This Months Speaker is Katie Arrington

Having raised a family, cared for wounded warriors, built successful businesses, and served her community – Katie is now working to become the first Republican woman in South Carolina elected to federal office.

The daughter of a CIA operative, Katie was taught from a young age the importance of service. As a military wife   and mother of two, Katie moved from Army base to Army base before making Summervillle her permanent home nearly twenty years ago.

From the graveyard shifts at Denny’s to the briefing rooms at the Pentagon, State Representative Katie Arrington has had quite the journey in achieving the American Dream. As the Republican nominee for Congress in South Carolina’s First Congressional District, Katie is committed to helping others achieve the American Dream, truly serving the public, protecting our nation and South Carolina’s Lowcountry, and fixing the infrastructure and flooding problems that trouble the District.

Now, a military mom and successful entrepreneur, Katie Arrington is a cyber security expert for the Department of Defense and honorably serves in the state legislature. She brings real-world business experience to the office and a dedication to putting her constituents first. Katie and her husband, Rob, live in Summerville and are the proud grandparents of three.

A Message from the President: September 2018 

The meeting on August 28, 2018 at the Harbor Breeze Restaurant at the Omar Shrine Temple at Patriot’s Point was excellent! We had several candidates for office in attendance, including Carroll O’Neal, running for SC House District 116, Tom Hartnett, running for Charleston County Register of Deeds (ROD) and our keynote speaker: the Hon. Alan Wilson, S.C. Attorney General (A.G.). Our own Cindy Costa, National RNC Delegate from South Carolina, was also in attendance.

Gen. Wilson stated that serving as A.G. has been his greatest honor. He stressed the need to arm ourselves with facts, and use them to advance and defend our beliefs. He said people have the right facts, but often draw the wrong conclusions. He urged us not to be complacent and think the Republicans will stay in power. He said “if Republicans lose their seats in the House, they will impeach President Trump”.

He said the D.C. Circuit Court, which hears most appellate cases involving federal agencies, is packed with liberal judges who hinder decisionmaking. His first suit filed on behalf of the citizens of South Carolina against Pres. Obama involved the Voter ID law.

He opined that the Title IX funds can be withheld from schools that fail to provide a transgender bathroom. He asserted this a local, not a federal issue. Wilson filed the lawsuit to return the issue to the local school districts.

He stated that human trafficking is $150B industry worldwide. The U.S. is the number 1 destination for these victims. It is the 3rd fastest growing crime, behind drugs and guns. He has a statewide task force on child trafficking, which tries to empower local police agencies to enforce these laws.

He says we need to fight corruption like happened at SCE&G. He added that his opponent Constance Anastapoulo has never prosecuted a single criminal case, making him unqualified for the job as top law enforcement officer for the State. He said the MS13 gang is the worst group he has ever encountered. He even provided his personal cell phone number if someone needs to contact him: (803)553-4630.

Tom Hartnett needs donations for his ROD campaign. It’s a clerical position more than a policy making position. The current system provides access only to records since 1992. He proposes to expand that data base historically. To give perspective, a “full title search” is to encompass at least 62 years, thus access to records back to 1956 via the internet would save courthouse traffic and parking. Many counties charge a fee to access their records via the internet. Charleston County does not. A legal challenge to the charges imposed in some counties is likely to occur.

He wants to fix the fact that a citizen can’t pay fees online, now. He wants to change this and offer a faster turnaround time to get documents online. He says his opponent is trying to politicize the office. Check out his website at votetomhartnett.com.

Carroll O’Neal is trying to flip a Democrat seat in the S.C. House and needs donations of money and/or time.

John Steinberger advised of upcoming meetings on the proposed Dominion Energy merger with SCE&G: 9/11 from 4:00 – 7:00PM is the Trident information meeting. The hearing date is scheduled for 10/15/18. For further information go to “greaterenergyfuture.com”.

The club Christmas party will be 12/8/18 at 6PM at Nancy Leet’s house in Olde Park Subdivision, 102 Sea Dog Circle, Mt. Pleasant, SC 2964. For additional information call Nancy at (843)214-1448.

Our next meeting will be September 25, 2018. Our speaker will be the Hon. Katie Arrington, S.C. House member, running for the U.S. House 1st Congressional District. Katie last addressed us in January before vanquishing incumbent Mark Sanford in the Republican primary, and surviving a horrible auto crash on the campaign trail.

In her last appearance she advised as follows: Ms. Arrington pledged to accept only $52,000 of her Congressional salary if elected, as this is the average household income of the District. She will donate the remaining $125,000 to charities across the Lowcountry. She also pledged to serve no more than four (4) terms – eight (8) years, and to decline healthcare and retirement benefits during her time in office. She is not running for a career or for the money, but to serve the District’s constituents. Ms. Arrington supports a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. She supports this legislation to limit federal power.

She advocates infrastructure improvements to eliminate transportation gridlock. Short errands should not take hours. Concern over the distance to hospital care should not be a driving housing concern. Our transportation system has too long been neglected. She charged that Mark Sanford has been afforded ample opportunity to address these issues, but simply has not. As an executive with military defense contractors, she has experience and a dedication to providing the military with the tools necessary to do their job. She plans to put that experience to work in solving our traffic issues.

She says she will always defend the Constitution, including the 2nd Amendment. She is a devoted right-to-life advocate. She is also determined to see our veterans get the services our nation’s military has the tools they need. She has daughter is in the military, so she will protect our men and women in service. She is also an avowed supporter of seeing our veterans get the services they need, deserve and were promised.

Ms. Arrington will be pushing to help grow our economy and protect Lowcountry jobs. She also feels a kinship with first responders: police, fire and EMT personnel.

Her sister works in a local school district, so she knows that parents and teachers must be prioritized over Washington bureaucrats. She supports school choice for parents.

To learn more about her campaign and positions go to VoteKatieArrington.com. She asked for help, financial and in-kind. Come hear what she has to share about her vision and goals if honored with election to the U.S. House.

Our membership drive continues! 2018 being an electionyear, we need to grow our club membership. We need your energy, support, participation and attendance. Please bring a friend with you!

We have a membership drive incentive program. If you bring in four (4) new members, you will receive a $100 Visa card as a reward. This is a measure of how important it is for our members to bring guests and help drive the Club and party forward. We have 43 new people moving to the tri-county area every week, as well as 8 new babies. We need to reach out to these folks, and get them active.

If you have any content for our FaceBook page, please send it to Christian LeBlanc. He manages our social media, and is always looking for new content. We are lucky to have him and his skill set.

On a related note, we are offering an opportunity for you to advertise your business in our newsletter and on our webpage – $150 for 6 months or $200 for a whole
year. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, contact Janine Nagrodsky or Christian LeBlanc. Christian can work with you on the ad copy.

PLEASE: Secure your reservations early through Janine Nagrodsky: (843-534-1246 or glrcrsvp@gmail.com). Make your reservations early, as lunch is only $25. Please bring a guest with you!

I look forward to seeing you there!!! Remember: It’s almost impossible to stop a charging elephant!!!

Message From The Editor: September 2018

Hello GLRC,

I hope you all made well with Florence that came through recently. I look forward to seeing you all at our next meeting and working toward victory in November.

Christian LeBlanc,

lcleblan@gmail.com
864-230-3357

This Month’s Speakers are Alan Wilson and Tom Hartnett

First elected Attorney General in 2010, Alan Wilson has focused on keeping South Carolina’s families safe, defending their freedom, and upholding the rule of law.

To protect the constitution and fight executive overreach, Alan Wilson took over 50 legal actions against the Obama Administration and successfully defended South Carolina’s Voter ID law. Standing up for religious liberties, Wilson has successfully defended public prayer and the unborn.

Attorney General Wilson has a proven record of protecting South Carolina families by aggressively going after child predators, fighting human trafficking, and tackling the growing opioid epidemic.

Alan and his wife Jennifer live in Lexington and have two children, Anna Grace and Michael.

Tom Hartnett Jr. is a native and lifelong resident of the Charleston area. He is married to his wife Alison and they have three children: Thomas, Rhett, and Nicholas.

He is the owner and president of Hartnett Realty, where he has over 20 years of experience in appraisal work, consultation, sales, and courtroom testimonies.

 

 

 

A Message from the President

We had a wonderful meeting on July 24, 2018 at the Harbor Breeze Restaurant at the Omar Shrine Temple at Patriot’s Point! We had a couple of candidates for office in attendance, including Carroll O’Neal, running for SC House District 116 and the Hon. Irvin G. Condon, Charleston County Probate Judge. Of course, our own Cindy Costa, National RNC Delegate from South Carolina, was also in attendance, along with Samm McConnell, Chairman of the Charleston County Board of Zoning Appeals.

Judge Condon was our keynote speaker. He brought his able law clerk, Brenna Dickson, to assist is in his informative and fun presentation. Judge Condon is/was uniquely qualified for the Probate Judge role, having been a Certified Public Accountant prior to attending law school. He is a graduate of Bishop England High School, and is the Brother of the Hon. Charles M. Condon, former S.C. Attorney General and Ninth Circuit Solicitor. Since taking office as the Charleston County Probate Judge in 1994, he has been active in the National Probate Judges Conference, serving as National President of the organization.

His Assistant Probate Judge, the Hon. Tamara L. Curry is the current National President. She is the first African American National President of that organization.

He has three (3) other Associate Probate Judges, who work in the Therapeutic and Commitment Division and Drug Court. His staff also includes five (5) probate clerks, who manage the estate files coordinating filings, assisting pro se petitioners, sending notices to local newspapers and litigants, etc. His office is well-managed, professional, compassionate and courteous. It reflects his professional and highly competent approach to his responsibilities.

Judge Condon spoke briefly of his efforts to address the real world problems faced by the Therapeutic Division of his office. The Drug Court program, which attempts to aid those afflicted with substance abuse addiction in a non-penal manner, has been part of an effort to deal with the mental health toll that addiction inflicts. Participants are required to take regular drug screens, and cannot be “violent offenders” beyond their addiction infractions. Failure to pass a single drug screen results in jail time. The participants plead guilty and are sentenced before entering the program. Their conviction and sentence are vacated upon successful completion of the program.

Judge Condon performs estate planning programs for various groups and businesses in the Charleston area, spreading much needed information to the local community in creative ways. Much more of his work involves the multitude of trusts being employed to preserve accumulated wealth for succeeding generations.

He has launched a Veteran’s Court to address that community’s mental health issues in a non-penal setting. He has an Associate Probate Judge, who is himself a veteran, heading that effort.

The Judge is also piloting a “Conservator Project” to provide education and training for citizens to assist those who are unable to manage their own financial affairs. Perhaps some key local officials could have benefitted from this instruction.

Judge Condon provided a stark reminder that Democrats have won countywide elections for two (2) courthouse posts, Treasurer and Auditor, and that Gov. Haley lost Charleston County in her reelection bid. Thus, complacency by Charleston County Republicans is unwarranted. He is in a spirited race for the only popularly-elected judgeship on the ballot in November.

He was very complimentary of the Club’s energy, and gave credit to each of his associate judges. In addition to his remarks, his Therapeutic Division commenced a practice of going to mental health facilities to conduct hearings, instead of utilizing scarce resources to transport inpatients to the courthouse. This saves taxpayers’ money and provides a more secure situation for the public and the inpatients. It is a brilliant simple solution.

In keeping with his entertaining presentation, he had his Clerk distribute a fun interactive exercise that turned out to be a psychological investigative test. The results of the various questions were shared, and then an explanation of the psychological import of the answers was shared. The results were the subject of great mirth.

Please support Judge Condon in the upcoming election!
Our next meeting will be August 28, 2018. Our speakers will be the Hon. Alan Wilson, S.C. Attorney General, and Tom Hartnett, who is running for Charleston County Register of Deeds. Attorney General Wilson is seeking reelection to a second term. He is originally from the Florence area, and has been a staunch advocate of conservative legal causes during his tenure.
Tom Hartnett is the son of the Hon. Thomas F. Hartnett (Ret. U.S. House First District), and is the owner and President of Hartnett Realty Company. The company is one of the area’s oldest family-run real estate businesses. Tom has over 20 years of appraisal, consultation, sales and expert testimony experience. He is well known for his attention to detail, professionalism and integrity.

He is a loving Father, very involved in his sons’ lives. He has been a Cub Scout Den leader, and actively volunteers as a coach with the Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department. He is an active member of Christ Church, the Hibernian Society and the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors. In his free time, Tom spends his time with his wife and fishing and hunting with his boys.
Tom is uniquely qualified for the Charleston County ROD job. As a regular user of the ROD Office, Tom is familiar with the operations of the office, its services and online systems. He hopes to continue to build upon the changes and upgrades made to the ROD Office and to improve the accessibility of property records and information. He is seeking your support in his effort to become the next Charleston County Register.
Come hear what these gentlemen have to share about their vision and goals if honored with election to their respective posts.

Our membership drive continues! 2018 is an election year, we need to grow our club membership in this election year. We need your energy, support, participation and attendance. Please bring a friend with you!

We have a membership drive incentive program. If you bring in four (4) new members, you will receive a $100 Visa card as a reward. This is a measure of how important it is for our members to bring guests and help drive the Club and party forward. We have 43 new people moving to the tricounty area every week, as well as 8 new babies. We need to reach out to these folks, and get them active.

If you have any content for our FaceBook page, please send it to Christian LeBlanc. He manages our social media, and is always looking for new content. We are lucky to have him and his skill set.

On a related note, we are offering an opportunity for you to advertise your business in our newsletter and on our webpage – $150 for 6 months or $200 for a whole year. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, contact Janine Nagrodsky or Christian LeBlanc. Christian can work with you on the ad copy.

PLEASE: Secure your reservations early through Janine Nagrodsky: (843-534-1246 or glrcrsvp@gmail.com). Make your reservations early, as lunch is only $20.

Please bring a guest with you! I look forward to seeing you there!!!

Remember: It’s almost impossible to stop a charging elephant!!!

I wish you love, joy, happiness & many blessings,

Alice Swope Thompson President aliceswopethompson@carolinaone.com 843-303-3943

Message From The Editor

Hello GLRC, Election season is heating up and we need all hands on deck. Stay tuned to your County Newsletter for volunteer opportunities and let’s have a Red Wave in November!

Christian LeBlanc

864-230-3357

lcleblan@gmail.com

This Month’s Speaker Is The Honorable Judge Irv Condon

Judge Irvin G. Condon was elected Charleston County Probate Judge in November 1994 and was re-elected in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 without opposition. During his more than 20 years of service, Judge Condon has worked with dedication and innovation to make the Charleston County Probate Court a national model of excellence.

Probate Judge Tamara Curry presides over this court. In 2010, Judge Condon also began presiding over the Ninth Circuit Juvenile Drug Court.

In addition to making Charleston County a leader in the creation of problem solving courts, Judge Condon has received national recognition by participating in cutting edge programs assisting incapacitated adults under guardianship and conservatorship. In 2011, the American Bar Association selected the Charleston County Probate Court as one of two courts in the nation to participate in a pilot project providing assistance and monitoring for incapacitated adults and their guardians. Students from the Charleston School of Law serve as volunteer court visitors. Courts in South Carolina and nationally have adopted this program. In 2018, the National Center for State Courts selected the Charleston County Probate Court as one of two courts in the nation to pilot the rapid response conservator program. The program will use cutting edge software to monitor spending by conservators on behalf of inca- pacitated adults along with the annual accountings.

Judge Condon offers free workshops to the public on the estate administration process on the first Monday of each month. He also assisted the family members of the Charleston Nine and the Emmanuel Nine with the probate process. Judge Condon has been a leader in South Carolina and nationally in many organizations involving his court.

Judge Condon is past President of the National College of Probate Judges, the South Carolina Association of Probate Judges, the National Guardianship Association, and the Congress of State Associations of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. He is currently President of the South Carolina Association of Drug Court Professionals and the James Hoban Society. James Hoban was the architect of Charleston County’s historic courthouse and the White House.

He also is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar, the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Association of Probate Judges, the National College of Probate Judges, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the National Guardianship Association, the South Carolina Association of Drug Court Professionals, and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Judge Condon has been a faculty member and frequent speaker for the National Judicial College, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the National Drug Court Institute, the National Business Institute, the Charleston School of Law, West Virginia University’s Master of Legal Studies online program, and for numerous civic and charitable organizations. Judge Condon serves on the planning committee for the Medical University of South Carolina Attorneys and Judges Substance Abuse Annual Seminar. Judge Condon, the Charleston County Probate Court, and the Mills House Hotel have partnered on an annual probate seminar for over 20 years to raise funds for portraits and furnishings for the courthouse and funds for housing, bus passes, etc. for citizens in the problem solving courts.

Before his election, Judge Condon was a share- holder in the law firm of Rosen, Rosen & Hagood, P.A., in Charleston where he practiced probate and business law. Judge Condon earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Judge Condon is a Certified Public Accountant and worked for McKnight Frampton and Price Waterhouse for three years before going to law school. He attended the College of Charleston and received his B.S. degree in accounting, magna cum laude, from Clemson University. Judge Condon was also admitted to the MBA Program of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania but chose to work for Price Waterhouse followed by law school. He is a graduate of Bishop England High School.

Judge Condon grew up in Charleston as the seventh of ten children born to Harriet Molony Condon and the late J. Joseph Condon. He and his wife, Michelle Mensore Condon, an attorney originally from New Martinsville, West Virginia, have a 10-year-old son. They are members of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston.

Message From The President: July 2018

We had a fantastic meeting on June 26, 2018 at the Harbor Breeze Restaurant at the Omar Shrine Temple at Patriot’s Point! We opened the speaking part of the program with warm congratulations to our own Carroll O’Neal for his primary victory for his S.C. House Seat 115. Our two (2) main speakers were the Hon. Irving Condon, Charleston County Probate Judge, and the distinguished scholar, Dr. Gibbs Knotts, Chairman of the Political Science Department for the College of Charleston.

Judge Condon is/was uniquely qualified for the Probate Judge role, having been a Certified Public Accountant prior to attending law school. Since taking office he has been active in the National Probate Judges Conference, serving as President of the organization. His Assistant Probate Judge, the Hon. Tamara L. Curry is the current National President. She is the first African American National President of that organization.

Judge Condon spoke briefly of his efforts to address the real world problems faced by the Therapeutic Division of his office. The Drug Court program, which attempts to aid those afflicted with substance abuse addictions in a non-penal manner, has been part of an effort to deal with the mental health toll that addiction inflicts. He performs estate planning programs for various groups and businesses in the Charleston area, spreading much needed information to the local community in creative ways. He is launching a Veteran’s Court to address that community’s mental health issues in a non-penal setting. He is also piloting a “Conservator Project” to provide education and training for citizens to assist those who are unable to manage their own financial affairs.

Judge Condon provided a stark reminder that Democrats have won countywide elections for two (2) courthouse posts, Treasurer and Auditor, and that Gov. Haley lost Charleston County in her re-election bid. Thus, complacency by Charleston County Republicans is unwarranted. He was very complimentary of the Club’s energy, and gave credit to each of his associate judges. In addition to his remarks, his Therapeutic Division commenced a practice of going to mental health facilities to conduct hearings, instead of utilizing scarce resources to transport inpatients to the courthouse. This saves taxpayers’ money and provides a more secure situation for the public and the inpatients. It was a brilliant simple solution.

The main speaker was the always informative Dr. Gibbs Knotts. Dr. Knotts’ modeling projected Donald Trump’s victory, in spite of all the punditry to the commentary. He gave an overview of national and state politics. He addressed the key factors in most elections are money, media access and endorsements by other public officials and groups.

He talked about the primary process used in all but a few states. He shared the unpleasant political truth that the President’s party usually loses seats in the midterm elections, both in the House and in the Senate. Hopefully, that historical lesson will not recur in 2018. He said that President Trump has the highest approval rating in West Virginia and the lowest in Washington, D.C. He predicted Gov. McMaster would win the Republican Primary Run-off over John Warren.

 

Again, his crystal ball was prescient. He asserted that Mark Sanford’s Trump criticism hurt him in his Primary loss to Katie Arrington. He predicted she would defeat Joe Cunningham in the general election.

Our July meeting will be July 24, 2018. Our speaker will be the Hon. Irving Condon, Charleston County Probate Judge. Judge Condon had a long-scheduled doctor’s appointment on the same day as the June meeting, so his presentation was abbreviated. He is a fine speaker who is likely to share information with you for which lawyer’s charge dear. Come listen and learn. We want you, and a friend to join us.

I look forward to seeing you there!!! Remember: It’s almost impossible to stop a charging elephant!!!

I wish you love, joy, happiness & many blessings,
Alice Swope Thompson
President
aliceswopethompson@carolinaone.com
843-303-3943

Message From The Editor: July 2018

Hello GLRC,

The last meeting with Dr. Knotts was exciting and informative. I am looking forward to hearing from the Honorable Judge Irv Condon and his plan to win the general election for Probate Judge in November.

As always, you can pay online ahead for meetings on our website at http://greaterlowcountrygop.com/payments-and-dues/.

Christian LeBlanc
864-230-3357
lcleblan@gmail.com

This Month’s Speakers are Kevin Bryant, Yancey McGill, and Catherine Templeton

Editorial Usage Requires Mandatory Credit to
Travis Bell Photography
©Travis Bell Photography. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Bryant

Lieutenant Governor Kevin L. Bryant is from Anderson County, where he is a registered pharmacist and manages, with his brothers and father, Bryant Pharmacy & Supply, an independent “old corner drug store.” In 2004, Lieutenant Governor Bryant was elected to the South Carolina State Senate, where he served for 12 years. As a member of the Senate, he championed conservative legislation including the passage of a 24-hour waiting period and the requirement of ultrasound before an elective abortion. He’s been been presented with the S.C. Citizens for Life Award and named “Friend of the Taxpayer” by the S.C. Association of Taxpayer.

Bryant was elected President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina State Senate before being sworn in as South Carolina’s 92nd Lieutenant Governor on January 25, 2017. In his role as Lieutenant Governor, Bryant serves as President of the South Carolina Senate and oversees the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging. As Lieutenant Governor, he remains committed to his beliefs for limited government, lower taxes, and supporting traditional family values. He is married to his wife Ann and they have three children.

Yancey McGill

John Yancey McGill was born in Kingstree, South Carolina to the late Frank H. and Peggy Tomlinson McGill. A lifelong Kingstree resident, the former Mayor of Kingstree graduated from Kingstree High School and later attended The Citadel and Francis Marion College, where he received one of several Honorary Doctorates Degrees for his outstanding work throughout the state of South Carolina. In 1974, he married Pamela Jean Fennell, and together, they have three children and five grandchildren. As the owner of John Yancey McGill Real Estate and a longstanding member of Kingstree First Baptist Church, McGill is a valued member of the Kingstree community.

In 1988, McGill was elected to the South Carolina State Senate where he served for 26 years. As a member of the State Senate, McGill was the chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Economic Development and was a member of the Senate Finance Executive Committee. In addition, he also worked with many other agencies throughout the State.

On June 18, 2014, McGill was elected President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina State Senate. Following the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell, he undertook the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. In his role as Lieutenant Governor, McGill continued to serve as President of the South Carolina State Senate and oversaw the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, he then continued his commitment to seniors by serving as the State Director of Aging, where he worked tirelessly to improve the lives of senior citizens across the state.

Former State Senator and Lieutenant Governor Yancey McGill has also served as President of the Kingstree Chamber of Commerce and the Kingstree Jaycees, and he was chairman of the Waccamaw Regional Planning & Development Council, the Waccamaw Industrial Revolving Loan Commission, and the North East Economic Strategic Alliance. In addition to leading many important organizations, McGill has also
been a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Committee of the Educational Improvement Act, and the Medical University of South Carolina Board of Visitors.

Throughout Yancey McGill’s career, he has been selected and honored with several awards by the citizens of South Carolina. For his leadership and dedication to both his constituents and the people of South Carolina, Yancey McGill has been presented with and awarded the following:

Legislator of the Year (South Carolina Association of Counties), 1993, 1997. Senator of the Year (American Legion), 1999. Senate Legislator of the Year (Association of Conservation Districts), 2002. Distinguished Service Award (South Carolina Association of Counties), 2008. William Henry Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award (Williamsburg Hometown Chamber), 2009. Public Services Activities Service Award (Clemson University), 2010. Advocate of the Year Award (South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture), 2010. Community Health Center Champion Award (South Carolina Primary Health Care Association), 2014. Yancey McGill has received Honorary Doctorates Degrees from the following South Carolina Universities: The Citadel (1994), Francis Marion University (2001), Medical University of South Carolina (2004), Coastal Carolina University (2008), Clemson University (2011).

Catherine Templeton

Catherine Templeton has spent virtually her entire life in the private sector.

She’s never run for anything, owes no favors, and can’t be bought.

When Governor Haley needed a conservative fighter, she called on Catherine. And as a member of Governor Haley’s cabinet, Catherine protected jobs for South Carolina and grew them! Catherine fought the Obama administration, and shook up Columbia by reforming government, kicking out entrenched bureaucrats, and returning money to
taxpayers. When asked about Catherine, Governor Haley said, “She is a fighter. She is strong. She is a mother. She is a wife. She’s a great professional who hasn’t just been good at anything – she’s been great at everything.”

But when Catherine went back home to her three children and her husband, Morgan, she realized that she couldn’t un-see what she had seen in Columbia. Even when President Trump publicly considered Catherine for his cabinet and privately met with her to bring jobs back to America, his team calling her a triple threat, she was determined to use all of her energy in South Carolina taking on good ol’ boy corruption that is costing us all so much money.

Catherine will lift South Carolina into the future.

For more information on Catherine’s experience and record of shrinking government, go to CatherineTempleton.com.

Message from the President

We had a fabulous meeting March 27, 2018 at the Harbor Breeze Restaurant at the Omar Shrine Temple at Patriot’s Point! The main speaker was the Hon. Harry Griffin, Charleston City Councilman for District 10, who was recently elected to the seat formerly held by Dean Reigle. Harry recovered from the flu and gave a simple and straightforward speech. He is a 22 year old Citadel grad who ran on a platform to end the flooding in the Church Creek basin: Shadowmoss, Church Creek, Springfield, Hickory Hills, Hickory Farms, Grand Oaks and the poor folks at Abundant Life Church. In all, that is some 10,000 — 20,000 residents. He wants to address his constituents concerns, especially traffic and flooding. These are complex issues to address given the current circumstances, Harry is perturbed at Council for passing building permit applications in flood zones without appropriate storm water runoff planning. Remedies he discussed include getting SCANA and CSX to give encroachments where they are needed. He referred to a 20-page study to create a 400 acre lake in the Church Creek basin. He also mentioned reaching out to the Whitfield family for a 50 acre drainage easement. He also stated that engineers from the Netherlands are visiting the Charleston area, and that council hopes to learn some of their effective techniques for flood control. Harry is also in favor of completing 1-526 (just to show you he’s not anti-development). Ralph Calhoun, the Potentate of Omar Shrine.
Temple and a club member, gave a quick talk asking for help in a fundraiser “Walk a Mile for a Child”. The Shriners support 22 hospitals across the nation, and provide free care for children 0 — 18 years of age. The local goal of the fundraiser is to partner with M.U.S.C. to establish a burn unit in Charleston. There are no burn units in the State at this time. Cheryl Fennell of Sen. Scott’s office reported on the commissioning of the USS Ralph Johnson, March 24, 2018. With 6,000 in attendance to celebrate the occasion, native hero, Ralph Johnson, was again memorialized for his selfless service. Johnson was a Medal of Honor winner born in the Lowcountry. The V.A. hospital facility in downtown Charleston bears his name. 12 — 15 members of Johnson’s platoon were in attendance. Sen. Scott was given a 21 gun salute during the festivities. It was a very moving event for a true American hero. Our April meeting will be April 24, 2018. “We want you! ! !” Our membership drive continues! 2018 is an election year, and I know we can grow our club membership in an election year. Our speakers this year will reflect the upcoming electioneering efforts of the various candidates. Please bring a friend with you! We have a membership drive incentive program. If you bring in four (4) new members, you will receive a $100 Visa card as a reward. This is a measure of how important it is for our members to bring guests and help drive the Club and party forward. We have 38 new people moving to the tri-county area every week, as well as 8 new babies. We need to reach out to these folks, and get them active. If you have any content for our FaceBook page, please send it to Christian LeBlanc. He manages our social media, and is always looking for new content. We are lucky to have him and his skill set.

Letter From The Editor

Hello GLRC,

We have an exciting meeting for April. We have 3 candidates for governor and I hope that you are looking forward to hearing from them as much as I am. It should be a fun time and I look forward to seeing you all there.

Don’t forget you can pay for lunch online at http://greaterlowcountrygop.com/payments-anddues/

Also, if you have any contributions for our Facebook page or website, please contact me at lcleblan@gmail.com or 864-230-337.

See you all soon, Christian LeBlanc Editor lcleblan@gmail.com 864-230-3357

This Month’s Speaker Is Harry Griffin

Harry Griffin is a newly elected Charleston City Councilman for District 10. Harry is also a rising leader in Charleston’s maritime industry where he handles logistics and distribution for a shipping company. Through this experience, Harry understands the importance of a strong Charleston economy and the chain effect of jobs. He gets that we need to be encouraging a vibrant Charleston economy.

As someone who grew up in City Council District 10 – Shadowmoss – Harry has seen the neglect of the city administration on West Ashley. That neglect has left a need for the city to prioritize drainage and roads. Those should be the city’s priorities.

Harry is driven by the work ethic instilled in him at The Citadel, his alma mater. The lessons and values he learned there are being brought to City Council.

 

Letter From The Editor

Hello GLRC,

It’s an exciting time for our club.

As Alice mentioned on my right, I am excited to have Harry Griffin as our speaker this month. He is passionate about helping improve West Ashley and our great city on City Council. I admire his courage, enthusiasm, and leadership that he has shown thus far as a new City Councilman.

Also, you can now pay for lunches and dues online! Visit our website at http://greaterlowcountrygop.com/payments-and-dues/ to pay today.

As always, please send me your photos and ideas for the website, social media, and website.

 

Filing Request

Members – Carroll O’Neal would like to invite our GLRC members to attend his official filing to run for Statehouse next Thursday, 3/29 at noon.  If you are able to go and support him, please contact Carroll directly at 843-224-9001 for more details.

 

Thank you,

Janine Nagrodsky

A Message from the President

We We had a wonderful meeting on October 24, 2017 at the Harbor Breeze Restaurant at the Omar Shrine Temple at Patriot’s Point! The food was outstanding, and the speaker was even better.

We had several candidates for local office who came and spoke. The Hon. Town of Mt, Pleasant Mayor Linda Page thanked all the Town Council members for running for office. Kathy Landing, who was running for Mt. Pleasant Town Council, touted her problem-solving skills developed over 32 years in the financial services industry, and her diplomacy skills. She championed dealing with the Snee Farm drainage issues. John Mahoney, another Town Council candidate, touted his plan to give small businesses a tax break. Rodly Millet, Air Force Retired, touted community service as a priority.

Our speaker was the Hon. Scarlett A. Wilson, Ninth Circuit Solicitor. A member of our club, Scarlett shared her tireless efforts to properly prosecute the Dylan Roof and Officer Michael Slager trials, both of which drew national media coverage. Scarlett said she felt a need to prosecute the Slager trial for the benefit of the community and to set a precedent. She indicated that the Federal court will set the sentence. She stated that the Legislature and the Counties need to review and tweak the “officer-involved” shooting guidelines to ensure fairness to the public without creating dissension and low morale within the various police agencies.

As to the Roof trial, she remarked that the U.S. Attorney in office at the time was an anti-death penalty advocate. Despite this, she went ahead and noticed the death penalty, as was her prerogative as the initial prosecutor. She did this in part because the victims’ families were supportive of the move. South Carolina has no execution drugs available. Thus, no executions have been carried out in eight (8) years. Because of the “due process” safeguards, the process takes 10-15 years to carry out a death sentence. Drug manufacturers were sued for producing the drugs used in lethal injections, so they are not available in the U.S. Since prisoners get to elect their form of execution, they now choose lethal injection, because they know the drugs are unavailable.

Scarlett also advocated for amending the bond rules to enhance penalties for violating bond requirements. She said she has mixed feelings about the judiciary being selected by the Legislature. She is adamant that judges should not be soliciting money for political campaigns.

Scarlett opined that the 3 strike law needs to be tweaked, so that the first two strikes require conviction, and not just charges. S.C. has a new 2 strike law for more serious offenses.

She explained that the state lacks funding to protect witnesses. Due process requires the State to identify their witnesses to the defense in advance of trial. The Feds have more resources, so they can provide witness protection, but S.C. does not have the funds to do so.

Our annual Christmas party will be held at Nancy Leet’s home, 102 Seadog Circle, on Saturday, December 6 at 6:00PM. Please make your reservations ASAP, so that she will have an accurate headcount for food and beverages. For more information please email Nancy at seadog61@comcast.net.

The 50/50 raffle raised $77 for our kitty. Rodly Millet won, and promptly donated his winnings to our Basket Brigade cause..

Our membership drive continues! I refuse to accept that we cannot grow our club in an off-election year. One of the advantages to our moving the location is that we have returned to meeting on the 4th Tuesday, so that members who had Wednesday conflicts can return. We welcome you back!

We have a membership drive incentive program. If you bring in four (4) new members, you will receive a $100 Visa card as a reward. This is a measure of how important it is for our members to bring guests and help drive the Club and party forward. We have 38 new people moving to the tri-county area every week, as well as 8 new babies. We need to reach out to these folks, and get them active.

If you have any content for our FaceBook page, please send it to Christian LeBlanc. He manages our social media, and is always looking for new content. We are lucky to have him and his skill set.

On a related note, we are offering an opportunity for you to advertise your business in our newsletter and on our webpage – $150 for 6 months or $200 for a whole year. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, contact Janine Nagrodsky or Christian LeBlanc. Christian can work with you on the ad copy.

PLEASE: Secure your reservations early through Janine Nagrodsky: (843-534-1246/glrcrsvp@gmail.com). Make your reservations early, as lunch is only $25.

Please bring a guest with you!

I look forward to seeing you there!!!

Remember: It’s almost impossible to stop a charging elephant!!!

I wish you love, joy, happiness & many blessings,

Alice Swope Thompson

President

aliceswopethompson@carolinaone.com

843-303-3943

Editor’s Note

Hello GLRC,

Another year for GLRC has come to a close and I am glad to have experienced it with you all. We have a great Basket Brigade coming up for our next meeting and a wonderful Christmas party planned for December.

I am happy to announce that we will have online payments ready on our website for our November meeting and those moving forward.

Thank you all again for your help in this past year and I look forward to an exciting 2018!

Christian LeBlanc

Editor

lcleblan@gmail.com

864-230-3357

This Month’s Speaker Is Sandy Senn

 

Sandy Senn is a West Ashley lawyer who regularly defends police officers, firefighters, and EMTs. Senator Senn has practiced Constitutional law for nearly 25 years and is the managing partner of Senn Legal LLC, a four lawyer law firm near South Windermere.

She has represented all 46 sheriffs in the state as General Counsel for the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association and has defended notable cases such as the Charleston 9 firefighter’s case, Citadel Cadets, and numerous trials and appeals for governmental actors. Senator Senn is rated “AV” by her peers in Martindale-Hubbell (which is the highest rating available for professionalism and ethics).

She was a conservative T.V. talk show panelist on “The Carolina Gang” regarding political matters and has been a guest lecturer on governmental and police liability topics in various continuing legal education courses.

Senator Senn has always been proud to be a Republican and is currently serving as a State Senator for District 41. She is married to Rande Lane, a James Island native, and they have three children: Brook, Alexa and Jacob.

This Month’s Speaker is Rae Wooten

Rae H. Wooten was born, raised and educated in Columbia, South Carolina before moving to the Charleston area in 1973. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and subsequently worked as a registered nurse in various settings before joining the Charleston County Coroner’s Office in April, 1995. She became Chief Deputy in July, 1996 and continued in that position until October 15, 2006 when she was appointed by the Governor to serve as Coroner after the previous coroner’s resignation on August 31, 2006. On November 10, 2008 she was elected to serve a four year term as Charleston County Coroner and re-elected in November 2012 for an additional four year term.

As a forensic nurse death investigator working in the Charleston County Coroner’s Office she has investigated many deaths, of all types, to include numerous infant and child deaths. These investigations include scene investigation, interviewing of relevant individuals, review of medical, social and legal records, ordering of and attendance at autopsies, etc. As Coroner, completion of death certificates as to cause and manner of death is an important responsibility.

She plans, teaches and speaks regularly on topics associated with death investigation to audiences including medical/nursing personnel, law enforcement officers, social workers, attorneys and other death investigators. She is committed to improving education and training and to the development of prevention programs based on research

She holds a current nursing license in South Carolina, is a Fellow of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI), is an associate member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), serves as a member of the State Child Fatality Advisory Committee and is a member of a number of professional organizations to include the South Carolina Coroners’ Association, the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners(IAC&ME) and the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). She was awarded the “Sue Townsend Award” in 2010 and the “Coroner of the Year Award” in 2012 by the South Carolina Coroner’s Association.

Message From The President: July 2017

We had an excellent meeting on May 23, 2017 at the Harbor Breeze Restaurant at the Omar Shrine Temple at Patriot’s Point. We had a fabulous meal. I’ve heard nothing but compliments on the new location and the service.

Cindy Costa gave us a report on the RNC National Committee Meeting. She advised that the RNC is receiving lots of donations due to President Trump. The Committee voted down the Article V resolution that would re-write the Constitution. There was a lot of support for the repeal and replacement of the Dodd-Frank banking law.

Our main speaker was Ralph Calhoun, the Potentate of the Omar Shrine and “head honcho” for the State of South Carolina. Ralph gave a very informative and inspiring talk. He’s the loving Father of three (3) children. He’s been an Ancient Freemason since 1975, and a Shriner since 1982. He is truly dedicated to mission of the Shriners, which is to help children with bone disorders and burn injuries. He related there are twenty-two (22) Shriner’s Hospitals, which provide free medical care. There are also one (1) each in Mexico and Canada. The hospitals have a three-part mission: high quality medical care, patient service and education. Ralph, who is also a member of our Club, showed us a brief slide show of two (2) patients who received care and are now ambassadors for the organization.

The organization relies totally on charitable donations, and has been awarded the Best American Charity Seal, awarded for focusing donations on the charitable purpose, and minimizing administrative expenses. The Shriners also host a prestigious High School All-Star football game each year in December pitting the best players from South Carolina (the “Sandlappers”) against the best players from North Carolina (the “Tar Heels”). Nearly all the players in the game go on to play college football, and some are even in the NFL, today. During their week long practice, they get to tour the Greenville facility and meet the children receiving care. It is a humbling and heart-warming site to watch.

The Shriners are proud to have the latest technology available, including an EOS machine that performs imaging at 10% of the radiation exposure of prior technology. They have a “motion machine” that can pinpoint more precisely bone and pain issues. They have also adopted a procedure where they are able surgically to install “Magic Rods” for scoliosis patients that provide spinal stability and actually grow with the child.

The closest Shriner’s Hospital is in Greenville. Volunteer drivers bring children from all over South Carolina to the Greenville facility free of charge for diagnosis and treatment. Cheryl Fennell shared a personal story about a friend who had benefitted from the Shriners’ care.

Cheryl also urged our members to watch S.C’ s own Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s Director of the OMB, give his budget briefing to Congress. Mulvaney was formerly in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 5th Congressional District (2011-2017).

We will have Rae Wooten as our speaker in June, so please come.

Our membership drive continues! I refuse to accept that we cannot grow our club in an off-election year. One of the advantages to our moving the location is that we have returned to meeting on the 4th Tuesday, so that members who had Wednesday conflicts can return. We welcome you back!

We have instituted a membership drive incentive program. If you bring in four (4) new members, you will receive a $100 Visa card as a reward. This is a measure of how important it is for our members to bring guests and help drive the Club and party forward. We have 43 new people moving to the tri-county area every week. We need to reach out to these folks, and get them active.

If you have any content for our FaceBook page, please send it to Christian LeBlanc. He manages our social media, and is always looking for new content. We are lucky to have him and his skill set.

On a related note, we are offering an opportunity for you to advertise your business in our newsletter and on our webpage – $150 for 6 months or $200 for a whole year. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, contact Janine Nagrodsky or Christian LeBlanc. Christian can work with you on the ad copy.

We have had a number of people on our “permanent” list fail to appear for the Luncheon and fail to notify us that they would not be attending. This has resulted in several hundreds of dollars in meals purchased, but for which payment has not been made. If you are on the “permanent” list and cannot attend, please notify Janine, ASAP, to avoid being charged for a meal you did not receive. If you are not on the “permanent” list and would like to be included, please notify Janine at your earliest convenience.

PLEASE: Secure your reservations early through Janine Nagrodsky: (843-534-1246/glrcrsvp@gmail.com). Make your reservations, as lunch is only $25.

Please bring a guest with you!

I look forward to seeing you there!!!

Remember: It’s almost impossible to stop a charging elephant!!!

I wish you love, joy, happiness & many blessings,

Alice Swope Thompson

President

aliceswopethompson@carolinaone.com

843-303-3943

Editor’s Note: June 2017

The summer is upon us and I am very pleased to see the club take off in our new location.

I would like to thank Jan Ledbetter who has stepped up to help take pictures of the meetings. They will be posted on our Facebook page, website, and newsletter.

If you would like to be involved with any aspect of our club communications, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Christian LeBlanc,

Editor

lcleblan@gmail.com

864-230-3357

A Message From The President: April 2017

We had another wonderful meeting in conjunction with our March 28 Luncheon. We had some significant housekeeping issues with which to deal, as the Luncheons are moving. The Country Club of Charleston is renovating and upgrading for the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament, so their construction efforts are impairing their parking. Thus, our group has grown so large as to pose a parking problem. We had a verbal agreement to relocate the Luncheon to The Elks Lodge on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, but their new Board increased the cost of the meeting beyond our traditional budget. Just this week we entered into an agreement to hold the Luncheon at Harbor Breeze Restaurant & Conference Center in the Omar Shrine Building at Patriot’s Point. The cost for a “sit down” lunch will remain $25 per person, and the meeting will return to the 4th Tuesday, which will be April 25th at 12:00noon. I’m sure there will be some confusion this month, but hope we will get back on track and in the swing of things for the Luncheon May 23rd.

Our speaker last month was one of the leading contenders for Republican State Party Chairman, Drew McKissick. Drew informed us he was related to Coach McKissick in the South, but not closely enough for any glory to have rubbed off on him. He talked about his passion for politics and his love of the Republican Party. He informed us that the new technology allows for more focused targeting on likely Republican voters and thinkers. He stressed the need to utilize this technology to identify and cultivate younger voters and activists to sustain the party. He talked about the need to communicate with Republicans and independents to expand our tent to remain dominant in a State that is seeing significant population growth from other areas of the country. This influx of new voters and activists presents a challenge to identify and cultivate to advance the party’s agenda. He was adamant that hard work, door to door canvasing and an old fashioned ground game are still very necessary to political success, but that the party needs to supplement these efforts with the new technology available.

He went on to stress the need to get involved. People become passionate issues. They can then use that passion to effect the political process and bring about change they want.

We have had a number of people on our “permanent” list fail to appear for the Luncheon and fail to notify us that they would not be attending. This has resulted in several hundreds of dollars in meals purchased, but for which payment has not been made. If you are on the “permanent” list and cannot attend, please notify Janine, ASAP, to avoid being charged for a meal you did not receive. If you are not on the “permanent” list and would like to be included, please notify Janine at your earliest convenience.

The move back to the 4th Tuesday will hopefully allow some of the members who are in other organizations to return to participating in the Club. Approximately 20 members stopped attending when the meetings moved to Wednesday to accommodate the Country Club’s parking issues. Our membership drive continues. Please bring a new friend or an old friend to the Luncheon. Our Club is only as strong and vibrant as its members.

Our speaker this month will be Dr. Gibbs Knotts, Ph.D., Chairman of the Political Science Department at the College of Charleston. Dr. Knotts spoke to us at our October 2016 Luncheon about an electoral theory espoused by his mentor that predicted Donald Trump would win the White House. His theory turned out to be a far better prognosticator than much of the national media and professional pundits. He has been asked to pick up where he left off in October, as well as teach us more about the study of politics. I’m sure we will learn much from him, again.

PLEASE: Secure your reservations early through Janine Nagrodsky: (843-534-1246/glrcrsvp@gmail.com). Make your reservations, as lunch is only $25.

Please bring a guest with you!

I look forward to seeing you there!!!

Remember: It’s almost impossible to stop a charging elephant!!!

I wish you love, joy, happiness & many blessings,

Alice Swope Thompson

President

aliceswopethompson@carolinaone.com

843-303-3943

Editor’s Note: April 2017

First, I would like to take a moment to thank the Country Club for their hospitality over these last few years with our Club. Thank you Christine for your wonderful vocals and the entire staff for your great service.

This is a quick reminder that we will be meeting at Harbor Breeze for our meeting this Tuesday at 12 Noon.

Also, we are still selling ad space for our newsletter and website. Thank you Cindy Costa for taking ad space this month. You can see her ad below. The cost of ads will be $25 a month for either the newsletter or website. $50 a month for both the newsletter and website. $150 for 6 months for both. $200 for a year for both. All checks should be made to GLRC.

As always if you have any news or pictures to share, please send them to me at lcleblan@gmail.com

Christian LeBlanc,

Editor

lcleblan@gmail.com

864-230-3357

This Month’s Speaker is Drew McKissick

Drew McKissick is a Columbia, SC based conservative grassroots activist with over twenty-nine years of political experience and a passion for helping other conservatives learn how to make a difference. He specializes in political strategy, planning and organization as well as the development of grassroots political action programs.

He has served in elected and appointed positions at all levels of the Republican Party, including serving as a member of the Republican National Committee.

Most recently he worked as the Eastern Director for Faith Engagement for the RNC, helping engage the faith community towards voter registration and education programs.

He maintains a website (DrewMcKissick.com) and newsletter focused on tips for more effective conservative activism, and has written several books dealing with various aspects of political organization, campaigns and lobbying.

He and his wife Amy live in West Columbia, along with “Jasper”, their wilful five month old Boykin Spaniel.

You can connect with Drew on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Editor’s Note: February 2017

Thank you all for a successful start to 2017.

Our club is vibrant and working hard to get our message of Republican values out to the local community.

We are also looking to grow our membership. You can sign up at our next meeting on February 22 to join. Bring a guest with you as well.

Please let me know how I may be of assistance to you all.

Christian LeBlanc,

Editor

lcleblan@gmail.com

864-230-3357

A Message from the President: February 2017

We had a wonderful meeting on January 25th. Our new slate of Officers were sworn in by our keynote speaker, the Hon. A. Victor Rawl, Chairman of Charleston County Council. We had a good crowd, as usual.

Our membership drive continues. I want to thank each of our new members and the existing Club members who invited them to join us. We have built the club’s membership steadily over the past year or so, and I am so grateful for your efforts to accomplish this expansion. Please bring another guest with you to our February 22 luncheon.

Cindy Costa presented us with a brief glimpse into her experience at President Trump’s inauguration. She shared how refreshing it was for him to include “God” in his remarks. She said there was a tremendous crowd, and that she is very optimistic that President Trump will safeguard our citizens from foreign attacks and will protect our country from being further weakened under the strain of enormous debt.

Our speaker was the Hon. A. Victor Rawl, who was recently elected as the new Chairman of Charleston County Council. I have known Vic for nearly fifty (5 0) years and consider him a dear friend. He served on the Industrial Commission, in the State Legislature and many years as a Circuit Court Judge before being elected to Council in 2008 from the West Ashley area. Vic is a “no-nonsense” public servant who brings his keen legal analytical skills to addressing our county’s issues. He lamented the fragmentation of Charleston County into three (3) significantly-sized cities, because of the extra challenges presented. Coordinating responses to the disparate needs and political ambitions of the City of Charleston, the City of North Charleston and the Town of Mt. Pleasant is a difficult endeavor. The political football of completing 1-5 26 and other traffic issues headlines the list of challenges faced by Council. Exploding population and economic growth, limited resources and geographic impediments, together with the rising cost of housing create difficult policy choices for Council. Especially troublesome are the issues created by those employed especially in the food service and hospitality industries, which give Charleston such a vibrant economy.

Affordable housing for those workers is twenty (20) miles or more from their workplaces. This makes traffic congestion a real crisis, and parking a big issue.

Light rail is too expensive from a purchase of right of way and construction expense.

Express bus service is a more likely solution, but social norms have to change to accomplish a successful mass transit solution. Vic suggested carpooling would help. Again, this requires a change in behavior and attitude by local residents.

Many of these problems require inter-governmental approaches with city, county and regional cooperation. These approaches are being attempted, but are in their infancy in achieving coordinated goals.

Storm water and storm surge drainage issues have no easy or apparent “quick fix” solutions. These issues are so expensive that they require federal financial involvement, as well as state and local funding and input.

PLEASE: Secure your reservations early through Janine Nagrodsky: (843-534-l246/glrcrsvp@gmail.com).

Make your reservations, as lunch is only $25 with a reservation. Please bring a guest with you!

I look forward to seeing you there!!!

Remember: It’s almost impossible to stop a
charging elephant!!!

I wish you love, joy, happiness & many
blessings,

Alice Swope Thompson

President

alieeswopethompsoncharolinaone.com

843-303-3943

Greater Lowcountry Republican Club General Meeting January 25, 2017

1. Alice called the meeting to order at 12:04.

2. Cindy led us prayer and the Pledge. The club sang our song.

3. Alice welcomed all guests.

4. Alice recognized all outgoing Board members and thanked them for their service.

5. New 2017 Board members were sworn in by Vic Rawl.

6. Alice invited members of the club to come forward and take an active role on the Board to fill the open seats. Email Alice if you are interested at aliceswopethompson@carolinaone.com

7. Cindy gave a brief commentary on being at the inauguration – was very moved that Pres. Trump spoke of God in his acceptance speech. There was a tremendous crowd – she is very optimistic about the country – believes he will protect the people and their money. She thanked the members for their hard work and persistence during the election.

8. Alice introduced Vic Rawl – she knows him for 47 years – College of Charleston grad – been on County Council since 2008 – elected to Chair of County Council – spent 30 years in SC National Guard – was a Charleston circuit judge.

9. Vic Rawl gave the following comments: County Council is currently made up of 5 Republicans and 4 Democrats – purpose is to meet the needs of the people – oversee all the city budgets (Treasurer, Auditor, Coroner, Clerk of Court). County faces serious population increases – trying to attract new industry and jobs – problems arise when each council member wants what is best for their district and not the county as a whole – completion of 526 is a constant fight. Use of Naval Hospital would help many people – social services could be centrally located there, easily accessed with public transportation, plenty of parking – stuck in a law suit.

10. Q&A

 Light rail service from Summerville – too expensive – too many factors – rapid transit bus routes are being looked at.

 Moving port to Navy base – not feasible – Wando is not serviced by rail.

 Parking issues – need more people to use mass transit, carpool

 City and County councils not working together – 3 cities within in one county creates problems.

 Drainage problems – no answer to the fix.

 Construction on Lockwood and 17 – no idea, lights are not in synch

 County offices being closed between Christmas and New Years – no comment

11. Alice presented Vic with a gift.

12. Joan Brown – encouraged members to attend a meeting on 2/23 regarding changes being suggested to the Constitution. Advance tickets are $5 and $9 at the door. For more information email emulch@jbs.org or call 864-804-0789.

13. Club raised $143 in the 50/50 raffle – Vivian Filosa won

14. Meeting adjourned at 1:40

Respectfully submitted – Janine Nagrodsky, Secretary

This Month’s Speaker Is Vic Rawl

Vic Rawl was elected to Charleston County Council in November 2008. He was recently chosen as the new chair for County Council in the upcoming year. Prior to that, he was chairman of the Finance committee in Council.

Mr. Rawl served in SC National Guard from 1964 to 1994 and retired  as at Lt. Colonel. From 1973 to 1986, Vic Rawl had a private law  practice based in Charleston. In 1976, he was the Assistant Solicitor for Charleston County. In 1977, Mr. Rawl was elected to the SC House of Representatives and served off and on until 1981. From 1986 to 1990, Vic Rawl was the SC Workers Compensation Commissioner. Mr. Rawl  was most recently a Circuit Court Judge from 1991 to 2003. Vic enjoys traveling with his wife, Laura; hunting with his brothers and son, Vic Jr; golfing; offshore fishing; and reading. 

 

Officer Elections 

At our November meeting we elected the following  officers for the term of January 2017– January 2019:

  • President–Alice Swope Thompson

  • 1st Vice PresidentHazel Goldberg

  • 2nd Vice President – June Matzner

  • Secretary- Janine Nagrodsky

  • Treasurer- Peggy Moseley

Editor’s Note: January 2017 

First, I would like to introduce myself as the new editor for the Greater Lowcountry Republican Club Newsletter. My name is Christian LeBlanc and I am the owner of Christian LeBlanc Media, a new media marketing firm in Charleston. I would like to thank our prior editor, Joe Bowers, for all his efforts this past year with the newsletter and helping us all stay informed with all the needed information and dates. I look forward to working with and meeting you all during this upcoming year of 2017.

Christian LeBlanc,

Editor

lcleblan@gmail.com

864-230-3357

A Message From Our President: January 2017 

Welcome to 2017 and an honest assessment of where we are as a party. I look forward to the great promise a new Republican-led Federal government holds. We will have a former Governor as Secretary of the United Nations and a new Republican Governor, Henry McMaster. Republicans still control the State Senate and State House. Unfortunately, the local Courthouse is beginning to get away from us. We need to redouble our efforts to take back the Charleston County Courthouse. Thank you all for your attendance and support. Our membership drive continues, adding new members every month. Your continued support and diligence can accomplish all goals.

I want to congratulate our nominating committee for the fine slate of officers who were elected at our November meeting. Please welcome our new officers: Peggy Moseley as Club Treasurer, Hazel Goldberg as 1st VP and June Matzner as 2nd VP. I want to thank the officers of 2016 for their hard work and efforts to build the Club. I also am excited by the new officers’ enthusiasm and new ideas.

We had a successful silent auction at our November meeting that raised nearly Four Hundred and 00/ 100s ($400.00) Dollars. Thank you to June and Faith for all your hard work to bring the auction together. We also had a free form sharing of our memories of long-time retired Club President, Kay Long. Kay presided over the Club for more than a decade in her own inimitable style. Her leadership began the growth that I have been fortunate to continue with your tremendous help and efforts.

The Christmas party was a big hit, hosted by Cindy Costa, at her lovely family home. The food was outstanding and the wine was wonderful and flowed freely. Most of all, the company was fun and intriguing. We had many fine conversations. If you attended and left hungry for food or good conversation, it was your own fault.

Our speaker this month is a dear friend of mine for nearly fifty (50) years, new County Council Chairman, A. Victor Rawl, Sr. Vic has a long and vast array of public service accomplishments, including appointment to the SC. Industrial Commission, service in the State Legislature, service as a Circuit Court Judge and more recently as the West Ashley representative on Charleston

County Council. He was just elected as Chairman for the next term. He has never been at a loss for words, so I encourage you to attend our meeting on January 25, 2017 to hear what he has to say. It will be informative and entertaining, I assure you. His vision and goals for Charleston County are impressive.

Please remember to bring a friend or two with you next month. Margaret Bobo is our Membership Chairperson.

Please note: Secure your reservations early through Janine Nagrodsky: (843-534-1246/ glrcrsvp@gmail.com). Make your reservations, as lunch is only $25 with a reservation. Please bring a guest with you

I look forward to seeing you there!!!

Remember: It’s almost impossible to stop a charging elephant!!!

I wish you love, joy, happiness & many blessings,

Alice Swope Thompson

President

aliceswopethompson@carolinaone.com

843-303-3943

Greater Lowcountry Republican Club General Meeting November 30, 2016

Alice called the meeting to order at 12:00.

Cindy Costa led the group in prayer, the Pledge and the club sang our song.

Cindy Costa thanked the club for the support during the election and ultimate victory.

Alice reminded the club about the Christmas Party on Dec. 9 at Cindy’s house.

Alice encouraged all members to bid on auction items.

Alice welcomed all guests and new members.

Alice formally thanked the auction committee for all their hard work: June and Rudy Matzner, Lynn Carmody, Faith Dodge, Mary Jo Daugherty, Lois McMorris, Joanne McRae, June Lowe.

Alice thanked June Lowe for the beautiful table decorations.

Alice informed the club that fellow member Jan Beebe passed away recently.

Alice introduced the slate of new officers for 2017-2019: President-Alice Swope Thompson, 1st VP – Hazel Goldberg, 2nd VP – June Matzner, Secretary- Janine Nagrodsky, Treasurer-Peggy Mosely. The club voted unanimously on the slate. Officers will be sworn in at the January meeting.

Alice recognized and thanked Board members for their service.

The club gave a wonderful tribute to Kay Long – sharing stories, laughter and memories honoring our founding President. She will be greatly missed.

Cheryl Fennell thanked everyone for supporting Tim Scott.

Meeting adjourned at 1:13.

Respectfully submitted,

Janine Nagrodsky

Secretary

Officer Elections

At our November meeting we will hold elections the following officers for the term of January 2017– January 2019:
 President
 1st Vice President
 2nd Vice President
 Secretary
 Treasurer

Christmas Party

The Greater Lowcountry Republican Club will have its annual Christmas Party at 909 Parrot Creek Way on James Island, the home of Cindy & Louie Costa, on December 9th, 2016 at 6:30pm. The price is $25 per person to attend the event. We ask all reservations be made no later than November 15th.
Please mail checks to:
Hazel Goldberg
1388 River Road
Johns Island, SC 29455

Silent Auction

Don’t forget your checkbooks because our annual silent auction will be held at our November meeting!

Editor’s Note

It has been a pleasure doing the newsletter these past two years. As many of you know I serve on the District 1 School Board. We are currently starting the process of planning the building two new schools and I will be heavily involved in the process. Due to this I will not able continue on next year doing the newsletter.
If you are interested in taking over the newsletter please contact our club president Alice Swope Thompson at aliceswopethoson@carolinaone.com or 843-303-3943
Very truly yours,
Joe Bowers,
Editor
joseph.k.bowers@gmail.com
843-906-4874

A Message From The President: November 2016 

IS1neda6p52fkj1000000000

Thank you all for your attendance and support. Our membership drive continues, adding new members every month. Your support and diligence can accomplish all goals.

We had a big turnout for our October meeting, which was information-packed. We heard from Charleston County Republican Party Chairman Larry Kobrovsky about the new County Headquarters at 1654 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. and about early voting through Monday, November 7 at Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant on Long Point Road, Seacoast Church in West Ashley on Savannah Hwy. at the foot of Sam Rittenberg and at the Church of Christ on Azalea Drive in North Charleston.

We had several candidates in attendance who each spoke briefly of their needs and races, including Elizabeth Moffly for Charleston County Auditor; Robert Christmann for Constituent School Board; Carroll O’Neal for S.C. House Seat 116 who stressed the need for infrastructure improvements, CSX Railroad reform and the need to put education back in the hands of the states, as well as a renewed commitment to vocational training; Andy Smith for Charleston County Treasurer; Dana Johnson for the James Island PSD and Todd Garrett for Charleston County School Board.

Cheryl Fennell from Sen. Tim Scott’s office thanked our membership for the support and well wishes she has received in the wake of her husband’s passing. She also urged us to go online and find the debate sponsored by Furman University including Trey Gowdy and Tim Scott debating their Democrat opposition.

Our featured speaker was Dr. H. Gibbs Knotts, Chairman of the College of Charleston Political Science Department, who talked about the 2012 election and made comparisons to the 2016 Presidential race. He spoke of how Donald Trump’s campaign defied conventional political wisdom in that he was not the “best financed”, best “ground game organized” candidate and got very few early endorsements from party leaders. All of these areas usually coalesce around a successful primary campaign. However, Trump overcame all these “necessaries” to win the nomination.

Dr. Knotts told us of his mentor, Dr. Abramowitz, who devised a model predicting Presidential race outcomes based on historical data, including the great difficulty of either party to hold the White House for more than eight (8) years. Republicans last succeeded in electing George H.W. Bush in 1988 after two terms of Ronald Reagan. The last time Democrats accomplished the feat was FDR, who succeeded himself. Before that it was the Republican stretch of McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

Dr. Knotts went on to say that Dr. Abramowitz’ model was predicting a Trump victory, but that polls were trending toward a slight edge for Hillary Clinton. When queried about his own political leanings, Dr. Knotts was adamant that he has voted for candidates from both parties and is an independent.

He further advised that Obama’s 2012 victory was based on strong fundamentals: a slightly improving economy, tons of campaign cash resources and the trappings of incumbency. This year the fundamentals favor Donald Trump.

Dr. Knotts was asked about where the student vote was heading, and he said the students he had spoken with were unimpressed with either candidate, and were skeptical of the establishment in both parties.

Dr. Knotts said Trump’s biggest appeal was an agent of change to shake up a stale and out of touch Washington, D.C. People are frustrated and angry at Washington for ignoring their plight and needs.

By the time you receive this newsletter, the election will be all but decided. I pray that our nation’s citizens will vote wisely and return the GOP to ascendancy in national, as well as state races. God Bless America!

Next month’s meeting will be Wed., November 30 to avoid conflicting with Thanksgiving Holiday

plans. The membership voted 17-16 to have it a week later, rather than a week earlier. It will feature

our annual auction fundraiser. If you have any item(s) you would like to donate, please contact June

Matzner or Faith Dodge, who are co-chairing the event. June can be reached at (843)571-3910 or

junekm2011@gmail.com. You can drop off any donation item to her at 5 New Town Lane in the

Crescent, Charleston, SC 29407. Faith can be reached at (843)768-1148 or faithdodge@bellsouth.net.

Please bring your wallet with cash, checks and credit cards to support our Club and our candidates

going forward.

We will not have a keynote speaker, but we will have an exciting meeting. The slate of officers for 2017-18 will be announced and voted upon, and we will have a joyous time buying lots of Christmas presents from our silent auction.

The Club Christmas Party will be held Friday, December 9 at Cindy Costa’s house. Please RSVP by 11/15, so Cindy will be able to order appropriate food for the event. Cost is $25 per person.

Please remember to bring a friend or two with you next month. Margaret Bobo is our Membership Chairperson.

Please note: Secure your reservations early through Janine Nagrodsky: (843-534-1246/glrcrsvp@gmail.com). Make your reservations, as lunch is only $24 with a reservation and $29 without. Please bring a guest with you!

I look forward to seeing you there!!!

Remember: It’s almost impossible to stop a charging elephant!!!

I wish you love, joy, happiness & many blessings,

Alice Swope Thompson

President

aliceswopethompson@carolinaone.com

843-303-3943

October 26, 2016 Meeting Notes

1) Alice called the meeting to order at 11:58.

2) Cindy led us in prayer and the Pledge. The club sang our song.

3) The club Christmas party is Friday, December 9 at Cindy Costa’s house. Please make your reservations by 11/15 so she can judge the right amount of food and drink. Cost is $25.

4) Joe Bowers – Absentee voting or in person is available at Church of Christ on Azalea Dr. and both Seacoast churches (West Ashley and Mt. P.). If you need any info call 843-744-VOTE. ****Before you press VOTE on your ballot, please make sure the info is correct. If ballot is not correct – have the machine shut down immediately****

5) Larry Kobrovsky – stressed that early voting is in effect till Friday 11/4. We have so much at stake during this election – Democrats want to re-write the constitution. Larry is fighting to protect our college education – if it is controlled by the Federal Government, degrees will be watered down. Also-making sure that tests given for certain careers (ie-firefighters) is a fair test that applies to all and that colleges cannot admit students based upon certain criteria (equal criteria for all students). GOP headquarters at 1654 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. needs volunteers.

6) Alice welcomed all guests and encouraged membership – $25/year. All memberships renewed now will be applied to 2017.

7) Alice introduced our speaker, Dr. Heyward Gibbs Knotts – appointed chair or Political Science Dept at College of Charleston in 2012 – new book “Resilience of Southern Identity.”

8) Dr. Knotts took a look back at 2012 to compare to the election today – need to look at the fundamentals – money raised, endorsements, media attention – there were a lot of front runners then – Obama’s win was due to the fundamentals help – economy was improving “just enough” and slight income growth. 2016 is good for Trump – change in White House is due – if looking at fundamentals, Trump was not predicted to win the primary – Abramowitz who has successfully predicted winners says Trump will win, but he is hesitant. Polls – look at averages – not one particular poll.

9) Q&A

Is Trump good or bad? – Good – people are mad and frustrated – need to shake up the system.

Personally who do you think will win? – believes in polls that show Clinton winning – hopefully is wrong – he was wrong about Trump winning primary. A member admitted to lying to poll takers which proves polls are inconsistent.

Can Charleston County flip to Republican? – doesn’t know

Where is student vote going? – they are turned off by both candidates. 18-25 voters are skeptical of the establishment. Some students vote in 2 states not knowing where to vote.

Shifting demographics – Republicans have to figure out how to connect to young voters and the Latin vote

Obamamcare – advantage to Republicans

Asked what party he is affiliated with – has voted for both parties over the years – registered as unaffiliated – does not push any party agenda in the classroom

Is America on the right track? – it is worrisome

Asked who his choice would have been? Kasich or Bush

10) Alice presented Dr. Knotts with a gift from the club.

11) 50/50 raffle raised $148.

12) Candidates running: Elizabeth Moffly – County Auditor. Robert Christmann – Constituent School Board James Island. Todd Garrett – Charleston County School Board (Margaret Bobo gave her endorsement). Carroll O’Neal – House seat 116 – concerned about infra-structure, CSX railroad, put education back in the hands of the state, vocational schools. Andy Smith – Treasurer. Oana Johnson – James Island Public Service District.

13) Cheryl Fennell thanked the club for their support and kind words. Also, encouraged members to look on line for the debate that took place at Furman University – Trey Gowdy and Tim Scott debated their opponents.

14) November meeting will be held on November 30 (vote taken was 17 yes to 16 no). June Matzner and Faith Dodge will co-chair the auction that day.

15) Hazel Goldberg encouraged Charleston County to find more Republican representation.

16) Mark Heath distributed copies of the Treasure’s Report.

17) Meeting adjourned at 1:20.

Respectfully submitted,

Janine Nagrodsky

 October 2016 Speaker

drknotts

This month’s speaker is C of C’s Dr. Gibbs Knotts. 

Gibbs Knotts joined the Department of Political Science as Department Chair in 2012. Prior to arriving at the College of Charleston he worked at Western Carolina University where he served in a variety of administrative roles including MPA Director, Graduate School and Research Associate Dean, Political Science and Public Affairs Department Head, and College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean. While at WCU, he also received the 2004 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2010 Board of Governor’s Teaching Award, and the 2010 University Scholar Award. Dr. Knotts teaches undergraduate courses in American politics and graduate courses in the public administration program. He is a frequent media contributor and has written op-ed newspapers including The Post & Courier and The State.

Dr. Knotts has published works on political participation, southern politics, public administration, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Articles have appeared in a variety of outlets including the Journal of Politics,Public Administration Review, the American Re-view of Public Administration, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Southern Cultures, Southeastern Geographer, and Social Forces. He also co-edited The New Politics of North Carolina (University of North Carolina Press, 2008). His new book, The Resilience of Southern Identity: Why the South Still Matters in the Minds of Its People (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) is also co-authored with Christopher A. Cooper and will be out in January.

Dr. Knotts received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Emory University.

 

A Message From The President: October 2016

IS1neda6p52fkj1000000000

We had another fine turnout and an outstanding triumvirate of speakers. Gary Leonard, who is a member of our Club, spoke briefly in support of his candidacy for the Charleston County School Board. He graduated from The Citadel with 2 Master’s degrees. Gary is a lifetime educator, having worked as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and as superintendent of Berkeley County schools at the secondary level. He has also worked in higher education as a Dean at Charleston Southern University. His no-nonsense, common sense approach to educating our children focuses on directing re-sources into the classroom where kids get their education. He believes in maintaining orderly schools, so children can have a proper learning environment. He was roundly endorsed by several other members of the club for his outstanding service in the education community. Gary has also served the community as a stalwart in the Charleston Exchange Club, heading their involvement in the Academic Bowl competition, which involves teams from local high schools competing in a group jeopardy style competition. The season extends over two (2) months. The breadth of knowledge and the mathematical skills of the competitors is truly inspirational to see. It gives me great hope for our future leaders.
Our primary speaker was Gerri McDaniel of North Myrtle Beach, who brought her top assistant, Teresa, with her. Gerri is the state director for the Trump campaign, member of the Public Relations Coalition and Horry County Republican Party. She caught political fire after attending CPAC a few years ago. Gerri commenced her talk by thanking the club for the opportunity to speak. She advised that because of the size of the field, she was very reluctant to decide which candidate she could support with her heart and soul. She was in great demand, having helped Newt Gingrich to an overwhelming primary victory in S.C. in 2012. Gerri said she looked for honesty and a person who could win the election. She met with Trump at his New York office and noticed all his awards/certificates from various down-to-earth organizations with which he has been involved over his many years in business, including the Boy Scouts of America. She said Trump prefers to hire women, because they are better at multi-tasking. She invited him to a local convention in Myrtle Beach, and he re-arranged his schedule to attend. She says Trump has over 800,000 volunteers across America. She said Trump’s pilot used to fly for Ronald Reagan. She is convinced Trump will fight for what’s right and bring jobs back to America. The last is extremely important to her, as she hails from High Point, NC. High Point was once a furniture manufacturing mecca, which has fallen on hard times in recent years due to inferior Chinese and Southeast Asian imports being dumped in the U.S. markets. Gerri said Trump has a close-knit family and has the respect and love of his children.
Teresa doubles as Trump’s campaign graphic designer when she’s not being Gerri’s top assistant. She designs his signs, banners, hats and T-shirts. Teresa apparently doesn’t sleep, like Gerri. She related a heart-warming tale wherein she botched the spelling on the press credentials for an event in Tulsa, OK. In-stead of being mad and ranting, which the Clinton campaign would have you believe is standard for him, Trump expressed great concern for Teresa’s condition, as her work is usually spot on. They went to plan “B” for the credentials, and Trump responded to Teresa’s admission she hadn’t slept in 3 days with “get some rest”. That’s hardly the attitude of a callous bully that the mainstream press tries to portray.
For coming to speak Gerri selected an elephant pen-dant from our jewelry concession. She said she might never go anywhere without it, again. She seemed very genuine. They were very impressed with our club and the attendance.
Don’t forget to support our other candidate/members running for office: Carroll O’Neal for House Seat 116, Elizabeth Moffly for Charleston County Auditor, Julie Armstrong for Charleston County Clerk of Court, Andy Smith for Charleston County Treasurer and Brantley Moody for Charleston County Council.
Not reported by the media:
Trump and Clinton were walking to a joint event. They encountered a homeless person. Trump went over, handed the man a $20 bill, gave him a business card and instructed him to appear the next morning to see about a job. Clinton was truly moved by this kind gesture. When they encountered another homeless man a few blocks further, Clinton gave him a card with the ad-dress to the welfare office, took $50 out of Trump’s coat and gave it to the man. Thus, the difference between their economic plans was on display.

In the future but for your consideration:
Our silent auction fundraiser will be held at our November meeting, as will the election of Officers for 2017 and 2018.
The Club Christmas Party will be held Friday, December 9 at Cindy Costa’s house. Details will follow in next month’s Newsletter.
Our membership drive continues. Please remember to bring a friend or two with you next month. Margaret Bobo is our Membership Chairperson.
Please note: Secure your reservations early through Janine Nagrodsky: (843-534-1246/glrcrsvp@gmail.com). Make your reservations, as lunch is only $24 with a reservation and $29 without. Please bring a guest with you!
I look forward to seeing you there!!!
Remember: It’s almost impossible to stop a charging elephant!!!
I wish you love, joy, happiness & many blessings,
Alice Swope Thompson, President
aliceswopethompson@carolinaone.com
843-303-3943

Local GOP Candidates in November 8th Election

* after the name indicates no opponent in November.
Races not listed have no Republican candidate.
US Senate — Tim Scott
US House, District 1 — Mark Sanford
US House, District 6 — Laura Sterling
SC House, District 15 — Samuel Rivers, Jr.
SC House, District 92 — Joe Daning*
SC House, District 94 — Katie Arrington
SC House, District 98 — Chris Murphy*
SC House, District 99 — Jim Merrill*
SC House, District 108 — Lee Hewitt*
SC House, District 110 — William Cogswell, Jr.
SC House, District 112 — Mike Sottile*
SC House, District 114 — Lin Bennett
SC House, District 115 — Peter McCoy*
SC House, District 116 — Carroll O’Neal
SC House, District 117 — Bill Crosby*
SC House, District 119 — Lee Edwards
SC Senate, District 34 — Stephen Goldfinch*
SC Senate, District 37 — Larry Grooms*
SC Senate, District 38 — Sean Bennett*
SC Senate, District 41 — Sandy Senn*
SC Senate, District 43 — Chip Campsen*
SC Senate, District 44 — Paul Campbell*
County Council, District 3 — Elliott Summey*
County Council, District 7 — Brantley Moody
Auditor — Elizabeth Moffly
Clerk of Court — Julie J. Armstrong*
Coroner — Rae H. Wooten*
Sheriff — Al Cannon*
Treasurer — Andy Smith
9th Circuit Solicitor — Scarlett Wilson*

Absentee Voting Information

Voter or immediate family member may call (843)744-8683 or submit written request for absentee ballot application to absentee@charlestoncounty.org
In-person absentee locations will open at Azalea Church of God in North Charleston on Oct. 11th, Seacoast in Mount Pleasant Oct. 24th and Seacoast in West Ashley Oct. 24th .

September 28, 2016 Meeting Notes

1) Alice called the meeting to order at 12:00.
2) Will Swope gave the invocation. Eddie Taylor led the group in the Pledge and the club sang our song.
3) Alice welcomed all guests and encouraged new membership.
4) November is the club’s silent auction. Alice encouraged members to volunteer to help and donate items. Any-one wishing to volunteer, please contact Janine Nagrodsky who will compile a list of names for the auction committee.
5) The Club Christmas party will be Friday December 9 at Cindy Costa’s house. Details to follow.
6) Nominating Committee – Faith led the nominations from the floor. Two members – June Matzner elected by Angela McLester and Peggy Moseley elected by Sandy Siegling accepted nominations to serve on the Nomi-nating Committee under the direction of Cindy Costa. The committee will present a slate of officers at the No-vember meeting to be voted on to serve for the next 2 years.
7) Eddie Taylor introduced Gary Leonard who is running for Charleston School Board. Mr. Leonard has served as Principle and Superintendent of schools, has 2 masters degrees, Citadel grad. He noted his experience to be on the school board and reminded the members that anyone can vote for school board candidates. He believes in safe, orderly, clean, well maintained schools. Need to hire competent, caring employees. We need to be aware of where our tax dollars are being spent.
8) Alice introduced our speaker, Gerri McDaniel from N. Myrtle Beach – she is the state director for the Trump campaign, member of Public Relations Coalition and Horry County Republican Party.
9) Gerri McDaniel thanked the club for inviting her to speak. She met all the candidates before the primary at the CPAC. Many candidates tried to recruit her – she told the club how she had to follow her heart and go with the candidate she felt could win the election. She looked for honesty. Met with Trump in his office in NY and noticed all his awards/certificates from down to earth organizations that he has been involved in over the years (Boy Scouts, etc.). Trump prefers to hire women because they can multitask. She then invited him to a local convention and he rearranged his schedule to attend. There are over 800,000 volunteers nationwide. She men-tioned how years ago, Trump’s pilot flew Reagan around at times. She feels he will fight for truth and justice and bring jobs back to this country (stating the failing furniture business in NC that was once booming). He has a close knit family – respected by his children. She stressed that the party needs to get behind our candi-date.
10) Q&A
 Eddie Taylor reinforced all of Gerri’s comments – stating that Trump was very humbled receiving the Patriot’s Award.
 Asked about campaign and voter fraud – 15 full time attorneys working to keep an eye out
 Hazel Goldberg gave an account of when she worked for Trump of how generous he is as an employer – every month 80 employees would be given airline tickets and hotel rooms for an extremely discount-ed rate to go on vacations.
 Theresa – Trump’s graphic designer also told a story of Trump’s graciousness and “no finger pointing” philosophy
11) Alice presented Gerri McDaniel with a gift.
12) $86 was raised in the 50/50 – a guest won the prize. Eddie Taylor won the flowers.
13) Meeting adjourned at 1:07.
Respectfully submitted,
Janine Nagrodsky,
Secretary

September 2016 Speaker

gerrimcdaniel

Gerri McDaniel is a resident of North Myrtle Beach and will be the Trump Campaign’s South Carolina Lowcountry State Director. Gerri McDaniel was the first female hired by Mr. Trump for his steering committee before his presidential announcement. Recently, Mrs. McDaniel was involved in the Trump Campaign’s victory in the South Carolina Republican Presidential Preference Primary as 7th Congressional State Di-rector. Active in local politics, Gerri has served as the public relations director for the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, an officer in the Myrtle Beach Tea Party, the Horry County Republican Party, where she helped run the Grand Strand/Pee Dee regional field of-fice for SCGOP Victory in 2012 and 2008.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: VOTE FOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE AT SEPTEMBER MEETING
Please come prepared to nominate candidates from the general membership to be voted on for the Nominating Committee. You must get approval of your candidate before submit-ting their name for vote.

Two members from the general membership, along with a Board representative, will make up the Nominating Committee. They will choose their Chairman and will submit a slate of officers for the 2017-18 term to the membership in October and will be voted on in November. Officers will be installed in January.

 

A Message From The President: September 2016

IS1neda6p52fkj1000000000

Our August meeting was jam packed with information, electioneering and political guidance. We had another fine turnout and an outstanding speaker, Cindy Costa, who has been an RNC National Committee Delegate since 1996. She was elected Deputy Secretary and recorded our state delegation’s votes. Cindy was part of the site selection committee for the 2012 convention. She served as RNC Vice Chair on Rules and was on the RNC Executive Committee for 2 terms. In 2002 she was appointed as a Special Advisor to the United Nations by President George W. Bush.
Cindy brought us the real scoop on the RNC Convention in Cleveland. Cindy arrived ten (10) days before the convention to observe the work of the Platform Committee. She advised that we should ignore the media spin about disunity in the party, because Donald Trump agrees with our party platform.
The platform is very conservative and draws many distinctions from the Democrat party. It continues to recognize “marriage” as between one man and one woman, not gender neutral. It favors increased military spending, a stronger relationship with Israel and stronger action to defeat ISIS. The plat-form supports religious rights, including limiting the IRS’ discrimination against religious organizations. The platform sup-ports a pro-life position on abortion without exception. The plat-form demands “universal carry” as envisioned in the Second Amendment.
Cindy offered some practical tools on defeating Hillary Clinton and supporting/electing Donald Trump. She says a third-party vote is cowardice. She opined that Trump will shake up and wake up Washington. He will run it like a business with accountability and pay cuts for “shirkers”.
She put her money where her mouth is by issuing a challenge to our members: If any of our members get an editorial published favoring Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, she will give them a $100 dinner voucher. Another club member volunteered to match it, too.
Cindy encouraged our members to see the movie Hillary’s America. She advised that the Charleston County Republican Party is creating a call list. Any volunteers to use that call list are welcome. She suggested that we use social media to put out the facts about Hillary’s past dealings.
Our own member and friend, Carroll O’Neal, gave a brief speech in support of his campaign for House Seat 116. His seat runs from John’s Island down Bees Ferry Road. His general election campaign is underway after winning the Republican primary in June. Carroll was soliciting support both financial and volunteer assistance. He is facing a Democrat who beat him 2 years ago in a hard fought race. Carroll says he learned some lessons, and has a plan to turn the tables this time. If you can support Carroll, he would be grateful. We wish Carroll all the best.
Elizabeth Moffly made a brief pitch for support for her Charleston County Auditor’s race. She is holding a fundraiser on 9/15 at the Patriot’s Point Fish House.
Our newly elected State Senator Sandy Senn graced us with her presence, and advised that she has been getting advice when he is available from the former holder of that seat, the incomparable Glenn McConnell. She said Glenn has given her pointers on what hurdles she will need to avoid in her new position. She can’t ask for a better source of guidance than Glenn.
The club voted to distribute funds to a variety of local campaigns by a 45-13 margin. The Citadel Republican Club is now up to 600 members. We need to encourage these young Republicans. They are the future leaders of our party!!!
Our membership drive continues. Please remember to bring a friend or two with you next month. Margaret Bobo is our Membership Chairperson.
Please note: Secure your reservations early through Janine Nagrodsky: (843-534-1246/glrcrsvp@gmail.com). Make your reservations, as lunch is only $24 with a reservation and $29 without. Please bring a guest with you!
I look forward to seeing you there!!!
Remember: It’s almost impossible to stop a charging elephant!!!
I wish you love, joy, happiness & many blessings,
Alice Swope Thompson,
President
aliceswopethompson@carolinaone.com 
843-303-3943

August 24, 2016 Meeting Minutes

1) Alice called the meeting to order at 11:53.
2) June Matzner gave the invocation. The club said the Pledge and sang our song.
3) Alice welcomed all guests and encouraged new memberships.
4) Alice introduced Margaret Bobo as Membership Chair – anyone wishing to join should contact her.
5) Alice reminded the club to continue to bring magazines and snacks for MUSC/Hollings oncology ward.
6) Norma Hancock gave an update on the Election Process – applications for mail in ballots are available at the voter regis-tration office. Must fill out the form, send it back and an official ballot will be mailed out in October. Early voting will be available 2 weeks prior to the election at the voter registration office as well as Seacoast Church in W. Ashley and Mt. P.
7) Alice presented the list of campaign donations to be voted on by the membership. There was opposition to donating to the presidential campaign as well as to candidates like Tim Scott who already have large amounts of donations. Some members prefer to only give to local candidates. One member was opposed to supporting Charleston County Treasurer. Final vote: 46 Yes 13-No
8) Alice introduced Cindy Costa – National Committeewoman of SC – member of RNC since 1996 – attended 6 conven-tions – site selection committee for 2012 convention – RNC vice chair on rules – RNC executive committee for 2 terms – appointed special advisor to United Nations by G.W. Bush – member of James Island Christian Church – Mrs. SC in 1996.
9) Cindy gave the following remarks: She arrived 10 days before the convention – 2016 platform was to hold the candidates to our standards – be very conservative – draw distinct differences between the parties. Kept very strong conservative lan-guage in place – marriage is between one man and one woman not between a husband and wife – stronger language to defeat ISIS – increase in military – universal carry for guns – religious rights where the IRS cannot discriminate – stronger relationship with Israel – no exceptions to Right to Life. There were very few protestors at the convention. Cindy was elected the Deputy Secretary and recorded votes of the state roll call. Highly recommends watching the speeches of Laura Ingram, Trump children, Rudy Guiliani and Sheriff Arpaio. Ted Cruz created some angst. Trump’s views are very simi-lar to the committee views. We need to move forward. Cindy offered some practical tools (ie-reasons NOT to vote for Hillary) to be used to get our Republican candidate nominated. Third party candidate vote is a “coward’s” vote. She feels Trump will shake up DC – he will run the government like a business – issuing pay cuts to many. Cindy offered a chal-lenge to the club – if anyone gets an editorial published she will give $100 dinner voucher (a club member offered to match).
10) Q&A
 Media representation – disregard the media
 A thank you to Cindy – encouraged members to see the movie Hillary’s America
 Charleston County Republican Party is creating a call list
 Social media – encouraged members to put out the facts
 Citadel Republican Club now has 600 members
 Hazel – pointed out that Trump is a job creator
11) Alice presented Cindy with a gift.
12) Alice recognized Sandy Senn as our newest SC State Senator.
13) Carroll O’Neal running for House 116 – needs volunteers. Elizabeth Moffly asked for votes for County Auditor – she is holding a fundraiser on 9/15 at the Fish House Patriots Point.
14) Next meeting the membership must elect a nominating committee for Club Officers.
15) Mark Heath gave a Treasurer’s Report – we have $8,900 in the bank, new income YTD is $2,500 at the end of the 3rd quarter. We now accept credit and debit cards at the door. Will soon be able to pay in advance on line.
16) 50/50 raffle raised $160. Mary Jo Daughtery won
17) Meeting adjourned at 1:11
Respectfully submitted,
Janine Nagrodsky,
Secretary

August 2016 Speaker

costa3

Cindy Costa was elected as the Republican National Committeewoman from South Carolina in May of 1996. She has attended six Republican National Con-ventions and served on the RNC Site Selec-tion for the 2012 Republican National Convention. Cindy has been a Presidential Elector for the State of SC for three presidential elections. She served as Vice Chair of the RNC Committee on Rules, and she traveled to Taiwan as a Taiwanese delegation mem-ber of the RNC in 2004.

In September of 2014 she led a ten member delegation to Taiwan. She also visited Israel as a good will ambassador from South Carolina with Earl Cox in 2011. This past February she travelled to Israel with a group of 100 mem-bers of the RNC.

She served two terms on the RNC Executive Commit-tee from the Southern Region. In 2002 she was appointed by President George W. Bush as a Spe-cial Advisor to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Costa is currently the business manager at the Southeastern Facial Plastic/Cosmetic Surgery Center, the Founder and Chairman of the South Carolina Winning Women Excellence in Public Service Series, and a life member of the Republican Speaker’s Circle.

In 2012 Cindy was honored by being awarded The Republican Woman of the Year for South Carolina by the South Carolina Republican Women’s Legislative Caucus. Cindy was appointed by two Gubernatorial Administrations to serve on the Commission on Women for SC. She is an active member of James Island Christian Church, the Palmetto Elephant Club, our own GLRC, and the Charleston County Medical Society Auxiliary.

Previously, Mrs. Costa was the Third Vice Chairman and later the Secretary of the Charleston County Republican Party, the First Vice Chairman of the South Carolina State Republican Party, Executive Committeeman for the SCGOP representing Charleston County, the South Carolina Republican of the Year in 2000 by the NRCC.

Costa was also Mrs. South Carolina, U.S.A. in 1996. She currently resides on James Island, SC with her husband Dr. Louis E. Costa, II. They have four accomplished children and 9 almost 10 beau-tiful grandchildren.

Cindy will be giving us a full update on what took place at the 2016 RNC Convention.

 

A Message from the President: August 2016

IS1neda6p52fkj1000000000

We had another fine Luncheon with good turnout and an outstanding speaker, Josh Kimbrell. Josh has hosted a weekday conservative talk radio program in the Upstate for the past six years, and has a regular following of nearly 50,000 people daily.

Our own member and friend, Carroll O’Neal, gave a brief speech in sup-port of his campaign for House Seat 116. His seat runs from John’s Island down Bees Ferry Road. His general election campaign is underway after winning the Republican primary in June. Carroll was soliciting support both financial and via telephone bank assistance. He is facing a Democrat who beat him 2 years ago in a hard fought race. Carroll says he learned some lessons, and has a plan to turn the tables this time. If you can support Carroll, he would be grateful. He is following the old saw: “Early to bed and early to rise, work like heck and advertise.” We wish Carroll all the best.

Cindy Costa gave us an update from her vantage point on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Cindy assured us that the convention floor was far less divided than was portrayed by the media.

Josh brought us a message near and dear to his heart, as he explained the trials (literally) and tribulations of his quest to gain custody of his son. He explained how he wound up being jailed for false allegations of child sexual abuse designed to ruin his public reputation and as a despicable child custody tactic by his now ex-wife. After relating the reversals his friends and legal team were able to overcome on his behalf, he has taken action to reform the family court system to create a more level playing field in child custody matters. His message was one of false accusations overcome by hard working friends and attorneys, and a firm re-solve to make the system fairer than it was for him. His legal team cost in excess of $100,000. Without great assistance, he could have become a scapegoat and vilified throughout his community. His concern is for those who lack the resources to overcome false allegations.

Our membership drive continues. We had new members join at this meeting. Please remember to bring a friend or two with you next month.

This coming month our own Cindy Costa will give us the full skinny on the 2016 RNC Convention. This is a program we all need to attend to stay informed on what really went on in Cleveland!!!

Please note: Secure your reservations early through Janine Nagrodsky: (843-534-1246/glrcrsvp@gmail.com). Make your reservations, as lunch is only $24 with a reservation and $29 without. Please bring a guest with you! Remember: It’s almost impossible to stop a charging elephant!!!

I wish you love, joy, happiness & many blessings,
Alice Swope Thompson,
President
aliceswopethompson@carolinaone.com
843-303-3943

July 27, 2016 Meeting Minutes

1) Alice called the meeting to order at 12:05.
2) Alice thanked the club for the many encouraging emails she receives from members.
3) Alice announced the club will hold a 50/50 raffle each month in an effort to raise money towards our candi-date donations.
4) Alice announced that the bud vases with roses on each table were donated by Margaret Bobo and were for sale for $10 each.
5) Cindy Costa gave the prayer and led the group in the Pledge. The club sang our song.
6) Alice welcomed all guests and encouraged membership. Any member who gets 4 people to join our member-ship will win a $100 gift card.
7) Carroll O’Neal asked for volunteers to help on his campaign for re-election.
8) Alice introduced the guest speaker, Josh Kimbrell – host of Common Sense radio program. He is pro-freedom and pro-life. His website is www.joshkimbrell.com.
9) Josh Kimbrell gave the following points: He is currently on a book tour for his new book Fatherhood on Trial – he told the club of his long 4 ½ year journey through the family court system including costing $100,000 and being arrested before finally winning full custody of his son. He believes the family court system is archaic (based on the laws created in 1976) and need to be changed (ie-judge cannot grant joint custody in SC unless both parents agree). Pointed out statistics where 80% of divorced parents have no dad in the home – children need both parents for success. He believes our rights come from God, not the government. When families break down – government steps in where it doesn’t belong. We need to raise our children with a sense of responsibility and duty to God and country. He pointed out how his girlfriend became a legal citizen through proper channels. Also feels judges should not be appointed by lawyers – conflict of interest. Josh also introduced his friend Linda Flannery, President of Inspire You Entertainment and creator of the movie Only God Can. Linda is working on making Josh’s book into a movie.
10) Q&A
– Cheryl Fennell pointed out that as a family counselor she agrees with Josh that family court needs reform. SC Bar Assoc is against any type of reform
– Senator Malloy – Josh agrees sometimes there has to be a trade off to get to a common goal.
– Judge recusal on divorce cases – agrees judges who are going through a divorce should not stay on a divorce case.
– International divorce cases – need to use extradition laws, kidnapping is a federal crime.
– Guardian ad litem – choose one carefully, they have a lot of power
11) Alice presented Josh with a small gift – token of thank you
12) Cindy Costa gave a quick RNC update – was energetic, she was disappointed by Cruz’ statements. Next month Cindy will give a full compare/contrast on both RNC and DNC.
13) $85 was raised in the raffle. Vivian Filosa won.
14) John Steinberger encouraged people to go see the movie Hillary’s America. Also pointed out that the sales tax increase did not include anything for the completion of 526, but did include a lot of money for CARTA and green space.
15) Meeting adjourned at 1:24.

Respectfully submitted, Janine Nagrodsky Secretary