It is our sad duty to inform you that the Romeo Area Tea Party is dissolving. It is a testament to Jan Debeauclair that the organization will not survive her passing. There are many good people who worked hard on behalf of the RATP, but hard work alone is not a substitute for leadership. Jan was a natural leader. Her drive to be of service and her good humor were contagious.
The original goal of the Romeo Area Tea Party was to inform. No one can say that the goal was not accomplished. From that standpoint, it was a total success. From 2009 and into 2015 many interesting speakers were brought in to enlighten us about issues, events, and the inner workings of our government both local and national. There were many original works written, an excellent website kept up to date and even a Facebook page maintained as well as free monthly movie nights. A small town grassroots organization brought in some of the best and most timely national speakers and gave us an opportunity to meet and speak with them. From the humble beginnings of Jean Obrecht’s basement, to the Capital Banquet Center, to the first class Palazzo Grande of Shelby Township, we grew and prospered.
All of this was accomplished due to Jan and her leadership committee and all of the committee people who put forth their time, effort and passion. But none of this would have been accomplished without you, the loyal folks who filled the seats each and every month over the years. All of this was done for you.
As you may, or may not know, we struggled through the road blocks to attain the IRS designation as a 501 (c) 4 charitable organization. As a result, we must follow the rules governing IRS sanction charitable organizations. Therefore we are compelled to divest ourselves of all assets both monetary and physical. To this end, the funds collected for Jan’s memorial will be use for a scholarship to the Citizens for Traditional Values Student Statesmanship Institute, one of Jan’s favorite organizations. CTV has been a solid resource over the years for the RATP. The RATP savings account will be donated to Hillsdale College, another worthy organization. The physical assets consisting mainly of the audio visual equipment will be donated to perhaps a school, or church who is in need. These details are yet to be finalized but we will comply with the rules and laws we agreed to.
We thank you most sincerely for your loyal, steadfast support in attending our meetings and for your monetary contributions which enabled us to hold those meetings at Palazzo Grande with sufficient funds to cover our speaker’s fees and accommodations. Without a doubt, one of the most gratifying accomplishments of the RATP was all of us getting to know many new and wonderful people.
While it is sad undertaking to end this wonderful organization, it can also mean the beginning of new groups. It is our hope that someone else will pick up the challenge and carry on meetings of like minded concerned citizens who gain strength and comfort from sharing information. It may be several small study groups, book clubs, or even another grand Taxed Enough Already Party. There are good people with experience who may want to lend support to new ideas.
May we say to you, to the Romeo Area Tea Party, and to Jan (posthumously), Job Well Done!
God bless you all, and God bless America!