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Dec. 17th, 2004 @ 11:05 pm Spring Elections
Just a brief reminder that anyone interested in running for student government
should contact Justin (if you haven't already), so we can include you in any
campaign materials and work on strategy together. You are not obligated to
work with PCRs if you don't want to, but it is obviously to your advantage.

Justin's email is: jmscott74@mchsi.com
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Oct. 26th, 2004 @ 04:46 pm Minutes
PARKLAND COLLEGE REPUBLICANS
October 26, 2004




Members Present:
Justin Scott
Brad Weber
Caroline Deters
Loren Mogler
Stephanie Fischer
Victoria Waybright

The meeting began at 2:33 PM

We finalized our decision for our winter project and we have decided to collect donations to send coffee to service members in Iraq for Christmas. We are still looking into which particular unit we want to sponsor but more information will definitely be forthcoming as it is made available. This choice was made based on a controversy with Starbucks that ensued after the coffee producers declined a request to donate coffee to the troops stationed overseas. You may read the full story on our LiveJournal community at http://www.livejournal.com/community/parkland_gop/1941.html. It is an original idea and it is something that the troops will actually appreciate.

Our second major item of business concerned our fundraising efforts and the discount cards. We need people to start weighing in with names of businesses that they believe should be included on our discount cards. We only have twelve spaces open but all suggestions are welcome. Think of businesses that you yourself as a college student frequent and from whom you�fd like to receive some discounts. Direct all suggestions and queries of our fundraising effort to our treasurer, Tim Zelgert (tzelgert@stu.parkland.edu).

We will not meet next Tuesday as it is Election Day. DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!!! :)

We will meet on Tuesday, November 9 at 2:30 in the lounge area outside of D-165.

The meeting concluded at 3:35 PM.

As a side note, the LiveJournal community has been put up and can be found at the following URL: http://www.livejournal.com/community/parkland_gop. Members will need a LiveJournal account to be able to post comments in this community and those can be acquired for free at http://www.livejournal.com/create.bml. Once the account has been created, in order to be able to post entries, members must join the community. They can do so at http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=parkland_gop. This community will be used to convey messages to members and it will also have each meeting�fs minutes posted on it in case anyone�fs email is not working properly.

And as a final side note, there are still vacancies in deputy leadership positions that members are encouraged to inquire after and fill. Please do not hesitate to contact any one of us if you�fre interested. Our emails are:

Justin Scott jmscott74@mchsi.com
Michael Sandone mjsandone31@netscape.net
Tim Zelgert tzelgert@stu.parkland.edu
Brad Weber bradandmalisa@yahoo.com
Lisa Baer bella_sagacity@yahoo.com
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Oct. 27th, 2004 @ 01:06 pm The Starbucks Controversy
In reply to a request from troops for a coffee donation:

Starbucks wrote a letter expressing their "support" for the troops. However, they can only donate to 501(c) charities, such as schools and libraries. The soldier who wrote about the initial complaint retracted his statement and apologized.

Here's the problem:

501(c) charities include the military. In fact, the military is specifically listed as a type of charity. Starbucks could still donate and receive tax breaks. Furthermore, they claim that "partners" have sent coffee to the troops. What really happens is that they give employees "free" coffee, as part of their compensation, and some of these good people send it overseas. Starbucks is taking credit for these acts of kindness while actually having nothing to do with it. I am more convinced than ever that we have a good
cause here.

Here's the bottom line: Starbucks has no problem earning revenues nearing 1 billion dollars annually while under the umbrella of freedom and protection that our soldiers provide with their blood and sacrifice. Yet, when the troops come calling for a favor, Starbucks not only is nowhere to be found, they lie to the troops and claim that the law prevents them from helping.
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Oct. 19th, 2004 @ 04:46 pm Minutes
PARKLAND COLLEGE REPUBLICANS
October 19, 2004




Members Present:

Justin Scott
Michael Sandone
Tim Zelgert
Brad Weber
Caroline Deters
Lisa Baer

The meeting began at 2:29 PM

The first order of business was the discussion of this weekends literature drop for Shane Cultra. If members are interested in participating, they should first email Justin at jmscott74@mchsi.com so he knows how many people to expect. Those who are doing the literature drop will meet at the Savoy office at 1401 Regency Drive E. at 9:00 and should plan to start walking by 9:30. Justin has sent out an email with further details on this project.

Next weekend phone banks will be set up for Deb Feinen and members are encouraged to participate and help out. Specific information with time and location will be forthcoming.

We have decided that as one of our fundraising projects, we are going to sell discount cards for area businesses. They are $10 apiece and are good for a year. For more information, please contact either Tim Zelgert (tzelgert@stu.parkland.edu) or Justin Scott (jmscott74@mchsi.com).

Our winter project has boiled down to two choices: raising donations for Operation Sleighbell, an area charity that provides underprivileged children with toys for Christmas or sending coffee to the troops abroad for Christmas. This latter option was included after we were informed of a request that troops had made for Starbucks coffee which was refused by the company. The officers are looking into both options but feedback is encouraged as to what the members would like to do.

The meeting concluded at 3:16 PM

As a side note, the LiveJournal community has been put up and can be found at the following URL: http://www.livejournal.com/community/parkland_gop. Members will need a LiveJournal account to be able to post comments in this community and those can be acquired for free at http://www.livejournal.com/create.bml. Once the account has been created, in order to be able to post entries, members must join the community. They can do so at http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=parkland_gop. This community will be used to convey messages to members and it will also have each meetings minutes posted on it in case anyones email is not working properly.

And as a final side note, there are still vacancies in deputy leadership positions that members are encouraged to inquire after and fill. Please do not hesitate to contact any one of us if youre interested. Our emails are:

Justin Scott  jmscott74@mchsi.com
Michael Sandone  mjsandone31@netscape.net
Tim Zelgert  tzelgert@stu.parkland.edu
Brad Weber  bradandmalisa@yahoo.com
Lisa Baer  bella_sagacity@yahoo.com
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Oct. 12th, 2004 @ 04:46 pm Minutes
PARKLAND COLLEGE REPUBLICANS
Tuesday, October 12, 2004






Members Present:
Justin Scott
Tim Zelgert
Caroline Deters
Loren Mogler
Lisa Baer

The meeting began at 2:33 PM.

Our organization has been asked to assist the Shane Coulter campaign by distributing literature. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact one of the officers (whose information will be listed below) for more information.

After speaking with the editor of the Prospectus, Justin Scott informed us that articles will be accepted for publication; however, we do not have a permanent spot in the paper. Anyone interested in writing editorials for the Prospectus is encouraged to do so.

Next Monday, Deb Feinen will be holding an open forum at the Pennsylvania Avenue Residence Halls which will begin at

We are still looking into our winter project and more information will be forthcoming.

The meeting concluded at 3:44 PM.

As a side note, the LiveJournal community has been put up and can be found at the following URL: http://www.livejournal.com/community/parkland_gop. Members will need a LiveJournal account to be able to post comments in this community and those can be acquired for free at http://www.livejournal.com/create.bml. Once the account has been created, in order to be able to post entries, members must join the community. They can do so at http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=parkland_gop. This community will be used to convey messages to members and it will also have each meetings minutes posted on it in case anyones email is not working properly.

And as a final side note, there are still vacancies in deputy leadership positions that members are encouraged to inquire after and fill. Please do not hesitate to contact any one of us if youre interested. Our email addresses are:

Justin Scott - jmscott74@mchsi.com
Michael Sandone - mjsandone31@netscape.net
Tim Zelgert - tzelgert@stu.parkland.edu
Brad Weber - bradandmalisa@yahoo.com
Lisa Baer - bella_sagacity@yahoo.com
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Oct. 5th, 2004 @ 06:36 pm Minutes
PARKLAND COLLEGE REPUBLICANS
Tuesday, October 5, 2004




Members Present:
Justin Scott
Michael Sandone
Tim Zelgert
Brad Weber
Lisa Baer

The meeting began at 2:31 PM.

The first order of business today was discussing the fundraising possibilities our organization could look into. I am still waiting to hear back from Curtis Orchard about selling caramel apples but our Volunteer Coordinator, Brad Weber (bradandmalisa@yahoo.com) brought up some more ideas including car fresheners and apparel with a PCR logo on it.

Once again the idea of debating members from the Parkland College Democrats was brought up and the reactions were mostly favorable. The only hitch in the idea would be finding an audience to watch and listen to the debate. We discussed the possibility of approaching the Political Science instructors about whether or not they�d be willing to take classes to watch. However, Tim suggested another good idea that involved debating through the Prospectus via an editorial column.

We decided to focus our campaign efforts on Deb Feinen�s campaign and you should be contacted shortly by Brad with volunteer opportunities. Look for these emails as they�ll contain more details for great opportunities to become involved not only with Parkland College Republicans but also with the Champaign County Young Republicans as well.

Again, we discussed community involvement and several good ideas were proposed. We�d like members� input on these ideas before we make a final decision however so please give us some sort of feedback. Our suggestions included helping with the �Toys for Tots� drive, joining other local organizations and charities with food drives or other toy drives, possibly doing something to show support for the troops in Iraq or for veterans, or doing something at the college for a family (or families) who had gone through a rough year. It is pretty much a given that our efforts will focus on the Holiday Season.

The meeting concluded at 3:44 PM.

As a side note, the LiveJournal community has been put up and can be found at the following URL: http://www.livejournal.com/community/parkland_gop. Members will need a LiveJournal account to be able to post comments in this community and those can be acquired for free at http://www.livejournal.com/create.bml. Once the account has been created, in order to be able to post entries, members must join the community. They can do so at http://www.livejournal.com/userinfo.bml?user=parkland_gop. This community will be used to convey messages to members and it will also have each meeting�s minutes posted on it in case anyone�s email is not working properly.

And as a final side note, there are still vacancies in deputy leadership positions that members are encouraged to inquire after and fill. Please do not hesitate to contact any one of us if you�re interested. Our emails are:

Justin Scott � jmscott74@mchsi.com
Michael Sandone � mjsandone31@netscape.net
Tim Zelgert � tzelgert@stu.parkland.edu
Brad Weber � bradandmalisa@yahoo.com
Lisa Baer � bella_sagacity@yahoo.com
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Sep. 28th, 2004 @ 10:42 pm Minutes
PARKLAND COLLEGE REPUBLICANS
Tuesday, September 28, 2004


The meeting began at 2:31 PM.

Members Present:
Justin Scott
Michael Sandone
Tim Zelgert
Brad Weber
Caroline Deters
Loren Mogler
Lisa Baer

The first order of business that we discussed today was clarification of membership dues. In last Tuesdays minutes, a $5.00 membership fee was mentioned, however, after some lingering confusion we endeavored to clear up any misunderstandings. In order to become a voting member of the Parkland College Republicans, one must pay the $5.00 membership fee. Members who do not pay the due will not have voting privileges.

We next discussed our groups willingness to participate and/or assist in the local campaign efforts for our candidates. The idea of contacting the registered Republicans in Champaign County to encourage them to vote on Election Day was also broached. For more information about that, members are encouraged to contact our Vice-Chairman, Michael Sandone (mjsandone@netscape.net). A related item of business concerned the possibility of approaching local candidates for donations to our organization, and in return for donations, those candidates would receive first consideration from us if campaign assistance was required.

Most of our meeting then centered on what we were going to do to get our name out in the public awareness and what sort of fundraising we would do. We talked about what we could do to support any student candidates for the spring elections for student government and we encourage any members who are interested, to run for these positions in the spring. Wed like our groups voice to be heard. An issue that can be used as a platform is freedom of speech on campus. We even looked into the possibility of organizing a debate between any of our candidates and other willing candidates before campus election day.

The "Light the Night" Walk is this Saturday from 5:30 to 9:00 PM at West Side Park. Please keep in touch with any of the officers to let us know how you're getting along with the fundraising. You can contact our Chairman, Justin Scott, at jmscott74@mchsi.com, our Vice-Chairman, Michael Sandone, at mjsandone@netscape.net, our Treasurer Tim Zelgert at tzelgert@stu.parkland.edu, our Volunteer Coordinator, Brad Weber, at brandandmalisa@yahoo.com, or myself at gospozha_dmitriev@yahoo.com. We began looking ahead to our next community support event and the idea of collecting CDs and DVDs to send to the troops in Iraq was brought forth as was the idea of staying more local and helping with the Toys for Tots or Operation Sleigh bell toy drives. We are still looking for member input about these ideas.

Our final order of business concerned fundraising efforts and several ideas that were put forth included making T-shirts and selling them, selling caramel apples, and possibly tailgating at UofI games either to raise community awareness of our group or to raise funds. If you have any further ideas about fundraising, please contact our treasurer, Tim Zelgert (tzelgert@stu.parkland.edu).

The meeting concluded at 3:31 PM.
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Sep. 21st, 2004 @ 04:19 pm Minutes for September 21, 2004
PARKLAND COLLEGE REPUBLICANS
Tuesday, September 21, 2004




The meeting began at 2:40 PM

Members Present:
Justin Scott
Brad Weber
Tim Zelgert
Caroline Deters
Lisa Baer

The meeting commenced with the first order of business being officer elections. Justin Scott as our Chairperson nominated members for the vacant Executive Committee positions and the results of said election are as follows:

Michael Sandone ? Vice Chairperson
Lisa Baer ? Secretary
Tim Zelgert ? Treasurer
Brad Weber ? Volunteer Coordinator

The Executive Committee briefly discussed the possibility of instating a $5.00 dues fee for members of this organization. We decided that we would not penalize people who wanted to participate in the Parkland College Republicans but could not afford to pay dues. However, for official membership, dues must be paid.

The next order of business was to discuss our organization?s involvement with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society?s ?Light the Night? walk. The Executive Committee approved our participation in this event to raise awareness of blood cancers and fund research for cures. The walk will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2004 from 5:30 to 9:00 PM at Westside Park. As Justin said in his email, there will be music, food, and entertainment followed by a relaxed two mile walk.

Participation can be done in one (or more) of three ways. First, you can attend and walk. Second, you can donate money. Third, you can raise money from family, friends, neighbors, and/or local businesses[1]. All donations are tax-deductible and go directly to the society. We have a goal that each member of PCR raise $150 for the cause and as an incentive (though we hope that helping raise awareness and funding for a great cause is incentive enough), the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will give any person who raises $100 a free t-shirt. Any person who raises $150 will get a free sweatshirt, and as the amount of money raised increases, there are chances to win such items as DVD players or even a computer.

The next order of business was to discuss networking options to facilitate good communication between the members of PCR and the idea of starting a LiveJournal community was met with positive reactions. For those of you unfamiliar with LiveJournal, it is a ?blogging? or publishing service located at http://www.livejournal.com. The community would have each meeting?s minutes posted on it as well as any other announcements that the Executive Committee found necessary to relay to the members. Members would also be encouraged to participate on the community. This would serve as a second source of information in case a member either did not receive an email or had difficulty accessing his/her email account.

The final item of business that was discussed pertained to fellowship activities for PCR members as well as activities sponsored by Champaign County Young Republicans that PCR members would be encouraged to look into. Such activities include but are not limited to:

CCYR Legislative Breakfast Series
Breakfast is $5 each
7:00-8:00 AM, 4th Wednesday of each month at Hawthorn Suites
(101 Trade Center Dr., Champaign)

Wednesday, October 27
- State Senator Rick Winkel, ?Supporting Our Local Republicans?

Wednesday, November 17
- Prof. Jim Nowlan, Institute of Government & Public Affairs at the University of Illinois, ?Analysis of the November Elections?

CCYR Happy Hour
5:30-7:00 PM, 2nd Thursday of each month at a local establishment
Thursday, October 14, Location: TBD

State?s Attorney John Piland Fundraiser

GOP Work Session

Barb Frasca Fundraiser

And there are many more.

For further information about the many events organized by the CCYR, members can visit the CCYR homepage at http://www.champaignyr.org.


The meeting concluded at 3:35 PM.
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