By Bryan Boggiano
The 2022 midterm elections are still nine months away, but the Kings Point Republican Club is preparing for a busy year.
According to President Joe D’uva, the club discusses current events, elections, and club events at their monthly meetings.
They also host guest speakers who talk about topics such as border security and anti-Semitism. These guest speakers include local politicians, public figures, and candidates. At their March meeting, Kings Point Republicans plan to have 850 WFTL radio host Joyce Kaufman speak.
D’uva said that the club has about 150 members, but he expects to grow to at least 200 by March. While most members are older than 70, he notices that more members between 55 and 70 are joining.
With COVID interfering with some of the club’s agenda, he said that Kings Point Republicans are hitting the ground running and encouraging members to volunteer at phone banking events, canvassing for local candidates, and educating voters about how to fill out mail-in ballots.
One of the club’s highest priorities is the special election for State Senate District 33, where Joseph Carter (R) will face off against School Board Representative Rosalind Osgood (D). That election is set for Mar. 8.
D’uva notes that since Kings Point is a retirement community, many members want to leave their impact.
“They want to do what they think is in the best interest of the country,” he said.
Kings Point Republicans are preparing for their Feb. 25 dinner dance, a social event to collect dues, and a Spring community barbeque with local candidates.
In the community, they hold street-corner rallies and give back to the community by helping Veterans.
D’uva said that many club members are Veterans, with most serving in either World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.
The club teamed up with Honor Flight South Florida, an organization that flies veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the war memorials built in their honor. The one-day trip to D.C. includes airfare, bus transportation with police escorts, meals, shirts, and other necessities. A guardian accompanies each veteran.
The club takes collections at their meetings to raise money for these honor flights so that a guardian can accompany each veteran.
Honoring veterans is one way D’uva and Kings Point Republicans unite around a common cause, which he said can be difficult, especially since there are ideological splits within the Republican Party.
This is why D’uva allows members to speak about what is on their minds at club meetings. When members step inside the meeting room, D’uva said he goes above and beyond to unite the members behind their common goal.
For Kings Point Republicans, one of these goals is success in the 2022 midterm elections.
“Our 2022 goals are to build the membership and to get increased donations to help republican candidates win at the local, state, and national level,” he said.
The club holds meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. inside the King’s Point Main Clubhouse.
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- A University of Florida journalism graduate, Bryan plans to pursue geosciences at Florida International University for his master's. He has a strong interest in weather, entertainment, and journalism.