It is our sad duty to inform you that the Romeo Area Tea Party is dissolving. The original goal of the RATP was to inform and educate. No one can say that this goal was not accomplished. From that standpoint, it was a total success. From our humble beginnings of Jean Obrecht’s basement, to the Capital Banquet Center, to the immense capacity of The Palazzo Grande of Shelby Township, the RATP grew and prospered. Since its inception in 2010, the Romeo Area Tea Party has conducted more than 112 educational programs. Notable keynote speakers were brought in to enlighten us about issues, events, and the inner workings of our government — both local and national. There was an excellent website kept up-to-date, and a Facebook page maintained, as well as, a free monthly movie night. This 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. 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. There are many good people who worked hard on behalf of the RATP. However, none of this would have been accomplished without you, the loyal folks, who filled the seats every month over the years. All of this was done for you. As you may or may not know, we struggled through the roadblocks to attain the IRS designation as a 501 (c)(4) organization. As a result, we must follow the rules governing an IRS sanction organization. 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 used to establish a scholarship fund 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. Under the auspices of CTV, the Student Statesmanship Institute has been a powerful and life-transforming experience for high school students for over twenty years. More than 4,000 teens have participated in leadership simulations in the legislative, media, judicial, business and campaign arenas –fulfilling the CTV mission to be informed and be a positive voice for change. The RATP checking account will be donated to Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan and the physical assets consisting mainly of the audio-visual equipment will be donated to Oakdale Academy, Waterford, Michigan, both worthy organizations. 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 our final venue, The Palazzo Grande with sufficient funds to cover our speakers’ fees, accommodations, and monthly bulk mail. 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 a 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, Job Well Done!
God Bless you all, and God Bless America!