April 16, 2015 – Richard J. Arena, President of Impact Enterprises, LLC

This Thursday, we welcome Georgia Tea Party member and friend, Richard J. Arena.

Richard J. Arena – President Impact Enterprises, LLC

Richard is President of Impact Enterprises, LLC – a strategic marketing consultancy. His clients have included Coca Cola, Kroger, Textile Management Associates, Sophus Berendsen PLC, Starnet, and Kleen-Tex Industries. Prior to becoming a strategic marketing consultant in 2001, he was Director of Marketing for two decades with a Georgia-based global textile manufacturing company. In that capacity he was a frequent speaker at trade conventions and executive seminars in North America, Japan, and Europe. He is a past president of the British American Business Group of Atlanta, and a former Director of Scottish Borders Enterprises, a joint venture of the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Scottish government.

Before his career in private industry Mr. Arena served in government as a field operator with the United States Army Security Agency, followed by service in the Organized Crime Unit of the Kentucky State Police. He later served as Director of Law Enforcement Planning with the Louisville and Jefferson County Crime Commission and Executive Director of the Lexington-Fayette County Crime Commission. He was on staff for two Kentucky governors – Louie B. Nunn, (R) and Wendell H. Ford (D) where he was tasked with Criminal Justice legislative and program development.

He has been married to Maxine Dial Arena for forty years. They have four children and eight grandchildren. Members of the Roswell Presbyterian Church, the Arenas have been residents of Roswell, Georgia since 1975.

Come join the discussion this Thursday evening at 7pm!

Meeting Info

Time: EVERY Thursday night, 7-9 pm
Location: 900 Roswell ST, Marietta, GA
(Roswell Street Baptist Church office building, east of the church campus, west of the Big Chicken)

Judicial Conversations Meeting (aka JudiCon)

The NEW Judicial Conversations group will give us a chance to learn about the Judicial Courts and process in Georgia, and meet with Judicial candidates. We will come to understand their background and credentials, their judicial philosophy, and have an exchange that allows us to share our political philosophy and ask questions.

JudiCon meets the 2nd Monday of most months. We had an informative meeting with Election Law Attorney Bryan Tyson on Monday, March 9.

Our most recent meeting was held Monday April 13. Our speaker was Supreme Court of Georgia Justice Keith R. Blackwell.

Our next meeting will be Monday, May 11.

We meet at The House of Lu Restaurant just north of the Marietta Square. You can come for fellowship and dinner at 6:30pm, the meeting begins at 7:00pm.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Judicial Conversations group, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings, please contact GTP Board Member JD Van Brink

The Georgia Tea Party does not endorse or support candidates, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Officials and Candidates are invited to our Committee Meetings to learn of their views.

County and State Watch

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 20 at 6:30pm, at the House of Lu Restaurant on Marietta Square. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month.

At our next meeting, our speakers will be Georgia House Representative Sharon Cooper AND Georgia Senator Hunter Hill.

Georgia House Representative Sharon Cooper

Born in Houston, Texas, Sharon Cooper is proud to have called Georgia home for over 38 years. She was married to the late Dr. Tom Cooper for more than 33 years. She was first elected in 1996 as the State Representative for the 41st District of Georgia (now 43rd district). In 2000 Sharon was chosen as legislator of the year by the Georgia Republican Party and in 2002 she was elected Caucus Chairman by her Republican colleagues. In 2004 she was elected Majority Caucus Chairman making her the highest ranking woman in the Georgia House. In 2007, in response to her ever increasing committee responsibilities, Rep. Cooper assumed the role of Caucus Chair Emeritus.

Currently Rep. Cooper chairs the Health and Human Services committee, one of the busiest committees in the House. She was also appointed chairman of the Special Committee on Certificate of Need as well as chair of the Special Committee on Grady Hospital. Rep. Cooper is also a member of the Rules, Judiciary Non-Civil and Regulated Industries committees. Rep. Cooper holds several degrees, including a B.S. in Child Development; a M.A. in Education and MSN in Nursing. Sharon has written two textbooks on Psychiatric Nursing and in 1994 she authored Taxpayer’s Tea Party – a how-to book that encouraged the average citizen to become politically active. Recently she was asked to update this book, also available now in E-book form.

A graduate of the first class of the Coverdell Leadership Institute, Rep. Cooper was able to pass a major revision of the state’s stalking law while still in her freshman term. In 2002 US Attorney General Ashcroft appointed her to the President’s 30-member, National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. In 2006 Cobb County Commission Chairman Sam Olens credited Rep. Cooper as being the major catalyst behind the creation of Cobb County Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit. She has also served on the First Lady, Mary Perdue’s Advisory Committee on Foster Care.

Rep. Cooper Continues to Author and foster legislation that promotes improved health care for Georgians such as: the HIV Screening Bill for Pregnant Women, Georgia Smoke Free Air Act, and the “Health Share” Volunteers in Medicine Act. Rep. Cooper has earned the reputation of being one of the hardest working legislators at the Capitol as well as being honest, straightforward and committed. Former governor and U.S. Senator Zell Miller still calls her the little legislator that tells it like it is.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP * Health and Human Services, Chair * Judiciary – Non Civil, Member * Regulated Industries, Member * Rules, Member

We will also hear from State Senator Hunter Hill.

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State Senator Hunter Hill

State Senator Hunter Hill, a Republican, was elected to the State Senate for Georgia’s 6th District in 2012. Sen. Hill represents portions of Cobb and Fulton counties. In 2014, he was elected Majority Caucus Vice-Chairman by his colleagues. Sen. Hill is the Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee and Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee. He is a member of Appropriations (Vice-Chairman of the Public Safety Subcommittee), Judiciary Non-Civil, and Reapportionment and Redistricting committees. Sen. Hill is also an Ex-Officio of the Retirement and Rules committees. He was also appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to sit on the MARTOC Committee. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management and Civil Engineering, Sen. Hill became a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. He went on to graduate from the Airborne, the Air Assault, and the US Army Ranger Schools. In June 2001, Hunter took command of a rifle platoon with the 101st Airborne Division, which he led into battle in Afghanistan in 2002. Sen. Hill subsequently led another platoon into battle in Iraq in 2003, and he commanded three different teams on other deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to his combat roles, he also served as a General’s Aide in Iraq, and earned two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal and two Army Commendation Medals. Like his Army career, His business career is about leadership development. Sen. Hill is currently the President of Tommy Newberry Coaching, where he leverages his military, real estate development and security industry experience to lead and grow his business. In his first year in the Senate, Sen. Hill was voted Freshman Legislator of the year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He was also given a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union. In 2012, Sen. Hill was appointed by his colleagues to serve as the Majority Deputy Whip. In addition to his leadership roles, Sen. Hill is active in the community. He has volunteered to assist the Smyrna Veterans Committee, the Cobb County Citizens Oversight Committee for the T-SPLOST and the Georgia Energy Forum. Sen. Hill graduated from the inaugural class of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute in 2010. Sen. Hill is a native of Vinings and Buckhead, and his family currently resides in Smyrna. He is married to Shannan Reese Hill. They are the proud parents of Hunter Bradley Hill, Jr. and Annie Christine Hill. The Hills attend Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s County and State Watch, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with County or State officials or candidates, please contact GTP Board Member Steve Covert.

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

Federal Task Force

Our next meeting will be held Monday, April 27, at 7:00pm, at The House of Lu Restaurant on Marietta Square. We meet the 4th Monday of every month.

We had an informative meeting with 11th District US Representative Barry Loudermilk on March 30, 2015.

Martha Zoller, State Policy Director for Senator David Perdue’s Georgia office

The speaker at our April meeting will be Martha Zoller, State Policy Director for Senator David Perdue’s Georgia office. She will update us om what Senator Perdue is seeking to accomplish in Washington DC.

Martha is a columnist, media personality, author, and former Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives. An Atlanta native, Zoller began broadcasting in 1994 as co-host of the Mid-Day program on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville. Zoller was named one of Talkers magazine’s ‘Heavy Hundred’ talk shows in America in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, and was named to the 2005 Georgia Trend Magazine “Most Important Media People” list and the 2005 and 2006 James Magazine “Most Influential Georgians” lists. The Martha Zoller Show was syndicated statewide on the Georgia News Network until she ended her show to run for Congress after the 2010 census gave Georgia an extra seat. She started the political website zPolitics.com. Ms. Zoller wrote a book in 2005 entitled “Indivisible: Uniting Values for a Divided America”. She joined the Perdue for Senate campaign in 2014, and is now Senator Perdue’s State Policy Director for Georgia.

To find out how you can be a part of the Georgia Tea Party’s Federal Task Force, or if you’re a GTP volunteer that would like to be a part of future meetings with other candidates, please contact GTP Board Members Jim Jess or Ronny West

Note that the Georgia Tea Party does not support or endorse any Candidate, and elected Officials and Candidates are not invited to speak at our Public meetings. Such Officials and Candidates may be invited to our Committee Meetings to learn more of their views on Public Policy.

Future Thursday Meeting Speakers

April 23 – Bill Byrne, former Cobb County Commission Chairman, “Was Professor Gruber right – Where is the Outrage?”
April 30 – Bob Shaw from the Fulton County CID (Community Improvement District) on economic development

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“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that Eternal Vigilance by the People is The Price of Liberty, and that You Must Pay the Price if you Wish to Secure the Blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government.”
– President Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, 1837