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Highlands Republican December Meeting Highlights


What a great way to end an incredible year!  Our Highlands County Republican Party had a tremendous victory celebration in November to celebrate the Trump/Pence and Marco Rubio wins and the Highlands County Republican candidates clean-sweep victories. Our December meeting featured an excellent speech by our dynamic and charismatic RPOF Regional and Faith Director Nilsa Alvarez. Nilsa played a key role in helping to achieve the Trump/Pence win.  She had a remarkable success record in voter registration and in the get-out-the-vote efforts to help the Trump/Pence team win Florida.  Nilsa provided a summary of her background of achievements in many areas and gave considerable credit to her mentor Lourdes Aguirre who she described as a Cuban-American Trump who cannot tolerate injustice!  (See Nilsa’s outstanding record in her bio: nilsa-alvarez-biography-copy)

Nilsa remarked that “we were inches away from globalism!”    Other comments included “the Iran Nuclear deal is financing the persecution of missionaries in the mid-east” and the statistic “that 81% of evangelicals voted for the Trump/Pence ticket.”

In response to a question as to how we could reach more young people, Nilsa said “have a night with the family to watch Hillary’s America!” In response to another question, “You send your kids to college and they come back socialists.”  We need more conservatives involved in education. Follow-up comments included mentioning that “former Florida Congressman Albert Herlong, Jr. read into the Congressional Record back in 1963 a detailed account of Communist goals and discussed how many goals were already being accomplished in the United States.”  ilsa received a standing ovation from appreciative REC members and guests.


Additional highlights of the December meeting included election of officers for the next two years.  Kathy Rapp was re-elected Chairman,  Susan Beder was elected as Vice Chairman replacing Virgil Beato who did not seek re-election, Penny Kocarek was re-elected as Treasurer, and Kathy Hill was elected as Secretary replacing Ida Jackson who also did not seek re-election.


Sally Claire, who was unopposed for the position of State Committeewoman for Highlands County in the recent election, officially started her four year term of office December 1st. Sally replaced Joan Hartt who had provided very faithful and dedicated service to Highlands County Republicans and the Republican Party of Florida for nearly 20 years. Joan retired and did not seek re-election.




State Committeeman Earl Claire provided congratulations to each of the new and newly re-elected officers and sincere thanks to those who had faithfully served and did not seek re-election!  “Your service was appreciated and you will be missed!”  SCM Vision and goals looking forward included the following:

  1. Voter registration – Further increasing our Republican voter majority in Highlands and assisting efforts to flip Florida to majority Republican.
  2. HCREC Membership – We have multiple unfilled positions for Precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen in Highlands County
  3. Committee memberships – We need working committees with sufficient numbers of active members.  Grass-roots involvement wins elections and we need to start now to rebuild and to prepare to help win the Governor and US Senate races in 2018 and all our local Highlands County races.
  4. The next generation – Recruitment and training of young Republicans

Chairman Kathy Rapp announced that because of the schedule for the RPOF Annual Meeting January 12-14, 2017 in Orlando, our Highlands County Republican Monthly Meeting would be moved from January 12th to Monday January 16th, Martin Luther King Day. All REC members are encouraged to consider attending the RPOF Annual Meeting to be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. To book your hotel room, please go to the following link: https://bookings.ihotelier.com/Rosen-Centre/bookings.jsp?themeId=19340&groupID=1683160&hotelID=2018 or call 800-204-7234 and ask for the RPOF group rate.  Rooms are $139+tax a night.   The group rate is only available until December 13th.

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    Kathy Rapp
Vice Chairman
    Susan Beder
    Kathy Hill
    Penny Kocarek

State Committeeman
    Earl Claire

State Committeewoman
    Sally Claire