Call it partisanship with a heart.
A new group forming in the area hopes to combine conservative values with community service, according to Angie Thomas, organizer of the new Surry County Republican Women’s Club.
Thomas said the first organizational meeting is set for Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Cousin Gary’s in Pilot Mountain.
“During that meeting the formal bylaws will be approved and officers will be elected,” she said.
And the interest is there, judging by the 20 or so members who have pledged to join the club from around the region.
“We want this to be as big and active as possible, and hope everyone who has pledged to join bring a friend with them,” Thomas said.
The women’s club is designed to be a branch, or offshoot, of the existing Republican party in the county, and compliment the group while spreading a message of service and conservative values.
Thomas said that in years past the county had an active women’s group, but that fizzled out after a time.
“Most parties have clubs within the group like the Young Republicans, the men’s club and the women’s club, but Surry County hasn’t had one in years,” she said. “We did at one point, but it takes a lot of work by a lot of volunteers, and we’re just now getting enough new people coming in and generating interest to get it going again.”
And while the club’s main focus is to support the Republican party and platform, Thomas said a secondary goal is to serve the community.
“In addition to supporting outstanding Republican candidates, we will work to be a civic organization as well,” Thomas said. “There are obviously many worthy organizations to support right here in our own county.
“We want to conduct a lot of civic activities to show that Republicans have a heart and do care about the community,” she said. “Because right now, we may have a bit of a bad reputation on the national level.”
Those activities include programs to raise money for the families of slain service members, and providing scholarships to worthy students.
“We also want to pick a local organization every month and have our members donate to that organization,” the long-time Republican said. “We want to donate to a charity every single month, but our goal is still to support good, conservative candidates and work to get them elected.”
And for those who may support the goals of the group but not identify as a standard Republican, Thomas said all are welcome.
“Our group is going to be made up of people who may not go to the party meetings all the time,” she said. “We want to be more inclusive and work to unify all the conservative groups whether they’re members of the Tea Party, are a Libertarian or traditional Republican, we want to make them all feel welcome.”
For more information, call Thomas at 336-918-4391 or contact her via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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