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10 Jan
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Elkhart County Pachyderm Club to Meet January 15

The Elkhart County Pachyderm Club, Inc. will have the honor of presenting Elkhart County Auditor Pauline Graff as our speaker. Buffet and menu dining at the Elks on Bristol Street starts at 6:00 P.M. with the meeting commencing at 6:30 P.M. Our club meets on the third Wednesday of every month and the public is welcome.  This month the meeting will be held on January 15th.

In keeping with our theme of helping people run for office, Pauline will give us a run down on how she ran for office and the duties her office performs for the public.  If you do not know about the tax deductions her office can save you and how to acquire them, this is the meeting for you.

The Pachyderm Club is a conservative organization whose motto is “Free government requires active citizens.” We provide an atmosphere of fun, fellowship & program. Pachyderms are part of one of the most influential and most recognized political clubs in the nation and are an official allied organization of the RNC. We strongly believe in an individual’s right to be heard, involved and active in their government. Our goal is to help promote the development of potential political leaders and promote political education and the dissemination of information on our political system.

A synopsis will be given on a future potential presidential candidate.

Please call Barb at (574) 214-9921 or email barbdunn31@aol.com for a reservation.

26 Dec
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Additional Elkhart County tax is the wrong way to go

Rep. Culver discussing legislation with another representative on the House floor.

Rep. Culver discussing legislation with another representative on the House floor.

by Indiana Rep. Wes Culver
R-49th District
Goshen

I oppose Elkhart County’s proposed local option income tax for four reasons. The first and most important is because it seems incredibly wrong that the county wants every taxpayer, every family, to reduce their income by 1 percent while at the same time commissioners are wanting to give county government employees a pay raise.

The second reason I oppose the new tax is that raising taxes and taking money from taxpayer reduces purchasing power of the consumer, hurts the economy and delays our recovery.

My third reason is that our commissioners have decided to hire a lobbying firm to help them get this new tax approved. I find it humorous that they point to a time in Elkhart County’s history when a lobbyist was hired to help secure special funding to build our current county jail. This jail is oversized and much of it sits empty and unused. Yet taxpayers must give a portion of their weekly paycheck now, and for many years to come, to pay for it.

Read more HERE.

12 Dec
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Indiana marks 197th anniversary of statehood

Indiana is 197 this week! We were admitted as the 19th state on Dec 11, 1816.

To commemorate the occasion, a special ceremony was held on December 11 at the Indiana Statehouse. In addition to the ceremony, educational programming and interactive displays designed for fourth graders were presented by executive offices and state agencies throughout the Statehouse before and after the ceremony.

Gov. Mike Pence told stories from state history centered on future President Abraham Lincoln, who was 7 when his family moved from Kentucky to Indiana in 1816, the year Indiana joined the national union as a state.

Chief Justice Brent Dickson, a Hobart native, discussed the importance of the law and joined the students in inspecting the original 1816 and 1851 state constitutions.

Planning is underway for celebrations of Indiana’s bicentennial in three years. The state’s 200th birthday already is featured on vehicle license plates.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence reads a story to hundreds of fourth graders from nine schools from around the state during the Indiana Statehood Day Celebration in the South Atrium of the Statehouse on Wednesday.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence reads a story to hundreds of fourth graders from nine schools from around the state during the Indiana Statehood Day Celebration in the South Atrium of the Statehouse on Wednesday.

Indiana's 61st Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, Speaking to students at the Indiana State Libary celebrating Statehood Day.

Indiana’s 61st Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, Speaking to students at the Indiana State Libary celebrating Statehood Day.

To celebrate Statehood Day, indiana's Department of Education staff played Indiana History Jeopardy with students from around the state!

To celebrate Statehood Day, Indiana’s Department of Education staff played Indiana History Jeopardy with students from around the state!

Indiana's First Lady, Karen Pence, celebrates Statehood Day with 4th graders.

Indiana’s First Lady, Karen Pence, celebrates Statehood Day with 4th graders.

Indiana Chief of Justice Brent Dickson.

Indiana Chief of Justice Brent Dickson.

07 Dec
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WALORSKI SUPPORTS HOUSE BILL TO CUT RED TAPE, BOOST JOB CREATION

Area Hoosiers share their business concerns with Congresswoman, Jackie Walorski during a greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce roundtable discussion.

Area Hoosiers share their business concerns with Congresswoman Jackie Walorski during a greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce roundtable discussion.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski today voted in support of bipartisan legislation to reign in costly government regulations that are hurting small businesses and preventing job creation.  The Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act, H.R. 1105, is set to exempt advisers to certain private equity funds from the new registration requirements imposed by the Dodd-Frank Act.

“It is clear that Washington red tape is hindering job growth at home in Indiana and across the country,” said Walorski.  “Hoosiers want Congress to work on sensible reforms that will get people back to work and start improving economic growth.  I am pleased to support this commonsense bill to allow private equity firms to avoid unnecessary federal regulations that rack up costs and prevent investments in job creation and company growth.”

Indiana is ranked in the top 20 for private equity investment by state, with 35 investments at a value of $8.5 billion.  Under current law, investment advisers to private investment funds must register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  This requires advisers to file reports and maintain records with the SEC, costing critical resources and funds that could be better directed toward productive growth.  Passage of this legislation would mitigate this distraction for private equity firms and refocus efforts on job creation and economic growth.

07 Dec
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Meet Elhart County District 22’s Rebecca Kubacki: The first Hispanic Republican elected to Indiana’s General Assembly

Rep. Kubacki speaks on legislation on the House Floor .

Rep. Kubacki speaks on legislation on the House Floor .

What are the chances of a tomato picker’s daughter representing a legislative district in the Indiana General Assembly, asks Rebecca Kubacki, rhetorically.

Pretty good, says the first-term state legislator from Syracuse.

House District 22 includes most of Kosciusko County and some of the southern portion of Elkhart County (including New Paris and Nappanee) in northern Indiana.

House District 22 includes most of Kosciusko County and some of the southern portion of Elkhart County (including New Paris and Nappanee) in northern Indiana.

State Representative Rebecca Kubacki represents the citizens of Kosciusko and Elkhart Counties. The daughter of Raul and Christina Espinoza, Kubacki lived in migrant camps until her parents came to Indiana, where they were hired to pick tomatoes in Oswego. Kubacki didn’t speak English until she was in second grade.

“I really do think that my purpose is to let the Latino community know that they need to learn English, stay in school and study hard,” Kubacki says. “Education unlocks doors and not just for Latino children. Educating children from every background is key to future opportunity.”

Rebecca, third from left, with her sisters, brothers and cousins sitting on the porch step of her family home. "It doesn't matter where you start out in life," says Kubacki, "my parents message was a simple one. Don't be a victim. Become a success."

Rebecca, with her sisters, brothers and cousins sitting on the porch step of her family home. “It doesn’t matter where you start out in life,” says Kubacki, “my parents message was a simple one. Don’t be a victim. Become a success.”

 Kubacki is passionate about education and keeping kids in school. “Elkhart County’s Latino community came to the area mostly because of agricultural jobs. But we stayed,” says Kubacki, “Our children and grandchildren are going to be this area’s teachers and lawyers. They will sit on non-profit and bank boards. Some will provide skilled labor for manufacturing. I want our schools to inspire all students to desire to do better because they can do better. As your legislative district’s representative I am pleased to be in a position where I can help individuals achieve their full potential.

“It doesn’t matter where one starts out in life,” Kubacki says, “My mom and dad’s message was a simple one. Don’t be a victim. Become a success.”

Kubacki attended Pierceton High School in Pierceton, Indiana, where she met her husband Michael Kubacki. They’ve been  happily married for 37 years and have two children-Katherine and Matthew. Katherine works for Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, Indiana. Matthew is a law student at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (IU McKinney), located on the campus of Indiana University campus in Indianapolis.

Rebecca Kubacki: “When you grow up with very little in life, you never lose your compassion for others, because you’ve been there and you understand.”

Rebecca Kubacki: “When you grow up with very little in life, you never lose your compassion for others, because you’ve been there and you understand.”

 For the past 27 years Kubacki has served as a charity volunteer and continues to serve her community in a variety of ways. Her service awards include being named ‘Volunteer of the Year’, Wheaton, Illinois; Los Angeles ‘Volunteer of the Year’, Boys and Girls Aid Society and Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce ‘Woman of the Year’. Most recently the Indiana Chamber of Commerce honored Kubacki with the ‘Small Business Champion’ award because of her hard work and dedication toward improving Indiana’s small business climate. Kubacki’s optimism and enthusiasm to help others is unwavering as she brings those same values to the Statehouse.

“I look forward to continuing to be a spokeswoman for our district at the Statehouse. I’m focused on job creation, educational opportunities and a balanced budget this session as we look to keep Indiana on the right track,” says Kubacki.”My goal is to help make success possible for every Hoosier, and that starts with having a great education. I will work to strengthen our education system and increase job opportunities, so that Hoosiers can overcome any obstacle that life may throw at us as we work towards building a brighter future.

“To be representing the area where I had such humble beginnings makes me proud to know that the American Dream is still alive.”

Kubacki encourages her constituents to contact her:

Toll-free Statehouse #: (800) 382-9841

Direct Line: (317) 232-9619

 

 

 

 

30 Nov
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Young Republicans enjoy first annual ‘Date Night’ fundraiser

The candlelit dinner at Antonio's featured the acoustical sounds of Samuel Jay and Jewels.

Young Republicans of “all ages” enjoyed the ambiance of an elegant candlelit dinner  and the acoustical sounds of Samuel Jay and Jewels.

On November 15, Elkhart County Young Republicans hosted their first annual ‘Date Night’ fundraiser at Antonio’s Italian Restaurant in Elkhart, IN. Over 50 Republicans of all ages enjoyed an elegant candlelit dinner and amazing music performed by Samuel Jay and Jewels. There was a pizza and salad buffet, which, since Antonio’s pizza is renowned as “the best in town”, was very much appreciated. All of the beautiful centerpieces were handcrafted by the Elkhart County Young Republicans’ event committee. Casey Hendrickson from 95.3 MNC assisted with the raffle drawing which consisted of products and gift cards donated by local merchants as well as some fun items like a leftover “Mitt Romney for President” T-shirt.

Elkhart County Young Republicans provides a unique opportunity for individuals 18 to 40-years-old to develop their leadership skills, meet key public figures, impact elections and meet like-minded individuals at home and across the nation. Elkhart County Young Republicans  meet the last Thursday of each month at Sports Time Family Pub and Grill on County Road 17. Approximately 15 to 20 members attend the monthly meetings. Officers for 2013-2014 include: Jason Obendorf, Chairman; Chad Rohrer, ViceChair; Rebecca Showalter, Secretary and Samuel Rodino, Treasurer.

This month’s December meeting will be held December 19 at 7:00 at Sports Time Family Pub and Grill. New members are welcome. It is a chance to meet up with old friends and to make new acquaintances. For more information contact jobendorf@obecoinc.com or call 574-596-8249.

Casey Hendrickson from 95.3 MNC assisted with the raffle drawing which consisted of products and gift cards donated by local merchants as well as some fun items like a leftover Mitt Romney for President T-shirt.

Casey Hendrickson from 95.3 MNC assisted with the raffle drawing which consisted of products and gift cards donated by local merchants as well as some fun items like a leftover “Mitt Romney for President” T-shirt.

Republicans of all ages mixed and mingled during Elkhart County Young Republicans' first annual 'Date Night' at Antonio's Italian Restaurant.

The Young Republicans’ first annual ‘Date Night’ was an opportunity for Republicans to mix, mingle and meet up with old friends as well as to make new ones.

 

15 Nov
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ECRWC elects new officers for 2014

The Elkhart County Republican Women’s Club (ECRWC) elected new officers at their annual Christmas party last Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Dandino’s Restaurant in Goshen. The ECRWC’s newly elected officers for 2014 are: Kris Rowe, president; Cindy Martz, vice president; Cathy Searcy, treasurer and Sharon Harder, secretary.

The ECRWC’s annual Christmas party featured dinner, fun, games and a gift exchange, as well as the election of officers. “The ECRWC meets eight times a year on the second Tuesday of every month,” said Rowe, the newly elected president, “new members are welcome.”

The club’s next Tuesday night meeting will held January 14, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. with the location to be announced. For more details or information about the Elkhart County Women’s Club please e-mail Kris Rowe, rodchevy54@aol.com.

15 Nov
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Program to provide Goshen veterans with much-needed assistance

Al Lane, founder of Goshen's Celebrate America in 2004, helped to launch a new program, Service to Senior Veterans Project, for Goshen veterans and widows at First Baptist Church of Goshen.

Al Lane, founder of Goshen’s Celebrate America in 2004, helped to launch a new program, Service to Senior Veterans Project, for Goshen veterans and widows at First Baptist Church of Goshen.

By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL


The Goshen News

In January, senior veterans or their widows 75 years and older can apply for assistance through a new program for residents of Goshen.

The program, Service to Senior Veterans Project (SSVP), was launched during a meeting at First Baptist Church of Goshen Thursday. The program is a joint effort between Goshen’s Celebrate American and North Central Indiana Teen Challenge, a Christian-based rehabilitation center for teenagers and young adults in Elkhart.

“You and I are going to make him (or her) happy because we are going to take care of him,” said Al Lane, who expanded Goshen’s Celebrate America in 2004. “You and I are going to put on a screen door for a widow that needs a door replaced.”

The SSVP program will initially provide handyman, landscaping and garden maintenance programs to senior veterans or their widows. Other services will be provided as specific senior veteran needs are identified and program resources are identified.

District Director Ben Falkowski, representing Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, R-IN Second District attended the meeting and shared a personal story of how a young veteran having problems with alcoholism became involved with a World War II veteran who needed help around his home.

“They helped each other and that’s what this program is about,” Falkowski said. “I’m proud to be a part.”

Read more HERE

03 Nov
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If you have not been receiving your Party Matters newsletter, check your junk-mail folder…

Recent research by shows that one out of six email subscriptions may end up being filtered by an email service to your spam folder.

Recent research shows that one out of six legitimate e-mail subscriptions accidentally ends up being filtered by email domains to  a spam or junk folder.

Popularity can have its downsides along with its benefits. As more people join Elkhart County’s Republican party and subscribe to Elkhart County Party Matters’ newsletter, the resulting increased traffic has occasionally caused some e-mail domains to send our Party Matters’ newsletter into spam or junk folders.

Fortunately you don’t have to go through a mountain of spam every week to keep up with Elkhart County Republican group events or news. The problem is easy to fix. Check your spam folder for Elkhart County GOP’s weekly newsletter, click your e-mail server’s “not spam” or “send to inbox” option, then add Elkhart County GOP, elkhartcogop@gmail.com to your contact list.

If would like to become a member of the Elkhart County Party or are interested in receiving our Elkhart County GOP Party Matters’ newsletter please contact us at elkhartcogop@gmail.com.

 

26 Oct
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ECRWC’s Christmas Party to be held Nov. 12

The Elkhart County Republican Women’s Club’s Christmas Party will be held Tuesday, November 12, at 6:00 at Dandino’s Restaurant,1407 Elkhart Rd, Goshen.  Dinner, fun & games, a gift exchange and Election of Officers will happen that night.

For more information contact, Pauline Graff,pbg52152@aol.com.

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