Republicans of Pike County Club met July 3 at Sunset Park in Louisiana.
Following a prayer led by Dorothy Sisson and the recitation of the pledge of allegiance, the group enjoyed a bountiful picnic supper on a beautiful afternoon.
The meeting was called to order by club president, Gale Frolos.
Secretary and treasurer’s reports were given and accepted.
The program for the evening was provided by Jim Hansen, the current state representative and a candidate for re-election and by Chris Gamm, candidate for presiding commissioner.
Representative Hansen expressed his support for career tech education. He would like to see vocational schools receive financial help the same as designated STEM schools. He mentioned that Governor Nixon is presently withholding over a million dollars from the state including education money.
Representative Hansen believes that farmers in the state of Missouri need the protection proposed in the Right to Farm Amendment to the Missouri Constitution and urged his listeners to support this amendment with a yes vote.
He concluded his remarks by stating that he is “sick and tired of what our country leaders are doing” in reference to the border/illegal immigration situation.
Candidate for presiding commissioner, Chris Gamm was the second speaker. Chris has had experience as a board member on the Pike County Economic Development Board and as a member of the Bowling Green R-1 school board.
He has served the Presbyterian church in many capacities including pastoral assignments. He farms for an occupation and has had many years experience with farming and the government’s involvement and intrusion in farming operations. He too supports the Right to Farm Amendment to the Missouri Constitution. He believes that if this amendment fails,there will be serious effects on the food supply and farming in the state of Missouri. In regard to road maintenance, Gamm says he believes in being pro-active and taking measures to avoid problems before they occur.
Republicans of Pike County will have a booth at the Pike County Fair July 22 through 26. Club members volunteered to man the booth from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Each evening of the fair. The Ward’s plan to put up the booth. Information about candidates on the Republican ticket as well as information about the Right to Farm Amendment will be available at the booth.
Club member Dan Turner has donated a PA system to the club. He will be responsible for bringing the sound system to future club meetings.
Some club members said they have received notices to work at the Aug. 5 election. County committeewoman, Dorothy Sisson, said that she has requested a copy of who will be working from the county clerk’s office but has not yet received it.
The August meeting will be held on Aug. 7 at the Faith Baptist Church in Louisiana.