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Fresno's 5th Annual Rally and Tailgate and FR's 10th Anniversary! Photo Update!
Fresno/Central Valley Chapter ^ | September 6, 2006 | Jim Robinson

Posted on 09/06/2006 2:58:00 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

Announcing the Fresno/Central Valley Chapter's 5th Annual Rally and Tailgate Picnic (and FR's 10th Anniversary Celebration) Sept 8th and 9th, 2006

The Fresno/Central Valley Chapter cordially invites all FReepers and Lurkers in good standing to attend our 5th Annual Free Republic Rally and Tailgate Picnic (and FR's 10th Anniversary celebration) to be held on September 8th and 9th, 2006.

Our rally will begin at 5:00 pm and end at 8:30 pm Friday night, at the corner of Blackstone and Shaw in Fresno. Afterwards, the group will retire for dinner, refreshments and good fellowship at a nearby restaurant (time and place to be announced).

Special note: About 150 members of the Youth Group of the Riverdale Assembly of God will be attending our rally. Some of them will be arriving between 5:00 and 5:30 and the rest after 6:00 pm. They may also be bringing their sound truck to use as a stage. Those of you who were with us a couple years ago when they did this will remember what a thrill it was to have this group join us. This rally promises to be a huge patriotic success. You won't want to miss it!

Our tailgate pot-luck picnic will be at Woodward Park on Saturday, September 9th. We've reserved the "Gazebo" area for the full day. We'll probably start arriving about 1:00 pm and will dine and party till dark.

The entrance to Woodward Park is on Audubon Drive, just off Freeway 41 (Friant Road Exit) on the northern edge of Fresno. The Gazebo area is near the center of the park (see park map).

Bring your flags, banners, signs, family and children. Prepare to support your country and enjoy the company of your good FReeper friends!

Last years: Tailgate Thread

Note from Mama_Bear:

Not only will this years picnic attendees chow down on the best tri-tip EVER, expertly prepared by FReeper jkphoto, they will also enjoy a fun afternoon socializing with a great bunch of Americans, AND they will receive this collector's item, - their very own, one of a kind, limited edition, name badge commemorating the 5th Annual FreeRepublic Tailgate Picnic and Rally AND 10th Anniversary Celebration of this fine website, FreeRepublic.com.

Now, how cool is that? ........

Please RSVP by FReepmail to JustAmy or Mama_Bear today!

Thank you and hope to see you there!

Jim Robinson
(On behalf of the Fresno/Central Valley Chapter)



TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Announcements; Breaking News; US: California
KEYWORDS: centralvalley; fresno; fresnotailgate; picnic; rally; tailgate
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To: Syncro

What I want to know, is who is the rather savory (as opposed to unsavory) character wearing the black hat? ;^)
151 posted on 09/12/2006 9:36:02 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: afnamvet

Thankfully no one took a video of the project. We would never have heard the end of it.


152 posted on 09/12/2006 9:37:03 PM PDT by Enterprise (Let's not enforce laws that are already on the books, let's just write new laws we won't enforce.)
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To: Syncro

Congrats on keeping old traditions alive.

Remember - "All things in Moderation, including your Excesses!"

Prost Eins!


153 posted on 09/12/2006 9:37:46 PM PDT by Prost1 (I get my news at Free Republic!)
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To: afnamvet; MelonFarmerJ
It looks like the girl and Jim Robinson were doing all the work!

LOL

Hay, it was nice meeting the two of you over the weekend!

At dinner the night before at The Olive Garden Chey Robertos they serve everything with the Universal Redneck Utensil:


154 posted on 09/12/2006 9:39:51 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance; Dr. Zoo
That's Dr. Zoo, he cleans up nice doesn't he?

Heh...Thanks for stopping by.

A couple of years ago I wore my "LOL" shirt to the picnic...


155 posted on 09/12/2006 9:56:11 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: Syncro

To be a true redneck utensil, it must be rusty and engraved with "Olympia".


156 posted on 09/12/2006 9:58:18 PM PDT by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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To: Syncro

It was great meeting you as well Syncro. We had a great time and met a lot of good FRiends.


157 posted on 09/12/2006 10:08:54 PM PDT by afnamvet (It is what it is.)
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To: afnamvet

It's one of my favorite events bar none.

Glad you and "Rally Babe" made it.

:>)


158 posted on 09/12/2006 10:22:06 PM PDT by Syncro (LOL at the INFIDEL shirt...it ROCKS!)
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To: Enterprise

Thnaks for the idea for next year.


159 posted on 09/12/2006 10:24:24 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (California : home of the fruits, nuts and flakes.)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked

Oh I have the video...LOL


160 posted on 09/12/2006 10:46:10 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: Syncro

Hey that guy with the blue and white checked shirt looks like my hubby from the back!


161 posted on 09/12/2006 11:28:57 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

I think he has 3 wives...which one are you?

JUST kidding...LOL


162 posted on 09/12/2006 11:30:51 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: Jim Robinson

Hey Jim, just wanted to say hi and let you know that my husband and I will soon be moving to Fresno (well actually Sanger but it's almost the same) from Arizona. We have a house up on Trimmer Springs Road and anticipate moving at the end of 2006. I can't wait to get there. I hope we can do one of these picnics soon. Thank you for all you've done!!!!


163 posted on 09/12/2006 11:31:56 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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To: JustAmy

Sorry for the late reply. Not yet... I am doing an 8-week tech writing job over here until the house is ready to sell. The countertops get installed on Thursday. One step closer to moving. Oh, and did I tell you we bought a place up on Trimmer Springs Road in Sanger? We are excited!


164 posted on 09/12/2006 11:33:58 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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To: afnamvet

I noticed the Go Dogs sign in the background. Go Dogs!!


165 posted on 09/12/2006 11:36:19 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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To: Enterprise

Yeah right EP... no one saw anything :)


166 posted on 09/12/2006 11:37:13 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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To: Syncro

How do you know I'm not one of them? :) LOL!


167 posted on 09/12/2006 11:39:23 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Pray for our President and for our heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan, and around the world!)
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To: Syncro
Grate pictures, Diver Dave!

Thanks, Syncro.
It's always 'grate' to get together with so many like-minded folks.

168 posted on 09/12/2006 11:45:34 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Syncro

Thanks for the pics!


169 posted on 09/13/2006 3:43:37 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("If you're going through Hell, keep on going! Don't look back ... if you're scared, don't show it!")
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To: Syncro
Looks like y'all had a blast!

My camera has a blurr function too. Kicks on automatically sometimes.

170 posted on 09/13/2006 3:50:02 AM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

When you get to Fresno (Sanger), please don't wait until our next picnic to come out and meet us. We will be standing on the corner the first Friday of every month.


171 posted on 09/13/2006 4:30:00 AM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Syncro

Thank you for the ping Syncro! Great patriotic happy faces in those photos!


172 posted on 09/13/2006 6:42:08 AM PDT by PreviouslyA-Lurker (...where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
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To: Syncro; jkphoto
After jkphoto saw the "Chef...Chef Jeff" photo (he claims he has no clue who that old guy is!), he told me I had to post this one.....

Thanks for the grate photos, but most of all, thanks for keeping me out of most of them. :-)

173 posted on 09/13/2006 7:56:19 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: PreviouslyA-Lurker

Hi Pal. Great to see you.

I hope you are making plans to come to Fresno next September. :)

Seriously, we would love to have you visit.

Thanks for stopping by our picnic thread. Have a great day.


174 posted on 09/13/2006 8:08:58 AM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Syncro

Thanks much for the ping to this portion of the FR 10th Anniversary pics!
Really good!


175 posted on 09/13/2006 8:11:37 AM PDT by Majie Purple
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To: Mama_Bear

Thanks for the great photos . . . and thanks for everything. The picnic was wonderful !!


176 posted on 09/13/2006 11:51:17 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy ( For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: JustAmy

My SIL in SD, CA, has invited me to come out for my birthday in 2 years. Maybe that would be a good time for me to come out. Your little girl has grown a lot since the last time I saw pictures of her. I still have Marissa's name along with Micheal, Allison, and Christin on my screen.
: )

Thank you for the invitation!


177 posted on 09/13/2006 1:10:27 PM PDT by PreviouslyA-Lurker (...where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
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To: All; Jim Robinson; Enterprise; MelonFarmerJ; jkphoto; gracie1; afnamvet; Syncro; ...
Our paper had a letter to the editor this morning.
Fresno Bee Letter

Fresno Bee require registration, so if the link does not work, let me know and I will post the letter.

Our Rally last Friday was a huge success!!

If the link does not work, please let me know.

Our Friday night rally was a huge success.
178 posted on 09/14/2006 8:49:18 AM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy

The linked worked on the other thread, but now it just brings up the login page. :-(


179 posted on 09/14/2006 8:54:31 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Mama_Bear

Thanks, Lori.

I don't understand why the link doesn't stay active. Grrrr. Here is a copy of the letter.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Soldier will never forget all the grateful ones

(Updated Thursday, September 14, 2006, 5:49 AM)

On the evening of Sept. 8, my wife and I were driving home through the intersection of Shaw and Blackstone avenues. A large group of people, from all races, all ages, were holding signs and waving service flags and the American flag.

It was not a protest of political ideologies; it was not a protest of any type. It was all in support of American service members. I was brought to tears as these common people yelled and screamed "thank you" to me. They had noticed I had my military jacket hanging in the car.

If I'd had the time, I would have gotten out and shaken every one of their hands. The act of these strangers gave me the biggest "thank you" I have received in five years. It was very important to me due to the fact that only hours earlier, I had finalized a full and formal complaint against my employer, for the harassment from my fellow employees based on my Reserve obligations.

"I will never forget their faces," Lewis "Chesty" Puller, USMC, once remarked in his written memoirs. I will never forget these fine people either.

John Allen Essex

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

We are appreciated!!!


180 posted on 09/14/2006 8:59:15 AM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy

Amy, thank you for posting the letter.
How WONderful for that Marine vet, and for all of you who made his day!


181 posted on 09/14/2006 9:41:23 AM PDT by b9 ("the [evil Marxist liberal socialist Democrat Party] alternative is unthinkable" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: JustAmy
It's a "GRATE" letter!!!
The huge crowd on the corner that night makes it all the more meaningful.
And, the fact that the lefty loonies were not across the street to spoil the effect for this young hero makes it even more special.
Keep up the "GRATE" work FResno FReepers!!! Looking forward to joining y'all occasionally.
182 posted on 09/14/2006 10:19:11 AM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Diver Dave
Thanks, Dave.

It was a "grate" experience to have the young people join us. Their enthusiasm was addicting. :)
183 posted on 09/14/2006 10:23:54 AM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: doodlelady

Thanks, Doodlelady.

It is great to know that we can make a difference.


184 posted on 09/14/2006 10:24:53 AM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: JustAmy

Wow Wow Wow,

If that doesn't make it all worth it I don't know what would.

I hope that someone can get a copy of that letter to the Riverdale group. It would make their day also.


185 posted on 09/14/2006 1:26:41 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (California : home of the fruits, nuts and flakes.)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked

I sent email to the young man who coordinated getting the group to Fresno.


186 posted on 09/14/2006 2:35:42 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: All; JustAmy
I made up this collage of the military flags present at the rally that John Allen Essex mentions in his letter to the editor.

You know, it is nice too that he says "A large group of people, from all races, all ages, were holding signs and waving service flags and the American flag. It was not a protest of political ideologies; it was not a protest of any type. It was all in support of American service members",...... because that is so true. We are not any political party, or any certain religious sect, or any particular race.....we are just Americans, proud Americans, united in our desire to thank those who serve the country we love and protect and defend our freedoms with their lives.

I am ashamed and angered that his co-workers would harass him for being in the military reserves. What kind of animals are these? Are they of the same sick mind as those who spit on our returning Vietnam veterans? I just don't understand this. I will never understand it.

187 posted on 09/14/2006 3:15:21 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Mama_Bear; Enterprise

I love the flag collage, Lori.

Those kids from Riverdale came well prepared to show their support.

Enterprise suggests we find where the letter writer works and hold a freep there. Sounds good to me. :-)


188 posted on 09/14/2006 5:01:56 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Mama_Bear

ESGR (Employee Support Guard/Reserves) should take care of his work issues. Trust me, if he filed a complaint with an ESGR rep, the business will learn "thou shalt not mess with military personnel".

But a good old fashion Freep could also help.


189 posted on 09/14/2006 5:16:23 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (California : home of the fruits, nuts and flakes.)
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
Trust me, if he filed a complaint with an ESGR rep, the business will learn "thou shalt not mess with military personnel".

Good! I hope he did.

190 posted on 09/14/2006 9:06:12 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: JustAmy

Thank you for posting the letter to the editor. It's so wonderful!!


191 posted on 09/15/2006 6:20:08 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy ( For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: Mama_Bear

His letter made me cry. Thanks for posting the collage of flags, too. God bless America.


192 posted on 09/15/2006 6:28:39 PM PDT by Saundra Duffy ( For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: Saundra Duffy
His letter made me cry.

Me too!

In case you didn't see Amy's post, be sure to set aside the first Friday in October (the 6th) and come to the rally if you can. The kids from Riverdale Assembly of God Church will be there again. I love it when they come with their signs and flags. They electrify the corner with their energy! Hope to see you and lager there.

193 posted on 09/15/2006 6:34:50 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: JustAmy

Oops, looks like you did forget Syncro and Dr.Zoo....of all people. LOL.


194 posted on 09/17/2006 11:39:37 AM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Mama_Bear; Syncro; Dr. Zoo

NO Way could I have missed both Syncro and Dr. Zoo!

Someone must have erased their names. :)


195 posted on 09/17/2006 1:34:08 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: All
For the archives, posting a link to a slideshow of photos that I took at the rally and picnic....

2006 FreeRepbulic Tailgate Picnic and Rally Photo Slideshow

196 posted on 09/25/2006 4:54:17 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: All
Okay, let's try this again and get the spelling right this time....

For the archives, posting a link to a slideshow of photos that I took at the rally and picnic....

2006 FreeRepublic Tailgate Picnic and Rally Photo Slideshow

197 posted on 09/25/2006 7:44:17 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: Mama_Bear

As you all know, I rarely post. I have to repent of that lazy habit. This time, however, I couldn't let this go by without a sincere "Thank you!!!!" to you and your wonderful selfless husband. You two are magical. Saundra and I are in awe of all you do for so many of us. May you both be blessed by our loving Father in Heaven for all your angelic deeds.


198 posted on 09/26/2006 4:09:55 PM PDT by lager (Lager finally posts)
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To: lager
Lager!! Great to see you!

This time, however, I couldn't let this go by without a sincere "Thank you!!!!" to you and your wonderful selfless husband. You two are magical.

Oh, my! Well, now I am blushing! You are too kind. The truth is, we do what we do because we love what we do. I can't think of a nicer bunch of people to be associated with. Really, we don't do all that much, but what we do is a labor of love for people that we truly care about. :-)

May God bless you and Saundra with every good thing.....and don't be a stranger around here. I look forward to seeing you on the forum more often.

199 posted on 09/26/2006 11:19:11 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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To: JustAmy
Someone must have erased their names. :)

Must have. LOL

200 posted on 09/26/2006 11:25:22 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage)
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