Chatfield Invites Trump to Deliver SOTU in Michigan

What a bold move on Speaker Chatfield’s part. Please come Mr. President!


Bergman Donates “Shutdown Salary” to Charity

GOP Congressman Jack Bergman, MI-01, had this to say about border security and the partial shutdown of the federal government:

“One of the main priorities of Congress is to fund the federal government and prioritize our national security, yet Democrats are refusing to come to the negotiating table to do just that. I support President Trump in this fight for border security because there is no greater responsibility than protecting the American people.

As negotiations continue, I’ll be donating my salary to local charity organizations in Michigan’s First District. If Congress fails to do its job resulting in a shutdown, then we should forfeit our pay as well. American citizens sent us to Washington to solve problems, not cause them. If we can’t do that, we don’t deserve to get paid.”

Please Join Us for the 1st Meeting of 2019

Hello to all our Emmet County Republican members and friends. We hope you had a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.

Our first ECRP Board meeting of the year will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019.  We will not be having a general meeting that evening, but all are invited to attend the Board meeting as we brainstorm future plans. We welcome our members’ input and ideas.

Locale: Northern Lights Recreation in Harbor Springs in the meeting room.

Merry Christmas From the ECRP!

May your holiday week be pleasant and joyous; safe travels to those Emmet County residents who are afar.

Youth Vice Chair Candidate Campaigns in Petoskey

Paul Stephens, a 21-year-old candidate* vying for the position of MI GOP Youth Vice Chair, stopped by Emmet County yesterday to meet with local party leaders. (He is pictured with ECRP chair Geri Szymanski.) Paul is currently a mechanical engineering student and the Oakland County Republican Party Youth Chair. If elected at the February convention, he hopes to recruit and educate young voters throughout Michigan about “true conservative values through methods they understand.”

The Youth Vice Chair position is currently held by Mike Sullivan, a northwest Michigan native, who has decided not to run for re-election and has endorsed Paul.

*The other candidates are Maryn Setsuda and Ben McLeod.

Do U.S. Immigration Policies Benefit Americans?

In the final installment of the immigration series he has written for the Petoskey News-Review, Dr. Lou Zako makes a bold closing argument on behalf of the American people. He writes, “Any government that places the interests of foreigners above those of its own citizens, including those at the bottom of the economic ladder, is not the government I wish for myself, my children, my neighbors.”

Dr. Zako, ECRP vice-chair, is the son of immigrants from the Middle East (Syria). Here is a delightful photo of him and M.J. from their “salad days.”

A New Executive Committee Elected

The new ECRP Executive Committee, elected last night at the Northern Lights Recreation banquet room, will serve a two-year term. The 14 members range from Precinct Delegates in their twenties to one in his eighties and everything in between.

Officers: Geri Szymanski, Chair; Lou Zako, Vice-Chair; Fred Simons, Treasurer, and Carolyn Whittle, Secretary. Other newly-elected members: Jerome Weedman, Nick Collias, Allen Elya, Johnathon Klonowski, Doug Byron, Rusty Chatfield, Robert Igielski, Jenny Nolan, Janet Szymanski, and Stephen Graham. Several county officials also serve on the Committee as at-large delegates who have voting rights.


  • 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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