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President’s Message Jan. 2015


CCR has just completed 25 years as a Republican grassroots organization.  We should pat ourselves on the back and be proud of our sustained accomplishments.  But we can’t just sit back and bask in our past.  We need to push forward, set our goals higher, and prove we are in this for the long haul for the future.  So here is to our next 25 years.  Will you join with me?

To get the next 25 years rolling, we have our 2015 Reorganizing Convention coming up in less than 3 weeks.  We need your participation to help plan our future.  At the convention we will revisit our past as an organization and discuss our future. We will celebrate our accomplishments and discuss how to prevent reliving our mistakes.  We will be pushing up our sleeves and doing what we do best: be grassroots.

First, I know that our early bird registration date was January 5.  However, the Convention Committee has voted to extend this date to January 19.  I know that we were all preoccupied with the Holidays and January 5th came up too quickly.  So get those registration forms and room reservations in before January 15.  We need you now more than ever.  So please attend.

Second, I have attached another Call to Convention Registration Form.  Please sign up and plan to attend.  We need to come together as a force to be reckoned with throughout the state to get Republicans elected, register voters and make a difference in our communities that carries forward to the top officials of our state.  We have made a difference in the past 25 years; so let’s get started on making that difference for the next 25.

Third, I am attaching our planned program for Saturday, January 24.  We have confirmed Ron Nehring to give us a presentation analysis of the November 2014 Election Cycle in the morning.  And we have confirmed CRP Chairman Jim Brulte to provide a presentation on Republican momentum, Common Goals, and Working Together in the afternoon.  Additionally, we have confirmed Assemblyman Scott Wilk (R-38AD) as our lunch speaker; and newly sworn-in Congressman Steve Knight (R-25CD) as our dinner speaker.  Entertainment will be provided by Comedian/Conservative Commentator Evan Sayat. We have a Government Resources Panel made up of representatives from each level of government to discuss common issues and how they help constituents so we can pass this information on to our members.  We also have a panel planned for CCR Roles and Responsibilities so we can better work together as a team to accomplish our common goals.  Finally, we have a panel planned with a representative from each chapter to discuss what their chapter did in the 2014 Election Cycle to help get republicans elected.  This is intended to be interactive.

We will be hosting a Century Club Reception before dinner.  So get your Century Club dues in to Charlie Huff, CCR Treasurer, 2656 Doolittle Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006.

I am very glad that I have had the opportunity to get to know many of you over these past many months.  I am looking forward to being with you at our Convention in a few weeks.  Please plan on attending.  It is important that each chapter attends to have its voice heard and its votes counted.

Finally, a bit of housekeeping needs to be done.  If your chapter has not paid its dues for 2014, please get them in right away.  Dues are $6 per member.  Send dues to Charlie Huff, CCR Treasurer. 2656 Doolittle Ave. Arcadia, CA 91006.  To have voting delegates at the convention, we need your dues paid and your roster.  We are requesting that the roster contain name, address, phone number and email address of each member. We also need to know who the chapter officers are. Rosters should be emailed to

Together we can make 2015 a great year to continue the momentum that we need for the 2016 elections.  Let’s make that difference.  Let’s start at our Convention.  See you there.

Patty Kelly, CCR President



Dear CCR Members,

I want to apologize to all of our members and chapters for the long interval between our communications to you.  I know it has been a long, dry spell; but I want to assure everyone that we are once again on track and moving forward together.

First, I want to convey to you that Darrell Connerton very reluctantly stepped down as our President due to major, personal family concerns by way of a letter dated May 16, 2014.  He tried to balance his personal responsibilities with those of the California Congress of Republicans, but was unable to continue.  So in order for our organization to move forward, he has resigned his leadership, but will remain on the Executive Board as a Past President.

Pursuant to  Article VIII, Section 8.2 of our Bylaws,  “In the event of the inability of the President to perform his duties, the First Vice President shall be elevated to the office of President to preside and perform the duties and have the same authority as the President for the unexpired term.”  Therefore, I am now your President to fulfill the unexpired term for Darrell from now until our January 2015 Convention to Elect Officers.

Please Save the Date for two events coming up.  First, we are scheduling our meeting during the California Republican Party Fall Convention September 19-21, 2014 at the LAX Marriott.  We will hold our meeting on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  The time, location, agenda, and additional information will be sent out when we have this meeting finalized.  Second, our Organizational Convention will be held in January, 2015, pursuant to Article XII, Section 12.1.  The date, place and additional information will be forthcoming, along with the Call to Convention.  Please add these events to your calendar and plan on attending.

We will be updating our website with current information and reminders, along with working on our Grass Roots.  If any of our Chapters would like to have any information about your Chapter and upcoming events posted on our website, please get us the information for review and posting.

I am new to this CCR Presidency and am asking for our members’ and chapters’ support.  I very much want to see CCR be active and inclusive of our members and chapters from across our great state, and provide a benefit to each of you for your membership.

As always, I can be reached by email at or on my cell phone at 661/510-1024. Feel free to contact me to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Patty Kelly

President- California Congress of Republicans

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