Aug. 25, 2009
Contact: Renita Fennick 208-4671 or 239-8851
WILKES-BARRE -- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will cut the ceremonial ribbon on Sept. 9 when the Luzerne County Republican Party holds a grand opening of its new permanent headquarters.
Steele, who was elected chairman of the national GOP in January, will meet with members of the newly formed ClubGOP during a private reception at approximately 2 p.m. After Steele’s visit, the celebration will be open to the public and the press.
The county party is moving into a permanent headquarters at 41 S. Main St., which will house the offices of Executive Director Renita Fennick, and Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Director Jon Hopcraft of the state GOP. It will provide a meeting and campaign area for local, county, state and federal candidates and will feature a 24-line phone bank to assist with campaign efforts.
ClubGOP is a grassroots organization established by the Luzerne County Republican Committee. Members who pay annual dues of $50 or more receive membership cards, a subscription to the GOP Newsletter, a discount to some events and invitations to club-only functions.
County Chairman Terry Casey said the club’s goal is to make the local Republican Party a true grassroots organization.
"This allows the people to own the party," Casey said. "This will truly make the Luzerne County Republican Party a party of the people."
In the past, Casey said, the misconception was that people had to be big donors to make a difference, pointing out that the annual membership fee is less than $5 a month.
"People thought that their $10 or $25 or $50 wasn’t important and nothing is further from the truth," Casey said. "This way, the average Republican can play a major role in supporting the party."
Casey said the Republican leadership recognizes that money isn’t everything and that not all registered Republicans would be willing or able to donate $50 to the cause which is why there are provisions for people to receive paid memberships by volunteering.
"A volunteer’s time is just as important," Casey said. "Volunteers who come in and work at headquarters, campaign with our candidates and man the phone banks will be recognized as members of ClubGOP with all of the benefits."
Membership dues will be used to pay the costs of keeping the headquarters open full time including salaries, rent, utilities, postage and other operating expenses.
Anyone interested in obtaining more information may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call headquarters at 570-208-4671.
25 PUBLIC SQUARE
WILKES-BARRE PA 18701
LUZERNE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY
Phone (570) 208-GOP1
Web site WWW.LUZERNECOUNTYGOP.COM