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June 6th Meetup with CNN’s Jim Spellman

Up on the Roof with a “National” Perspective!

We hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity for an “off the record” Q&A with national, award-winning, CNN journalist, Jim Spellman!  He was originally scheduled for our May 16th meetup, but had to travel out of town to cover the devastation in the south and the Joplin tornado.  He is back in town, and we hope it will be a slow news period so that he isn’t called away again.

Over his decade of work at CNN, Mr. Spellman has covered homeland security, terrorism, and politics, and traveled extensively as a producer for Anderson Cooper 360. Since moving to Denver in 2008, he has reported extensively on the Tea Party movement, attending well over 50 tea party events across the country.

He won his first Peabody award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and has since received two additional Peabody awards. Recent top stories include covering the BP oil spill from the Gulf coast and the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.

I would be happy to hold a July 4th meetup if we have enough interest. Realizing this is a busy family and travel weekend, I will need your input before making a decision. Please email or send me a FB message immediately:

Would you be able to attend and if so, would the morning, afternoon, or evening work best. One thought that I had was to meet in the morning at a park in Golden, before most have family commitments, for a breakfast get together. Would anyone be interested in hosting a get together at their home? Let me know sacco@libertyontherocks.org

Jim Spellman Event Details
June 6, 2011
Old Chicago’s rooftop
145 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, CO

Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. (Speakers generally begin between 5:45 – 6:00)

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

May 16th Meetup — “Off the Record” with CNN

Jim Spellman – Up On The Roof!

We hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity for an “off the record” Q&A with national, award-winning, CNN journalist, Jim Spellman!

Over his decade of work at CNN, Mr. Spellman has covered homeland security, terrorism and politics from Washington DC and traveled extensively as a producer for Anderson Cooper 360. Since moving to Denver in 2008 he has reported extensively on the Tea Party movement, attending well over 50 tea party events across the country.

He won his first Peabody award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and has since received two additional Peabody awards. Recent highlights include covering the BP oil spill from the Gulf coast and the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti.

Jim Spellman Event Details

May 16, 2011
Old Chicago’s rooftop
145 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, CO
Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. (Speakers generally begin between 5:45 – 6:00)

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

Blog site: RedRocks.LibertyOnTheRocks.org

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

May 2nd — “Meet Up” with Mitchell & Ramirez in Lakewood!

Senator Shawn Mitchell & Representative Robert Ramirez — Up On The Roof!

With special guest emcee Justin Everett, presenting:

“2011 Colorado Legislative Wrap-up”

Really? What a trifecta! Our dynamic, engaging, and talented emcee and a delegate to the 2004 national GOP convention. The always debonair Justin Everett has pulled together a special team (a seasoned vet from the Senate, along with a political “newbie” from the House) to bring you the highlights and low lights of another legislative session soon to come to a close.

Senator Mitchell is a Senior Fellow of the Independence Institute, president of the Colorado chapter of the Federalist Society, and a favorite of Liberty. This multi-talented senator is not only an intellectual and amazingly quick witted, but he is most certainly destined for higher office (Run Shawn Run!). Senator Mitchell has consistently fought for fiscal conservatism and smaller government on behalf of his Colorado constituents since being elected into the state house in 1999.

Representative Ramirez, a Jersey boy, Eagle Scout, and entrepreneur, served our country in the Navy and is currently a “shake ‘em up” freshman Colorado legislator. He sits on the House Transportation and Education committees. (Rep. Ramirez also generously contributed a way cool campaign jacket to our Liberty holiday fund raising event held this past December).

This should be another amazing Liberty meetup. Think sunshine and let’s hope for our first happy hour on the roof top patio this year!

Mitchell & Ramirez Event Details (special guest emcee Justin Everett)

May 2, 2011
Old Chicago’s rooftop
145 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, CO
Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. (Speakers generally begin between 5:45 – 6:00)

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

April 18th — Education on Tap!

Education’s “Rocket Man” — Randy DeHoff – Up On The Roof!

April 18, 2011

Tax day cometh, and what better way to put it behind you than to meet with friends at the hottest “educational drink tank” in town! Education will be on tap, as our special guest will be Randy DeHoff (who really is a rocket scientist). We will discuss online learning, 21st century learning, the need (or not) for bricks and mortar, 24/7 education, and a non-traditional calendar to name just a few. Join us for what will surely be a lively discussion about the future of education!

Mr. DeHoff is currently the Director of Strategic Growth for GOAL (Guided Online Academic Learning) Academy, a Colorado public high school. He is also a former Colorado Department of Education board member, former Executive Director of the Charter School Institute, and a strong advocate of real paradigm changes in education.

One other Liberty note: if you don’t know Big Government Gary, check out some of his recent videos

Randy DeHoff Event Details

April 18, 2011
Old Chicago’s rooftop
145 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, CO

Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. (Speakers generally begin between 5:45 – 6:00)

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

Liberty Looks Globally, March 21st Happy Hour!

“The Great Androsphinx That Is Middle East Politics”

Up On The Roof, with Christine Burtt

Liberty (Red Rocks) closes out our dynamic 2nd year with our special guest, Christine Burtt. Ms. Burtt will have just returned from Egypt, and will talk with us about the current real world political happenings in the Middle East and boy, oh boy is she qualified to take on our Q&A.

Christine Burtt is president of a public relations and consulting firm, a political trainer and campaign consultant to countries and candidates worldwide, including the Middle East and Russia, a new media coach, and chairman of the Colorado Republican Business Coalition, which promotes the interests of small businesses (besides her numerous volunteer activities). I hope everyone takes advantage of this opportunity to get the big picture on Liberty!

Friends of Liberty

Join me and our Liberty friends for one dynamite movie, “The Cartel.” This movie will be shown at the Independence Institute on March 16th, from 6-8p.m. Details and reservations at:

http://americansforprosperity.org/022811-viewing-cartel-denver-metro-area-march-16th

Become a Persuasive Liberty Advocate!

Join your Liberty friends on March 24th for the new Liberty West Toastmasters being held at Stevinson Toyota. Details at:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=132110993526662

Christine Burtt Event Details

March 21, 2011
Old Chicago’s rooftop
145 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, CO
Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. (Speakers generally begin between 5:45 – 6:00)

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

Presidents’ Day Meetup Featuring “Honest Abe!”

Welcome Mr. President!  A special Liberty Presentation for President’s Day…

President Lincoln – Up On The Roof!

“A Fireside Chat with Honest Abe”

Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks) Happy Hour

February 21, 2011

A special day, a special presentation, and the sesquicentennial of President Lincoln’s Civil War Presidency. Lincoln historian and presenter, John Voehl, will perform for us for about a half an hour (jokes and stories) before we open the floor for Q&A with “President Lincoln.” Not only will this presentation be interesting, informative, and historical, it will be a great family “civics” event for Presidents’ Day. We’re looking forward to what could be one of our best Liberty meetups yet!

Since this is a special event presented on the holiday, we will probably start the presentation earlier than usual, so plan to arrive no later than 5:15 p.m. or as early as possible based on your commute.

Learn more about our special guest John Voehl and our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln at:

http://www.abelincolnalive.com

President Lincoln Event Details

February 21, 2011

Old Chicago’s rooftop

145 Union Blvd.

Lakewood, CO

Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m.

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

Feb. 7th Meetup – “Follow the (State’s) Money”

Walker Stapleton – Up On The Roof!

“Colorado’s Financial Snapshot”

Got cash?

Find out where your Colorado tax dollars go, and how they are invested and dispersed. Bring your questions about state investments, expenditures, revenues, PERA, and other state finance and budget issues for our guest, Colorado State Treasurer, Walker Stapleton.

Learn more about the office of the state treasurer and Mr. Stapleton at:

http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Treasury/TR/1190190947060

Friends of Liberty

Join your other Liberty friends on February 10th for the new Liberty West Toastmasters being held at Stevinson Toyota. Details at:

http://www.facebook.com/citizensacco#!/event.php?eid=158305067554239&index=1

Walker Stapleton Event Details

February 7, 2011
Old Chicago’s rooftop
145 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, CO
Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. (Speakers generally begin between 5:45 – 6:00)

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

Jan. 17th meetup — Ken Summers and Education Reform

Ken Summers – Up On The Roof!

“Education Paradigm”
Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks) Happy Hour
January 17, 2011

Liberty kicks off 2011 and MLK day with our goals for education and peaceful citizen advocacy in the forefront, with our very special guest, Representative Ken Summers!

Location: Old Chicago (upstairs) | 145 Union Boulevard, Lakewood, CO

Is education a choice? Do great teachers, students, parents, or the union make for great student achievement? Have we lost our way? Is Jeffco really a “local” district? If you get what you pay for, why do we not pay school board members? Do great teachers make great leaders and business executives? Will more money and more union input truly make for better students?

Bring your questions for Colorado’s own HD 22 state rep, Ken Summers. Rep. Summers sits on the state education committee at the capitol, is a pastor, and just one darn nice fellow! He will take on your questions about education reform, school choice, vouchers, and so much more. And I give you my word that even though he will be speaking in Jeffco, we won’t “CENSURE” him. To learn more about Rep. Summers, please visit http://kensummers.org.

Tons of great news and upcoming events, so pay attention! WARNING: THIS UPDATE IS LONGER THAN NORMAL, BUT WE ARE LAYING A FOUNDATION FOR 2011, SO PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ ALL!

First a special thank you to Red Rocks’ members and leaders!
Thank you all for making our 2nd annual holiday party and fundraiser a success!!!
Check out the press we received:
http://www.coloradostatesman.com/content/992491-lotr-red-rocks-has-full-house-and-plenty-vino
Special recognition was bestowed upon a few of our most active chapter leaders/contributors.
The Lucci family
Hans & Teresa Eckelman
Linda Sasenick

And say hello to the two fiery redheads that will rock Jeffco in 2011!
Regan Benson, Community Activist for Jeffco Schools Accountability Group, is leading the charge for education reform in Jeffco. Her group will lead the way to ensure our school district is acting responsibly for every child and every tax dollar. No small task, so help Regan and jump on board. Our “David” cannot do it against this “Goliath” without your help! Contact Regan at communityforums4us@gmail.com or follow her on her Facebook page.

Brenda Smull is starting a west side chapter of Liberty Toastmasters, (a themed club focused on the US Constitution), which will help you:
* Improve your communication and leadership skills
* Increase your effectiveness at meetings and interviews
* Think clearly when answering impromptu questions
The group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month.
Meetings will be held at Stevinson West (6th and Indiana) in Lakewood.
First meeting will be an exception to the rule and this demonstration meeting will be held on Thursday Jan. 20 at 7:00 p.m.at the Sheriff’s Station 8100 Shaffer Pkwy, Suite 100 Littleton, CO 80127
Email Brenda to RSVP and to ask any questions: bsmull@digital.net

Citizen Advocates’ Network is a great new networking group that I have recently established. Citizen Advocates’ Network is an informal group of concerned citizens choosing to defend their constitutional rights and promote free markets, individual rights, and limited government. The “C.A.N. Do” members will champion issues such as transparency, accountability, education reform, fiscal responsibility, property rights, other civic issues, and a return to Liberty-focused values. We encourage members to lead by example. If you believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and prefer to be a responsible citizen with limited nanny intrusions, this is your group! When you have an issue near and dear to you, please bring it to the groups’ attention and lead the fight.

Information can be found at our FB group page: Citizen Advocates’ Network, so please be sure to request to be added if you are on FB. Also, be sure to adjust your settings on FB if you don’t want to receive an e-mail each time we post to the wall at C.A.N.

For folks that follow us via e-mail, we have started a google group for those interested in participating in the Citizen Advocates’ Network. E-mail (sacco@LibertyOnTheRocks.org) and I will add you to the group.

Those folks participating in the C.A.N. Group or who are interested in Regan’s Students First group may want to begin to get up to speed on Jeffco school issues by attending the next board of education study session this upcoming Thursday at 7p.m. Details about the study session are posted at http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/board/index.html.
Also, if you have any ideas, school choice week begins January 23-29th and Liberty would be interested in hosting an event if you have any suggestions. Details about school choice week at http://schoolchoiceweek.com.

Upcoming Events

Save the date: January 31, 2011
Bonus Monday with Eric Golub from the Peoples’ Republic of Los Angeles
A conservative, Jewish republican, blogger (at http://www.tygrrrrexpress.com), and a Dennis Miller-like comedian, will be providing some comedy entertainment sure to offend all:)

Ken Summers Event Details

January 17, 2011
Old Chicago’s rooftop
145 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, CO
Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. (Speakers generally begin between 5:45 – 6:00)
FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)
Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

March 15th Happy Hour Meet Up

Happy Hour – It’s the Law! :)

Jefferson County Sheriff Ted Mink – Up On The Roof (upstairs indoor HEATED bar)!!!

Here’s a great opportunity to meet the “man” behind the badge. As if we needed yet another reason to celebrate our freedoms on Monday, Red Rocks will also be ushering in March Madness, the New Moon, caucus eve, and pre-St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. Don’t forget the place to be on Wednesdays is Liberty on the Rocks at the Tavern at DTC or Denver, (alternate weeks) with Denver’s chapter hosting the only true reason to go green, this St. Patrick’s Day.

Who ya gonna call? Well, if you’re not in Mayberry, you better call Sheriff Mink (see his impressive resume at http://co.jefferson.co.us/sheriff/sheriff_T62_R0.htm).

Bring your questions, the Sheriff should have the answers.

Should we expect to see any recessionary cutbacks that may affect our safety?

Are our schools safe?

Are we moving toward becoming a police state?

How does Jeffco handle the issues of medical marijuana and immigration?

What about us “right wing/tea party” terrorists?

How about some insight on the “Sweet 16” ;) ?

Upcoming speakers/events

April 5 – Red Rocks celebrates our one year anniversary!

Event Summary:

March 15, 2010

Old Chicago’s rooftop patio (weather permitting, if not, meet in the upstairs bar)

145 Union Blvd.

Lakewood, CO

Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m.

FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

November 2nd Happy Hour Meet Up

Huddle Up!  with former Bronco, current political author (clue: he considers himself an “l”) and sportscaster Reggie Rivers!  Reggie will be doing a book signing for his newly released work, “The Colony, A Political Tale.”  (You can order on-line at www.ReggieRivers.com and receive a 25% discount by using the code Jeff61 )

As always, we’ll meet at Old Chicago, 145 Union Boulevard, Lakewood, CO, either on the upstairs patio or in the upstairs bar from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

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