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REPUBLICAN PARTY CLUBS IN QUEEN (New York City)

CLUB MONTHLY MEETINGMEETING SITE
Angelo Graci Republican Club last Tue 8:00Queens Ozone Park 11416
Grand Old Party Republican Club 1st Mon 7:30Queens Sunnyside 11104
Maspeth Republican Club 2nd Wed 7:30Queens Maspeth 11378
Middle Village Republican Club 3rd Mon 7:30Queens Middle Village 11379
Northeast Queens Republican Club 3rd Wed 8:00 Queens Bayside 11358
Old Glory Republican Club 2nd Thu 8:00Queens Glendale 11385
Queens Village Republican Club, Inc. 1st Thu 7:30Queens Bellerose 11426
Regular Republican Club, 30th A.D., Inc. 3rd Tues 7:30Queens Woodside 11377
Rockaway Republicans last Tues 7:30Queens Belle Harbor 11694
Ronald Reagan Republican Club 3rd Mon 7:00Queens Howard Beach 11414
Whitestone Republican Club 2nd Thu 7:30Queens Whitestone 11357
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  1. Some of Southeast Queens Including JFK

    Some of Southeast Queens Including JFK, 2002
    Source: NASA

    CLUBS IN QUEENS

    1. Introduction

      Every phone number of every Queens club is in area code 718 unless otherwide stated.

    2. ANGELO GRACI REPUBLICAN CLUB

      1. AGRC Web Site

      2. Meeting Place

        Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Parish Center
        8615 101st Ave
        Ozone Park, NY 11416-2110
        East of 86th Street, south of Rockaway Boulevard
        Near Bayside/Acacia Cemetery
        South Queens

      3. Subway

        Take the A train to 88th Street and Liberty Boulevard. Walk west on Liberty to 86th Street, turn right, walk north on 86th to 101st Avenue, turn right to see the church. The total walk is about six blocks. The church is northwest of the subway station.

      4. Bus

        The number 8 bus runs on 101st Avenue. Woodhaven Boulevard, which becomes CBB (Cross Bay Boulevard), is about nine blocks east of the club's meeting place. Bus routes 11, 21, 41, and 53 run on Woodhaven-CBB.

      5. Leaders
        	Rosemary Duffy   President
        	Dolores Williams   Vice President
        	M. Susan Seinsoth   Secretary
        	John C. Naudus   Treasurer
        	William Sepe   Sergeant at Arms
        	Stephen J. Tyminski   Chaplain
        
      6. Discussion

        Club meetings are at 8:00 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. The club previously was named the 38th Assembly District Regular Republican Club and the 23rd Assembly District Regular Republican Club. The club's eponym is deceased Queens County Supreme Court Judge, Angelo Graci.

        Updated May 2011




    3. GOP CLUB (GRAND OLD PARTY REPUBLICAN CLUB)

      correspondence address:
      GOP Club
      41-40 47th St.
      Sunnyside, NY 11104

      phone 784-1663

      meeting place:
      Nak Won Reform Church
      41-20 Queens Blvd. (a white, brick building on a corner)
      Use the side entrance on 42nd Street, then go downstairs.
      Sunnyside 11104
      western Queens between Long Island City and Woodside

      subway:
      Take the 7 elevated train (color-coded purple) to the 40th Street Queens Boulevard station (a local station). Walk east on Queens Boulevard about two blocks.

      bus:
      There is excellent bus service along Queens Boulevard from bus routes 60 and 32.

      The club usually meets on the 1st Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. John J. Ward, Al Seifert, Stephen H. Wiener, Betty-Ann Hogan, and Alice Lemos have been active in the club. The club has, by far, the easiest-to-get-to meeting place of any Republican club in Queens.

      I have another address for the club: Grand Old Party Republican Club, 39-75 48th Street, Sunnyside. I think that hat address is not a meeting place.

      updated May 2011




    4. MASPETH REPUBLICAN CLUB

      phone 894-0335

      meeting place:
      F. Kowalinski Post # 4, PLAV
      61-57 Maspeth Ave.
      (north of Grand Avenue, west of 64th Street and Mount Olivet Cemetery)
      Maspeth 11378-2820

      Maspeth neighborhood is in western Queens east of Brooklyn.

      bus:
      The 59 and B57 buses runs on Grand Avenue through its intersection with 64th Street and Maspeth Avenue, I think. Get off at the intersection, walk west on Maspeth Avenue. The 39 bus runs on Grand Avenue to 61st Street. Get off at 61st Street, walk north on 61st to Maspeth Avenue.

      This club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (except January, February, July, and August) at 7:30 p.m. Frank Messano is president.

      updated May 2011




    5. MIDDLE VILLAGE REPUBLICAN CLUB

      MVRC
      Trinity Lutheran Church basement
      6370 Dry Harbor Road
      (northeast of Juniper Valley Park: near Juniper Boulevard North, which becomes 63rd Avenue, and 82nd Place)
      Middle Village neighborhood
      central Queens (near Brooklyn) 11379-1977

      The 29 bus runs on Dry Harbor Road. Get off near the church, which is near Juniper Boulevard North. That Boulevard becomes 63rd Avenue.

      The club meets in the church basement on the 3rd Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. except in July and August.

      Updated May 2011




    6. NORTHEAST QUEENS REPUBLICAN CLUB, INC.

      meeting place:
      Reception House
      167-09 Northern Blvd.
      (near 167th Street, north of Flushing Cemetery, west of Francis Lewis Blvd.)
      Flushing 11358-2638
      northeast Queens

      mail:
      Northeast Queens Republican Club
      PO Box 580440
      Flushing, NY 11358-0440

      phone 631-3900, fax 631-3737

      train:
      From the Broadway station of the LIRR, walk south about a block to Northern Boulevard, then walk east about two blocks.

      bus:
      The QM3, 12, 13, N20, and N21 buses seem to run on Northern Boulevard past the club's meeting place, which is near 167th Street.

      The Club meets at 8:00 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of the month except July and August. By the way, the Northeast Queens Republican Club was founded as the Bayside Republican Club in 1894, making it Queens's second oldest Republican Club.

      updated January 2014




    7. OLD GLORY REPUBLICAN CLUB

      meeting place:
      7140 Myrtle Avenue
      (near Cooper Avenue and Mount Lebanon Cemetery)
      Glendale 11385-7260

      Glendale is near Woodhaven and Brooklyn.

      phone 381-7740

      The club meets in a storefront. The 55 and 24 buses seem to stop near the club's meeting place.

      The club meets the second Thursday of the month at 8:00 p.m.

      Updated May 2011




    8. QUEENS VILLAGE REPUBLICAN CLUB, Inc

      1. Web site

      2. meeting place:
        Trattoria Lucia
        247-63 Jericho Turnpike
        between Commonwealth Boulevard and 91st Avenue, several blocks east of Cross Island Parkway
        Bellerose 11426-1533
        eastern Queens near Nassau County

        Bus and train to the meeting place:
        The Q1 bus stops at the intersection of Braddock Avenue and Cross Island Parkway. From there, walk several blocks east to the meeting place. The N24, 36, and 79 buses seem to stop near the meeting place. The Long Island Railroad Bellerose station is several blocks southeast of the meeting place. The club's Web site has advice on how to get to the club.

      3. contact

        mail:
        242-33 90th Avenue
        Bellerose, NY 11426-1115

        phone (718) 343-8830

        James A. Trent, Chairman of the Board, email JTrent8830ATaol.com

      4. leaders
        President:  Phil Orenstein
        Vice  President: Philip Sica
        Vice  President: Katherine James
        Vice  President: Claude Antoine
        Treasurer:  Kathleen Jones
        Recording Secretary: Naomi Sica
        Corresponding Secretary: Arlene Mooradian
        Sgt.-at-Arms: Christopher Regina
        Chairman  of the Board: James A. Trent
        
        Board  Members: 
        Annie  Abraham
        Rolaine Antoine
        Samuel Benoit
        Robert J. Bishop, Esq.
        Alexander Blishteyn
        Joseph Concannon
        Rose  Daddario
        William Horowitz
        Glen  MacDonald
        Harvey E. Moder
        Mary  C. Moder
        Hon.  Frank Padavan
        Philip Plasencia
        Rabbi  Morton Pomerantz
        Hemant Shah
        Gaston Valcin, M.D.
        
      5. discussion

        This big club is the oldest Republican club in America and may be the best-financed Republican club in Queens. QVRC has a special interest in the 24th and 33rd Assembly Districts and in the 11th Senate District. QVRC meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday night of every month except July and August. The club publishes an excellent bulletin, The Queens Village Eagle.

        Updated January 2014 with information from Mr. Trent.




    9. REGULAR REPUBLICAN CLUB, 30TH A.D., Inc.

      meeting place:
      Four Provinces Hall
      39-30 58th Street
      (north of Roosevelt Ave., south of Broadway, east of Doughboy Park)
      Woodside 11377-3394

      Woodside neighborhood is in western Queens near Sunnyside and Elmhurst.

      mail:
      80-09 35th Avenue
      Jackson Heights, NY 11377

      bus: The 18 bus seems to run on 58th Street.

      subway: Take MTA's 7 elevated train (color-coded purple) to Woodside (61st Street) station, which is a few blocks southest of the meeting place.

      train: LIRR Woodside station is a few blocks east of the meeting place.

      Pat Hurley, Pennie Eoanidis, Ed Coyne, Joanne Mugno, Elizabeth "Betty" Kellner, and Rene Arecco have been ctive members. The club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday.



    10. ROCKAWAY REPUBLICANS

      Web site

      meeting place:
      Belle Harbor Yacht Club
      533 Beach 126th. Street
      (on Rockaway peninsula, south of Beach Channel Drive)
      Belle Harbor 11694-1724
      between Jamaaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, NY

      train:
      MTA's A train (8th Avenue Express, color-coded blue) or S train (Rockaway Park Shuttle) to Rockaway Park Beach 116th Street station (last station).

      bus:
      35 (Newport Avenue) and 22 (Rockaway Beach Boulevard)

      telephone 318-1515
      email InfoATRockawayRepublicans.com

      Leaders:

      President Margaret Wagner
      Vice President Ed Shevin
      Second Vice President James Katen
      Treasurer Dr. Harold Paez
      Assistant Treasurer Cynthia Hernadez
      Secretary Pete Stubben
      Assistant Secretary Tom Rayder
      Sgt @ Arms Ed Deacy
      Director of Public Relations Stu Mirsky
      Outreach Coordinator Bogda Matuszewski
      
      BOARD MEMBERS
      Chairman George Greco
      Vice Chairman Tom Lynch
      
      Steven Greenberg
      Jack Farrell
      Dr. John Meringolo
      Bob Turner
      Alan Zwirn
      
      Updated May 2011




    11. RONALD REAGAN REPUBLICAN CLUB OF HOWARD BEACH

      meeting place:
      Old Mill Yacht Club
      16315 Cross Bay Boulevard
      (on Shell Bank Basin near 163rd Road)
      Howard Beach 11414-3741

      The club meets in Howard Beach neighborhood near Spring Creek Park. Howard Beach is in South Queens near JFK Airport and Jamaica Bay.

      Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone
      email ronaldreaganclubofhowardbeach AT yahoo.com.

      subway:
      Take the A train to the Howard Beach JFK Airport station, which is at 159th Avenue. Walk northwest to CBB (Cross Bay Boulevard), then walk south on the east side of CBB to the club's meeting place. Because of waterways in this neighborhood, one does not walk directly from the subway to the club. One can take the Air Train to Howard Beach.

      bus:
      Bus routes 16, 17, 41, and 53 seem to stop on CBB near the club's meeting place.

      There was a club meeting at 7:00 p.m. on 19 April 2010, which was the third Monday that month.

      I do not have a correspondence address, phone number, or fax number for this club.

      Updated May 2011




    12. SOUTH QUEENS REPUBLICAN CLUB

      president Joseph F. "Joe" Kasper
      phone 845-4008, fax 848-8164

      mail:
      South Queens Republican Club
      133-17 116th Street
      Jamaica 11420

      I don't know if the club still meets.

      Updated May 2011





    13. WHITESTONE REPUBLICAN CLUB

      The club seems to meet on the seond Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

      meetings:
      Whitestone Republican Club
      24-55 Francis Lewis Blvd
      Whitestone 11357

      Anthony Carollo has been active in the club.

      telehone 690-3737
      email infoATwhitestonerepublicans.com

      Updated May 2011




  2. Harbor Scene, Brooklyn Docks.  William Merritt Chase, Painted 1886.

    Part of: Harbor Scene, Brooklyn Docks (William Merritt Chase, 1886)

    RELATED WEB SITES

    1. Republican Clubs Near Queens
      1. Manhattan: New York County
      2. Nassau County
    2. State Committee: New York Republican State Committee
    3. National Committee: Republican National Committee RNC






  3. ATTENDANCE AT REPUBLICAN CLUBS

    Republican clubs in New York City like to have monthly meetings on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night. I often have noticed that attendance is far lower on Monday than on the other three nights. This seems to be a national phenomenon possibly related to Monday night football.

    Below, based on my probably imperfect memory, I describe Bill Fling .

    In New York City, Republican clubs have no admission fee. One simply walks in and sits down. Once, Bill ran a Republican club in Manhattan. His club had higher attendance than the combined total of all other Republican clubs in the city, as far as I know. Furthermore, his club had a suggested donation of five dollars per meeting. People paid as they entered the meeting room. His club's high attendance was amazing. I think that his was the biggest Republican club in New York State.

    Some people joined his club. He sent a postal letter to every member before each meeting. The letter gave information about that meeting such as the speaker's name. He periodically got from the Board of Elections names and addresses of people (perhaps just Manhattan people) who had recently registered as Republicans. He sent them letters. Some people, requestors, asked to get postal mail from the club although they did not belong to the club. He sent them letters too. New Republcians and requestors got the letters only for a while, not permanently. Club members got the letters while they were members and perhaps for a few months after. Letters were also sent to many, local and state leaders of the Republican Party.

    Letters were on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper with the club's letterhead. Bill used mail merge to provide a personal salutation in each letter; for example, "Dear Mr. Smith". The letter was in an envelope with a postage stamp with full postage although the club was eligible for some sort of mass mailing discount. Bill did not use discount postage, a postage meter, post cards, address labels, or window envelopes. All of that was too impersonal and institutional for him. Each addressee's name and address was typed directly onto his envelope. Each letter had the addressee's name and address on it, and was signed by a human. Each letter was folded so that the addressee's name and address were on the outside of the letter after it was folded. Consider someone who got an envelope from Bill's club. To open the envelope, the person first turns the envelope over so that he sees the back of the envelope. He then opens the envelope and starts to remove the letter. Before he finishes removing the letter, he sees his name and address on it. (The letter had been inserted so that the addressee's name and address would be visible even before the letter was completely removed from the envelope.) The addressee finishes removing the letter from the envelope and unfolds the letter. Even before reading the letter, he sees that it is signed by a human. Maybe, because the letter (not just the envelope) is adddressed to him and signed by a human, he reads the letter. An enormous amount of work went into raising the probability that the recipient would open the envelope, remove the letter, and read it.

    Using a computer with mail merge software, Bill printed all of the letters and envelopes. Every month, the club had a special meeting to sign the letters, fold them, insert them into envelopes, seal the envelopes, and apply postage stamps. It took several people a few hours. After the meeting, the volunteer workers had pizza and soda in the work room. When a stranger came to one of those meetings, Bill introduced himself and briefly spoke with him. While working on the envelopes, people chatted, often telling political gossip. At the end of the envelope-stuffing meeting, a few people would each be given a shopping bag filled with bundles of envelopes. Usually, each person would put his bag's contents into a few mail boxes because the contents of one bag could not fit into only one mail box. The envelope-stuffing meeting was on Thursday night, one week before the Thursday meeting described in the letters.

    There were eclectic speakers. This was a big tent Republican club. Most speakers were government or officials. There also were at least one author and one Republican Party employee. The club often had famous speakers. A few club officers would take each speaker, famous or not, out to supper on the night he spoke. Each speaker got a beautiful plaque thanking him for speaking to the club. I guess that there was no speaking fee.

    Many Republican clubs in New York City provide free coffee and pastry (for example, cookies and cake slices) before meetings. Late in the speaker's talk at Bill's club, soda and pizzas were put on tables at the side of the room. People ate after the meeting, not before.

    Almost everyone who attended the meetings made a donation. Each donor got a receipt with a receipt number. At each meeting, there was a lottery. If the winning number was in a person's receipt number, he got a small prize; for example, a book about the U.N. autographed by the author. The lotteries went something like that. Maybe this was a way to encourage donors to make sure they got a receipt and to look at the receipt. Some of the lottery prizes could have been bought for under five dollars.

    Bill's club had a Web site and an opt-in email list. Email was sent before meetings but after the postal mail arrived.

    One could reach the club by email, postal mail to the club's post office box in Manhattan, or telephone. I don't think that the club had fax.

    Although Bill actually led the club, sometimes he was nominally not an officer. I think that he usually was a director or officer. I never saw him preside over a meeting except he informally presided over the envelope-stuffing meetings.

    There was merely a suggested donation of five dollars per person per meeting. Some people entered without donating anything or after donating less than the suggested amount. He thought that five dollars was fair because the club had to pay for rent for the meeting place, many letters per meeting (at least a thousand), and pizza and soda for all who wanted. The meeting place was in a church in a good neighborhood in Manhattan, a short walk from a bus stop and a medium walk from a subway station.

    The club endorsed candidates running in some Manhattan districts. The club told its members about at least one candidate who wanted volunteers to circulate petitions.

    Although this has nothing to do with attendance at the meetings, Bill told me that he did not carry any identification with him when he went to club meetings. He said that he didn't need any. This is completely legal in America. After the meetings, he went home by bus or by a combination of bus and subway. He had a mass transit pass that worked on bus and subway. I think that the pass allowed unlimited entries for a specified number of days. He told me that he sometimes used the pass, just after he left the subway system, to let strangers enter the subway system for free. This was legal for his kind of pass. Most New Yorkers avoid starting conversations with strangers in the subway.



 

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  1. HELP

    I welcome corrections. Please help me keep this page complete and accurate. For example, please tell me about Republican clubs which are not listed here but should be, and about clubs listed above which don't have monthly meetings.

  2. BACKGROUND OF THIS PAGE

    When I first ran for Queens County Committee of the Republican Party, there was no Web page which provided, for Queens clubs, the kind of information now provided by this page. There wasn't even a Web page which listed all of the Republican clubs in Queens. I sent campaign letters to the other Republicans in my district (then the 8th E.D. of the 28th A.D.), asking for their votes. I do not remember the exact text of those letters. More or less, I wrote one of the following two ideas:

    1. that county committee should use the Internet more to build the Republican Party in Queens; or
    2. that, if elected to county committee, I would use the Internet to try to build the Republican Party in Queens.
    I was elected and repeatedly reelected.

  3. DISCLAIMER

    This is an unofficial page. None of the above-listed clubs and people, and no part of the Republican Party, necessarily authorizes or approves this page or anything in it. Check directly with the clubs and people to confirm any information about them supplied here (for example, clubs' meeting times and places). By the way, many Queens Republican clubs don't meet in July and August.