2015 Thus Far…
At the beginning of this year, our chapter set two priorities. The first priority was a focus on issues. The second priority is a focus on service. As we’ve nearly completed the first half of 2015, we’ve made much progress towards both goals. Using our regular programs, social media, as well as our new blog; we’ve brought attention to issues which impact both our state and our local community. Yet, thus far, our greatest accomplishment in 2015 has been our fundraiser which raised $425 for Crime Stoppers of Savannah-Chatham County. This event served to further both of our set goals.
I’m proud to announce that our accomplishments won our chapter two awards. At the recent Georgia Young Republicans Convention in Athens, GA; the Savannah Area Young Republicans won both 2015 Chapter of the Year and 2015 Event of the Year. When we received 2015 Chapter of the Year, the GYR recognized the variety of programs we have held in the past year as our activities ranged from typical political events to a less political, fundraiser. It’s also important to note that this is the third time we have been a Georgia Young Republican Chapter of the Year. The previous time (as well as the first half of this past year) was under the tenure of Immediate Past Chairman Michael Johnson, while the first time was under the tenure of Allison (Quinn) Johnson.
We were awarded 2015 Event of the Year, in part, for our “outside the box” thinking. As I have previously stated, if you want to get people interested in politics, you must show that you care about issues which are relevant to them. Here in Savannah, crime is such an issue. This was one of the key reasons the SAYR Exec Board decided to revamp our Masquerade Ball to be a fundraiser for Crime Stoppers. While the event did not dramatically increase our membership overnight, this event did boost the GOP’s image with Savannah’s young professionals. Many of whom are not Republicans, yet some of them turned out to be our event’s strongest cheerleaders. While they did not fully identify with our party, they knew we were furthering a cause they saw as being important to our community. As Young Republicans, we often times struggle with how to engage our peers. Yet, sometimes, it’s as simple as showing that we care about the same things they do. Indeed, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
To those of you who have been actively involved with us, I say thank you! This chapter is a team sport, and our success would not have been possible without your involvement. To those of you who have followed us, but have yet to jump in, now is this time! If you are a like-minded, under-40-year-old who wants to be a part of something that is bigger than yourself; then I hope to see you at our next event. We’ve achieved much thus far, but with new members aboard, we can do so much more. I hope to see all of you at our next event!
Savannah Area Young Republicans, Chairman