Yesterday I attended the Republican Women’s Federated meeting at the Oakmont Country Club in Glendale where I met Lois Billings, president of the Glendale Burbank Republican Assembly. They are asking the Republican Club of the Foothills to join forces or perhaps merge with them as they are going to be having meetings at the La Crescenta Women’s Club, the first, or perhaps the next, is April 24th, as you can see by the flyer reproduced below. I will be discussing the possibilities with Mrs. Billings after Easter.
The prospect is interesting not least because the good old RCOTF has fallen on hard times. I am reluctant do do because despite the RCOTF’s diminished state I feel a moral obligation to the Club not to make such major decisions without input from y’all the members, or perhaps more accurately, former members, or maybe members in repose. You know what I mean.
The basic possibilities as I see it are these:
1st The RCOTF maintains an independent existence refusing a union of forces while hoping, like the South, to one day rise again. Whereas when our previous president resigned along with the one other board member still attending board meetings, and stubbornly and perhaps intemperately refused to resign, I had hopes to be able to lay the foundation for such a rising. It has not happened, and given the very disappointing situation in which the Club finds itself, I confess, and you know it well, those hopes have been dashed. Should the RCOTF sail on like a Flying Dutchman? I do not recommend this course of action.
2nd The RCOTF merges with the GBRA and ceases to exist as a separate entity. All our meager resources are handed over and the RCOTF becomes a historical footnote. I confess that this galls me, not because as things stand I am a big fish in an ever diminishing
pond puddle and I would lose my dictatorial powers, but because it would be a betrayal all the loyal, hard working Republicans that founded the Club and sustained it over the years. I know I am weird, I feel very strongly that we, the living, owe a debt to history, to the memory of those who made us what we are, a duty to not allow all of that to slip from our hands. Should the RCOTF be broken up and subsumed into the GBRA? This is a better alternative, however I do not recommend this course of action.
3rd The RCOTF maintains an independent existence as a support element working closely with the GBRA supporting their goals and initiatives and under their umbrella. The Club would be committed to a more or less permanent alliance with the GBRA and would not be working on goals and initiatives at cross purposes with them (wouldn’t that be a pleasant change for Republicans?). Mrs. Billings tells me that she wants me on the GBRA board, and is, if I understand her from a brief conversation in a chaotic situation, very much interested in this web page. We would become a sort of allied artillery regiment attached to the GBRA army. In the event of some kind of catastrophe befalling the GBRA we would be able to split off again if necessary. Should the RCOTF maintain a legally separate identity while closely allying itself the GBRA? This is the option with which I am most comfortable and which I recommend.
Given that the ultimate purpose of the RCOTF is to win elections, what do you guys think? I have suggested three possible avenues of approach, I am sure there are others, and many details to wrangle over – we are Republicans, after all – I want to hear all about it. Think about it, pray about it. I would like to see us achieve some kind of consensus, so what are your thoughts? I am pledged to meet with Mrs. Billings after Easter and I really want to bring your feedback into that discussion.
Meanwhile, I intend to attend the April 24th event. Hope to see you there.
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