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Federal, State, and County Issues to be Discussed at AFP Meeting

Queen’s County Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, February 7 at 6:30 pm at Annie’s Paramount Steak and Seafood House in Grasonville.

The meeting will focus on issues facing federal, state, and county governments. Featured speakers will be Dick Sossi, Community Liaison and Office Manager for Congressman Andy Harris; Andi Morony, Chief of Staff for Delegate Michael Smigiel, and Steve Arentz, President of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Commissioners. The meeting is free and open to the public

AFP is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information about AFP, visit www.afpmaryland.com.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Donna Gildea at 410-707-1406 or dgildea@gsquaredtec.com. Deadline to RSVP is February 4.

AFP-QAC to Hold Briefing on Upcoming Legislative Session

The Queen Anne’s County Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, January 10 at 6:30 pm at Harris Crab House. Delegate Michael Smigiel will be the guest speaker and will discuss the issues facing the upcoming Maryland legislative session.

AFP is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information about AFP, visit www.afpmaryland.com.

The meeting is free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information, contact Donna Gildea at 410-707-1406 or dgildea@gsquaredtec.com. Deadline to RSVP is January 7.

AFP-QAC To Hold Year-End Meeting And Christmas Party

The Queen Anne’s County Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) will hold its year-end meeting and Christmas Party on Monday, December 6 at Annie’s Paramount Steak & Seafood House at 6:00 pm. Congressman-elect Andy Harris will be the guest speaker.

The event will include Annie’s world-class buffet complete with carving station. Through the generosity of Mike Katinas, owner of Annie’s and member of Americans for Prosperity-QAC, the dinner buffet will cost only $10 per person. Cash bar will be available.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information about AFP, visit www.americansforrosperity.com

To RSVP or for more information, contact Donna Gildea 410-707-1406 or Ron Roland 443-962-7840. Deadline for RSVP is November 30.

Get Involved with Americans for Prosperity

By Sandra Zunino

It was a rainy afternoon in Annapolis last year when Donna Gildea first learned about Americans for Prosperity (AFP), and now she is the co-chairperson for the Queen Anne’s County chapter and has helped the chapter grow from a few members to 800.

AFP is a non-profit grassroots organization committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing them as advocates in the public policy process. Donna was attending the Annapolis Tax Day Tea Party, part of a nationwide citizen protest against taxation and government overspending when someone ducked under her umbrella and asked if she had ever heard of AFP. “It was exactly the organization I had been looking for,” she says.

Donna has owned and operated a small business in Maryland for 20 years and believes that free markets are the best way to ensure prosperity for all Americans. “Our liberty and our free enterprise systems are valuable,” says Donna. “It’s what made America great and we want to preserve that.”

While AFP is non-partisan and does not endorse any political candidate, the group does educate voters about candidates’ voting records and organized a “Meet the Candidates” fair last summer. “We had 50 candidates from all parties under one roof,” says Donna. “Close to 200 of our members came and spoke face-to-face to the candidates.”

Donna says many voters become frustrated with confusing advertisements and not only want to understand the candidates’ positions, but also want to know if they really mean what they say. “I think AFP has been so successful because we are non-partisan,” she says. “People look to us to find out the truth.”

Through staging events like tea parties to sending email newsletters on both local and national issues and holding monthly meetings, AFP informs members of upcoming bills that may affect free enterprise and how citizens can change whether or not they are passed by writing letters to congress or the state legislature or even testifying.

“AFP only focuses on fiscal issues,” Donna explains. “There are many issues out there, but we are free market advocates, so we only concentrate on fiscal issues.” Local AFP members fought the QAC tax increases proposed earlier this year by swarming the hearing and persuading commissioners to balance the budget through other means. Members also testified on the state budget hearings during the legislative session in Annapolis.

Because many citizens want to become active but don’t know what they can do, AFP provides knowledge and effective techniques such as letter-writing workshops to empower citizens. “We encourage actions,” says Donna, “and not only help people find their voice, but teach them how to articulate in a way that will be affective.”

Ron Rowland, who has also been involved in the QAC AFP chapter since its inception, recently joined Donna as co-chair. Donna was asked to volunteer as the QAC AFP chairperson position last year. “There was a need and I wanted to do something to serve my country,” she says.

There are no dues or other commitments required by AFP members and members need only to sign up to join. AFP meetings are open to the public. The next meeting on December 6 will be held at Annie’s at 6:00 p.m. Congressman Elect Andy Harris will be speaking at the meeting. There will also be a buffet and cash bar. The cost is $10 per person to attend. Please R.S.V.P. by calling Donna at 410-707-1406.

For more information or to join, visit www.afpmaryland.com.

AFP Upcoming Events

AFP Sponsoring “Now or Never Rally” in Centreville
Americans for Prosperity Maryland (AFP) is sponsoring the “Now or Never Maryland Rally” on Friday, October 22, at Courthouse Square in downtown Centreville at 6:00 pm. This rally is to educate our neighbors, friends, and family on the failed big government solutions and massive spending that move our State backwards, not forward.

Information about rally speakers, venue, and pre-registration is available at www.nowornevermd.com.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP has more than 1.5 million members, including members in 50 states, and 31 state chapters and affiliates. More than 55,000 Americans in 50 states have made a financial investment in AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.com.

AFP Hosts “Meet the Candidates” Meeting
The Queen Anne’s County Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, October 25, at Harris Crab House at 6:30 pm. As part of AFP’s “Meet the Candidate” series, the guest speaker will be Delegate Michael Smigiel. In addition, a group of candidates (Democrats and Republications) for the Queen Anne’s County Commissioner’s race and who are committed to reducing government expenditures and to governing with common sense will speak and answer questions. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. AFP has more than 1.5 million members, including members in 50 states, and 31 state chapters and affiliates. More than 55,000 Americans in 50 states have made a financial investment in AFP or AFP Foundation. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.com.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Donna Gildea, Chapter Co-Chair, at 410-707-1406 or dgildea@gsquaredtec.com. Deadline for RSVP is October 20.

Meet the Candidates Fair

The Queen Anne’s County Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) will hold a “Meet the Candidates Fair” on Monday, August 16 from 6 to 9 pm at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department Hall in Chester.  Over 45 candidates have accepted the invitation to participate. The event is open to the public.

As a non-partisan, 501C3 organization, AFP invited all filed candidates (regardless of party) to attend and, as such, an excellent cross-section of political viewpoints will be represented.  Candidates (or their representatives) running for the following offices will be at the event: Governor, Comptroller, US Senate, 1st Congressional Office, State Senate, State Delegate, Queen Anne’s County Commissioner, Clerk of Court, Register of Wills, Orphans Court, and Sheriff.  For a full list candidates, visit AFP’s Facebook page (Americans for Prosperity – Queen Anne’s County).

AFP is committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process. AFP is an organization of grassroots leaders who engage citizens in the name of limited government and free markets on the local, state and federal levels. The grassroots activists of AFP advocate for public policies that champion the principles of entrepreneurship and fiscal and regulatory restraint.

For more information contact Donna Gildea (410-707-1405 or dgildea@gsquaredtec.com)

Citizens Plan March on Annapolis for January 13

The Maryland Chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is co-sponsoring a “March on Annapolis” on January 13 from 7 to 9 pm in front of the State House in Annapolis. Marking the first day of the 2010 Legislative Session, the march is being organized by local citizens to bring the message “Enough is Enough: No More Deficits, No More Tax Hikes, Bring Back Our Jobs!” to Maryland’s local elected officials.

Queen Anne’s County AFP Chapter Chair Donna Gildea will be a speaker at the event, and she urges citizens to attend the march to let Maryland’s elected officials know that many in Maryland are not happy with their policies. She said, “Maryland has been ranked by the non-partisan Tax Foundation as 45 out of 50 states as one of the least desirable states for business.  Based upon the combination of corporate tax rates, unemployment tax rates, sales tax, property tax rates, individual income tax rates and cumbersome regulations which impede businesses every step of the way, business are moving out of Maryland.”

Other speakers at the rally include AFP President Tim Phillips and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist.  Other sponsors of the march are Campaign for Liberty, Institute for Liberty, Maryland Taxpayers Association, Annapolis Tea Party, Cecil County Tea Party Patriots, and Hagerstown Tea Party.

Prior to the rally citizens are encouraged to schedule appointments with their Senators and Delegates between 1:30 and 3:00 pm. Citizens are also invited to the Joint Hearing Room  at 3:00 pm to view a short video on how the Maryland General Assembly operates followed by a tour of the State House. At 5:00 pm, a legislative preview and Q&A session with several Senators and Delegates is planned in the Senate Office Building.

Parking will be available at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium – Lot D, and a free shuttle bus will be available to and from the parking lot. Handwarmers and flashlights will be given to attendees.

For more information about the March on Annapolis, visit www.marchonannapolis.com or contact Queen Anne’s County AFP Outreach Coordinator Ron Roland at ron.roland@yahoo.com  or 443-962-7840.

Charles Lollar to Speak at Americans for Prosperity Meeting

Charles Lollar, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and a business executive, will speak at the Americans for Prosperity (AFP) meeting on Monday, November 30, at Harris Crab House in  Grasonville at 6:30 PM.  Mr. Lollar has spoken at Tea Parties all over Maryland and at the 9/12 Rally in Washington, D.C.  He believes in limited government, reducing taxes, and is against a government takeover of health care.

Mr. Lollar was on active duty with the Marine Corps in Kosovo, has attended Officer Candidate School, and has earned several medals and decorations.  Professionally, Mr. Lollar is General Manager for Cintas.
AFP is a grassroots organization that focuses on the fight to preserve free market policies at both the local and national levels. AFP educates and engages citizens in the support of limited government, individual liberty, and returning government to its constitutional limits.

The meeting is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend the meeting, contact Donna Gildea, QAC Chapter Chair, by November 27 at 410-707-1406 or dgildea@gsquaredtec.com.