May 2015 Newsletter
Welcome to May; the month that signals that we are nearly at the half-way mark of another year. This year we get a respite from the state and national elections, but please do not forget about the local elections this November. I will say it again: elections matter; all elections have consequences. Take the time to get informed and get involved.
We have many important things to accomplish at our May meeting; please plan on attending. We have some new Standing Rules to consider and we will be electing our alternate delegate to the NFRW Convention. We will begin electing our delegates and alternates to the TFRW Convention, which will be held in November in Lubbock. Our delegate and alternate strength is determined by our membership numbers and it looks like we will have a healthy number of delegates and alternates available to us.
Perhaps most importantly, we will elect our Nominating Committee to recommend a new slate of Officers to serve you in 2016-2017. If you didn’t serve on the last Nominating Committee you are eligible to serve this year. It’s one of the most important ways that we can serve our club and I hope you’ll consider being nominated to this committee.
Finally, I was reviewing some old documents this week and stumbled upon the old Republican Oath. I know that it has been modernized and no longer called an “oath” but I still think it strikes to the core of who we are, and should be. What do you think?
“I believe that the proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.
I believe that good government is based on the individual and that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized.
I believe that free enterprise and encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.
I believe that sound money policy should be our goal.
I believe in equal rights and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin. I believe that persons with disabilities should be afforded equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunities as well.
I believe we must retain those principles worth retaining, yet always be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accommodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.
I believe that Americans value and should preserve their feeling of national strength and pride, and at the same time share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.
Finally, I believe that the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.”