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ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE

BY-LAWS

AS AMENDED MARCH 12,2021

ARTICLE I

NAME

Section 1.01 The name of this organization shall be the Alamosa County Republican Central Committee referred to as the ACRCC in these by-laws.

ARTICLE II

PURPOSE

Section 2.01 To perform the functions set forth in the Colorado Election Laws for county central committee and the Colorado Republican State By-Laws. To exert every effort to achieve the objectives of the Republican Party as reflected in the Republican State Platform and in the platform adopted by the Republican National Convention.

ARTICLE III.

POLICY

Section 3.01 All applicable provisions of the statutes of the State of Colorado State Republican By-Laws shall be considered a part of these by-laws, and shall supersede any provision of these by-laws which are in conflict.

Section 3.02 All references to male include the female, and the masculine includes the feminine and vice versa.

Section 3.03 The Executive Committee (as defined in Article V), or any member thereof, shall not endorse, support, or oppose any candidate or any designation or nomination for any Elective Office of this County, State, or any Elective Office of any District comprised, in whole or in part, of this County before the primary Election, unless such candidate or nomination is unopposed in the Primary Election.

ARTICLE IV.

MEMBERSHIP

Section 4.01 Executive Voting membership of the organization shall be comprised of:

1. Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary;

2. All precinct chairmen and co-chairs from their respective Precincts;

3. All elected Republican County officials in Alamosa County;

4. All elected Republican State Senators and Representatives who reside in or whose districts include Alamosa County.

Section 4.02 General Membership Alamosa Republicans

1. The general meetings are open to the public, but only registered Alamosa County Republicans can participate (i.e. – voting, seconds, motions, committees). If anyone becomes disruptive, they will be asked to leave the meeting.

ARTICLE V.

OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 5.01 The elected officers of ACRCC shall be Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary; hereafter referred to as “They”. These officers shall be the Executive Committee. In addition to elected officers, The Treasurer and Social Media Technician shall be appointed by the Executive Committee and will be non-voting members, to serve until the Executive Committee shall release him.

1. They shall be registered Republicans at least one (1) year immediately prior to their election as shown by their registration records, and shall have resided in the County at least one (1) year immediately prior to their election; and

2. They shall serve a term of two (2) consecutive years following the conclusion of the Organization Meeting, or until their successor is elected. In the event of a vacancy – a special organizational meeting will take place to fill that office.

3. They or an alternate shall serve as members to the State Central Committee.

Section 5.02 If, for any reason, any of the elected officers are found to be ineligible, a vacancy will deemed to have occurred and such vacancy shall be filled at a special meeting called for this purpose by the ACRCC.

Section 5.03 Duties of the elected officers and appointed Treasurer are as follows:

A. The Chairman shall:

1. Be the chief executive officer;

2. Issue the call and preside at all meetings;

3. Observe and enforce the by-laws and rules of ACRCC and Colorado Republicans State Central Committee;

4. Assure that State Central Committee chairman has current copy of ACRCC By-Laws, as amended from time to time;

5. Be custodian of all books, papers, records and proceedings of ACRCC and Alamosa Republicans;

6. Appoint necessary staff members and all standing and special committees;

7. Be ex officio a member of all committees;

8. Call, organize, and preside over the Alamosa County Assembly and Convention;

9. Notify the State Central Committee Chairman and Secretary of state of the composition of the Vacancy Committees’

10. Make arrangements for delegated to attend state assembly and conventions;

11. With Assistance of the Secretary, provide to the State Central Committee Chairman and Secretary of State with the list of officers elected to ACRCC together with name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address, within 14 days following the organization meeting.

12. Shall be a signer on all bank accounts and approve all bills for payment as they come due. “The Chairman and the Treasurer will be authorized by the executive committee to sign checks”.

B. The Vice-Chairman shall:

1. Exercise the powers and duties of the Chairman in his absence or inability to perform his functions, or at the request of the Chairman;

2. In the event of Vacancy of the Chairman position, he shall fill the position for the remainder of the term of the Chairman;

3. Perform such other duties as the Chairman may prescribe.

C. The Secretary shall:

1. Be the chief clerical officer of the ACRCC, and record all meeting proceedings;

2. Have a roll of delegates and alternates entitled to participate for each County and State Assembly.

3. Serve as Secretary of the Alamosa County Assembly and Convention;

4. Serve as Credentials Committee Chairman, and prepare and verify all credentials of delegates and alternates, and certificates of designation;

5. File with Secretary of state and with State Central Committee Chairman a list of names, addressed, telephone numbers, email addresses of each elected and appointed officers;

6. Maintain the voting membership of the organization;

7. Maintain Precinct Chairman mailing, phone, and email information;

8. Mail any correspondence as assigned by Chairman;

9. Make minutes duly available to all voting members;

10. In absence of Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall preside at meeting, or in event of emergency and in absence of Chairman and Vice-Chairman call a meeting of ACRCC and preside at such meeting until a Chairman Pro-Tem is elected;

11. Performs such other duties as Chairman may prescribe;

D. The Treasurer shall:

1. Maintain the financial records of the ACRCC and Alamosa County Republicans;

2. Pay all bills as they come due under the approval of Chairman;

3. Establish a bank account, be a signer on all accounts, and maintain current signors on the account;

4. Be the custodian of all financial records and Bank Account Statements for last 2 years;

5. Establish an annual budget, if requested by Executive Committee;

6. Make a financial report at each meeting as requested by the Chairman;

7. File or cause to be filed with appropriate authorities all campaign finance reports as required by the Secretary of State of Colorado.

8. Assure finances are in compliance with state and federal laws;

9. Perform other duties as the Chairman may prescribe.

E. The Social Media Technician shall:

1. Maintain and update website and Facebook, and any other social media.

2. Any updates (website) and posts (pics) or updating profile shall be approved by Executive Committee and Chairperson.

Section 5.04 Nominations for officers of ACRCC can only be made by a member of the ACRCC who is present, or electronically, and not by proxy. No second to any nomination is required.

Section 5.05 If two or more candidates have been nominated for Chairman, Vice-Chairman or Secretary, voting shall be made by secret ballot. If only one candidate is nominated then that person is elected by proclamation.

a. Candidates are elected by majority votes cast by members present or by proxy;

b. Proxy holders must be present in person and not by telephone or conference call;

c. In the event that 2 or more candidates nominated for a position fail after three (3) secret ballots to receive a majority vote, then Chairman shall ask if any of the candidates wish to withdraw. Whether or not any candidate withdraws, and if there are two or more remaining candidates, the voting shall resume until a candidate received majority vote;

d. In event of a “dead-lock” and after multiple voting attempts, if any candidate fails to receive a majority vote, then the candidate shall be elected by a coin toss. The Chairman and secretary, as an observer shall toss the coin and declare the winner.

Section 5.06 Removal of any Officer of ACRCC may occur at any time if three-fourths (3/4) of the entire membership of ACRCC, at a meeting call for that purpose, vote in favor of such removal.

a. The meeting shall be a “requested” meeting and shall meet all the requirements as set forth in Article VII., Section 7.03, hereof;

b. The person being removed shall have at least ten (10) days prior notice by mail, or by email, of the date, time, place and the purpose of such meeting;

c. The person being removed shall have the right to speak on their behalf at the meeting before any voting occurs;

d. Voting is final with no rights to an appeal unless there was a violation of any of these By-Laws.

ARTICLE VI.

VACANCIES

Section 6.01 A vacancy shall be deemed to have occurred when an elected officer tenders their resignation in writing or by email to the membership of ACRCC, or in the event of death, or in event of removal in accordance to section 5.06, or in the event an officer has missed, without cause, three (3) or more consecutive meetings duly called. In event of a vacancy, the following rules shall apply:

1. Chairman. If there is a vacancy with the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman shall automatically succeed to the powers and duties of the Chairman and he shall fill that position for the remainder of the term of such office;

2. Vice-Chairman or Secretary. If there is a vacancy with the Vice-Chairman or Secretary, the Chairman shall appoint a Vice-Chairman or Secretary until such Vacancy can be filled at a duly called special meeting for the purpose of electing these officials.

3. Precinct Chairmen. The Chairman shall have the authority to appoint Precinct Chairmen in their respective precincts for vacancies until such time that a regular or special meeting can be called for the purpose of electing the new Precinct Chairman or Chairmen.

4. Nomination/Designation Vacancy Committee shall be elected at the County Assembly. (See Section 9.03)

5. Elected Official Vacancy Committee shall be appointed at the ACRCC Organization meeting. (See Section 9.04)

ARTICLE VII.

MEETINGS

Section 7.01 The Organizational Meeting shall be held between February 1 and February 15 of the odd-numbered years and not a year of a U.S. Presidential Election for the purpose of electing a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary.

Section 7.02 Meetings shall be held at such time and place as may be designated by the ACRCC, the Executive Committee, or upon the call of the Chairman, or in event of an emergency in the absence of the Chairman, by the Vice-Chairman, or in the event of an emergency in absence of Chairman and Vice-Chairman, by the Secretary.

Section 7.03 The official call shall be by mail, or email, at last known address of each member on file with the Secretary of ACRCC.

a. The mailing shall be made at least three (3) days prior to the date of a meeting. It shall state the date, time, place of the meeting and the business to be conducted; provided however, that the call shall not limit the business to those items, except for “requested meetings”.

b. When amendments to toe By-Laws are to be proposed, all members shall receive a copy of the proposed amendments with the call.

Section 7.04 Requested meetings. A special meeting can be called by a request by mail, or by email, signed by at least 50% of the voting members. If the Chairman fails to act upon said request within 15 days, then any member may issue the call at the Committee’s expense. Special Meetings shall be held no sooner than 15 days from the date the call is sent.

Section 7.05 Quorum shall consist of those members present and voting so long as due notice has been given and the meeting is held in accordance with these by-laws.

ARTICLE VIII.

VOTING AND PROXIES

Section 8.01 Voting. With the exception of the election of officers (Section 5.05) voting shall be by voice vote, unless a roll call vote or a secret ballot is requested by a motion properly made and carried by a majority of those members present.

Section 8.02 Multiple Office. If a member of the ACRCC holds more than one office therein, he shall not be entitled to more than one vote, excluding proxies.

Section 8.03 Proxy Vote. Any member who desires to cast their vote by proxy shall designate the name of the person to cast their proxy vote on a written form which shall be signed, dated, witnessed, and delivered to the Secretary at any time prior to the beginning of the meeting or directly after the meeting shall be called to order. Late proxies shall be invalid and not counted.

a. Proxies shall be valid for only a single meeting.

b. The person designated as proxy shall be a Republican elector and shall reside within the constituency or county which the proxy grantor resides.

c. The proxy may vote only if the proxy grantor is absent at the time of the vote.

d. Secretary of the ACRCC shall examine the proxies and certify them prior to the taking of any vote.

ARTICLE IX.

STANDING COMMITTEES

Section 9.01 The Chairman may appoint committees as deemed necessary.

Section 9.02 The quorum for a standing committee or special committee shall consist of those members present, provided that notice has been given to all members no less than 24 hours prior to the meeting. No proxy voting shall be permitted at these standing committee meetings.

Section 9.03 The Nomination/Designation Vacancy Committee. This Committee shall consist of at least 5 people of those Republicans so elected at the Alamosa County Assembly. This Committee shall appoint a candidate to fill a vacancy on the ballot in event of a vacancy or failure to nominate a candidate at the Assembly. Committee members shall serve until candidates are sworn in.

Section 9.04 The Elected Official Vacancy Committee shall consist of at least 5 people so appointed at the ACRCC Organizational Meeting. The Committee shall appoint or recommend a person to serve in the event of a vacancy of a Republican in public office. Committee members shall serve for 2 years until the next Organizational Meeting.

For purposes of Section 9.03 and 9.04 and for further clarification, the same people may serve as committee members on both committees.

ARTICLE X.

ASSEMBLIES AND CONVENTIONS

The ACRCC shall follow all Colorado State Election Laws, as determined by the Secretary of State, for the convening of Assemblies and Conventions.

ARTICLE XI.

VACANCY IN UNEXPIRED TERM OF OFFICE OF COMMISSIONERS

Rules of the Colorado Election Laws as provided in Article XII, 1-12-106 of Colorado Revised Statutes will prevail.

ARTICLE XII.

PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER, latest revision, shall govern the ACRCC meetings unless inconsistent with any Colorado Election Laws or State Republican Central Committee By-Laws.

ARTICLE XIII.

AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS

Section 13.01 The By-Laws may be adopted or amended at a meeting of the ACRCC by two-thirds (2/3) vote; provided however, that the proposed amendment(s) were submitted to the By-Laws Committee and included in the Official Call and mailed or emailed, not fewer than thirty (30) days prior to that meeting.

Section 13.02 If previous notice has not been given in the Call, unanimous consent of all members of ACRCC, present or by proxy, must be obtained before an amendment may be offered.

ARTICLE XIV.

SEVERABILITY

The illegality or unenforceability of any portion hereof shall not affect the validity of the balance of these By-Laws.

We certify that these By-Laws were properly approved as set forth above on this 12th day of March 2021

Minutes

MINUTES FOR ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

April 19, 2022


Meeting called to order: The monthly meeting of the Alamosa Republicans was held at Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant at First and Victoria Streets, Alamosa, CO on April 19, 2022. The meeting was called to order by Chair Cheryl O’Dowd at 5:49 p.m. Chair Cheryl made some opening remarks regarding the order of business of this meeting. Introductions were made of the Alamosa GOP Executive Committee members: Vice-Chair Denise Witherspoon, Secretary Gary Goodwin, and Chair Cheryl O’Dowd.

Invocation: Invocation was given by Pastor Chester Jones of the Calvary Bible Chapel in Alamosa.

Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cheryl and recited by all.

Those Present: Chair Cheryl O’Dowd, Vice-Chair Denise Witherspoon, Secretary Gary Goodwin, County Commissioner Mike Yohn, County Assessor Sandra Hostetter, County Treasurer Amy McKinley, Alamosa School Board President Heidi Richardson, Alamosa City Council President Ty Coleman, Carol VanIwaarden, Elaine Goodwin, Janet Yohn, Vella Owens, Richard Roberts, Doris Roberts, Alan McFadden, Greg Bervig, Cindy Bervig, Jerry White, Jay Robinson, Susan Robinson, Mary Dzuris, Bonnie Belle, Chrystal Summers, Hunter Jack, Larry Crowder, Cheri Crowder, Phillip Pautler, Mareea Pautler, Pastor Chester Jones, Larry Dixon, Tom Burke, Delores Burke, Larry Brown, Ruthie Brown, Terry Hammond, Dennis O’Dowd, Andreas Maes, plus Mari Felix-Alamosa County Clerk/Recorder candidate; Arlan Van Ry-Alamosa County District 2 Commissioner candidate; Tom Maestas-Alamosa County District 2 Commissioner candidate; Joe Dzuris-Write-in candidate for Alamosa County Coroner; Carol Riggenbach- Colorado House 62 candidate; plus guest(s)Ronnie Vigil and Bill Lamphere-Rio Grande County thus making a total of 44 attendees.

Minutes: The minutes for March 15, 2022, were presented by online email sent earlier. With a motion and seconded by Doris and Cindy, the minutes were approved.

Treasurer Report: In John’s absence, there was no treasurer’s report.

Elected Official’s Report: -

Michael Yohn---County Commissioner: Business as usual at the commissioner’s office. The 6 North $20M repaving is progressing. There may be closures at times. The pursuit of a replacement air service to Alamosa is taking place with Denver Air Jet Service a very appealing alternative. The SLV commissioners will meet on Monday in Alamosa. The county is needing employees. The county website will list the information for the opening positions.

Sandra Hostetter---County Assessor: The Assessor’s office is conducting business as usual also. There are more new constructions than in the past. They are also seeking fulltime employees and the county website will list the openings.

Amy McKinley---County Treasurer: This is the month of big tax collections, since April 29th the total property tax is due. Alamosa County received the Homestead payment of $408,000 which was approved by the state appropriations committee. At this date, collections are at 36%. People are paying with credit cards with $106,00 paid as of this year compared to $82,000 last year.

Ty Coleman---Alamosa City Council President: Ty began by leading the group with a verse of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” He reminded us that there are many moving parts to the management of a city and/or county. There is a plan to recoat Main Street and remarking to solve the lane confusion for drivers. An effort to slow traffic on Main is being affected with new signage and double fines for violators. Also, flashing pedestrian crossings will be installed on San Juan Street. There will be an educational phase for enforcing the 25 MPH for drivers on Main and 6th Streets prior to their enforcement. The State Street project is progressing even though a buried tank was discovered, unknown to the city workers. The city is working on ways to promote parks and bikes and walkers. The city has 21 miles of trails and more portable eating seating on main is being constructed. Terry Hammond has spearheaded the recall effort of DA Alonzo Payne with the city now leading the drive. Petitions will available tomorrow, Wednesday, April 16th. Ty encouraged the group to get involved in the electoral process and to call him with any concerns you may have. He ended by stating…VOTE, VOTE, VOTE…your vote does matter.

StepUp Committee Report:

Sue Robinson---Sue reports that during the past months she has informed us of “What Does It Mean To Be Conservative.” She recommended Bill Bennett’s latest book, “American the Strong” with five points in the book labeled as the F-L-I-N-T factors. They are: Free Enterprise, Limited Government, Individual Liberties, National Defense, and Traditional Values. She recommended a talk show on Denver radio station KNUS from 9-10 am featuring George Brauchler, a former Republican Denver district attorney. She also suggested a Podcast with George Brauchler and Mike Fields from the Advance Colorado Rundown organization on current legislative action. Another recommendation is a Podcast by Dennis Prager on Tuesday featuring Julie Hartman, a Harvard grad who has transformed her liberal values to a very conservative stance. In addition, Daily Wire/Townhall has YouTube presentations that are worth watching.

Heidi Richardson---The primary issue of the Alamosa School District is the possible adoption of the “4-day week.” The community has been surveyed with a large majority favoring the change. Issue to be addressed is the structuring of the school year to meet state 1080 hours of instructional time. Parents are also faced with childcare on the no-school schedule for Fridays. Bus drivers and food service workers are affected by the loss of one day of work. Also, the Alamosa Education Association need be involved in a contract involving the new hours. This will not take place until the 2023-24 schoolyear.

Alan McFadden---A reminder that April 18th is Patriots Day which commemorates some of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. Alan asked for volunteers that want to engage in strategies to inform the voters the constitutional conservative ideals that we stand for. This is the most important election of our lifetime.

Tom Burke---Being a voting delegate at the State Assembly was rewarding and very exciting. Seeing 5000 or so delegates and alternatives all together is quite a sight highlighted by the patriotic atmosphere. He stated he would like to be able to attend again.

Bonnie Bell---Bonnie would like to start up a conservative newspaper in the Valley like the San de Cristo Sentinel published in Westcliffe. The challenge now is to find someone capable and willing to print the paper. She has included Mareea to help with the project. She asked for anyone with the right connections to contact her.

Old Business:

Our annual SLV GOP Lincoln Day Dinner will be held on May 14th at the Ski Hi Complex in Monte Vista. This is a primary fundraiser for our county GOP committees. The meal ticket is $50 with the VIP (including meal) is $75. The LDD tickets can be paid by credit card with a 4% fee. The 5:00 pm VIP gathering will be held at the Rain Brews on Adams Street and Hwy 160 with the meal/program beginning at 6:30 pm. The SLV Republican Women will have a table of sale goods. We will allow petitions to be available for signing at the dinner. Our CD3 Rep, Lauren Boebert, will be the guest speaker. In addition, State Senator Cleave Simpson; gubernatorial candidates, Greg Lopez and Heidi Gahnal; U.S. Senatorial candidates, Ron Hanks and Joe O’Dea; Secretary of State candidates, Tina Peters and Mike O’Donnell; State Board of Education candidate Dan Maloit; and State House 62 candidates, Carol Riggenbach and Ryan Williams will be given a few minutes to introduce themselves to the dinner guests.

New Business:

Cheryl listed the candidates we will be voting on in the June 28th Republican primary. County Treasurer, Amy McKinley; County Assessor, Sandra Hostetter; County Clerk/Recorder, Mari Felix; Alamosa County Commissioner Dist. 2, Tom Maestas and Arlan Van Ry; State House 62, Carol Riggenbach and Ryan Williams; Governor, Greg Lopez and Heidi Gahnal; Colorado Secretary of State, Tina Peters, Mike O’Donnell and Pam Anderson; Colorado Congressional District 3, Lauren Boeberet and Don Coram; U.S. Senate, Ron Hanks and Joe O’Dea.

Gary recalled the State Assembly CD3 voting for Lauren Boebert versus Marina Zimmerman. Also, he gave a report of the event at our County Assembly where we did not have a candidate for County Coroner. We have had Joe Dzuris come forward interested in the coroner’s office. He has had to complete paperwork, background check and fingerprinting to become eligible to be a write-in candidate for the Primary Election on June 28th. We will support Joe by a write-in vote with the exact spelling of his name.

The recall of DA Alonzo Paine was detailed by Terry by the reading of the petition statement of the reason for the recall. Please contact City Hall or Terry to receive petitions for circulation for signatures. The recall drive is allowed 60 days from today, April 19th. There must be 3996 verified signatures to further the recall. Six thousand is the goal and Terry believes 10,000 are possible from the 12th Judicial District which includes all Valley counties.

A motion and second by Cindy and Mari to allow the Alamosa Republicans to submit a letter to the Valley Courier supporting the recall of the DA Payne. Motion was approved unanimously.

San Luis Valley Republican Women meet the first Thursday of each month at 12:00 pm at Juanito’s.

The direction of the new GOP is the emphasis on “constitutional conservativism.”

For those who have joined the “1776” Alamosa GOP fund plan, we have changed our financial institution from First Southwest to SLV Federal Bank. You must get our bank account number and routing number so transactions can be properly completed each month. Please call or see Gary for those numbers.

Next Meeting: The Alamosa GOP’s next monthly meeting will be May 15th at 5:30 pm at Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Adjournment: The business meeting portion was adjourned at 6:41 by the Chair.

Meet the Candidates:

Joe Dzuris introduced himself to the Alamosa Republicans and expressed his desire to run as a write-in candidate. He is a member of the Mosca Fire Department and has EMT training. He asks for your support of his candidacy.

Mari Felix made a brief statement of her desire to become the Alamosa County Clerk/Recorder. She asks for your support.

Carol Riggenbach presented her candidacy for State House 62 seat. She listed her background and desire to become the representative for the Valley in HD62. Since 3 votes out of 8 total district votes are from Pueblo, she has been supported by Steve Rodriquez, a past candidate, and has proven to be a help in campaigning in the Pueblo area.

The April GOP monthly meeting was adjourned at 7:26.

Minutes submitted by Gary Goodwin, Secretary of Alamosa GOP


MINUTES FOR ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

March 15, 2022


Meeting called to order: The monthly meeting of the Alamosa Republicans was held at Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant at First and Victoria Streets, Alamosa, CO on March 15, 2022. The meeting was called to order by Chair Cheryl O’Dowd at 5:30 p.m. Chair Cheryl made some opening remarks regarding the order of business of this meeting. Introductions were made of the Alamosa GOP Executive Committee members: Vice-Chair Denise Witherspoon, Chair Cheryl O’Dowd, and Secretary Gary Goodwin.

Invocation: Invocation was given by Pastor Michael Dominguez of the River of Life Church in Alamosa.

Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cheryl and recited by all.

Those Present: Chair Cheryl O’Dowd, Vice-Chair Denise Witherspoon, Secretary Gary Goodwin, County Commissioner Lori Laske, County Commissioner Vern Heersink, Bob VanIwaarden, Carol VanIwaarden, Elaine Goodwin, Vella Owens, Richard Roberts, Doris Roberts, Frank Peek, Jerry White, Jay Robinson, Susan Robinson, Bonnie Belle, Hunter Jack, Larry Crowder, Phillip Pautler, Mareen Pautler, Pastor Michael Dominguez, Larry Dixon, Tom Burke, Andrea Malouff, Linda Custer, Terry Hammond, Dennis O’Dowd, Lance O’Dowd, Martin Felix, Ron Rivale; plus Mari Felix-Alamosa County Clerk/Recorder candidate; Arlan Van Ry-Alamosa County District 2 Commissioner candidate; and guests Marina Zimmerman-Congregational District 3 candidate and Wes Zimmerman-Archuleta County; thus making a total of 34 attendees.

Minutes: The minutes for February 15, 2022, were presented by online email sent earlier. With a motion and seconded by Terry and Tom, the minutes were approved.

Treasurer Report: In John’s absence, there was no treasurer’s report.

Elected Official’s Report:

Lori Laske & Vern Heersink-County Commissioners: With the withdrawal of SkyWest air service between Denver-Alamosa, the county commissioners are in search of a replacement air service. Both Denver Air Connection and Boutique Air have expressed an interest in being the new air service to Alamosa. It was cited that many property taxes are being paid by credit card. This is legislation time in Denver and of great interest to our county commissioners. It was noted that our House Rep Donald Valdez voted yea on the HB1279 Reproductive Health Equity Act which will proceed to the State Senate for their vote. Some counties are considering a “Harbor Sanctuary” for the unborn. The Commissioners are staying on top of the actions of the RWR trying to move our water to Douglas County. The CCI state organization helps our commissioners to be aware of any legislative action that have a physical impact to our county.

StepUp Committee Report:

Sue Robinson---Sue reports that during the past months she has informed us of “What Does It Mean To Be Conservative.” She recommended Bill Bennett’s latest book with five points in the book labeled as the F-L-I-N-T factors. They are: Free Enterprise, Limited Government, Individual Liberties, National Defense, and Traditional Values. Her comment on National Defense was that Obama allowed China and Russia to enlarge their military while he downsized our military. She recommended a talk show on Denver radio station KNUS from 9-10 am featuring George Brauchler, a former Republican Denver district attorney. She also suggested a Podcast with George Brauchler and Mike Fields from the Advance Colorado Rundown organization on current legislative action. The Jefferson District School Principals have decided to eliminate the Valedictorian honor at high school graduations. Interesting to see how students and parents react to this action. Sue also recommended a good reading of Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning, based on his gruesome experience of Auschwitz and what the primary purpose of life was for him and others who survived this atrocity.

Jerry White---Jerry gave a spiel of the real and bold news presented by the Epoch Times, which reports important news other media ignore. It presents clear, fact-base journalism without spin or hidden agendas. A sample copy is available on the back table, and/or you can subscribe any time for your personal weekly copy.

Old Business: An update from our March 1st Caucus meeting. New Precinct Chairs and Co-Chairs were chosen in each precinct meeting. Also, a designated number of delegates to the March 22nd County Assembly were chosen from each precinct by those desiring to be a voting delegate. The duty at the County Assembly, is to vote for county candidates who must receive 30% of the votes to be eligible for placement on the June 28th Primary Election ballot. You must be a County Assembly delegate in order to become a State Delegate whose selection will be at the County Assembly on March 22nd.

New Business: The Alamosa County Assembly will be held at the Alamosa County Commissioner’s building at 8900-A Independence Way. Registration will begin at 6:00 pm with the meeting to commence at 7:00 pm. Voting will be for the county offices of County Clerk/Recorder, County Treasurer, County Assessor, County Surveyor, County Coroner plus County Commissioner District 2. Also, the last order of business will be the election of delegates and alternates to the State Assembly on April 8-9th. Also, a straw poll of state candidates will be conducted. The Colorado Republican State Assembly will begin in Colorado Springs at the Double Tree Hotel on Friday, April 8th, with a scheduled session voting for Congressional District 3 candidate(s) to be placed on the Primary ballot. In addition, another scheduled session will be conducted for balloting of House District 62 candidate(s) for their placement on the Primary Ballot. Each candidate must receive 30% of the vote to be placed on the June 28th Primary Ballot. Those petitioning onto the June Primary must have presented their petitions to the Secretary States office for perusal and acceptance for placement onto the ballot.

On April 9th, the State Assembly, of some 5000 delegates, will meet at the Broadmoor World Arena for selecting ballot candidates for State Executive offices (i.e., Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Colorado Board of Education, and University of Colorado Regents). The cost for badges required of voting delegates at the State Assembly is $60 for delegates and $45 for alternates. The Alamosa GOP will pay ½ of the badge fee this year.

Save the Date: May 14th is the date for our annual SLV GOP Lincoln Day Dinner at the newly built Ski Hi Complex. $50 general admission and $75 VIP tickets will be available soon.

San Luis Valley Republican Women meet the first Thursday of each month at 12:00 pm at Juanito’s.

The direction of the new GOP is the emphasis on “constitutional conservativism.”

For those who have joined the “1776” Alamosa GOP fund plan, we have changed our financial institution from First Southwest to SLV Federal Bank. You need to get our bank account number and routing number so transactions can be completed each month. Please call or see Gary for those numbers.

We are glad to report that the Alamosa City Council has joined in the recall of the Valley District Attorney, Alonzo Payne, by contributing $10,000 to the cause.

Next Meeting: The Alamosa GOP’s next monthly meeting will be April 19th at 5:30 pm at Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. Meeting Adjournment: The business meeting portion was adjourned at 6:25 by the Chair.

Listing of two of our local candidates making presentations with a Q&A following:

Mari Felix- candidate for Alamosa County Clerk/Recorder; and

Arlan Van Ry- candidate for Alamosa County Commissioner District 2.

Minutes submitted by Gary Goodwin, Sec of Alamosa GOP


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MINUTES FOR ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

November 16, 2021

Meeting called to order: The monthly meeting of the Alamosa Republicans was held at Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant at First and Victoria Streets, Alamosa, CO on November 16, 2021. The meeting was called to order by Chair Cheryl O’Dowd at 5:43 p.m. Chair Cheryl made some opening remarks regarding the order of business of this meeting. We will first have our business meeting with special guest speaker, Eli Bremer, candidate for Colorado U.S. Senate, to follow. Introductions were made of the Alamosa GOP Executive Committee members: Secretary Gary Goodwin, Vice-Chair Denise Witherspoon, and Chair Cheryl O’Dowd,

Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cheryl and recited by all.

Invocation: Invocation was given by Assoc. Pastor John Harr of the Living Water Bible Fellowship in Alamosa, Colorado.

Those Present: Chair Cheryl O’Dowd, Vice-Chair Denise Witherspoon, Secretary Gary Goodwin, State Senator Cleave Simpson, County Commissioner Lori Laske, County Commissioner Michael Yohn, County Treasurer Amy McKinley, Robert McKinley, Bob VanIwaarden, Carol VanIwaarden, Assoc. Pastor John Harr, Vella Owens, Jerry White, Larry Dixon, Larry Crowder, Elaine Goodwin, Terry Hammond, Arlene Miller, David Mize, Frank Peek, Janet Yohn, Lance O’Dowd, Dennis O’Dowd, plus guests: Stephen Jiron-Valley Courier, Eli Bremer-Colorado U.S. Senatorial Candidate, Riley Scott and Wayne Bromley-both Eli Bremer associates, Cathy Garcia and Clarice Navarro-both Lauren Boebert associates, thus making a total of 29 attendees.

Minutes: The minutes for October 12, 2021, were presented by online email sent earlier. With a motion and seconded by Terry and Larry, the minutes were approved.

Treasurer Report: In John’s absence there was no report.

Vice-Chair Report: Denise announced the Alamosa GOP Christmas Party at The Reeds (Alamosa Golf Course) to be held on December 12th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This will be a “Meet and Greet” with several state-wide candidates present.

Secretary Report: Gary thanked everyone for their support and help in getting all four conservative school board candidates elected. The winners were Justin Rilling- District 1, Amanda Wilkinson-District 3, Heidi Richardson-District 6, and Alan Colvin-District 7. Also, we congratulate Kyle Woodward, having been elected to the Alamosa City Council representing Ward 2.

Social Media Report: In the absence of Mark, Cheryl stated that the new Alamosa GOP website will be launched next week.

Elected Official’s Report:

Cathy Garcia, area representative for Lauren Boebert: Cathy reports that Lauren voted against the 1.2 trillion Biden bill and has called out the 13 RINOs for supporting the bill. She still has sponsored or co-sponsored 21 bills in the House. Lauren has been appointed to the Leadership committee of the House Freedom Caucus. She has been traveling on the western slope supporting better forest management. Her most formidable democratic candidate has dropped out due to redistricting boundary changes. Yet, there are still 8-9 democratic candidates for CD3. Our Colorado caucus date was announced as March 1, 2022. Also, Lauren has introduced Articles of Impeachment against Joe Biden, which will see no action in the democratic controlled House. After January 1st, Lauren Boebert’s CD3 Representative’s monthly office hours will be announced for every Valley town.

Cleve Simpson, State Senator: He gave thanks for the opportunity to represent Senate District 35. The state senatorial re-districting brings a change to the area he represents. His new District 6 will encompass the San Luis Valley plus most of southwestern Colorado. He thinks the redistricting plan may cause the Senate to flip red. The coming big concern is the governor’s 2022 budget of 40 billion (for FY 2022-23) compared to last year’s 34 billion budget. The state has hired many new employees during the past two years. The new legislative session will begin in 8 weeks with the governor pushing more gun control, electric cars, and many other liberal causes.

Mike Yohn and Lori Laske, County Commissioners: The present issue and commissioner’s work time is being spent on the 2022 budget. There is a county worker shortage, needing 20 some employees. The aim is to find good people to fill the needed positions. The County Road 6N, $40 million project, will begin after January 1st. There will be a need to replace certain culverts on county roadways. CCI (Colorado Counties, Inc.) helps county commissioners know and better understand possible legislation submitted to the Colorado Legislature and how it affects our county. Lori remarked of her enjoyment of marching in the Veteran’s Day parade and seeing all the young school students waving handmade signs (Thanking Veterans) and enjoying the moment of honoring our veterans.

Amy McKinley, County Treasurer: She is glad to report the annual tax sale held November 1-3 was a success. This was the lowest number of tax properties to be sold at auction. There were 236 parcels sold for $203,151.45 to 41 investors. There have been more taxes collected by the treasurer’s office than any time before. Amy attended the Colorado State Treasurer’s meeting in October. During the meeting, she was appointed to the Legislation Committee of the State Treasurer’s group.

StepUp Committee Report:

Arlene Miller---our StepUp Coordinator emphasized the great opportunity we have in getting volunteers to work on active and critical issues facing our community.

Frank Peek---our Voter Integrity Connection is keeping his attention on the Colorado voting process and coming lawsuits.

Sue Robinson---our State Legislative Connection was out of town but left a hand-out regarding “What Does It Mean To Be A Conservative?” This month was part 1—Free Enterprise, with other topics to be presented in future months.

Larry Dixon---our ASU Connection stated he had connected with a conservative organization, Turning Point USA, founded by Charlie Kirk. Mr. Kirk is a conservative activist and radio talk show host who serves as its executive director. He concentrates on rallies on college campuses across America, offering a conservative agenda to college students. He will follow-up on his contact to entertain a possible campus visit by Charlie Kirk and his Turning Point staff.

Jim Hazzard---our SdC School and Hooper Connection was absent, but it was reported that Stacy Eskew and Lance Curtis were elected to the two SdC School Board At Large seats.

Heidi Richardson---our Alamosa School Connection was at tonight’s school board work session meeting.

Tom Boynton---our Publication Connection was absent but his latest article, “The Democrat call to defund the Police,” was published in the Valley Courier and sent by email to all Alamosa GOP members.

Old Business:

A Resource Sheet is available for anyone needing information and available GOP resources.

Presentation of the “1776” Fundraiser again encouraged members to donate $17.76 monthly to the Alamosa GOP by using ACHs. Cleave Simpson stated he is making his monthly donation of $18.76 in honor of our Colorado statehood (in the year 1876).

New Business:

An announcement for our First Annual Christmas Party at the Alamosa Golf Course on Sunday, December 12th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, with a cash bar available. Currently, we are expecting Greg Lopez and Danielle Neuschwanger, gubernatorial candidates, as well as Eric Aaland, candidate for the U.S. Senate to attend.

Next Meeting: The Alamosa GOP’s next monthly meeting will be January 18th at 5:30 pm at Juanitos Mexican Restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Adjournment: The business meeting portion was adjourned at 6:27 by the chair with our special speaker to follow.

Postscript: Our guest speaker was Eli Bremer, declared candidate for the Colorado U.S. Senate in the coming November 8, 2022, election. Eric lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife of 18 years, who is a county commissioner in El Paso County. He moved to the Colorado Springs area in 1981 at the age of 3. His dad was an attorney and his mom an educator. Growing up, he had animals to tend to, was involved in swimming and played the piano. At age 17, he was nominated to the Air Force Academy by Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Colorado Representative to CD3. He attended the AFA graduating with a degree in Economics. During his studies, he was impressed by the classical book, “Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith, first published in 1776, as the book offers one of the world's first collected descriptions of what builds nations' wealth and is today a fundamental work in classical economics. After graduation he was first stationed at Schriever Air Base in Colorado Springs and began an involvement with Olympians at the Olympic Training Center. As a competitive swimmer, he won medals at the Pan Am Games and World Championship in Beijing, China. Having qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games, he had an accident and was unable to compete. He then was enlisted as an associate with NBC network acting as a spotter of celebrity athletes and attended the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies. In 2009, he was impressed to get involved in government activities in order to make a difference in our world. Subsequently, he was elected to the El Paso County Republican Chair in 2011. He has been active in the Sponsorship of Olympians and aiding with their finances during their training times in Colorado Springs. He also worked with election committees for President Trump during the 2020 campaign season. After the 2020 election, he stated that “a fire was ignited within me” with a resulting passion for public service. So, after declaring for the opening Colorado U.S. Senate seat, he is actively campaigning with the goal of becoming one of our Colorado Senators.

Minutes submitted by Gary Goodwin, Secretary of the Alamosa GOP



MINUTES FOR ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

October 12, 2021

Meeting called to order: The monthly meeting of the Alamosa Republicans was held at Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant at First and Victoria Streets, Alamosa, CO on October 12, 2021. The meeting was called to order by Chair Cheryl O’Dowd at 5:44 p.m. Chair Cheryl made some opening remarks regarding the order of business of this meeting. We will first have our business meeting with special guest speaker, Eric Aadland, candidate for Colorado Senator, to follow. Introductions were made of the Alamosa GOP Executive Committee members: Treasurer John Adams, Secretary Gary Goodwin, Vice-Chair Denise Witherspoon, and Chair Cheryl O’Dowd,

Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cheryl and recited by all.

Invocation: Invocation was given by Pastor Chester Jones, of the Calvary Bible Chapel in Alamosa, Colorado.

Those Present: Chair Cheryl O’Dowd; Vice-Chair Denise Witherspoon, Secretary Gary Goodwin, Treasurer John Adams, County Assessor Sandra Hostetter, State Senator Cleave Simpson, County Commissioner Vern Heersink, Bob VanIwaarden, Carol VanIwaarden, Pastor Chester Jones, Kay Jones, Vella Owens, Jerry White, Larry Dixon, Jake Burris, Larry Crowder, Dora Gay Anderson, Elaine Goodwin, Terry Hammond, Sue Robinson, Jay Robinson, Ruben Romero, Irene Romero, Thomas Burke, Delores Burke, Kim Sloan, Arlene Miller, David Mize, Carol Smead, Frank Peek, Janet Yohn, Lance O’Dowd, Dennis O’Dowd, Lee Griffitts, Carolina Rodriguez, Judith Gritz, Richard Gritz, John Moore, Justin Rilling- School Board Candidate, Jennifer Rilling, Heidi Richardson- School Board Candidate, Larry Richardson, Darrel Cooper-City Council Candidate, Amanda Wilkinson- School Board Candidate, George Wilkinson, Donnie Bautista-City Council Candidate, Kyle Woodward-City Council Candidate, Michelle Woodward, plus guests: Trish Slater-RG GOP, Teri Jennings-RG GOP, Mike Cowan-Saguache GOP, Ty Coleman-Alamosa Mayor, Erik Aadland-Colorado Senatorial Candidate, Patrick Davis-Erik Aadland associate, Cathy Garcia-Lauren Boebert associate, thus making a total of 55 attendees.

Minutes: The minutes for September 10th and September 14th of 2021, were presented both by online email sent earlier. With a motion and seconded by David and Jerry, the minutes were approved.

Treasurer Report: Treasurer John, stated the ending checkbook balance was $13,192.36.

Secretary Report: Gary introduced the School Board Candidates and City Council Candidates present tonight. The task before us is to help get these good conservative people elected. Please talk to friends and relatives how important these races are for our kids. The issues facing our community and especially our schools are critical to our way of life. We are in a war and the battles are before us. In addition, please consider joining our “1776” project by doing a monthly ACH from your bank account to our Alamosa Republican account at First Southwest Bank. The necessary ACH forms are available for anyone desiring to do so.

Social Media Report: In the absence of Mark, there was no report.

Elected Official’s Report:

Cathy Garcia, area representative for Lauren Boebert: Reports that Lauren has sponsored or co-sponsored some 150 bills to the House of Representatives. She supported the completion of the Doppler weather reporting station as well as presenting legislation to help mitigate disastrous forest fires. A letter was sent on her behalf to the DOJ speaking against the labeling of parents as domestic terrorist. Also, Lauren has introduced Articles of Impeachment against Joe Biden, which has been co-sponsored by several other representatives.

Cleve Simpson, State Senator: He gave thanks to the support he has received. The state senatorial re-districting brings a change to the area he represents. He gave kudos to the school board and council candidates for stepping up and running for office. It is critical for our state to flip the CO Senate and/or CO House in the 2022 election. A one-party rule is not healthy for our government.

Vern Heersink, County Commissioner: The present task before the county commissioners is the yearly budget. Trying to fund all areas is a difficult task. He reported that SkyWest Airlines, Alamosa’s Essential Air Service provider, has doubled the enplanements over what was recorded for 2019.

Sandra Hostetter, County Assessor: She is glad to report she is fully staffed and presently doing certification of properties. New constructions are being visited for assessments. Sales of residential properties are down due to the small inventory of available properties.

Ty Coleman, Alamosa Mayor: He emphasized the importance of work and involvement of all to have a functioning community. It takes many to make it successful. The Downtown is a mess. A solution is now being performed. As stated before, there is a housing shortage. There is a definite need for more affordable housing in our city. An effort is being made to step up support for our law enforcement department. There is a need to recruit officers for the department.

StepUp Committee Report:

Frank Peek, our Voter Integrity Connection, gave a demonstration of the networking in the county clerk’s office, who manages our elections. He illustrated how 25 ballots, having been marked, were first…hand-counted and then put through the tabulating hardware, thus comparing both results. This is done to validate the accuracy of the machines. These machines do the count on election night to determine the local winners as well as transmitting the county totals to the Secretary of State’s office for state-wide tallies. He mentioned other issues that will be addressed in the future.

Sue Robinson, our State Legislative Connection, reported on current state-wide ballot issues. She spoke of Amendment 78, which governs the custodial money from Feds to the state. This amendment requires the legislators, in conjunction with the governor, on how to spend the monies. She suggested a “YES” vote. Proposition 119 creates a program to provide out-of-school learning for children aged 5-17. While the motive is good, it does create another bureaucracy and would be outside the control of the local board of education. Again, she suggested a “NO” vote on this issue. The last Proposition 120 on the ballot is a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes concerning property tax reductions. According to the Blue Book, this does not lower residential property taxes. It will only affect multi-family and lodging properties. Comments from the floor suggested that rural areas will be hurt due to less available funding for essential services (i.e., all emergency services). There was not a consensus of how to vote on 120.

Larry Dixon, our ASU Connection, acknowledged knowing a possible faculty advisor and he sees the need for a time and place allowing conservative students to express their personal views and values without aggravation of the college leftist denying tolerance for all opinions.

In Jim Hazzard’s absence, Carol reported Stacy Eskew, Kristin Lane, and Lance Curtis were candidates for two Sangre de Cristo School Board At Large positions.

Heidi reported the Alamosa School Board mandated masks for grades k-8 for an initial 14 days with a review to follow.

Vella Owens was awarded the Lifetime State GOP award at the Colorado GOP fall meeting in Pueblo on September 18th.

Old Business:

A Resource Sheet is available for anyone needing information and available resources.

Declaration of Independence booklets are available with a small donation requested for replacement costs.

Meet Your Neighbor will meet on November 4th at Marty’s Maintenance at 6750 Cramer Rd at 7:00 p.m.

Recall Payne will have a future meeting TBA.

New Business:

Darrel Cooper- Candidate for Alamosa City Council [Ward 2] stated there are many issues facing the city council. The elephant in the room is the driving lanes on Main Street. He expressed a need for affordable housing in Alamosa.

Kyle Woodward- Candidate for Alamosa City Council [Ward 2] asked why is he running for city council? He is a business owner with good food and good service. The Alamosa citizens are like his customers. Providing good service is the task of a councilman. Alamosa needs economic development, utilizing the Industrial Plaza. Clean up the city and deal with the homeless problem.

Donnie Bautista- Candidate for Alamosa City Council [At Large] moved to Alamosa 6 years ago and owns Sand Dune Recreation north of Hooper. He has had 22 employees but presently has 70 workers. He will bring his work ethic to the city council and sees funding law enforcement, housing, and the homeless as primary issues to be addressed.

Justin Rilling- Candidate for Alamosa School Board [District 1] …has been a citizen of Alamosa for 5 years. He is intent on addressing the issues facing the district such as not allowing elementary students in the buildings on cold days and the present masking mandates.

Amanda Wilkinson- Candidate for Alamosa School Board [District 3] …feels the board should present ways to stand up for kids and teachers alike. She will do her best to represent her district on the board.

Heidi Richardson- Candidate for Alamosa School Board [District 6] …is concerned for the education of the students. Teachers and staff are stressed due to having to deal with the covid virus, masking, and quarantining.

Alan Colvin- Candidate for Alamosa School Board [District 7] …was unable to attend our meeting.

The Colorado GOP will list our Council and School Board candidates on their state mailings, with emails to all Republican Party members, supporting their candidacy at the local county level.

Next Meeting: The Alamosa GOP’s next monthly meeting will be November 16th at 5:30 pm at Juanitos Mexican Restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Adjournment: The business meeting portion was adjourned by the chair with our special speaker to follow.

Postscript: Our guest speaker was Eric Aadland, declared candidate for Colorado Senator in the November 8, 2022, election. Eric lives in Baily, CO and married with three girls. We are seeing the destruction of our economy and family. He says we must rely on the human spirit to empower each of us to defeat the enemy. Our empire has a constitution and our inalienable rights come from God. Yet, power comes from “We the People.” Our country is having a crisis of ideology and we see it awakening the American people. The Republicans or the right versus left cannot save our country. The primary problem is that government is not serving the people. Eric is a grad of the Air Force Academy and is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the military, he entered the energy field for 10 years, spending the last 4 years in Israel on a 300-million-dollar project. Now that Biden has ceded our energy independence, there is a need for a senator with energy background. Our country is the “Shining City on the Hill.” It seems rural citizens are awakening and are intent on not losing what we once had. They are responding with action as candidates are running to take our country back. Eric believes that running for office is a righteous act. You can’t sit around and do nothing…this requires all to act. The establishment is exploiting, and the media is the pusher of deceit. We must stand up for our constitutional rights. The government mandates and the border situation are wrong. We must take back our government. There is no excuse for letting it go. Our future generations are at stake. Know that it takes money. Candidates of your choice need help. I appreciate your support for my candidacy. You can find Eric at aadlandforcolorado.com. Q & A followed with considerable discussion.

Minutes submitted by Gary Goodwin, Secretary


ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

Monthly Meeting Agenda, September 14, 2021

MINUTES FOR ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

Meeting called to order: The monthly meeting of the Alamosa Republicans was held at Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant at First and Victoria Streets, Alamosa, CO on September 14, 2021. The meeting was called to order by Chair Cheryl O’Dowd at 5:42 p.m. Chair Cheryl made some opening remarks regarding the order of business at this meeting. We will have our business meeting with special guest speaker, Greg Lopez, candidate for Colorado governor, to follow. Introductions were made of the Alamosa GOP Executive Committee members: Chair Cheryl O’Dowd, Vice-Chair Denise Witherspoon, and Gary Goodwin, Secretary.

Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cheryl and recited by all.

Invocation: Invocation was given by Pastor Jeron Parkin, of the Living Water Bible Fellowship, in Alamosa, Colorado.

Those Present: Chair Cheryl O’Dowd; Vice-Chair Denise Witherspoon; Secretary Gary Goodwin; Dennis O’Dowd, Bob VanIwaarden, Carol VanIwaarden, Pastor Jeron Parkin, Vella Owens, Jerry White, Larry Dixon, Larry Crowder, Dora Gay Anderson, Elaine Goodwin, Terry Hammond, Sue Robinson, Anna Mae Lindsey, David Lindsey, Thomas Burke, Delores Burke, Ann Hartman, Ron Hartman, David Mize, John Bradshaw, Linda Custer, Frank Peek, Cindy Bervig, Greg Bervig, Julie Gunsaulis, Frank Gunsaulis, Daisy Ortega, plus guests: Howard Rheinjans, RG GOP; Trish Slater, RG GOP; Jordan Shackelford, ASU student; Joshua Roies, ASU student; and Greg Lopez, Colorado gubernatorial candidate; thus making a total of 35 attendees.

Minutes: The minutes of August 17, 2021, were presented both by online email sent earlier and a hard copy made available at the meeting. With a motion and seconded by Terry and Cindy, the minutes were approved.

Treasurer Report: In the absence of Treasurer John, Chair Cheryl gave the account balance of $12,800.

Secretary Report: All are urged to join our “1776” project by doing a monthly ACH from your bank account to our Alamosa Republican account at First Southwest Bank. The necessary ACH forms are available for anyone desiring to help.

Social Media Report: In the absence of Mark, there was no report.

Elected Official’s Report: With no elected officials in attendance, no reports given.

StepUp Committee Report:

Sue Robison reported on current state legislation. She made a comparison of the WW2 budget of 4.2 trillion with the current Bernie Sanders proposed 4.2 trillion. A Wall Street Journal article described the tax increases being suggested. Bennett is pushing the Child Care Credit with some 80 new programs now in Colorado. Heritage Foundation has presented 14 concepts of what constitutes a conservative. An article from Fort Lewis College presented an opinion piece by Bari Weiss, a staff editor and writer of politics at the New York Times.

The issue of voter integrity is in the news and the Arizona audit is reported to be moving forward. Frank Peek has volunteered to keep us abreast of happenings in our local and state elections. The State GOP will offer LAT training for voting observation at the polls on October 6th. Frank cited documentation of Dominion machines being connected to the internet in the Alamosa County Clerk/Recorders office. It shows after 3:53 a.m. the presidential votes were switched. The Colorado Secretary of State has ordered Dominion to do a “Trusted Upgrade” to their machines which wipes out all voter data for the 2020 election. State law requires this data to be retained for two years. Discussion of the future voting in Alamosa County. How can Dominion machines be eliminated? The County Clerk/Recorder would determine whether new vote tabulating machines were to be purchased followed by a request of County Commissioners to allocate the funds. Many voiced their opinion that the best solution was to return to paper ballots.

Larry Dixon, our ASU Connection, spoke of creating a new focal point for college students with many people waking up to the new reality. In attendance tonight were interested students, Jordon and Joshua, from Adam State University. After finding a faculty advisor, a student politically sponsored organization could very well begin functioning at ASU.

Old Business:

A Resource Sheet is available for anyone needing information and available resources.

Declaration of Independence booklets are available with a small donation requested for replacement costs.

There will be an All-Valley County Commissioner’s meeting on September 27th at 9:30 a.m.

Meet Your Neighbor will meet on October 1st at the Elks Lodge on Hunt and 4th Street at 7:00 p.m.

New Business: None

Next Meeting: The Alamosa GOP’s next monthly meeting is October 12th at 5:30 pm at Juanitos Mexican Restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Adjournment: The business meeting portion was adjourned by the chair with our special speaker to follow.

Postscript: Our guest speaker was Greg Lopez, declared candidate for Colorado Governor in the November 8, 2022 election. He is a former mayor of Parker, CO at age 27, as he beat his 2 opponents by 33 votes. He was a democrat until he realized that he believed and lived by Republican values. He was a member of the Denver Hispanic C of C. He also served as the Director of Small business Administration of Colorado. During the pandemic, of 6000 small businesses in Colorado, 30% will not open. There are 64 counties I will serve, not the 9 in the metro area. We need a candidate who will connect with all the people. It is “We the People” not the people bowing but government bowing to the people. Kids are being taught that America is evil. The Republican establish may not support his candidacy. Money is needed to run a campaign. He will concentrate on the 1.5 million unaffiliated voters with 1.0 million democrats and 980 thousand republicans making up the balance of the voting public. The Critical Race Theory is absolutely wrong. His candidacy will focus on Polis and his missteps of No Meat Friday, Initiative 13, Intro of Wolves, and other nonpopular issues. He supports School Choice and Vocational Training. Small Businesses are a key to our economy and need our support. Greg asked all to join him in the fight for our state and country. It is time to make a change and he plans on that becoming a reality as he wins the governorship of Colorado.

Minutes submitted by Gary Goodwin, Secretary



ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

Monthly Meeting Agenda,

September 10, 2021


Meeting called to order: The monthly meeting of the Alamosa Republicans was held at Juanito’s Mexican Restaurant at First and Victoria Streets, Alamosa, CO on September 10, 2021. The meeting was called to order by Chair Cheryl O’Dowd at 12:06 p.m. Chair Cheryl made some opening remarks regarding the order of business at this meeting. We will have our business meeting with special guest speaker, Danielle Neuschwanger, candidate for Colorado governor, to follow. Introductions were made of the Alamosa GOP Executive Committee members: Cheryl O’Dowd, Chair and Gary Goodwin, Secretary. Vice-Chair Denise Witherspoon and Treasurer John Adams were excused due to illness.

Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cheryl and recited by all.

Invocation: Invocation was given by Pastor Richard Adams, of the Hooper Baptist Church, in Hooper, Colorado.

Those Present: Chair Cheryl O’Dowd, Secretary Gary Goodwin, Dennis O’Dowd, Vella Owens, Jerry White, Elaine Goodwin, Terry Hammond, Sue Robinson, Jay Robinson, Alan McFadden, Maria McFadden, Pastor Richard Adams, David Broyles, plus guests: Jon George, Area Representative for Lauren Boebert; Danielle Neuschwanger, candidate for Colorado Governor; Trish Salter, Rio Grande GOP; thus, making a total of 16 attendees.

Minutes: The minutes of August 17, 2021, were presented both by online email sent earlier and a hard copy made available at the meeting. With a motion and seconded by Sue and Jerry, the minutes were approved.

Treasurer Report: In the absence of Treasurer John, we did not have account balances.

Secretary Report: All are urged to join our “1776” project by doing a monthly ACH from your bank account to our Alamosa Republican account at First Southwest Bank. The necessary ACH forms are available for anyone desiring to help.

Social Media Report: In the absence of Mark, there was no report.

Elected Official’s Report: With no elected officials in attendance, there was no reports given.

StepUp Committee Report:

Sue Robison reported on current state legislation. She made a comparison of the WW2 budget of 4.2 trillion with the current Bernie Sanders proposed 4.2 trillion. A Wall Street Journal article described the tax increases being suggested. Bennett is pushing the Child Care Credit with some 80 new programs now in Colorado.

Larry Dixon is the ASU Connection. There is a need to find a faculty advisor on ASU campus.

The issue of voter integrity is in the news and the Arizona audit is reported to be moving forward. Frank Peek has volunteered to keep us abreast of happenings in our local and state elections. October 6th, the vote tabulating machines will be tested. Poll watchers and election judges are involved. State GOP training for voting observation is available.

Old Business: None

New Business: Vella Owens will receive the GOP Lifetime Achievement Award next Saturday, Sept 18th in Pueblo. This award is given to individuals who have contributed in many ways toward supporting the Republican party and the election of its candidates. Vella has been a patriot and has contributed her time and efforts for the cause.

The SLV Republican Women will meet at noon, October 7th.

Meet Your Neighbor’s next meeting is October 1st at the Elks.

Jon Jackson, area representative for Lauren Boebert give an update on Lauren’s work in Washington D.C. She has co-sponsored 101 bills and 19 of her own to the Congress. She has proposed to kill all Biden’s energy restrictions as well allowing the Forest Service to manage without restrictions. She introduced a bill to fund beetle kill in our Colorado forest. She is continuing to work in keeping the BLM office in Grand Junction. You may sign up for a newsletter for the happenings in the Congress.

Next Meeting: The Alamosa GOP’s will conduct its next monthly meeting on October 12th at Juanitos Restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

Meeting Adjournment: The business meeting portion was adjourned by the chair with a special speaker to follow.

Postscript: Our guest speaker is Danielle Neuschwanger, candidate for Colorado governor. She is focusing her campaign on leadership. Good campaign issues are needed but can only be advanced with good leadership. A strategy must be employed using new ways to reach out to all voters. Door knocking is difficult in today’s market. It is a must to raise money for election campaigns and there must be a plan on how to spend the funds so as not to have wasteful spending. Using YouTube, Google, and Instagram as well as any multi-media is beneficial. One must be bold and let them know we are the party of law and order. There are coming lawsuits to combat the growing list of mandates. You don’t have to get the injection. And if they threaten your job, make them fire you…don’t resign. She enlists your support for her campaign for the governor’s position.

Minutes submitted by Gary Goodwin, Secretary


ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

Monthly Meeting Agenda, August 17, 2021

Call to Order

Invocation- Anthony Bowden from College Heights Baptist Church

Pledge of Allegiance

Introduction of Leadership-

Reports:

· Approval of Minutes-

· Vice Chair’s Report-

· Secretary’s Report-

· Treasurer’s Report-

· Social Media Report-

· Elected Officials-

· Step up Committee Reports-

Direction of the Alamosa GOP:

· Sustainability of Alamosa GOP-

· Fundraisers/Donations- Constitutional Books-

Save the Date:

· SLV Women’s Republican Meeting takes place September 2nd here at Juanito’s at noon

· Step Up Meeting takes place September 2nd 5:30 pm at All Valley Cafe

· Our next General Meeting will be September 10th at noon here at Juanito’s and September 14th at 5:30

· Meet your Neighbor- at the Elks- No meeting in September due to Labor Day

Adjourn Business Portion of Meeting:

Key note speakers: Emily Brake with the Colorado GOP Election Integrity Operations Network

Q&A Forum:


ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

Monthly Meeting Agenda, July 13, 2021

Call to Order

Invocation- Michael Dominguez from River of Life

Pledge of Allegiance

Introduction of Leadership-

Reports:

· Approval of Minutes-

· Treasurer’s Report-

· Social Media Report-

· Elected Officials-

· Step up Committee Reports-

Direction of the Alamosa GOP:

· Step up to save Colorado-

· School Crisis

· Sustainability of Alamosa GOP-

· Fundraisers/Donations- Constitutional Books-

SLV GOP-

· Parade for Pioneer Days this weekend

· Stampede July 24th

Save the Date:

· SLV Women’s Republican Meeting takes place August 5th here at Juanito’s at noon

· Meet your Neighbor- at the Elks- August 6th

· Our next General Meeting will be August 13th at noon here at Juanito’s

Adjourn Business Portion of Meeting:

Key note speaker: Michelle Gardner

Q&A Forum:


ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

Monthly Meeting Agenda, May 18, 2021

Call to Order

Invocation-

Pledge of Allegiance

Introduction of Leadership-

Reports:

· Approval of Minutes-

· Treasurer’s Report-

· Social Media Report-

· Elected Officials-

· Step up Committee Reports-

Direction of the Alamosa GOP:

· Step up to save Colorado-

· Sustainability of Alamosa GOP-

· Fundraisers/Donations- Constitutional Books-

SLV GOP-

Save the Date:

· Meet your Neighbor- June 18th at the Elks * Change in Date

· Lincoln Dinner- June 12th Congresswoman Lauren Boebert will be our guest speaker, along with Representative Cleave Simpson, Kristi Burton Brown the GOP State Chair, and Greg Lopez running for governor, and Danielle Neuschwanger also running for governor.

Adjourn Business Portion of Meeting:

Key note speaker: Melanie Woodward- Former Alamosa County Clerk & Marina Zimmerman running for U.S. Representative for Colorado's 3rd congressional district against Lauren Boebert

Q&A Forum:


ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

Monthly Meeting Agenda, May 14, 2021

Call to Order

Invocation-

Pledge of Allegiance

Introduction of Leadership-

Reports:

· Approval of Minutes-

· Treasurer’s Report-

· Social Media Report-

· Elected Officials-

· Step up Committee Reports-

Direction of the Alamosa GOP:

· Step up to save Colorado-

· Sustainability of Alamosa GOP-

· Fundraisers/Donations- Constitutional Books-

SLV GOP-

Save the Date:

· Meet your Neighbor- June 18th at the Elks * Change in Date

· Next meeting May 18th at 5:30 Juanito’s guest speaker Melanie Woodward

· Lincoln Dinner- June 12th Congresswoman Lauren Boebert will be our guest speaker, along with Representative Cleave Simpson, Kristi Burton Brown the GOP State Chair, and Greg Lopez running for governor, and Danielle Neuschwanger also running for governor.

Adjourn Business Portion of Meeting:

Key note speaker: Ben Nichols & Peg Cage with My Colorado GOP

Q&A Forum:


ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

Monthly Meeting Agenda, April 16, 2021

Call to Order

Guidelines:

Invocation-

Pledge of Allegiance

Introduction of Leadership-

Reports:

Approval of Minutes-

Treasurer’s Report-

Elected Officials-

Step Up Committee Reports-

Direction of the Alamosa GOP:

Step Up to Save Colorado- Committee

Sustainability of Alamosa GOP-

Fundraisers/Donations- Constitutional Books

SLV GOP-

Save the Date:

Meet your Neighbor- May 7th at the Elks

May Meetings- May 14th noon and May 18th 5:30 locations TBD

Lincoln Day Dinner- June 12th Congresswoman Lauren Boebert will be our guest speaker

Key note speaker: Juli Henry- Running for senate

Any New Ideas- Business????

Adjourn Business Portion of Meeting:

Q&A Forum:

ALAMOSA COUNTY REPUBLICANS

Monthly Meeting Agenda, March 12, 2021

Call to Order

Pledge of Allegiance

Invocation- Chris Creech

Introduction of Leadership-

Reports:

Approval of Minutes-

Treasurer’s Report-

Elected Officials

Old Business:

Appreciation of previous leaders- Terry Hammond

Bylaws- Approval of the 2021 Bylaws-

Key note speaker: Cheryl O’Dowd- Alamosa County Chair- Election Integrity

Direction of the Alamosa GOP:

Precinct Designation –

Committees-

Sustainability of Alamosa GOP-

Fundraisers/Donations- Constitutional Books-

New Business:

March 20th- Vegan day

Meet your Neighbor- April 2nd at the Elks

April Meeting- April 16th

Lincoln Dinner- May 15th Congresswoman Lauren Boebert will be our guest speaker, place to be determined

Any New Ideas- Business????

Adjourn Business Portion of Meeting:

Q&A Forum: