OUTAGAMIE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY
ANNUAL CALL TO CAUCUS
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT THERE IS HEREBY CALLED, A COUNTY CAUCUS, pursuant to Article VII of the Constitution of the Outagamie County Republican Party, (hereafter OCRP) to be held at 5355 Schroth Lane, Appleton, WI 54913, commencing at 9:30 a.m. on January 24, 2015 for the transaction of the following business:
- To adopt the reports of the OCRP Chair and Treasurer.
- To adopt the report of the Credentials Committee.
- To adopt resolutions addressing issues not currently addressed in present/standing resolutions. As such this notice is the formal call to the OCRP members for the submission of resolutions to the OCRP Caucus. Any proposed resolutions not herein specified, should be submitted to Michael Stouffer, PO Box 304, Little Chute, WI 54140 or to GOP2012@michaelstouffer.com. Any proposed resolutions will be edited for clarity, checked for similarity to other standing resolutions and will be available for review on the OCRP web site, www.ogop.org no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2015. A maximum of thirty (30) minutes will be set aside during the caucus for the discussion of resolutions not previously submitted to the Resolutions Chairman. However, the Chair need not accept any such resolution if in his judgment, it is illegible, there are not sufficient copies (30) to allow informed consideration by the caucus, it is frivolous, the topic has already been addressed by a resolution previously presented to the Resolutions Chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin or the resolution contains assertions, assumptions or statements of fact that must have been verified prior to discussion by the caucus.
- To amend and approve the current OCRP constitution, which constitution, and amendments thereto, is being mailed to the last known address of each member in good standing of the OCRP.
- To review and accept a list of delegates to serve at the 2015 8th Congressional District Caucus on March 7, 2015 and the 2015 Republican Party State Convention beginning on May 16, 2015. Such list consists of members of the OCRP in good standing.
- To elect four constitutional officers as submitted by the Nominations Committee and appoint such committee chairs as the Nomination Committee presents.
- To transact any other business that maybe necessary to obtain the objectives of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the Republican Party of the 8th Congressional District, and the Outagamie County Republican Party.
- 9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
- 9:30 a.m. Call to Order
- 11:00 a.m. Adjourn
Please direct any questions or comments to:
Barbara Bieber, Chair
Outagamie County Republican Party (OCRP)
PO Box 1854
Appleton, WI 54912-1854
920-730-3933 (OCRP Office)
920-996-9437 (BB Home)
(Please park in the back of the building and use the rear door which leads directly into the meeting room)
Come one, Come all to our Outagamie County Corn Roast at the Greenville Lions Park on August 26, 2014 5:00 – 8:00pm. We will be serving brats, burgers, hot dogs potato salad, baked beans and CORN! One beer, soda, or water will be provided.
55th Assembly Candidate TBD on Aug. 12
Cost:$10.00 Purchase tickets at the Appleton Victory Center or call (920)730-3933
Have a Great Time with Like-Minded Republicans. Network with other hard working taxpayers. Seek solace with other patriots frustrated with the disgraceful performance of our president and federal government. Celebrate Wisconsin’s success financially & economically.
By: John R. Lehman
55th Assembly Candidate
While I may be a new candidate for a partisan political office, I am not new to elected public service. As a five term, 15 year plus member of the Neenah School Board, I have much experience in balancing budgets, setting public policy, and balancing the wants and needs of the districts many stakeholders.
My training and 32 years experience as a mechanical engineer has taught me to search for the root cause when problem solving. No one wants to go to a doctor, or take their car to a mechanic, that is unable or unwilling to put forth the time and effort to identify or correct the root cause of a problem.
My approach to problem solving is to first identify and understand the current situation and determine the desired outcome. Next, I gather facts and information required to resolve the problem or situation. This may sound easier than it appears. The challenge is to determine fact from fiction, and to sort out relevant from irrelevant data. I then choose a solution or course of action which has the best chance for success in solving the problem or meeting the long term needs of the parties involved. I am no fan of treating the symptoms or kicking the can down the road.
In politics, as in business, one needs to be cautious of people with hidden agendas disguised as solutions looking for a problem. We need to elect people whose actions and behaviors are based on the core values and beliefs of our founding fathers. People who believe in limited government, free markets, personal liberty and independence. People who have demonstrated wisdom, sound judgment, and the courage to stay true to their convictions and core beliefs, even when in the minority.
If you want to learn more about my stance on today’s pertinent issues, or learn more about my background, please visit my web site at http://lehmanforassembly.com/,
OCRP CHAIRMAN’S PAGE…Spring 2014
Many changes have taken place since the last edition of the TUSK! The most notable news was the sudden retirement of Senator Mike Ellis which brought Roger Roth into the race for the 19th State Senate District. The retirement of Congressman Tom Petri does not affect us any longer but it is great to know that there are at least two viable GOP candidates for that important spot in the House of Representatives. The election of Dean Kaufert as the new Mayor of Neenah left the 55th Assembly District wide open for—at this writing—six GOP candidates. All of our GOP Assembly Representatives, (in no particular order) Dave Murphy, the 56th, Jim Steineke, the 5th, Al Ott, the 3rd, Gary Tauchen, the 6th, are up for reelection. Chris Klein is the GOP candidate for the 57th Assembly District! Other Representatives who have a small part of Outagamie County are in the 40th, and the 4th. We, Outagamie County residents, have a big job ahead of us this year….working hard to elect our great Governor Walker, Lt. Governor KIeefisch, AG candidate Brad Schimel, Congressman Reid Ribble, candidates for Secretary of State and State Treasurer as well as those listed above. Volunteers are needed in all of the above campaigns, which leads me to the following…..
Events coming up include the Appleton Flag Day Parade–help is needed to build the float!!! The theme this year is the US Marines. Please join the fun in this float building…contact Ted Lueders at 920-574-4014 to indicate your willingness to participate in both the building and actual parade participation. Calling all Marines!!!! Let Ted know if you are interested in riding on the float!!!
We plan to have a celebration in honor of Cody Splitt, for receiving the Bovay Award and also to recognize Senator Mike Ellis for his years of dedicated service in the state Legislature. Any help with the planning of these two events is encouraged…please call the OCRP at 920-730-3933 to volunteer.
There is also the opportunity to participate at the County Fair Booth, the planning of the Annual Corn Roast and the Octoberfest Booth.
APPLETON VICTORY CENTER
–is now open at 609 W. College Avenue, the same place as in 2012. We continue to need help with decorating and a lot of other “handyman” type of assistance to be ready for events in this election season. We look forward to seeing everyone at informational and fun events at the Victory Center. But of course our main goal is to find as many Republicans and grassroots supporters to bring victory to all of our elected officials/candidates.
This year the center is staffed by the Republican Party of Wisconsin (RPW) field officer, Chris Schaefer. The hours of the center are daily, except Sundays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed for the “reception desk”. Please give a call to the OCRP at (920) 730-3933 if you are interested in working a shift at the center. Also on RPW staff at the Center is Matt Henkel, who will be working for Roger Roth in that important race. Matt can be reached at 608-387-9519 to help with the Roth campaign. Chris Klein is also looking for volunteers for his campaign in the 57th District. This district is a very difficult one and requires boots on the ground to elect Chris. He can be reached at 920-740-7641 to help. A win in this district would be so great! Please take some time to work with both Roger and Chris.
A list of needed items at the Center, as of this writing, include: some comfortable chairs, a few tables, a microwave oven, and various ongoing supplies, i.e., paper towels, TP, snacks and beverages. Donated items are so appreciated. Donations help to defray expenses otherwise paid for by the OCRP treasury.
We are looking for Community Captains and will be going through the Outagamie County municipal wards to seek out individuals who are willing to step up to become a Community Captain (CC) in your ward. The CC will take charge of the ward in which he/she resides to help increase the turnout of Republican voters at the polls. The CCs are essentially grassroots leaders who maintain contact with voters in their neighborhoods. Whether it be making phone calls, knocking on doors while utilizing the dynamic mobile “app”, recruiting other volunteers or simply “self ID’ing” voters in their area. A CC takes charge of their ward/neighborhood in any way that works to find supporters. All levels of commitment are needed…if you can take charge as a CC or help out in any way between now and November 2014, you will be part of a winning team! This commitment will help the OCRP to make Wisconsin GO RED!!!! Please take a few minutes to think about this important “job” and call 920-730-3933 to volunteer.
PINTS & POLITICS
The popular Pints & Politics has a new venue at the Gather Americana Restaurant, 213 S. Nicolet Rd., Appleton. Please mark your calendars for the FOURTH Thursday of each month from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. ato join the camaraderie of like-minded Republicans.
RPW STATE CONVENTION
The convention in early May this year was held at the Milwaukee Hyatt Regency and was fairly well attended by OCRP delegates. After a rousing session of speeches and resolutions, folks were able to enjoy the VIP reception and the Chairmen’s banquet. Mike Pence, Indiana Governor was the keynote speaker. There are two major individual RPW awards given each year…the Alan Bovay Award…one person from each district, and the Coles Bashford Award. An individual must first receive the Bovay Award to be eligible to receive the Coles Bashford Award. Cody Splitt received the Alan Bovay Award. Leigh Splitt, Cody’s daughter, accepted the Bovay Award for Cody. The County awards were given by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and the other prestigious awards were announced by Crystal Berg, longtime RPW volunteer This year, a special award–the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dave Anderson, a faithful loyal volunteer for many years. Next year’s annual convention will be in LaCrosse.
(INSERT PICTURE OF LEIGH RECEIVING THE BOVAY AWARD)
We are still looking for someone to help with the website, monitoring and keeping it up to date. If you are interested, please give me a call, 920-996-9437, to arrange a time to meet and discuss further information regarding the position. A working knowledge of Constant Contact is preferred but will welcome anyone who has the time and determination to update the website and continue to help with the online communications.
Thank you all for your continuing support and loyalty to the Outagamie County Republican Party. We need to be working on uniting Republicans under one umbrella….the only way we can defeat the Democrats. We are looking for some dedicated Republicans to join the Executive Committee. Each spot on the Committee will require a certain degree of participation in the events of the OCRP as well as a commitment to attend a meeting monthly. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call or email me. If you are interested in becoming involved on a regular basis, please arrange to attend an Executive Committee meeting.
I also wish to thank the following folks for participating in the Lincoln Day Dinner in February that were missed in the last issue of the TUSK: Leigh Splitt, Jeanne Leitzen, Chris and Steve Hanson, who were all an integral part of the program.
Barbara Bieber, Chair 2014
A Resolution to Retain and Restore the Offices of
State Treasurer and Secretary of State
WHEREAS, The founders of the State of Wisconsin clearly understood that democracy requires checks and balances and the separation of powers among the several statewide elected officials, rather than concentrating all or many powers within the office of governor; and
WHEREAS, The citizens of Wisconsin have elected a state treasurer and secretary of state since 1848 with clear responsibilities and duties established in the Constitution and by legislative action; and
WHEREAS, In recent decades, these offices have been stripped of their traditional responsibilities, which have been transferred to the executive branch, promising cost-savings, yet no public money has been saved, these respective duties and functions remain and their costs remaining the same but now being performed by state agencies controlled by the governor; and
WHEREAS, Certain members of the Wisconsin Legislature are again proposing to eliminate these two elected positions based upon the empty promise to save money; and
WHEREAS, Both offices have been revenue-producers, requiring no tax dollars, accountable to the electorate and citizens of Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, A current proposal includes risky restrictions to be placed upon the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands which controls nearly one billion dollars of investments and the ownership of some 80,000 acres of forest lands in northern Wisconsin, all for the benefit of the state’s public schools and libraries; now
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, encourage the Wisconsin Legislature to reject any future resolutions to eliminate the offices of State Treasurer and Secretary of State, and we further encourage and request the legislature and governor to:
a) Restore Unclaimed Property, the Local Government Investment Pool and the EdVest College Savings Program to the Office of State Treasurer, as well as other responsibilities previously removed from the Office of Secretary of State, and
b) Consider adding new duties and functions to the elected, accountable State Treasurer and Secretary of State; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be sent to all members of the State Assembly and State Senate that represent Outagamie County, and to Governor Scott Walker.
WHEREAS, Quality education along with limited government, individual freedom and personal responsibility sit at the heart of our economic development, prosperity, and happiness; and
WHEREAS, Parents have the fundamental right and responsibility to educate their children and provide for their moral guidance, including the right to send their children to the school they deem most appropriate, while still partaking of state and local funds dedicated to educating all children living in Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, Moral and religious values and disciplines instilling by parents should not be opposed by educational institutions either directly or indirectly, but rather religious freedom and freedom of conscience of students and parents should be universally promoted and upheld by educational institutions; and
WHEREAS, Curricula of schools receiving taxpayer funding should include studies of that which comprises our national heritage, including the writings of our Founding Fathers, the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, conservative and classical-liberal principles and values, and wisdom that endures from ancient times up through our modern day, in addition to the study of reading and writing, the sciences, economics and commerce, philosophy, ethics, mathematics and logic, languages, and law that form the basis for educated participation in our society; and
WHEREAS, The important contributions of native Americans to the democratic principles incorporated into the American Constitution, especially contributions of the Iroquois Confederacy, which includes the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca and Tuscarora, have long been recognized, from the time of our Founding Fathers up through the present time by the 100th Congress of the United States and by others; now
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, urges that all school curricula and library collections have objective and balanced reading and instructional materials that reflect our national heritage, including the contributions of Native Americans and Immigrants to these lands and the founding Judeo-Christian principles that are at the core of our national identity; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, opposes kindergarten for 4 year old children, opposes federal mandates, especially the adoption and implementation of Common Core Standards and the International Baccalaureate Curriculum in the Wisconsin school system; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, continues to strongly support School Choice, Charter Schools, Home Schools and Virtual Schools along with the various funding mechanisms that allow parents to send their children to the school they deem appropriate, and the elimination of all caps on enrollment in these programs.
A RESOLUTION TO PASS A FEDERAL
BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT
WHEREAS, The Federal debt is over 17 trillion dollars and is growing at an unsustainable rate, threatening the stability of our nation’s economy; and
WHEREAS, Balancing the budget and eliminating the annual deficit will allow our nation to reduce the Federal debt over time, providing a buffer for economic downturns and other emergencies; and
WHEREAS, The United States House of Representatives introduced House Joint Resolution 24 “Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States” on February 6th of 2013; and
WHEREAS, The cosponsors for Joint Resolution 24 numbered thirty-six representatives, among them four Democratic representatives and thirty-two Republican representatives, including the 8th District Republican representative Reid Ribble; now
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, calls on all of our Legislators, to support a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County supports ending the practice of attaching policy-making bills to the budget and calls for each policy bill to be introduced separately by title, and be debated fully and passed by recorded votes by both houses of the legislature.
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
WHEREAS, A Health and Human Services regulation promulgated to enable “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010” (PPACA), also known as “Obamacare”, demands that employers pay for the contraceptive methods of their employees either directly or indirectly, including drugs that cause abortion; and
WHEREAS, These abortifacients violate the right to life with which all human beings are endowed by their Creator, one of the unalienable rights cited the in the Declaration of Independence, and a central tenet of Judeo-Christian religions; and
WHEREAS, Over 90 cases have been filed in the courts against the HHS contraceptive mandate, representing over 300 plaintiffs, as reported by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; and
WHEREAS, These plaintiffs are being forced to pay for insurance coverage by the government, in violation of the religious principles held by their organizations, or face substantial daily fines; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, stands with and commends the courageous actions of these plaintiffs to operate their organizations according to their strongly and consistently held traditional religious beliefs and principles; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Republican Party of Outagamie County, in caucus assembled, supports strong legislative action to protect the religious liberties of every American individual and the right of every American organization to adhere to moral principles grounded in religious tradition.
THIS IS THE OFFICIAL RESCHEDULED CALL TO CAUCUS TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014 AT THE SAME PLACE, AT THE SAME TIME AS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED AND FOR THE SAME PURPOSES as stated below. THE REASON FOR THE RESCHEDULING IS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS occurring on January 11, 2014. In case of another bout of bad weather, this caucus will be held on February 1, 2014, at the same place, same time and for the same purposes as stated below. If you have any questions, please contact the OCRP Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-730-3933.
OFFICIAL CALL TO CAUCUS
OUTAGAMIE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT THERE IS HEREBY CALLED, a COUNTY CAUCUS, pursuant to Article VII of the Constitution of the Outagamie County Republican Party, to be held at Coldwell Banker, The Real Estate Group Conference Center, located at 5355 Schroth Lane, Appleton, WI, commencing at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014 for the transaction of the following business:
1. To promulgate and adopt the reports of the Party Chair and Treasurer.
2. To promulgate and adopt the reports of the Credentials Committee.
3. To promulgate and adopt the updated Constitution of the Republican Party of Outagamie County.
4. To adopt resolutions modifying the Platform and Resolutions of the Republican Party of Wisconsin and/or to adopt resolutions addressing issues not currently addressed in said resolutions. As such, this notice is the formal call to Outagamie County Republican Party members for the submission of resolutions to the Outagamie County Republican Party Caucus. Resolutions must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 7, 2014, to Michael Stouffer, PO Box 304, Little Chute, WI 54140, or to GOP@michaelstouffer.com Any proposed resolutions will be edited for clarity, checked for similarity to other standing resolutions and will be available for review on the Outagamie County Republican Party website, www.ogop.org., no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 10, 2014.
A maximum of thirty (30) minutes will be set aside during the Caucus for the discussion of resolutions not previously submitted to the Caucus chairman. However, the Caucus Chair need not accept any such resolution if in their judgment, it is illegible, there are not sufficient copies (20) to allow informed consideration by the Caucus, it is frivolous, the topic has already been addressed by a resolution previously presented to the Caucus Committee or in the Platform and Resolutions of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, or the resolution contains assertions, assumptions or statements of fact that must have been verified prior to discussion by the Caucus.
5. To review and accept a list of delegates to serve at the 2014 8th Congressional District Caucus on March 1, 2014 and the 2014 Republican Party of Wisconsin State Convention beginning the first weekend of May, 2014. Such list consists of members of the OCRP in good standing (membership dues paid prior to January 1, 2014).
6. To transact any other business that may be necessary to obtain the objectives of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the Republican Party of the 8th District, and the Outagamie County Republican Party.
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m. Call to Order
11:00 a.m. Adjourn
Authorized and paid for by the Outagamie County Republican Party (OCRP), PO Box 1854, Appleton WI 54912-1854, Carl Soderberg, treasurer.