SJCRP Mailing List Recieves Update

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SJCRP Mailing List Recieves Update

Yes, I really am posting about this.

A mailing list is one of those boring, mundane tasks that is easy to ignore until it’s too late. Last year, we sent out a mailing and had close to 700 addresses returned. This several hundred dollar expense cannot be repeated. So I spent my day removing the yellow “undeliverable” sticker and then scanning each address that was undeliverable. It was a huge pain. But when people give us money, it is not to blow on postage fees. We can and we will do better.

For that reason our mailing list is recieving a complete overhaul by Cindy Carter, with help from Dave Vandeveer and Rich Swenson. Cindy is chair of our membership committee, and is doing great work. They are taking mailing lists from the county and the state, our previous master mailing list, primary voting records, and other assorted lists to compile a new and better master list. This very large task is being ably handled.

In a few weeks we will use that list to send out the announcement for our Lincoln Day event, a membership drive, and a short newsletter. This is basic outreach that can’t be accomplished any other way. We can email people, but our email database is much, much smaller (about 1/3 the size) than our physical address list. And while email reaches only one person, a mailing reaches a household.

This is one of those annoying administrative tasks without which we cannot accomplish anything strategic. We could have the most brilliant plan ever to make our county more conservative, but without outreach it accomplishes nothing. It takes many hours of dedicated service to update our records. It only takes five minutes to outline my goals and strategy to accomplish our conservative vision.

But it is the labor of many people, and many hours, that makes any strategy work. 

Cindy Carter on State Committee Meeting Jan 28th

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Report to the Republicans of San Juan County from the State Committee Meeting in Ellensburg on Jan. 28th, 2017 from your State Committee Woman, Cindy Carter.

I have great joy in announcing that there should be no water shortage this year, as the snow pack is massive and even Ellensburg has over one foot of snow on the level all over the plains. It was amazing to see all of the snow.

Following a very informative meeting on fundraising, we joined others from Whatcom County, Skagit County and Island County to elect representatives to the Executive State Board from Legislative District 5. We elected Sandi Peterson from Island County and Larry Helm from Whatcom County to represent us for the next two years as our Executive Board members. We also set up the 3rd Thur. in March at the Farmhouse Inn at 11:30 to keep our Legislative District more informed about possible candidates for our District.

We were treated to a luncheon that Susan Hutchinson, Chairman of the WSRP for the past two years, mc’d for. She allowed people who had attended the Inauguration to speak about their experiences. A few commented on how rude the protestors were, shoving a man’s 8 month pregnant wife and trying not to allow blacks or Hispanics or Native Americans to enter….they said you could see the hate in their eyes.

They also commented on how early they had to be at the proceedings, and the time it took to get through security. They sat in many different sections but one thing they all commented on was the roar that started from the back chanting USA! USA! USA!

They said it sounded like thunder rolling in from the back. This was during Sen. Schumer’s speech. They were also quite choked up during President Trump’s Inauguration Speech, saying that several times, they were moved to chills and tears. What a joy to have been there!!!

We proceeded to re-elect Susan Hutchinson to another two year term by unanimous voice vote. She accepted to a standing ovation.

The bylaws passed not unanimously, but again, with an easy majority voice vote. Some amendments were voted down as not having been vetted properly before the meeting.

A close vote took place for Vice Chairman, with Grant Peterson from Stevens County being the choice of the majority. He will be a great energy for the Executive Board.

We met a lot of Republicans from across the state, and it was great to see a mixture of many long time participants with a large infusion of new younger people. I look forward to attending the next meeting on your behalf.


Cindy Carter, SJCRP SCW

2017 State Officers Elected

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Over the weekend our State Committee Man, State Committee Woman, and Vice-chair attended state meetings in Ellensburg. We hear that the folks at state missed Michelle Loftus, who has long carried influence there, but we have no doubt that our new team will represent us well. Michelle stepped down this term because of scheduling issues.

In an email from the state the results of the party officers election was announced:

“The Washington State Republican Party (WSRP), meeting this afternoon in Ellensburg, re-elected Susan Hutchison as Chairman for another two-year term through January 2019.  ‘We will continue to build on our successes of the last four years with a great team at the state party,’ Chairman Hutchison said.

“The WSRP also adopted organizational by-laws, elected members to serve on its Executive Board for the next two years, and elected Grant Peterson as Vice Chairman.  Peterson, from Stevens County, was Director of Emergency Management in the Reagan administration and is retired U.S. Air Force.”

More information can be found at Susan has long served us well, and is both long-suffering and hard working.

We look forward to hearing more about it at our Central Committee Meeting this Saturday, Feb 4th, at Heritage Bank. More info here.

Upcoming Meeting Feb 4th!!

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SJCRP is formally issuing the call for its first

central committee meeting

February 4, 2017 at 11:45 am.

at Heritage Bank, Friday Harbor (next to Marketplace).

You will need to enter at the back, as the bank is closed. Doors open at 11:30 am. PCOs and members of the executive board have the right to vote, but all are invited to attend. If you are interested in being appointed a PCO, there are some empty slots. Please come introduce yourself to me.

There are also a number of events that we would love to see Republicans attend to provide our own perspective and contribute to our community. Click on the link for a fuller description:

Wed Jan 25th — SJC Public Hospital District No. 1 meets at 5 pm in F.H.

Wed Jan 25th — F.H. Historic Preservation Review Board, 5:30 pm

Thu Jan 26th — Annual Homeless Count

Mon January 30th — SJI National Monument Advisory Committee is holding a public meeting from 8 am to 3pm on Lopez

Donald J. Trump, our 45th President

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To read the inaugural speech, click here (

To watch a recording of the speech and the oath of office, click here (cspan; speech begins at about 3 mins)

President Trump shows class in victory, click here (USA Today)

To learn more about President Trump, click here (Wikipedia) or here (nat’l GOP)


SJCRP Chairman Nathan Butler writes:

Do you remember when Barack Obama was inaugurated as president of the United States? Celebrities competed to attend the inauguration, and shortly after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Simply for being Barack Obama. He hadn’t even done anything yet.

Fast forward to Donald Trump. The hysterical paranoia in the national press. The sulking celebrities. I am not a fan of these people, and far from being a snub it makes me appreciate our new president more. I’m fairly certain far-left academia is in a feverish fury too.

It remains to be seen what lesson we should learn from this last election. Did democrats flub it with their fixation on far-left candidates like Bernie Sanders? Did Donald Trump win it with his widely noted willingness to say exactly what he thinks? Does this herald a new era of conservative leadership?

I honestly don’t know. The election was very close. I guess as party leaders we’re supposed to say that the democrats are over. I believe such hubris just makes people distrust us as yes-men. After Barack Obama won there were countless editorials about how the Republican party was over. Let’s not make the same silly mistake.

We need to start preparing now. Democrats believe they simply didn’t run a candidate extreme enough to mobilize the base. And with such narrow tolerances between winning and losing we cannot afford laxity.

We understand that there is a certain level of ambivalence among some, including in our party. Instead of leaving, stay, and help shape the party. We invite everyone to give our new president a chance. May God bless America!


PCO and Orcas resident Rick Boucher later wrote (1/25): 

“What a relief.” There I said it. I was a NeverTrump voter.  I did not vote for the man. And, “No, I did not vote for Hillary.” Now, who is President?  Donald Trump. Well then let us work with that. Time to move forward. I have entered into a state of “Trust, but Verify”. I am very pleased with what I have seen thus far. Policies and Nominations appear to be very good. Some of the nuances of the Trump persona are to be expected. I expect the NeverTrump attributes will glare at me at times. Actions, though, speak loads. The actions have been very good, by and large. I am a bit eager to see if Congress, if our new President crosses the Constitutional line, to see if Congress stands up for themselves or just lets him bulldoze them like they let the previous President. And if they do, how will he react? I do not think President Trump should over extend his power to truncate President Obama’s over extensions. What is the right approach/solution for fixing those issues? It will be interesting the next two years. The first week is more than interesting.  Feels like a win. A lot of work to do going forward.