Solano Republican Women Federated
Nicole_Maxwell_Stinnett 6 March 2017

Nicole Maxwell-Stinnett

Blue Star Mothers








Nicole Maxwell-Stinnett

President of Vintage Valley Blue Star Mothers (VVBSM) will be our guest speaker for March 2017. VVBSM is a non-profit (501{c} 3), non-partisan, non-political organization, and is a support and service group covering Solano, Napa, and Yolo Counties in the State of California.
Primarily, this involves sending letters, care packages, holding events, arranging for family meet-ups, and finding ways to honor family members for their sacrifice. Members are mothers, fathers, family, and friends of military personnel who are currently serving or who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.    
The Solano County chapter also holds regular visits to wounded warriors, firstly to deliver care packages, but also to give them someone to talk to, or to see other ways that they can help out. Sometimes, this even involves going to cemeteries and placing wreaths or flowers on the tombstones of the fallen. Meetings are held each month on the second Tuesday at 301 North Orchard Ave. Vacaville 7pm-8pm Next event: Mar 4 9 AM Troop Packing Party Orchard Baptist Church. You can e-mail Ms. Stinnett at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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SRFW Meeting begins at 11 am sharp!

Thank you for your prompt attendance!

 Nicholas S. Francois

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Born in Sacramento and raised in Elk Grove my entire life, I didn’t travel very far to UC Davis for higher education. Although I didn’t get involved into politics until college, I always loved politics and history. So when coming to Davis, I joined the Davis College Republicans where in my first year, I became Secretary; in my second year I became Executive Director and Vice Chair, and now in my third year I happily serve as Chair. Also in my second year, I had the pleasure of being elected to the state board for the California College Republicans, serving as Capital Region Vice-Chair.
Though I’ve loved being a College Republican and will continue to be very active in my final college year, I have also ventured out to other political organizations, such as re-chartering and becoming President of the Sacramento Log Cabin Republicans and becoming Relations Coordinator of Davis AIPAC. With these several positions/organizations, an internship, a fraternity, and classes, I stay busy, well diversified in my work/volunteer experience, and sleeping is my hobby.
In my free time, I like dancing in the rain and long walks on the beach… just kidding, though that does sound fun. I enjoy traveling, playing board games, and satisfying my obsession with the color orange by collecting everything in the color orange."





Anthony L. (Tony) François 3 Oct 2016

Lunch meeting on Monday, October 3 at 11:00 AM

Anthony L. (Tony) FrançoisAnthony L. (Tony) François
Senior Staff Attorney
PLF National Headquarters
(916) 419-7111



Background / Education
Mr. François graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Francisco in 1987, with a Bachelor in Science degree in Mathematics and a Four Year Certificate in Liberal Arts from the Saint Ignatius Institute, and as the Distinguished Military Graduate from the Army R.O.T.C. program at University of San Francisco.  He then served as an Infantry Lieutenant in the United States Army in the former West Germany, witnessing the fall of the Berlin Wall, and in combat in Southwest Asia during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School.

Upon leaving the military, Mr. François attended law school at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where he earned the American Jurisprudence Award for Pre-Trial Civil Practice, and from which he graduated cum laude with a J.D. in 1996.  
He went on to private practice in water and environmental law, assisting in the litigation of numerous water right claims before the Nevada State Engineer and in the Snake River Basin Adjudication, including the adjudication of Wayne Hage’s Pine Creek water rights, as well as the defense of private water rights in the long running series of litigation against the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District brought by the federal government.

In 2003, Mr. François joined the California Farm Bureau Federation as their California government affairs representative on all water issues, and in 2007 he joined KP Public Affairs, California’s largest contract lobbying firm, where his government relations practice included water policy, greenhouse gas regulation and energy policy, and environmental regulation.

Mr. François joined Pacific Legal Foundation’s National Litigation Center in 2012.  He and his family reside in Sacramento.


Practice areas
Environmental Regulations
Property Rights
Water Rights




Gaylon Kastner 1 Aug 2016

Lunch Meeting, August 1, 2016 at 11:00 at 625 Jackson Street Fairfield, Ca


Gaylon Kastner

The youngest of eight children, native Oklahoman, Gaylon Kastner, moved to California at the age of four.  She met and married her husband, Bill in Napa.  They had two sons, one of whom is deceased.

Gaylon loves spending time with her five grandchildren who are the children of her son, Bill, Jr. and his wife Jennifer.

She has been a licensed Real Estate agent since 1989, but has since retired.  Gaylon’s primary expertise lies in merchandising, sales and creative window displays.  She enjoys many hobbies, and is an avid health enthusiast who enjoys walking daily.

Since moving to Napa, Gaylon has been an active member of her community.  She has served on various school boards and has participated in many other school-related events.  She has worked on Supervisor campaigns and was Precinct Co-Chair twice.  Gaylon was active in the George Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Meg Whitman campaigns, and served on the Napa County Republican Central Committee.    She served as a two-term President, and eleven years on the board of one of Napa’s most successful non-profit organizations. This year she will mark her 26th year of service, donating more than 20,000 hours of community service.


Greg Coppes 4 Apr 2016

Greg Coppes has been a Solano County resident for 42 years.  He served in the USAF, became an independent business owner, and has partnered with non-profit organizations that promote Veterans' Rights.  He has mentored students through coaching football, and organized events to raise money for sports when High School funds were cut.

As a veteran, Mr. Coppes has worked tirelessly as a citizen advocate at the State Capitol.  He has worked with Senator Wolk to put a self-funding mechanism in place for veterans' organizations, and with Assemblyman Chavez to introduce a bill giving tax relief to active-duty military.  He also fought for and obtained funding for the modernizing of the Solano County Veteran Halls.

Greg is a Past Commander, American Legion, Post 208, and a standing officer for the past 15 years.  He is the founder of the American Legion Riders for Napa and Solano County, and the Founder/President of the Veteran Riders Napa/Solano.  He is also a proud supporter of the North Bay Standown for homeless veterans.

Greg Coppes has been married over 26 years, has two daughters, a son, and four grand children.

Mr. Coppes is running for State Senate, and in addition to veterans' rights, his platforms include the following:  increasing water storage to protect against drought, constitutional rights and personal freedom, enacting fiscal reforms to stop waste and fraud in Sacramento, repealing job killing regulations, returning control of schools to local areas, and providing career technical education to our students.

He will be speaking to us primarily about the plans he has in terms of California's water supply, including options, and the need to immediately stop the "twin tunnels" (The Bay-Delta Conservation Plan) from moving forward.

Clayton Smith 7 Mar 2016

Clayton Smith

Clayton Smith

2014-Present: Served as volunteer State Director for the Convention of States Project which is the largest and fastest growing nationwide grassroots Article V convention movement in US history and is aimed at reining in the power and jurisdiction of the federal government and returning power back to the states.
2013-Present: Served as volunteer board member for the Coalition of Energy Users (CEU), a non-profit advocating for affordable energy, job creation and environmental protection through common sense public policy.
2006 – 2015: Served as full time Director of California National Guard State Partnership Program (International Affairs Officer) at the National Guard Headquarters in Sacramento, responsible for military-to-military professional military leadership exchanges between California’s partnership countries of Nigeria and Ukraine.
2001-2005: Served as Branch Manager for the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc, a merit shop (non-union) building contractors association advocating for open competition for public works construction projects and construction industry apprenticeship programs.
2001: Earned Bachelors in Management and Organizational Development from Fresno Pacific University, and earned his commission as an officer in the California Air National Guard.
1999-2001: Worked for 29th District Assemblyman Mike Briggs in the Fresno District Office.
1995-2001: Served as a member of the CA Air National Guard (as an Intelligence Specialist) at the 144th Fighter Wing in Fresno, CA.
1990-1995: Enlisted and served in the US Air Force and served in Operation Desert Storm in Bahrain with RF-4 Phantom Reconnaissance Squadron.


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