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Republican Party of Iowa's Annual Reagan Dinner

Released: 10/26/05

Dear Supporters:
This past weekend, I was honored to address many of you at the Republican Party of Iowa's Annual Reagan Dinner. The keynote address was delivered by Senator Bill Frist, and I was also given the opportunity to share my thoughts with the nearly 400 people in attendance. As I shared with them, it is vital that we remember the leadership that Ronald Reagan brought to our Party.

"It was politics as usual that told Ronald Reagan not to run for Governor of California. It was politics as usual that also told Reagan not to run for President in 1976. Remember, Reagan did not win in 1976, but did shape our Party's message and went on to win the Presidency in 1980. As President, Reagan shunned politics as usual when he said "Mr.. Gorbachev, tear down that wall". Politics as usual puts self above the cause. I am running for Governor because it is time for leadership that puts the cause above self."

In addition, this past week I shared my education message with the Young Professionals Connection of the Des Moines Partnership (click here to read coverage by Charlotte Eby) and toured The Boulders Conference Center construction site with Denison mayor Ken Livingston (click here to read coverage by Southwest Iowa News).

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Johnson County Republicans Fall event (click here to view story from the Cedar Rapids Gazette , Iowa City Press Citizen and the Daily Iowan). Thank you to our County Chair Dorrie Eeckhoff for a great job setting up and greeting attendees and to Todd Ver Steeg, Johnson County Republican chair, for inviting us to the event.

We look forward to spending this week on the campaign trail with upcoming events in Des Moines, Harlan, Glenwood, and Red Oak. We are also booking events across the state ongoing. Please contact Linda Holub (lindah@vpforgov.com) if you have an upcoming event you would like the campaign or Bob to be at.

Sincerely, Bob Vander Plaats


Bernie SaggauBernie Saggau was appointed Assistant Executive Director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association October 14, 1963, and was appointed to the position of Executive Director, September 9, 1967, a position he held until his retirement, January 1, 2005.

Bernie's background consists of being a teacher, coach, principal and business man. He is past president of the National Federation of State High School Associations. He was the Chairperson for the National Basketball Rules Committee for eight years and served on the Football Rules Committee for 25 years. He served on the United States Olympic House of Delegates Committee. Mr. Saggau was a recipient of the National High School Coaches Distinguished Award. He currently is a trustee of Buena Vista University. As a hobby, Bernie has refereed high school and college basketball and football games for 30 years.

The Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, in 1989, established an award in his name. This award honors an outstanding citizen athlete (boy or girl) in every one of the 400 high school in the state of Iowa and each winner receives a beautiful plaque in his name.

Mr. Saggau was presented the Award of Merit from the National High School Athletic Directors Association, the highest honor presented to one individual each year. In 1996 he was selected as one of the top 20 individuals in the last 20 years to do the most for improving officiating in our country by Referee magazine.

Mr. Saggau most recently received the American Tradition Award; only the second individual to receive this prestigious award.

Mr. Saggau's vision, the signature of his career, was of a $13 million dollar, 26,000 square feet, Hall of Pride which officially opened in February 2005 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bernie and his wife, Lois, have been married 53 years. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Upcoming Events...

Christian Coalition Dinner

Saturday, October 29 – 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Seven Flags Convention Center
2100 NW 100th Street,Clive

For more information please contact
Steve Scheffler at 515-971-7363 or slscheffler@aol.com

For more information on the Vander Plaats for Governor Campaign visit www.vpforgov.com