Ellynne en Pointe - A month of celebration and change

Today, Wednesday, Jan. 14, weather permitting, I’ll be travelling to Annapolis to attend the Ceremonial Oath of Office and Reception to congratulate our brand-new, locally-elected candidates: Delegate Deb Rey (who will be serving on the Judiciary Committee and who believes that she may be the first female delegate from St. Mary’s County - she’s still researching this subject!), Senator Steve Waugh, who will serve on the Health and Education Committee, and Delegate Matt Morgan who will serve on the Health and Government Operations Committee. The swearing-in ceremony will be held in the State House at noon.

On Jan. 21, Inaugural events are scheduled to honor our new governor, Lawrence Hogan, and his lieutenant governor, Boyd Rutherford. At noon that day the swearing-in ceremony will be held at the State House in Annapolis followed by a public reception and receiving line at 1:30 p.m. Note that both of these are free public events.

At 6:30 p.m. that night, the Inaugural Sponsors and VIP Reception will be held at the Baltimore Hilton on 401 Pratt Street followed by the Inaugural Gala at the Baltimore Convention Center at 1 W. Pratt Street (both of these are ticketed events).

Celebrations will continue Saturday, Jan. 24 during the People’s Celebration at 6 p.m. to be held at Sailwinds Park in Cambridge (tickets are required), and Sunday, Jan. 25, when a community event is scheduled from 1 to 3:30 p.m. with First Lady Yumi Hogan and Mrs. Monica Rutherford at Howard County Community College’s gymnasium located at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. This is a free event, but you must RSVP.

For more information on Inaugural events, you may contact:

Watch this space next week for details on Gov. Hogan’s daughter’s “secret” Bipartisan Soup recipe!

Hooray for the Opening Day of the 114th Congress Jan. 6 which saw the swearing-in of the largest Republican majority in almost a century.

The next meeting of the Republican Club of St. Mary’s County, Greg Sauter, President, will be held Thursday, Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in its new location, Stoney’s Clarke’s Landing Restaurant. Guest Speaker is Diane Hussey, President of the Maryland Pro-Life Alliance. For more information, you may contact:

The St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee (SMCRCC), Julie Burk-Greer, chair, meets again Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at the F.O.P. Lodge on Chancellor’s Run Road in Great Mills. The job of the SMCRCC is to get more Republican’s elected, and MD GOP first vice-chair and SMCRCC member Mary Burke-Russell, currently liaison for St. Mary’s, Allegany and Charles counties, reports that there are now just over 1,000 more registered Republicans than Democrats in St. Mary’s County. To help raise money to foster the goals of the GOP in Maryland, you are invited to join the Century Club for $100 per year, or for $8.29 per month through Pay Pal. To join, you may contact:, or you may mail a check to P.O. Box 126, Hollywood, Md. 20636.

For more information on the SMC RCC you may contact:, (301)475-8709, or you may access the website at

Upcoming GOP Events 
Maryland GOP Chair Diana Waterman invites you to attend The 5th Annual MD GOP Reagan Ball which will be held Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City. The VIP Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. to be followed by the ball from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. (black tie optional). Dance to the music of Appaloosa while enjoying fancy hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Tickets to the ball are $100 per person; tickets for the VIP reception and ball are $250. You may contact (410)263-2125 or for more information. Turf Valley is also featuring discounted hotel rates for this event at $99 per night. For hotel information you may call (410)465-1500 and be sure to mention MD GOP.
The 2015 MD GOP Convention is scheduled for April 17-18 at the Princess Hotel in Ocean City. Watch this space for more details.

Events Around Town
Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance will hold a “HomeSpun Coffee House” featuring The Sometime Sisters Friday, Jan. 23 at the Christ Church Parish Hall on 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico. Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by music at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Refreshments will be served (donations requested). For more information you may contact:

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