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66Books Book Club: Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Action,” March 6th, 6pm

Simon Sinek’s book “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Action,” will be our book club, 66Books, second book to be discussed on March 6, 2021

What:  66Books Book Club Discussion of Simon Sinek’s Book, “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Action.”

When: Saturday March 6, 2021, 6:00 pm

Where:  On Zoom

Cost:  FREE (though we take at will donations $20 and under)

Why do you do the activities you do?  Why do you think the way you do?

Once you know your Why Statement you can start to connect to people to inspire them to action.

So why do people keep doing the same activities over and over again expecting different results? The answer is they don’t know their why.

Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle (Why How What) shows that if you communicate your why you grab your audience’s attention as you touch their emotions and the how and what will be heard fully.  Whereas if you lead with What and How your audience might not stick around for your why.  He uses Apple as an example on how they sell their computers and other devices.  They sell their why and after seeing their How they do it they entice you to What they are selling.

Why is powerful and it can break down barriers you’ve set up in your organization.  There is a follow up book called, “Find Your Why,” aimed at helping groups and organizations find out their Why, there are group activities in discovering the group’s Why.

Here is a resource to help you read the book:

Youtube Audiobook:

Sign Up For 66Books Book Club

Since we don’t currently have a list to send out to notify Book Club Members of the upcoming book, you’ll need to send an email to with the subject line of “66Books Sign Up List.” When we get a couple of days out from March 6th, an email will be sent out to those who sign up to confirm, and a link will be sent. Your email will be only used for the Book Club unless you opt-in to our other activities.

USCCA Concealed Carry Training IN St Paul (HD 66B) on SUndays

We Republicans of House District 66B like to promote events in which anyone can participate within our boundaries of House District 66B.

What:  USCCA Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) Training Class. You can get your CCW Certificate after completion of the class to get your CCW from the Sheriff’s Office.  The course is 5 hours of classroom training and 2 hours at the range.

Where: 973 Payne Ave, St Paul MN 55130 (on the edge of HD 66B and HD 67A)

When: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, Sundays

Who:  Daniel Ward II is a USCCA/NRA Instructor.  His class is open to 10 students on each date on a first come first served basis.

Cost:  $125.00 (to cancel one needs to request it 48 hours prior to the class)

It’s rare that any sort of Firearm Training takes place IN ST PAUL! most trainings take place in the Suburbs or within an hour’s drive from the Twin Cities.

You can go to the following USCCA Training link to register for the class: MN Concealed Carry Course.

What to Expect as a Student

You can pre-register for the class weeks in advance.  Look at what one needs to bring to the class, bring something to drink and munch on as a snack.

There is some prep work prior to arriving. You should download the free e-book called, “Concealed Carry Home Defense,” by Michael Martin, a Minnesota resident.  You can follow along in the book during class in order to fill out a worksheet which is provided.  It is easy to read with many color photos of the information you are studying.

You will cover the topics in the e-book during the 5 hour interactive instruction with a scheduled break. Here are the topics covered:

  • Developing a Personal & Home Protection Plan
  • Self Defense Firearm Basics
  • Shooting Fundamentals
  • The Legal Use of Force (Reasonable & Deadly Force)
  • Violent Encounters & Their Aftermath
  • Universal Gun Safety Rules
  • MN Gun Laws (Duty to Retreat)

At any time Instructor Daniel Ward II will answer questions you have on the subjects.  He is patient with all students and respects them in where they are at in their knowledge of firearms.  It is okay if you’ve never picked up a firearm or are fearful of them he’ll help you become comfortable.

At The Range

After the 5 hours of classroom instruction, students leave to the range. Once students reconvene at the range, students are issued hearing protection and eye protection before they enter the range for the first time.

Basic requirements of CCW training is to show proficient knowledge and to be able to fire a weapon.  In order to help students understand the difference in calibers and the feel of their recoils, Daniel Ward II will have students fire 3 different types of calibers: .22LR, .38, and 9 mm.

Here are skills to learn at the range:

  • Clearing the handgun
  • Loading ammunition into a magazine
  • Universal Gun Safety Rules
  • Identify your Target and know what’s behind it
  • The Difference between Target & Front Sight Focus
  • Trigger Control
  • Becoming Comfortable with the Recoil
  • Range Safety

Instructor Daniel Ward II spends time with each student individually helping him or her to shoot properly.  No one is rushed through the training.

Universal Gun Safety Rules

Responsible Gun Owners follow safety rules in handling their firearm. Here they are:

  1. Treat all guns as though they are always loaded.
  2. Never point your weapon at anything  or anyone you don’t want to destroy or kill respectively.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you decide to shoot.
  4. Always be sure of your target and what is behind it.

It is advisable to get Gun Owner’s Insurance in case you are in a Self Defense Incident.  USCCA says on their site this insurance is part of the membership, as well as more training to become a better shooter and a safer one. (We were not paid to say this, it is up to you to decide where you buy your insurance).

HD 66B Republicans does not get any money for promoting this course by USCCA.  Our Neighborhood Party Unit as a group is not associated or affiliated with USCCA nor with Daniel Ward II.

CCW is a topic people in St Paul and Minneapolis are interested in being the increase in violent crime and the City Governments looking to cut budgets to the Police Departments.  Self Defense is a non-partisan issue. ~~ Admin

I took this course on November 21, 2020, as a personal decision on my part.  I am a US Army Veteran who had not trained with handguns before. I wanted to get back into target shooting.  I wanted to write articles about CCW from the point of view of a first time gun owner.

— Tom Polachek, HD 66B Republicans Chair

Please Do Not Go to the MN Capitol Building January 16-17 nor for Inauguration Day

To All Republicans and DFLers who live in Minnesota House District 66B:

Please do not go to the MN Capitol Building this weekend January 16-17, nor for the Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021.  It is a very emotional time in the history of the United States of America. Tempers may flare and people may do actions they will live to regret.  For your safety and your health please stay away from the MN Capitol Building and it’s grounds and stay at home.

Many Republicans and some DFLers believe there were election irregularities in the November Election and also in the Georgia Run-offs.  There has been no explanation of why the Minnesota State Voter Registration System (SVRS) crashed on Halloween 2020, and what effect it had on the outcome of the General Election in the state of Minnesota. Also alleged reports of Rep Ilhan Omar’s Get Out the Vote efforts in Congressional District 5 seem highly illegal.

People are wondering why these instances in the State of Minnesota have been ignored by leaders in our State and Federal Government, as well as vote changing by Smartmatic on Dominion Vote Counting machines in foreign countries.  So it is really understandable to want to get someone to actually listen to you when you don’t think they care.

All those who love freedom of speech and the right to assemble with those that are like minded, or want to worship in the manner they choose need to implore our leaders in the Federal, State, local Governments, and in businesses to respect people’s 1st Amendment Rights.  As a US Army Soldier some decades ago I defended your Rights in the Bill of Rights.  Whether we agree or disagree these are sacred rights. To take that right away from others is to subject them to oppression for doing nothing to deserve it.

Violence is not the answer. It leads to more problems and it doesn’t solve the current problems.  We are told we need to petition the government to address our grievances, and this is what we implore you to do. Contact your US Representatives to let them hear your concerns. Sure our MN CD4 Representative in Washington DC is Career Politician Betty McCollum and she doesn’t seem to care but if you don’t let her know how upset you are she will do what she always does and be a rubber stamp for what her Democrat handlers tell her to do. And please keep it civil when you contact her.

The other activity you can do is to pray for our country, and the leaders to do what is right in the US Constitution and to listen to the Truth, not manufactured truth.

Be well and God Bless you and God Bless America

Tom Polachek, HD 66B Republicans Chair

US Army Veteran (Defender of the US Constitution)


Starting up 66Books Book Club: “Seeking Allah Finding Jesus,” by Nabeel Queshi January 30th


Original book cover you might find, there is a 3rd edtion with new content in it.
3rd Edition Book Cover. Nabeel Qureshi died of stomach cancer at the time of Hurricane Harvey. This edition has been published since his death.

When I was an election judge at the Ramsey County Elections 2020 Absentee Ballot Board processing absentee ballots I would discuss books with my DFL and MNGOP Team members.  There was one book that everyone thought we should read and that’s this book by the late Nabeel Qureshi, “Seeking Allah Finding Jesus.”  It’s his conversion story from Ahmadi Islam to Christianity.

The first part of the book presents Islam in a clear respectful manner as Nabeel lived most of his life as a Muslim in America, and the second half of the book shows his conversion to Christianity.  Some of the concepts he examines will help Christians see their faith in a new light.

The book can be found as an an e-book, and in paperback at all major booksellers.

Tom Polachek, HD 66B Republicans Chair

What:  66Books Book Club Discussion of “Seeking Allah Finding Jesus” by Nabeel Qureshi

When:  January 30, 2021, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Where:  Zoom Link

Cost:  Free. 

(at will donation)

66Books Book Club Participation

For many years I was a “regular” at the Books and Bars Book Club moderated by Jeff Kamin.  Just like it sounds, it was a book club that met in a bar.  It was expected members were to read the book for the month, but it wasn’t mandatory for the discussion.

There will be no fee to join the 66Books Book Club, but the HD 66B Republicans will have to employ a beyond the basic Zoom account so it will cost something per month on our end. If you feel you want to give an “at will donation” anything under $20 will be accepted by our Treasurer without paperwork. Anything above $20 the Treasurer will need to annotate your name, occupation, address, and how much the donation was (MN Campaign Finance Rules).

As stated you don’t have to read the book to participate, but there is a section of the book for group discussion and you might want to read up on it.  Also for those who just can’t find the time to read it, I’ve found a video resource in which the late Nabeel Qureshi talks about his conversion story. It is just short of 2 hours (in the beginning Lee Strobel mentions an election which was the 2016 General Election).

Sign Up For 66Books Book Club

Since we don’t currently have a list to send out to notify Book Club Members of the upcoming book, you’ll need to send an email to with the subject line of “66Books Sign Up List.” When we get a couple of days out from January 30th, an email will be sent out to those who sign up to confirm, and a link will be sent. 


Next Book: “Start With Why,” by Simon Sinek

If you get done with the book for January early (I read it in a week, including writing copious notes on it for later reference) you might want to start reading the next book, “Start With Why: How great leaders inspire action.” Simon Sinek helps you find your “Why statement.” There is a TED talk about this concept, so you can use DuckDuckGo to find it under his name and “Start with Why” (there is a long version and an edited version).

I was thinking the last Saturday of each month for 66Books Club, but February is a short month and BPOU Conventions are mostly on Saturdays in February, so the date may be moved to March, but look to the last Saturday of the month.

Why 66Books?

Our Neighborhood Party Unit, aka BPOU, needs to start discussions on topics that arise in current affairs.  We need to be able to discuss solutions to problems in a clear and concise manner that is respectful to all in the discussion.  We also need to do some outreach to find people with solutions.  We need to do a better job of educating the people around us as to what a Republican is and how we think.  What better outreach vehicle than a Book Club.

A note on the name 66Books, is not a reference to the 66 Books in the Bible. It is merely a coincidence our House District is 66B and the first book is a Christian Conversion story. I was looking for a name of the Book Club that is catchy and has our designation in the title, and thus 66Books.  If this club continues to the point of doing 66 books, that will be indeed a day to celebrate.

Tom Polachek, HD 66B Republicans Chair