January Newsletter

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Accomplishments of 2013



  • 2013 Annual Conference Florida's Community Challenges in the 21st Century
    • Keynote Speaker: Pat Bainter of DATA Targeting on Redistricting
    • Keynote Speaker: The Late Dr. Alan Petigny, UF History Professor, on American Exceptionalism
    • Darren Cook, Infinite Energy, on Biomass Power
    • Thank you to our sponsors: Infinite Energy, Blue Dove Designs, DATA Targeting, Lewis Oil Co. Inc., Pomodoro Cafe, Scherer Construction, Eye Associates of Gainesvlle, Plum Creek


  • Paula DeSutter Visit
    • Paula DeSutter, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance and Implementation, came and spoke to a large crowd on October 15 about the importance of verification and enforcement in nuclear weapon negotiations. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Alachua County Republican Executive Committee, the Democracy Commitment at Santa Fe College, Lewis Oil Company, GreenScape Property Management, Hayes Jewelry, and the Bob Graham Center For Public Service at the University of Florida. DeSutter also spoke to Oak Hall High School students about opportunities in the State Department and student internships. DeSutter also appeared that morning on the Ward Scott Files and the Bob Rose Show to discuss her lecture.


  • Immigration Forum
    • Promoted and attended "Path to Legalization" on Novermber 20, a forum on immigration at Santa Fe College hosted by the Democracy Commitment.



  • Alachua County Coalition Against Human Trafficking
    • Attended and promoted conferences, as well as supporting them in eliminating modern-day human slavery.


  • Welcomed new fellow Adrienne Thieke




 Looking Ahead to 2014

  • 2014 Annual Conference: Florida's Community Challenges in the 21st Century
    • Discussion topics will include energy, transportation, and growth and regulation.


  • Solar Car Races
    • As part of STEM effort, working with community partner Hands On Gainesville, Santa Fe College, Florida Solar Energy Center and Alachua County School Board to host a solar car race and solar oven cook-off event for high school students.


  • New Articles to Come
    • Public policy papers on energy, heath care, growth and regulation, constitutional issues, transportation, and topics of local political interest


  • Annual Shoot Out Fundraiser - October 25, see information here



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