be freezing, and especially, happy to be a member of ODP. I realized that ODP grooms those making the team to face very difficult challenges and obstacles in the pool.
In the end, Hawaii was 1-3. In the end, it was an excellent experience for all the participants. In the end, I was proud of Team Hawaii, and especially, my granddaughter.
Which brings me to my article on Mt. Everest and team play. But, first…
The National Federation of Republican Women (“NFRW”), recently held its Spring Board of Directors Meeting from March 31, 2022 to April 2, 2022 at Alexandria, VA. I am so excited and utterly proud to share that the Resolution HFRW submitted entitled, “Protecting Our Children From Pornography Implemented in Comprehensive Sexuality Education Programs Utilized in Public Schools” was adopted by the NFRW on April 2, 2022. The Resolutions passed the NFRW Executive Committee and all the State Presidents in attendance. I have listed under the Legislation Tab on our website all the Resolutions that passed. Hawaii’s resolution is number 5. Several of my members have been extremely involved at getting this issue known at both the national and local level, so this resolution was submitted in honor of my members’ diligence and hard work.
The Hawaii Republican Party is facing not Goliath but Mt. Everest. With only 5 Republican legislators, getting hearings on issues important to the HFRW membership and other conservatives are extremely difficult. So, let me ask all of you these questions:
To help you get a better understanding as to how bad the exploitation of our children is please see the excellent references I have noted below:
The HRP needs to pull together as a team so our candidates can be elected to the state legislature, especially. We saw we could pull together when we gathered at Rep. McDermott’s press conference opposing HB1697, relating to Sexual Health Education, and, again, at the Fathers and Mothers for Children walk opposing both HB1697 and HB2125 (relating to Official School Business). Most recently, our Party held our first major fundraiser, in person! The luau was simply an outstanding 5-Star event thanks to Chair Lynn Finnegan’s Team of Volunteers.
The point is, if we do not elect more legislators, terrible legislation taking away your parental rights (this is a communistic move), indoctrinating your children and grandchildren against horrible predatory behavior, and allowing satanic practices to become more prevalent in society will happen.
May God Almighty bless you and protect you and your ohana.
Sincerely,Donna P. Van Osdol
President, Hawaii Federation of Republican Women
Member, National Federation of Republican Women Legislation and Issues Committee
HD36 Delegate, Rules Committee