If You are driving up or want to car pool send me a message and I may be able to connect you to someone else who is heading up that way.
Friday, August 28
9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Meet Birmingham: Guests of the event tour local history museums and sites such as 16th St. Baptist Church, Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, etc.
7:00 PM-9:00 PM: Community Rally at Guiding Light Church. Speakers include Glenn Beck and Bishop Jim Lowe.*
*Note: Tickets for the Friday community rally at Guiding Light Church are separate from the March and Restoring Unity Speaking Event on Saturday 8/29. Tickets for the Saturday Restoring Unity Events will be on sale soon.
8:00 AM- 9:00 AM: LINE UP FOR MARCH at 7th Ave and 16th St
9:00 AM: March Begins
12:00 PM-3:00 PM: Restoring Unity Event Begins: Glenn Beck, Bishop Lowe, and more!
This will be instead of our June meeting – sorry for such short notice…
Bill Skinner will be the speaker at the Republican Club of Central Palm Beach County this Thursday, June 5:
A Jolt of Adrenaline – Bill Skinner June’s Guest Speaker
Our own Bill Skinner, attorney, civic activist, community leader, and bon vivant will discuss the trials and tribulations of conducting a fair and uncorrupted election here in internationally renowned Palm Beach County. It’s amazing how far our reputation has spread.
The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 5th, at Atlantis Country Club, with light hors d’oeuvres served beforehand. Your attendance could prove pivotal in the fateful elections ahead. So please bring a friend. First-time guests are warmly welcomed at no charge.
Where: Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd,Atlantis,FL 33462
When: 6:00 pm doors open; 6:30 pm meeting.
NOTE – TELL THEM YOU’RE FROM SOUTH FLORIDA 912 WHEN YOU SIGN IN!
There will be a charge ($12) for the hors d’oeuvres. You can see more about the book Mr. Skinner has written here.
There were a number of conflicts in schedules, personal emergencies and people on vacation and we needed to cancel our meeting. We apologize for having to cancel, however, we will be having a leaders meeting on Tuesday night the 13th of May at 7:15pm please contact me if you would like to attend for details and information.
I look forward to seeing you.
Shannon and Doug
It is the time of year to spend with your friends and family and we have decided that since our meeting would have fallen on Holy Thursday and during Passover, in respect for our faiths, we decided to cancel our April meeting. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on Thursday, May 8th at Hurricane Grill and Wings in Wellington, and at the South Florida National Cemetery on Memorial Day.
We pray that you have a happy and healthy holiday as you spend time together.
Shannon and Doug Armstrong and the South Florida 912 Team
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
Save the date, and join us at Hurricane Grill and Wings in Wellington for the 5th anniversary of the South Florida 912. Thursday March 13 at 6:00pm.
Meet and Greet (and order off menu): 6pm-7pm
4075 State Road 7 (441)
Wellington, FL 33467
Remember “We surround them”? The first march on Washington in 2009, then back again in 2010. Fighting for ethics reform and county budget restraint. Lots of candidate forums. The “leader’s picks”. Fourth of July at Christ Fellowship. Balloons and smiles. Principles and values. And working for candidates – lots of them!
Five years is a long time. People have come and gone, we’ve had ups and downs, but South Florida 912 goes on!
Join us to reminisce and look ahead. Is 2014 the new 2010? Come and see.
This was our first time at Total Wine in Legacy place and we were pleased with the space for a smaller meeting – with projector, screen, pc and wifi all built in. We plan to use this venue in the future.
We were happy to see some folks we hadn’t seen in awhile. Our agenda was fairly free form. Doug Armstrong (co-founder) kicked off the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. He then spoke briefly about our history – although the majority there had been members for several years. Shannon Armstrong (co-founder) talked a bit about the folks planning on speaking during the evening.
- Richard Raborn played a little bit of his speech at the Tax Day Teaparty in 2010. As a physician, he was describing what was going to happen as a result of Obamacare and all of his predictions, sadly, came true. He also described visiting Glenn Beck’s facilities in Dallas and having a great discussion with Glenn on his weapon collection. Dr. Raborn encouraged us to visit in Dallas if we got the opportunity. Richard also spoke about MercuryOne – Glenn Beck’s charity.
- Marianne Polulack told us about a free event at Calvary Chapel Boynton Beach this Saturday, 2/15 – Overview of America followed by One Nation Under God – both focusing on Americanism. For more information, go here
- Iris Scheibl gave an update on the IG Committee meeting on February 18th, the status of the Ethics Commission, and current OIG findings
- Virginia Brooks talked about the Florida Family Policy Council Pro-Family Days at the Capitol (Tallahassee) on March 17-18. For more information go here.
- Fred Scheibl spent some time recounting the movement’s and group’s successes of 2010, the difficult year of 2012, and the challenges ahead for us in 2014. One bright spot in 2012 for which South Florida 912 and other grass-roots groups should take credit is that Romney got more votes in Palm Beach County than John McCain did in 2008. So our efforts made an impact – it wasn’t Palm Beach County where voters stayed home. In 2014, we have to win, and Fred listed a number of issues that could but we shouldn’t let divide us. We need to take back CD 18 and keep Governor Scott in office.
- Lynne Sherrer described the most recent REC meeting and factionalism in the local party.
- Shannon then led discussion in the room on how to overcome this when there are issues that attract single issue voters who will reject a conservative over differences on that single issue and stay home even though the liberal opponent will do nothing about their issue. Examples of such issues are Seven50, Common Core and Immigration.
- Candidate Alan Schlesinger, one of several running for CD 18, described how he is no longer seeking a political career (which he already had in CT), but is driven to run to preserve America as we know it. He also stated that throughout his political life, he does not pander to his audience but maintains consistent views to all to whom he speaks. He said that we may not all agree on each others positions, but that you will always know where he stands.
Shannon talked a bit about our March 13th 5th Anniversary Meeting – SAVE THE DATE – we’ll be at Hurricane Grill and Wings in Lake Worth. So even if you haven’t been at a meeting lately – come out for this important celebration!
Doreen Baxter did the drawing for door prize – another beautiful handiwork made by Doreen and Dennis Lipp. The meeting was over, but most stayed to discuss various issues with each other.
Some pictures from the event:
- Doug Armstrong
- Shannon Armstrong
- Dr. Richard Raborn
- Marianne Polulack
- Iris Scheibl
- Virginia Brooks
- Fred Scheibl
- Alan Schlesinger Candidate for CD18
We’ll be having our February meeting in Palm Beach Gardens next Thursday, February 13th. Our agenda will be a general round-table discussion to gather input on future topics and focus areas for the year. So if you care about our direction – this is the meeting to come to!
Date: Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Place: Total Wine & More in Legacy Place Click here for directions
Time: Meet and Greet at 6:30
Meeting Begins at 7pm
As always – candidates are welcome! Note – there is no food served at Total Wine so plan to eat either before or after our meeting.
2014 is a vital election year – so join in the discussion!
Please RSVP below so that we can have an idea of how many folks to expect. Thanks!
“IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR…!”
The late November through December holidays, that many of us respectfully celebrate – whether it’s Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and/or other traditions – tend to be some of the most enduring moments and memories made in our lives (FILL-IN-THE-BLANKS!).
And yet – the uplifting joy of these cold seasonal holidays, can also feel lonely and isolating for those who are hurting, in need, or have experienced recent loss.
Every winter break since 2001, my family has been blessed to partner with amazing local friends, family, neighbors, and our awesome 912 family to help bring joy to hospitalized local children in Palm Beach County. When these kids see the wagons and boxes with all your generous GIFTS – you help bring some MASSIVE, unexpected smiles to these precious babies, toddlers, children, and teens.
And wow, for the PARENTS – it can be overwhelming. For a brief moment, they feel like “somebody” out there in South Florida cares about the private burden their hearts carry for their children during the “happy holidays”.
I would like to share just a “few” of this year’s personal stories…
– Lorena, age 16. She was so happy to get a simple deck of CARDS – and a warm pair of SOCKS. (You DO know how COLD those hospitals are kept LOL).
– Matthew, age 3. Surrounded by family, he picked out a brand new toy FIRE TRUCK. Excitedly, he asked his mom to take out her smartphone – he asked to take a *PICTURE* of everybody after we sang “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” to his family! LOL
– TWINS – two 2-year old sisters, Genesis and Joanna. Can you imagine BOTH of your babies in the hospital? They got puzzles and dolls.
– Gabrielle, a newborn girl just 5 DAYS OLD, and a tiny 6 pounds – fighting her infant illness from the blue illuminated glow inside her incubator. Her mother Lisa was at her side, guarding her firstborn child. She just cried openly with us – this young mother was just so powerfully touched by thoughtful strangers. She asked if we believe in prayer – so together we prayed at her small daughter’s side for the miracle her small daughter needs…
– Hadley, a 13-month old baby girl with HUUUUGE blue eyes. Respiratory problems. Its so hard to hear that labored breathing. Mmm.
– Tanya, 11 month old girl – her family speaks mostly Spanish in the home. My daughters led the room in a chorus of “Feliz Navidad”, and WOW – little Tanya’s spirits lifted quickly!! Great fun.
– Jamie, 5 months old . Whew. He was alone in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) – and I just whispered a quiet prayer of hope for his recovery. I placed a safe stuffed animal beside this small infant boy, and suddenly he struggled visibly on his little face, when – BOOM – his big, brown eyes popped WIDE open. And he just ‘stared’ back at me, so innocently, with those dark brown eyes – 5 months old, a baby. I whispered softly to Jamie that I would not forget him – and that other people care about him too during this holiday. Jamie just tore me up.
– Joseph, age 3. In the ER. He was the first kid we saw there. He saw our toys, and finger pointed, exclaimed, “BOOK!!!” Even the nurse laughed. His parents said he loves books more than anything, and that’s what he wanted for Christmas.
– George, age 11. Had a massive scrape across his face (OUCH!) from wiping out on his bicycle. He was a tough kid – but not too cool to smile – or take a toy truck home.
– The last person to get a gift this year, was a grown ADULT… LOL! “January” (yes, her real name LOL), a woman in her mid-40s in the ER watched the joyful commotion with keen interest. When we exited the ER, I saw her looking kind of lonesome. “Are you okay?” I asked. She kind of nodded forlornly. She just moved to South Florida to start her life over, after a bad relationship gone wrong, and has no family here. “Would YOU like a little something for the holiday?” I asked. She nodded yes, and with a bashful smile she said, “Awe… yeah. I need a TEDDY BEAR!” She smiled at the beige bear and said, “I’m going to name him, ‘HOLIDAY’…” – and so she did.
Thanks to Tathyana for walking us through the hospital again, like last year. Interestingly – my 15-year old daughter was just diagnosed with Type I Diabetes this past year… and amidst a very painful personal time for us, it was powerful to see this hospital be able to give something back to my family when WE were in need. So, thank you to the kind, skilled and competent staff at Palms West Childrens Hospital. We are fortunate to have them in our community.
THANK YOU – everybody at the South Florida 912 For helping make a difference special thanks to the Shields family Candi Kayce and Sean, Mj Dunstan, Dan Guetheon for helping us deliver the prayers and good wishes and a SPECIAL THANKS TO Janice for her beautiful hand made cards:) WOW!
God Bless and Merry Christmas and Happy new Year!!!
Doug, Shannon, Tyler, Alexa, and Hunter Armstrong