2013: WOW, What a Year!

It has been an exciting year for Broward YRs and we want to thank you for being a part of it!  Here are some highlights from 2013:

We certified 86 General & Associate Members to our club. At the Florida Annual Convention, we were allotted 6 votes (the largest in memory) and saw the election of three of our own — Dan Ruoss, National Committeeman, Nick Stone, Secretary, and Ryan Reiter, Region 12 Chairman, to the FFYR Executive Board. We were joined by Broward’s own RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day, who extolled the importance of Young Republican activists in the fight for our future.  Our members brought home THREE awards: YR Man of the Year (Dan Ruoss), Best GOTV Efforts & Large Club of the Year!  Those are serious achievements for our club and our critical region.

Broward was also selected to host the Young Republicans National Federated Quarterly this November right here in Fort Lauderdale. There, we had the great pleasure of showing off the best of Florida’s YRs, including former Broward YR President and US Senator George LeMieux, a hometown favorite.

In 2013, we also licked our wounds from the 2012 election and went on offense.

At our monthly club meetings, we tackled tough (sometimes divisive) issues.  In our Summer Panel Series, we spoke honestly and openly about the future of our Party with regards to diversity, education, and labor relations.  Facing those issues head on puts us in a stronger position looking forward to next year.

Another highlight from our year was a bold return to membership engagement through regular Socials. Some favorites included our 2nd Amendment “Shoot Out” Social, Region 12 Joint Social with Palm Beach YRs, and our July Cookout where many attendees supplied warriors with critical supplies overseas.

We didn’t just focus on politics and fun this year, either.  Broward YRs gave back to our communities through charitable activity.  Our members and friends donated thousands of dollars in professional clothing to veterans in search of work, more than a hundred dollars in school supplies for local children, and connected local minorities with employers at the Republican Business Network’s Jobs Expo.  So never let anyone tell you that Republicans don’t give back.

By any measure, 2013 was an excellent year for our club.  Starting at our January 8th Meeting, we will plot a course for an even brighter 2014.  We’ve got an impending State of the Union Address, municipal elections, and the 2014 Midterms just to name a few.

See you in the New Year!

Broward County Young Republicans

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