By Bryan Boggiano
The 2022 midterm elections are still nine months away, but the Kings Point Republican Club is gearing up for a busy year.
According to President Joe D’ula, the club discusses club news, elections and events at its monthly meetings.
They also host guest speakers who address topics such as border security and anti-Semitism. These guest speakers include local politicians, public figures and candidates. At their March meeting, Kings Point Republicans plan to have 850 WFTL radio hosts speak, Joyce Kaufman.
D’ula said the club has around 150 members, but he expects to reach at least 200 by March. While most members are over 70, he notices more members between the ages of 55 and 70 joining.
With COVID interfering with part of the club’s agenda, he said Kings Point Republicans are rushing and encouraging members to volunteer at phone banking events, solicit local candidates and educate voters. on how to complete mail-in ballots.
One of the club’s top priorities is the State Senate District 33 special election, where Joseph Carter (R) will face school board representative Rosalind Osgood (D). This election is scheduled for March 8.
D’ula notes that since Kings Point is a retirement community, many members want to leave their impact.
“They want to do what they think is in the best interests of the country,” he said.
Kings Point Republicans are gearing up for their Feb. 25 dinner dance, dues-raising social event and spring community barbecue with local candidates.
In the community, they hold street corner rallies and give back to the community by helping veterans.
D’ula said many of the club’s members are veterans, most having served in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War.
The club has partnered with Honor Flight South Florida, an organization that flies veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials built in their honor. The day trip to DC includes airfare, bus transportation with police escort, meals, shirts, and other necessities. A tutor accompanies each veteran.
The club collects at its meetings to raise funds for these honor flights so that a guardian can accompany each veteran.
Honoring veterans is a way for Republicans in D’ula and Kings Point to unite around a common cause, which he says can be difficult, especially since there are ideological divisions. within the Republican Party.
That’s why D’ula allows members to speak their minds at club meetings. When the members walk into the meeting room, D’ula says he goes above and beyond to unite the members behind their common goal.
For Republicans in Kings Point, one of those goals is success in the 2022 midterm elections.
“Our goals for 2022 are to build membership and get more donations to help Republican candidates win at the local, state and national levels,” he said.
The club holds meetings the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. inside the King’s Point Main Clubhouse.
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A journalism graduate from the University of Florida, Bryan plans to study geoscience at Florida International University for his master’s degree. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment and journalism.