GREENE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY
August 3, 2016
Dear Central Committee Member:
Welcome and congratulations on your election as the official representative of the Republican Party in the Ward or Township in which you live. We have prepared this handbook for you which is intended to provide a starting point for the work which each of us must do if we are to continue to be successful in electing outstanding Republicans to public office in Greene County and throughout the State.
Please review the materials we have assembled. This provides information, which will be essential to your service as a member of the Central Committee.
Please become familiar with our website www.greenecountygop.org.
Our regular means of communication is through email and a monthly newsletter, PARTY TALK.
While there are no Central Committee “dues”, one of your duties as a committee person is to belong to TARGET. (The Association of Republicans Getting Everyone Together) TARGET is the social and fund raising arm of our party. Several membership levels are available from a $24 basic membership to a $600 Ronald Reagan membership. You can click here to join and pay on line. Terri West McQueary is the President of TARGET. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage you to join the Greater Ozarks Pachyderm Club. The Pachyderm Club is the Educational arm of our party. They meet twice a month on the second and fourth Friday at 11:30 AM at the Tower Club-21st floor, 901 E. St. Louis, Springfield, MO. Anna Mobley is the President. Her email address is Political-Sport@sbcglobal.net. Membership is $30 a year.
We encourage you to join the Greene County Republican Women. The Republican women meet one time a month on the second Thursday at 11:30 AM at the Lamplighter South, corner of Sunshine/Glenstone. Men are welcome. They are very active in helping Greene County Republicans. Barbara Smith is their President. Her email is email@example.com. Membership is $15 a year.
You may also be interested in attending the MRA (Missouri Republican Assembly) meetings. They generally meet one Saturday morning each month at the Library on S. Campbell. You can check our website for the date and time of their meetings. Scott Magill is their President. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also communicate information about various events and meetings to our Central Committee members by email. Please be sure we have your current email address.
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I look forward to working with you to continue the tradition of excellence established by the Greene County Republican Central Committee.
Danette Proctor, Chair-Phone: 417 742-3500-email: email@example.com
1345 EAST SUNSHINE, SUITE, 102, SPRINGFIELD, MO 65804 Phone/Fax: 417 823-9130
Paid for by Greene County Republican Central Committee, Justin Hill, Treasurer
A HANDBOOK FOR GREENE COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
THE REPUBLICAN PHILOSOPHY
The Republican Party was started in 1854 and has been guided since then by a philosophy that is marked by:
- A commitment to Individualism; and,
- Belief in the free enterprise system.
As Republicans we hold that social, economic and political stability can be best achieved with a minimum of federal government intervention. The party accepts the idea that the government closest to the individual citizen can serve the citizen best and at the lowest cost. For this reason the party has a long and distinguished history of activity in local elections. This activity is based on the premise that political power held locally, rather than nationally, will ensure good government through the development of capable state and federal leadership in local offices. Therefore, it is vitally important to attract high quality candidates for local level offices.
The party holds that those who cannot provide for themselves should be assisted by the government, through local government if possible, and by society, but that every effort should be made to help them become self-supporting and independent.
The party looks to the federal government for the maintenance of sound money and a responsible economy. We also expect the federal government to maintain a strong defense.
The party believes that equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all should be a national right regardless of sex, creed, race, age or national origin.
The party supports the security of the individual through support of the Constitution, the laws and the courts.
These concepts are the foundation of our strength as a political party and our promise for the future of our nation.
The foregoing Statement of Philosophy was officially adopted By the Greene County Republican Central Committee in 1990.
WHAT THE PARTY EXPECTS OF EVERY REPUBLICAN
COMMITTEEMAN AND COMMITTEEWOMAN
- To build the party by establishing in his or her voting district a network of like-minded voters who will support and work for Republican candidates during elections.
- To attend every Central Committee Meeting and function.
- To abide by the policy that the Central Committee as such will not take sides in a primary election.
- To actively support the Republican Candidate in the General Election even though it is a person you did not support in the Primary Election. However, if in good conscience you cannot vote for the Republican Candidate, then keep it to yourself and do not make your position public.
- To be the neighborhood contact person for Republican Candidates for office and to assist candidates in your voting district.
- To be a good citizen and refrain from public conduct which reflects adversely on the Republican Party or its candidates.
- To be a Member of TARGET and support its activities.
- To be active in community affairs, civic clubs and especially in you place of worship.
- To concentrate on issues which unite the party and steer clear of those which tend to divide it.
DUTIES OF A COMMITTEE PERSON
- Work for the election of Republican candidates.
- Represent the Republicans in the Ward or Township from which you have been elected in meetings and activities of the Central Committee.
- Attend ALL meetings of the Central Committee unless prevented by illness or absence from the County. The By-Laws provide for limited use of proxies for occasions when you can’t be present.
- Support the Greene County Republican Party by belonging to the social and fundraising arm of the Central Committee: T.A.R.G.E.T. (The Association of Republicans Getting Everyone Together). Please refer to the TARGET dues schedule.
- Assist TARGET in selling tickets to fundraisers, as well as attending events.
- Build and maintain a network of your Republican neighbors and friends in your Ward or Township. Establish a means of communications-via text, email, phone, etc. to help spread the word about party events. Identify people who will help you “get out the vote”, who would consider permitting Republican Candidates (approved by them of course) to put yard signs on their property, who would “walk” the neighborhood with a given Republican candidate or perhaps be willing to host a coffee or candidate event. In short, become the link between your constituents and the Republican Party.
- Use your ability as a Committee Person to nominate the individuals who serve at polling places during elections as paid “poll workers” to help build the party’s strength in your Ward or Township. Personally talk to each person who is presently a Republican “poll worker” or whom you might consider nominating for such position. Make sure that they will support you and the party by helping with the tasks described in the preceding paragraph.
- Assist the party in identifying and encouraging outstanding Republicans to run for public office.
- Be responsible for placing Republican yard signs at their polling place for a general election.
- Be willing to volunteer and to remain active in the community, as well as political campaigns.
- Recruit Ward or Township volunteers as well as Auxiliary Members (as defined in the ByLaws). Provide Ward or Township voter identification and canvassing of precinct.
- Remember the Republican Philosophy. Remember that the work of the party is to promote candidates not causes. Remember that our party seeks to include all who embrace the Republican Philosophy. Be positive about your service on the Central Committee and attempt to live by Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment for our party: “Never speak ill of another Republican!”
DUTIES OF COUNTY CHAIRMAN
- Execute all of the duties of Committee person for the Ward or Township from which elected.
- Preside at meeting of the Central Committee and Coordinating Committee.
- Serve as an ex officio member of the T.A.R.G.E.T Board
- Serve as the link between elected Republican officials and the party structure. Know their concerns and keep them “plugged-in” to the Party.
- Organize the Central Committee and help the Coordinating Committee prepare a plan for every two year period to include major elections.
- Remain neutral in all primary elections and do those things necessary to encourage primary candidates to refrain from tactics or public statements detrimental to the party as a whole.
- Serve as the official spokesman for the Greene County Republican Party.
- Assist the Central Committee in planning and executing the following activities and undertakings: a. Fund-raising activities to enable the Central Committee to carry on its work—that is the election of Republicans to office b. Voter Identification and Get- Out-The Vote Campaigns. c. Voter Registration Drives and Absentee Voter Assistance. d. Provision of assistance to candidates through joint activities; joint campaign headquarters; computer support; joint media buys when appropriate; maintenance of a “County Calendar” listing all Republican Events to enable coordination of efforts, etc.
- Supervise and direct employed staff and GOP Headquarters office(s).
- Attend meetings and functions of auxiliary organizations whenever possible.
- Keep all Republicans working together in a united, ongoing efforts to bring more voters to the Republican Party
Duties of a Legislative District Chair
The election of Legislative District officers is governed by Section 115.619 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri:
Composition of legislative, senatorial, congressional and judicial district committees.
- The membership of a legislative district committee shall consist of all county committee members within the legislative district, except as provided in subsections 4 and 5 of this section. In all counties of this state which are wholly contained within a legislative district, or in which there are two or more whole legislative districts, or one whole legislative district and part of another legislative district, or parts of two or more legislative districts, there shall be elected from the membership of each legislative district committee a chairman and a vice chairman, one of whom shall be a woman and one of whom shall be a man, and each legislative district at the same time shall elect a secretary and a treasurer, one of whom shall be a woman and one of whom shall be a man, but who may or may not be a members of the legislative district committee. Party state committees may provide for voting by proxy and for weighted or fractional voting.
The organization of a Legislative District Committee is prescribed by Section 115.621, R.S. MO as follows
- The members of each legislative district committee shall meet at some place within the legislative district or within one of the counties in which the legislative district exists, to be designated by the current chair of the committee, HB 1477 provides more flexibility, offering a window of time for which you may schedule reorganization meetings. Legislative District re-organization shall be done any time “three weeks after the primary through the 4th Saturday after the primary.” The county courthouse in counties of the first, second and third classification in which the meeting is to take place, as designated by the chair, shall be made available for such meeting and any other legislative district political party committee meeting at no charge to the committee. At the meeting, the committee shall organize pursuant to subsection 1 of section 115.619
115.605. Purpose of committee. – Each party committee shall be selected as provided in this subchapter for the purpose of representing and acting for the party in the interim between party conventions (L. 1977 H.B. 101&14.005)
Accordingly, as members of the Central Committee usually comprise the officers elected to serve on a Legislative District Committee, the Central Committee has established the following expectations for Legislative District officials elected from the Central Committee:
- The Legislative District Chairs and Officers are charged with the obligation to organize the district committee and to see to its operation during the election cycle.
- The Chairs of Legislative Districts are to serve as a primary resource of advice and support for the Committee persons elected to serve their respective voting subdivisions located within the Legislative District.
- In voting districts where there is no serving Committeeman or Committeewoman, the Legislative District Chair shall attempt to seek out a suitable person or persons to nominate for election by the Central Committee to such position. In doing so the Legislative District officers shall inquire of any such candidate of his or her qualifications, their loyalty to the Republican Party and its candidates for election and their willingness to aid the party by their efforts, to assist, aid and elect the party’s candidates and the District Chair shall provide a written endorsement of each such person so nominated.
- The Legislative District Committee should also establish and maintain a “calling tree” stretching from its Chair throughout each voting subdivision in their respective District to enable the expeditious notification of party members of important information in exigent circumstances.
Legislative District Chair persons also play an important role in the composition of the Congressional District Committees and one of the criteria for election as a Congressional District Chair is that the person chosen must be a seated Legislative District Chairperson of a Legislative District within the Congressional District.
Wards in Legislative Districts
130th Legislative District – 1st Boone, 2nd Boone, Brookline (also in 133rd), Cass, 2nd Campbell A (also in 133rd), 1st Center, 3rd Center, Murray, Pond Creek, East Republic, North Republic, West Republic, Walnut Grove
131st Legislative District – 20B, 22B, 22C (also in 132nd) 26A, 26C, 27A (also in 132nd) 27B, 27C (also in 132nd), 29A (also in 137th), 29B, 29C, 36A, 2nd North Campbell, 3rd North Campbell A, 3rd North Campbell B, 2nd Franklin (also in 137th), 1st Robberson A, 1st Robberson B (also in 137th), 2 nd Robberson
132nd Legislative District – 3B, 4A (also in 134 th), 4B, 5B, 6B, 7A, 7B, 9A, 9B, 12B, 16A, 16B, 16C, 20A, 22C (also in 131st) 26B, 27A (also in 131st), 27C (also in 131st), 30B
133rd Legislative District – 7C, 35A, 35B, Battlefield A, Battlefield B, Brookline (also in 130th), 2nd Campbell A (also in 130th), 2nd Campbell B, 2nd Campbell C, 2nd Campbell CN, Wilson C (also in 134th), Wilson CW (also in 134th)
134th Legislative District – 3A, 4A (also in 132nd), 5A, 6A, 33A, 33B (also in 135th) 34A, 34B, 34C, 42A (also in 136th), 42B, 42C, Wilson A, Wilson C (also in 133rd), Wilson CW (also in 133rd)
135th Legislative District – 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 11 (also in 136th), 12A, 22A, 30A, 31A, 31B, 31C, 33B (also in 134th), 37A, 37B, 37C, 38A, 38B, 44A, 44B, 44C, 45A, 45B, Clay C (also in 136th)
136th Legislative District – 11 (also in 135th), 32A, 32B, 32C, 39A, 39B, 39C, 40A, 40B, 41A, 41B, 42A, (also in 134th) 1st Campbell (also in 137th), Cherokee, E Clay A, Clay B, Clay C (also in 135th)
137th Legislative District –29A (also in 131st ), 1st Campbell (also in 136th), 1st North Campbell, 1st Franklin, 2nd Franklin (also in 131st), 1st Jackson, 2nd Jackson, 1st Robberson B (also in 131st), Taylor, Washington