Thousand Oaks Republican Women hold a most Elegant Luncheon and Honor Ventura County D.A.

By Debra Tash

The Thousand Oaks Republican Women held their annual holiday luncheon at the Sherwood Country Club.  The fashionable venue was decked out in holiday cheer.  Guests mingled and shopped the boutique setup in two rooms off the foray.










Candidate Rafael Dagnesses attended, shaking hands and discussing the upcoming 2016 election.  This local businessman, former police officer and marine veteran, is running to unseat incumbent, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, in the 26th District.


Raphell and his wife Natalie

Rafael and his wife Natalie

The program began with a doves release for peace accompanied by “Soaring Like An Eagle” playing in the background after Masters of Ceremony, Michael Ellington, kicked off the event.  Reverend Dr. Gary  Alan Dickey gave the invocation, along with ushering guests into the luncheon with a turn on the bagpipes.










Dove Release

Honoree, Ventura County District Attorney, Gregory Totten led the pledge.  He was awarded the “Beacon of Light” by the club for his service to the community.  Mr. Totten was first elected to office in 2002 and reelected to his 4th term in 2015.  He has 265 people working in his department.  When accepting the award he related a favored story of Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, who served from 1941 to 1954.  There were three masons working on a building.  A passerby asked each in turn what they were doing.  The first said, earning a living.  The second, fitting a stone into a pattern.  The third, “Why building a cathedral.”  The district attorney used it to illustrate that in his office they try to see the whole picture, and most importantly to uphold and defend the rights of victims.


Vice President, Rosemary Licata introduces Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten

Tom O’Gara was also Beacon of Light recipient and Natalia Stenava was recognized with a Community Engagement Award.

Special presenters where the club’s Vice President, Rosemary Licata and President Beatrice Restifo.  The pair are sisters, and if you ask anyone in the club, they are at its heart.


President Beatrice Restifo

If you missed this year’s festives, please, mark your calendars for 2016 and be sure to attend the this wonderful event!


Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

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