High school students all across the state are campaigning to achieve Republican victories. The Bellaire High School chapter is leading the grass roots effort for State Representative Sarah Davis. The race is high on the RPT Targeted Race List and needs as many volunteers as possible. The Bellaire High School club, led by Michelle and Jennifer Knesbach, has taken up the race as its key election this cycle and works every weekend on the campaign. With the closeness of the 2010 race, which was won by 700 votes, every member understands the effect that one person can have on the results of an election through volunteering, leading to students going to the headquarters every weekend to do their part.
Besides working campaigns, HSRTX chapters are getting involved in the 2012 election by hosting candidates at club meetings. The Alamo Heights club recently hosted Bexar County Sheriff Candidate Susan Pamerleau at their meeting in support of her bid to unseat the ineffective and inefficient Democratic incumbent. Bellaire hosted Sarah Davis and next Monday will welcome U.S. Representative Ted Poe. High school students across the state of Texas will continue to work hard for Victory 2012, especially as Early Voting begins Monday, October 22nd.
After a summer full of growth and success for HSRT, Chairman Connor Pfeiffer delivered his auxiliary report to the Republican Party of Texas State Republican Executive Committee this past weekend and was joined at the meeting by Club Chairmen Shelby James (George West, TX), Leighton Berridge (Southlake, TX) and Shooter Russell (Leander, TX).
Chairman Pfeiffer had the following to report to the SREC on HSRT’s activities since the March meeting:
Going into this fall, HSRT’s primary statewide focus was recruiting new chapters and gearing up for the general election season. Following the RPT State Convention in June where HSRT had a booth, distributed 5000 flyers and several hundred push cards, and appealed to members of the Convention Page Program to start clubs, many contacts were established that are now coming to fruition as the election season heats up and the school year progresses. HSRT set a statewide goal of having 20 chapters by the end of the fall and is on track to meet that goal. Going forward to Election Day, HSRT’s focuses remain capitalizing on election enthusiasm to start new chapters and aiding candidates across the state to victory.
- HSRT won the award from the National Teenage Republicans for Best Website in the Nation in 2012.
- HSRT’s Alamo Heights High School Chapter, founded and led by State Chairman Connor Pfeiffer, won the National Rising Star Club Award for the club’s work in 2012.
- As of September 20th, HSRT had 14 chapters, a growth rate of 75% in 6 months from 8 chapters in March 2012 when HSRT became an auxiliary.
- Out of the 6 new chapters, 2 resulted from the state convention and the other 4 came from other sources.
- These 6 chapters have anywhere from 120 to 160 members in total.
- HSRT now has at least one chapter in every major Texas metropolitan area except for El Paso.
- HSRT now has chapters within 100 miles of all but 1 (in El Paso) of the RPT’s 2012 targeted races.
- Chairman Connor Pfeiffer authored HSRT’s comprehensive “Guide to Starting a High School Republican Club” over the summer, a 29 page guide that details the entire process of starting and running a successful and effective HSRT chapter. It is distributed to every prospective chapter along with a club registration form and HSRT’s bylaws.
- Chairman Connor Pfeiffer appointed Leighton Berridge from Carroll HS in Southlake as HSRT’s statewide political director in order to have someone at the state level whose focus is getting clubs involved with campaigns and races across the state.
- An HSRT political guide is in the works to help newer chapters understand the political opportunities available to them.
- HSRT has also started a statewide contest among HSRT chapters, with the winning club having the most man-hours of political volunteering between August 1st and Election Day.
- Leighton has created a volunteer sheet for clubs to log their volunteer hours so HSRT can get an idea at the state level how much activity is going on at different clubs and as a whole.
- Clubs are being encouraged to participate in RPT’s statewide block walking days on October 20th and November 3rd as well as volunteering throughout the rest of the election season.
2013 State Convention:
- HSRT will have its first state convention this spring.
- HSRT’s State Executive Committee has begun identifying possible locations to host the convention.
Continue to help support HSRT by donating or helping start a chapter in your area! For a full recap of the SREC meeting, click on this link: http://www.texasgop.org/posts/289-chairman-s-update-september-2012
At the 34th Annual National Teen Age Republican Leadership Conference, the High School Republicans of Texas won 2 awards in its first year of existence. The state federation won the award for “Outstanding TAR Website in the Nation” for developing a website that “is a source of valuable information for active TARS in the state,” www.hsrtx.org. And the Alamo Heights High School Young Republicans, led by Club and State Chairman Connor Pfeiffer, received the national “Rising Star Club Award” for their work this past year. “I am thrilled by HSRT’s showing at the national level with these two awards and look forward to our continued success working with fellow teenage republicans across the nation. This election will be one of the most important in a generation and I look forward to the High School Republicans of Texas’ growth and success continuing this year,” said State Chairman Connor Pfeiffer.
To help the High School Republicans of Texas continue its success in reaching high school students across Texas this coming school year, help start a club in your area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thousands of delegates, alternates, elected officials, and other Republicans gathered in Fort Worth for the RPT’s state convention in one of the most important election years in recent memory and the High School Republicans of Texas were there for it all. HSRT’s booth in the exhibit hall attracted hundreds of Republicans from across the state eager to learn about getting teens involved in their local parties.
From County Chairman, to state representatives and candidates for the State Board of Education, our booth was a popular spot for delegates interested in the future of our party. US Senate candidate Ted Cruz even stopped by and spoke with our chairman, Connor Pfeiffer, before doing an interview with a local station right in front of the booth.
HSRT members also served as members of the 150 strong page program, helping ensure the success of the convention by aiding delegates during general sessions or running errands and completing tasks during caucuses. Pages got the opportunity to meet Governor Rick Perry and former Secretary of State and candidate in CD 25 Roger Williams among other leaders throughout the convention. And it was a group of pages and HSRT members who helped put out over 5,000 flyers in the arena prior to the 3rd general session to inform delegates about our mission to reach out to students across the state.
For our members and pages and delegate alike, this convention was one to remember for years after hearing great speeches from our state’s elected officials and the adoption of a conservative, true Republican platform that was passed overwhelmingly along with important changes to our party’s rules including removing term limits on our representatives on the RNC. Our mission doesn’t stop here and we encourage people to continue to learn more about HSRT and to do anything they can in their community to help bring Republicanism to the students of Texas.
The High School Republicans of Texas are gearing up for the state convention June 7-9 in Fort Worth at the convention center. HSRT will have a booth in the exhibitor hall to hand out literature to attendees to help get new chapters started around the state. Attendees will also see our members throughout the convention working as pages and at various events. For more information on the convention, visit convention.texasgop.org.
The High School Republicans of Texas Gain Auxiliary Status:
The High School Republicans of Texas were represented by Chairman Connor Pfeiffer along with Senior Vice Chairman Michelle Knesbach, Co-Vice Chairman Jennifer Knesbach, Treasurer Michael Scheinthal and Leander HS President Shooter Russell at the March 31st State Republican Executive Committee Meeting at party headquarters in Austin and were approved as the newest auxiliary of the state party. After being approved by the Auxiliaries and Coalitions Committee on Friday, HSRT was overwhelmingly approved by the full SREC as part of the committee’s report on Saturday. A full recap of the weekend’s meetings can be found on the party website at this link: http://www.texasgop.org/posts/255-spring-2012-srec-quarterly-meeting-update