Saturday, December 11, 2010

Douglas Republicans Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas

By Angela Refsland

"Twas the night before Friday, and all through the Governor's house, not a Republican was frowning, not even a spouse."

Chaplain Wes Rice and his grandson (pictured) shared "The Night before Christmas" at the Annual DCRCC Christmas Dinner at the Governor's Mansion in Carson City. Over one-hundred Republicans from Douglas County and the surrounding area had an excellent time sharing a meal, being entertained, and celebrating the holidays.

Several newly elected officials were in attendance, giving guests a chance to both congratulate and challenge them with questions about their new positions.

As I sat laughing and conversing with my fellow Republicans, I realized just how valuable these sorts of events are to the Republican Party. They connect us, they make us feel like family, they unite us in our cause. Without that connection, no matter how hard we work to improve our government, we are still alone.

Republicans work hard to make our county, state, and nation a better place so that we can enjoy it with our friends and family. We do not do this work in vain! The Annual Christmas Dinner, with its vibrant holiday spirit, was an inspiring reminder of why we make phone calls, send emails to Congress, debate platform issues, and why we strategize campaigns late into the night. We do this so that we can enjoy our freedoms, so that we can laugh and celebrate.

Cheryl Van Ocker and Linda Colaveccio were recognized for their superb work in organizing the party. Chairwoman Maggie Benz awarded Cheryl and Linda each with a plaque. The evening ended with a showering of door prizes to lucky winners. The staff at the Governor's Mansion was quick and efficient in bringing order back to the room. Republicans ventured into the cold, warmed by the evening of fun.

"Maggie sprang to the mic, Cheryl gave the staff a whistle, and away the tables went like a war-faring missile. Then I heard Settelmeyer exclaim, ere he kissed his lady goodnight, 'I'm off to the State Senate, to do Nevada right.'" 

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