Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures while delivering remarks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) -- Mitt Romney will meet privately with members of the Republican National Committee at their meeting in Scottsdale on Friday, CNN has learned.
Romney is also slated to address a committee luncheon later on Friday afternoon.
Two Republican sources involved in the planning of the private get together, which will happen before the speech, said that RNC members and state GOP chairmen who have been supportive of the campaign will be invited to meet with Romney.
The former Massachusetts governor simply plans thank the members for their work and encourage them to continue their efforts to unseat President Barack Obama, one source said.
Though Romney does not have the delegates to officially claim the nomination, there is broad consensus among RNC members that he will be the party's standard-bearer in November.
RNC staffers and the Romney campaign have also started discussing, informally, how to sync up their operations for the general election.
Several of Romney's senior advisers traveled to Arizona a day before Romney's arrival to brief RNC insiders on the state of the campaign and strategize for the general election.