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2012 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 26 meeting was not scheduled due to the summer travel season; Dec. 20 meeting was not scheduled due to the winter travel season)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

Guest Speaker: Lane Grigsby, contractor and political activist
Topic: prospects for improving education in Louisiana
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side room)
Publicity 1: East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Women Newsletter (Jan. brief)
Publicity 2: Baton Rouge Advocate (Jan. 22 Inside Politics column brief)
Publicity 3: Baton Rouge Advocate (Mar. 2 Club News column brief)

L - R: Harold LaCour, left, Julie Robinson, Lane Grigsby, Gayle Landry, and L. Sheldon.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7


SPECIAL EVENT
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 (3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.)
Topic: FreedomWorks Grassroots Activist Training (co-sponsored with Louisiana Grassroots Network)
Location: Jones Creek Regional Branch Library (meeting rooms 2 and 3)
Publicity: Baton Rouge Advocate (Mar. 16 Club News column brief)

L - R: Joyce LaCour, Harold LaCour, R. Edwards, Allen Page, southeast regional director for FreedomWorks, and Joyce Krawiec, North Carolina grass roots coordinator for FreedomWorks; this photo was taken at the after-event social at Sammy's Grill.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 (moved to 6:00 p.m.)

Guest Speaker: Barry Weinstein, rabbi and community activist
Topic 1: prospects for Israel's future
Topic 2: Obamacare's recent encroachment on religious institutions' right to decline sponsoring medical procedures contrary to their beliefs
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side room)
Publicity 1: Baton Rouge Advocate (Feb. 19 Inside Politics column brief)
Publicity 2: CentralSpeaks.com (Feb. 21 Community section article)
Publicity 3: Central City News (Feb. 23 brief)
Publicity 4: Hon. Ted Baldwin, film producer and member of the Republican state central committee, video-recorded the meeting (Feb. 23)
Publicity 5: Baton Rouge Advocate (Mar. 20 Club News column brief)

L - R: Harold LaCour, Joyce LaCour, Rabbi Barry Weinstein, Julie Robinson, and L. Dyer.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 (moved to 6:00 p.m.)

Guest Speaker: Hon. Woody Jenkins, businessman and chairman of the East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Executive Committee
Topic: TaxBusters' concerns about the proposed 10.6 mill property tax for CATS' bus service
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side room)
Publicity 1: TheHayride.com (Mar. 13 article)
Publicity 2: Baton Rouge Advocate (Mar. 18 Inside Politics column brief)
Publicity 3: Central City News (Mar.)
Publicity 4: Hon. Ted Baldwin, film producer and member of the Republican state central committee, video-recorded the meeting (Mar. 22)
Publicity 5: Baton Rouge Advocate (May 8 Club News column brief)

L - R: G. Neff, A. Neff, Hon. Woody Jenkins, Gayle Landry, and Harold LaCour.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26 (moved to 6:00 p.m.)

Guest Speaker: Brigitte Nieland, vice president of communications for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Topic: current pending legislation for pension reform in the education field
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side room)
Publicity: Baton Rouge Advocate (Apr. 22 Inside Politics column brief)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23


THURSDAY, MAY 24 (moved to 6:00 p.m.)
Guest Speaker: Mike Walker, mayor-president pro-tem, candidate for mayor-president, and member of the Pachyderms of Greater Baton Rouge
Topic: issues concerning the race for mayor-president
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side room)
Publicity 1: TheHayride.com (May 14 article)
Publicity 2: Baton Rouge Advocate (May 20 Inside Politics column brief)
Publicity 3: YouTube.com (May 29 JMikeWalker channel video)
Publicity 4: WN.com (June 2 brief)
Publicity 5: Baton Rouge Advocate (July 3 Club News column brief)

Hon. Mike Walker addresses our club.


L - R: A. Brown, Gayle Landry, Hon. Mike Walker, Harold LaCour, R. Horn, and SSGT Howard Bushey.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

Guest Speaker: Brian Landry, director of the Small Business & Governmental Reform Council and the Technology Advocacy Council for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Topic: state pension system reform as it was presented during the recent legislative session
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side room)
Publicity 1: Baton Rouge Advocate (June 24 Inside Politics column brief)
Publicity 2: TheHayride.com (June 25 article)
Publicity 3: Baton Rouge Advocate (Aug. 7 Club News column brief)

L - R: Harold LaCour, A. Brown, Brian Landry, A. Neff, and C. Grout.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

Guest Speaker: Kevin Kane, founder and president of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy
Topic: impact of Gov. Bobby Jindalís decision to avoid full participation in the Obamacare program
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side room)
Publicity 1: CentralSpeaks.com (Aug. 14 Gov't section article)
Publicity 2: Central Speaks (Aug. 16 City section article)
Publicity 3: Baton Rouge Advocate (Sept. 25 Club News column brief)

L - R: Hon. Toni Higginbotham, Kevin Kane, Lionel Rainey, Hon. Bill Morvant, and Harold LaCour.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Guest Speaker: Eric Skrmetta, attorney and Dist. 1 public service commissioner
Topic 1: Public Service Commission's handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac
Topic 2: United Nations' Agenda 21 EPA rule and its impact on consumers
Topic 3: upcoming elections
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side room)
Publicity 1: Baton Rouge Advocate (Sept. 19 Capital Buzz column)
Publicity 2: Capital City News (Sept. 20 brief)
Publicity 3: CentralSpeaks.com (Sept. 20 Community section article)

L - R: G. Neff, M. McDonald, Hon. Eric Skrmetta, D. Skrmetta, and Harold LaCour.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
Guest Speaker: none (movie night)
Topic 1: "Losing Our Sons" movie
Topic 2: induction of our club's new members
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side room)
Publicity: none

L - R: C. Grout, A. Brown, and P. Williams; we were proud to induct them as new members at our meeting.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (moved from Nov. 15)
Guest Speaker: Scott McKay, political commentator on TheHayride.com
Topic: upcoming election
Location: Great Wall Chinese Restaurant (side room)
Publicity 1: Baton Rouge Advocate (Nov. 25 Politics Column brief)
Publicity 2: TheHayride.com (Nov. 26 column)
Publicity 3: CentralSpeaks.com (Nov. 27 Community section article)
Publicity 4: Baton Rouge Advocate (Jan. 2, 2013 Club News column brief)

L - R: L. Pentecost, Scott McKay, and E. Harris.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT - Julie Robinson (effective through a.m. May 23) / Harold LaCour (effective from p.m. May 23)

1st VICE PRESIDENT-PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR - Harold LaCour (effective through a.m. May 23) / L. Sheldon (effective from p.m. May 31)

2nd VICE PRESIDENT - G. Neff

3rd VICE PRESIDENT - R. Horn

SECRETARY - L. Dyer

TREASURER - A. Neff

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT - L. Sheldon (effective through a.m. May 31)

AT-LARGE DIRECTORS - N. James (effective through a.m. May 30), Joyce LaCour

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

PROGRAM COMMITTEE - Chair: Harold LaCour (effective through a.m. May 23) / L. Sheldon (effective from p.m. May 31); members: Joyce LaCour, L. Sheldon (effective through a.m. May 31); ex-officio member: Julie Robinson (effective through a.m. May 23) / Harold LaCour (effective from p.m. May 23)

POLITICAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE - Chair: G. Neff; ex-officio member: Julie Robinson (effective through a.m. May 23) / Harold LaCour (effective from p.m. May 23)

INTERNET COMMITTEE - Chair: Joyce LaCour; ex-officio member: Julie Robinson (effective through a.m. May 23) / Harold LaCour (effective from p.m. May 23)

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE - Chair: R. Horn; ex-officio member: Julie Robinson (effective through a.m. May 23) / Harold LaCour (effective from p.m. May 23)

SPECIAL COMMITTEE: HOSPITALITY - Chair: G. Landry; ex-officio member: Julie Robinson (effective through a.m. May 23) / Harold LaCour (effective from p.m. May 23)

SPECIAL COMMITTEE: SERVICE MEMBER OUTREACH - Chair: K. Cormier (effective from Feb. 9) - ex-officio member: Julie Robinson (effective from Feb. 9 through a.m. May 23) / Harold LaCour (effective from p.m. May 23)

SPECIAL COMMITTEE: WEBSITE - Chair: N. James (effective through a.m. May 30); ex-officio member: Julie Robinson (effective through a.m. May 23) / Harold LaCour (effective from p.m. May 23)

NOMINATING COMMITTEE - Chair: G. Neff; members: L. Dyer, L. Sheldon

NEWSLETTER EDITOR - Julie Robinson (effective through a.m. May 23) / G. Neff (effective from May 31)

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