Join us Online April 23rd at 7:00pm

Our April 23rd meeting will be held online at 7:00pm with featured guest Brian Calley, President of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). Protecting the health of our economy is at the forefront of the current crises and SBAM is keeping its member companies connected with the lifeline being offered through the SBA and the $2 Trillion rescue package. Brian also brings great insight in the workings of the state government as our former Lt. Governor. Therefore, we are lucky to have Brian interact with us in our online meeting.
Rocky Raczkowski, OCRP Chairman, will update us on who’s running in Oakland County and on the State Convention which is the following day. We’ll get some feedback from NORC’s legislative liaison and past president, State Senator, Jim Runestad on what emergency powers the governor actually has.
As usual, we will continue our normal routine of introducing elected officials and candidates who join the meeting. This will be a fun, informative and interactive, video NORC meeting from the comfort of wherever you are. In an announcement shortly before the meeting, we will send you a link you can just click on to join. We will also provide a call-in number if you’re internet challenged.
See you on the 23rd.

2019 Finale

Our Christmas Party was a lot of fun thanks to a big turn-out of members, friends and newcomers. Special thanks to the sponsors, particularly our Gold Sponsor, Mike Detmer for U.S. Congress * 8th District and our Silver Sponsor, Eileen Kowall, Oakland County Commissioner.

In 2019 we continued our mission to educate and involve with a Border Wall Debate, presentations of auto insurance reform, legalization of online gambling and sports betting a symposium on the new recreational marijuana industry and much more.  As we enter into an important election year, we will bring in candidates and the top people on referendums.  Our January 2020 newsletter will be out soon.

Nov Mtg Looks at the State Budget and How to Fight Dems

These are challenging times for Republicans.  As Democrats have taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives, The State Governorship and the County, we are seeing how they handle control and unfortunately its not for the general good but rather to expand their own control.  At our last meeting, we heard a chilling tale from the Deputy County Executive under Brooks Patterson about what happened at Oakland County.  His story needs to be heard; the video of his presentation will soon be available on our soon to be created YouTube channel and his PowerPoint presentation is available on our website in the archives.

At the state level, for the first time in many years, the budget process was a total fiasco.  After our Democrat Governor realized she was not going to get her $.45/gallon gas tax increase, she passed the budget then slashed dozens of programs in line-item-vetoes.  At our November 14th meeting, we will have the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Shane Hernandez, to explain all of this.

All in all, we see the importance of winning republican majorities at every level of government.  The Democrats have squandered their control of the US House by trying to impeach the President rather than being productive by passing the USMCA, plugging the loopholes in the asylum laws or even working on infrastructure.  I’ve been getting calls from angry republicans from all over the county asking what they can do about all of this.  Therefore, I’ve invited the Regional Field Director of the Michigan Republican Party, Kathy Paul, to tell us what we can do to turn this around in next year’s election.

Next Meeting – October 24th

Since our last meeting, at the beginning of Summer, a lot has happened; Oakland Country’s executive branch has transitioned into Democrat control, under suspicious actions, of which a law suit was filed.  We’re lining-up the top speakers on this to up-date us at our next meeting in October.  We are also watching the budget battle in Lansing.  It all exemplifies the importance of electing republican majorities in local and state elections and what happens when we don’t.  This coming season, we will be bringing you the top speakers on what’s going on as well as the campaigns going into next year’s elections.  So, Mark your calendar for our next meeting on Thursday, October 24 at the Pontiac Country Club at 7:00pm

We’re on Social Mode till Autumn

We’ve come to the part of the year where people start enjoying warm weather activities and late evenings.  Therefore our activities become more festive starting with the Waterford Memorial Day Parade.  Come march with us, it’s a lot of fun along the streets lined with thousands of people.  This year we will build a new float, so keep an eye out for our float building party.

The meetings we’ve had this year have covered many current issues starting with an examination of birthright citizenship by a constitutional professor, a debate on the wall, an update on auto insurance reform and capped off with a business symposium on the new recreational marijuana industry.  Videos of the last three meetings can be seen on our Facebook group and page along with the PowerPoint presentations from the business symposium on our website.

NORC is also providing support to other clubs with a new linked calendar that will help prevent conflicting events.  Contact us about this if you’re with an organization that would like to participate.

SYMPOSIUM ON THE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA INDUSTRY

The GOP is the pro-business party and this is a historical moment in Michigan’s history as we are in the genesis of a new industry.  The recreational marijuana business is budding and the government has until December to finalize all the regulation needed to begin retailing throughout the state.  This is the time to pay attention to our law makers as they develop all the rules and regulations. Our April 25th meeting will focus on this as our featured speaker will be Josh Hovey, founder and communications director of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association.  We will also have a speaker from a leading cannabis lobbying firm as well as someone from the industry itself.  There is lots of interest in this business and we hope to get the answers.  This will be the last monthly meeting until Fall as we shift to more social events such as parties, parades and picnics during the warm weather months.

Last month’s meeting featured a presentation on No-Fault Auto Insurance Reform on the eve of another price hike, from Lana Theis, Chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee.  She spelled out the problem and reasons for the continuing price increases but did not provide the solution.  As we see it, the elected officials, who ran on fixing the problem, have until the next election to get the job done.  We will visit this issue again.  This Fall, we will also look at the huge budget of Oakland County Schools.

The last Two monthly meetings we put on Facebook Live.  We didn’t promote it because it was a test but still we had many viewers and lots of expression of appreciation of it.  We will continue to do Facebook Live and with improvements to the sound quality.  It is possible to see our past two meetings at our facebook group and page.

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