Payson AZ Bill of Rights Day Celebration!


Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc.
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Hartford, WI 53027

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Tina Terry - 106 East Bonita, #22 - Payson, AZ 85541 - Phone: 928-468-1111


To all citizens, adults and students, of Payson and Arizona:

Dear Fellow Citizens:

Our precious American Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15th, 1791. The Bill of Rights defines the essence of America. Why don't we celebrate it?

The Constitution of the United States would never have become the law of the land without the Bill of Rights. Several states refused to join the Union unless there was a Bill of Rights to limit the federal power and protect individual rights. Why don't we celebrate it?

Our Bill of Rights guarantees fundamental civil and human rights: the freedoms of speech, press, assembly, religion; protections against unreasonable searches and coerced confessions; rights to counsel and a jury trial. For these rights and freedoms people have struggled for centuries. Our Bill of Rights remains a beacon to freedom-loving people worldwide. Why don't we celebrate it?

Our Bill of Rights does more: it defines the limits of government power. More directly than any other single document of law, the Bill of Rights stands between tyranny and liberty. Refugees flee to the United States, not for its "three separate branches of government," not for its arrangement of senators and representatives, but for its liberty. The foundation of that liberty is the Bill of Rights. Why don't we celebrate it?

We have special days for the birthdays of great leaders, to remember special events, and to honor our military services. But of all these remarkable people and events aimed to advance the cause of liberty - the cause and recognition of our precious Bill of Rights is the most fundamental and pivotal.

Let's celebrate it! Especially since we have just weathered a contentious and sometimes bitter election, we urge that our nation, our state, our county and our town of Payson come together in a multi-partisan effort to celebrate Bill of Rights Day, and reaffirm that our Bill of Rights belongs to all Americans.

Although the official anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights is December 15th, a Bill of Rights Day Committee, of which I am chairperson, is organizing a grassroots celebration of Bill of Rights Day in Payson on December 11th, 2004, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tonto Apache Gym. And we are making this celebration a part of supporting some local worthy Payson organizations: Payson Community Kids and Rim Country Literacy Program.

This Bill of Rights Day celebration is being sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America Camps 14707, whose members are volunteering to support, and 11500, whose members are volunteering, as well as providing matching funds of up to $2500. I am Camp secretary of both of these wonderful Modern Woodmen of America Camps.

We already have many people from the Payson and surrounding areas who are supporting this celebration: artists, merchants, businesses organizations, individuals - many have donated time, money and gifts for silent auctions and door prizes for this event. There will be fun, food and entertainment! Even Founder Patrick Henry himself - played by Lance Hurley, who is nationally famous for this portrayal - will be personally attending this event - "Patrick Henry" will also be interviewed by Don Holcombe on Rim Country Forum on KMOG AM-1420 on December 9th, from 9-10 a.m.

And I will be on Rim Country Forum on December 6th discussing the Bill of Rights with attorney and author, Richard W. Stevens, and Don Holcombe.

In honor of Bill of Rights Day, from December 5th through December 15th , let's fly the flag, put up a poster, and most important of all: read and discuss the Bill of Rights…with our families and kids, in our homes and businesses, in libraries and schools. And celebrate Bill of Rights Day on December 11th at the Tonto Apache Gym!

We encourage everyone in our local and regional area to donate to and attend our Payson Bill of Rights celebration on December 11th! Tables/spaces for vendors are only $25 - if a vendor donates over $100 in merchandise for the silent auction, the table/space is FREE!

Admission to this event is only $1 donation or a can of food!

Our goal is to raise at least $2500 or more during this event, and have this money matched by $2500 in matching funds from Modern Woodman of America Camp 11500. ALL proceeds will go to Rim Country Literacy and Payson Community Kids.

For a history and copy of the Bill of Rights, see:

To volunteer, take a table, donate or for more information, contact me at:

928-468-1111, or at

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