Wednesday, April 26, 2006

April 26, 2006
Meeting of the Oberlin College Republicans

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

I. Death Penalty Debate
- Debate will take place tomorrow (Thursday, April 27) at 8:00 p.m. in West Lecture Hall
- JB reported that Concert Sound will be recording the debate, assuming the participants are willing to allow that
- After the event, the recording will be made available as a podcast on the CRs website

II. John Fund Event
- JB reported for BG that the Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series will continue next Tuesday (May 2) with Wall Street Journal editorial writer John Fund
- Any CRs who are interested are invited to dinner with Mr. Fund at 5:45 p.m. the day of the lecture at Weia Teia; e-mail BG as soon as possible if interested
- DR and JB will distribute quarter-sheet flyers in dining halls on the day of the event

III. T-Shirts
- JB reported on behalf of BG that there is a college-approved t-shirt company in Lorain; the CRs will use this firm
- JB asked for ideas about shirt design, suggesting maroon-colored shirts with the CRs logo on the front and something on the back
- DR suggested "The Best Party on Campus!" for the back of the t-shirts
- SL called this "entertaining" and it was agreed upon
- BG will place order as soon as possible

IV. Lorain County GOP Pizza Party
- DR and JB will attend tomorrow (Thursday, Apri l 27), leaving Oberlin just before 4:30 p.m.
- CRs have 2-4 extra tickets, so JB will offer those spaces to students on the group's e-mail list

V. Recruitment Ideas
- JB suggested that the CRs must do a lot of recruitment to get freshmen and other underclassmen members next fall
- DR suggested using flyers and posters in unique, eye-catching locations
- JB suggested using e-mail and maintaining a strong presence in and around Wilder during first-year orientation

VI. Elections for Next Fall
- JB suggested that elections for officer positions for next semester should be held sometime soon (probably at the next CRs meeting)
- JB will sound out an e-mail to the group's mailing list
- Four positions will be available: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer

Thursday, April 20, 2006

April 20, 2006
Meeting of the Oberlin College Republicans

Present: J. Bruno, B. Garrett, D. Riczo, A. Rogers (CRNC Visitor)

I. CRNC Visitor
- Ashley Rogers of the College Republican National Committee met with the group to talk about our efforts and plans for next fall and Election '06.
- AR provided ideas for recruitment and voter registration efforts, and offered the group some materials for publicity.
- AR commented on our nice website.

II. Debate On Capital Punishment
- Thursday, April 27, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
- West Lecture Hall.
- CRs Speaker (from Ohio AG's Office) will argue in favor of capital punishment.
- Debate will be recorded and possibly filmed.

III. Update on Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series

- John Fund will be speaking May 2 in West Lecture Hall.
- Flyers will be done soon.
- Will try to get the lecture recorded for our records and to make available online.

IV. Lorain County GOP Pizza Party
- Party to be held in Lorain, OH on April 27.
- D. Arredondo gave us four tickets when he visited last week.
- JB, DR, and BG will attend, and will invite one other CR.

V. T-Shirts
- Discussed T-Shirts.
- BG will do more research and report back next week.

VI. OCIR Statement
- Oberlin Coalition for Im/migrant Right (OCIR) asked the CRs to sign on to their statement on immigration reform.
- Statement reads, in part, "We oppose racist and xenophobic legislation, such as the recent HR4437, which criminalizes im/migrants..."
- JB expressed that the GOP, too, is against "racist and xenophobic legislation," but stressed that (although the Oberlin CRs have no official position on the bill) HR4437 would make it a felony not to have immigrated, but to have immigrated illegally. That very important distinction was never made in the OCIR statement.
- CRs voted unanimously not to sign on to the statement.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

April 5 2006
Meeting of the Oberlin College Republicans

Present: J. Bruno, B. Garrett, D. Riczo, S. Lacki, A. Holter (USO Visitor), D. Fisher (USO Visitor)

I. Support Our Troops Drive
- Drive ended Sunday, March 19.
- All collected donations given to the USO of Northern Ohio today.
- Thanks to the USO for all their help with the event.

II. Update on Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series
- John Fund will be speaking May 2 in West Lecture Hall.
- Flyers will be done next week.

III. David Arredondo Visit
- David Arredondo, Chair of the Lorain Area Republican Party, will be coming to give a talk on Wednesday, April 12, at our regular meeting time of 7:30pm.
- Will make and post flyers this weekend to advertise the lecture, entitled "The Republican Party--A History of Freedom and Civil Rights."
- Talk will last about 30-35 minutes, and then we'll have a Q&A session.

IV. Death Penalty Debate
- JB reported that Matt Hellman, Ohio Attorney General's Office, has agreed to participate in the debate.
- Provisionally scheduled for Thursday, April 20, 8pm.
- Still waiting for confirmation from the ACLU's speaker.
- Will try to get West Lecture Hall.

V. New Iraq Policy Position
- The following policy position was unanimously approved:

The CRs believe that success in Iraq is attainable, and that U.S. forces should remain on the ground until two main conditions are met. First, a strong and legitimate democratic government must be formed. Second, the day-to-day security situation must be left in the hands of a well-trained and adept Iraqi police force or military. In order for these goals to be met, civilian policymakers must direct the U.S. military to learn from its mistakes, and to adapt its operations to meet the challenges of the insurgent enemy. Emphasis must be placed on enabling the new Iraqi government, along with that nation's armed forces, to provide protection and basic services to ordinary citizens. The United States must provide the training and resources necessary to make these goals achievable. At home, policymakers charged with crafting America's strategy in the war must develop a comprehensive plan for success and, with it, the eventual withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraq.

VI. Other Business
- "Emancipation Revelation Revolution" Documentary not available until June.
- CRs should obtain a copy and screen it next fall.
- T-Shirts: BG will look into getting t-shirts for the group.
- Budget for next year: JB and BG will create a budget to submit to SFC this weekend.
- Monday, April 10, 12 noon, West Lecture Hall: Harvard economist Benjamin M. Friedman will give a lecture on "The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth." Everyone should be there!