Republican Women Federated
Marin Republican Women, Federated

Luncheon Speaker
Wed. May 22, 2024
11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Location:The Club at McInnis Restaurant,
350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael, CA

Speaker: Paws for Purple Hearts

Topic: Warriors Helping Warriors

Marin Republican Women

"Warriors Helping Warriors" is the guiding principle of the organization, Paws for Purple Hearts (PPH). Have you ever seen a veteran in a wheelchair with that well behaved, attentive, but still calm, dog by his side? And have you wondered how that training happens?

Dr. Bonita (Bonnie) Bergin invented the concept of the Service Dog to assist people with mobility limitations in 1975. At that time, she founded Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), the first nonprofit to train and place Service Dogs. After leaving CCI, Dr. Bergin started Paws for Purple Hearts. PPW is the first program of its kind to offer Canine Assisted Warrior Therapy® to help Veterans and active-duty military personnel with PTS, TBI and mobility issues.

The dogs provide both physical and mental support and can be very helpful in mental health treatment. With the Bergin method our brave injured Warriors become involved in the training and preparation of service dogs for their comrades in need. The Warriors themselves actively train Service Dogs for their injured comrades. “The whole point of Paws for Purple Hearts is that it builds on the time-honored tradition of soldiers giving a hand to other soldiers, just like we did on the battlefield together.” — Steve Moore, Sergeant, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Elise Vitale 1st VP, Programs

Reservations: $36 members, $38 non-members
Deadline for RSVP is Friday, May 17th

Lunch Choice:
Chicken Toscana with mushrooms & artichokes

Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad

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or phone 847-217-6037

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Email: __________________________
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Lunch Choice:

___Chicken Toscana with mushrooms & artichokes
___Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad

Payment: please mail your check payable to MRWF early so that check-in is expedited:
Mail to: Jay Kist, 49 Bellevue Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901 If you have any questions, feel free to contact

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2024 MRWF Officers

Mary Grove
1st VP/Programs:
Elise Vitale
2nd VP/Membership:
Anitamarie Donato
3rd VP of Events:
Jay Kist
Judy Groesbeck
Ruth Holly
Faye Bourret

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