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Orndorff for Chairman

April 9, 2012 1 comment

By now, you’ve likely heard that I am seeking the Chairmanship of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee. I’m seeking the Chairmanship after a decade of political work and leadership on the committee. I wanted to lay out my platform below here for visitors to the blog, as I know that some have come here seeking more information. I’ve also uploaded a brochure that can be viewed here.

The brochure provides a great deal more information, and I feel my vision lays out some clear goals should I be elected chair, so I don’t feel the need for a lengthy post. Basically, I am seeking the chairmanship at this time, a time when our committee and our party is desperately in need of leadership to advance our shared values. This is not a public policy position, but I consider myself a strong conservative. Ultimately, we must recognize the fact that, although we may not agree on every single issue, we absolutely must work together or else risk allowing those who are diametrically opposed to our values to prevail. As Ronald Reagan said, “My eighty percent friend is not my twenty percent enemy.” We need a chairman who will work with all sides and will encourage people to always be civil and to recognize the need for unity. We have alot of work to do, but I feel up to the challenge and have the experience to prove I can lead this committee to victory. Again, check out my brochure, and if you’re interested, please attend your local precinct mass meeting (locations here) at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, April 12th so you can be a delegate at the Monday, April 23rd convention, at 7:30 pm at Central High School in Woodstock. I hope that between now and then I can earn your support!

OPENNESS

  • Ensuring all party calls are written clearly and to legal requirements
  • Publicizing party procedures to all interested participants
  • Providing rosters and state and local party plans to all committee members
  • Holding regular meetings and conferences with executive board members
  • Actively recruiting volunteers through regular social events
  • Regular website updates and e-newsletters
  • Conducting all party business by parliamentary procedure and party rules

UNITY

  • Open door policy to address concerns of committee members and officeholders
  • Believes the position of chair is one of a fair and unbiased arbiter of the process
  • As chairman, Craig will seek no other party or public office
  • Having frank and open discussions about our nominating processes

ACTION

  • Establishing clear fundraising and campaign plans every year
  • Making media outreach strategies a planning priority
  • Writing and approving a budget each year
  • Working with candidates for victory across the board
  • Establishing new databases of supporters and voters
  • Making sure that we start each year with clear contact goals and timeliness
  • Providing political education for precinct and district leadership (manuals/training sessions)
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2012 Shenandoah County Reagan Day Dinner

March 23, 2012 1 comment

Update: Jamie Radtke, candidate for U.S. Senate, has been added to the line-up. Tix are still available, so get yours today!

The Shenandoah County Republican Committee is proud to announce its

2012 RONALD REAGAN DINNER

April 7, 2012

Yellow Barn – Shenandoah Caverns, VA

Featuring:

U.S. Senate Candidates:

Former Governor & U.S. Senator George Allen

Delegate Bob Marshall

Jamie Radtke

6th Congressional District Candidates:

Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Karen Kwiatkowski

Our Legislative Representatives in Richmond:

Senator Mark Obenshain

Delegate Todd Gilbert

The Dinner, catered by Shaffer’s, starts at 6:15 pm

Private Reception for Sponsors and Dignitaries at 5:30 pm

Silent Auction benefitting the Republican Women of Shenandoah County at 5:30 pm

Standard Tickets: $25

Sponsorship Opportunities

Included with a Sponsorship: Dinner & Private Reception, with a chance to meet, and take pictures with, our distinguished guests; A chance to sit at a table, during dinner, with one of our distinguished guests; and recognition in our Event Program.  At dinner, Sponsors will be seated in the order of their sponsorship; within each level, seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Levels of Sponsorship

Event Host: $75 per ticket.  In addition to the aforementioned sponsorship perks, Event Hosts will be recognized for their generosity at the greeter’s table.

Event Sponsor: $50 per ticket.

Event Patron: $35 per ticket.

Program Advertising: $50 for Business card size; $100 for half page; $200 for full page.

Contact information:

Jeremy McCleary, SCRC Chairman, or Blake Philips, SCRC Events Chair

(540)459-2444 or (540)459-3727; mcclearylaw@gmail.com; P.O. Box 389 – Woodstock, VA 22664

Call to 2012 Shenandoah County, Virginia Republican Precinct Mass Meetings and Convention

March 19, 2012 1 comment

Below, for the purposes of public information, is the complete call to Shenandoah County’s Precinct Mass Meetings and County Convention. All of the legal information necessary is below. However, for newbies, here is a basic guide to the process. On Thursday, April 12th at 7:30 pm precinct mass meetings will be held at the locations listed below to elect delegates who will then represent their precinct at the County Convention on Monday, April 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at Central High School in Woodstock. That convention will then a county party chairman and other members of the committee. It will also elect delegates to the Sixth District Convention, which will elect a district chair, three vice-chairmen, three members of the state central committee, one presidential elector and three delegates and three alternates to the Republican National Convention. The County Convention will also elect delegates to the State Convention, which will elect a state chairman, two members of the Republican National Committee, two at-large presidential electors, and thirteen delegates and thirteen alternates to the Republican National Convention. Information on these further up conventions is below, but feel free to ask any questions you may have about the process. I have further news to blog about regarding both the LFSWCD and the County GOP Committee, but for now I wanted to be sure this info gets out there for all interested Republicans.

Note: The voluntary registration fee for the 6th Congressional District Convention is actually $20. However, this is not a required part of the below call and was included for informative purposes only. Also, as these events are technically part of the nominating process for the public office of President, all fees are strictly voluntary.

CALL TO SHENANDOAH COUNTY, VIRGINIA
REPUBLICAN PARTY PRECINCT MASS MEETINGS
AND COUNTY CONVENTION

As Chairman of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee, pursuant to the Plan of Organization of the Republican Party of Virginia, and as recommended and directed by the Shenandoah County Republican Committee at its regular meeting on Thursday, March 8, 2012, I, Jeremy D. McCleary, do hereby issue this Call for Precinct Mass Meetings and a County Convention to be held as follows:
Precinct mass meetings will be held in the sixteen precincts of Shenandoah County at the following locations on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM:

Orkney Springs – Fire/Rescue Building
New Market – Fire Department
Conicville – Fire Hall
Mt. Jackson – Town Hall
Edinburg – Fire Hall
St. Luke – Parish Hall
Woodstock – Circuit Courtroom
Fort Valley – Fire Hall
Cedar Creek – Community Center
Toms Brook – Fire Hall
Lebanon Church – Community Center
Strasburg – Town Hall

The purpose of the precinct mass meetings is to elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Shenandoah County Republican Convention to convene at Central High School in Woodstock, Virginia, or its alternate site on Monday, April 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

The purposes of the convention are:
1. To elect a Unit Chairman, members of the Unit Committee, and six (6) District Chairmen of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee, in accordance with the Plan of Organization of the Republican Party of Shenandoah County, Virginia, and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the Convention; and
2. To elect up to 85 delegates and an equal number of alternate delegates to the Republican Party of Virginia State Convention, to be held on June 16th at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, beginning at 10:00 a.m. for the purposes of electing a State Party Chairman, RNC National Committeeman, RNC National Committeewoman, 13 At-Large Delegates and 13 At-Large Alternate Delegates to the RNC Convention, and two (2) At-Large Presidential Electors. Each unit is entitled to one (1) delegate vote per 250 Republican votes for Governor and President at their last election, so that Shenandoah County is entitled to 85 Delegate Votes; and
3. To elect up to 85 delegates and an equal number of alternate delegates to represent Shenandoah County at the Sixth Congressional District Convention of the Republican Party of Virginia to be held at Rockbridge County High School 143 Greenhouse Road, Lexington, Virginia 24450, or its alternate site, starting at 10:00 a.m. local time on May 5, 2012. The purposes of the Sixth Congressional District Convention of the Republican Party of Virginia are as follows: (1) Elect three (3) delegates and three (3) alternate delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention to be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, beginning on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. The purpose of the Republican National Convention is to nominate candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States; (2) Nominate one (1) presidential Elector for the election on November 6, 2012; Elect a District Chairman of the Republican Party; (3) Elect three (3) members of the State Central Committee; (4) Elect three (3) regional vice-chairmen to the Sixth District Committee; and (4) the transaction of any other such business as may properly come before the convention. Each unit is entitled to one (1) delegate vote per 250 Republican votes for
Governor and President at their last election, so that Shenandoah County is entitled to 85 Delegate Votes; and

Voluntary Registration Fee

A voluntary registration fee of $1 is requested of each delegate and alternate delegate to the County Convention, but it is not required to participate in the convention. A voluntary registration fee of $35.00 is requested of each delegate and alternate delegate to the Sixth District Convention, to be paid when the certification is filed with the District Chairman. A voluntary registration fee of $35.00 is requested by the Republican Party of Virginia per delegate or alternate elected to the State Convention. All fees are subject to the limits and prohibitions of the Federal Election Campaign Act and are not tax-deductible.

Allotment of Delegate Votes

The convention shall be composed of delegates and alternate delegates from the respective precincts they represent. Representation shall be based on a percentage of the total number of Republican votes cast in each precinct in the last Presidential and Gubernatorial elections combined. Each precinct will be allowed one (1) delegate vote and one (1) alternate vote for each seventy-five (75) Republican votes cast, or a major fraction thereof. Each precinct shall be entitled to at least one (1) delegate vote. Up to five (5) delegates may be elected for each delegate vote, but no delegate shall have less than one-fifth (1/5) of a vote. Pursuant to Section H (3) of the Plan of Organization of the Republican Party of Virginia, each precinct delegation shall vote full vote at the convention unless otherwise designated by the electing members of the precinct at its mass meeting. Precincts shall be entitled to vote as follows:

Orkney Springs – 13 Delegate Votes and 13 Alternate Votes
New Market – 34 Delegate Votes and 34 Alternate Votes
Conicville – 24 Delegate Votes and 24 Alternate Votes
Mt. Jackson – 19 Delegate Votes and 19 Alternate Votes
Edinburg – 21 Delegate Votes and 21 Alternate Votes
St. Luke – 22 Delegate Votes and 22 Alternate Votes
Woodstock – 40 Delegate Votes and 40 Alternate Votes
Fort Valley – 12 Delegate Votes and 12 Alternate Votes
Cedar Creek – 2 Delegate Votes and 2 Alternate Votes
Toms Brook – 28 Delegate Votes and 28 Alternate Votes
Lebanon Church – 19 Delegate Votes and 19 Alternate Votes
Strasburg – 31 Delegate Votes and 31 Alternate Votes
Vote Total: 265 Delegate Votes and 265 Alternate Votes
Delegate Total: 1325 Delegates and 1325 Alternate Delegates

Candidacy Filing Requirements

Candidates for the election for the position of Shenandoah County Unit Chairman shall file a written declaration of candidacy by mail or in person to Mr. Jeremy D. McCleary, Chairman of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee by Friday, March 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm to Jeremy D. McCleary, Chairman of the Shenandoah County Republican Committee, 147 N. Main Street Woodstock, Virginia 22664. Postmarks shall not be considered. Only those who so file may stand for election at this Convention. Should only one person file for chairman under these requirements then he/she shall automatically be declared elected as chairman. No nominations shall be accepted from the floor of the County Convention, unless no candidate files for the position.

Qualifications for Participation

All legal and qualified voters of Shenandoah County, regardless of race, religion, national origin or sex, under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and who, if requested to express in open meeting, either orally or in writing as may be required, their intent to support all of its nominees for public office in the ensuing election, may participate as members of the Republican Party of Virginia in the Convention. All individuals desiring to participate in the Convention may be required to present some form of identification such as a voter registration card, driver’s license, or other positive identification.

Dennis Morris to hold Precinct Meeting

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Shenandoah County Supervisor Dennis Morris (R-Dist. 5) will be holding a precinct meeting on Thursday, January 26th at the Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department. The Fire Hall is located at 3342 South Main Street in Toms Brook. (Map and directions here) District Five consists of Toms Brook, Lebanon Church, and Cedar Creek precincts.

The meeting appears to be primarily for the purposes of discussing the state of County EMS and Fire Services, as Gary Yew, the county’s Fire Chief, will be speaking. Refreshments will be served. For more information, you can call (540) 436-9149.

 

Agenda for January 12th, 2012 LFSWCD Meeting

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

On Thursday I’ll be attending my first meeting of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District Board as one of Shenandoah County’s two voting members. Before each meeting I’ll be posting the agenda here. Also available here are the LFSWCD December 2011 Draft Minutes and LFSWCD January 2012 Meeting Reports from other departments that we work with. I’m not posting them verbatim due to the size, but there they are available for download should you be interested. Note that last month’s minutes are a draft and do not constitute the official record until approved at Thursday’s meeting. After Thursday’s meeting I’ll post notes from the meeting.
10:00           CALL TO ORDER

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS

10:15     1.   MINUTES OF DECEMBER MEETING

10:20     2.   TREASURER’S REPORT

10:25     3.   CHAIR’S REPORT

10:40    4.    LORD FAIRFAX SWCD REPORTS (Additions to written reports)

  • Conservation Technical Specialist – Pete Benedetto
    Conservation Technician – Jed Rau
    Conservation Technician – Sam Truban
    Conservation Easements – Jim Lawrence
    Conservation Technical – Marcus Adams
    Dam Safety   – Lauck Walton
    Education & Information – Mary Gessner
    Erosion & Sediment Control – HB Simpson
    Finance – Bud Nagelvoort
    Legislative – Bud Nagelvoort
    NSVRC Water Resources Advisory Committee – Wayne Webb
    Personnel – Richard Hoover
    Pure Water Forum – Craig Orndorff
    Royal Phoenix Easement Committee – Richard Hoover
    Shenandoah Resource Conservation & Dev. Council – Joan Comanor
    Shenandoah County Water Resources Advisory Committee – Henry Staudinger

11:10     5.    COOPERATING AGENCY REPORTS (Additions to written reports)

  • NRCS, Natural Resource Conservation                       Mike Liskey
    DCR, Conservation District Coordinator                      DebbieCross
    VA. Cooperative Extension Representative                Jake Grove
    VA. Department of Forestry Representative              Joe Lehnen/Justin Barnes
    Va. Dept. of Environmental Quality Representative  Bob Peer
  • Martha Shickle – Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Planning Commission –Chesapeake Bay Remedial Program

12:00              ADJOURN

LFSWCD Elects Officers

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The Winchester Star had the below article on the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District’s officers election. As my term does not begin until the first of January, I did not have a vote in this matter, but I look forward to working with all of the officers listed below:

Chairman: Richard Hoover (Elected, Warren County)
Vice Chairman: Marcus “Bubby “Adams (Elected, Frederick County)
Treasurer: Bud Naglevort (Elected, Clarke County)
Secretary: Amanda Campbell (Secretary, Staff)

Richard W. Hoover, who has served on the commission as the Warren County director since 2007, will head the panel.
District directors coordinate local, regional and national conservation efforts – both public and private – as well as administering technical assistance funds and promoting education programs to protect water quality and reduce water pollution.
Hoover is chairman of the Avtex Superfund Site Committee and serves as the Lord Fairfax District’s representative to the Pure Water Forum. He also heads its Personnel Committee.

Frederick County Director Marcus “Bubby” Adams Jr., who was first elected to the district board in 2004, was selected as vice-chairman. The full-time farmer chairs the Conservation Technical Committee and serves on the Personnel Committee.

Clarke County Director Bernard “Bud” Nagelvoort was re-elected treasurer. He was elected to the board in 1999, and is a past district chairman.Nagelvoort chairs both the Legislative and Finance committees and serves on the Conservation Technical Committee.

Amanda Campbell, district administrative assistant, was re-elected secretary. She has been employed by the district since 1985.

Tomorrow I’ll be getting up information about an upcoming public informational meeting on the District’s two dams, Birdhaven and Lake Laura, both of which are located right here in Shenandoah County.

Taking the Oath

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Today, I officially began my service as one of Shenandoah County’s two Directors for the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District. Well, semi-officially. I’ve already sat in on several committee and board meetings, but it was today that I received my certificate of election and took the Oath of Office at the Shenandoah County Circuit Court. However, my term of office does not begin until January 1st, 2012. This is the oath that I took upon my late grandfather Roy Orndorff’s bible:

I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me as a Director of the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District according to the best of my ability.

Although this is an office that is often overlooked and rarely discussed, even by fanatic followers of local politics, I take my oath very seriously–which is why I wanted to share this with anyone who may happen to stumble upon or follow this blog. This is also the reason that I am using this blog as a source of information about my duties as a Director. I strongly believe that elected officials, regardless of the level or prominence of their office, have a duty to fully inform the public about the actions that they conduct on behalf of the people.

I am humbled by the support of Shenandoah County’s voters and look forward to my service on their behalf. I’ll be adding and updating information here over the next few days to reflect this new step on my life’s journey. Later tonight, I’ll also share some information about upcoming board activities.