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OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE PINELLAS COUNTY REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
MONDAY
February 9, 2015
Pinellas County
Republican Executive
Committee Meeting
6 PM Member Orientation
and Education Forum
7 PM Meeting Begins
Banquet Masters
13355 49th Street
North Clearwater, FL 33763
PCREC OFFICE HOURS
9 AM to 2 PM
Monday—Friday
CONTENTS
Page 1—Chairman’s Message
Page 2—Meeting Speaker
Membership Info
Club Corner—PCYR
Page 3—Calendar
Page 4—RPOF Elections
PCREC Officers:
Nick DiCeglie &
Todd Jennings
Page 5—District Leader Election
PCREC Officers:
CaseyCox &
Pam McAloon
Page 6—Lee Pilon
On behalf of the Executive Board, I hope
each and every one of you had a wonderful
and safe holiday season. The Pinellas County
Republican Executive Committee is off to a
great start in 2015. In January, the 20152016 PCREC Strategic Plan was rolled out to
members, and it was very well received.
The coming months will include additional
information on the strategic plan and many
more opportunities to get involved in a
meaningful and effective manner. The ultimate goal is to
build a world class grassroots organization that will help Republican
candidates win elections on a consistent basis.
The planning process for 2016 continues, and there will be
many opportunities to be involved in the various areas of our
organization. Whether it’s voter registration, membership, phone
calling, precinct walking or serving as a community liaison,
there is place for you to get engaged in our party. We need
PCREC precinct committee men and women to be fully
engaged, and that will make the ultimate difference in winning
elections. Stay tuned for a volunteer training workshop that
will take place later this spring.
Because we hold the majority in the US House of Representatives,
as well as the US Senate, Republicans now have a wonderful
opportunity to pass meaningful legislation that will focus on
less taxes, smaller government and less regulations. This will
demonstrate to the American people that Republicans have a
positive agenda for the county which will give them the best
opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
My goal is that through this positive message and strategy we
will lead our future Republican Presidential nominee to victory
in 2016. The future of our country depends on it.
Nick DiCeglie
Chairman, Pinellas Republican Party
Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee Office | 4707 140th Avenue North | Suite 208 | Clearwater, FL 33762
Phone: (727) 539-6009 | Fax: (727) 536-5902 | info@PinellasRepublicans.com
Chairman DiCeglie
to spell out PCREC
challenges
PCREC Chairman Nick DiCeglie
will be the speaker for the
February 9 PCREC meeting.
He will outline the specific
areas the membership will
be concentrating on for 2015—
2016 to strengthen grassroots
efforts in order to win elections
going forward. He will cite
past actions and outline
fresh approaches to:
H Team Leadership
H Boots on the Ground
H Facebook/Twitter postings
H Phone calling
H Voter Registration
H Office Volunteers
H Build PCREC membership
Membership has its privileges
Membership has its privileges, to quote American Express, because it leads us down the road to the
White House in 2016! The American Dream is at stake, and now is the time to ensure it doesn’t
become obsolete and to rise to the occasion as Americans have always done since it became, and
continues to be, the greatest country on the face of the Earth. Florida is now the third most populated state, which means that Pinellas County is the heart of the matter as to who will govern us in
these unprecedented times.
The Republican platform is profound, and when people are enlightened regarding it, they cannot
help but be persuaded. We can have 1,626 committeemen and women in our county, and we currently have 222! To be victorious, the infrastructure has to be laid now, and we have to do our due
diligence as committeemen and women to endeavor to recruit new members to fill every vacancy
since we are Republicans and do things the RIGHT way! If you can get your precinct full then you
lighten your load and make it more difficult for Democrats to be in power, which should be quite
an incentive.
Last year we resumed the awarding of service pins for years of PCREC service, which is a wonderful tradition and is well received by our members. New members remember to order your name
badge when you check-in if you do not yet have one. Prior to every PCREC meeting at 6 P.M.,
there is a walk-in orientation for anyone interested in becoming a member. There will also be training sessions throughout the year regarding how to fill every opening. In addition to the PCREC,
please consider joining the Ivory Club or Chairman’s Circle because these are wonderful ways to
not only raise money for our local party but to simply enjoy being amongst fellow members in
wonderful venues, which these events are also great recruiting opportunities as guests are always
welcome!
If you would like further information regarding membership, please contact Headquarters or
marykmoser@tampabay.rr.com or 727-543-3233 for texts and calls. Never forget that just one
person can make a profound difference, so just imagine how much of a difference 1,626 can make!
Club Corner:
Pinellas County
Young Republicans
Berny Jacques, President
(239-404-5145)
president@pcyrs.com
Pinellas County Young
Republicans meets at
7 pm the second Tuesday
of the month at
The Grand Siam
2325 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater 33762
The Pinellas County Young Republicans were founded in 2011. Over the last few years, the PCYRs have
grown from a few dedicated members to a vibrant, dynamic group of over 60 members. The PCYRs are
always looking for new members—young and young at heart—to join them.
The PCYRs have played an integral role in campaigns across the county and state, having been named
“winners” by Saint Petersblog in the 2014 Primary and General elections. The PCYRs were also named
the “Get Out The Vote” Club of the Year by the Florida Federation of Young Republicans. Currently,
three of the club’s members serve as State House Members.
The PCYRs strive to play an active role in the community and put on dynamic programming for its
members. Thanks to the hard work of club members and generosity of club supporters, the PCYRs have
put on successful fundraisers for PARC, UPARC, HEP and Nourish to Flourish.
Additionally, some of the club’s most popular social events have been a Tampa Bay Rays game,
happy hours across the county, Guns and Grillin’ at Wyoming Antelope Club and annual Halloween
Bar Crawls, Christmas Party & Toy Drives and Statesman Dinners.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS—FEBRUARY 2015
Sun
1
Mon
2
Tue
3
Wed
4
Thu
5
Fri
6
7
BWRC
HRC
8
9
10
16
11
PCYR
PCREC
15
17
12
SPRC
18
23
13
14
CPRC
19
TAR
20
21
27
28
NPRC
RCGL
22
Sat
24
25
RRRC
26
TSRC
BELLEAIR WOMEN’S REPUBLICAN CLUB
(1st Friday of the Month)
FRIDAY February 6__ 11:30 AM
Field Trip to Armed Forces Military History Museum
Location: 2050 34th Way, North Largo 33771
Contact: President Claudia Thomas (813) 361-4345
BWRC@PinellasRepublicans.com
www.BelleairWomensRepublicanClub.com
CENTRAL PINELLAS REPUBLICAN CLUB
(2nd Thursday of the Month) THURSDAY February 12
Guest Speaker: PCREC Chairman Nick DiCeglie
Location: 9100 113th Street North, Room 210, Seminole, FL
Contact: President Barbara Stephens (727) 397-3449
CPRC@PinellasRepublicans.com
11:30AM
HISPANIC REPUBLICAN CLUB OF PINELLAS
(1st Monday of the Month)
MONDAY February 2
Guest Speaker: Dr. Robert Lawrence
Location: Crabby Bill’s, 401 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
Contact: President Chely Hernandez-Miller (727) 434-4008
www.HispanicRepublicanClub.com
HRCPC08@aol.com
7 PM
NORTH PINELLAS REPUBLICAN CLUB
(3rd Thursday of the Month)
THURSDAY
Guest Speaker: Pinellas Tax Collector Diane Nelson
Location: Leo’s Italian Grill, 33286 US 19 North, Palm Harbor 34684
President: Jim Downes
Contact: Sue Berfield (727) 443-7316
northpinellasrepublicanclub@gmail.com
6 PM
February 19
PINELLAS COUNTY REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (2nd Monday of the Month)
MONDAY February 9
Guest Speaker: Chairman Nick DiCeglie on Membership
Location: Banquet Masters, 13355 49th Street, North Clearwater, FL 33762
Contact: Office (727) 539-6009
info@PinellasRepublicans.com
www.PinellasRepublicans.com
PINELLAS COUNTY TEENAGE REPUBLICANS
(2nd Saturday of the Month)
Volunteering at the Historic Rose Cemetery (Lunch provided)
Location: 312 E. Harrison Street, Tarpon Springs 34689
Contact: President ReLynn Capra (727) 459-5104
PINELLAS COUNTY YOUNG REPUBLICANS
(2nd Tuesday of the Month)
Guest Speaker: Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni
Location: The Grand Siam, 2325 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater 33762
Contact: President Berny Jacques (239) 404-5145
berny.ja@gmail.com
SATURDAY
February 14
TUESDAY
7 PM
9:30 AM
February 10
7 PM
REPUBLICAN CLUB OF GREATER LARGO
(3rd Monday of the Month)
MONDAY February 16 6 PM
Guest Speaker: Deborah Pauley on Social Media
Location: Alfano’s Restaurant, 1702 Clearwater Largo Road, Clearwater, FL 33756
Contact: President Casey Cox (727)480-9155
RCGL@PinellasRepublicans.com
http://largorepublicans.com
RONALD REAGAN REPUBLICAN CLUB
(4th Tuesday of the Month)
Guest Speaker: TBA
Location: Kally-K’s Restaurant, 1600 Main Street, Dunedin, Fl 34698
Contact: President Erwin Beck 727-418-6676
erwinbeck@aol.com
FRIDAY
February 24
7 PM
ST. PETERSBURG REPUBLICAN CLUB
(2nd Wednesday of the Month) WEDNESDAY February 11
Guest Speaker: PCREC Chairman Nick DiCeglie
Location: St. Petersburg Community Church 4501 30th Avenue North, St. Petersburg 33710
Contact: President Gail Hebert (727) 526-2492
SPRC@PinellasRepublicans.com
7 PM
TARPON SPRINGS REPUBLICAN CLUB
(4th Thursday of the Month)
Guest Speaker: TBA
Location: Call or email Tory Perfetti for information
Contact: Tory Perfetti (727) 480-1699 toryperfetti@yahoo.com
7 PM
THURSDAY
February 26
The Republican Party of Florida congratulates new Chairman Blaise Ingoglia,
Vice Chairman Joe Gruters, Secretary Kristy Banks, Treasurer Jeff Howell,
Assistant Secretary Clint Pate and Assistant Treasurer Ade Aderibigbe. Ingoglia
won decisively on a second ballot, defeating Leslie Dougher 132-90. These
newly elected RPOF board members have the leadership and vision to make
2016 victories a reality.
Sharon Day remains as RPOF National Committeewoman and RNC CoChairman, and National Committeeman Peter Feaman also won his re-election.
Blaise Ingoglia
Joe Grueters
Chairman Ingoglia, 44, is a homebuilder, Hartland Homes, from Spring Hill.
Blaise has served as party vice chairman since 2011. In a speech before the
vote, he noted President Barack Obama carried Florida the last two presidential
elections and it’s important that Republicans are successful here next year if
they want to win the White House.
Vice Chairman Gruters promises to utilize his “skills and knowledge at the state
level.” He vows to ensure “Florida is a red state in the 2016 presidential elections.” His strategy takes in four issues: supporting Chairman Ingoglio, winning
elections, protecting and promoting the Republican Party’s principles and empowering local Florida leaders.
Meet the new PCREC officers
Nick DiCeglie—Chairman
Todd Jennings—Vice Chairman
The Chairman says, “We really need to work
on getting out the vote and talking to people
on the ground for the 2016 and 2018 elections.”
He said the county went from red to purple,
and he is afraid it may now be shifting to blue.
That’s something Nick doesn’t want to see
happen.
Todd hopes to unify the PCREC by fostering an
atmosphere of professionalism and respect. He
aims to broaden the Party's bench of future
leaders by taking a stronger role in municipal
elections.
Nick has owned Solar Sanitation Inc. since
1996 and is proud to have grown up in the
waste management industry, learning all aspects of
the family business from both his mother and
father.
Nick is actively involved in the Pinellas County
community. His current leadership roles also
include serving as Chairman of the Board for
the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce,
and he is a Governor’s Appointee on the
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council as well
as a board member for Leadership Pinellas.
Nick grew up in North Woodmere NY, and has
resided in Florida since 1996. He is married to
Erica DiCeglie, an accomplished artist and
composer. They have two children, Livia 10
and Carlo 6.
Shortly after moving to Pinellas, Todd founded
the Pinellas County Young Republicans which
he chaired in 2011 and 2012 when it was
named best small YR club in the state of Florida.
Presently, Todd serves as an appointee of
Governor Scott on the Sixth Circuit Judicial
Nominating Commission and sits on the
boards of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club and the
Port of Tampa Maritime Industries Association.
Todd is originally from Louisville, Kentucky,
and received his degree in nuclear engineering
from the University of Tennessee. Thereafter,
he volunteered for submarine duty and served
as a commissioned officer aboard the USS
Maryland. After serving, he attended law school
at the University of Florida, and he presently
practices law in the Tampa Bay area. Todd
lives with his wife, Rachel, and their two
young children, Grayson and Evelyn, in
Belleair.
Election of District Leaders will take
place at February PCREC meeting
The position of District Leader is vital to the organizational flow of the local Republican party. The District Leader is the person who works directly with the
Chairman to insure that the plans of the PCREC are disseminated to the members of their district. The District Leader also organizes activities on the district
level as directed by the Chairman. In Pinellas County, the seven PCREC Districts are divided along
State House District lines.
At the February 9th PCREC meeting, members will be electing seven District Leaders. Members will
receive "fill in the blank" ballots upon check-in. During the new business portion of the meeting,
the membership will divide into districts where any member of that district may announce his or her
candidacy. After the district members have decided the leader, all members will reassemble for the
announcement of winners.
District Leader Job Description:
 Recruit Precinct Committeemen/women to fill vacancies in district
 Become certified as a Third Party Agent (Voter Registration)
 Attend PCREC events, i.e. monthly PCREC meetings, scheduled leadership meetings, training and
workshops
 Set goals for volunteer activity for district
 Contact members of district on monthly basis
 Introduce self to local homeowners and neighborhood associations
 Introduce self to local leaders (elected officials in your district, church leaders etc.)
 Attend local government meetings in your district when possible
 Offer to speak at neighborhood meetings
 Use social media judiciously
 File monthly Activity Report to chairman
Meet the new PCREC officers
Casey Cox—Treasurer
Pam McAloon—Secretary
Casey’s focus has been on electing Republicans
in the offices of PCREC Secretary and President
of the Greater Largo Republican Club. Newly
elected PCREC Treasurer, he plans to incorporate
bookkeeping technology to assist the executive
board in monitoring revenues and expenditures.
The technology will improve transparency,
accuracy and efficiency of the finances and
monthly reports. Casey says, “In order to be
successful in supporting candidates, a strong
fundraising strategy is necessary.”
Pam served as President and Secretary of
the North Pinellas Republican Club and is
the newly elected Secretary of the Pinellas
County Republican Executive Committee.
Pam says, “United, we can and will vote a
Republican into the White House in 2016!
As Abe Lincoln once said, ‘A house divided
against itself cannot stand’. Let us not forget
the importance of uniting ourselves upon
the principles of our platform as we march
onto victory!” Pam has been a Republican
for all of her voting life and is proud of
what the Republican Party represents.
Casey was born in California where he started
playing baseball as a youngster and went on to
pitch for the Cincinnati Reds, beginning his
professional baseball career in 1962. Casey
pitched four years in the Minor Leagues and
seven years in the Major Leagues (1966-1973)
for the Washington Senators, Texas Rangers
and New York Yankees. When he retired, he
began working in insurance and health care
coverage. Casey and his wife, Jan, were married
in 1992. They now live in the Feather Sound
community in St. Petersburg.
Pam grew up in the military. (Her father
was a pilot and officer in the Air Force.)
She lived in many different states and
lived in Japan for two years. Pam chose
nursing as a profession; met her husband,
Edward, a physician; and together they
have raised three children and now boast
of seven grandchildren.
ON THE MOVE!
Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee
4707 140th Avenue North, Suite 208
Clearwater, FL 33762
Security—Fidelity—
Service
Daniel Lee Pilon
PCREC members all know Lee
Pilon as the friendly face who
welcomes them at every event.
Lee has been PCREC’s acting
Sergeant at Arms for the past
three years. He believes in
fiscal responsibility, limited
government, and that winning
elections begins at home.
Lee runs a successful manufacturing company, building
custom cabinets and doors. He established the CAC
(Conservative Action Committee) which became the
North County Romney Campaign office with over 500
volunteers. The office remained open for three years to
conservative organizations and to groups providing
education through training sessions and presentations
on local political issues. The office also supported local
candidates through funding raising, hosting presentations
and holding candidate forums.
Lee served our country as a Marine in the Vietnam War
1963—1967 as a Marine Airborne Paratrooper. He has
lived in the Tampa Bay area most of his life. He became
a Certified Residential Contractor and ran a successful
business building custom Homes for over 35 years.
PCREC BOARD
Nick DiCeglie, Chairman
Chairman@PinellasRepublicans.com
Todd Jennings, Vice Chairman
ViceChairman@PinellasRepublicans.com
Pam McAloon, Secretary
Secretary@PinellasRepublicans.com
Casey Cox, Treasurer
Treasurer@PinellasRepublicans.com
Charlotte Smith, Executive Director
administrator@PinellasRepublicans.com
Brian Aungst—Legal Counsel
Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
info@PinellasRepublicans.com
STATE PARTY OFFICIALS
Blaise Ingoglia
Dan Tucker
Nancy Riley
Jay J. Beyrouti
Chairman-Republican Party of FL
State Committeeman
State Committeewoman
State Committeeman at Large
Attention PCREC Members:
RPOF County Model Constitution: Section 4—Removal for
Non-Attendance at County Executive Committee Meetings
(a) A county executive committee member who is absent for
three (3) consecutive regular meetings without a valid excuse
shall be removed from the County Executive committee as of
the date of the third consecutive missed meeting.