Chairman’s Message

September starts with celebrating Labor Day, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. However, Oregon became the first state to pass legislation recognizing Labor Day followed by Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York later that year. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, we celebrate the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. We have much to celebrate! JP Morgan bought Andrew Carnegie’s steel company in 1901 for today’s equivalent of about $14 billion. Despite his riches, he did not have air conditioning, instant communications, vacuum cleaners, ethnic food that can be delivered in 30 minutes, advanced health care and it took a week to travel coast-to-coast, albeit in his own Pullman coach.

All this is because of the efforts of American workers to turn dreams and ideas into valuable products. You deserve a day of recognition and a poignant reminder of just how far we have come!

Labor Day is the ‘unofficial end of summer’ and this year, Maryland students return to school after the holiday. Virginia also celebrates the return to school after Labor Day. This returns us to a schedule that is familiar to many of us.

On September 14th, Marylander’s get to celebrate the creation of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ as Fort McHenry rebuffed Britain’s attempt to capture Baltimore. Negotiations to end the war had begun in August and were signed in December 1814, just 3 months after the American victory. Make sure you try to get to the fort this month.

Many have asked, ‘How can I help?’ Several opportunities come to mind:

1,           The Annapolis primary election is Tuesday, September 19, this year! That’s right. We have five Republican candidates running for the City Council, the strongest group in recent history. An Annapolis mayor needs Council support to fend off the opposition’s efforts to erode his job responsibilities. We need all Republicans who live in the city to get out and vote. We need Annapolis Republicans to volunteer now so we can get organized for the general election in November. The Democrats are working hard to get out their vote and since they out number us, we must work even harder.

2.           How about having fun at the County Fair and working with your fellow Republicans? You can help man the Republican Booth at the Anne Arundel County Fair from September 13 through 17th. Please sign up via the link ​ (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4cacad28a2f94-2017) and join fellow Republicans in spreading the word about our Candidates, Elected Officials and Clubs. Can I count on you to volunteer for one shift over those four days?

Thank you for your contributions to the country and the county!

Wayne Smith

Chair, AAGOP