FEB 10 -- Alafia Republican Club Monthly Meeting
The Alafia Republican Club will be holding its next meeting on Tuesday, February 10, at River Hills Country Club (3943 New River Hills Parkway, Valrico). Social time begins at 6 PM, and the meeting starts at 6:30 PM.
Teresa Miller will be speaking about opposition to the legalization of marijuana in Florida. Yes, this battle goes on, and we need to be aware of the full ramifications of this movement and what may be coming.
We are also looking forward to Melissa Snively from the Hillsborough School Board, District 4. Her insights on issues related to the School Board will be most welcome.
Dinner is optional and will be ready about 6:15 for those interested. A cash bar is also available.
We have a great evening planned, and look forward to seeing you there.
MAR 12 -- Restoring America as the Land of Liberty
America has undergone a radical shift in recent times, from an exceptional nation – the most free, prosperous, and virtuous in history – to a nation in decline. The good news is that we can do something to solve these problems and restore America. We can follow the blueprint that the Founders of the nation gave us to build a free nation. Stephen McDowell, President of the Providence Foundation’s Biblical Worldview University, will summarize the blueprint for restoring America as the land of liberty as presented in Monumental: Restoring America as the Land of Liberty, a study course by Kirk Cameron and Stephen McDowell produced as a follow up to the award winning film Monumental. This event is open to the public, and is sure to be a rewarding evening for all freedom living patriots.
This event will be held in Brandon at Bell Shoals Baptist Church's Special Events Center (SEC) March 12 at 7 pm.
JAN 13 - Alafia Republican Club Monthly Meeting
The Alafia Republican Club will be holding its next meeting on Tuesday, January 13, at River Hills Country Club (3943 New River Hills Parkway, Valrico). Social time begins at 6 PM, and the meeting starts at 6:30 PM.
Our featured speaker for the evening will be Jim Harris. He is the pastor of Riverview Heights Baptist Church in Wauchula, and will be presenting "An Evening with the Founders." This presentation is a review of The 5000 Year Leap, by Cleon Skousen. Pastor Harris presents the overview in a concise and enlightening way.
We will also be holding club officer elections at the end of the meeting. If you are interested in running for President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary, please notify us so that we can notify our members of your intention to run for the club board.
Dinner is optional and will be ready about 6:15 for those interested. A cash bar is available for soda and alcoholic drinks.
We have a great evening planned with much to discuss, and look forward to seeing you there.
NOV 11 -- Alafia Republican Club Monthly Meeting
We wish to thank all who came out to vote and contributed to the success in the election. What a great day for Hillsborough County, the State of Florida, and the USA!!!
On Tuesday November 11, the Alafia Republican Club will be holding its regular meeting at River Hills Country Club. Please plan to join us to welcome Sharon Calvert, who will be speaking about possible opposition to commuter rail in future ballot initiatives. Karen Jaroch will also be speaking about activity on the HART Board, and how we can better engage the legislative process through Heritage Action. Social time begins at 6 PM. Dinner is served at 6:15 for those interested. And the meeting itself will begin at 6:30. A cash bar is available.
Thank you all for your support. See you there!
NOV 4 -- Election Night Watch Party
As you know, the election is underway. If you have not already done so, please do not forget to vote. This election is big and will lay the groundwork for 2016. It is so important that Rick Scott remains as our governor.
Please plan to join us at O'Briens on Election Night, November 4, to watch the election returns come in. O’Briens is located at the corner of Kings and Lumsden. We will meet 6:30 PM, and the polls will close at 7 PM. This is a combined social event with the Alafia Republican Club and the Greater Brandon Republican Club. With the many races, state and local, as well as control of the Senate in the balance, the evening promises to be most interesting.
Poll Watcher Training with Frank Giorgio
Long-time Poll Worker in Hillsborough County, Frank Giorgio, gives informative training on what is necessary to be an effective poll watcher. With the election upon us, this is a timely reminder for all who have volunteered their time to ensure election integrity. Five segments comprise the entire training session.
Oct 9 - Waving to Win at Lumsden & Providence
This week we meet a the corner of Lumsden and Providence.
We will be doing a Waving to Win every Thursday in Brandon from 5 till 6:30 PM. All Republican and conservative non-partisan candidates and their people are welcome to join us. Please pass this information on to your contacts.
Countdown to Election Day
As we countdown to Election Day on November 4, we urge you to participate in activities to support Republican candidates up and down the ballot. There is much to do, and we need you involved. The following is a list of recommended activities to help make Election Day a success for the conservative cause:
WAVING TO WIN EVERY THURSDAY. We will be doing a Waving to Win every Thursday from 5 till 6:30 PM. This is a great opportunity to show public support for your favorite candidates and to have a lot of fun with like minded conservatives. Signs are provided. The following is the location schedule:
10/9 — Lumsden/Providence
10/16 — TBD
10/23 — Bloomingdale Library
SATURDAY MORNING WALKS. Every Saturday, from 9 AM till 1 PM, walkers will be canvassing neighborhoods in Eastern Hillsborough to help get out the Republican vote. An advanced polling method have been developed to identify swing voters that would would be open to the Republican message and need some gentle persuasion to come out and vote. Walking routes are designed to combine the campaigns of Dennis Ross, Ross Spano, Al Higginbotham, and all candidates running for state office. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Meet at Brandon Field Office, 1602 Oakfield Drive, Suite 207 in Brandon to participate. For more information, please contact MarDee Buchman at email@example.com, or call her at 813-657-6499.
POLL WATCHING. This is a huge need for the Rick Scott Campaign. Help the Governor's Campaign by volunteering to be a Poll Watcher. Early Polling places, and 32 Polling places on Election Day across Hillsborough County have needs for Poll Watchers. For more information and to volunteer, email MarDee Buchman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 813-657-6499.
PHONE BANKING. Callers Wanted! Make calls for Governor Scott's Campaign from home with a suggested script. Again, please contact MarDee Buchman and she'll get you set up!
YARD SIGNS AND BUMPER STICKERS. Yard signs and bumper stickers are now available for most candidates. Please pick some up for friends and neighbors too. Please stop by the Brandon Field Office, 1602 Oakfield Drive, Suite 207 in Brandon to get them.
Of course, the candidates also need your time and financial assistance. We urge you to personally get involved the the candidate of your choice and help them win.
As a result of all that must be done as we count down to Election Day, the Alafia Republican Club will not be holding an October meeting. The idea we would like to impart is that now is a time not so much to meet, but a time to DO. Please plan to get active in some way to support the party in its efforts this election season. We need you involved!!!
SEP 18 -- Waving to Win in 2014
As we did in the final weeks of the 2012 election, we will be doing a Waving to Win every Thursday in Brandon from 5 till 7 PM. Starting Thursday (9/18), we will meet at Lumsden and Kings. The following week, we will go the entrance to the Brandon Town Center on SR 60 (by Barnes and Noble). We will move the location around to keep it interesting. All Republican and conservative non-partisan candidates and their people are welcome to join us. Please pass this information on to your contacts.
SEP 9 -- Alafia Republican Club Meeting
The Alafia Republican Club will be holding its next meeting on Tuesday, September 9, at River Hills Country Club (3943 New River Hills Parkway, Valrico). Social time begins at 6 PM, and the meeting starts at 6:30 PM.
Our featured speaker for the evening will be COL (Ret.) Jim Waurishuk speaking on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This is a huge issue in the news lately, and Jim provides a uniquely qualified perspective on what the America response should be to this threat. With an anniversaries of 9/11 and the Benghazi attack, this coming week takes on additional importance.
Waurishuk is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a former senior fellow with the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. He is also former deputy director for Intelligence at U.S. Central Command, and a former White House National Security Council staffer. His most recent article on this ISIL issue can be linked HERE.
Florida House Representative Jake Raburn will also be joining us to discuss his initiatives for the coming legislative session.
Dinner is optional and will be ready about 6:15 for those interested. A cash bar is available for soda and alcoholic drinks.
We have much to discuss, and look forward to seeing you there.
AUG 15 - Movie Night at Beef's featuring "IndoctriNation"
On Friday August 15, we will be having a movie night at 7 PM at Beef O Brady’s at 4330 Bell Shoals Rd. We will be showing IndoctriNation, a film that exposes the government schools for their unconstitutional stand to remove God from said schools and to teach children anything but the truth about where they came from and why we learn. It is well done, serious and funny, and a must watch.
Colin Gunn and his family travel in a big yellow school bus across America shooting a new documentary film that explores the origins of the American education system, the effects of public schools on the Christian family, and the turning of the hearts of parents to their children through home education. www.indoctrinationmovie.com
AUG 12 - Alafia Republican Club Meeting
The Alafia Republican Club will be holding its next meeting at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, August 12, at River Hills Country Club (3943 New River Hills Parkway, Valrico).
Gregg Prentice will be speaking on efforts to reduce voter fraud in Florida. This is a serious issue in our state, and is multi-faceted in the way that fraud occurs. We appreciate and support efforts that require great tenacity and attention to detail that he champions. We are looking for volunteers to help Gregg in his efforts.
Early voting starts August 14 for the Primary. We will also be hearing from perhaps as many 10 local candidates in their final appearance before the start of early voting. We will allow time for any candidate who wishes to attend to make their final appeals.
Dinner will be ready about 6:15 for those interested. A cash bar is available for soda and alcoholic drinks.
JULY 8 -- Alafia Republican Club Meeting
The Alafia Republican Club will be holding its next meeting at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, July 8, at River Hills Country Club (3943 New River Hills Parkway, Valrico).
The focus of our meeting will be Hillsborough County Commission races in District 7 (countywide). We will be hosting three candidates (in alphabetical order), Al Higginbotham, Don Kruse, Robin A. Lester, Tim Schock. We are allowing each candidate a total of 20 minutes to speak. Q&A will be allowed as time permits. This will be a lively and informative session helpful in deciding who would best serve Hillsborough on the County Commission.
Dinner is optional, and will be ready about 6:15 for those interested. All are reminded that these meals are what allow the club use of the meeting room. Cost of the meal is $15.
JUNE 10 -- Alafia Republican Club Meeting
The Alafia Republican Club will be holding its next meeting on Tuesday, June 10, at River Hills Country Club (3943 New River Hills Parkway, Valrico). Social time begins at 6 PM, and the meeting starts at 6:30 PM.
Our featured speaker for the evening will be COL (Ret.) Jim Waurishuk speaking on a variety of national security issues, with emphasis on Systematic Shortfalls in Nigeria, Libya, Syria and other countries. He has been a career senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer for nearly 30 years, and continues to work as a military staff advisor and consultant. He appears regularly on radio at the Tampa Bay Morning Show, The Schnitt Show, and the Malcolm Out Loud Show. His columns on National Security appear in the Tampa Times, The American Thinker, The Out Loud Blog, and other news publications.
Thomas Stallings of Cornerstone Church will also be returning to give us an update on his campus ministry at USF.
JUNE 20 - Movie Night at Beef's
On Friday June 20, we will be having a movie night at 7 PM at Beef O Brady’s at 4330 Bell Shoals Rd. We will be showing Honor Diaries, a film about Islamic ‘honor violence’ against women and girls. The movie seeks draw attention to save women and girls from human rights abuses – around the world and here in America.
Megen Kelly discussed this movie with guests on the Kelly File:
April Alafia Meeting
The focus of our meeting was Hillsborough County Commission races in District 4 (East Hillsborough). We hosted three candidates, Rick Cochran, Janet Dougherty, and Stacy White. We allowed each candidate a total of 20 minutes to speak. Q&A was allowed for each. This was a lively and informative session helpful in deciding who would best serve East Hillsborough on the County Commission.
March 2014 Alafia Meeting
The focus of our March meeting was Hillsborough School Board races in District 6 (county-wide) and District 4 (East Hillsborough). We are allowing each candidate a total of 10 minutes. In that time they will introduce themselves, and then address the following questions:
1. As a member of the Hillsborough County School Board, what would be your #1 priority?
2. Among your opponents, what makes you the best qualified candidate?
3. What is your position on Common Core?
January 2014 Meeting
Sen. Tom Lee spoke to us as did some USF College Republicans. Election of Club Officers topped off the meeting. The meeting was also covered by Frank Shearrow in the Osprey Observer.
Alafia Republican Club Officers for 2014 are:
President -- Jeff Lukens
Vice President -- Michelle Metheny
Treasurer -- Mark Smith
Secretary -- Kelly Rickon
September 10, 2013
Jeff, Chris and Russ at rally outside IRS office this past May.
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