Upcoming Events

Welcome to Kent County GOP Events! Each month we have a variety of great events for the community, including Coffee with the Chairman where you can get to know other Republicans in the county, Freedom Story Hour, a great event for kids that includes story time and fun activities for the little ones, educational seminars, trainings for our volunteers and so much more! Please subscribe to our weekly newsletter to stay updated on upcoming events.

  • Friday, March 01, 2024 at 10:00 AM · 23 rsvps

    March Coffee with the Chair

    Our coffee with the Chair is a casual event where all fellow Republicans can talk about important issues while enjoying some free coffee and donuts.

    Join us to hear the Chairman's Report from John Schaut.

    Gina Johnsen

    Guest Speaker Gina Johnsen
    MI-78 District Representative Candidate

    Rep. Gina Johnsen was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2022.

    She represents the 78th District, which covers the townships of Lowell and Bowne, and the cities of Lowell and Alto in Kent County.

    Johnsen holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA.

    Gina is a devout Christian and was the director of the Michigan House of Prayer for 12 years. She owns a small insurance business and spent 17 years of her career with Otsuka Pharmaceuticals as a program manager.

    She is active in grassroots politics and in her community, having worked with human trafficking survivor support organization Sak Saum, as well as Crosswalk Teen Center, Forgotten Man Ministries, Protect Life MI, Hannah’s House for young expecting mothers, and Shared Pregnancy Women’s Center.

    State Representative Gina Johnsen

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    Keynote Speaker Ralph Rebandt

    Pastor Ralph Rebandt was a candidate for Michigan Governor in the 2022 primary election.  That platform provided him with a unique perspective on the election process and numerous opportunities to engage with the Michigan electorate and Michigan churches.
    During the campaign he was known for highlighting America’s Christian heritage and bringing that discussion back into the public conversation. It has been stated that Michigan politics will never be the same because of his bold leadership to restore our Judeo-Christian values.
    Having served as lead pastor for Oakland Hills Community Church for 35 years, he was involved in the development of three additional churches before retiring to run for governor.
    Ralph presently serves on the Board of Governors for the Council for National Policy, Washington D.C., and as chaplain for the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Southeastern Michigan Chiefs of Police, Farmington Hills Police Department, and Beverly Hills Police Department. He is actively involved in speaking engagements all around the state of Michigan in churches, at community events, and on law enforcement platforms.

    After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Education from Summit University in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, Ralph earned a Master's Degree in Religious Education and M. Div. at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia where he graduated magna cum laude and acquired credits in the Ph.D. program. Ralph is passionate about serving his Savior, about America and her true history, about his beautiful state of Michigan, and adores his high school sweetheart Carol, to whom he has been married for 47 years, their four grown children and spouses, and will talk to you for hours about his 17 grandchildren.

  • Saturday, March 02, 2024 at 10:00 AM
    Huntington Place in Detroit, MI

    MIGOP District Convention

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    District and County Chairs,
    On September 17th, 2023 the Michigan Republican State Committee approved the 2024 County and District Convention Rules and were amended on February 17th, 2024 by the Michigan Republican State Committee. Please see the attachment for the amended rules and Vote Security Rules. The summary of changes are on the last page. The rules are also posted on the website: https://migopconvention2024.org/convention
    The Rules state the date and location of the March 2nd 2024 Convention. The location of the March 2nd, 2024 Convention was emailed out to all County Chairs on Thursday, December 28th, 2023 with the County Convention packets. The location of the Convention is the Huntington Place, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226 at 10am. There has been no change in location and any effort to usurp the MRSC is only intended to divide and confuse the duly elected precinct delegates.
    As a reminder and per the approved County and District Convention Rules, each county chair shall provide the contact information of each elected District Delegate and each elected Alternate Delegate to the Michigan Republican Party by 8pm on February 21st, 2024. Please submit all results to [email protected]
    Please read through the requirements in the Rules for your District Milwaukee delegate and alternate candidates.
    Further, the information for all delegates is electronic and must be emailed or text out to your delegates and alternates. The delegate and alternate information is found at https://migopconvention2024.org/convention

    Please reach out if you have any questions.

  • Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 09:30 AM · 6 rsvps
    Grand Rapids Public Library in Grand Rapids, MI

    St. Patrick's Day Parade (COME WALK WITH US)

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    Join the Kent GOP on March 16th for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. 

    The staging begins at the Grand Rapids Public Library, 9:30 a.m., and the parade starts at 11:00 am. 
    Kirstina Karamo, Chairwoman of the Michigan GOP will be our grand Marshall and US Senate candidate Sherry O'Donnell will be marching alongside of us in the parade.  If you would like to walk in the parade, please RSVP.

    After the event, join Guest speaker, Dr. Sherry, and Kristina Karamo as our Keynote speaker again this year at the Knights of St Casimir Hall, 649 6th St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 where we will serve corned beef and cabbage with Irish roasted potatoes and vegetables for $30.

    If you'd like to attend the Sixth Street Hall event, after you RSVP for the parade, you will be taken to an event page where you can purchase tickets.

  • Saturday, March 16, 2024 at 12:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    Knights of St Casimir in Grand Rapids, MI

    St. Patrick's Day Sixth Street Hall Celebration

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    Join Kristina Karamo, Chairwoman of the Michigan GOP as our keynote speaker again this year at the Knights of St Casimir Hall, 649 6th St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 where we will serve a favorite Irish meal for $30.

    Dr. Sherry O'Donnell

    Guest Speaker Dr. Sherry O'Donnell
    Republican Candidate for the United States Senate

    Dr. Sherry is a renowned physician, she is also an author, mission leader, speaker, and Michigan State Chair for U.S. Term Limits.

    In 2008, Dr. Sherry launched HERBIE Medical Clinic providing care to the underserved and uninsured where she continues to serve as medical director. She has traveled to 35 different countries leading medical missions and disaster relief. In 2020, she responded to the Covid-19 pandemic by caring for patients on the front lines in New York City.

    Dr. Sherry is known for her personalized care for patients and believing in caring for the patient's every need rather than providing incremental care. She has coauthored a book and teaching materials on this style titled, Caring for The Whole Person.” She is a sought after conference speaker, educator, and national leader on the topic.

    She is a "Fellow" with the American College of Osteopathic Internists. She has three times been awarded "Preceptor of the Year" as adjunct faculty at Seton Hill University and Western Michigan University. She was granted the “She Leads Michigan” award for her Christian influence in the state. She serves on the Board of Medical Evangelism Training Seminars (METS). She initiated a residency training program through the Osteopathic Physician Training Initiative which is now fully operational in the health system in her home community where she practices in her private medical practice.

    If elected Senator, Dr. Sherry will use her extensive experience to make positive difference on improving the economy, stopping runaway inflation, preserving our conservative values, securing the borders, and restoring our medical freedoms.

    Dr. Sherry has and will always put people ahead of politics. The problems facing our nation are many and varied. Professional politicians have destroyed what we hold dear. We must change the direction of our country. Dr. Sherry O'Donnell believes she is the person with the credentials, the ability, the commitment, and the wisdom, to make the necessary changes in DC.

  • Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 06:30 PM · 2 rsvps
    Aunt Belle's Kitchen in Rockford, MI

    Hot Dogs and Politics Night

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    Grab a free hot dog or slice of pizza at Aunt Belle's Kitchen and join us for an evening of tasty bites and thought-provoking conversations about politics. Whether you're a political junkie or just looking for a relaxed discussion, this event is for you!

    Here's what's on the menu:

    Hot Dog Hot Dogs with your choice of condiments

    Pizza Slice Image Pizza of your choice

    American Flag Engaging political discussions

    🤔  Thought-provoking questions 😂 Lots of laughs and good company.

    Feel free to invite friends who might be interested – the more, the merrier! Can't wait to see you there!

  • Monday, March 25, 2024 at 06:30 PM
    Old Art Van Store in Comstock Park, MI

    Monthly Executive Committee Meeting

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    Join us for the Monthly Executive Committee. Republican Precinct Delegates are encouraged to attend.


  • Saturday, June 08, 2024 at 06:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    To Be Determined including Event Time

    Big Swing Spring Gala featuring Lakeshore Big Band

    Lakeshore Big Band

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    Prepare for one of the biggest and most fun events of the year! Imagine flood lights with classic cars and doormen at the entrance; amazing plated dinner, drinks, games and dancing; waitresses and female guests dressed like flappers and men in tuxedos or zoot suits; a 17-piece Big Band that performs tunes dating from the early days of jazz to present day, including great hits from the big band era by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Guy Lombardo, Count Basie and more!

    Tickets go on sale soon.

    Please RSVP to show your interest in this event.