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2009 CLUB ACTIVITIES (all meetings were held at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month January through October and the third Thursday November through December, unless otherwise noted; July 23 meeting was not scheduled due to the summer travel season; Dec. 17 meeting was not scheduled due to the winter travel season)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22
Guest Speaker: Dan Claitor, attorney and candidate for Dist. 16 state senate
Topic: his proposed initiatives for Dist. 16
Location: Drusilla Seafood Restaurant
Publicity: none

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Guest Speaker 1: Laurinda Calongne, businesswoman and candidate for Dist. 16 state senate (canceled due to conflict in schedule)
Guest Speaker 2: Dan Claitor, attorney and candidate for Dist. 16 state senate
Guest Speaker 3: Lee Domingue, businessman and candidate for Dist. 16 state senate
Topic: candidate forum for Dist. 16 state senate
Location: Drusilla Seafood Restaurant
Publicity 1: WBTR-TV (Baton Rouge Today story)
Publicity 2: Baton Rouge Advocate (Feb. 27 Metro section's "Senate hopefuls discuss religion" article)
Publicity 3: Baton Rouge Advocate (March 6 Metro section's "Senate candidates differ on adoption, creationism" article)
Publicity 4: WAFB-TV (March 26 9 News story)

THURSDAY, MARCH 26
Guest Speaker: none (social)
Topic: none
Location: Chimes East restaurant
Publicity: none

THURSDAY, APRIL 23
Guest Speaker: Hon. Mike Walker, realtor and city-parish mayor-president pro tem
Topic 1: new initiatives for the city-parish
Topic 2: his efforts to use new forms of media such as text-messaging, the Internet, and cable television to reach out to constituents about the inner-workings of our city-parish
Location: Drusilla Seafood Restaurant (Bayou Room)
Publicity 1: MikeWalker.net (May 7 brief)
Publicity 2: Baton Rouge Advocate (May 15 Club News column brief)

L - R: B. Spring, left, Alex Evans, Mayor-President Pro Tem Mike Walker, Mike Smith, and N. Route.

THURSDAY, MAY 28
Guest Speaker: Kevin Kane, president of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy
Topic 1: the origins of think-tanks, such as his new organization
Topic 2: upcoming legislative session
Location: Drusilla Seafood Restaurant
Publicity 1: Baton Rouge Advocate (May 24 Inside Politics column brief)
Publicity 2: Baton Rouge Advocate (June 24 Club News column brief)

L - R: Alex Evans, R. Horn, Kevin Kane, F. Owens, and Harold LaCour.

THURSDAY, JUNE 25
Guest Speaker: Chris Holton, vice president of the Center for Security Policy
Topic: efforts towards jihadism in the West
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side room)
Publicity: Baton Rouge Advocate (June 21 Inside Politics column brief)

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27
Guest Speaker: Bernie Pinsonat, pollster for Southern Media & Opinion Research
Topic 1: grassroots-level opposition to the proposed national healthcare plan
Topic 2: upcoming 2010 election between U.S. Sen. David Vitter and U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (main seating area; moved from side room)
Publicity 1: Baton Rouge Advocate (Aug. 23 Inside Politics column)
Publicity 2: Hon. Ted Baldwin, film producer, member of the Republican state central committee, and member of the Pachyderms of Greater Baton Rouge, video-recorded the meeting (Aug. 27)
Publicity 3: Baton Rouge Advocate (Sept. 30 Club News column brief)

L - R: Alex Evans, K. Sellers, Bernie Pinsonat, Harold LaCour, and B. Spring.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Guest Speaker: Dr. Mike McDaniel, former secretary of the state's Department of Environmental Quality and current professional-in-residence at LSU
Topic: proposed national cap-and-trade legislationís impact on our state
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side room)
Publicity 1: Baton Rouge Advocate (Sept. 20 Politics column brief)
Publicity 2: 2TheAdvocate.com (Sept. 24 Politics Blog entry)
Publicity 3: Baton Rouge Advocate (Oct. 13 Club News column brief)

L - R: Shawn Hanscom, F. Owens, Dr. Mike McDaniel, R. Horn, and L. Vinsanau.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Guest Speaker 1: Ellen Carmichael, blogger on HealthcareHorserace.com (moved from Oct. 22 due to tornadic weather conditions)
Topic 1: proposed national healthcare plan
Guest Speaker 2: Dave Huguenel, chair of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Campaign for Responsible Health Reform
Topic 2: proposed national healthcare plan and whether our stateís Congressional delegation supports or opposes it
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side area; moved from side room)
Publicity 1 (for originally scheduled meeting date of Oct. 22): Baton Rouge Advocate (Oct. 18 Inside Politics column brief)
Publicity 2 (for originally scheduled meeting date of Oct. 22): 2TheAdvocate.com (Oct. 22 Politics Blog entry)
Publicity 3: Baton Rouge Advocate (Nov. 15 Inside Politics column brief)
Publicity 4: Baton Rouge Advocate (Dec. 22 Club News column brief)

L - R: Alex Evans, Ellen Carmichael, J. Kurts, Harold LaCour, and Dave Huguenel.
OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT OUR CLUB HAD A NOTEWORTHY ROLE IN

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Event: East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Women's meeting
Location: unknown
Publicity: Baton Rouge Advocate (March 27 Club News column brief)

L - R: Alex Evans, C. Parker, Pat Brister, M. Landry, V. Manno, and D. Gianellon.

TUESDAY, APRIL 14
Event: Republican Party of Louisiana's Baton Rouge Area Regional Republican Leadership Meeting
Location: State Archives Building
Publicity: Bayou Perspective (Apr. 14 blog entry)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT - Alex Evans

VICE PRESIDENT-PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR - Harold LaCour (effective through a.m. July 6)

SECRETARY - L. Sheldon

TREASURER - R. Horn (effective through a.m. July 6) / Harold LaCour (effective from p.m. July 6)

AT-LARGE DIRECTORS - G. Neff (effective from Sept. 30); B. Spring (effective from Sept. 30)

EX-OFFICIO DIRECTOR - vacant (unclaimed by East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Executive Committee chair)
COMMITTEES

PROGRAM COMMITTEE - Chair: Harold LaCour; members: Joyce LaCour (effective from Sept. 30), B. Spring (effective from Sept. 30); ex-officio member: Alex Evans

POLITICAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE - Chair: L. Sheldon; ex-officio member: Alex Evans

NOMINATING COMMITTEE (effective from July 6) - Chair: L. Sheldon; members: Harold LaCour, Joyce LaCour

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