January: Election of officers, committee sign-ups, membership renewals. Three candidates spoke: David Stumbo for Solicitor, Don Reynolds for Sheriff, and William Weir for Coroner. Bobby Smith, Chair of the Laurens County Republican Party, also spoke briefly about the need for poll watchers.
February: Both Sen. Danny Verdin and Rep. Mike Pitts gave updates on what is going on in Columbia.
March: School Choice Rally. Matthew Coleman from South Carolina for Responsible Government spoke about the School Choice issue.
April: Freedom Rally! Speakers: Allen Lollis, President of Wofford College Republicans, Rep. Mike Pitts, Rep. Mark Willis, Desiree Belsom, and Dianne Belsom, President of Laurens County Tea Party. The key note speaker was Stacy Swimp, a black conservative radio talk show host and president and founder of the Fredrick Douglass Society. Mr. Swimp’s topic was “Concede Nothing: A Message to the Grassroots.” Videos of our speakers can be found here.
May: Candidate Forum in place of our regular meeting:
Ricky Chastain (Sheriff): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK2sCeTAVK8&list=UUMIdl4TwQF8-hcW2hEF3Abw&index=26
David Brewer (Sheriff): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOaiSi__oFo&list=UUMIdl4TwQF8-hcW2hEF3Abw&index=25
Don Reynolds (Sheriff): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8tadv2kJiI&list=UUMIdl4TwQF8-hcW2hEF3Abw&index=23
Jerry Peace (Solicitor): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8ryYEV_9iA&list=UUMIdl4TwQF8-hcW2hEF3Abw&index=24
David Stumbo (Solicitor): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go_gNSzMetU&list=UUMIdl4TwQF8-hcW2hEF3Abw
John Martin (County Council District 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKytTIF0Gg8&list=UUMIdl4TwQF8-hcW2hEF3Abw&index=19
Joe Woods (County Council District 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUxKWml0GE0&list=UUMIdl4TwQF8-hcW2hEF3Abw&index=20
William Weir (Coroner): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIpeA9sz2oQ&list=UUMIdl4TwQF8-hcW2hEF3Abw&index=21
June: Operation Lost Vote event that involved a meeting and volunteers manning the precincts all day on our Primary election in order to collect signatures for candidates (both parties) who were kicked off the ballot due to gross corruption in SC.
July: Dianne Belsom, President, spoke and outlined our strategy for the remainder of the year, with a large focus on how to defeat Obamacare and get the more conservative candidates elected.
August: U.S. Representative Jeff Duncan was our guest speaker, who updated us on what is going on in DC. He also received an award by Laurens County Tea Party for being a strong supporter of liberty and conservative values. Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibFxJVQtLeA&list=UUMIdl4TwQF8-hcW2hEF3Abw&index=18
September: Chair of our Vetting Committee, Keith Tripp, gave an educational talk about 3 keys to the foundation of our country: Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum. We also discussed the recommendations of the Vetting Committee and voted on candidate endorsements.
October: Ashley Landess from the SC Policy Council was our guest speaker. She spoke about free market reforms for health care. Joe Mack briefly spoke about the “common core” standards being pushed for education. See the videos here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpJCdky8u8M&lis
We also covered 2 local festivals where we handed out various educational materials, candidate information, and pocket Constitutions. On October 5th we registered voters.
November: Recap on elections and plan for moving forward.
December: No meeting