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Belated Meeting Minutes from May 28, 2015

Posted by [email protected] on July 1, 2015 at 3:10 PM

May 28, 2015 - Meeting Minutes

Harrisville Township Hall, 114 S. Poor Farm Rd., Harrisville, MI 48740


Meeting Called to Order at 7:15 pm by Vice Chair, Pastor Wayne Whitten

Pledge of Allegiance

Invocation by Pastor Wayne Whitten

In Attendance: Carrie Mullins, Frank Demercurio, Wayne Whitten, David Dionne, Margaret Dionne, Marilyn Thom, Tom Weichel, Rick Defre (?)


Order of Business:

1) Since David Dionne was not at the last meeting to give his acceptance speech, he did so at this time. His dad was a laborer with Chrysler, a union member and a Democrat. His mom was Republican. His grandfather, David Wilson Park, ran for office. He didn’t win, but Dave got a close look at the process. David was in the service. He was very independent from an early age and believes in the sanctity of life. Stupak said he was pro-life, and that was the last Democrat Dave will ever vote for. He had been a precinct delegate from 1980 to 200, and after the Obama nightmare, he became a precinct delegate again.

2) Meeting minutes from 4-23-15 read into the record by Carrie Mullins, and accepted.

3) Treasurers report read into the record, and accepted.

Beginning Balance                                               931.98

Membership dues 4-23-2015                              90.00

Proceeds from Lincoln-Reagan dinner           190.00

Cash Asset in Savings Account                              5.00

Total Assets as of May 28, 2015                  $1,221.98

4) Chairman’s report included the *Call to Action for an Event Planner. David Glass did accept the position of Membership Chair. Meetings will be changed to the 4th Monday of the month.

5) Website update from Carrie Mullins: When she makes an update, the visitor count spikes. She indicates that she needs to spend more time on the sight. She added a “Donate” button to the bottom of the page. Being linked with FaceBook, YouTube, Google + and Twitter, boosts more traffic to all sights. Overall, it’s still a work in progress.

6) Current list of dues paying members:

Lawrence Brozowski Single $ 25.00 03/26/15

David T. DuBuque Single 25.00 “

Mr. & Mrs. Frank M. Dimercurio Family 35.00 “

David A. Dionne Single 25.00 “

Carrie Mullins Single 25.00 04/14/15

Wayne & Ann Whitten Family 35.00 04/23/15

E. Marilyn Thom Single 25.00 “

Billy & Shirley Sanders Family 35.00 “


7) Frank Dimercurio gave an update on the Chosen Ranch. Frank told us about a kid who had a hard time passing a class. He was upset one day and was taken to the principal’s office. The reason he was upset was because he had gotten a B in one of his classes. All of his other grades were an A. They are so very proud of this child. Encouraging youth and lifting them up is a core value of the Chosen Ranch. It’s a role model for other communities. Previous opposition to the Chosen Ranch is starting to wane.

They will continue to have Fellowships monthly to keep everyone involved and informed. These events are family friendly with a movie at the end. It helps to keep the kids and teens entertained.

So far, 1,200 volunteer hours have been put into the ranch. Cleaning windows and floors, picking weeds, and making brick decorations are just a few things that anyone can help do. The work days at the ranch are full of hard working people, good food, friendship and the sound of laughter. They plan to be finished in the fall, but will take on kids in need.

8) Certificates of Appreciation for Bill Sanders and Erika Arseneau were displayed. They will be mailed / delivered at a later date.

9) Alcona County Republican Committee bylaws were updated. Only minor changes were made. To reflect our taxpayer ID number, we omitted “executive” from the title. Changed references to Alcona County Republican Party to Alcona County Republicans (ACR) to match our internal documents and we added a definition for that title. We added that all dues paying members get 1 vote (the previous bylaws excluded ex-officio members from voting). The designation of officers required the chair and vice chair be the opposite gender, and that the youth chair be between the ages of 18 to 25. We removed these clauses. All checks shall require one signature, not two, from the treasurer or chairperson. Committees and other positions will only be filled if there are enough members to form a committee or someone to take a position. Copies of these bylaws will be made available upon request. They are posted on the website (

10) A motion was made by Carrie Mullins to allot $100 to business cards for the officers and brochures. The motion was seconded by Wayne Whitten, and the ayes had it. A budget of $100 was approved. Carrie Mullins will be using VistaPrint. Inquiries were made at the Alcona County Review for pricing, and their costs were prohibitive.

11) The next event that ACR would like to participate in is the 4th of July. No other suggestions for sooner events were put forth. A handout of the ACR calendar of events was offered.


Topics of Discussion (please note the *Calls to Action):

1) Plans to repair roads after Prop 1 did not pass. There is current legislation in the process of approval. Not much is known at this time.

2) No Fault Insurance Changes. There is an Uninsured Motorist Fund that government officials want to have access to. David Dionne and his wife Margaret were in a major accident. All of their injuries (a severely broken arm needing a plate for David) were covered by AAA. There was a limit to how much money was to be paid to the hospital attached to No Fault insurance. This change would affect us all. *Call to Action: We should contact our elected officials with our concerns.

3) 2016 Declared, Possible, and Not Running Presidential Candidates. A handout was given. Democrats (In order of declaration): Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, and Lincoln Chafee. Republicans (in order of declaration): Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckamee, Rick Santorum, George Pataki, Lindsay Graham, and Rick Perry.



Carrie Mullins – Importance of contacting your elected and appointed officials / Keeping up with current legislation. Once you’ve voted; your work isn’t done. You need to hold elected officials accountable, whether you voted for them or not. A handout was given with websites to visit and a few pointers.

*Call to Action: Contact your representatives. Keep informed and let them know how you feel, what you need and what action you would like them to take.


Meeting Adjourned at 9:00 pm.

Next Meeting: Monday, June 22, 2015 at 7 pm at the Harrisville Township Hall


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