South Florida 912 supports West Palm Beach City Watch for its rally to protest the WPB-led lawsuit against the Inspector General funding.
South Florida 912 kicks off the fall season with special guest
former chairman of the Palm Beach Republican Party, author, and political visionary.
October 17 at 6:30 PM. Meet and Greet at 6:00 PM.
Note: La Bamba is a new venue for us, since OHP on Northlake no longer is open in the evenings. We will be meeting in a back-room behind the bar area. There is a discounted early dinner menu if you arrive and order before 6:00 PM
As you know, next year is an election year, with municipal races in March, a primary in August and the general election in November for Governor and Cabinet, Congress, the State Legislature and several seats on the County Commission and School Board. We’ll hear Sid’s view of the electoral landscape and we will discuss how 912 is getting ready for the action to come, and the races where we could make a difference.
We will also discuss what’s going on in the county, and some of the issues that 912ers are engaging, including Common Core and Seven/50.
Four years ago, we were similarly ramping up for the 2010 midterms, and many of us had just returned from the March on Washington, full of energy and enthusiasm. The challenges and opportunities in 2014 are no less important. Let’s get to work!
Candidates are always welcome at 912 meetings.
“Team Jason” competing in Sunshine Kids Sprint Triathlon in Stuart, Florida on October 5th to raise money for young cancer victims
We’re dedicating our family’s participation in the Sunshine Sprint next month to the life and memory of our friend, Jason Shields. Please help us reach our fundraising goal with a donation that benefits cancer’s youngest victims. Follow the link below to Team Jason’s web page, and find out more about the Sunshine Kids.
We’ll post pictures of the event here next month as well. Thanks for your support.
Commissioner Santamaria to Host Next Community Forum September 18th.
County Commissioner Jess Santamaria will host his next monthly community forum on Wednesday, September 18th, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the center court of the original Wellington Mall.
The main discussion topic will be the Fiscal Year 2014 County Budget. Other important topics will be addressed, time permitting.
The original Wellington Mall is located at the southeast corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace. Refreshments will be served.
Who: Commissioner Jess Santamaria
What: Community Forum
Where: original Wellington Mall, 12974 Forest Hill Blvd. (southeast corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace)
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2013 9:41 PM
Subject: Constitution Day – Sept. 17th
County Commission votes to penalize West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach over Inspector General Lawsuit
Jason Shields Memorial
Saturday, September 14, 2013
West Pines Baptist Church
4906 Melaleuca Lane, Greenacres, FL 33463 • 561-963-9150
Immediately following – Luncheon & Remembrance Reception at West Pines
Traditional Irish Wake
4-4:30pm Meet and Greet / Buffet 4:30pm-5:30pm
Formerly: The Gypsy’s Horse @ the “Original” Wellington Mall
The Bull McCabe’s – Irish Pub and Tap Room
12794 West Forest Hill Blvd, Wellington FL, 33414
All are welcome! Please pass the word on to Jason’s friends who may not get these communications.
Please RSVP by Thursday for the Irish Wake below, so that the restaurant can get an advance count
Dear Friends and Patriots,
Jason Shields is gone. Our friend has passed away…
THANK YOU to all, for your love & friendship as Jason bravely faced his cancer. Such courage… We all prayed for a miracle in September 2010 – and Jason got one. Doctors said maybe 6 months – but God said 3 years to the month.
Jason Shields will never ever suffer again. He is with our Lord…
But I will always miss that presence. What a FRIEND. A TRUE friend.
Jason was by our side at the first 9/12 meeting, on March 13th 2009. He showed up because he was a loyal friend. He kept asking Doug and me, “Who is Glenn Beck?” and “What is all this, and why are you gathering?” Our friend asked many questions over the next few months, ultimately got better informed, and became actively engaged supporting our 2nd Amendment rights, standing up with us to infractions against our civil liberties as Americans. Jason Shields placed his “money where his mouth is”, donating without reservation in time, money, lending resources, and connecting contacts.
Why? Because Jason came to believe in the importance of standing up for our values and our principles – for the proud heritage of our nation’s Constitution.
Jason was quick to support a good candidate – regardless of party affilation, as long as they stood on principle and shared his belief in American exceptionalism. Jason was regularly seen at county commission meetings speaking out on an issue, or on a street corner with a sign rallying support for a candidate or a cause. He was, of course, the tireless fundraiser for our proud group…
For many people, Jason WAS the face of the 50/50 drawing at each South Florida 9/12 meeting – and honestly, the 50/50 fundraiser evolved out of a need he identified, and took proud ownership of, to help perpetuate this grassroots movement we believe in.
A PERSONAL MOMENT: A few weeks ago, I sat at Jason’s bedside for a few hours alone, to keep him company so his wife could go out with Shannon for a couple hours. Jason slept most of the day and night recently – but on this night, our friend actually awoke and was largely coherent (though weak). And so we talked bedside – for about ten minutes. I thanked him for being such a good friend, and for always “fighting the good fight” beside us in 9/12… and even when I “couldn’t” be there, he was always there beside Shannon and our friends to help. He smiled wearily and said, “Awww, thanks, man.”
I told him a time will come again, when we rally together for the next fight for our beliefs – and we will name an award in his honor, for others who volunteer tirelessly like he did in 9/12. Jason shifted onto his back, his eyes glazed over looking upward, and he quietly stated, “I want a line.”
I said, “What line?” Jason slowly pointed his finger outward – gesturing like a pen, writing, and said, “I want a line… that SAYS ‘9/12’ on my thing. On my thing, when I’m gone…” I couldn’t speak…. I still can’t. I cannot articulate what it was like to hear that. My eyes held back a sudden flood of warm tears, as my noble friend drifted back to sleep…
So, I say “THANK YOU”, Jason. You touched so many people during your life. The years you volunteered for the South Florida 9/12 and our local conservative movement DID make a difference. You put smiles on so many of our faces; you made newcomers feel welcome, you made them want to come back. Friends were made to feel like family. Jason was that friend, that BROTHER, who was loyal… he had your back… someone ready to march into the line of fire, if need be, to defend something or someone bigger than himself.
Jason Shields lived his life socially, as he did professionally – giving his all, 100% of him, with every endeavor he attempted. And yes, he did it LOUDLY. (I’m laughing as I write that… “LOUDLY”.) But as present American society seems to be blanketed with media reporting that is increasingly cautious, tested by focus groups, and “politically correct”… it was refreshing (if not occasionally embarrassing!) to have a clear leader at our side who was so unflinchingly honest and courageously outspoken. You always got a frank assessment of where Jason stood on an issue or idea. One of his greatest
traits was actually TWO-FOLD: 1- For every ***IDEA*** that Jason suggested to our South Florida 9/12 leadership meetings, came 2- an unimpeachable ***WORK ETHIC*** that was self-accountable, with Jason reliably working hard to personally see his ideas or commitments through to completion.
The ordeal of cancer has finally come to an end. Our friend beat the odds long enough to help many candidates, causes, friends, and especially his supportive family: his wife Candi, and their children Kayce and Sean. Incredibly, while fighting tirelessly to defend the America he wanted to leave to his children one day – Jason never missed a single moment to be a doting, loving, instructive father and mentor while he was WITH his children. With every breath of his life, Jason lived it to the fullest – and he leaves a deep, patriotic, CHRISTIAN, and meaningful legacy behind for his family AND his community.
I think we must be mindful to give the glory to God, for his faithfulness to Jason and his loved ones during this troubling end journey. His recent suffering and discomfort became more than even this mighty warrior could handle – and Saturday he was HEALED… healed by the Great Physician, saved by his Lord and Saviour. The pain – for Jason – is over now. I personally have a true sense of peace for Jason now – as a like-minded Christian, I know he is better off now than he was yesterday.
But I miss him so much. The reality hasn’t set in yet. Our dear friend, our bigger-than-life Irish and especially AMERICAN companion, is really gone – and I just feel my heart breaking inside. I miss my friend tonight. I really, really do…
Douglas & Shannon Armstrong
The South Florida 912 is saddened by the loss of our good friend and fellow patriot Jason Shields. Jason was a key leader in the group since the founding and contributed greatly to our successes.
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
“Crossing the Bar” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson