It was the early 1960s at a meeting room in a bank in downtown Bay City when I had my first formal involvement with the Republican Party. My cousin Diane and I got our friends together and formed the Bay County Teenage Republican club. I was under the impression that it was one of the first in the country.
After a notice of the meeting in the Bay City Times, we had our first meeting with Jerry Roe, then the executive director of the Michigan Republican Party. I remember his encouragement of our interest and activism.
It was the beginning of my long journey in local and Michigan politics. From there, we campaigned for Republican candidates at all levels, manned the Republican booth at the Bay County Fair and helped with the local Lincoln Day Dinner.
I was a teenager then and now I'm 70. Was all that involvement worth it? Did it accomplish anything? I'm still trying to answer that in my mind.