Saturday, July 15th, 2017; 5th Annual ACRP “Golf/Fun Day”!!!

Beautiful weather, great golf and food, with elected officials who have confirmed will be speaking;

Senator – Patrick Colbeck (2018 Michigan Governor candidate) & Keynote Address;
Michigan’s Speaker of the House – Tom Leonard;

5th-Annual-2017 ACRP-Golf Fun-Day-Registration Form

Click on the above Link for all the details and to RSVP as soon as possible, Thanks!!!

The Chief Golf Course – Across from Shanty Creek, Bellaire, Michigan

 

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Col. Allen West comes to Northern Michigan!!!

Emmet County Republican Party is having it’s 15th Annual Fund-Raiser this Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Nub’s Nob with their special Keynote Speaker – Col. Allen West.,…which is their only fundraising event of the year.

Click on this link to printout their RSVP form, to fill out and mail in with a check;

http://ecrp.gop/


ACRP Minutes – Monthly Meeting May 15, 2017

Meeting at Forest Home Township Hall opened at 7:30 pm  by Chairman Randy Bishop

Pledge of Allegiance then Invocation by Jim Gurr.

Absent; Kim McMaster.

Treasurer Report: Gregg Valerio, all approved

Secretary Report: Randy Bishop, all approved

Chairman Report; Randy Bishop

– Legislative reports will now be on Triston’s website.

-Both school millages (Elk Rapids and East Jordan) on the ballot in Antrim County passed.

-Randy to get information for county fair and parade dates and talk to Triston about using Triston’s wagon in the parades. Triston to supply pocket constitutions.

-Congressman Jack Bergman is working on prioritizing the Poe Locks (Sault Ste. Marie) and has moved it up to #25 on President Trump’s infrastructure spending list.

-ACRP Annual Golf Outing is Saturday, July 15th at The Chief Golf Resort in Bellaire (across from Shanty Creek). Randy has committed to 60 people for dinner and 10 sets of four golfers. Randy has secured Speaker of the House Tom Leonard as the Keynote Speaker.

New Business:

-Bill & Priscilla Miller have sold their home in Alden and will be moving downstate. Priscilla resigned as secretary and both she and Bill will be greatly missed. Randy announced that Cherie Hogan would run for secretary and asked for other nominations from the floor.
Priscilla Miller nominated Cherie Hogan and Bill Miller seconded. All approved.

-Randy We need volunteers to get out and secure gifts for the outing. Randy is expecting Brian Calley and Dr. Hines, who is running for governor, to speak at the outing. We need everyone to work on this to make it a success.

– Antrim County Republican Women have dissolved and are donating the balance of their funds to the ACRP Corporate Account.  Thank You Kim MacMaster & Vicki Bishop!!!

– Randy mentioned the membership drive. Antrim County Clerk – Sheryl Guy getting Randy the list of Antrim County elected officials.

– State Senator – Patrick Colbeck will run for Governor.  Former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice – Bob Young possibly running against Stabenow.

– Jim Gurr mentioned that the Democrats are mad and will be running lots of people against our candidates in 2018 but at least will keep them from crossing over and voting for our weaker candidates in the primaries.

-Randy showed short video called ‘Modern Educayshun’ which every conservative should view. Now is not the time to be complacent. We are fighting for our country!

-Randy says, nationally, that the Democrats may try to stall President Trump’s replacement for FBI Director at least six months and obstruct until 2018 elections.

-Long discussion on the Jack Bergman Town Hall, staying positive, attending town halls and writing letters to the newspaper whenever possible expressing our support of our elected officials.

-Next ACRP meeting date is Monday, June 19th at 7:30 at Forest Home Township Hall.
Motion made by Sherry Comben, second by Carla Bart to adjourn at 8:30pm.

Respectfully submitted by;

Cherie Hogan, Secretary

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Antrim County Republican Party Meeting Minutes – Monday, April 17, 2017

Meeting convened at 7:35p.m. in the Forest Home Twp. Hall

Randy Bishop: Pledge:  Brenda Ricksgers: Invocation

Greg Valerio: Treasurer’s Report: Corporate Acct. $2.39  Expenses: $3.00 service fee.($250. transfer from State Acct.) Expenses: AA Computing Solutions $132.50, PC Matic $49.99. $3.00 service fee. Ending Balance: $67.51

State Acct. $921.21 Deposits were: $29.17(30. -.83 cc fee) , $120. Expenses $212. for Laptop.  $250.Transferred to Corp Acct. Ending Balance:   $587.38

Secretary’s Report: Priscilla Miller: Meeting minutes for 3/20/17 (Jim Gurr found a “typo” Randy will correct.) Rob Barge: motion to approve. 2nd: Kim MacMaster. Donna Grill had a problem pulling up meeting minutes on line. (Randy will fix it.)

Chairmans Report:  We have eight family memberships and ten singles.

Rally in T.C. at post office on Union St. tomorrow at noon, in protest of state legislature not passing the reduction of the state income tax.  Organized by MI Conservative Coalition.

State Rep. Triston Cole will meet with constituents on Friday, April 21st 11: am – 12:pm at Northern Bear Country Store in Mancelona: at TJ Charlies in Elk Rapids from 1:00 -2:p.m. (Soros is funding protestors who attend these events, furnishing  gas cards and paying $15. an hour to do it.)

Congressman Jack Bergman will hold a town hall on Thursday, April 20th. from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Ellison Pl. in Gaylord. Important we show up early at these events to show our support. (No signs are allowed inside.) The Democrats (Indivisible Group)  will be trying to disrupt these events. Media will be there, looking for anything that could embarrass the Congressman.

Antrim County 911 Milage renewal vote on May 2nd. Elk Rapids has a school millage vote.

Need to get dates for parades and events that ACRP can participate in. Will check with Mike Bertram regarding Antrim Co. Fair.

Golf Outing is Saturday, July 15th. at the Chief Golf Course. Randy had to commit to sixty B.B.Q.dinners and ten golf foursomes. More info on what politicians will be the attending the event at our next meeting.

Per Cheryl Guy, Stacy Cole will stay a Custer Twp. Precinct Delegate. (A special election would be required to correct the error).

Jim Gurr:  Import to write letters to the editor, in support of Congressman Bergman.

The bill to build a 2nd Soo Locks was passed in 1978 (the POE Lock)  Funds were never appropriated! If the existing Locks were to shut down for any reason, the entire U.S. economy would come to a standstill. It’s a National Security Issue, a jobs issue and a trade issue. Congressman Bergman supports President Trump having construction of the lock on his  one trillion dollar infrastructure list. It will be a “super lock” able to handle thousand foot freighters.

Cheri Hogan had a question on the Jordan River tubes. Discussion followed.

Rob. Barge: Motion to adjourn 2nd Steve Grill. Adjourned at 8:50 p.m.


ACRP Monthly Meeting – Minutes for March 21, 2017 Meeting

Antrim County Republican Party Meeting Minutes for Monday, March 21, 2017

Meeting convened at 7:30p.m. in the Forest Home Twp. Hall

Randy Bishop: Pledge:  Christian Marcus: Invocation

Laura Bogdan has resigned as treasurer: Randy gave Treasurer’s Report: Randy gave report: Corporate Acct: $x,xxx.xx ($100. was paid for bus to state convention) $x,xxx.xx in State Acct.

Secretary’s Report: Priscilla Miller: February 20th. Meeting minutes were read by Randy. (per minutes: Randy forgot to call Cheryl Guy regarding discrepancy in delegate Stacy Cole’s residence, will contact Cheryl regarding this matter.) Motion to approve:Greg Valerio, 2nd Ven Watkins. Approved.

Priscilla reported on Antrim County March 4 Trump. Photos and articles were sent to both Antrim County papers. Antrim Review published coverage of event, Elk Rapids News, which recently featured the ‘Woman’s March’ on front page, did not.

Chairman’s Report; Randy read the first proposed amendment approved at a meeting of the By Laws Committee, under Article 1-Section 3. Membership –  to add the following: “Any elected official who was duly elected as a “Republican” during the most recently held primary or general election in Antrim County, shall be required to be a dues paying Member of the Antrim County Republican Party for the entire term of their said elected office.”

Additional language was added; “Any candidate who is running as a Republican in a primary election or general election in Antrim County should/must be a member of the Antrim County Republican Party.  If they chose not to, the ACRP will not endorse or certify them as a member in good standing of the ACRP.  They will not receive support monetarily or with manpower for their candidacy from ACRP.  They must be a paid member in good standing for at least one year prior to the primary election.”

Discussion followed. (this will discourage Democrats from running as Republicans and allow the county clerk to give candidates registering to run for office as Republicans a copy of the ACRP By Laws) Christian Marcus made a motion to accept. Brian Smith 2nd. Motion passed unanimously.

Randy: Motion to remove the words: “of the opposite sex of the Chairperson” under  Article IV – Section 1: Officers. Motion to approve: Greg Valerio made a motion to approve. Bob Ricksgers 2nd. Motion passed unanimously.

Randy read committee proposal to amend Article IX: Section 3 –  Discussion followed and final wording for the proposed Amendment- will read: “These By Laws may only be amended by a vote of the membership after the January election of new board officers and executive committee members, via a By Law Committee determination, at a regular monthly meeting and then a vote at a future monthly meeting.” Vote taken and passed unanimously.

Committee proposal to amend:  Article VII – Section 2 to read:

It shall be the policy of the Local Party not to endorse or support individual candidates in contested Republican Party primary elections, (addition) UNLESS determined by a vote of 2/3 of the membership of the ACRP in attendance at a regularly monthly meeting prior to said primary election. Discussion followed. Bob Ricksgers made a motion to adopt amendment: Cheri Hogan 2nd.  Vote taken and passed unanimously.

Randy reviewed current by law that was voted and passed by the committee to have future treasurer’s adhere to section V. Duties Of Officers section 4. Treasurer – The Treasurer shall render a statement of the revenues, disbursements, outstanding obligations, and the cash balance of the Local Party at all regular meetings.

Randy: Golf outing is Saturday July 15th. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard will be keynote speaker. Need 15 township captains to recruit new members. We will need boots on the ground in our next election.

Discussion on countering Democratic tactics. Cheri Hogan: Compiling email list for this purpose.

JB Williams from North American Law Center has a 28 page white paper on ‘The Purple Revolution’ about George Soros funding all anti Trump groups and demonstrations right down to state and local levels. (Needs to be investigated by DOJ and Homeland Security under the Patriot Act.)

Motion by Cheri Hogan to make Gregg Valerio Treasurer of ACRP: supported by Ven Watkins. Voted and passed unanimously. (Vicky Bishop: Get Greg a lap top to use Quick Books on.) Priscilla has a lap top for sale.

Motion to adjourn: Bob Ricksgers 2nd: Bill Miller  Meeting adjourned at 9:04 p.m.


By-Laws Committee Meeting

Minutes Of ACRP By Laws Committee Meeting

Meeting convened via telephone conference call on March 14th. at 8:01 p.m.

Participating in the call were Chairman Randy Bishop, Co-Vice Chair Jim Gurr, Secretary Priscilla Miller, Greg Valerio, Steve Grill and Brenda Ricksgers.  Excused Committee members; Laura Bogdan, Gerald Averill and Kim MacMaster.

Randy made a motion to ADD the following language to:  Article 1- Section 3. Membership; “Any elected official who was duly elected as a “Republican” during the most recently held primary or general election in Antrim County, shall be required to be a dues paying Member of the Antrim County Republican Party for the entire term of their said elected office.”

Said motion was friendly amended by Steve Grill, to add the following language;…”Any candidate who is running as a Republican in a primary or general election in Antrim County shall/must be a member of the Antrim County Republican Party.  If they chose not to be a member of the ACRP, the ACRP will not endorse or publicly certify them as a member in good standing of the ACRP.  They will not receive any support monetarily or manpower for their candidacy from ACRP.  Finally, any candidate must be a paid member in good standing for at least one year prior to any primary election.”

Amended motion was supported by Greg Valerio Discussion followed.

Calling the question: Jim Gurr – Passed with unanimous vote.

Article IV -Section 1; Officers:  Randy made a motion to remove the words; ”of the opposite sex of the Chairperson” from the by laws.
Supported by Priscilla Miller.  Calling the question: Jim Gurr  Passed with unanimous vote.

Motion by Randy Bishop to amend : Article VII – Section 2 to read; It shall be the policy of the Local Party not to endorse or support individual candidates in contested Republican Party primary election, UNLESS determined by a vote of 2/3 of the membership of the ACRP in attendance at a regularly monthly meeting prior to said primary election to make such an endorsement. Supported by Steve Grill: Discussion followed. Calling the question: Greg Valerio  Passed with unanimous vote.

In Addition: Priscilla Miller noted under duties of officers; ACRP By Laws state, “Treasurer shall render a statement of the revenues, disbursements, and outstanding obligation, and the cash balance of the Local Party at all regular meetings.”  All members voted unanimously to have the ACRP Treasurer adhere to this By Law.

Jim Gurr: made a motion to amend Article IX: Section 3 – Amendment to read: “These By Laws may only be amended by a vote of the membership after the January election of new board officers and executive committee members, via a By Law Committee determination at a vote of a future monthly meeting.  Supported by Priscilla Miller. Discussion followed. Randy: Discussion closed. Passed unanimously.

Respectfully Submitted,

Priscilla Miller

ACRP Secretary


ACRP Meeting Minutes – February 20, 2017

Antrim County Republican Party Meeting Minutes for Monday, February 20, 2017

Meeting convened at 7:30p.m. in the Forest Home Twp. Hall

Randy Bishop: Pledge:  Jim Gurr: Invocation

Treasurer’s Report: Laura Bogdan was absent. Randy gave report: Corporate Acct: $33.69 ($100. was donated toward the bus to state convention) $641.09 in State Acct.

Secretary’s Report: Priscilla Miller: Read January 26th minutes. Motion to approve: Greg Valerio  2nd. Sherry Comben: Motion approved.

Gerald Averill raised question as to why Stacy Cole was a Custer Twp. delegate, to state convention when she resides in Chestonia Township?  Triston Cole stated that they live near the Custer township border.  Apparently an error at the County Clerk’s Office. Randy will check with  Cheryl Guy.

Co-Vice Chair Kim Mc Master, gave a recap of the Mich. State Convention. 196 delegates crammed in a small room for four hours/ longest running caucus in the state.  Jesse Osmer won chairmanship of 1st. Dist. Committee with a 56-60 vote spread.  Kim and Jim Gurr also won election to the committee. Ron Weizer is the new chairman of the Michigan Republican Party.

Co-Vice Chair Jim Gurr, Democrats are vengeful and spoiling for a fight. We had better start working on the same page in order to be formable.

Randy: President Trump has just 60 days to undo Obama’s executive orders.

Discussion:  On dealing with Democrat’s concerted efforts to disrupt legislator’s town halls. Both Congressman Bergman and State Rep. Triston Cole have had a large group of loud, disruptive agitators interrupting their events.  Our members need to become active and attend these events. State Rep Cole cautioned, these militants are looking for a confrontation.  He advised remaining calm and not confronting them.

Discussion on ERN article and importance of ACRP becoming visible at parades and other county events.

Per a motion made by Co-Vice Chair Jim Gurr at the January County Convention: “to enter into the record that Antrim County Republican Party intends to amend its by-laws to become compliant with MRP by-laws by Monday April 17, 2017 in the following manner: Within 60 (sixty) days, subject to receiving updated the MRP and District by-laws, Antrim County GOP will, by subcommittee, revise the Antrim County Republican Party’s by-laws and will present the proposed by-laws to the membership for 30-day consideration for approval by the Monday, April 17 meeting.”  Volunteers to serve on the By-Laws Subcommittee are; Greg Valerio, Gerald Averill, Steve Grill, Brenda Ricksgers plus the five (5) officers of the Executive Board.
The meeting of this subcommittee will be held via; a conference call and they will have the new proposed by-laws ready for discussion at next meeting on March, 20th.

Randy: We need to have the discussion on officials running as Republicans are dues paying members and individual members of executive committee endorsing candidates.

Brenda Ricksgers: Special election on May 2nd. for renewal 911 millage.

Motion to adjourn: Triston Cole, 2nd.Kim MacMaster. Meeting adjourned at 9:08 p.m.

 


2017 Antrim County Republican Party’s Winter County Convention & January Monthly Meeting

Antrim County Republican Party’s Winter County Convention convened at 7:00 p.m., January 26. 2017.

Officers present: Chairman Randy Bishop, Co-Vice chairs Jim Gurr and Kim MacMaster.

Officers absent: Priscilla Miller – Secretary and Laura Bogdan – Treasurer

Chairman Randy Bishop was elected Chairman of the Convention, who asked Jim Gurr to be the Convention’s Secretary (who prepared these minutes).

Sole purpose of Convention was to elect ACRP’s Voting Delegates & Alternates to the Michigan Republican Party’s State Convention.

The following individuals had expressed an interest in pursuing delegate status for the upcoming MRP’s State convention in Lansing on February 10th & 11th, 2017:

Randy Bishop

Tom Stillings

Cherie Hogan

Greg Valerio

Jim Gurr

Dr. Richard Hoadley

Robert Bargy

Kim MacMaster

Greg MacMaster

Stacy Cole

 

Before balloting began statements were read for candidates for First District Chairman;

Statement for Jason Allen read by Tom Stillings

Statement for Jesse Osmer read by Greg MacMaster

A statement in support of Denise Pallarito’s candidacy for MRP Grass Roots Vice Chair was made by Triston Cole.

Balloting using handwritten paper ballots began at 7:06 p.m.

Ballots were completed, collected, and submitted to Cherie Hogan and Mrs. Ronald Barwick.

While ballots were being counted, the County Convention broke out of convention at 7:16 p.m., and the January 2017 meeting of Antrim County GOP was convened.

ACRP Alden Parade
Following are the minutes of the January Monthly meeting of the Antrim County Republican Party;

Officers in attendance as above. Officers not in attendance as above.

Treasurer’s report: Corporate Account $x,xxx.xx, State Account $x,xxx.xx

State Committee member Kim MacMaster reported very little actions and no subcommittee meetings were held at the last MRP State Committee in December, 2016.

Chairman – Bishop remarked most pressing business was issue of current Antrim County Republican Party’s by-laws not being compliant with MRP by-laws.

Co-Vice Chair Jim Gurr made the motion to have entered into the record that Antrim County Republican Party intends to amend its by-laws to become compliant with MRP by-laws by Monday April 17, 2017 in the following manner: Within 60 (sixty) days, subject to receiving updated the MRP and District by-laws, Antrim County GOP will, by subcommittee, revise the Antrim County Republican Party’s by-laws and will present the proposed by-laws to the membership for 30-day consideration for approval by the Monday, April 17 meeting.  Motion seconded by Tom Stillings. Following discussion, such process was approved by majority (unanimous) vote.

Chairman Randy Bishop initiated brief discussion of voting irregularities, recommending State Attorney General pursue charges. Kudos were made for Northern Michigan electoral successes.

January meeting was adjourned at 7:34 by motion by Tom Stillings, seconded by Mike Bertram.

Returned to Antrim County Winter County Convention at 7:35 to report results of election of voting delegates and alternates. List was reported by Cherie Hogan as follows:

VOTING DELEGATES

Jim Gurr

Tom Stillings

Randy Bishop

Kim MacMaster

Greg MacMaster

Stacy Cole

Cherie Hogan

Dr. Richard Hoadley

 

ALTERNATES

Greg Valerio

Rob Bargy

Jarrod Rubingh

Rebecca Rubingh

JoAnne Marcoux

 

2017 Winter County Convention adjourned at 7:39 p.m. after motion by Tom Stillings, seconded by Kim MacMaster.


Call to Winter County Convention, being mailed Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, 2017

Below is the link to the PDF file that is being mailed on Tuesday, Jan. 3rd, 2017 to all Precinct Delegates for the Antrim County Republican Party.

Please Share this link with anyone that you know has been appointed to be a Precinct Delegate but may have not notified the ACRP of their mailing street address;

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Thank You!!!

happy-new-year-2017


Donald Trump has won Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes!!!

President-elect Donald Trump has won Michigan’s 16 electoral votes.

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Today, Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers certified Trump’s 10,704 – vote victory on Monday, nearly three weeks after the election. The two-tenths of a percentage point margin out of nearly 4.8 million votes is the closest presidential race in Michigan in more than 75 years.

Trump’s win in Michigan gives the Republican 306 electoral votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 232.

Trump is the first Republican presidential nominee to win Michigan since 1988.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein is expected to ask for a recount. She has until Wednesday. Trump would have seven days to file objections to her request.

Source: Fox 2


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