The Dixie Republican

The Dixie Republican
Official Newsletter of the DixieRepublican Forum
New Years Day 2013
Chairwoman’s Message
Get Informed About Agenda 21
By Mary Burkett, DRFChairwoman
Glenn Beck has been talking about the United Nations’ Agenda 21 for a long time. He’s even written a book based on its policies. There are many web sites with information about Agenda 21 and how bad it is but the best one I’ve found ishttp://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/. That’s right! Democrats against Agenda 21. Not all Democrats think the United Nations is a good thing. Once you’ve learned about Agenda 21 and its “sustainable” mandate worldwide, you will understand why it’s important for us to fight it wherever we see it cropping up in our cities and towns.
From http://whatisagenda21.net/, “I.C.L.E.I.- Learn the facts
ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability promotes Local Action 21, Local Agenda 21 and other United Nations programmes implemented through local town councils, planners, mayors and local governments. ICLEI uses the false premise and outright lies of anthropogenic global warming to change our way of life, for the worse! ” Can you imagine the lies of global warming being used to control how you live? It’s happening and we aren’t paying attention!
My challenge for you is to know Agenda 21. Look at your local cities and how they justify what they do. They may refer to Agenda 21. Don’t let that happen.
There is one caution. People who support and oppose Agenda 21 can be rather … zealous, if not out and out whackadoodles. Be careful which groups you associate with but BE INFORMED! Educate yourselves, educate others and speak up every time you see any further encroachment of the United Nations’ Agenda 21!
Calendar of Events
January 2013
3    DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm
15  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am
February
7    DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm
19  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am
March
7    DRF Executive Committee meeting, 7 pm
19  DRF Luncheon, 11:30 am
If you have ideas for DRF activities for 2013, please email us at dixierepublicanforum@yahoo.com.
Time to Renew Your DRF Membership
With the new year, it’s time to renew our memberships.  Dues are $25 for a single membership and $30 for a couple.  Dues include membership in the Utah Republican Assembly and the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, plus voting rights in our elections and endorsing conventions.  Best of all, our Socials and Christmas Party are for members only!
Dues can be paid at the January luncheon or mailed to our treasurer, Ken Nagel, at 1547 W. Songbird Drive, St. George, UT 84790.  Please make checks payable to “DRF” or “Dixie Republican Forum.”
Editorial
2012 in Review:  The DRF Made A Difference in 2012
By Larry Meyers, Newsletter Editor
          New Year’s Day is a good day to reflect on the past year and consider what the Dixie Republican Forum accomplished in 2012.  Our #1 priority in 2012 was to be involved in the local, state, and national elections, and, in my opinion, we had an impact.
          In January, we hosted 2nd Congressional District candidate Cherilyn Eagar.  Cherilyn is a member of the Utah Republican Assembly, our statewide organization, and helped found our national affiliate, the National Federation of Republican Assemblies.  Our members were impressed with her passion and her knowledge of conservative issues and a few of us joined her campaign team and worked hard for her.  Cherilyn was knocked out of the race at the State Convention when Chris Stewart won the nomination.
          February brought a big line-up of candidates to our Forum as we hosted all of the 2nd District Congressional candidates.  Nearly all of the candidates attended and we were able to get to know them and grill them on the major issues of the campaign.
In March, we focused on a local campaign, with the GOP candidates for the newly-created Utah House District 62 coming to meet with us.  Mary Burkett and Jon Stanard were the leading contenders in our endorsement voting (and both of them became members of the DRF), but neither had enough support to win our endorsement.  Jon later won the GOP nomination at the County Convention and went on to win the seat in the November election.  We expect good things from him in the Legislature.
The DRF also endorsed our former chairman, Greg Aldred, in his run for County Commissioner.  Some of our members worked on Greg’s campaign and were disappointed when he lost to incumbent Alan Gardner at the convention.
The Republican caucuses were held in March and the DRF supported the Tea Party Coalition in helping train conservatives to participate in the caucuses.  Most of our DRF members attended their caucuses and many were elected as precinct chairs and vice chairs, as county delegates, and as state delegates.
April was a busy month, as many DRF members participated in the County and State Conventions and we hosted US Senate candidate Chris Herrod at our luncheon.  Our members were very impressed with Chris and he won the endorsement of Utah Republican Assembly.  Chris was knocked out of the race at the State Convention when Dan Liljenquist emerged as the conservative challenger to incumbent Senator Hatch.  Many of us joined the Liljenquist team and were disappointed when he lost to Hatch in the June Primary.
On May 5th (Cinco de Mayo!), the DRF held our Spring Social.  We feasted on delicious Mexican food and elected our officers for 2012:  Mary Burkett as chair, Steve Thompson as vice-chair, Dorathy Emery as secretary, Ken Nagel as treasurer, and Steve Swann as Public Relations chair.  We appreciate the service these new officers, the other committee chairs, and the past officers have given throughout the year!
Our May luncheon featured Utah Attorney General candidate Sean Reyes.  Sean impressed us with his knowledge and experience and some of our members joined his campaign team.  Greg Aldred volunteered as Sean’s local coordinator and did a great job promoting him.  Sean lost to John Swallow in the GOP Primary and Swallow won the AG position in the November election.  Swallow is a strong conservative who was endorsed by the Utah Republican Assembly and we look forward to his leadership as Utah’s new Attorney General.
In June, the DRF hosted Utah State Senator Casey Anderson, who was running for re-election in Senate District 28.  Many of our members were impressed with Casey and some supported his campaign.  Casey was defeated by former State Rep. Evan Vickers in the GOP Primary.
In July, the DRF co-hosted (with the Tea Party Coalition) a booth at the local Independence Day celebration.  Then we learned about the pros and cons of the proposed Lake Powell pipeline at our July luncheon.
August featured our luncheon with GOP congressional candidate Chris Stewart.  Many of our members were impressed with Chris and helped out with his campaign.  He won the 2nd District seat in November and will be our new Congressman in 2013.
In September we heard from retired Secret Service agent Bob Rosebush at our luncheon.  His insights on presidential assassinations and attempted assassinations were of great interest.
October was a busy month for our members, but a few of us were able to attend our monthly meeting, where we heard from Evan Vickers, our GOP candidate for Utah Senate seat 28.  Evan won the seat in the November election and will be representing much of the east side of Washington County in the Utah Senate.
In November, Republicans suffered some big disappointments on Election Day, but we kept our chins up and had a good DRF luncheon with St. George Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gregg McArthur.  Gregg talked about the economic outlook for the future, which is generally positive for 2013.
We finished the year with our Christmas Party in December, which featured a Christmas feast, Christmas stories by Dorathy Emery, and singing Christmas songs.  It was good to celebrate the things that are most important to us—faith, family, and friends.
The Executive Committee thanks all our DRF members for their participation in 2012 and we hope to make 2013 even better.

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