End of year celebration with South Florida 912

A core group of long-term South Florida 912 members along with some newcomers met at The Original Pancake House on Tuesday night for a year-end celebration.  As usual – thanks so much to Mickey Polulack for setting up his sound system and to the Original Pancake House for the space and prompt service.

Shannon Armstrong – co-founder, kicked off the meeting.  Doug Armstrong, co-founder, led us in the invocation and Alexa and Hunter Armstrong led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Shannon spoke about our Value of the Month – Moderation, and what it meant to her personally.  We have covered all twelve of the Values of South Florida 912, and next year, will discuss the nine Principles.  Shannon talked about the importance of having volunteer to help the group, especially with all we have ahead of us in 2012.  If you would like to volunteer in any capacity from helping with events and meetings, helping with research or writing posts for the website, or posting on facebook, please don’t hesistate to send an email to info@southflorida912.org

Fred Scheibl spoke about our upcoming event, co-hosted with Palm Beach County Tea Party – the Presidential Preference Primary Portfolio Event event on January 10th – moderated by Brian Mudd of WJNO.  He also suggested that everyone take the Survey, which may help those undecided on their candidate for the January 31st GOP Primary.  Only 4 of the attendees had committed to a candidate so far.  Iris Scheibl spoke about the upcoming Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners meeting.  Many in our group had worked hard to ensure we had an Independent Inspector General, yet at last month’s meeting, the Commission prevented Ms. Steckler from hiring to cover two new contracts.  The item, 5D1 is on the agenda for next Tuesday’s meeting.  We may need members to come speak on the 20th and will post a call to action, should it be necessary.

Virginia Brooks, of the PBC Christian Coalition, spoke about a gambling issue that will also be on Tuesday’s County Commission agenda.  She has a Call to Action on her website  and is asking for folks to write and call their Commissioners.  Carol Hurst piped in that gambling did no good to the communities around Atlantic City.

Linda Wummer told us of her experience, during her Thanksgiving dinner celebrations at Indiantown Marina, of reading a patriotic creed and getting an outstanding reception.  This was in line with what Shannon had spoken of earlier – that we should all be talking to people, starting conversations in the supermarket or when around others with innocuous statements such as ‘food prices have sure gone up lately’… and then lead into – why is that?

Mike Lamayer, running for FL Senate District 25 spoke briefly.  Hunter handed out candy canes and assisted in the 50:50, the winner of which kindly donated the $50 back to the group.

Many folks hung around quite awhile after the meeting, enjoying each others’ company and conversation.

Wishing all of our members a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All.

Huntsman and Gingrich Debate National Security

On Monday, December 12th, GOP presidential candidates Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich held a long-form debate at Saint Anselm College.  I’ve only gotten to watch about 10 minutes of this, but it was clear that this is a very substantive, ‘intellectual’ discussion of difficult issues and is worth watching in its entirety:

Huntsman/Gingrich Lincoln-Douglas Style Debate

Agenda 21 for Public Officials

Note: This is an excellent 15 minute overview of the global “Sustainable Development” threats we face as a nation.

South Florida 912 Volunteer Sign Up and End of Year Celebration

When: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 7 PM

Where: The Original Pancake House 4364 Northlake Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

( Note: kids eat free!!! Under 12 with a paying adult 🙂 )

2012 is looming around the corner. Please come and let’s gather together to shore up old friendships and make new ones. In celebration of our group and preparing for the upcoming year, we are looking for new leaders and new volunteers. We are preparing for our Presidential Profile Portfolio Event on January 10th, and we’ll need help with printing and preparing election packets before the primary on January 31. There are many other ways you can help, so please sign up.

We will also have a workshop for people to get signed up on the website or to learn how to blog on the site or make phone calls for a candidate. So bring you ipads or smartphones and/or laptops and we will get you plugged in. So come join us for dinner or a cup of coffee. Hear about our last Value of the Month and share in some holiday cheer with your fellow patriots. It will be a short night so come early and sign up to “GET READY TO WORK for 2012“.

We will also be accepting gifts for our Balloons and Smiles for Christmas Eve delivery. We need toys for children in hospital beds. Some ideas include: lapdesks, crayons and coloring books, craft kits , remote control cars with batteries, Itunes gift cards, Kindles, Nooks, fun pillows, books for babies and infants, stuffed animals for all ages kids range from new born to 18 years old. These will be delivered to the Palms West Hospital Pediatric ward and Emergency Room. If you would like to help deliver the toys, there will be a sign-up sheet for that as well.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Shannon and Doug Armstrong 561-506-5258

Moderation, the last Value

Moderation:
1. the quality of being moderate; restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.
2. the act of moderating.

in moderation, without excess; moderately; temperately: to drink in moderation.

In this journey throughout the year of reviewing the 12 values that our group is based on, we are hoping to better ourselves in the process as well as to find quality people to represent us that also adhere to the values of South Florida 912.

Moderation, as the last of the Values, is a really tough one. To live temperately is a very hard task for most; to spend moderately or eat moderately or even drink moderately, may be a very difficult task. I personally have been working this year on spending moderately: Learning to save, pay off debts and recover from many past bad financial decisions. It has been one journey of epic proportions to say the least,and may possibly be fodder for a book some day. However my family and I took this challenge on at the beginning of the year and as the end of the year approaches, we still have so much farther to go.  But we are living moderation every day in order to make the changes needed.

We need moderation by our Congress and Tallahassee and our County Commission.  They need moderation in spending of our money; and at times they need to be able to choose to not spend it at all.

Moderation in behavior, for example, how a person dresses or how a person acts, represents them and their family at all times. I talk to my children about this all the time:  when they leave the house, even if  electronically (e.g. Facebook etc…) they represent our family.  It is a quality that is important when trying to find someone to represent us in the political realm as well.

Moderation in the use of electronics and watching TV is important too. We must during this Christmas season be careful to use moderation with our purchases and to be sure to spend quality time with our families, such as playing games, playing catch, going on hikes or sitting by a campfire or just talking. We can get consumed without moderation by the electronics, the spending, the drinking, the socializing and not be focused on what is truly important:  our family, our friends, and our relationship with God. Once these are focused and in line, then we can then be sure to help out and volunteer in our community as well as monitor the news and participate as much as we can.

We need representatives who use moderation in their personal and physical behaviours,  however not necessarily, in their politics.  We seek a true conservative to lead us in 2012. It is true that our choices for 2012 may not be what we had originally hoped for, however we need to seek the best candidate that is a true conservative and lives by the values of our group.

Merry Christmas and be safe and well.

God Bless You,

The Armstrong Family