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Coffee with the Senator

State Senator Wayne Schmidt will be hosting a “coffee hour” for constituents. Information about the one scheduled in Emmet County:

Monday, Aug. 12, 4 – 5 p.m.

Harbor Springs City Hall, 160 Zoll St.

Stop by and say “hello,” ask a question, voice a concern, or offer a compliment.

Photo: Sen. Schmidt (on the right) with ECRP folks at a John James event at the Perry Hotel.

She’s Got Heart

ECRP chair Geri Szymanski participates in cheery bell ringing for the Salvation Army’s “Christmas in July” campaign @Louie’s Fresh Market.


Happy Birthday, USA! Go, red, white, and blue!

Team ECRP in the Petoskey Fourth of July parade! Great job by Robert Igielski, Johnathon Klonowski, Ashley Richardson, and Janet Szymanski. Trump 2020 #MAGA2.0


Top-of-the-Nob Photos

And, natch, a fun, educational time was had by all who attended the annual GOP Emmet County shindig. Plan, now, to come next year to #18!

  1. Speaker Lee Chatfield fires up the crowd.  2. The new banner is slammin! 3. Sheriff Pete Wallin is all smiles. 4. Which president is your fav?


We are having a party!

Note our new logo …


Dr. Lou Defends Life, Speech

Compassionate physician Lou Zako laments the blatant censorship of the Unplanned movie in northern Michigan.

He writes in the Petoskey News-Review: “Like almost everyone in Harbor Springs, I was thrilled when the Lyric Theater opened, have seen more movies there since it first opened than I have for decades, and have promoted it to friends far and wide. However, its blatant censorship of a pro-life movie has deeply disturbed and deeply disappointed me.

Those of us who believe In the sanctity of all life have a constitutional right to express our views and our deeply-held beliefs and to push back vigorously against those who would attempt to censor us or our views.”

Amen. Keep pushing back, ladies and gentlemen!

5/15 Update: Dr. Lou was informed yesterday, by the Lyric’s general manager, that Unplanned will now be shown for one week, beginning this Friday (5/17), in the smallest of the three venues at the Lyric, the 24-seat screening room.

Countering the Whitmer-Nessel-Benson Troika


Please come to our May membership meeting Monday, May 6th.

6:00 pm Business Meeting
7:00 pm Speaker
Northern Lights Recreation
8865 M-119
Harbor Springs


Our Speaker will be Steve Yoder, our 1st District Co-Chairman.

Steve will update us about GOP party issues, and how the district reps, activists, and other Republicans in Michigan are countering the radical plans of the new Democrat state leadership troika of Whitmer-Nessel-Benson. What with the coming recreational marijuana commercial ventures and now the redistricting fiasco, there is much work to do!

The public is welcome.

Opportunities for Civic Duty

Emmet County is looking for a few good women and men!

From the website: “The Board of Commissioners appoints Board and Committee members from a pool of applicants when positions become available. Openings occur on committees at various times throughout the year.  Please feel free to submit an application at any time and it will be held and considered should an opening on a committee become available.”

Current Open Positions: Planning Commission, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
Construction Resource Committee (1 openings Plumbing Contractor)
Economic Development Corporation (2 openings)
Historical Commission
Parks & Rec (2 openings)
Regional Prosperity Board (2 openings)
Sanitary Board of Appeals

Fill out this form if you are interested, and return it to Juli Wallin, County Clerk. Note: These appointments are for one year terms, and the term expires on 12-31-19.

Bossladies Bond, Make the Rounds

Geri Szymanski, ECRP chair, and Laura Cox, MIGOP chair, at a Lincoln Day Dinner in Mackinaw City hosted by the Cheboygan Republicans.

Speaker Chatfield: Opening Act for POTUS

Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, in Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena. Thousands of folks watched the rally outside the arena on a jumbotron. #MAGA2020

  • ECRP Meetings/GOP Events

    Fall Funraiser! Join us on Oct. 20th from 4-6 pm at Uncle Frank's Apple Town in Brutus. $15 per person - hay ride, corn maze, cider, and a donut. Contact for more information.

    -The ECRP executive committee will meet on Feb. 7, 2019 @ 6:15 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation conference room. Agenda items: logo and membership fees. Note: Due to an incoming winter storm, this meeting has been cancelled.

    -The Emmet County Republican Party will host its first General Meeting of 2019 on Jan. 7, @ 6 p.m. at the Northern Lights Recreation conference room.

    - Visit our Victory Center which is located across from the Bay View golf club. Current hours of operation: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 11-5; Wed. 11-7; Sat. 11-3; Sunday closed. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Janet at 231-330-4800.

    -The Emmet County Republican Party will host a General Meeting on April 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center conference room. Commissioner John Stakoe and Activist Scott Smith will be speaking on the topic of public transit in Emmet County.

    - The first ECRP General Meeting of 2018 will take place on Jan. 22 at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center. A program on child trafficking will be presented.

    - The Emmet County Republican Party will host a General Meeting on October 30th at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center conference room in Harbor Springs. Petoskey School Superintendent John Scholten will be speaking about the upcoming education millage.

    - The Emmet County Republican Party will host a General Meeting on August 28th at 7:00 pm at the Northern Lights Recreation Center conference room. KC McAlpin, Little Traverse Township precinct delegate, will be speaking about immigration reform.

    - ECRP Executive meeting, Monday, July 19, 2017, 6:00 - 6:50 pm, @Northern Lights Recreation Center

    - Emmet County Republican Party monthly meeting, Wed. April 12, 7pm @ Northern Lights Recreation Center; Speaker: County Commissioner Charlie MacInnis

    - Emmet County Republican Party meeting, Monday, March 13; 7pm at Northern Lights Recreation Center

    - March 4, 2017, Pro-Trump flashmob in Petoskey at 200 E. Lake Street from noon to 2 pm.

    February 10-11, 2017 MI GOP State Convention in Lansing

    - February 2017: NO GENERAL MEETING of ECRP or of the Executive Board

    - January 9, 2017: Jesse Osmer, Speaker
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