It is our belief that most of the corrupting influences in American Politics could be erased
and government made more responsive by one basic improvement. That is, simply for more
good citizens to participate in politics. “We get the government we deserve,
not the one we wish for
,” remains a guide-star for a free people. We offer
a meaningful movement of political clubs as the most practical means by which
a broad citizen participation in politics may be achieved.
Mr. Charles Groeteke

Mr.  Don Bickowski


Mr. Robert Frank


Mrs. Renee Reuter



Linda Schroeder

Owner of Gil Schroeder

Sod Sales Inc.

Currently serving on the

JC Pachyderms

as  Second Vice President

Support the Jefferson County Pachyderm Club
The JC Pachyderm Club, needs your help in providing the resources needed to give additional hands-on tools to developing social networking programs and incentives for building membership. The key to JC Pachyderm Club’s success is grassroots education of voters. Help us provide the much needed training and resources locally so we can achieve this mission. Contact us today for more info.
Jefferson County Pachyderm Club
9642 Byrnesville Road, Cedar Hill, MO 63016


Charles Groeteke

Councilman Jefferson County Council District 4, Director Rock Township Ambulance District, Jefferson County Pachyderms‘ President.


Don Bickowski

Independent-Minded Conservative Republican, Jefferson County Council District #1. Finally motivated to get up off the couch and make a difference for
“We the People”.

Mary Arnhart
Ron Arnhart
Mike Arnhart
Janet Berendzen

Don Bickowski
Sue Bickowski
Chris Borgerson
Carol England
James England
Russell Ford
Steve Farmer

Robert Frank
Pame Frank
Charles Groeteke
Leslie Hanson
Ellen Haynes
Larry Haynes
Nancy Jordan
Jan Laforest
Rebecca Leonard
Micheal Reuter
Renee Reuter
Tom Rorabacher
Sharon St. Moritz
Gil Schroeder
Linda Schroder

Jim Terry
Teresa Terry
Bob Tullock
Don Wieland
Terry Wippler
Sherry Ziegler
Greg Zotta
   Previous Speakers 
July 8, 2015 Pachyderm Meeting

Ann Gassel and Gretchen Logue
Missouri Coalition against Common Core.
Spoke to the Pachyderms at our July meeting. Bringing us up-to-date on Common Core. They are part of Missouri Coalition Against Common Core. Gretchen began by stating the opposition they face is the Department of Education, Department of Social Services, Department of Health and the Department of Labor. These organizations are controlling education today with
mandates and if mandates are not followed, penalty is a fine or pulled funding. Those in favor of Common Core say that Common Core is just a set of standards. Our State Constitution states the standards are to be set by teachers and educational professionals, not by private or nongovernmental agencies. In 2009 states signed on because they were offered dollars if they adopted four things, 1) adopt college and career ready standards which must be approved by the Department of Education, 2) adopt teacher evaluation measures which must be approved by the Department of Education, 3) expand longitudinal state data systems to allow Federal Agencies such as the Department of Social Services, Department of Health and Department of Labor and third parties which include researchers in the nongovernmental organizations access to students personally identifiable information. This requires no parental permission and/or knowledge. Opting out of this data retrieval or data access by all of these agencies and private companies is difficult and almost impossible to track. 4) Adopt turn-around school models for failing schools that are set by the Department of Education. This puts the Federal government in charge of education.
Anne Gassel described the connection of the assessments, (standardized tests) to data, and common standards, curriculum, accreditation and privatization of schools. Current bills that are being proposed for change in assessments will likely be vetoed by the President. Members then asked questions about standardized tests. Charter Schools were discussed as offering no representation as they do not have elected board members. State testing of teachers, and teachers leaving school districts was also discussed. Math testing and process of attaining answers was discussed. Question was asked who serves on the State Board of Education and are they elected or appointed. The response was there are 8 members, 4 Republicans and 4 Democrats, and they are appointed by the Governor for 8 year terms. There are no term limits at this time. Question was asked what can a citizen do to influence change. Response was to attend the State Board of Education meetings in Jefferson City and write to State Board members, making them accountable to the citizens and not just accountable to the Governor. Point was made that the election for our next Governor is very important to the education issue.

Additional Speaker Information to come...
  • To promote political education and 
     circulate information on our political
  • To assist in carrying out the mission
     of the Republican Party, including:
   - Providing leadership in government;
   - Protecting freedoms;
   - Promoting upstanding government
      with local emphasis.
  • To provide a public forum for
     discussion considering all
  • To encourage citizen involvement in
     government at all levels;
    From serving on boards through
     commission to office.
  • To provide training for both candidates
     and Republican volunteers throughout
     the year.
  • To provide an environment of “Fun,
     Fellowship & Program”



Pachyderms President,
Linda Van de Riet, presenting
Charter Secretary, Charles Groeteke,
with a commemorative plaque honoring his dedication and service to the founding of the
Jeffco Pachyderm Club.


The concept of the Pachyderm Club was developed in 1967 in Columbia, Missouri as an informal gathering of citizens with their legislator. Pachyderm founder George Parker had just become the first Republican elected to the Missouri legislature from Boone County since reconstruction and he had a strong desire to keep in contact with his supporters and constituents. He laid plans that each Friday he would return home to Columbia and have a luncheon with whoever chose to join him. The intention was simply to create a consistent forum for the interchange of ideas between himself and those in attendance, but ultimately became much more. The unofficial gathering became known as the “Noon at the Boone” group in recognition of the Daniel Boone Hotel where they meet each week. In 1968 the members decided to formalize their organization. They incorporated under the laws of Missouri and had a naming contest. The winning name was the “Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs” a play on the words GOP. Pachyderm Clubs have since spread across the country and have been recognized by the Republican Party as a great resource.

The Jefferson County Pachyderm Club was chartered in April of 2013 and is proud to be the first chartered club in Jefferson County. We are committed work to achieve the mission and goals of the National Federation of Pachyderms.
Political Participation 
Whereas: Free Government Requires Active Citizens. Therefore: The Jefferson County Pachyderm Club Covenant to Our Community That: We will strive to inform and involve all citizens in political participation. We will assist in training candidates and volunteers in campaign techniques. We will endeavor to present opposing viewpoints on political issues. We will focus on the development of political leaders. We will orient our members in the ideals of the Pachyderm Club movement. We will support the purposes of the Republican Party and its ideals of liberty and justice for all.
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