Our December Meeting/Christmas Party

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Join us  for our annual Christmas Party.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

   7:00 PM

CLEARVIEW GOLF COURSE CLUB HOUSE

202-12 Willets Point Blvd

Bayside, NY 11360

 $40 per person

Hot Buffet – Beer, Wine, Soda – Coffee – Cake

Once again, please bring a wrapped gift of $15 or more and participate in our Annual Holiday Auction. Participants bid for the unknown gift as part of our annual fundraiser.

If you adopted an Angel for the Salvation Army Holiday Initiative please bring your unwrapped gifts along with the Angel ornament to the NEQRC Christmas party or to Pizzeria UNO of Bayside no later than December 17th.

We need to provide the catering hall an accurate count – please RSVP and pay in advance: Mail check or money order no later than Dec 10, 2014, payable to:

Northeast Queens Republican Club

P.O. Box 660132

Fresh Meadows, NY 11366

Email contact: KevinJ.Ryanmail@gmail.com

The Nominations Committee will present the following 2015 slate of officers and board members:

President

Kevin Ryan

Vice Presidents

1st: Sal Bacarella

2nd: Greg Mitchell

3rd Alan Laufer

Treasurer

Joan Cassidy

Corresponding Secy.

Ronnie Reiburn

Recording Secy.

Elio Forcina

Executive Member

John Watch

Membership Chair

Amanda Ryan

General Secretary

Andy Brennan

Sgts. At Arms:

Joe Vaccaro

James Deenihan

Board of Governors:

Joseph Ferone

Joann De Martino

George Angel

Angela Fristachi

Joan Vogt

Oliver Tan

Hank Yeh

Anne Marie Devlin

Eric MIngott

Mark Cipolla

Al Baione

Cathy Giuliani

 Join us on December 17th and celebrate with your fellow Republicans.

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Our November Meeting

At our general meeting, we discussed 2014 election results and upcoming club events and initiatives including the Salvation Army Christmas Wish Angel program and our Thanksgiving Blood Drive on Nov. 25.

Also, the Nominations Committee  presented the 2015 slate of officers and board members:

President

Kevin Ryan

Vice Presidents

1st:             Sal Bacarella

2nd:             Greg Mitchell

3rd             Alan Laufer

Treasurer

Joan Cassidy

Corresponding Secy.              

Ronnie Reiburn

Recording Secy.

Elio Forcina

Executive Member

John Watch

Membership Chair            

Amanda Ryan

General Secretary

Andy Brennan

Sgts. At Arms:

Joe Vaccaro

James Deenihan

Board of Governors:

Joseph Ferone

Joann De Martino

George Angel

Angela Fristachi

Joan Vogt

Oliver Tan

Hank Yeh

Phil Bernstein

Eric Mingott

Mark Cipolla

Al Baione

Cathy Giuliani

Our Thanksgiving Blood Drive

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To make an appointment on line, click here

Our November Meeting

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

8:00 p.m. (7:30pm coffee and cake)

CLEARVIEW GOLF COURSE CLUB HOUSE

202-12 Willets Point Blvd

Bayside, NY 11360

This month:

Post-Election Wrap Up

Presentation of Slate of Officers and Board Members for 2015

Nominating committee: Joan Vogt, Chairperson, Amanda Ryan, Sal Bacarella, Gregory Mitchell, Marie Warhola, Andy Brennan and Joan Cassidy.

In accordance with the club bylaws, President Kevin Ryan selected four members of the nominating committee and three additional members were nominated from the floor at the October general club meeting.   The nominating committee will present individuals to serve on the Board in 2015. Board members are expected to be active by participating in club functions including recruiting new members and assisting in fundraising activities All members in good standing (dues current as of October 2014) are eligible to participate in this process.

Thanksgiving Blood Drive

The Club is sponsoring a blood drive on Nov. 25 in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center from 4pm-8:30pm. Members can sign up for appointments and get flyers at the meeting.

Christmas Angels Charity Drive 

The Club is partnering with Pizzeria UNO of Bayside and the Salvation Army to provide holiday gifts for children in need through the Christmas Angel program. Club members are offered the opportunity to adopt an Angel to bring some holiday joy to an underprivileged child.

Coffee and Cake will be served. After the meeting, a cash bar is available so people can mingle and discuss issues.

We hope to see you there!

Interstellar: American Exceptionalism Saves the World

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The new movie Interstellar is a rare treat: a big Hollywood blockbuster that’s as entertaining as it is ambitious. Like all the best science fiction, it deals with big ideas in an entertaining and accessible way. It’s probably the best movie of the year and the most significant science fiction movie in many years.

Some critics say it’s too sentimental and others say it’s too scientific. Maybe both are right. Sure, there’s plenty of the usual science vs. emotion dialogue, but it’s handled in an unusually compelling way, thanks to its writers and cast. It’s not perfect, but the sense of awe and the conversations it inspires are probably unequaled by any new movie this year. It aims so high and deftly balances science fiction, adventure and human drama in a way that few movies have.

Directed by Christopher Nolan (the recent Batman Trilogy), Interstellar is a technical beauty. Nolan is one of the last big Hollywood directors to insist on shooting on film and the results are spectacular. The cinematography and special effects recall the grandeur of classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind and will hold up far longer than most new action movies’ CGI effects. Nolan shot much of it in IMAX and the technical prowess of the movie is best appreciated in IMAX film (with the non-IMAX scenes projected in 70mm) or IMAX digital.

The plot is simple: the earth is dying and humans will either find a new place to live or cease to exist. The dystopian earth has a long history in cinema, including films like Blade Runner, Soylent Green and The Road Warrior. The solution, to send brave astronauts out looking for a suitable home for the human race, recalls most strongly Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The influence of Kubrick’s masterpiece is everywhere, from the gorgeous old-school special effects to the organ tone so prominent in Hans Zimmer’s score.

Interstellar’s hero is Matthew McConaughey’s pilot-turned-farmer Coop, a former NASA pilot who, like many people in this dystopian world, had to give up his dreams and become a corn farmer to help feed the human race. Resources are terribly scarce, as something referred to only as “the blight” has destroyed crops, dried up the planet and even knocked satellites out of orbit. In fact, our own space program has been disbanded (as far the pubic knows) because of political pressure to focus financial resources on earth. While it’s clear the earth is suffocating due to a terrible ecological disaster, we are spared the usual heavy-handed Hollywood ecomentalist preaching as the movie makes its point through numerous scenes of sandstorms, dust clouds and deadly respiratory illness from constant dust in the air.

The necessity of NASA and space exploration is a central point in the story. Thankfully, the government secretly kept an underground NASA installation run by Michael Caine (so you know it’s trustworthy). That secret base, as it turns out, is humankind’s only hope. The story asserts that if we put a hold on space exploration until life is perfect on earth, it’ll be too late. In one scene, Coop and his father-in-law lament the loss of American innovation. Coop, who could have been played by Gary Cooper or John Wayne, says, “It’s like we’ve forgotten who we are — explorers, pioneers, not caretakers. We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars. Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.” It’s refreshing to see an old-fashioned American hero lead a NASA team of Americans. In Interstellar, American Exceptionalism saves the human race. Co-writer/director Nolan is British, by the way.

Opponents of Common Core and revisionist history in our schools will get a kick out of it. In an early scene, Coop, shown to be an excellent (if struggling) widowed father, is called to a parent-teacher conference to discuss his daughter’s poor behavior. Coop’s daughter, Murphy, is in trouble with the school because she disagrees with a revisionist history textbook’s assertion that the NASA moon landing was a scam, faked by the US government as a piece of anti-Soviet Cold War propaganda. When asked what he’ll do to address Murphy’s insistence that the moon landing was real, Coop says he’ll take her out and buy her ice cream and soda. After rejecting the public school’s revisionist, anti-American propaganda, the brilliant Murphy grows up to play a vital role in saving the human race.

Coop is the quintessential American hero who says goodbye to his family to go and save the world without telling them. Coop’s daughter is particularly upset at his leaving and their relationship is central to the plot. In a later scene, one of the other astronauts asks if he told his daughter that the reason he left was to save her life along with everyone else’s. Coop replies, “No. When you become a parent, one thing becomes really clear. And that’s that you want to make sure your children feel safe.” Even as we are told the laws of relativity, under which hours of his time are years for his children back on earth, Coop is devoted to keeping his promise of returning to his kids and constantly counting the relative time as if he was worried about a parking meter on Northern Boulevard.

The ending, which most viewers will at least partially predict right from the beginning, divides audiences and critics and there are plenty of plot holes. But for a story involving wormholes, black holes, a fifth dimension, the theory of relativity and maybe even love as a cosmic force (in one of the script’s goofier moments), it’s amazingly coherent and the three-hour running time flies quickly.

For all the awesome special effects and otherworldly vistas Interstellar brings us to, it’s the unrelenting American spirit that dazzles most.

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Northeast Queens Republican Candidate Guide

Dear Fellow Republican,

It hasn’t been easy to be a Republican in New York lately, but we can turn the tide together. Politics is cyclical and the pendulum is starting to swing back our way. We must get out and vote on November 4th for our local candidates and stick together through next year, as we continue to build our party at the local level and prepare for the coming 2016 elections. Like you, we know that the core principles of the GOP are the proven, inclusive way to safety and prosperity for all New Yorkers.

I hope this 2014 Republican candidate guide is useful to you and your family before heading out to the polls on November 4th. The NEQRC stands with you to promote the values of the GOP here in our community and we will never give up. We ask you to help by making sure you and your family vote on November 4th.

We cannot afford to let our fellow Republicans or Conservatives, Libertarians, moderates and independents stay home on Election Day. Low voter turnout, apathy and cynicism pose as great a danger to our party as any Democratic candidate or Left-wing PAC. I urge you to get out on November 4th, cast your vote and be heard. I ask you to encourage all of your family members and friends to do the same.

The NEQRC strives to bring our club members the most interesting and timely guests for our meetings and 2014 has been no exception. We kicked off our 2014 general meetings with guest speaker Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor of the National Review and continued to attract some of the most prominent and relevant figures in New York politics. Our guest speakers this year have included Rob Astorino, John Cahill, Chris Moss, Grant Lally, Phil Gim, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Congressman Bob Turner, strategist Lynn Krogh and author/GOP operative Roger Stone.

We presented the only candidate forum for the 3rd Congressional District primary, which gave Republican voters a chance to see the two candidates answer each other’s questions as well as ours. And many voters who thought their votes didn’t count were shocked to learn that the primary was won by a mere 11 votes.

We brought Northeast Queens Republicans a chance to hear from Rob Astorino back in April, before many voters knew him. With the help of many of you, we held a successful fundraiser in June that allows us to provide services like this mailer and our many events.

I also believe that a political club should provide community service and opportunities to expand the appeal of the GOP in Queens. That’s why we do more than just talk politics. For the second consecutive year, our club hosted a free family Easter egg hunt in Bowne Park which featured our own Easter Bunny to entertain more than 150 children and parents and has become an Easter tradition in the neighborhood. Other events like our blood drives, charity collections, golf outings and barbecues give us opportunities to come together as a community, do some good and have some fun.

We support groups like the Bridge to Life and the New York Blood Center because they value human life as much as we do. This year’s holiday activities are being planned right now and I hope you’ll get in touch with me or check our website/Facebook pages and join us.

If you’re not sure which Assembly District you live in or which poll site to vote in, visit the Board of Elections website or call 866-VOTE-NYC.

I hope to see you at the polls on November 4th and at one of our upcoming NEQRC gatherings. I ask you join us. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE to view the 2014 NEQRC Republican Candidate Guide

Kevin J. Ryan

President, Northeast Queens Republican Club

Roger Stone Book Signing: Nixon’s Secrets Oct. 23rd

Meet veteran Republican operative (Presidents Nixon, Reagan and Bush) and best-selling author Roger Stone. Hear him talk about his new book about the Nixon few people knew. Discuss the recent reevaluation of Nixon, his place in history and what we can learn going forward in the GOP. Get your copy of Nixon’s Secrets signed by Roger Stone at this event hosted by the Northeast Queens Republican Club.

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