Grafton County Commissioner Omer Ahern, Jr. presented the Judy Alger Activist of the Year award to David Nash at the Pemi Baker Valley Republic Committee's Annual Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner held at the Woodstock Station on Feb. 11. (Photo by Jenny Monahan) (click for larger version)
February 15, 2017WOODSTOCK—The Pemi Baker Valley Republican Committee held its annual Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner this past Saturday evening at the Woodstock Inn, Station and Brewery.
Receiving this year's Judy Alger Activist of the Year Award was David Nash. Nash was recognized for his years of dedication and ability to "get people involved."
Keynoting the event was Greg Moore, the State Director of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and Americans for Prosperity Foundation in New Hampshire. As state director, Moore advocates on behalf of the 44,000-plus AFP New Hampshire members to federal, state and local governments, and is working to ensure Right-to-Work legislation is passed in New Hampshire this year.
Moore previously served as the Chief of Staff for the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Previously, he served the same body as House Policy Director. Moore has also served as the Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
Moore advocated for right-to-work legislation in New Hampshire, and says that passing the legislation would help a huge sector of the state's economy — manufacturing.
He said, "Most manufacturers specifically look for right-to-work states," adding that he believes that passing the legislation would be a key factor in attracting new manufacturing jobs to New Hampshire.
Moore believes that the changes the legislation would bring to the economy would help keep young people from leaving New Hampshire, and also encourage those who have been driven to commute out of state in search of higher paying jobs to return.
Also speaking at the dinner was Nick Adams, founder and executive director of the Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness (FLAG). Adams is a best-selling author, columnist and political commentator. He immigrated from Australia and became a legal citizen last year.
Adams is known for his contributions to American exceptionalism, which he says he owes his life to.
At the age of 16 months, he had been chronically ill, but in spite of seeing many doctors, remained undiagnosed. One evening when he was particularly sick, he was taken to the emergency room and saw an American doctor, there on a summer internship. The young doctor diagnosed him with stage four Neuroblastoma, which had a survival rate of just five percent.
But Adams did survive, which he attributes to being diagnosed "just in time" by the American doctor.
Adams rallied the 50 attendees of the dinner with a speech envisioning a strong America, receiving a standing ovation at the end.
He said, "I believe in America, and I want you to know that in spite of all the cultural problems that undeniably exist, this is still by far and away, the greatest country in the history of the world."
Adams said that when he speaks to students across the country, he tells them that "The day they were born in the America, they won the lottery of life--America is not just a country; it is an idea. An ideal. A notion. An improbable and endearing experiment. It is the hope that banishes all hopes."
At the end of their presentations, the committee presented each speaker with a half-gallon of pure New Hampshire maple syrup as a memento of their visit.