Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was the first Republican to win the Presidency. Each year, Republicans celebrate “Lincoln Day” across the nation.
This year’s Newton-Jasper Counties Lincoln Day is slated for the evening of Saturday, March 30 at Calvary Baptist Event Center at 600 E. 50th St. in Joplin.
The day brings southwest Missouri Republicans together for an evening to meet one another, renew old ties and talk about issues of the day.
Those scheduled to appear at the event include Senator Roy Blunt, Missouri Governor Mike Parson, Speaker of the House Elijah Haar, Lt. Governor Mike Keho, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick.
The emcee for the evening will be Chad Elliott of Zimmer Broadcasting.
“We’re thrilled to have him back again,” Morris says. “He does a great job.”
The day is sponsored by the Jasper County Republican Central Committee and the Newton County Republican Central Committee.
“We’re excited about our annual fundraiser banquet,” says Jimmy Morris.
“We’re excited to have Senator Blunt there,” Morris says. “If folks have things they want to talk to Senator Blunt about, we encourage them to get a ticket and come on out and join us.”
“I was in Greene County at their Lincoln Day,” says Republican Nick Myers. “He took some tough questions and people can come out and talk to him.”
“It’s a relaxed atmosphere,” Morris says. “It’s a perfect opportunity to talk to your elected officials.”
Myers says the doors will open at 5 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Several full tables are available.
Butcher’s Block will cater a prime rib buffet.
Morris says one “surprise” may be a guest appearance by “Abraham Lincoln” himself sometime during the evening.
Tickets cost $42.50 a person. They can be obtained at www.joplinlincolnday.com .