Every Saturday morning you can find the tables at D & G restaurant in Greenleaf, WI, filled to capacity with neighborhood citizens. At one of those tables you would find Dick Koltz, his sons, sons-in-law and neighbors deep in discussion on how to solve the world’s problems – or at least the problems in their small corner of the world. Sometimes these conversations would spill over to Sunday after church as the family gathered for their weekly coffee and conversation at the home of Dick and Rita Koltz.
All of those involved in the conversations did not always agree with the answer to these problems, but they shared the same conservative goals and values. They believed in hard work, equal rights, helping your neighbor and limited government involvement.
Out of these meetings grew many different feelings. With the current administration and the unchecked growth of government in general, trying to insert itself in every little part of the average citizen’s life, came the feeling of helplessness. But what grew from the helplessness was a determination to do something to change what was happening starting in the community around them. They may not have the power to change what was happening nationwide, but they could certainly work at educating themselves and those around them.
At the first organized meeting of the fledgling group 25 people were in attendance. From there the group grew to see 53 people in attendance at the second meeting, with the third meeting garnering 112. By the fourth meeting, a format was more firmly established with a name being chosen, a steering committee assembled that saw 122 people of like concerns gathered together. As of November, we are at 170 members strong and growing every day.
Now known as the Northeast Wisconsin Patriots, the group is ensconced at a local banquet hall with regular monthly meetings that feature a main speaker on a hot button topic of the day, legislative updates, an educational Constitutional Corner, and various informative discussions. We invite all interested patriots of a conservative bent to attend the meetings, and get involved. This is grassroots advocacy at it’s best, but it takes the involvement of each and every citizen to make real changes, changes that would return the freedoms and liberties once guaranteed by the Constitution and given to us by the Founding Fathers, back to the people, from whence they came, and who are the real guardians of the nation’s system of government.