The NorWest Townships Republican Central Committee elected officers in the Woodstock VFW Monday night.
The strangely-named group, which consists of Precinct Committeemen from the small townships from the southwest to the northeast corners of McHenry County, surrounds the more populated townships in the southeast and eastern side of the county on three sides.
It was formed on an ad hoc basis without benefit of by-laws or even a mention in the County by-laws. It did not re-organize the night of the County Republican Central Committee Convention. (Neither did Grafton Township Republicans.)
Greenwood Township Republican Precinct Committeeman Michael McCleary took it upon himself to find twenty-five percent of the area’s committeemen to call a meeting. He based the twenty-five percent figure on the County’s by-laws. It’s the number needed to call a special meeting.
He mailed meeting notices to all of the newly-elected Precinct Committeemen.
Subsequently, Mike Smyk, who served as an appointed Committeeman in Marengo 3 before being elected Committeeman in Riley Township sent out an email setting an organization meeting for Wednesday, May 7, at 7:30 PM at the Woodstock Library.
He signed it as “Acting NWTRCC Chairman.”
Chairing tonight’s meeting was newly-elected Republican Party Chairman Sandra Salgado.
She informed those gathered–both Precinct Committeemen there to vote in the official meeting and at least as many observers, including Sheriff’s candidate Bill Prim–that she had checked with the Republican State Central Committee and found that the meeting was properly called. Further, that because of the lack of by-laws for the group, Robert’s Rules of Order would be followed.
When the roll was called, Smyk, Don Lockhart, Chuck Ruth, Barb Klasen,Monica Young, Mark Gummerson, Glenda Miller and Pam Palmer were among the better-known names not attending.
A quorum, however, was present and the selection of officers proceeded.
Nominated without opposition and elected by secret ballot were
- Michael McCleary – Chairman
- Lori White – Vice Chairman
- Rachel Smith – Secretary
- Mark Shepherd – Treasurer
McCleary is from the Woodstock part of Greenwood Township, Smith from the Wonder Lake area, White from Spring Grove and Shepherd from Hebron.
Salgado swore them into office.