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Every Saturday morning, back in 2008, you could find the tables at D & G restaurant in Greenleaf, Wisconsin (just east of Wrightstown) 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 meeting of the fledgling group in 2009, 25 people were in attendance. Fifty-three people attended the second meeting and 112 attended the third meeting. By the fourth meeting, a meeting format was established, a name was chosen, and a steering committee formed. By the end of that first year the membership list had reached 170 patriots and was growing every day. Then, as now, "membership" was achieved simply by putting your name on our email list.
Now known as the Northeast Wisconsin Patriots (NEW Patriots or just NEWP), the group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Lawrence Town Hall, 2400 Shady Court, De Pere (just off I-41). Meetings usually feature a main speaker on a hot topic of the day followed by a sometimes lively Q & A.