Starting off with a Bang!
Starting off with a Bang!
By: Josh Campbell, Communications Director, SAYR
A lot has happened so far this year with the SAYR. And we are in the middle of this year’s round of party conventions – convention season, if you will. Incidentally, James Hall will be running for GAYR Vice Chairman, in fact. Please join us for our next SAYR meeting at Maddio’s Pizza at 6:30pm on March 31, 2015, which is on a Tuesday.
Where to begin?! The SAYRs Masquerade Ball was a big success and a lot of fun for those in attendance, enjoying the festivities to raise money for the local Savannah Crimestoppers organization. With several hundred dollars raised, we are well on our way to reaching our goal of $1,000.00 to donate to non-profit organizations and charities in Savannah.
Larry Branson, a board member of Crimestoppers, is expected to receive the money at this month’s meeting. We understand that he will address our group about what Crimestoppers does as an organization, and how the SAYRs can assist their efforts.
Earlier this month, many SAYRs attended the Chatham County Convention. The county elected Delegates to the state and district conventions, chairmen of the local party, and local precinct chairmen. Of note, past SAYR chairman Michael Johnson was elected the Second Vice Chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party, and Martin Sullivan was elected Third Vice Chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party. Additionally, several SAYR members were elected as delegates to the state and district conventions, including James Hall, Josh Campbell, Andy Page, Steven Plunk, and Max Loudermilch. All of these members were elected as delegates to the state Georgia Young Republican convention. Both Andy Page, Steven Plunk and Chuck Levalle were elected Chairmen of their local precincts as well.
The SAYR resolution on Rideshare services was adopted unanimously. And Rep. Ron Stephen, a key player at the Georgia General Assembly, especially as to tourism and rideshare services, briefed the audience about what the legislature was doing as to this issue and endorsed our position, assuring everyone present that the rideshare services bill will make its way to the governor. Uber has just announced they are providing services in Hilton Head, and they are expected to open in Savannah any minute now.
As we look strategically toward the convention season, with upcoming District and State Conventions in April and May, respectively, we also are planning on working with local veterans groups. As many of you may know, this Democrat administration has been plagued with scandal relating to its treatment of veterans, broken promises, and VA Hospital corruption and malpractice. We are making a concerted effort to rally behind our veterans and invite them to speak, influence our group, and enlist our service. Over the coming months we are planning to have veterans-related speakers. Before they come, however, we are soliciting ideas as to this question: What can we do to show respect and gratitude for our veterans?