As the 2010-2011 school year finishes and project due date draws near, CCMC would like to use a post to recap the first year of College Conservatives-Maranatha Chapter.
CCMC would like to thank those who had the vision to restart a conservative group on campus. We would also like to thank the 2010-2011 cabinet members: President Michael Dean, Vice President Jessica Walworth, Secretaries Aubrey O'Brien and Audrey Smiley, and Member at Large Aaron Downs. We would also like to thank Naomi Ledgerwood, Attorney Matthew Davis, Christopher Harper, Kristina Hendrickson and everyone in the Maranatha Communication Office for all their time and input during the creation of The Manifesto.
After the 2008 election student led conservatism became invisible. The conservative renaissance is due to the efforts of countless students, faculty, and staff. From almost non-existent to the largest RSO on campus with over 200 members, CCMC has made an impact. Our main goal and mission statement is the education of the Maranatha family on political races and issues for local, state, and national issues. Starting with the 2010 November 2nd election, we took our mission to heart. Through bulletin boards, Chapel presentations, and hand-outs we provided information on Republican and Democratic candidates. CCMC transported over 100 students to the polls to cast their vote on the 2010 November election. During this time CCMC became involved in a phone bank campaign with Americans for Prosperity. Over twenty students made thousands of phone calls to surrounding districts. Within four days Wisconsin led the nation in phone calls made for the Americans for Prosperity phone bank campaign-- due in part to Maranatha students.
CCMC started out 2011 with the creation of The Manifesto. The blog not only is read by students and faculty, but also is read statewide, nationwide, and internationally. The April 5th elections provided another opportunity for CCMC. Through blog posts and flyers CCMC provided information on candidates. We again offered transportation to the polls, taking 70 students to vote-- a high number for a Supreme Court justice race. In our end of the year meeting, Politics and Ice Cream, CCMC featured guest speaker Assemblyman Evan Wynn. A veteran and football coach, Wynn ran for office after becoming upset with the direction Wisconsin was headed. In addition to hearing his life story and personal testimony he also explained the recent controversial Budget Repair Bill in Wisconsin. We would like to thank Julaine Appling for her help in procuring Evan Wynn as a guest speaker and contact. Two weeks after Politics and Ice Cream, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch was on campus. CCMC joined in the effort to publicize this event, and earned a great turn-out. After hearing her and Governor Walkers political aims and ideology, we listened to the account of a wife, mother, cancer survivor and reporter and anchor for WISN-TV give her personal testimony. Again we would like to thank Julaine Appling for her efforts and contribution to the CCMC and her bringing speakers Representative Scott Fitzgerald, Republican Watertown Chapter President Jim Braughler, School Board member Mark Holland, Judge Randy Kroshnick, and Council Member Bob Wetzel onto campus.
Reloading Not Rebuilding
CCMC hopes to finish the charter year by creating a solid foundation for next year's cabinet. We hope to give future cabinet members tools to reload, not to rebuild from scratch.
Thank you for your faithful reading,