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

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


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

ACRP Meeting Minutes for October’s Monthly Meeting

Meeting convened at Monday, October 17th, 2016 7:35 p.m. at Forest Home Twp. Hall

Randy Bishop: Pledge:  Brenda Rickgers: Invocation : Welcoming of new members:

Treasurer’s Report: Laura Bogdan: State (Campaign) Acct. $x,xxx.xx: Corporate Acct. $x,xxx.xx  (These numbers are after 1000 Trump yard signs were paid for. Still have 250 signs to be distributed.) Cheri Hogan was recognized for her efforts in getting signs distributed and collecting donations for them.
Randy: ACRP leads other counties in number of signs put out.

Secretary’s Report: Read 9/19/16 meeting minutes: Motion to approve: Kim MacMaster, 2nd. Doctor Hoadley. Approved. Can be viewed at

Chairman’s Report: Trump signs are to go up after the Dems signs, on Saturday for a “last impression”.  “Volunteer Saturdays” will be held for the next three Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.  James Hoage will have campaign materials for all candidates available: Volunteers needed; at following locations in;

Elk Rapids, @ 127 Lake Street, Bass Lake Condos #5: Pam LeHoy.

Bellaire, 321 N. Bridge Street, Forest Home Twp. Hall: Jim Gurr.

Mancelona, North Country Cars & Credit (131 S. M88 next to Napa Auto Parts) Cherie Hogan.

Randy will post a link for training of poll watchers and pole challengers.

You have till Tuesday Nov. 1st. to apply by mail, for absentee ballots. Suggests you apply at Clerks office. A review of the ballot followed.  Each box is an office: To vote straight Republican, mark the Republican box at the top of the page. At county level all candidates are running unopposed with exception of 3rd. Dist. County Commissioner, who has an opponent. For MI Supreme Court: Viviano and Larsen are listed in two separate boxes. (Two witnesses along with the clerk are present when absentee ballots are counted.)

Discussed possible voter fraud. Vicki Bishop, who serves on the Antrim County, Board of Canvassers: offered assurance that the election process in Antrim County is secure. Jim Gurr: concurred. Randy: stated that we may not get the final election results for several weeks. Suggests wearing Red to the polls, to show visual support for Trump.

Important to get out and vote: If enough people get out and vote in the 1st District, we could offset the votes for Hillary in Wayne County.  In Antrim County, absentee ballots are being returned in record numbers.

Christian Marcus: Lon Johnson is using “crisscrossing” tactics (says he won’t be attending, then when Bergman schedules an event elsewhere, Johnson shows up and takes photos with an empty chair).

Motion to adjourn: Christian Markus,  2nd: Greg Valerio, Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

ACRP – September’s Meeting Minutes

ACRP Meeting Minutes for 9/19/16

Meeting convened at 7:38 p.m. at Forest Home Twp. Hall

Randy Bishop: Pledge:  Bill Bailey: Invocation

Treasurer’s Report: Laura Bogdan: Absent: Read by Randy: State (Campaign) Acct. $x,xxx.xx  Corporate Acct. $x,xxx.xx

Secretary’s Report: Priscilla Miller: Randy asked to amend information on electronic bill board to read, “10 spaces displaying every 12 seconds” and change payment of signs to “Campaign account (Bergman sign) and Corporate account (Trump sign)”.  Cheri Hogan moved to approve: 2nd. Bill Bailey : Motion carried.

Chairman’s Report: GTGOP can not help with digital billboard: maxed out on their issues account. We invested in Trump signs sold all of those for donations and made our money back. Reinvested $x,xxx.xx in signs and car window decals. Have $x,xxx.xx. cash on hand: Cheri Hogan turned in $264. from Trump sign donations. 1000 more signs coming tomorrow. We’ve lead the effort in getting signs for 1st Congressional District.  We took 500 signs, Delta Twp. 700, Cheboygan 400,  others took counties took the rest. We placed a second 3000 sign order, got price down to $1.33 each. They are going to 14 counties throughout the district. Two $4000. orders, resulted in 6,000 signs being distributed. Co-Chair Kim MacMaster: We can not sell signs: donations only. (cannot take over $20. in cash). To avoid theft/ vandalism, take signs in at night. Trump campaign is spending their money on T.V. adds.  ACRP may end up making more money on Trump sign donations, than we made on the golf outing.  Fifteen decals are coming for backs of SUV or Pick ups @ $7.13 each.  Getting donations downstate for $20. -$30. each. Suggest check with insurance company on your coverage first, in the event the car is “keyed”. Trump campaign gearing up for possible voter fraud including possible tampering with absentee ballots.

Precinct Delegate’s organizational meetings:  Asking for people east, and west of Torch Lake to chair meetings. Cheri Hogan will help notify delegates east of Torch Lake, Kim MacMaster to help notify delegates west of Torch Lake. We will be working on Dawn LaVanway, Triston Cole and Jack Bergman and Trump’s campaign. Passing out literature and yard signs three weeks before election. All out effort to utilize all of our 66 precinct delegates to help with this effort.  Meetings will be held on the Saturdays before the election. Huge number of undecided voters are waiting to decide until after debates.

Thirteen states are now battleground states. Michigan is in play. If Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio flips and Florida, Trump will win. If we have a strong voter turnout in the 1st District, we can off set Wayne County’s vote.

Thursday 29th. at T.C. Victory Center, 508 W. 14th. St.  5:30 – 8:30 p.m. to work at phone bank for Bergman’s campaign.

Important: FLIP BALLOT OVER and vote Mcmillin and Snyder for MI State Board of Education. They are running against incumbent members who voted for Transgender bathroom issue.

Trump Flash Mob: Open Space (Grand View Parkway and Union St.) in T.C. from 4-6 pm. on Sept. 29th.   Oct 17th. is the next ACRP Meeting.

8:48 pm. Motion to adjourn: Barbara Bradford: 2nd.Kim MacMaster.


ACRP Meeting Minutes – August Meeting

ACRP Meeting Minutes for 8/22/16

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

Randy Bishop: Pledge and invocation:

Welcomed new members.  Reviewed web site information.

Treasurer’s Report: Laura Bogdan: State (Campaign) Acct. $x,xxx.xx Corporate Acct. $x,xxx.xx

Secretary’s Report: Priscilla Miller unable to read screen. Co-Chair Gurr read minutes. Mike Bertram moved to approve: 2nd. Greg Valerio : Motion carried.

Chairman’s Report: Next year’s ACRP golf outing will be held on July 15, 2017 at the Chief Golf. Course. Gave full Accounting Report of ACRP Golf Outing, held on July 9, 2016. Twenty nine golfers paid $75. for golf = $2,175. gross,  plus thirty three dinners @ $25 = $825  for a total of $3,000.  Chief Resort charge of $1640.  Rick Young of Village Market made a generous contribution to the outing.  Total Gross was $3,138.33  Total expenses were $422.66 leaving a Net Profit of $2721.77. Members agreed to keep report private. Report will go into a PDF file.

Randy Bishop gave an account of expenses paid by ACRP per motion by Maryanne Jorgensen and passed to pay up to $800. toward his trip to the Republican National Convention in amounts of $697.21 for hotel plus $100. for bus ride to Cleveland.  When one check  for $150. from a hole sponsor arrives, there will be a balance of  $1921.77  in Corporate Account.

Trump and Bergman campaigns are the two most important campaigns:  On a local level; Dawn LaVanway is only candidate running in County Commissioner race, that has a Democratic opponent. All others are running un opposed. Mike Bertram: We need to support Dawn. Jim Gurr: concurred, It’s going to be a tough race. Cherie Hogan: There’s a concerted effort to keep her out. Mike Bertram: Ask Dawn what she needs financially. Campaign account funds can be used to help Dawn. Sign’s allowed to go up 60 days prior to election. Get volunteers to help put her signs out.

Randy received an email from owner of 10 ft. x 30 ft. electronic billboard (digital, with eight spaces, displaying every fifteen seconds) on 31 going into Traverse City. Regular price is $1200. per month, per side. Randy negotiated a special price of $1800. for 30 days prior to the election, for both north and south sides of billboard. He has first right of refusal until after tonight’s meeting. The billboard would impact 72,000 cars per day; that equals two point one million contacts during that 30 day period.  Per state party bylaws:  Since ACRP Board has not endorsed Trump or Bergman, this can be considered an “issues” campaign.  Jim Gurr: inquired about judges running for MI Supreme Court. Randy: State party is spending a large amount of money to finance those campaigns.

Motion by Dr. Hoadley to spend $1800. from Corporate account to pay for  both sides of the electronic bill board; starting 30 days prior to the election. 2nd. by Myron Curtis. Chair opened up for discussion:  Steve Grill: Not opposed to it, just want people to think.  In the end, it all comes down to the Electro College. Randy: Don’t believe the Liberal media polls. Cherie Hogan: Union guys are constantly approaching her and asking about Trump.  Jim Gurr: pledged $100. toward the bill board. Mike Bertram suggested asking Grand Traverse GOP to split cost of  billboard. Randy: Once billboard is secured, will contact John Roth, of GTGOP on sharing expense. Discussion closed: vote on electronic billboard motion: passed unanimously.

First debate between Clinton and Trump will take place on September 26th. Discussion on possible voter fraud. Randy: if possible don’t use Absentee Ballots.  Poll watchers will be out on election day.  The big Electro Collage votes will be Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Randy: will hold a Precinct Delegate organizational meeting by regions to put out signs, door knocking. Walking lists of registered Republican voters are available.

Discussion on Michigan Board of Education candidates.  Gerald Averill: Suggests ACRP involvement in community events.

Jim Gurr: Petitions for the state party, will be circulated at convention to change the way Michigan allocates it’s electoral college “electors”.

Randy: Discussion on buying Trump yard signs. (Buying 2,000 signs reduces cost $1.77 a piece) Randy: Motion to buy 500 signs, providing three (Oakland, Berrian, Saginaw) county parties go in on the order, and order 500 signs each, that ACRP pay $875. from Campaign Account, and will offer them for a donation. 2nd. Greg Vallerio: Passed unanimously. (Steve Grill and Jim Gurr: offered $50. toward purchase)

Gerald Averill: Tom McMillen is endorsed by Liberty Caucus for MI Board of Education.

Randy: As of January 1st. All Republican elected officials will be sent letters to join the ACRP.

Motion to adjourn: Mike Bertram 2nd. Mary Barton

ACRP Meeting Minutes – July Meeting (held 8-1-16)

ACRP Meeting Minutes for 8/1/16

Meeting convened at 7:38 p.m. in the Antrim County Office building.

Randy Bishop: Pledge       Invocation: Jim Gurr

Treasurer Laura Bogdan absent.  Randy read Treasurer’s Report: Campaign Acct. $x,xxx.xx  Corporate Acct. $x,xxx.xx  Laura will have a financial breakdown on the golf outing at next month’s meeting.  Twenty nine golfers plus thirty three dinners participated in the ACRP Golf Outing / Fun Day event.

Mark your calendar for next year’s outing on July 15, 2017 at the Chief Golf Course.

Secretary’s Report: Priscilla Miller (unable to read the screen) –  Jim Gurr read the June 20th. meeting minutes.  Motion to approve: Mike Bertram, 2nd: Vicki Bishop.

Chairman’s Report: On attending the National Convention and the bus ride there. Gov. Chris Christie was the keynote speaker at the delegate’s Monday, July 18th breakfast. Cheri Hogan and Laura Bogdan attended the convention and found it “very interesting”.  They met several Fox News celebrities  along with Speaker Paul Ryan. Randy encourages members to seriously consider running as precinct delegates to be eligible to attend future conventions.

With State Representative Triston Cole in attendance, Chairman Bishop opened the floor to  discussion on matters pertaining to Tuesday’s primary election. Tom Stillings: encouraged a vote for Jack Bergman, in the 1st Congressional District race.  Jarris Rubingh:  “Bergman wasn’t in the race to make a career out of it”.

Marv Rubingh expressed lack of information on millage proposals. Discussion ensued regarding some of the upcoming county millages.

County Commissioner Christian Marcus: Spoke in favor of the “Stepping Up” program. (addresses mental health issues of people currently incarcerated for non violent crimes)

Next ACRP meeting will be on Monday August 22nd. 7:30 p.m. at Forest Home Twp. Hall.

Remember to get out and vote tomorrow!

Motion to adjourn: Tom Stillings  2nd Mike Bertram

ACRP’s June’s Meeting – Minutes 6-20-16

Antrim County Republican Party Meeting Minutes for 6/20/16

Forest Home Twp. Hall

Meeting convened at 7:36 p.m. Chairman Randy Bishop: Pledge, Prayer: Christian Marcus

Treasurer’s Report: Laura Bogdan: $x,xxx.xx  State Acct. x,xxx,xx  Corporate Acct.

Secretary’s Report:  Approval of May meeting minutes. Motion to approve: Barbara Bradford,  2nd Cherie Hogan, approved.

Chairman’s Report: Charlevoix GOP holding 50th Annual Picnic on Sunday June 26. at Whiting County Park in Boyne City. $20. for dinner.

 Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will be the keynote speaker at the ACRP Golf Outing and Fun Day event being held on Saturday, July 9th. from 1:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Chief Golf Course, in Bellaire.  18 hole scramble begins at 1:00p.m. (golfers arrive at 12:30)  $75. for Golf Scramble and BBQ (after 6-30-16 $100.) BBQ only $25. ($50. after 6-30-16) Other candidates will also be speaking.


Randy was on a conference call for delegates and alternates to the national convention, last night:  Kendal Unruh is a State Party Chairperson from Colorado, on the Rules Committee for National Convention. She is going to introduce a motion to amend the rules, to allow bound delegates to be un bound, leaving them free to vote their conscience, rather than the candidate they were elected to represent.  It’s called the “Conscience Clause”. Rules Committee meets July 11th -15th.  According to a book by Curly Hogman, the RNC Corporate Bylaws say that “technically all delegates are un bound and this rule supersedes all others.” If the Conscience Clause passes out of committee, it must be approved by the main body of the RNC (168 members).  All candidates except Trump have “suspended” campaigns, they have not quit.  Trump needed 1237 delegates he has 1542.

Co-chair: Jim Gurr, suggested Antrim County Republican Party pass a motion urging Judi Schwabak, our rep. on the Rules Committee for Michigan, not to release delegates from their commitment on the first ballot.  Cheri Hogan made the motion; 2nd Dorance Amos. Discussion followed: Passed unanimously!  Randy will prepare a press release and send it out.  Weekly conference calls will continue.  Randy will keep members informed of any new developments   Judi’s phone # is 906-280-0090

Randy asked for input from members if ‘Conscience Clause’ is adopted.  Gurr: There would be “profound disappointment.” if they betray their commitment.  Bill Bailey:“Death of the party” Cherie Hogan: “They won’t care if we’re disappointed”

Three GOP candidates running for 1st Congressional District.  Casper son, Allan and Bergman. Demi have Jerry Cannon and Lon Johnson.  If Cannon drops out, Dems. could cross over and vote in primary. Signs go out 60 days from Aug. 2nd.Primary.  Signs must be picked up on Aug. 3rd. Road Commission will charge if they have to pick up.  (Same time frame in November.)

Antrim County Commissioners sponsoring Dr. Sarah Nickhols Associate Professor from MSU, speaking on importance of tourism, for N.W. Michigan, on June 23rd at 10:a.m. in Elk Rapids Government Center and at 3:p.m. at Kearney Twp. Hall.

On Tuesday, Networks Northwest, North West Economic Alliance, MI Economic Dev. Corp. MI Strategic Fund, are holding final meeting on the 131 Corridor Project (from Cadillac to Petoski) Mancelona and Kalkaska, are main focus points.  Any money allocated will come from donations and not tax dollars.  Discussion with Commissioner Christian Marcus on passerby tourism, agra tourism and need for recreational tourism.

Randy: Stressed need for Forensic accounting of Detroit Public Schools. Discussed candidates running for Congressman Benishek’s seat.  Next meeting will be held on Monday July 25th. Motion to adjourn: Mike Bertram, 2nd.Mary Barton. Adjourned 8:47p.m.

July’s ACRP Meeting will be on Monday, August 1st, 2016 (Antrim County Building – 2nd floor @ 7:30 – 9:00 pm)

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Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016

Time: 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.

Location: Forest Home Twp. Hall
321 N. Bridge Street Bellaire, MI 49615

Get out the vote for the primary election the next day!!!

VOTE; Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Week from this Saturday,….July 9th,….ACRP 4th Annual “Golf/Fun Day”!!!

Come join us a week from this Saturday,….July 9th, 2016…ACRP 4th Annual “Golf/Fun Day”,…at The Chief Golf Course,…across from Shanty Creek in Bellaire, Michigan!!!

ACRP Golf Fun Day 2016

Location; The Chief Golf Course (across from Shanty Creek)
1:00 pm Golf Scramble with BBQ ($75)
2:30 pm Euchre Tournament, Music and Prizes
5:30 pm BBQ only ($25) with speakers during dinner
U.S. Congressional candidates and Keynote Speaker – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
For more information/details, call Brad Brown: 231-264-8233 
Click on this link to print out the registration form;
4th-Annual-2016 ACRP-Golf Fun-Day-FINAL


Minutes: May 16, 2016 ACRP Monthly Meeting

Antrim County Republican Party Meeting Minutes for 5/16/16

Forest Home Twp. Hall

Meeting convened at 7:35 p.m. Chairman Randy Bishop: Pledge.  Prayer: Jim Gurr

Treasurer’s Report: Laura Bogdan;  State Acct.  $x,xxx.xx.    Corporate Acct.  $x,xxx.xx

Introduced new member: Ron Allen from Mancelona, running for Dist. 8 County Commissioner.

Secretary’s Report:  Approval of April meeting minutes. Motion to approve: Cheri Hogan,  2nd Greg Valerio

Chairman read names of Republican candidates running for elected office. List is posted at .

Candidates present, who are running for County Commissioners, Bill Bailey running for Dist. 2,  Michael Bertram Dist. 5, Jim Gurr Dist. 6, and Brenda Ricksgers Dist. 6, Dawn Lavanway Dist. 7 and James Peters Dist. 7,  Ron Allen Dist. 8  were all introduced.

Chairman: Update on ACRP Golf Outing at the Chief Golf Course. Date of outing has been changed to Saturday July 9th. (previous date conflicted with GOP National Convention) Link to PDF  Golf Outing Flyer and registration form available under ‘future events’ on web site.

18 Hole Scramble starts at 1:00 p.m. Golfers are urged to recruit foursomes. Prices: $75. a person, includes scramble and BBQ dinner. Dinner only, $25. MUST REGISTER BY JUNE 30th. deadline. After that, prices increase to $100. for scramble and dinner. Dinner only $50.

Euchre Tournament: at 2:30 p.m.

Carrot Cake Challenge: Brenda Rickgers vs. Randy Bishop.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Cash Bar: 4:30 p.m.

Hole sponsorships: contact Brad Brown: 231-264-8233

Laura Bogdan: ACRP Chairman Randy Bishop will represent us at the National GOP Convention in Cleveland, as an alternate delegate.

Motion by Maryann Jorgensen to use funds from the ACRP Corporate Account, not to exceed $800. to help with Randy’s expenses for his trip to the convention.  (Randy will document expenses) 2nd. Barbara Bradford: Passed unanimously.

Discussion of various scenarios that could take place at the upcoming convention and transgender bathroom issue and Detroit schools issue.

Motion to adjourn: Barbara Bradford 2nd. Dawn Lavanway

Adjourned 8:57 p.m.

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