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One bright light has gone dark.  Justice Scalia’s mind was enlightened by the holy Scriptures and the Constitution of the United States.  Not only did he gain clarity through his prayer and studies but he accepted the grace of courage from God that allowed him to stand firm on his principles.

His life will be honored not by a moving funeral but by millions of Americans who also know the Truth from Scripture and the Constitution who will stand up courageously.  We must speak what we hear in the darkness of private prayer.  We must protect our country by something stronger than the sword… Truthful words spoken confidently and lovingly.

Thank God for Justice Scalia and thank God for each of you who knows Truth and faithfully acts upon it. May God continue to bless America!



02-19-2015 Minutes

Executive Committee Meeting


-Meeting opened at 6:10 p.m.

-Pledge of allegiance

-Invocation by Nancy Sarowski

-Roll call 15 members present

Jim Linderman

Marilyn May

Juli Wallin

Nancy Sarowski

John Ferguson

Karen LaCross

Allen Elya

Rich Ginop

Dennis Kelly

Johnathon Klonowski

Sherry Loar-Trudell

Paul Nelson

Jenny Nolan

Mark Rosczewski

Greg Somers

-3 excused

Michelle Cooke

Lou Zako

Pete Wallin

Discussion on accepting the minutes: Discussion asked for certain corrections.

-Add to the excused members: Marylin May, Michelle Cooke, Juli Wallin, and       Jim Linderman.

-Add email vote for approving the budget was confirmed by vote on 02/02/2015

-Add the words, “and district” between “state” and “officers” to description of the            speakers we had at the February 2nd meeting.

-Motion made to approve February 2nd minutes by Jonathan Klonowski, seconded by Al             Elya. Passed by voice vote.

-205 Mailings sent out for dues

-Looking for volunteers to set up speakers for further meetings

-Reagan dinner- Big name possible

-Publicity-Costs for publicity and the effectiveness of each media were discussed.

-Dennis mentioned good ad against Prop 1

-Website needs info from a few of the Executive Committee. It’s almost done but needs some tweaking.

-Changes for Amendments to our bi-laws presented: Discussion opened.

-1st amendment: In  “All vacancies…” sentence…Change “at the next” to “an”

Motion to amend, Rich Ginop/Second Sherry Loar Trudell. Motion passed.

-2nd amendment: Remove the whole sentence that refers to 45 days.

Motion to amend, Al Elya/Second John Ferguson. Motion passed.

Motion to fill vacancy tonight by Rich Ginop/Second by Dennis Kelly

Discussion. Want to have a Q & A of Candidates for Executive Committee: Brian Somerfield and Fred Simons

-Secret ballot vote

-Fred Simon was elected

-Resolution presented to officially reject Prop 15-1 on May 5th ballot. Some revisions made.  Passed by voice vote.

-March meeting to be run by John Ferguson

-March speaker is Lee Chatfield- Video choice by Karen will be Bill Whittle: Number one with a bullet.

-Adjourned 6:40 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Karen LaCross, Secretary

01.26.2015 Minutes

Executive Committee Meeting


-Meeting opened at 6:03 p.m.

-Pledge of allegiance

-Invocation by Nancy Sarowski

-Roll call 11 members present

Nancy Sarowski

John Ferguson

Karen LaCross

Allen Elya

Rich Ginop

Dennis Kelly

Johnathon Klonowski

Sherry Loar-Trudell

Paul Nelson

Jenny Nolan

Mark Rosczewski

-4 excused

Greg Somers

Mike Sullivan

Lou Zako

Pete Wallin)


-Motion to approve January 5th minutes by Jonathan Klonowski, seconded by John Ferguson.  No discussion requested.  Passed by voice vote

-February speaker is Rusty Chatfield- Video choice Red Skelton.

-March speaker is Lee Chatfied. Video choice: Karen will choose and get to Jonathan Klonowski so he can set it up.

-April speaker is Bill McMaster -Video choice: Karen will choose and get to Jonathan Klonowski so he can set it up.

-May no speaker, instead, the video “Agenda Grinding Down America”.

-June No meeting because of Top of the Nob Party.

-July- No meeting as it is near 4th of July

-John Ferguson will contact former governor’s representative for northern Michigan area to find out who the new contact is. (Governor’s ears and eyes) (Old governor’s liaison possible speaker for future meeting?)

-Set up for February, April and May meetings at Northern Lights Recreation Center. $100.00 would get us the chairs set up and coffee

-Motion by Karen for the February 2th, April 6th, May 4th meetings to spend $100.00 for Northern Lights to set up and provide beverages. second by Rich Ginop.  No discussion requested.  Passed by voice vote.

-Mark Rosczewski put together and sent out a delegate packet. Our intention is to send out to all of the first district republican groups. Excellent job Mark.

-Jenny Nolan: Stephanie and Carolyn co-chairs for events committee. Events to be discussed and presented at next meeting.

-Gail Koslowski is gathering people to write letters to the editor throughout the 1st district over the gas tax hike.

-Rebecca Cameron put out a monthly newsletter for the Emmet Co. Republican Women’s group, and will now do an electronic form for us.

-John has talked to Greg Marshall at 1270 am and Brian Sommerfield at Patriot Voice Radio about air time for him to be on the air on a regular basis.

-There is a $500.00 budget available.

-John talked of news releases through the paper. Petoskey News Review is very receptive of working with us.                  John will get them the announcements of our meetings dates and times.

-Jonathan Klonowski is looking into making a Website, Facebook, and Twitter account for us. Discussion was held over who would be in control and own domains.

-Old business: Budget approval has to be postponed until Greg Somers can join us.

-$100.00 Membership clarification of “deal.” Too confusing and not a “deal.”

-Jenny Nolan moves to separate the dues from the events and eliminate the $100.00 category. Seconded by Dennis Kelly.  No discussion asked for.  Passed by voice vote.

-Inactive members asked to be removed from most of our emails. According to the bylaws, we have to send them the notices of the meetings and the times. They will only be sent convention notices and executive meeting dates and times.

-Approve the name tags. Nancy showed the size and color and gave us the cost of $8.00 each.  Color voted to be red and white. 4-6.  Rich Ginop motioned to send $152.00 + tax to pay for permanent name tags. Seconded by John Ferguson.  No discussion requested.  Passed by voice vote.

-Website info shared. Keith Alan Almli has put together the website for the Antrim Co website. He will put one together for us. Then he is only there for the first year. after that,  he would be there to answer questions. $10.00 monthly fee after first year.

-He will host website.

-We would own the domain name

-Content would be maintained by Jonathan Klonowski and Brian Sommerfield with advisory from Nancy.

-Total payment to Keith Almli would be $520.16.  John Ferguson motioned to spend the $520.16.  Seconded by Mark Rosczewski.  No discussion called for.  Passed by voice vote.

-February 2nd will have 11 delegates that are running for state offices to come. 5 minutes only each speaker. Then Rusty Chatfield will speak.

-February 5th convention at the courthouse.

-Nancy will be the temporary chair.

-Karen will be the temporary secretary.

-Mark Rosczweski and Allen Elya will be tellers

-Back up tellers Sherry Loar Trudell, Rich Ginop.

-Convention information:

-District state caucus at 7:00 on Friday

-Voting for State officials at 9:00.

-Delegates should plan on being there until 5-6 o’clock (regardless of the 1:00 end time) to make sure of                           counting votes

-March 2nd general meeting- John Ferguson is running meeting.

-No executive committee meeting before general meeting.

Lee Chatfield town hall meeting at North Perk brewing on January 30th @ 10 or 11 a.m.

-April 6th No executive committee meeting before the general meeting.

-John Ferguson will make sure the room is set up.

-Mike Sullivan is asking for endorsement for him running for the office that he currently holds. Our bylaws allow for it.  Motion by Sherry Loar Trudell seconded by John Fergusen to endorse him.  Minor clarification during brief discussion.  Passed by voice vote.

-Adjourned 7:50 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Karen LaCross, Secretary

04.13.2015 Minutes

Executive Committee Meeting

April 13, 2015 Minutes

Northern Lights Recreation Center



Roll Call

Present: Chatfield, Elya, Kelly, Trudell, Nelson, Nolan, Sarowski, Simons, Somers, Zako, Wallin,J., Wallin, P.

Absent/Excused: Ferguson, Klonowski, LaCross,                                 Rosczewski, Linderman, May

Absent: Ginop, Cooke

– Motion to approve agenda made by Pete and seconded by       Jenny. Passed

– Motion to approve the February 19th minutes made by Fred,   seconded by Sherry. Passed

Treasurer’s Report is attached to the minutes

Greg reported that our current balance is $5,260.02.  The balance over the past two years has fluctuated from as low as approximately $3,000 to our current high.  Two checks have not cleared: $100 to N. Lights for the April 6th meeting and $98 check to Nancy Sarowski. (*NOTE this was later found to be still in the check book.)  Three checks for dues have been received since March 16th.


Nancy noted that all Executive Members have paid their dues with the exception of Michele Cooke.  Eight Precinct delegates who are not on the Ex. Comm. have paid dues.  14 Members at large have paid dues.  23 Precinct Delegates have not paid dues.  It was decided that Juli will send a second notice with a cover letter from Nancy.


Dennis made the motion to reimburse Greg for $315.81 for the purchase of a speaker and microphone system.  Pete seconded and the motion passed.


Chairman’s Report

Nancy summarized the content of the website.  The 83 County Chairs in Michigan are now communicating via a special email.  Many are beginning to present a section of the Platform at each meeting as a result of hearing about our meetings.  The MIGOP website now lists our website instead of the chairman’s name and email address.


The following members volunteered to contact possible speakers for the General Meetings through the end of the year. Dennis (August: Bill Livingood), Fred (Sept.: Larry Arnn, Hillsdale President) Oct. 5th will feature Lee Chatfield’s presentation on Natural Law, Dennis (November: retired Naval Pilot).


Juli and Allen volunteered to assist with the website.  Allen   will contact Keith Almli about the Facebook link.


Nancy asked everyone to let her know of anyone who might         be interested in organizing the volunteers in 2016.

Events Report

Jenny announced the Top of the Nob Dinner is June 25th. After  discussion, Greg made the motion to give the Bluedog Award to Bonnie Lucas.  Jenny seconded. Passed.  Greg will contact Steve Kehrer to get the name plate made for the plaque.  Greg will obtain a frame resolution from the legislature through Lee to be presented to Bonnie.  A framed resolution will also be given to Bridget Waldvogel as her husband, Jack, was last year’s recipient of the award.

The Luncheon meetings are the third Monday of June, July, Aug, and Sept.  They are held at the Maple River Restaurant and Pub in Brutus. Check in begins at 11:00 am.

Rob Most of Cheboygan is still trying to get Huckabee as a speaker for our Reagan Day Dinner.  No date set.


Publicity Report

Consensus, after discussion was to only pay for publicity that advertizes our Party’s events.  Radio and print letters/articles that are free should be done for any issue that we are focusing on at our meetings.

Technology  Report

Johnathon sent in a written Committee report asking for photos and bios for the website and any photos from the convention.

New Business

It was decided to forego involvement with the County Fair this year.  Next year, a fundraising committee could consider a booth at the fair.


June 1st at 6:00 pm at N. Lights is our next Executive Committee Meeting.  It will be a strategic planning meeting in anticipation of the election year demands.


The next General Meeting is Monday, May 4th at 7:00 pm, showing the movie, “Agenda: The Grinding Down of America.”


– Meeting was adjourned at 7:30 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Nancy Sarowski (with Sherry’s assistance)




  • ECRP Meetings/GOP Events

    -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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