Chuck Suits Video from 5th Anniversary Party


South Florida 912 is Five Years Old!

Old friends and new filled the room at the South Florida 912’s Fifth Anniversary celebration.  Jim Hunter regaled us with songs between 6 and 7 while folks checked in and had dinner.  Meanwhile Hunter Armstrong and Kayce Shields worked the room for 50:50.

Shannon Armstrong – co-founder spoke about that first event.  No one new exactly what to expect and where we were going.  She spoke about the Principles and Values and talked about the importance of involvement.  Doug Armstrong – co-founder, along with Shannon, described what it was like meeting Glenn Beck in Dallas the prior week.  See Doug’s posting for a complete description.   The most poigniant moment was Doug’s description of speaking and then praying with Glenn.  Doug also spoke about the importance of ‘boots on the ground’ in winning in 2014.


Chuck Suits Video

Also speaking were Chuck Suits about working with Ronald Reagan, and Fred Scheibl on what the recent CD 13 election means to our local CD 18 race.  Brief updates were given by Doreen Baxter on membership, Iris Scheibl on local issues, Mel Grossman on Seven50, Alison Rampersad requesting conservatives to join the REC.  Candidate Alan Schlesinger, for CD18 also spoke about the importance of the race.

Special thanks to Jim Hunter for performing during the meeting.  Thanks to Dennis Lipp who was our MC for the evening, Chuck Suits for leading us in the Pledge, Doug Armstrong for the invocation, David Donnally leading us the Star Spangled Banner, Jim Hunter and Kayce and Hunter for singing America the Beautiful with Jim, and the staff at Hurricane Grill and Wings who helped with the set-up and served the room efficiently with little interruption to the meeting.

We ended the evening with an anniversary cake – to celebrate and fortify us for the year ahead!  See some pictures below.


  • Trudy and Chuck Suits Trudy and Chuck Suits
  • Shannon and Doug Armstrong Shannon and Doug Armstrong
  • Iris Scheibl Iris Scheibl
  • Barry Carson and Alison Rampersad Barry Carson and Alison Rampersad
  • CAKE! CAKE!
  • CD18 Candidate Alan Schlesinger CD18 Candidate Alan Schlesinger
  • Happy 5th! Happy 5th!
  • Dennis Lipp and Chuck Suits Dennis Lipp and Chuck Suits
  • Co-Founder Doug Armstrong Co-Founder Doug Armstrong
  • Co-Founder Shannon Armstrong Co-Founder Shannon Armstrong
  • Mercedes Garcia and Delia Garcia Menocal Mercedes Garcia and Delia Garcia Menocal
  • Hunter Armstrong, Kayce Shields, Jim Hunter Hunter Armstrong, Kayce Shields, Jim Hunter
  • Dennis Lipp and David Donnally Dennis Lipp and David Donnally Singing the National Anthem
  • Doug and Dennis Doug and Dennis Invocation
  • Mel and Barbara Grossman Mel and Barbara Grossman
  • Good Crowd at Hurricane Grill and Wings Good Crowd at Hurricane Grill and Wings

     

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A Meeting with Glenn Beck – The 5 Year Anniversary of The 9/12 Project

On March 13th, 2014, The 9/12 Project will mark the 5th anniversary of its national rollout on Fox News.

The leaders of our own South Florida 9/12 group have met recently to share thoughts of where we have been, what difference we have made, and where to direct our efforts in the year ahead. Interestingly, other 9/12 leaders around the country have been leading similar discussions… including no less than the one conservative commentator who drew so many of us together in the first place.

A couple weeks ago, on short notice, my wife Shannon and I were delighted and truly humbled to receive an unexpected invitation to be studio guests of The Glenn Beck Program. (How could we say “no”…?!)

The staff of The Blaze made quick accomodations to ensure we were able to join Glenn on-the-air in Dallas, Texas to mark the 5th Anniversary of “3/13” – the hour of television in 2009 that inspired the grassroots movement that changed so many lives around the country… including mine, and perhaps yours.

Our own local meetup group in South Florida began simply, in response to Glenn’s Fox News segments titled “WE SURROUND THEM” – a series of televised shows urging Americans with traditional values to bond together, to restore the principles and values of our nation’s Founding Fathers back to the halls of government. These nightly glimpses into the past crossroads of America’s history profoundly impacted my family.

Glenn Beck felt the weight of this time in our history bring him to literal tears on-the-air that special night on March 13th, and after a substantial hour of reflection on American exceptionalism, the news program came to an end. Suddenly – that crowd of several hundred emotional (and inspired!) citizens in a suburban Lake Worth restaurant pressed my wife and I eagerly, and with heartfelt urgently – “NOW WHAT?”… “WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?”… “WHAT’S NEXT?”

Shannon and I *HAD* no ‘masterplan’ for “*BEYOND* 3/13″… we were just a family working hard, trying to love and support one another, and raise our children to become principled adults one day. And yet, we felt as all of you did “after Glenn”. We all felt compelled by our OWN tears, our OWN observation of unthinkable government bailouts, our OWN marginalization by the media and our contemporary culture…

“The South Florida 9/12 Project” was born that day. We didn’t know ‘how’, ‘where’, ‘what’, ‘when’… but we knew ‘WHY’.

Glenn told us on the air that the purpose of this project he envisioned was “to bring us all back to the place we were on September 12th, 2001″ (the day after the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on 9/11)… we were not obsessed with red states, blue states, or political parties. We were united as *AMERICANS* – standing together to protect the values and principles of the greatest nation ever created.”

And so it began. “Grassroots organizing.”

My wife, my partner, and my best friend – “all-in-one”! – Shannon (the hardest typing and picture-posting and email responding fingers to blaze the movement!) also believed in the “WHY” – and tried to make a difference from a laptop on our kitchen table (nightly!). Thanks to Glenn’s show helping to partner us up with some REALLY good people to get the heavy lifting done – we turned frustration, into seed… and seed into fruit. (And all while keeping full-time jobs, AND raising children, AND staying plugged in to church – whew!) It WAS hard, it WAS painful… yet it equally was joyful, and it was uplifting – to know that WE WERE NOT ALONE.

I didn’t KNOW what to expect after that first meetup; did any of us?

But what I certainly NEVER expected (and was blessed to witness), was no less than the spiritual and patriotic renewal of every member of my family. As “Nana” Hazel Kaye, my own sweet grandmother (rest in peace, Nana!) used to smile and tell me: “IF GOD IS ‘FOR’ US – WHO CAN BE ‘AGAINST’ US?”

Without God, there would be no “South Florida 9/12” left after 5 years. It has swollen, it has shrunk, it has expanded, and it has rested – but somehow, God always brings us back into the ring when we hear the bell chime!

For *EACH* of you who supported the South Florida 9/12 group, or any one of the causes we have rallied behind, over the last 5 years – THANK YOU.

Thank you…
Thank you…
THANK YOU.

I sincerely believe that a moment like this invitation to The Glenn Beck Program only came because of the steadfast and repeated support, hard work, and encouragement of people like *YOU*.

“Shannon and Doug Armstrong” would be a lonely proposition, if it were just the two of us. But when our numbers coalesce together – what an IMPACT you can make in your town, in your county, even in your home state of Florida, and believe it or not – in our very COUNTRY, yes.

Glenn Beck invited the two of us to come to Dallas to celebrate the 5-year existence of “The 9/12 Project”, really, to represent the tireless work and the beliefs of individuals like *YOU* (and you surely know who you are), who “MADE” the South Florida 9/12 a valid vehicle for community involvement – even in the ill-reputed “Corruption County.”

(REMEMBER: It was only in the year 2000, that the media of the ***WORLD*** descended upon Palm Beach County, Florida to observe the tense outcome of an entire PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION… as it literally hinged upon every single one of our votes. People do NOTICE what happens in elections down here…!)

FAST-FORWARD: Dallas, Texas – last Thursday morning. As Shannon and I prepare to depart our hotel, I crack open the Gideon’s Bible for a random thought… Philippians 4:6: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

A quick drive later leads us through a *massive*, sprawling complex of film studio buildings labelled Mercury Studios. Finally, our destination! Inside the lobby of The Blaze network, the lobby makes an immediate impression: A large “graffiti art”-styled newspaper mural on the wall depicts a massive “mainstream media” suited figure (with a collage of words for a body, and a head comprised of “The New York Times” script), with a raised leg and shoe – preparing to stomp down upon a considerably smaller suited figure, with the red logo of “The Blaze” for a head – but grasping an outstretched slingshot upward at the opposition. Nearby, looms this bold statement: “David slew GOLIATH with five smooth stones.”

Indeed!!! What a marvelous first impression of the network’s facilities.

Friendly staff usher Shannon and me to the bowels of this film studio – and it is fun. My wife spots a cart of wardrobe clothing, featuring several of Glenn’s well-known pairs of Converse “Chuck Taylor” All-Stars footwear. A large display of film-history knick-knackery is displayed in a nearby audience area: A red carpet… a movie marquee… a lifesize gold Oscar statuette… the full helmet and costume from Disney’s THE ROCKETEER… a silver mold of the carbonite-encased likeness of Han Solo from STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

The effect of this breaks me into a giant smile. The minds behind this upstart network clearly keep a serious sense of purpose, yet lay comfortably in bed beside the nostalgic sense of cultural fun and awe that makes American life so satisfying.

A few minutes taken in the wardrobe & makeup room, and the guests are ready for the lights. Microphones are outfitted. Time to go…

The producers lead us past a large robot prop from Glenn’s ambitious “Man In The Moon” production staged in Salt Lake City, Utah last July… and into Studio “B”. As we take our seats, about 10 feet in front of us, a lone wooden desk in an industrial steampunk motif has the letters “GB” easily visible – with a black suited man leaning over it (back towards us) with a familiar silver hairline…

It is Glenn Beck. For easily 10 minutes or so, we hardly see the suit wrinkle – the commentator studiously purveys his notes, hand-writes changes, and whispers to an assistant who comes and goes from his side.

Suddenly, Glenn turns around with a relaxed demeanor and disarming smile, and greets each of his invited guests with a handshake.

To my left, a large teleprompter correctly forecasts the first words to be spoken on-the-air this afternoon: “Hello America. Welcome to The Glenn Beck Program, and The Blaze…”

It was an incredible honor, and a memorable experience. The rest is history… tune into the blaze in the archives and watch the special for Thursday March 6th 912 Anniversary Special and around minute 42 you get to hear Shannon talk and view me with my glasses right to behind her and to the side.

South Florida 912 was honored that day. Thank you all for the hardwork and dedication to the Principles and Values that this group was founded on.

May we continue to live it out in all we do. Being a 912 person is not just a meeting or a club, its a way we treat our neighbor, its how we vote, pray, and love each other. Wether you still attend meetings or we only see you at the polls when we vote, or at church when we pray,
stand a little taller and know that you are a part of something historic.

Thank you,

Doug Armstrong

  • At the Studio At the Studio
  • Shannon and Glenn Shannon and Glenn
  • Doug Doug
  • Let's Get this Party Started! Let's Get this Party Started!

     

Time Shift Interview


HUGE News for the South Florida 912

Congrats to the South Florida 912, for all its hard work and efforts for the last 5 years. It has been in the works behind the scene for the last month or so….but now it is official and the HUGE announcement is the South Florida 912 has been selected by the BLAZE to be recognized for all its hard work in the last five years.

It really takes me a moment of pause to sit back and review all that has happened in the last 5 years. Our group, made up of activist who wanted to stand up, get educated about issues, support principled candidates, and take action all began officially March 13th 2009. Our event had over 315 people who came out to a standing room only event. We gathered together to meet others who were heeding the call to get more involved in our communities and to find others who were also concerned and did not know where to start. That fateful day, Glenn Beck rolled out the 912 concept and it all made sense to us.

We quickly ran with the idea getting behind the idea of wanting to be a 9/12 type of person. Treating others the way we treated each other the day after 9/11/01. Principles and Values resonated with the South Florida 912 and we were able to take these concepts to heart. Our first venture was to assist a local commissioner in saving our community over 67 million in participating with getting a land swap approved over a purchase of land for 67 million on property that was only appraised for at 15 million. In the end with all the public scrutiny, the land swap was a negotiated, and 912 was there, rallying together to make others aware of the proposal and educating anyone who listened. It was my first opportunity to stand up and speak in front of the dais and I remember looking at all these elected officials and feeling so nervous and shaking so badly, however I knew in my heart this was a waste of tax payer dollars and I knew that it was right to make sure people could hear the facts. That day I was so proud to see so many 912 activist speaking up, just as nervous as I was. The victory that day was ours and the 912 began its push ahead to so many other endeavors. We have marched on Washington DC together, loaded planes to Haiti with food and clothes, fed the homeless, delivered toys and balloons at the hospital. 912 has stood on street corners with signs, attended County Commission meetings and spoken out. 912 has held public forums for candidates to talk about the issues and to help educate the local voters about the differences in each candidate. Our group has really stood on “Principles Not Parties” theme and along the way angered people that found themselves party affiliated at times. Our group has used “leaders picks” to help support candidates and we have endorsed candidates on both sides of the aisle using our groups principles and values as our base line for everything. South Florida 912 can be proud as we have supported issues like the Inspector General in Palm Beach County, and candidates that varied like Allen West ( R) to Jess Santamaria (D) both of whom won.

There has been struggles along the way with split passions and differing agendas but the principles and values of the 912 was the glue the kept us moving ahead. We had such a great core of leaders in the beginning and that helped strengthen the group for the long haul. My husband Doug was also my rock with many a late night talking about 912 and sometimes crying with frustration too. We both care so much for our children, our community and our country. Sometimes it will feel like its not enough. It still doesn’t at times. However we realize that in the past 5 years we have done our very best. God has provided us with the energy and the passion to get us thru. In the past 5 years we have personally experienced so much change. Our spiritual growth has grown exponentially, I have been a believer basically my whole life however never felt the need for a public baptism. My faith was growing stronger everyday and eventually I felt convicted and to my utter joy my children also took that step with me. It was a proud day for my husband to be there with us with all our church family and friends. I also lost my job, our home, we were audited by the IRS and we watched our best friend and one of leaders of our 912 group fight brain cancer and eventually pass away. Our daughter was diagnosed with type one diabetes, plus enduring the normal antics of having 3 teenage children.  However thru it all we have only grown stronger in our faith and each day we strive to make it a better one. Living as a 912 person resonates so profoundly to my family and our group. I am glad to say that I have a new job thru Gods grace and every day we as a 912 group strive to be that 912 kind of person. Recognition from the BLAZE is like icing on a cake or a cherry on the top of a sundae. We as a group have never taking our “marching orders” from Glenn as the critics say, and we don’t “hate” we just want what a founding fathers established for all of us to be handed down to our children intact. We want others to be involved in the community and to be accountable for the decision they make both good and bad. We want people to reach out of their insular world and see a person hurting and help. We want people to take the time to care about each other and our community and be willing to actually work and do something about it.

We are honored to be selected by the Blaze and look forward to the airing of the show on the BLAZE on that anniversary day… tentative date MARCH 13th at 5pm more details coming soon.

Thank you with complete honesty and love,

 

Shannon and Doug Armstrong

 

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