Wednesday, March 15, 2006

March 15, 2006
Meeting of the Oberlin College Republicans


Present: J. Bruno, D. Riczo, S. Lacki, D. McHugh

I. Big Parade
- The CRs have been invited to participate in the Big Parade by decorating a float, by walking in the parade with a banner, etc. Discussion essentially ended at the decision that it would be fun to participate, but that it shouldn't be a priority, or come before organizing speakers or other programs.

II. Update on Support Our Troops Drive
- Drive ends this Sunday, March 19.

- JB will be in Wilder on Saturday, March 18, 2-4pm collecting donations.
- CRs could use volunteers to table at Missler's on Saturday, as well.
- Will make certificates of appreciation for our business partners in this community service project: Gibson's, Ben Franklin, and Missler's.
- Will pick up all donations from the stores on Monday, March 20 and will drive them out to the USO to donate.

III. Update on Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series
- BG reported by e-mail that John Fund ( will be coming to speak on Tuesday, May 2.
- May try to get one other speaker in addition before the end of the semester.

IV. David Arredondo to Visit
- David Arredondo, Chair of the Lorain Area Republican Party, will be coming to address the CRs on Wednesday, April 12, at our regular meeting time of 7:30pm.
- Will post flyers to advertise the lecture, entitled "The Republican Party--A History of Freedom and Civil Rights."

V. Death Penalty Debate
- JB reported that the CRs were hoping to work with Oberlin ACLU to participate in a debate on capital punishment.
- CRs would bring in an attorney to argue a pro-death penalty stance; no members present raised concerns, though it was noted that the CRs have adopted no official position on capital punishment.
- No success thus far in finding an attorney interested and willing to participate; will advise.

VI. Documentary Screening
Patrick Henry Center suggested screening a documentary entitled "Emancipation Revelation Revolution" about black conservatives and the stereotype that all blacks vote Democrat.
- PHC will lend us the video for the screening, at no cost.
- Hope to hold screening in April, after spring break.

VII. Other Business
- Election for vacant Vice President position to be held next meeting.
- BG only current candidate.