Barnett and Hnatiuk at January Lunch.

At our last lunch at Bear Lakes for the forseeable future, County Chairman Michael Barnett and Political Director Ryan Hnatiuk brought the club members up to speed on plans for the upcoming election year. With a strong focus on the importance of grassroots, Michael stressed the need to be ready with precinct walkers, phone bank callers and poll watchers long before election day, and spoke of upcoming classes and activities. Part of our success... [Read More...]

Dimensional Harmony Highlights Holiday Lunch

Our Christmas lunch was enhanced by the sweet tones of Dimensional Harmony from Boynton Beach High School and their leader Sterling Frederick. The a cappella chorus did a range of traditional Christmas songs, including "Silent Night", "Silver Bells", "I'll be Home for Christmas", and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", as well as this year's signature song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". The group is soon heading to London to perform by invitation... [Read More...]

Colonel Arthur DeRuve’s History of the American Veteran

In the club's annual tribute to our troops and veterans, Colonel Arthur DeRuve took us through a history of the conflicts that have shaped America and how much the skill and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors and airmen have secured our place in the world. From the Revolutionary war onward, our first century was filled with attacks from those who opposed our grand experiment. From Jefferson's defeat of the Barbary Pirates, which gave us "from... [Read More...]

Senator George LeMieux on the Challenges We Face

Opening with "the 2016 election is the most important of our lifetime!", Senator George LeMieux joked that we always say that, but unfortunately, for the last 10 years it has really been true. Giving us a broad overview of challenges facing us abroad as well as at home, he made the case that the country can be saved from the ravages of the Obama years but only if conservative ideas prevail. If we lose the White House and/or the Senate in 2016,... [Read More...]

PBAU President William Fleming Presents 2015 Anne Roberts Scholarships

This year, the Republican Club of the Palm Beaches was happy to award the Anne Roberts Scholarships to five deserving scholars – two new awards and continuing support for three previous winners. The awards were presented by William Fleming, President of Palm Beach Atlantic University. In his remarks, he highlighted the strengths and accomplishments of PBAU, most particularly its focus on the American Free Enterprise system. Unlike many peer institutions... [Read More...]

Joe Negron and Pat Rooney Explain the Senate/House Discord on Health Care

Previously scheduled for the May meeting to occur after the end of the 2015 session, our Legislative Update was particularly timely since the Legislature failed to finish their work this year and are headed back for a special session next week. District 32 Senator Joe Negron and District 85 Representative Pat Rooney gave us their view of a few of the issues that were particularly important to them. For Senator Negron, these included Lake Okeechobee... [Read More...]

A Spirited Discussion About Common Core

As expected, the topic of Common Core led to a spirited discussion by our two speakers, Kate Wallace, Director of Community Engagement for Foundation for Florida’s Future, and Rebecca Negron, a Martin County School Board Member. Kate described how Florida has made significant gains in educational achievement between 1999 to 2014 with a 24% increase in graduation rates. Further, 30 % of Florida graduates earned a passing score on an AP exam compared... [Read More...]

Larry Horist and the Ideological Divide

"There are two types of liberals - the evil and the misinformed." Thus began a rambling discourse on the ideological divide by conservative pundit Larry Horist at the March RCPB lunch. From basic definitions - "Liberals look to government, conservatives to themselves", to the mainstream media narrative - "Liberals are cool, conservatives are old fuddy-duddies", he examined the common stereotypes. Horist refuted the false charges that conservatives... [Read More...]

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