I have been a lurker and periodic poster at RedState for a little over one year now, and am very happy that I found this site. I have linked several posts from the CMYRs eNews that I create to posts on this site, including the Fred! video from a couple days ago.

As part of my activism for Missouri, espcially the central Missouri area, I ask the readers of RedState to permit me to post the (usually) weekly e-mail I send out to area Young Republicans, as well as other Republican leaders in mid-Missouri. I realize this knocks down entries a notch in the Diaries, but from some of the posts I have read recently about activism, the events and information in these e-mails are at least in the same ballpark.

The information generally covers just Boone and Cole Counties in central Missouri (Columbia and Jefferson City), but I will have information regarding other counties, and state events, like the upcoming Missouri Lincoln Days in February.

Please post comments as to whether you would like me to continue to post this eNewsletter, or if you think this is not what you want to see in the Diaries.

Sincerely, Mike Zweifel (MoRepublican)

Central Missouri Young Republicans eNews – Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008

Quick Note – If you are on the Mizzou campus this Thursday, Dec. 4, please stop by Brady Student Commons (the Bookstore building), and sign a Christmas card for the troops. The table should be in the walkway by the food court.

  1. Central MO Young Republicans Holiday Get-Together
  2. NEW – Boone County Federated Republican Women Upcoming Events
  3. Coyote Hills Christmas
  4. NEW – Columbia Pachyderm Club December Schedule
  5. NEW – Other upcoming Republican area and state events
  6. UPDATED INFO – Municipal Elections in 2009: Change from the grassroots up

Mike Zweifel Editor-In-Chief/Communications Chair Central MO Young Republicans Web Facebook

1. Central MO Young Republicans Holiday Get-Together

Saturday, Dec. 13th at 4 P.M. at Shakespeare’s Pizza, downtown Columbia (9th and Elm), then Mizzou basketball game at 6 P.M. Basketball game is optional, but I would like to see as many people as possible at Shakespeare’s. You can join the club at this event. Also, please bring food or donations for the Central Missouri Food Bank. All area Republicans welcome to attend, but please RSVP me if you plan to attend.

Facebook event page

Event Information:There are no group tickets available for this game so all tickets will be either $30 for the best seats, $19 for okay seats, and $14 for the second deck. I would like us to sit as a group, so I encourage everyone who attends to purchase a $14 ticket at the door. I think there will be plenty of seating available, so we will not need to worry about a potential sellout.

The plan is to meet at Shakespeare’s Pizza downtown (9th and Elm) at 4 P.M., have some food and merriment, and then head over to Mizzou Arena at 5:20 to purchase tickets and enjoy the game. Pizza costs will be minimal, but beverages will probably be on your own. Shakespeare’s does not reserve their party room on Saturdays, but I will try to claim it that day when I arrive. We can discuss our 2009 schedule of events, as well as other items.

The game should end about 8 P.M. If the weather is bad, we will cancel and have some other social event at a later date. Parking is free at the campus parking garages, including the one closest to the arena on level 3 and above. Free parking is also available on the west side of Memorial Stadium. Parking close to the arena requires you to be a TSF donor, so be prepared to walk a little bit if you are not a donor.http://mutigers.cstv.com/gameday/hoops-parking-public.html

If you would like to join the CMYRs, membership is $25 for one year and you can join the group at this event. Checks are payable to “Central Missouri Young Republicans”. Donations to the group welcomed also.

As a group service project, please bring either monetary donations or 4 cans of food to Shakespeare’s for the Central Missouri Food Bank. I would like our group to give a donation to the CMFB, as our members have done in previous years. I will collect the items, and take them to the CMFB’s HQ on Vandiver in Columbia. http://www.centralmofoodbank.org. I know current events have put a strain on budgets, and I don’t have much to give, but even just $1 really truly helps the CMFB with its mission.

2. NEW – Boone County Federated Republican Women Upcoming Events

Our LAST Adopt-A-Spot cleanup for the year will be this Saturday, December 6, from 9-11 a.m. What a perfect way to work off all that turkey you’ve eaten for Thanksgiving! 😀 I drove by our “spot” last week and noticed that the grass had been mowed so that will make it much easier to clean. The temperature should be in the 40’s. After the cleaning is done, I’ll put a Christmas bow on our sign and then we can all have our picture taken next to it!

DEC. 6 – BCFRW ADOPT-A-SPOT CLEANUP

When: 9-11 AM (Saturday)Where: Conley Rd. (between Super Walmart and Long Horn Steakhouse)Provided: Orange vests, gloves, trash bags, bottled waterBring: Your family and friendsNOTE: Christmas Photo next to our Adopt-A-Spot sign (Bring your children and teach them to keep their community clean)! •••••••••••••••• Boone County Federated Republican Women Holiday Party

Monday, December 8, 2008, 11:30 amJack’s Gourmet Restaurant, 1903 Business Loop 70EEntree with salad bar $8.00 or Salad bar $5.00,

Our guest will be Ronny Morgason, President of MoFRW, and she will install the BCFRW officers for 2009-2010.President-Rosa Robb1st V.Presidents (Program chairman)-Laura Crane & Helen St. John2nd V. President (Membership chairman)-Heather HaneyRecording Secretary-Virginia DooleyTreasurer-Joan Rawson

Caring for America project: Bring items for Coyote Hill Children’s Home if you would like.

3. Coyote Hills Christmas

GREETINGS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS,

BOONE COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN ARE COLLECTING GIFTS AND CASH FOR OUR ‘CARING FOR AMERICA’ DECEMBER CAMPAIGN. ALL THE PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO COYOTE HILL CHILDREN’S CHRISTIAN HOME. OUR CLUB WOULD LIKE TO REACH OUT AND INVITE OTHER CARING REPUBLICANS TO HELP US IN OUR EFFORTS. ANYONE INTERESTED MAY CONTACT VIRGINIA DOOLEY OR ME.

WE ARE WISHING EVERYONE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS AND JOYOUS NEW YEAR. THANK YOU.

4. NEW – Columbia Pachyderm Club December Schedule

December 5: Terry Smith, Political Science Professor

December 12: Senator John Loudon, “How the Legislature Lost Control of Vast Sums of Public Money”

December 19: TBA

December 26: No meeting

Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings are held on Fridays at Jack’s Gourmet on Bus. Loop 70 from 11:45 A.M. – 1 P.M. Memberships are $40 if you would like to join. Lunch available for purchase; $5 for salad, $7 for meal

5. NEW – Other upcoming Republican events of interest

A. Mizzou College Republicans End of Semester Party – This Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 – 9 P.M., Heidelberg; cost is $5 B. Central MO Young Republicans Meeting – Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7 P.M. in Jefferson City (place and speaker TBA) C. Missouri Lincoln Days – February 20-22 in Kansas City (all info TBA; watch for registration information) D. 2009 National Young Republicans Convention – July 8-11 in Indianapolis – http://www.yrindy2009.com

6. Municipal Elections in 2009: Change from the grassroots up

One way we can start getting more conservative ideas and programs publicized to the general populace is by getting active in your local area, whether with PTA, city government boards, county government commissions, or other civic organizations. Being active in these areas will give you street cred if you decide to run for office at a future date. Boone County Openings

City of Columbia Boards

UPDATED INFO – City of Columbia City Council Election – April 7th, 2009Wards 2 and 6 will be up for election. Ward 2 is essentially northwest Columbia, and Ward 6 is southeast Columbia. Map here. NEW – Ward 2 will be an open seat! Chris Janku is not running for re-election. This is a great opportunity for a Ward 2 resident to win a seat and help determine Columbia’s future.

Filing started Oct. 24 and will end Jan. 22. These are non-partisan offices. A complete election packet is available from the City Clerk’s office at the 4th floor of City Hall downtown at 7th and Broadway.

As of Dec. 2, no one has turned in any forms declaring to be a candidate. You must be a resident of the ward, be a registered voter (meaning anyone 18 and over who is registered can run), and have your taxes up-to-date. More information here.

Columbia School Board April 2009 Election Filing will be from Dec. 16-Jan. 20 There are two seats up for election, with one being open. Board Prez Michelle Gadbois said she is not running for re-election today. So there will be at least one new Board member come April. You must be 24 years old and a U.S. citizen of the district to be a candidate.

Jefferson City Boards and Commissions

I assume most counties and cities have boards and commissions that you can join.

Getting involved at the local level is the best way to influence public policy decisions that affect your daily lives. Schools’ policies, smoking bans, funding decisions for more police vs. parks, and more, come at the local level. I hope that, although these are non-partisan offices, we as conservatives and Republicans can express our ideas on how we think schools and cities should be run. We should be active in local government, which hopefully leads to a less intrusive local government.

Until next time, Mike Zweifel