A little bit of everything at our December meeting…
We had a little bit of everything at the December meeting of South Florida 912 at LaBamba in North Palm Beach.
Jim Hunter regaled us with some great songs before the meeting – battling a little bit with muted Mexican and Christmas music in the background – but he was great! David DiCrescenzo led us in prayer and then we did the Pledge of Allegiance. Shannon Armstrong – co-founder, served as MC for most of the evening.
We had several people cover various topics – Doreen Baxter – our Membership leader – spoke a little bit about bening a member. Marianne Polulack told us about what was new on The Blaze network and how much Glenn Beck has expanded over the last year. She encouraged 912ers to check it out.
Shannon talked about how one thing that distinguishes 912 is our involvement in previous charity programs such as relief for floods in Tennessee, Haiti relief, her family’s 12th year of bringing presents to children in Palms West Hospital, gift boxes to soldiers, canned good drives, operation sunscreen, veterans programs, foster care support etc…
Andrea Plescia thanked everyone for the donations to the homeless Vets – she is tireless in her activism in support of Veterans. Hunter Armstrong read a story about the history and significance of the Candy Cane.
Fred Scheibl discussed the vote earlier in the day by the PBC Board of County Commissioners to proceed with exploring putting a .5% surtax on the ballot in November. Dan Guethon, chairman of the REC’s youth outreach committee, and the Young Conservatives at Florida Atlantic University brought another young YR with him and spoke about how South Florida 912 made young people feel welcome.
Carlos Muhletaler of Americans for Prosperity spoke briefly about what AFP will be doing in 2014. Tyler Armstrong read a short essay on George Washington crossing the Delaware on Christmas, 1776.
Beverly Hires, one of 6 GOP candidates for Congressional District 18 against incumbent Patrick Murphy talked about her motivations for running.
Tyler Armstrong then read “George Washington’s Christmas”, a blog post by Brian Tibbs about crossing the Deleware on Christmas day 1776, that ends with “So, this Christmas, remember Washington and the greatest Christmas present he ever gave the United States. The gift of hope. The gift of victory. The gift of America. “. Shannon, Alexa and Hunter Armstrong then joined Jim Hunter in leading us in a Christmas carol to end the meeting.
Whew – we covered a lot of ground but also had a lot of time, during a brief intermission, to mingle and touch base with old friends and new. It was a nice way to close out the year.
Looking for a very active 2014 as we’re back in Election mode! Watch the website and facebook page for upcoming details.
Meanwhile – wishing all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!