• The Carolina Patriots will hold its monthly meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 19 at fire house No.6, at 970 38th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach.
Guest speaker will be Horry County Sheriff Phillip E. Thompson. He will discuss the Second Amendment. The group also will discuss the upcoming Horry County precinct reorganization. For more information, contact Diane Aversano at 385-1204 or visit www.CarolinaPatriots.org.
• North Strand Democrats will have its monthly meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Mick & Mikes Sports Bar, located at 1008 U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach. For information, contact Brian or Roberta at 272-6454.
• South Enders will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Borgata Restaurant, 813 Surfside Drive in Surfside Beach. The speaker will be Phil Noble of the S.C. New Democrats.
For more information, contact Joan Furlong by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them on the web at http://www.southenders.org.
• The Horry Grand Strand Dems will meet at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Friendlys Restaurant at the intersection of 47th Avenue North and U.S. Highway 17.
For more information contact Bea Catalano at email@example.com
• The Georgetown County Democratic Party will meet 6 p.m. Monday at the steelworkers union hall, 1515 Butts St. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting begins promptly at 6 p.m. For more information, call 240-3396.
• The Democratic Womens Council of Horry County is sponsoring its annual scholarship essay contest for 2013. This years essay theme is Democrats Represent Me Because
Graduating high school seniors and undergraduate college students who are registered voters in Horry County are eligible to enter to win one of two $1,000 scholarships. The Democratic Womens Council scholarship program has awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships since it began in 2007.
Essays must be received no later than April 5. Contest application and a complete set of rules and criteria are available at the DWCHC website, www.dwchc.com. Information is also available by contacting essay committee chair Milly Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A booklet containing all the winning essays will be published, with ad sales in the booklet and other fundraising activities of the council going to support the scholarships.
For more information about the scholarship contest or booklet, contact Sally Howard at 455-1936 or by email at SallyPHoward@aol.com.
• South Strand Republican Club will hold its Annual Legislative Breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at Inlet Affairs, 4024 U.S. Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. Speakers will be Rep. Nelson Hardwick and Sen. Ray Cleary.
• The Greater Carolina Forest Republican Womens Club will meet at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at Longbeards Restaurant, 5040 Carolina Forest Blvd.
Speakers will be all of the candidates running for Horry Council chairman: Al Allen, Liz Gilland, Debbie Harwell, Mark Lazarus and Fonzie Lewis. The candidates each will address the group and then there will be an open question and answer session. There also will be an informal meet and greet following the meeting. Everyone is invited to attend. Men are welcome and may become associate members of the club.
For information about the meeting or the GCFRW please contact Jan McDonald at 236-7799 or at email@example.com.
• The Waccamaw Neck Republican Club will meet 7 p.m. Feb. 18th at the Pawleys Island Branch Library, 24 Commerce Drive. The speaker will be Jimmy Richardson, 15th Circuit Solicitor, which covers Horry and Georgetown counties.
Upcoming precinct, county, 7th district and state organizational activities and information regarding delegate elections will be presented by club and county officials. The public is invited to attend.
For more information, contact Jerry Rovner at 235-0463.
• A Republican candidates debate hosted by Sav-R-Cats will be 12:30 p.m. on March 6. The public luncheon debate with the five Republican candidates vying for the Horry County Council chairmanship will be held at the Omega Pancake & Omelette House, 2800 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. The three course meal, plus beverage, lunch costs $8 per person.
Candidates invited and expected to attend are: Councilman Al Allen, Liz Gilland, Debbie Harrell, Mark Lazarus and Fonzie Lewis. Each will have three minutes to introduce themselves and briefly discuss their qualifications for being County Council chair, after which the public will have an opportunity to ask questions of each candidates.
The public is invited to attend and a special request is made for animal lovers to please come out to hear the candidates. In order to reserve your seat, reservations are requested. Call Sharon Dumay at 997-8701; Barbara Cook 651-9505; or Ted Sedje 381-9280.