The Lebanon 9-12 Project works to inform our members and communities about key issues that affect the local municipalities when dealing with three key aspects:
1. Fiscal Responsibility
2. Smaller Government (less intrusion)
3. Adherence to Constitutional Rule of Law
We do not endorse and we are non-partisan. We do not believe that solutions to the problems in our government (Federal, State or Local) can be found in any one party. We do believe that our Government is accountable to all of us. To that aim, we strive to inform our membership by presenting candidates and issues at our General Meetings. This allows our members to reach their own conclusions regarding what candidate they choose to support or what action, if any, they want to take on a particular bill or issue.
We work toward this goal by adhering to 9 Principles and 12 Values. These Principles and Values call for rational and reasonable debate on issues and not the politics of personal destruction so prevalent in today's political world. We believe that the Constitution of the United States of America and the Pennsylvania State Constitution are a moral rule of law that no elected official, regardless of party affiliation, is exempt from following.
We embrace the founding principles of America and see COnstitutional understanding best applied in the words of the people who wrote them, not it some case law or the opinions of some author and their revisionist claims of American History.
We believe America is Good while recognizing that we have some problems. We believe that the solution to the problems is to become engaged. We believe that we must be the change that we are expecting from others.
We approach our responsibilities as a citizen advocacy group through the following means:
Education: With our Education Committee we provide the necessary tools and materials to make informed and responsible choices and decisions as well as to provide the resources to better understand our Founding Documents and Principles.
Accountability: With our Watchdog Committee we encourage our members to attend public municipal meetings and to become more active in their local communities.
Commitment: Through the combined effort of the Board we work to make a difference at the ballot box by providing our members access to candidates, providing information about the election process and by becoming engaged in candidates they choose to support. We also encourage those among us by providing support to those who wish to seek office.
Compassion: Through our Adopt-A-Soldier Program we provide care packages to our soldiers serving abroad.
Community: We strive to build a sense of community through social interaction in our membership and encourage them with ways to return to their neighborhoods to help rebuild that sense of community where they live.
If you agree with at least 7 of the Principles and all of the Values, then we have something in common and we would like to hear from you. Membership to the Lebanon 9-12 Project website is simple. Since accountability is essential to our group, we request name, address and other contact information and the most important question “Do you agree to the Principles and Values?”
The 2014 Board of the
LEBANON 9-12 Project
Jim Rodkey - Chair
Titus Hostetter - Vice-Chair
Janie Birli - Secretary
Sue Rodkey - Treasurer
Board At Large
Harry Fies - Membership
Sandra Paveglio - Education
Bill Bechtel -
Mario Paveglio -
9 Principles/12 Values
The 9 Principles
1. America Is Good
2. I Believe In God. He is the center of my life.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government
5. If you break the law, you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them; they answer to me.
The 12 Values
* Hard Work
* Personal Responsibility