Thursday, September 28, 2006

September 28, 2006
Meeting of the Oberlin College Republicans

Present: J. Bruno, M. Brooks, T. Ares, M. Burke, R. Chester, E. Strathmann, L. Murphy, Guest: Deborah (OPIRG)

I. Welcome & Introductions

II. OPIRG Invitation
- Deborah from OPIRG invited members of the CRs to help out with voter registration canvassing in college dorms
- Members interested in signing up may contact Deborah at

III. Other Opportunities to Get Involved
- JB reported that Lorain County Board of Elections is looking to hire Republican poll workers to work on Election Day
- Interested members may call (440) 326-5910
- Must be a registered Republican in Lorain County to qualify
- Martha Wise campaign: CRs interested may join the State Senate candidate's literature drop in Oberlin on Sunday, October 8, 1-3pm

IV. Brown VS. DeWine Debate on 'Meet the Press'
- JB reported that on Sunday, October 1, Senate candidates Brown and DeWine will debate on 'Meet the Press'
- All interested may come to East Hall (1st floor TV lounge) at 1:00pm

V. Postering/Advertising for Pat Michaels Lecture
- JB reported that many posters have been torn down, covered up, or defaced
- JB encouraged members to "maintain" their posters -- keep an eye out for other flyers covering them up; make sure lecture advertisements are visible
- M. Brooks & M. Burke volunteered to ask professors to announce lecture in class
- ES and JB volunteered to hand out flyers at Convocation lecture

VI. Article Discussion
- MB led discussion on 'California Retro' article by Patrick J. Michaels

Monday, September 25, 2006

September 21, 2006
Meeting of the Oberlin College Republicans

Present: T. Ares, J. Bruno, D. Sweet, L. Murphy, M. Burke, A. Lint, E. Strathmann, S. Malik, R. Randall, E. White

I. Welcome & Introductions

II. Elections
- Vice President:
a. Candidates: E. Strathmann & A. Lint
b. E. Strathmann elected 6-3
- Treasurer:
a. Candidates: M. Brooks
b. M. Brooks elected 7-1 (one write-in for T. Ares)

III. Advertising for First RRPLS Lecture
- JB suggested doing posters
- MB suggested using Facebook to invite friends
- ES suggested announcing event in classes
- EW suggested handing out flyers at E. Kolbert Convocation lecture
- JB suggested e-mailing Environmental Studies students and professors

IV. Help with Martha Wise Campaign
- JB will contact Wise campaign manager about helping with a literature drop around Oberlin in early October
- AL and others expressed interest in helping out

V. Pizza Night Tomorrow
- JB announced pizza night & showing of documentary on Friday, 9/22

VI. Article Discussion
- Led by DS: "In Politics, Aim for the Heart, Not the Head," Washington Post, 9/18/06

Thursday, September 14, 2006

September 14, 2006
Meeting of the Oberlin College Republicans

Present: D. Sweet, T. Ares, M. Brooks, R. Randall, E. Strathmann, L. Murphy, J. Bruno, T. Hall, Guests (L. Stevens & M. Wise)

I. Welcome & Introductions
- All those present gave short introductions

II. Martha Wise for State Senate
- LS and MW make some remarks about Mrs. Wise's candidacy for State Senate in Oberlin's district
- MW is running in a close race for an open seat
- Volunteer opportunities for CRs: Walking list, literature drops, internships, etc.

III. Regular Meeting Times
- CRs will meet weekly on Thursday evenings at 8:30pm in Wilder TBA.

IV. Plan/Format for Future Meetings
- JB suggested the following format for meetings:
(Part 1): Discuss important logistical information related to CRs activities, programs, etc.
(Part 2): One member reads column or other piece of writing and the group discusses
(Part 3): Occasionally, this will be followed by a documentary showing (with food!)

V. Officer Elections
- JB reported that elections for two vacant officer positions will be held at the next meeting
- MB nominated herself for Treasurer, noted experience
- RR nominated ES for Vice President, ES accepted nomination

VI. Update on Activities
- 9/11 Memorial went over well, covered in Lorain Morning Journal
- First RRPLS speaker will be Pat Michaels on 10/5

VII. Next Meeting
- Thursday, September 21, 2006, 8:30pm
- DS volunteered to choose and read column/article for discussion

Thursday, September 07, 2006

September 7, 2006
Meeting of the Oberlin College Republicans

Present: T. Hall, E. Strathman, R. Randall, T. Ares, J. Bruno, D. Hill, Evan, A. Lint, D. Sweet, M. Burke, Guests (Matt from OSU CRs, Jim Gemelas, Jeff Csokmay)

I. Introductions
- All those present gave short introductions

II. Background
- JB provided background and history on CRs at Oberlin, including main activities during recent semesters

III. 9/11 Memorial
- CRs will create memorial for 5-Year Anniversary of September 11 attacks
- Memorial will consist of almost 3,000 small flags (one for each life lost in the attacks) placed in Wilder Bowl
- Also, post flyers donated by Young America's Foundation
- Connections Fair to be held the same day (4:30-6:00pm) in Wilder Bowl; CRs will have a table available
- Set-up of memorial will begin at around 5:00am on Monday, 9/11/06

IV. Ideas for Fall Activites
- Matt from OSU suggested working on elections
- JG and JC suggested ways to get involved with local candidates and the local GOP organization
- JB suggested celebrating important dates in conservative history (Reagan's birth, etc.), showing conservative documentaries, working to get out the vote in Avon and other GOP-leaning areas

V. Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series
- Planned for Fall semester: Patrick J. Michaels on 10/5, William Kristol on 11/2, Kate Obenshain Griffin on 11/15
- Ideas for spring? Current member can get involved in deciding

VI. Next Meeting
- To be held Thursday, September 14
- At that meeting, the group will decide when and how often to meet for the remainder of the semester.