A Message From the Chairman – Concealed Carry Permit Class

Friends,

For the second consecutive newsletter, we congratulate a newly-elected Republican to the Tennessee General Assembly.  This time, our own Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) garnered a crushing 75% of the vote in the district 31 special election for State Senate, further increasing Republican momentum heading into the 2010 elections.  Elected at age 31, Brian is the youngest member of the Tennessee Senate.  Brian has been a member of the Young Republicans since 1998.

Dozens of YRs from across the state supported Kelsey’s Senate bid either financially, through voter contact, or both.

Senator Kelsey’s election was followed by the announcement of another YR, Representative Vance Dennis (R-Savannah), that he has been selected as the new chairman of the civil practice subcommittee in the State House.  Vance and his wife, Ashley, are members of the McNairy/Hardin County Young Republicans.  We congratulate Vance and thank him for his hard work in the General Assembly.

Both Vance and Brian were delegates at our convention last September.

Rechartering (3/20/10)
Our annual Rechartering meeting will be held March 20th in the Senate chamber of the State Capitol at 11:00 a.m.  Immediately following Rechartering, we will hold a Constitutional Convention session. (See below)

Reminder:  Each club must submit an updated roster with names, addresses and birthdays along with $3 per member to the TYRF.  We also ask that you provide an updated email list so we can make sure that every YR in the state receives our newsletter.   Send updates to Don Johnson, Secretary – Secretary@TennesseeTomorrow.com

Constitutional Convention
The convention will address (2) issues:

1. vague parts of the constitution regarding duties of officers, and

2. limits on day-to-day executive power of the chairman.

Concealed Handgun Carry Permit Class
The TYRF will conduct a Concealed Handgun Carry Permit Class during the month of March.  In order to conduct a class for our members (and their interested friends and family) exclusively, we need a commitment from at least 12 people.  The two-part class will be held on a Friday evening from 6-10 and a Saturday morning from 8-12. The classroom portion will be held Friday evening at Spring Hill City Hall.  The shooting portion will be held Saturday morning in Columbia, about 10 minutes from the Spring Hill location. The cost of the class is $75/person. If you would like to participate or have any questions, please contact Kate at vicechairman@tennesseetomorrow.com

PAC
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Tennessee Young Republicans PAC. We have now collected over $5,000, and we are halfway to our goal of giving $10,000 to Republican candidates across Tennessee during the 2010 election cycle!!  If you haven’t yet contributed, please consider making a donation.

You can do so online at http://www.tennesseetomorrow.com/donate/

Appointments
I’m pleased to announce that Ashleigh Harb (Davidson) will serve as general counsel for the 2009-2011 term.

I’m also pleased to announce that the following individuals will serve on our PAC board:

Jeremy Durham (Davidson)
Kate Yeager (Williamson)
Jason Beard (Shelby)
Tony Youssefi (Davidson)
Ben Farmer (Knox)

Thank You
Thank you to everyone who attended the TYRF Christmas Party.  With over 50 attendees, we raised $1,000 for the PAC and collected over 40 toys for needy children.  I want to specifically thank Kate Yeager (Williamson) for all her hard work putting the event together.

I look forward to seeing everyone at Rechartering.

In Republican Service,

Jeremy Durham
Chairman
Tennessee Young Republican Federation, Inc.