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Sep. 21st, 2004 @ 04:19 pm Minutes for September 21, 2004
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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