The '23 Soiree Is A Wrap

By Lori Jaffe

Over 100 people enjoyed the “Defending Freedom” themed MCGOP 2023 Summer Soiree held at Martha and Gene Schaerr’s home in Derwood. Vice Chair Dennis Melby as MC kept the audience in stitches, the food from Mission BBQ was awesome, and the straw poll conducted by Laura Benson was enlightening.

Dennis Melby and Laura Benson conduct the Soiree straw poll

Gene Schaerr, Esq, who clerked for US Supreme Court Justices Warren E. Burger and Antonin Scalia and for Federal Judge and US Solicitor General Ken Starr, described how he has been working with both sides of the aisle on legislation to stop partisan abuses by the FBI and the intelligence community. His successes provide valuable lessons to all of us on how people on opposite sides can work together to achieve a common goal.

Nancy Schulze, Founder of the Congressional Wives Speakers and co-­founder of the American Prayer Initiative, gave an impassioned speech on the importance of providing encouragement to our local community members. She described how simply having a meal with a soldier during a USO tour changed his mind and thus prevented his suicide. What a memory. 



Lori Jaffe is a Member and serves as Party Secretary for the Montgomery County Committee of the Maryland Republican Central Committee.

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