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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.

2 Presentations on Tourism in Antrim County – Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
10 am in Elk Rapids, 3 pm in Bellaire
Sponsored by the Antrim County Board of Commissioners

Dr. Sarah Nicholls will be giving a presentation about Tourism here in Antrim County.

Please click on the PDF file for all of the details;  Antrim County Tourism Presentation 2016-06-23 Flyer

Antrim County Tourism Presentations

Why does Michigan’s Attorney General refuse to meet with a State Representative and a Supporter?

Dianda Schuette Sommerfield

Bill Schuette – Michigan’s Attorney General received a letter from Scott Dianda – State Representative (110th District) on March 10, 2016 requesting the AG Schuette investigate the controversial Capitol View Building’s – real estate transaction.  The building is to be the new office location for Michigan’s State Senators.

Here is a link to view the letter;  Dianda letter to Schuette 3-10-16 

After sending the letter to AG Schuette, Rep. Dianda and his staff have contacted AG Schuette’s office numerous times requesting not only a response to his letter, but to request a meeting.  As of this date, the AG Schuette’s office has not responded to Rep. Dianda at all, (going on three (3) months since receiving the letter from Rep. Dianda.)

Schuette supporter and constituent, Brian Sommerfield has been invited by Rep. Dianda to attend the meeting with AG Schuette.

Sommerfield has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from California State University – San Bernardino with a concentration in public accounting.  Sommerfield has an extensive business background with over 28 years in tax accounting, owning numerous businesses and being politically engaged and supportive of AG Schuette in the past.

Why does Michigan’s Attorney General refuse to meet with a State Representative and a supporter constituent?

Maybe AG Schuette has seen this investigative news report by WXYZ in Detroit and doesn’t want to perform his own investigation?

You can see the investigative news report at this link;  WXYZ News Investigative Report


ACRP Minutes – April 18th Meeting

Antrim County Republican Party – Monthly Meeting April 18th, 2016;

Meeting was called to order at 7:31 pm by Randy Bishop – Chairman

Pledge of Allegiance and Prayer by County Commissioner – Christian Marcus

Treasurer Report – State Campaign Account $x,xxx.xx and Corporate Account $x,xxx.xx (not disclosed on-line).

Secretary Report – None due to March meeting was the County Convention

Gerald Averill spoke about attending the MRP State Convention in Lansing.

Cherie Hogan was a ballot counter at the 1st Congressional District Caucus and spoke about how fair and above board the process was in electing the Delegates and Alternates to represent us at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Kasich – Delegate elected was Judi Schwalbach, Alternate elected was Randy Bishop

Cruz – Delegate elected was Ray Franz, Alternate elected was Sandy Call.

Trump – Delegate elected was Ed McBroom, Alternate elected was John Haggard.

Discussed “At Large Delegates” elected by MRP.

Rob Steele was elected the new RNC National Committeeman, and Kathleen Berden was re-elected RNC National Committeewoman.

Discussed upcoming state primaries for the Presidential race.

Numerous party members are running for elected office and discussed filing paperwork for to be an elected Precinct Delegate by May 3rd, 2016 at 4:00 pm.

4th Annual “Golf/Fun Day” got moved forward to Saturday, July 9th, 2016 due to conflict with the RNC Convention.

Team Leaders are needed from each Township/Village/City for the outing.  Prices same this year; $75 for Golfers (includes BBQ) and $25 BBQ only, at The Chief Golf Course in Bellaire across from Shanty Creek.

County Clerk – Sheryl Guy read the openings for Township Trustees and announced many new County Commissioners candidates.

A motion was made by Steve Grill, supported by Mike Bertram; “To make public a list of filed candidates as to who are paid members to the ACRP and those who are not”;

Discussion was held;
Sherry Comben – Suggested of giving notice to those candidates who are not members yet.
Jim Gurr -said this was a bad idea.
Brenda Ricksgers – Suggested having the list of candidates with an invite to those who are not members.
Kim MacMaster – We will mail all those who have filed, if the motion passes and add it to the by-laws in January.
Randy Bishop – Asked County Clerk – Sheryl Guy to provide a link to all those candidates who filed to run for office.

Discussion was closed, motion failed.  Chairman said we will mail out invitations to join the ACRP to all of the candidates anyway.

Motion to adjourn by Bob Ricksgers, supported Mike Bertram at 9:02 pm which passed unanimously.

Antrim County Republican Candidates running for Elected Office

Antrim County - Old Map

( * Unopposed in Republican primary on August 2, 2016 – General Election only on November 8, 2016)


Prosecuting Attorney
James L. Rossiter – Republican *  4600 Powell Lane, Kewadin, MI 49648 231-357-2425

Daniel S. Bean – Republican * 744 Korr Road, Mancelona, MI 49659 231-564-0634

County Clerk
Sheryl Guy – Republican * PO Box 472 507 Green Acres, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-533-6554

County Treasurer
Sherry Comben – Republican * 3350 Oslund Road, Bellaire, MI 49615 231- 533-8301

Register of Deeds
Patty Niepoth – Republican * 834 S. Intermediate Lake Road, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-350-2672

Drain Commissioner
Mark Stone – Republican * 331 US 31 S. Kewadin, MI 49648 231-409-3466

County Surveyor
Scott Papineau – Republican * 4201 N. M-88, Central Lake, MI 49622 231-544-8020


District #1

David L. Heeres – Republican 6323 East Jordan Road, Ellsworth, MI 49729 231-675-7741

Marvin Rubingh – Republican 8022 Rubingh Road, Ellsworth, MI 49729 231-588-6084

District #2

William Bailey –Republican 1592 N. Intermediate Lake Road, Central Lake, MI 49622 231-920-6710

Randy Gothrup – Republican 3490 Vandermark Road, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-350-3050

Melissa Zelenak – Republican 1966 S. Main, Central Lake, MI 49622 231-350-1778

District #3

Karen Bargy – Republican 4931 Cairn Hwy., Kewadin, MI 49648 231-357-2460

Kim MacMaster – Republican 5966 Beaver Creek Trail, Kewadin, MI 49648 989-600-8623

District #4

Ed Boettcher – Republican 11476 Cabana Shore Road, Williamsburg, MI 49690 231-463-4555

William D. White – Republican 10593 U.S. 31, Williamsburg, MI 49690 231-645-2519

District #5

Michael G. Bertram – Republican 7741 S M-88 Hwy., Mancelona, MI 49659 231-620-5111

Bryan Smith – Republican 3657 Shumaker Road, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-676-0726

District #6

Jim Gurr – Republican 8548 Helena Road, Alden, MI 49612 231-331-6394

Brenda Ricksgers – Republican 4236 Ricksgers Road, Alden, MI 49612 231-331-4011

District #7

Dawn Lavanway – Republican 126 Garner Road, East Jordan, MI 49727 231-536-3157

James B. Peters – Republican 2474 Adams Road, East Jordan, MI 49727 231-463-8025

District #8

Ron Allen – Republican 2730 Doerr Road, Mancelona, MI 49659 231-564-0265

Scott Kruger – Republican 10517 S. Johnson, Mancelona, MI 49659 231-342-7262

District #9

Christian K. Marcus – Republican * 9910 Alba Hwy., Elmira, MI 49730 231-584-3200


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