What are the Principles of Republicanism?
The Republican Party itself was formed in 1854, founded by anti-slavery expansion activist, led by Abraham Lincoln with its ideals firmly rooted in the concept of government of the people, by the people, for the people. Today, the party’s platform generally reflects American conservatism in the U.S. political spectrum and is considered center-right, in contrast to the more center-left Democrats. The concept of Republicanism has changed over the years and even today it can mean something different to each person. Traditionally, the Republican Party has been associated with those who advocate for lower taxes, less government spending and more individual freedom.
Who can join your Club and how?
If you are a registered Republican in any state you can join. Special exceptions are made for teenagers and legal non-citizens who are not yet able to register to vote.
What do I get for my membership fee?
There are four classes of membership. All members are invited to our monthly meeting events and may bring guests along with them. Our members additionally have the option of choosing to belong to our elite membership circles: Patriot and President Circles. Our Patriot and President Circle members receive club-wide recognition and name tags in addition to all their membership benefits.
How many members are in your Club?
Membership varies year to year. Typically, we expect 80 or more members per year.
Do I have to live in Collier County to be a member?
No, you are welcome to join even if you can’t attend often. You can keep up to date with our activities on this website, especially through the members only webpage.
Do I have to be a registered voter to belong?
Typically we require that, but we will make an exception for those who cannot legally vote because they are under-age or not yet citizens. You can download a voter registration form on the website of your county of residence.
Do you work on political campaigns?
We encourage all of our members to work on campaigns and help get Republican candidates elected to office.
Does your club follow a particular “wing” of the Republican Party? What is your specific ideology?
Our club is founded on the principles of limited government intervention in peoples’ lives. We believe that free market capitalism with limited government regulation and limited social safety nets is the best system to lift people out of poverty. We believe in accountability in the education system, a strong military, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the rule of law. We do not represent a particular wing of the party and respect everyone’s beliefs and opinions so long as they are reasonable and expressed in a respectful way. Our members fall anywhere within the right wing of the political spectrum.
How can I publicize my event or candidacy with your organization?
The best way is to come to our meetings and make an announcement.
What is the RSVP Policy for member meetings?
Unfortunately, our meeting venue requires that we provide them with a final RSVP count FIVE days in advance of our dinner meeting. This means that we will no longer accept reservations outside that time frame. It was not long ago that it was possible to join an NRC dinner meeting without having RSVP’d. That is no longer the case. Please sign up early. If you are unable to RSVP, please be aware we will only be able to accommodate you on a limited basis with a reduced menu at a predetermined table.
What is the refund policy?
We regret that we are unable to offer a refund for a dinner meeting reservation after the RSVP deadline has passed. If you request a refund prior to the deadline, we are happy to offer a refund!