Calling All Candidates

The Republican Party is hosting a Candidate school for Republicans preparing for service as elected officials and community leaders. Ideal attendees are Republican party members who are looking to become more politically active, including candidates and campaign staff. Attendees will learn how to organize a campaign staff and structure, work with the media, plan their advertising, and how to target their message. 
If you’d like to attend, you can confirm your reservation for the candidate school by paying the $35 entrance fee via our campaign school website on WinRed


Sioux Falls Candidate School
Saturday, December 14
8 am – 4 pm Central Time
Sioux Falls First Church
6300 W 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57106


Rapid City Candidate School
Saturday, December 7
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Mountain Time
South Dakota School of Mines
Electrical Engineering Building
Room 252
501 E St.oseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

Paid For By The South Dakota Republicans

What's Happening!

November Quarterly Meeting Overview

Saturday November, 2 we were hosted by the Beadle County Republican Women with goody bags at sign up, breaks with coffee, homemade muffins, and a lunch of wonderful homemade sandwiches, salads and homemade cookies for dessert along with drinks. Thank you BCRW for everything. It was wonderful!

Another thank you to Donna Ludens for the beautiful handmade feather pins for the officers and the magnets for the rest of us. 

Thanks to everyone that attended the meeting.

Now an over view of what was discussed:  

*We exceeded our goal in our fundraiser thank you to everyone that donated and item for the auction. We look forward to the next online auction being held. 

*We are looking forward to the reveal of the first, First Gentleman's tuxedo reveal

for the Capitol Display Case and we are "hoping" to have the Reveal Day on December please check the website's event page for date and time. 

*Hopefully, we will be accepted this year to decorate a tree for the display of trees in the Capitol building this year.

*We are building our list of supporters of our families of the deployed and continue working on projects for soldiers.

*We are moving forward with our Truth For Our Youth campaign headed up by 1st Vice President Penny Sattgast.

*We had some great first drafts of some radio ads that we hope to get on the air ...

Congratulations to our New President Sandy Rhoden, 1st Vice President Penny Sattgast, 2nd Vice President Catherine Barranco, 3rd Vice President Beka Zerbst, the 4th Vice President nominations will be presented the next meeting any nominations for 4th VP need to be told to Sandye Kading.

*Are planning for a productive State SDFRW Convention with Ben Carson as our guest speaker.

Attention to PRESIDENTS:

1. Please plan to send reports to Jen Boerger about your last activities by January 15.

2. Notice to all clubs & Presidents! A gift of $100 will be given to the cub who has increased their membership by the highest percentage when we meet Feb. 10, 2020.

           Be Watching for our next Member Spotlight on the Website!

What's Happening

SDFRW Auction

The Auction Ended Sunday, September 29, 2019 

See end of Newsletter for list Winners.

Thank You for ALL that Participated in the Auction.

Exciting things are happening with SDFRW!  We are delighted to announce the launch of our SDFRW online auction!  We have wide variety of items (and item prices).  There's something for everyone on the SDFRW auction!  We're off to a fantastic start, but to make our fundraiser a huuuuuge  success, we need your help!!  Forward the link to your friends and family .... share the post on Facebook .... place a bid .... it all helps!  
Our two big-ticket items are:

  • Mountain Lion Hunt.  This incredible experience includes a guided hunt with Representative Tim Goodwin as well as room and board for 3 days/2 nights!!  
  • SDGOP Pheasant Hunt.  Both Mike Rounds and Kristi Noem have confirmed that they will be in attendance, and there is a VERY limited number of spots available. Only 50 hunters for the whole event!

We would really appreciate it if you could help us spread the word about those two items in particular.  We know there are hunters out there who would jump at the opportunity to bid -- please help us find them!!
To check out the hunts and all of our awesome items, click here!
Or, if you'd prefer, here's the extended link that you can copy and paste:

What's Happening

GOP Calling all Young People


Penny Sattgast, on the left, second vice president of the South Dakota Federation of Republican Women, speaks Monday about youth engagement at the Beadle County Republican Women luncheon. On the right, also addressing the group was her daughter, Claire Rydberg, president of the South Dakota Teen Republicans (TARs).

HURON — Engaging young people through education panels and interaction with government officials could be a meaningful way to attract them to the Republican philosophy, the second vice president of the South Dakota Federation of Republican Women said.
“I’ve always had a passion for our youth and the Republican Party,” Penny Sattgast said Monday.
She is proposing what she’s calling a South Dakota Truth for the Youth campaign to the federation, encouraging those in the teen-age and college Republican clubs across the state to attend panel discussions with business owners, veterans, government officials and others.
“Kids like stories,” Sattgast said at the Beadle County Republican Women luncheon. “Why don’t we give them just real world ideas?”
Speakers could educate the young people on how to start and run a business and why South Dakota is a state with low taxes and few regulations, she said.
“And let the kids kind of figure it out on their own, let them ask questions,” she said. “Maybe we’d get more kids to come to these because we’re not just shoving Republican stuff down their throats.
“Kids are smart. They just need exposure to figure out what’s right and wrong for themselves besides what they see online,” Sattgast said.
She suggested that while the federation could establish the framework for such events, it would be up to local GOP county organizations to run their own programs.
In layered government panels, they could invite local elected city and county commissioners, school board members, legislators and the congressional delegation to events, she said.
“Let these kids figure out real world stuff,” Sattgast said, saying it could be a way to attract more young people to the Republican Party.   

Federation members could also perhaps attend local school board meetings and board of regents sessions to learn what’s going on in the education system.
Sattgast said a recent experience with a young person showed her that kids aren’t always aware of major historical happenings, such as the June 6 allied invasion of Normandy that was a turning point in World War II.
The young woman asked Sattgast what D-Day was when the subject came up. While it was something that was frightening, it was probably not all that unexpected, Sattgast said. “I just really struggled with that; it’s just so sad.
“It’s a really good example of why we really, really have to stay focused on youth engagement and really step up our efforts as Republicans,” she said.
With Sattgast at the luncheon Monday was her daughter, Claire Rydberg, president of the South Dakota Teen Republicans, also known as TARs.
As chair of the federation’s youth engagement program, Sattgast works with her daughter and others in TARs.
Rydberg talked about her involvement in the organization for the past six years. She is trying to recruit more young kids, from middle school on through high school.
The 60th anniversary of TAR Camp in the Black Hills is next year. The goal is to get 50 kids to attend.
Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., grew up in TARs and served as its advisor for many years.
“Dusty Johnson, when he was the advisor, said that if we got 50 kids to camp we’d get to shave his head,” Rydberg said. “Since he’s no longer the advisor, Ryan Brunner (commissioner of school and public lands) is, so we’ll get to shave Ryan’s head,” she said.        

Photos By Roger Larsen- Plainsman
Penny Sattgast, left & her daughter, Claire Rydberg, right
Photos By Roger Larsen- Plainsman Penny Sattgast, left & her daughter, Claire Rydberg, right