April 11, 2023 Meeting — Senator Phil Fortunato

Note: Because of extended action on the floor of the state Senate in Olympia, Sen. Fortunato was not able to come to our meeting in April. Remarks we given by Lenny Chacon (chair of the Snohomish County Young Republicans and ERC board member), KCGOP Vice Chair Michelle Le, and Kirkland City Councilmember Toby Nixon. 

Kirkland Eagles Sign
Kirkland Eagles Sign

Please join us for the monthly meeting of Eastside Republican Club on Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 PM. We meet at the Kirkland Eagles club, 258 Central Way in beautiful downtown Kirkland! See the Location page for driving directions, a map, photos, and parking information. Please RSVP if you plan to attend! Note that ERC members can’t enter the Eagles Club until an Eagle is there to sign you in — so please consider not arriving until 6PM or so (maybe 5:30). 

Senator Phil Fortunato
Sen. Phil Fortunato

Our special guest speaker this month will be State Senator Phil Fortunato of the 31st Legislative District, who will update us on the current legislative session in Olympia with a focus on bills affecting the right to keep and bear arms.

Senator Fortunato has a wealth of private sector and legislative experience. He has been a contractor for over 30 years, starting his first business at 18, and is currently a recognized expert in Clean Water Act compliance. As a contractor, he understands Davis Bacon Act compliance, Employment Security, Unemployment and business tax issues. In addition, he has done work on the international market in Europe, Asia and Canada and understands international trade and import export issues as well.

He is ranking Republican member of the Senate committee on Housing, and also serves on the Senate Transportation Committee and the State Government & Elections Committee.

Phil and his wife, Suzanne, live in Auburn, and have five children with his first three sons joining the Marine Corps. He has been active in his community, including his church, Knights of Columbus, Buckley Eagles, Sons of Italy, Washington Arms Collectors, National Rifle Association, Renton Fish and Game Club, Black Diamond Gun Club, and charitable activities.

Please RSVP!

If you plan to attend the meeting, please click RSVP to register, and pay online in advance. The cost is $15 per person ($10 for College Republicans and Young Republicans) to cover the cost of the meeting space. A full bar is available, and the full menu should be available for dinner!

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March 14, 2023 Meeting — Glen Morgan of We The Governed

 

Kirkland Eagles Sign
Kirkland Eagles Sign

Please join us for the monthly meeting of Eastside Republican Club on Tuesday, March 14, at 6:30 PM. Note that this is our usual second Tuesday of the month. We meet at the Kirkland Eagles club, 258 Central Way in beautiful downtown Kirkland! See the Location page for driving directions, a map, photos, and parking information. Please RSVP if you plan to attend! Note that ERC members can’t enter the Eagles Club until an Eagle is there to sign you in — so please consider not arriving until 6PM or so (maybe 5:30). The Eagles have hired two new chefs, so the full menu should be available for dinner!

Glen Morgan
Glen Morgan

Our special guest speaker this month will be Glen Morgan of We The Governed. to update us on his many activities to protect our rights and expose government corruption.

Glen founded We the Governed in 2016.  He is currently the volunteer Executive Director for the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights. Glen Morgan was the Grassroots Director and the Property Rights Director at the Freedom Foundation 2011-2015. He enjoys creating videos documenting Big Government’s abuses of citizens – particularly on property rights issues.  

Glen is a frequent writer and speaker on property rights, the environmental movement, Big Government, and the importance of citizen activism. In 2014, Bill Whittle called Glen “The ascended high master of political messaging.” Glen doesn’t consider himself a high master of anything, but he enjoys exploring policy issues in local government and exposing government corruption and incompetence which impacts everyone.

Glen is often attacked by the Left for daring to expose corruption in government.  He frequently testifies on property rights issues at local government hearings and at the Washington State Legislature.  Glen is also known for writing opposition statements in the official voter’s guide for voter-approved tax increases, challenging inaccurate and misleading ballot titles created by Washington State’s Attorney General and local county prosecutors and auditors for some initiatives and tax increase propositions, among other civic activity.

Glen has also been involved in attempting to address campaign finance reforms to make the process easier and simpler for political beginners.  As part of his effort to study Washington State’s campaign finance laws, he has filed over 665 Public Disclosure Campaign Finance and Ethics complaints (from late 2016-2022).  These complaints have resulted in over 79 lawsuits, fines, settlements, or forfeiture of contributions against state legislators, state senators, Democratic Party committees, labor unions,  judges, and other politicians who violated the Washington State’s campaign finance laws.  This includes 19 lawsuits filed by the Washington State Attorney General resulting in 21 judgements based on Glen’s reporting.  The Democrats grew so frustrated over Glen’s success that they passed a law to make it more difficult for citizens to file lawsuits over PDC violations.

Glen is also an investigative citizen journalist who frequently meets with anonymous whistleblowers from various state agencies, local governments, and political parties who want to expose wrongdoing where they work.  Glen has been repeatedly sued by Yelm, Washington based cult leader JZ Knight after he helped expose her racist speeches from 2011 which caused the Washington State Democratic Party to divest themselves from her donations at the time.  Glen has also exposed tax fraud committed by State Senators, homeless camps causing environmental pollution – ignored by environmentalists, and even created alternative logos for Evergreen College.  Glen also published Governor Inslee’s “snitch list” – a public record of citizens encouraged to spy on and report their neighbors for their failure to comply with Inslee’s Civilian Covid Compliance Program.

Glen helped launch the Washington Voter Research Project, a Washington State non-profit organization that helps concerned volunteer activists canvass Washington State’s voter rolls and help local auditors clean up problematic and sloppy voter rolls.  He has repeatedly been attacked by the corporate media, angry politicians, and the Democratic Party for daring to look at elections, a project he has been involved in long before Trump decided to run for public office.

Glen graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way.  After graduating from college with a BA in political science from Columbia College in New York City, Glen returned home and worked for small start-up companies and local manufacturing businesses.  He currently lives on a small tree farm in Thurston County with his wife and their flock of free-range children.  They also have a large flock of free-range Icelandic chickens, peafowl and other helpful farm animals.

Please RSVP!

If you plan to attend the meeting, please click RSVP to register, and pay online in advance. The cost is $15 per person ($10 for College Republicans and Young Republicans) to cover the cost of the meeting space, and includes dessert and coffee service. The Eagles have hired two new chefs, so the full menu should be available for dinner!

Time to Renew Membership!

If you have not already done so, please go to the Join page and renew your ERC membership for 2023. Of course if you aren’t yet a member, we invite you to join! There are three membership levels: Basic $25, Silver $50, and Gold $100. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings!

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February 7, 2023 Meeting — Legislative Session Update from Rep. Jim Walsh and Tim Eyman

Kirkland Eagles Sign
Kirkland Eagles Sign

Please join us for the monthly meeting of Eastside Republican Club on Tuesday, February 7, at 6:30 PM. Note that this is the first Tuesday of the month rather than the usual second Tuesday, to allow club members to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their spouses or significant others and also enable the Kirkland Eagles to hold their annual Valentine’s Day Dinner on the traditional date.

We meet at the Kirkland Eagles club, 258 Central Way in beautiful downtown Kirkland! See the Location page for driving directions, a map, photos, and parking information. Please RSVP if you plan to attend! Note that ERC members can’t enter the Eagles Club until an Eagle is there to sign you in — so please consider not arriving until 6PM or so (maybe 5:30). Thanks!

Rep. Jim Walsh
Rep. Jim Walsh

Our special guest speakers will be Representative Jim Walsh of the 19th Legislative District, and Tim Eyman, who will update us on hot issues in Olympia. 

Rep. Walsh is in his 4th term in the state House. His legislative priorities are creating family-wage jobs, adequately funding schools, and protecting taxpayers, property rights and gun rights. He is ranking member of the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee, and also serves on the Transportation Committee and the Regulated Substances and Gaming Committee.

Jim graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 1986. He formed a small publishing company in 1998 that he continues to operate today. Jim has also written columns for the Aberdeen Daily World newspaper, coached boys’ and girls’ basketball teams, and held leadership roles with local and state Republican groups. Jim lives in Aberdeen and has five children.

Tim Eyman
Tim Eyman

Tim Eyman is best known for sponsoring many conservative ballot initiatives in Washington, including I-695 (“$30 Car Tabs”), I-747 (1% limit on property tax levy increases), I-18 (reducing the King County Council from 13 members to 9), I-900 (government performance audits), I-960 (2/3rd legislative vote to raise taxes), and many others. He has stood strong in the face of legal persecution by the Washington State Attorney General. His web site is http://www.permanentoffense.com/.

Please RSVP!

If you plan to attend the meeting, please click RSVP to register, and pay online in advance. The cost is $15 per person ($10 for College Republicans and Young Republicans) to cover the cost of the meeting space, and includes dessert and coffee service. As of this posting the Eagles’ chef continues to be on leave and they’re looking for a second chef, so it’s not certain that the full food menu will be available — but we’ll definitely have something to eat!

Time to Renew Membership!

If you have not already done so, please go to the Join page and renew your ERC membership for 2023. Of course if you aren’t yet a member, we invite you to join! There are three membership levels: Basic $25, Silver $50, and Gold $100. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings!

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ERC Announces New Officers and Board Members, February Meeting Date Change

Doug Basler
Doug Basler

At our Annual Business Meeting on January 10, Eastside Republican Club thanked Doug Basler for his excellent service as President for the past three years, guiding the Club during the very trying times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Fortunately, Doug will continue to serve as a board member and immediate past president!

Derek Chartrand
Derek Chartrand

Our new Club president for 2023 is Derek Chartrand; he had previously served as ERC Vice President. Ruphina Nord was elected as our new Vice President, and Kathleen Strong and Michael Scheele were re-elected as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.

Five board members whose terms were ending in 2023 were re-elected to another two-year term on the board: Doug Basler, Derek Chartrand, Kerry French, Michael Scheele, and Kathleen Strong. Ruphina Nord was elected to a new two-year term on the board. Continuing board members whose terms end in 2024 are Donna Barr, Lenny Chacon, and Ted Reinhart. Thanks to all for your willingness to serve!

Mark Your Calendar!

The February 2023 meeting of Eastside Republican Club will be held on the first Tuesday of the month, February 7, rather than the usual second Tuesday, February 14. This will allow club members to celebrate Valentine’s Day with their spouses or significant others, and will also enable the Kirkland Eagles to hold their traditional Valentine’s Day Dinner on the traditional date. We’ll announce the program for the February 7 meeting in the near future!

Time to Renew Membership!

If you have not already done so, please go to the Join page and renew your ERC membership for 2023. Of course if you aren’t yet a member, we invite you to join! There are three membership levels: Basic $25, Silver $50, and Gold $100. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings!

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January 10, 2023 Meeting — Dann Mead Smith, Annual Business Meeting

Happy New Year!

Please join us for the first Eastside Republican Club meeting of 2023 on Tuesday, January 10, at 6:30 PM at the Kirkland Eagles Club. And please RSVP if you plan to attend!

We’ll start with the Annual Business Meeting to elect ERC officers and board members for 2023. If you’re interested in serving, please email us at info@eastsiderepublicanclub.org and let us know!

To be eligible to vote for our officers and board members during the business meeting, you will need to be a paying member of the club either by registering and paying by January 10 or having been a paid member for 2022. It’s time for everyone to renew your membership for 2023 as well. Membership prices are still only $25 Basic, $50 Silver, and $100 Gold. Please renew today so you don’t forget! You can join or renew your membership on the Join page.

Dann Mead Smith – Project 42

Photo of Dann Mead Smith
Dann Mead Smith

After the short business meeting, we’ll have the pleasure of hearing from Dann Mead Smith, who will tell as all about Project 42, which “is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization created to change the course of Washington state to prioritize free markets, personal liberty and an individual’s right to prosper.”

Dann was President and CEO of Washington Policy Center for 20 years before stepping down in fall 2021 to start his own firm, The Mead Smith Group. His main client is Project 42, a 501c4 advocacy, capacity building, nonprofit organization, that he co-founded in 2020. Some of the nonprofit groups launched or supported by Project 42 over the last year include Change Washington, League of Our Own Washington, The Center Square Washington, and Future 42.

As President of Washington Policy Center, Dann testified by invitation before dozens of legislative committees in Olympia and appeared on numerous radio and TV newscasts and programs around the state promoting the Center’s work. He also appeared on the national PBS “Debates Debates” television program. Dann is a member of Seattle Rotary #4 and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Washington Advisory Committee; serves as board chairman of Citizen Action Defense Fund, a public interest law group in our state; former board member of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, and founding board member of the Worker Rights Alliance.

He also served on the Advisory Group of the Washington State Tax Structure Study Committee and the Citizen Performance Audit Oversight Board after being appointed by Gov. Gregoire. Before becoming President of WPC, he worked for the Washington Institute for Policy Studies, was Vice President of the Washington Institute Foundation, and worked on two statewide campaigns (for a statewide ballot measure and a candidate for governor).

He is a graduate of Western Washington University and lives with his wife in Seattle and has two daughters.

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October 11, 2022 Meeting — Election Preview

Kirkland Eagles Sign
Kirkland Eagles Sign

Please join us for the monthly meeting of Eastside Republican Club on Tuesday, October 11, at 6:30 PM. We meet at the Kirkland Eagles club, 258 Central Way in beautiful downtown Kirkland! See the Location page for driving directions, a map, photos, and parking information. Please RSVP if you plan to attend! Note that ERC members can’t enter the Eagles Club until an Eagle is there to sign you in — so please consider not arriving until 6PM or so (maybe 5:30). Thanks!

As you know, the general election is coming up on November 8. The October meeting will be our Election Preview! We’ll be joined by leaders from both the King County GOP and Washington State Republican Party to update us on how things are going around the state and how we can help. Also, all candidates are invited to come to the meeting to meet ERC members and provide a brief update. 

Note that we will not be having a meeting in November. Our next gathering will be the Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction on Saturday, December 3. The location and other details will be announced shortly, so watch for announcements here and in your email! If you’re not currently on our email list, please email info@eastsiderepublicanclub.org and we’ll get you added, and you can also click the Subscribe button to the right to be automatically notified when new posts are made on the web site.

Please RSVP!

If you plan to attend the meeting, please click RSVP to register, and pay online in advance. The cost is $15 per person ($10 for College Republicans and Young Republicans) to cover the cost of the meeting space, and includes dessert and coffee service. Note that the Kirkland Eagles club has a full bar and serves delicious food — click to see the menu. And it will be Taco Tuesday!

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September 13, 2022 Meeting — Education

Kirkland Eagles Sign
Kirkland Eagles Sign

Please join us for the monthly meeting of Eastside Republican Club on Tuesday, September 13, at 6:30 PM. We meet at the Kirkland Eagles club, 258 Central Way in beautiful downtown Kirkland! See the Location page for driving directions, a map, photos, and parking information. Please RSVP if you plan to attend! Note that ERC members can’t enter the Eagles Club until an Eagle is there to sign you in — so please consider not arriving until 6PM or so (maybe 5:30). Thanks!

September is our annual “Back to School” meeting focused on education policy. Our guest speakers will include Joyce Fiess, long-time advocate for responsible education, who has been in the trenches in Olympia making sure our kids receive an appropriate education without liberal indoctrination. She’ll talk about where we are, how we got here, and what we can do about it!

We’ll also hear from Craig Rhyne, President of Freedom Education Foundation about their curriculum called “FreedomCivics”, and Derek Hanusch, Editor/Contributor with FEF. And we’ll also receive an update about the revitalized King County chapter of Young Republicans, from chair Gentry Gevers.

More about Joyce: Joyce Fiess is the chairman of Citizens United for Responsible Education (CURE), a Washington state research and advocacy group which has been examining education issues since the 1990s. Joyce has taught in public and private schools and has worked at Sylvan Learning Center and Kumon Math and Reading Center. She has also worked in vocational training programs for adults and was the Operations Coordinator for the King-Snohomish Comprehensive Employment and Training programs.

When she and her husband homeschooled their children, she was co-chair of the Bainbridge Island-North Kitsap Independent Homeschooling Families support group. Now that her children are grown, she continues to be active in the Kitsap County Republican Party, and is also on the Puget Sound Patriots Board.

Joyce especially urges parents and grandparents to see through the smoke and mirrors and deception when seeking solutions to improve education.

Other education specialists are invited as well. It will be a great meeting!

Please RSVP!

If you plan to attend the meeting, please click RSVP to register, and pay online in advance. The cost is $15 per person ($10 for College Republicans and Young Republicans) to cover the cost of the meeting space, and includes dessert and coffee service. Note that the Kirkland Eagles club has a full bar and serves delicious food — click to see the menu. And it will be Taco Tuesday!

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No August Meeting — and remember to VOTE!

It was great seeing so many of you at the ERC Picnic on July 12! Thanks to everyone who brought desserts and side dishes to share, to our chef, to our board members and officers who shopped for food and provided the raffle prizes, and to everyone who came early and stayed late for setup and cleanup. We hope you all had a good time hearing from and mingling with the candidates!

As usual, there’s no ERC meeting in August. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 13. We’re working on confirming availability of speakers, and will have details for you soon.

And don’t forget to vote in the August 2 primary! Ballots will arrive this week if they haven’t already!

Have a great summer!

I Voted - Did You?

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June 14, 2022 Meeting — Washington Veterans Vote!

Kirkland Eagles Sign
Kirkland Eagles Sign

Please join us for the monthly meeting of Eastside Republican Club on Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30 PM. We meet at the Kirkland Eagles club, 258 Central Way in beautiful downtown Kirkland! See the Location page for driving directions, a map, photos, and parking information. Please RSVP if you plan to attend! Note that ERC members can’t enter the Eagles Club until an Eagle is there to sign you in — so please consider not arriving until 6PM or so (maybe 5:30). Thanks!

Jerry Hust
Jerry Hust

Our special guest speaker this month is Jerry Hust of Washington Veterans Vote. Jerry is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel. A graduate of the Air Force Academy, he served as Director, Defense Policy and Plans, at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels, and as Director of Policy, International Affairs, in the office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force at the Pentagon, among many other leadership positions. As a weapons systems officer, he flew the F-111 at Royal Air Force Upper Heyford and RAF Lakenheath, England, and Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. He accumulated 2,400 flying hours, including 100 combat hours during Operation Desert Storm. He previous held command positions at the squadron, group and installation levels, and he has served in staff positions at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Europe, Headquarters U.S. European Command and Headquarters U.S. Air Force. He received the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the
Distinguished Flying Cross, and many other awards. He holds a Black Belt in Korean martial arts (Kuk Sool Won). Come and hear Jerry’s presentation on his work encouraging veterans to vote!

Please RSVP!

If you plan to attend the meeting, please click RSVP to register, and pay online in advance. The cost is $15 per person ($10 for College Republicans and Young Republicans) to cover the cost of the meeting space, and includes dessert and coffee service. Note that the Kirkland Eagles club has a full bar and serves delicious food — click to see the menu. And it will be Taco Tuesday!

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