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2005 CLUB ACTIVITIES (all meetings were held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted)


L - R: C. Gill, L. Sheldon, Shawn Hanscom, Cullen Saucier, Jeff Blanco, and Alex Evans; this photo of our enthusiastic new steering committee was taken by Hon. LTC L. Horacek (Ret.) on March 4 at our club's first official board meeting, held in Louisiana Office Supply's conference room. Before...


...and after! This photo shows our steering committee members making a weak attempt to give a "thumbs up," showing just what a long, hard night of work creating a new club can do to someone!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (moved from May 19)
Guest Speaker: Hon. Dan Kyle, former state legislative auditor and current vice-chairman of the state Republican Party
Topic: current and future initiatives by the party
Location: Jones Creek Regional Branch Library (Meeting Room 3)
Publicity 1: ˘ommon ˘ent$ classifieds book
Publicity 2: Baton Rouge Advocate (May 15 Politics column brief)
Publicity 3: Baton Rouge Business Report (May 16 brief)
Publicity 4: Moon Griffon Show

Our steering committee members all looked sharp in their new matching shirts, completed just in time for the start of our inaugural meeting; each of our club's charter members also qualified for one of these beauties.


Hon. Dan Kyle addresses our club.

THURSDAY, JUNE 23 (moved from June 16)
Guest Speaker 1: CDR Mike Futrell, attorney and state dir. for U.S. Sen. David Vitter's office
Topic 1: intricacies of his new position and proposed initiatives for U.S. Sen. Vitter's office
Guest Speaker 2: Harold Williams, businessman and former candidate for Dist. 29 state representative
Topic 2: his experience running in an overwhelmingly Democrat district and attempts at outreach
Location: Jones Creek Regional Branch Library (Meeting Room 2)
Publicity: Baton Rouge Advocate (June 19 Politics column brief)

CDR Mike Futrell addresses our club.


Harold Williams, to the left of the podium, addresses our club.

THURSDAY, JULY 21
Guest Speaker: Hon. Jay Dardenne, attorney and Dist. 16 state senator
Topic: recent legislative session
Location: Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library (Meeting Room 3)
Publicity: Baton Rouge Advocate (July 17 Politics column brief)

Our club's new yellow t-shirts made their public debut at this meeting. Front...


...and back!


Hon. Jay Dardenne addresses our club.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
Guest Speaker: Hon. Luke LaVergne, attorney and Dist. 19, Div. B judge of the Family Court
Topic: why he switched parties and his experience becoming the first known African-American elected official to switch to the Republican Party while in office
Location: Charlie Coffee (Rebel Drive; moved from Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library)
Publicity: Baton Rouge Advocate (Aug. 14 Politics column brief)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
Guest Speaker: Hon. Hunter Greene, attorney and Dist. 66 state representative
Topic 1: state's efforts to recover from Hurricane Katrina
Topic 2: live viewing of Pres. George W. Bush's national address
Location: Charlie Coffee (Rebel Drive)
Publicity: Baton Rouge Advocate (Sept. 12 Briefs column brief)

SPECIAL EVENT
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (moved from Sept. 24)
Topic: LSU-Tennessee game tailgate party
Location: LSU campus (southwest corner of Nicholson Drive and Skip Bertman Drive; moved from east of Mike the Tiger's cage)

SPECIAL EVENT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
Topic: LSU-Florida game tailgate party
Location: LSU campus (north of CEBA, between the Construction Management Shop and the Agricultural Engineering Shop)

Those who attended our tailgate got to see our club's new banner!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20
Guest Speaker: Hon. Darrell Ourso, financial consultant and Dist. 9 metro councilman
Topic: city-parish's efforts to recover from Hurricane Katrina
Location: Charlie Coffee (Rebel Drive)
Publicity: Baton Rouge Advocate (Oct. 16 Politics column brief)

SPECIAL EVENT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
Topic: LSU-Auburn game tailgate party
Location: LSU campus (north of CEBA, between the Construction Management Shop and the Agricultural Engineering Shop)

SPECIAL EVENT
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
Topic: LSU-North Texas game tailgate party
Location: LSU campus (north of CEBA, between the Construction Management Shop and the Agricultural Engineering Shop)

SPECIAL EVENT
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
Topic: New Orleans Saints-Miami Dolphins game tailgate party
Location: LSU campus (north of the University Public Safety Building)

SPECIAL EVENT
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Topic: LSU-Appalachian State game tailgate party
Location: LSU campus (courtyard north of CEBA, between the Construction Management Shop and the Agricultural Engineering Shop)

SPECIAL EVENT
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Topic: New Orleans Saints-Chicago Bears game tailgate party
Location: LSU campus (east corner of Fieldhouse Drive and South Stadium Drive)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Guest Speaker: Hon. Walter Boasso, businessman and Dist. 1 state senator and possible candidate for governor
Topic: state's efforts to recover from Hurricane Katrina
Location: Charlie Coffee (Rebel Drive)
Publicity: Baton Rouge Advocate (Nov. 13 Politics column brief)

Hon. Walter Boasso addresses our club.

SPECIAL EVENT
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Topic: LSU-Arkansas game tailgate party
Location: LSU campus (courtyard north of CEBA, between the Construction Management Shop and the Agricultural Engineering Shop)

SPECIAL EVENT
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4
Topic: New Orleans Saints-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game tailgate party
Location: LSU campus

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15
Guest Speaker: none (Christmas social)
Topic: none
Location: Charlie Coffee (Rebel Drive)
Publicity: Baton Rouge Advocate (Dec. 22 Club News column brief)

L - R: L. Sheldon, Alex Evans, Cullen Saucier, F. Zondlo, Hon. Joyce LaCour, J. Young, Hon. Harold LaCour, Hon. Shawn Hanscom, C. Gill, R. Blanchard, and Jeff Blanco; we displayed ink-dyed fingers to show solidarity with Iraq's new voters who have to dip their index fingers in un-washable ink after voting to prevent voting fraud.

SPECIAL EVENT
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18
Topic: New Orleans Saints-Carolina Panthers game tailgate party
Location: LSU campus
OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT OUR CLUB HAD A NOTEWORTHY ROLE IN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 (12:00 p.m.)
Event: Ascension Republican Women's meeting
Location: Grand Wall Chinese Super Buffet (side room; Gonzales, La.)
Publicity 1: Baton Rouge Advocate (Aug. 12 Around Ascension column brief)
Publicity 2: Baton Rouge Advocate (Aug. 18 Ascension section brief)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 (10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
Event: NAACP's Heritage Festival
Location: Galvez Plaza (East Baton Rouge Parish Republican executive committee booth)
Publicity: none
STEERING COMMITTEE (first met Feb. 25; terms effective from Mar. 4; terms effective through Apr. 12, 2006, with special permission from the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs)

TEMPORARY PRESIDENT - Cullen Saucier

TEMPORARY VICE PRESIDENT-PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR - Jeff Blanco (effective through Feb. 9, 2006)

TEMPORARY SECRETARY - L. Sheldon

TEMPORARY TREASURER - Alex Evans

PARLIAMENTARIAN - Shawn Hanscom

SERGEANT-AT-ARMS (effective from July 13) - Harold Williams

TEMPORARY AT-LARGE DIRECTOR - C. Gill

TEMPORARY EX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR - Hon. LTC L. Horacek (Ret.) (appointed by East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Executive Committee chair)
COMMITTEES (effective from Mar. 23)

PROGRAM COMMITTEE - Chair: Jeff Blanco (effective through Feb. 9, 2006); members: Shawn Hanscom, L. Sheldon; ex-officio member: Cullen Saucier

POLITICAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE - Chair: L. Sheldon; ex-officio member: Cullen Saucier

INTERNET COMMITTEE - Chair: C. Gill; member: Alex Evans; ex-officio member: Cullen Saucier

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE - Chair: Hon. LTC L. Horacek (Ret.); member: Jeff Blanco (effective through Feb. 9, 2006); ex-officio member: Cullen Saucier

FINANCE COMMITTEE (effective from Apr. 1) - Chair: Shawn Hanscom; member: J. Young; ex-officio member: Cullen Saucier

SPECIAL COMMITTEE: OUTREACH (effective from July 13) - Chair: Harold Williams; ex-officio member: Cullen Saucier

NOMINATING COMMITTEE (effective from Jan. 12, 2006, with special permission from the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs) - Chair: L. Sheldon; members: Shawn Hanscom, J. Young

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