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Report from the Chairman

Unify

Hand Holding Olympic TorchThe primary is over, but our job as Republicans is just beginning.

Firstly, my congratulations to those who were victorious in their primary campaigns. The level of passion and interest by Republicans this year was encouraging. Across the state of Indiana, there were multiple races from Congressional seats to Township Board positions that garnered several candidates.

To those who did not come out of their primary as the nominee: thank you for running. Your voice was heard and your point made, and while you didn’t win, you affected the direction of the election.

Now, the next phase begins.

Those who supported the winner must now reach out to those supporters and workers who did not. Those who lost must now stand behind those who did.

Why? Because we are all Republicans.

Without each other, we will not win the victories we need to keep Indiana, our districts, our counties, and our municipalities moving forward in the direction of economic growth, educational choice, strong family structures, lower taxes, streamlined government, and balanced budgets.

One thing is for sure – if our majorities fall to the opposing party, our reforms will be reversed in multiple areas. While your candidate may not be the nominee, we must stand strong together for an even better Indiana.

If we are unified, we will do just that.

Together, we are One Party Working for Indiana. Apart, we are just a group of aimless volunteers out taking a walk.

I look forward to joining you at our State Party Convention in June and on the campaign trail!

Michael A. Neal
State Chairman
Indiana Federation of Young Republicans 

 

6 Months Down

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Allen County YR

It is hard to believe, but as of today, we have finished the first 6 months of our administration of the Indiana Federation of Young Republicans. I am proud of the work that has been done in such a short amount of time by our State Committee Members, our county chairmen, and their teams.

From Crown Point to New Albany, from Evansville to Fort Wayne – the Indiana Federation of Young Republicans is in a strong position to make advances for our party and our state in terms of education, recruitment, growth, campaigns, advocacy, and the launching of leaders at a level not seen by this organization before.

Since May of 2013, we have accomplished every goal we set to have completed by the end of the year within our 5-Year Strategic Plan – and then some. We have also seen tremendous growth and great events lead by many of our county chapters – including Elkhart, Hamilton, Johnson, and Porter Counties this year that garnered sizable crowds and interest in their organizations.

Our strength is found at the local and county level, and our focus must continue to be our chapters across the state. They are the foundation of our success and what will move our state forward in a positive way, town by town and county by county.

Some of the items that we accomplished together are:

  • Redefining and Reshaping the IFYR
  • Committing to a defined “Seriousness of Purpose”
  • Organizing IFYR as an incorporated non-for-profit
  • Declaring a State Political Organization Tax Status and setting up a State PAC
  • Major Overhaul to our Governing Documents, including our Constitution and By-Laws
  • Creating several new County Chapters, many where none existed before
  • Brought several old County Chapters that were dormant out of dormancy.
  • Working to Strengthen our existing County Chapters
  • Creation of a new, functional, and updated website
  • Implementation of our Social Media Strategy
  • Seeking a Partnership with the Indiana Federation of College Republicans
  • Renewing and Strengthening our Partnership with the Indiana GOP
  • Appointment of an Executive Director, Social Media Manager, and Communications Director
  • Implementation of an aggressive Fundraising effort to fund YR deployments across the State of Indiana
  • In the election off-year, IFYR obtained an out-of-state sponsorship and deployed to Virginia to assist with elections there – testing our deployment plan.

There is so much more to come – but for now,  I’d like to say how proud and humbled I am to lead this organization alongside so many great State and County leaders, working to make a better Indiana. We will be updating our 5-Year Strategic Plan in January of 2014 to reflect new goals and our commitment to the ones we’ve not finished yet! I am so excited about 2014 and what it will bring for our State, our party, and our organization! Thank you all for the part you played and continue to play in our success.

Thanks for a wonderful 2013 and here’s to a prosperous 2014!

Michael Neal
State Chairman
Indiana Federation of Young Republicans

Virginia or Bust

virginia-2bc30bfab4c3f9f472480d57c49fa8dc4fbc9ed7-s6-c30The Indiana Federation of Young Republicans are headed to campaign in Virginia!

We have been invited to a campaign weekend in the great state of Virginia for Gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli and their statewide team. We will be partnering with the Ohio and Kentucky Young Republicans on this trip. Many other states YR’s and CR’s will be deploying throughout the month in different areas. The dates for this trip are Friday, October 11th at 7AM EST – Sunday, October 13th at 8PM EST.

ALL expenses will be paid for this trip by the victory team, including all meals (excluding lunch during travel there and back), lodging, and transportation to and from our deployment site in Virginia (approx. 8 hours from Indy).

Here are the plans: Our team will leave at approximately 7AM EST on Friday, Oct. 11 from a supporter’s parking lot in Indy (3205 Madison Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227) where we can safely leave our vehicles. We will travel by motor coach to our deployment location and do a phone bank upon arrival. Dinner will happen sometime after that.

On Saturday, we will deploy as needed – both on the ground and at phone banks – basically from 10 am until we can’t go any longer. We will then have another dinner with our deployers.

At a reasonable time Sunday, (approx. 10 or 11am) we will leave for Indiana so we are back at a reasonable time (between 7 and 8pm EST).

This is a quick but furious strike in the home stretch for VA Republicans! PLUS – we will be testing and learning about the NEW grassroots plan and system that Indiana will be using in the 2014 election cycle! This preview and testing in VA will be invaluable to our campaigns next year!

We need a minimum of 25 Young Republicans and/or College Republicans to make this successful – and we can max out at 50. If you would like to join us, please sign up today! Details on our official meeting time and location in Indy to leave for VA will be hammered out in the next few weeks – but it will be in Indy and sometime in the morning! Click here or head to the ‘Deployments’ tab on the top of our website to sign up! 

Looking forward to serving with all of you in Virginia!

Michael A. Neal
State Chairman
Indiana Federation of Young Republicans

Hoosiers in Mobile

1069372_10200761799099660_253494732_nAs you know, several members of the Indiana Federation of Young Republicans went down to the Young Republican National Convention in Mobile, Alabama last week. Young Republican leaders and members from across the nation came together to discuss important issues, elect a new leadership team, network, fellowship together, and even have a little fun!

Delegations from 44 states met to chart a course for the future of our organization and of our party. After our party’s loss of the 2012 Presidential Election, we realize it is more important than ever to engage young voters; from educating to training for leadership. From running for office to working for those running for office. It is crucial that we do what we can to win the young vote. We must become more relevant in the areas of social media, marketing, and articulating our message. We’ve had the right ideas, just the wrong packaging.

Indiana has been leading the way nationally in limited governance, fiscal responsibility, economic prosperity, protection of life, and many other areas. The same goes for our campaign successes, emerging Young Republican Leaders, and strong State Party status.

In Mobile, we met many people – just like us – who care deeply about their states and their nation. They want to see steady change in America and want to be the “tip of the spear” in their regions. They want to see young leaders raised up as well as see the next generation take responsibility for the direction of our nation.

At this convention, I had the privilege of being unanimously elected to lead the Midwest as the Midwestern Regional Vice-Chairman of the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) – serving a 2-year term on the Board of Directors. The board also chose 7th District YR Vice-Chairman Mark Warner as a member of the YRNF Communications Committee. We look forward to serving Indiana, our party, and our nation.

Indiana is leading the nation in many areas, and we look forward to continuing the conversation of how to better our nation with the example our state is to America.

Michael Neal
State Chairman

The Chairman’s Blog

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IFYR Officers on a State Committee Conference Call

With just less than 2 months under our belts, I can proudly say that we have made tremendous progress with redefining and redeveloping the Indiana Federation of Young Republicans! The team that you elected hit the ground running the day after the convention! While there is much to do, we are very happy with the speed of progress within our organization. Here are just a few of the many things our leadership team has accomplished since our election on May 18:

  • Full Implementation of the 5-Year Strategic Plan
  • Redesign of the IFYR Website
  • Presentation and meetings with the INDGOP State Committee
  • Continuing survey of current County YR Chapters
  • Full Implementation of our Social Media Strategy
  • New and fully active Facebook Page and Twitter Account
  • Building our Membership and Leadership e-mail communication system, including Monthly Newsletter plan
  • District YR Caucuses in progress
  • Relationship building with party leaders, elected officials, future candidates, and faithful GOP members
  • Moving forward with incorporation, tax status, and related measures to make the IFYR more functional in fundraising efforts
  • Writing a Chapter Starter Manual
  • Appointment of Legal Counsel

These are just some of the many things our team has accomplished or what we have started working on. We are excited to strengthen our organization, our party, and our state! With our focus being that “our future is now,” the Indiana Federation of Young Republicans is intent on seeing leaders raised up, working with candidates and elected officials during elections, educating the young side of the electorate on issues we are facing today, and network Young Republicans together. From meetings to social events, from fundraisers to cookouts – we know we can make an impact!

I have created “The Chairman’s Blog” to bring you reports on our organization as well as speak to key issues of the day. Keep your eye out for more to come!

Michael Neal
State Chairman
Indiana Federation of Young Republicans