The Madison Patriot, 9th Edition

The Madison Patriot

A Newsletter for the Madison County Republican Central Committee

9th Issue – Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021

From the Desk of Chairman Ray Wesley

I want to thank everyone who attended and supported the 2021 Patriot Golf Scramble. The event was a huge financial success, raising nearly $25,000 in cash and in-kind donations. We couldn’t have achieved this level of success without the work of Mark Achenbach, chair of the golf scramble committee, the committee members and volunteers, those who participated in the scramble, and our sponsors. It takes a coordinated effort and a dedicated team to achieve this level of success.
The golf scramble, along with the Lincoln Day Dinner, are the Madison County Republican party’s most important fundraisers each year. The money raised allows us to help those candidates who need it most leading to the general election. I hope you will join us for this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner, which will take place at the St. Gregory Armenian Community Center, 3501 Century Drive, in Granite City from 5:30-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8. There is more information about the event included in this issue of the Madison Patriot.
In other important news, please note a date change: The next meeting of the Madison County Republican Precinct Committee will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 at the Edwardsville Gun Club, 4104 Staunton Road, in Edwardsville. We will talk about the dinner, as well as a free holiday social the Party is hosting, which will take place from 5-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 at The Outlet at Edison’s, 2477 S. State Route 157, Suite A in Edwardsville.
As always, your ideas and feedback are important to me. Please email me at [email protected] or text or call me at 618-920-1700.
Ray Wesley
Ray Wesley, Chairman
Madison County Republican Central Committee

2021 Lincoln Day Dinner tickets, tables and sponsorships now available for purchase online

Online purchase of tickets, tables and sponsorships is now open for the 2021 Lincoln Day Dinner. Tickets are $50 per person, $100 per couple and $400 per table of 8.
“After two years of being unable to hold this event, we are excited to bring it back,” said Madison County Republican Central Committee Chairman Ray Wesley. “The committee has been working very hard to finalize details so we can come together and celebrate our shared conservative values.”
Sponsorships are available for those interested in offering a higher level of support. Details are available by visiting the Madison County Republican Party website and looking under the section about the Lincoln Day Dinner, or emailing [email protected]. Click here to make a purchase.
The event will take place Monday, Nov. 8 at St. Gregory’s Armenian Community Center, 3501 Century Dr., in Granite City. The buffet-style dinner will be catered by Jerry’s Cafeteria and Catering.
The evening will begin with a cocktail reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and dinner and a program to follow from 6:30-9 p.m. Highlights of the evening will include a short motivational video capturing inspirational stories from the 2020 general election, followed by remarks from Illinois Republican governor candidates.
Wesley noted, “We hope to see everyone at this fun event. We hope you will invite your family members, friends and neighbors – those who share our conservative values.”
A 50/50 raffle, silent auction and other activities will take place throughout the evening.
This event follows the highly successful 2021 Patriot Scramble Golf Tournament.
Any questions can be directed to Wesley at 618-920-1700 or by email to one of the event organizers at [email protected].

Treasurer Slusser picked for IMET Board

Recently named the newest Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund Board trustee, Madison County Treasurer Chris Slusser said, “It’s an honor to serve on the IMET Board and highlight the success of the Madison County investment portfolio, which consistently ranks as one of the top performers in the state.”
This prestigious appointment speaks to the board’s confidence in Slusser, as recognized by IMET Board Chairman Christy Powell who noted, “Chris’ wide-ranging professional experiences, knowledge as an investment professional, and his downstate county official perspective will be invaluable.”
IMET Executive Director Sophia Anastopoulos, who is a chartered financial analyst, added, “Chris Slusser has always been active in numerous charitable, civic, religious, political, and professional organizations in the state, so I was just thrilled when he was interested in the opportunity to serve on the IMET Board of Trustees.”
A full story was reported in a recent issue of the Riverbender.

Public servant spotlight: Bill Meyer proud to continue county board service

County Board Member Bill Meyer (District 3) remembers his first term in 2000, when he was one of four Republicans serving during a Super Majority held by the Democrats.
Former District 3 representative Jack Frandsen, a Democrat, became auditor and encouraged Meyer to run. “He actually encouraged and helped me at the time,” Meyer recalled, adding after that election the number of Republican seats gradually began to grow.
Meyer, who had previously served as Mayor of the Village of Hamel, said he ran for the county board seat the first time, because “I just wanted to give back to the people and serve.”
Meyer served for 16 years before being defeated in a 3-way primary in 2016. After that it would have been easy for him to exit politics. But as a Vietnam veteran, having served in the U.S. Army 195th Assault Helicopter Company, it is not in his nature to turn a blind eye to situations if he thinks he can improve them. Dissatisfied with many things that happened while he was away, Meyer tossed his hat in the ring in 2020.
“I just could not – it was just beyond my tolerance,” Meyer said. “I ran again because I wanted to do my part to help restore Party unity and work toward lowering taxes.”
Meyer won the 2020 primary and went on to capture nearly 80 percent of the vote in the general election. He serves on the building and zoning, executive, and grants committees, and is chair of the transportation committee.
Upon his return to the board, he had to adjust to a remote meeting platform. He noted he has enjoyed the reintroduction of in-person meetings, adding, “You get to know what people are really thinking and you can have one-on-one conversations.”

State Rep. Elik’s trap shoot and BBQ event a success

Nearly 60 people attended State Rep. Amy Elik’s first Shoot and BBQ event held Thursday, Sept. 30. at Piasa Armory in Alton.
“Thank you so much to everyone who attended my first-annual shooting event,” Elik said. “We had a great time celebrating our Second Amendment rights and Republican values.”
Attendees brought their own guns to shoot or were allowed to try out some special guns courtesy of Piasa Armory.
“I’m looking forward to next year already,” Elik noted.


Upcoming Events

Oktoberfest for Kurt Prenzler, CPA, County Board Chairman Fundraiser –
5-8 p.m. Thursday, October 7th at Edison’s, 2477 S. State Route 157, Edwardsville – Tickets are $10 per person with brats and German food provided, free Schlafly beer and soft drinks and German music included. Cash bar. Sponsorships are available for $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,500.
Tom Haine for State’s Attorney First Annual Trap Shooting Tournament – Saturday, October 16th at the Edwardsville Gun Club, 4104 Staunton Road, Edwardsville – Breakfast at 8 a.m. with activities starting at 9 a.m. Tickets are $10 for breakfast only; $200 for a 5-person trap team and breakfast. Sponsorship levels are available. First- and second-place prizes will be awarded. Attendees are expected to provide their own ammunition. Ammunition will be available for purchase on site the day of the event in the Clubhouse. For details or to RSVP, email [email protected].
MCRCC Meeting – 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18 at the Edwardsville Gun Club, 4104 Staunton Road, Edwardsville.
Lincoln Day Dinner – 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, November 8th (with a cocktail reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m.) at St. Gregory Armenian Community Center, 3501 Century Dr., Granite City. Tickets will be $50 per person/$100 per couple/$400 for a table of 8. Click here to purchase your ticket(s), table(s) and/or sponsorship.
MCRCC Holiday Social – 5-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 at The Outlet at Edison’s, 2477 S. State Route 157, Suite A., Edwardsville. Please save the date for this free holiday social reception. More details will be coming soon.
NOTE DATE CHANGE: Trivia Night Fundraiser for Jeff Connor for Sheriff – Saturday, January 15th at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Highland, 12454 IL-143 – More details coming soon!

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If you have information about upcoming events, or would like to share stories, photos and/or videos, we want to hear from you. Please send items to [email protected].

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