MaryEllen Salerno, county chairwoman of the Carbon County Republican Committee, today announced the Nesquehoning Republican Club has agreed to become the nucleus for a newly forming Panther Valley Republican Club.

She said that rather than have small GOP clubs in each municipality in the county, she is seeking to have larger clubs in each of the five schools districts that make up Carbon County.

The Nesquehoning Club has for years been the largest and most active club in the Panther Valley and has agreed to seek membership in Lansford, Nesquehoning and Summit Hill starting in 2012.

Temporarily Michael Frey will serve as president of the Panther Valley Republican Club, Tom Ouly as vice president and R. Mickey Angst as secretary/treasurer.

A membership drive is now under way in all three towns with officers to be elected for two-year terms in early February.

The Nesquehoning club and the Summit Hill club are donating their remaining funds to the new club in an account to be opened at the Jim Thorpe National Bank since it has offices in both Lansford and Nesquehoning. Meetings will be at the call of the chair and temporarily at the Maple Shade Community Room, but later may be rotated to locations in the three towns depending on the success of the membership drives.

Salerno said she is hopeful the new larger club can be a driving force in the 2012 general election as the party seeks to elect Republicans as president, vice president, U.S. Senator, congressmen and state representatives.

She stated that obviously the Panther Valley Republican Club should become a force in the reelection of Doyle Heffley in the 122nd District and Jerry Knowles in the 124th.

Locally the new club will support the successful Republican nominees for county office, school board, mayor, tax collector, council and other local offices.

Membership dues will remain at $2. Dues and donations can be submitted to Panther Valley Republican Club, c/o R. Mickey Angst, 243 West High Street, Nesquehoning, Pa. 18240.