Geo. Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

Go. Washington

Download a printable version of this Thanksgiving Proclamation.


It was another very good election night for the Lake County Republican Party!

Congratulations to all our victors, as well as those that ran but came up a little short this time.
As I have said many times, running for office is a process not an event and we are proud of all our candidates!

There were many highlights and here are just a few:

Marisa Cornachio is now Judge-Elect Cornachio!  This will be the first time in almost 30 years that we will have a Republican Judge on the Willoughby Municipal Court!
Jim Overstreet’s victory in Eastlake will give us a republican majority on Eastlake City Council!
Chuck Hillier and Josh Pennock won their re-elections decisively in Painesville Township!
Amy Zuren won re-election to the Willoughby-Eastlake Board of Education overwhelmingly!
Bob Fiala will be the new Mayor of Willougbhy, and there will be several new faces on Willoughby City Council like Katie McNeill!
Tom Fitzgerald in Painesville City, Matt Jaworski in Wickliffe, and Chris Galloway in Concord won their re-elections with very comfortable margins as did Dan Thomeier on the Wickliffe Board of Education.
Winning tough fought re-elections were:  Preston Wolk in Mentor-On-The-Lake, Matt Schulz in Kirtland, John Plecnik and Dave Fiebig in Willoughby Hills.
We had quite a few unopposed republicans such as Janet Dowling and Scott Marn in Mentor, Lori DiNallo in Painesville City, Nancy Fellows in Willoughby Hills and many others!

Again, it was a very good night for the Lake County Republican Party!!!  Thank you to our volunteers that stepped up and helped make these victories possible!

~Dale


Tracey Montgomery, candidate for Painesville City Council at Large, thanks Ohio State Senator John Eklund for joining her at her recent fundraiser.


 Bolton Republican Women's Club 2017 Speaker Series

Bolton Republican Woman's Club 2017 Speaker Series


Lincoln Day

Thank you to everyone for attending the 2017 Lincoln Day Dinner!  We had a great evening together and the event was amazing!
Thank you to Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken for your inspiring words.
Thank you to Mark Small & Cleveland Construction as our event sponsor.  Your years of continued support is truly appreciated.
Thank you to our VIP Guests, Patrons and Auction Donors.
A special thank you to all of those individuals that worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this such a success.  Your hard work, vision, and dedication is truly appreciated!

~ Dale Fellows, Chairman

Read a preview of this event in The News-Herald.


Sherrod Brown Meltdown

Did you hear Senator Sherrod Brown (D) meltdown on the radio about Obamacare? Listen here!


See our photo gallery from the 2016 Swearing In Ceremony


CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERY ONE OF OUR 2016 CANDIDATES!!!

Our Republican candidates won 10 out of 14 contested races in Lake County:

Donald Trump – President
Rob Portman – U.S. Senate
David Joyce – U.S. Congress
John Eklund – State Senate
Ron Young – State Representative
Jerry Cirino – County Commissioner
John Hamercheck – County Commissioner
Becky Lynch – County Recorder
Pat Dewine – Ohio Supreme Court
(note: Pat Fischer did not win Lake County but is leading in the unofficial statewide votes)
Ron Tamburrino – Court of Appeals
(note: although Ron won in Lake County he unfortunately lost in the District)

We also had 3 of our County Republican incumbents running unopposed along with our County Coroner candidate:
Chuck Coulson – Prosecuting Attorney
Dan Dunlap – Sheriff
Jim Gills – Engineer
Mark Komar – Coroner

Again, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!! And thank you to ALL of our volunteers who worked so hard to make these victories possible!


Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out last evening to our Historic Watch Party!  We had a great evening together and the event was amazing! watch party

A special thank you to all of those individuals that worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make last night such a success.  Your hard work, vision, and dedication is truly appreciated!

The News Herald ran an article this morning about our watch party!  You can view the article by viewing the link below!

"...the Lake County Republican Party hosted what one organizer said was likely the largest organized Republican National Convention watch party in the country, with some 500 in attendance.

“Oh, this is just great,” said Lake County GOP Chairman Dale Fellows inside Classic Park about an hour or so before Trump gave his speech from the RNC. “Everybody’s having a good time. It’s a nice day for it and we’re all just eager to help cheer on the next President of the United States.”

Fellows wasn’t alone in his enthusiasm..."

Read the whole story in The News-Herald.


Read the Lake County Republican Party 2013 Platform (PDF download)


Dale Fellows and Governor Sam Brownbacknback

Dale Fellows with Hon. Sam Brownback, Governor of Kansas