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Letter - Alexandria Lakes Area Tea Party explained

By Hilda Bettermann,

Brandon, MN

Alexandria Lakes Area Tea Party members are often asked about the Tea Party movement, especially how we in the Alexandria area got started, what we do, how often we meet, what our philosophy is, etc. Hopefully, we can answer these and other questions people may have.

The impetus for the Alexandria Lakes Area Tea Party movement grew out of concerns about excessive government spending and taxation, both on the federal and state levels; the growth of government and the direction in which our country is headed; the erosion of freedoms guaranteed to us by the Constitution; and government interference in private enterprise and the free market system.

On September 11, 2010, after months of planning, we held our first rally, which was attended by hundreds of concerned citizens. The ALATP was born. We began meeting monthly soon after our first rally.

Our mission is to attract, educate, organize, and call our fellow citizens to action in order to secure public policy consistent with our four core values of fiscal responsibility, constitu-tionally-limited government, free markets and God-centered values. Our meetings are focused on issues that fit the mission of the Tea Party movement.

We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 5:15 p.m. for social time, with the meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. at Broadway Ballroom, 115 East 30th Street in Alexandria. Our meetings typically last about 90 minutes. Our meetings are open to the public, and we welcome everyone. They are well attended and we continue to see new faces.

Our meetings are conducted so as to encourage the free exchange of ideas where people can feel safe to do so. Mutual respect is one of the reasons we are still meeting and working together.

Our monthly meetings typically include an educational component on the U. S. Constitution or issues of the day, speakers, committee meetings, and an open microphone session at the end of the meeting, in addition to regular business items. Other activities include rallies, educational seminars, monitoring local government meetings and budgets, monitoring federal and state legislation and budgets, contacting government officials when necessary (individually and as a group), sponsoring candidate forums during election years, networking with other Tea Party movements (local, state, and national), maintaining our website, movie/documentary nights, and communicating our goals and activities to the public and our membership through our newsletter and radio and newspaper announcements.

We have nine board members who are responsible for meeting logistics and agenda items for monthly meetings and events. Board members serve for three-year terms, and elections are held each year for three positions. The board welcomes suggestions for speakers and topics for our meetings.

Our Tea Party group consists of individuals from all walks of life, young and old, male and female. We are not wackos, terrorists, or intolerant; we are not a menace to society or to government. We are a group of concerned citizens who want to ensure that our children, grand-children, friends and neighbors will be able to live in freedom. We celebrate our American heritage by discussing and remembering our founding documents and the writings of our founding fathers. Preservation of our republic as our forefathers envisioned is our focus.

You can find us on the web at On our website you will find articles on the Constitution, our mission statement and core values, recommended reading, meeting notices, etc.