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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • GOP committee collecting photos, other memorabilia

  • Phelps County Republicans have started a collection of photographs of local GOP supporters with famous people.
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  • Phelps County Republicans have started a collection of photographs of local GOP supporters with famous people.
    Three photographs of the late John Powell with former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon are the beginnings of the collection, according to county Republican chairman Russ Schmidt.
    Speaking at Thursday night's meeting of the GOP county central committee, Schmidt said he and Judy Jepsen, vice chairperson of the committee, were recently at a Rolla restaurant and the daughters of Powell were also in the restaurant.
    While chatting, Schmidt asked if the daughters had any memorabilia the party could have. They soon sent three photographs and promised to send a settee that was also used during Republican meetings.
    These items will be stored at the Stoltz Building and exhibited in election years when the Republican headquarters is opened to the public.
    Powell was a longtime Republican leader, former chairman of the state party, Reagan's Missouri campaign manager and former Gov. John Ashcroft's campaign manager. He was president of Powell Lumber Co. and former chairman of the Missouri Conservation Commission.
    "John was a very influential person," Schmidt said. "He was very influential in anything he did."
    Schmidt said the committee is looking for other pictures of local Republicans with famous political figures, too.
    In other business, discussion or announcements:
    • The meeting opened with prayer by treasurer Bill Aaron, the pledge of allegiance led by secretary Pam Grow and a reading from the Constitution by committeeman Andy Davis. This month's reading was the 13th and 14th amendments.
    • Schmidt noted there are several vacancies on the committee, as well as several members who rarely attend. "Some of them I've never met," he said. Schmidt said filing for election to the committee will open in February.
    • The meeting of the Phelps County Republican Women was announced by Marlowe Scott. That will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Penelope's. The speaker will be a former Korean resident.
    • Missouri Lincoln Days will be Feb. 21-22 in Springfield, Schmidt announced. Phelps County Lincoln Day is also being planned, and ticket sales and donations will be sought.
    • Schmidt said the county GOP Facebook page is growing in "likes."
    • Rob Hribar is the new voluntary webmaster.
    • Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder will stay in that office instead of running for the nomination for Eighth District U.S. representative, Schmidt noted with approval. "We need someone in statewide office to keep an eye on other people," he said.
    • Bob May announced the many Veterans Day activities and tributes, encouraging Republicans to attend.
    • The Republicans will have a potluck dinner for their December meeting.
    • Missouri Rep. Keith Frederick and Sen. Dan Brown, both of Rolla, attended the meeting and spoke about Obamacare and other topics.
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