I was flabberghasted to find out that in a city our size, the Shelby County Republican Club has fewer than 200 paying members. At $25 for a basic membership, this is appalling. I promptly ponyed up. As the membership chairman explained to me, that small number means our political clout is greatly hamstrung. You don’t have to be active in the party to make a difference; just boosting the roster will be helpful. You can make a check out to Republican Party of Shelby County and send it to 2400 Poplar Ave. Suite 418, Memphis 38112.