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 acrpmi.org .

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 acrpmi.org 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 jlross0311@yahoo.com

Daniel S. Bean – Republican * 744 Korr Road, Mancelona, MI 49659 231-564-0634 danielb49659@yahoo.com

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 tsc@torchlake.com

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 mail@michiganmaps.net

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 davedonna@torchlake.com

Marvin Rubingh – Republican 8022 Rubingh Road, Ellsworth, MI 49729 231-588-6084 mrubingh@torchlake.com

District #2

William Bailey –Republican 1592 N. Intermediate Lake Road, Central Lake, MI 49622 231-920-6710 billbailey1@outlook.com

Randy Gothrup – Republican 3490 Vandermark Road, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-350-3050 rjgothrup@gmail.com

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

District #3

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

Kim MacMaster – Republican 5966 Beaver Creek Trail, Kewadin, MI 49648 989-600-8623 kimberly.macmaster@gmail.com

District #4

Ed Boettcher – Republican 11476 Cabana Shore Road, Williamsburg, MI 49690 231-463-4555 edgarp57@yahoo.com

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 seagull753@yahoo.com

Bryan Smith – Republican 3657 Shumaker Road, Bellaire, MI 49615 231-676-0726 rbryan.smith@icloud.com

District #6

Jim Gurr – Republican 8548 Helena Road, Alden, MI 49612 231-331-6394 ardenfarm@torchlake.com

Brenda Ricksgers – Republican 4236 Ricksgers Road, Alden, MI 49612 231-331-4011 bbricksgers@torchlake.com

District #7

Dawn Lavanway – Republican 126 Garner Road, East Jordan, MI 49727 231-536-3157 dawn.lavanway@yahoo.com

James B. Peters – Republican 2474 Adams Road, East Jordan, MI 49727 231-463-8025 jpeters1956@yahoo.com

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 dsk2250@gail.com

District #9

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


NBC/Marist Poll HUGE Shift,…Trump lead up to 15 in Indiana over Cruz

Trump Two Thumbs Up

Here is a link to the actual NBC/Marist poll itself;

5-1-16 NBC NewsWSJMarist Poll before Indiana

CALL TO ACTION – Call your U.S. Congressman,…TODAY!!!

Please call your U.S. Congressman,…TODAY and tell them to sponsor U.S. Congressman – Ted Yoho’s (3rd District – Florida) Resolution calling for a Special Select Committee to have the FBI investigate the Executive Branch and the Obama’s administration for potentially committing “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” as outlined in the resolution which can be reviewed at this link;
4-18-16 Yoho Resolution for Select Committee

Click on this link to find the names of our Congressman and their phone numbers; http://www.house.gov/representatives/#state_me

U.S. Capitol Building

Call the Congressmen TODAY!!!

Antrim County Republican Party Executive Committee Meeting – Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Meeting convened via a conference call at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday March 17th, 2016.

Executive Board Members present were Chairman-Randy Bishop, Secretary-Priscilla Miller, Treasurer-Laura Bogdan, Co-Vice Chair-Jim Gurr.  Executive Committee Members present were Cheri Hogan, Greg Valerio and Gerald Averill. ( 7 of 13 members)

Purpose of the meeting was to propose a slate of elected/elevated precinct delegates to be presented at the Antrim County Republican Convention being held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.  where only elected precinct delegates will be allowed to vote.

Per the ACRP By Laws, any member interested in becoming a voting delegate or alternate for the upcoming Michigan Republican Party State Convention (to be held on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th, 2016 in Lansing, Michigan) will notify either the Chairman or the Secretary of their desire to do so, by either phone call or e-mail.  Only Kim MacMaster and Greg MacMaster expressed an interest to our County Chairman after the mailing of the notice of our “Call to County Convention” on Friday, February 26th, 2016, per the MRP rules.

Selection of names was based on the following criteria:  1.)  Attendance at our ACRP monthly meetings; 2.)  Participation at our meetings and other political activities;  and 3.)  Informed on the national issues and our Presidential candidates.

The seven elected/elevated precinct delegates to be our ACRP voting Delegates to the MRP State Convention on April 8th and 9th. were:

1. Randy Bishop, 2. Vicki Bishop, 3. Cheri Hogan, 4. Greg Valerio, 5. Bill Bailey, 6. Gerald Averill and 7. Jim Gurr.

Also, our current State Representative – Triston Cole will be voting at the State Convention as a Delegate “At-Large” due to being a member of our County Party and resident of Antrim County.

Motion to approve was made by Jim Gurr and was 2nd by Laura Bogdan.  After a lengthy discussion, motion was unanimously approved.

The seven elected precinct delegates to be our ACRP Alternates to the MRP State Convention on April 8th and 9th. were:

1. Ed Boettcher, 2. Tom Stillings,  3. Laura Bogdan 4. Karen Fulkerson, 5. Jarris Rubingh, 6. Richard Hoadley, and 7. Julia Amos

Motion to approve was made by Randy Bishop and was 2nd Laura Bogdan.  After a lengthy discussion, motion was unanimously approved.

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.

Resolution in Support of Campaign Finance Reform as Sponsored by Kim MacMaster

Resolution in Support of Campaign Finance Reform

Sponsor: Kim MacMaster

Kim MacMaster

Whereas: Elected policy makers are put in place to serve the needs of their constituents;

Whereas: Elected officials are put at a disadvantage before they begin their first day due to the high cost of campaigning and contributions by special interests and lobbyists as current campaign laws allow;

Whereas: Republicans throughout Michigan recognize the need for state based Campaign Finance Reform;

Whereas: The will of the average voter is often misled due to big expenditures stemming from difficult to identify entities spending extraordinary amounts of money to sway the public prior to elections;

Whereas: Voters across Michigan are disillusioned by the role they see money playing in the states elections;

Therefore, this body does hereby support the notion of a ballot initiative to address the need for campaign finance reform in Michigan.

ACRP Unanimously Passes Resolution for Congressman Benishek and others to introduce “Articles of Impeachment” of President Obama!!!


Alden Parade Smaller

Resolution in Support of the introduction of “Articles of Impeachment” against President Obama

WHEREAS, evidence exists to support the charge that Barack Hussein Obama is guilty of Usurpation of the Oval Office via criminal identity fraud; and,

WHEREAS, additional evidence supports the charge that Barack Hussein Obama is further guilty of Malfeasance, misconduct and abuse of the Oval Office; and,

WHEREAS, further evidence suggests that Barack Hussein Obama is guilty of Aiding and Abetting known enemies of the United States; and,

WHEREAS, such high crimes, constitutional offenses and intrusions committed by numerous members of the Obama Administration, under the direction of Barack Hussein Obama, violates the Republican platform of Constitutional self-governance guaranteed every State and every legal American citizen; and,

WHEREAS, the conduct has caused and continues to cause great harm to citizens of the United States by way of unsustainable national debt, unsecured borders, increased national security threats, and open threat to the peace and tranquility of life in the United States, as well as an assault on States and Individual Rights protected by our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and threatens the health and well-being of our beloved country, states, counties, towns, and fellow citizens;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Antrim County Republican Executive Committee and it’s members strongly support the Articles of Impeachment against Barack Hussein Obama and all involved in these crimes, as carefully researched and prepared by The North American Law Center and presented to Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives, for formal introduction to the House Judiciary Committee.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Antrim County Republican Executive Committee and it’s members strongly calls upon every Republican Representative from the Great State of Michigan, especially our retiring U.S. Congressman from our 1st District – Dan Benishek (R) to take immediate action, in accordance with your oaths of office, to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution and the people of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, placing the subject proposed Articles of Impeachment in the House Judiciary Committee to launch an investigation into the criminal acts evidenced and charged in the prepared said Articles, and demands that the Republican Party’s platform be followed by all elected Republicans.

Passed UNANMINOUSLY (42 – 0) of those in attendance this 15th day of February, 2016

By Order of the Antrim County Republican Executive Committee and it’s Members

Randy Bishop – Chairman

Elected officials in attendance; State Representative – Triston Cole, former State Representative – Greg MacMaster, Antrim County Treasurer – Sherry Comben, Antrim County Clerk – Sheryl Guy, 1st Congressional District and Michigan Republican Party State Committeewoman – Kimberly MacMaster

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