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The OFRW mourns the passing of
Evelyn Youngen, President
Carroll County Republican Women's Club
Please join us in sending sympathy to the CCRWC Members
in the loss of their President.
A message from
Lyn Bliss

On behalf of the OFRW
Welcome to a new Club ─
Ashtabula County Republican Women

What an exciting time August 5th and 6th were! On August 5th, I had the honor of representing the Oho Federation of Republican Women at the National Federation of Republican Women's Reception for the members of the Republican National Committtee hosted by President Kathy Brugger. It was a great honor to welcome the RNC to Cleveland on behalf of the Ohio Federation of Republican Women! OFRW members were there to volunteer at the registration table (Lynda Bowers, Amy Casner, Christina Wagner and Sandy Calvert). Our very own Photographer Tammy Puff, and her daughter Brenda, did the photography for the event. Stay tuned, there will be a photostory shortly.

OFRW Women in Business Chair and I were part of the group to host the Ohio Republican Party's pre-debate reception. It was a wonderful time with dedicated Republicans from all over Ohio in attendance.

After the reception, it was downstairs to the main level to get ready for the actual Debate event. What a riviting two hours it was. Being there in person was also fun, because we got to see the makeup people come out during commercial breaks and refresh makeup, brush and spray hair, etc. Also, families came up on stage during those times and the children got to be entertained by the candidates.

Not only were there many of our OFRW members in attendance, there were many of our members working as volunteers at the main Debate - haven't had a final tally, but know I did see quite a number there. All the volunteers I have spoken to say they had a wonderful time, and are all ready to volunteer for the convention!! If you were a volunteer, would you please let me inow -- and send a picture of you there (if you have one).

After the debates were over, it was a short walk to Harry Buffalo for the after-debate reception with many OFRW members in attendance. Great time was had by all!!

There will be ten or eleven more debates between now and next March - wouldn't it be fun to be able to be at all of them?

If you are like me, you are finding it hard to keep track of everyone who has declared to be a candidate, have formed an exploratory committee, or may be just thinking about running. There are more than the major candidates featured in the Cleveland Debate. Click HERE. As I am writing, it looks like there are 38 who have declared themselves to be interested in becoming the GOP candidate. By the time you are reading this, there may be more!

Please click HERE for information on attending the Cleveland Convention and also how to volunteer to help at the Convention.

Please remember that the OFRW by-laws have very specific rules of policy to be followed regarding candidates in a primary election:

Article III: Policy
  1. In a contested primary no member of the Board of Directors shall use her position to endorse a candidate. If found in violation by the Board of Directors, the member shall be removed from office.
  2. No Club, or its President, shall use the name of the Club to endorse any candidate in any contested primary, from the national to the local level. If found in violation by the Board of Directors, revocation of membership may result.
  3. During a primary, when one nominee in a contested race is invited to a Club, all nominees Republican for that office shall be extended invitations. Every effort shall be made to give all candidates in a contested primary equal exposure.
  4. No OFRW, or Club Officer, shall use her position to support a candidate running on any opposition ticket.
  5. In all non-partisan elections, Federated Republican Women should support only Republican Candidates.
  6. Members are encouraged to become active in primaries as individuals.
  7. Federated Republican Women should work for the selection of qualified Republicans to appointive local and state offices, boards and commissions.
The main key is that as a member, you do not give up your rights to participate in the election process - in fact you are (#6) encouraged to become active in primaries as individuals. Members may NOT, however, use the name of the OFRW or the local club - or any office held in the OFRW or that local club - when giving exposure to a candidate. The easiest rule of thumb is - we support Republican Candidates -- and in this instance, until the convention is over, there is no official candidate of the Republican Party to be supported. Right now, all of the candidates are vying to become THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE. So, as an organization, we may not give more exposure to one particular candidate, than we do for any of the other 30 (or whatever number there might be by now). Whenever you support a particular candidate please be sure to do so in a manner that would never connect it in any way to the OFRW, your local club, or any office you might hold in either.

Please put the Fall Conference on your calendars -- October 3rd at the Worthington Hills Country Club. The Board of Directors will be meeting at 8:00 a.m. and the Conference will begin at 9 a.m. The two have been combined as a one day event in an effort to save members the expense of lodging requiredd to stay over-night.This is an experiment to see how it works out - so, please bear with us!

County Fairs are just starting - if your party has a tent/booth/building please see if your club can have a display and sign-up sheet for interested ladies to leave their name and contact information. Another idea is to have a gift certificate - or other prize - offered as a drawing. At the end of the fair, sort out those that appear to be women and contact them to see if they would be interested in coming to a club meeting. If they are, have a member volunteer to pick them up and bring them or meet them personally at the door prior to the meeting.

The 38th NFRW Biennial will be held in Phoenix September 10-13. Click HERE for all the details. It is being held at a wonderful resort and will be a great time - please attend if you can!

Have a GREAT summer, see you this fall.

Lyn Bliss, President

Click HERE to view second quarter issue of Victory's Voice - the OFRW Newsletter.

Click HERE to download a printable copy of the NFRW's July Roundtable Newsletter.

OFRW Political Education and LegislativeCommittee
Provides Comment on Many Issues
Resource for Discussion Topics
Click HERE - and be sure to scroll down -- to see some of the ideas presented.

The OFRW gives a “ Hats Off” and salute to our members and/or clubs serving  within the OFRW and their home communities. We value their time, talent and contributions in making Ohio a great state in which to live and prosper. If you, or members of your club, would like to give a “Hats Off” salute to a member please click HERE to email the information.
Calling all OFRW Members

Will you please take photos at your club events and submit them to the OFRW Webmaster -- so they may be featured on the homepage. We'd like to see some different faces here.......... And, other clubs would like to see what you are doing! Please include list of names and brief description of the photo. Also, any information you would like to submit for 2015's second edition of the OFRW Newsletter, please do so! Click HERE to submit information. THANKS!

Club Treasurers - Please Remember

As your dues come in from members, please send them to the OFRW with the completed membership reporting form. The form may be found in your President's Leadership Manual or online by clicking HERE.

Your Board Served You Well in 2014
  ─ OFRW Board Overview ─

The OFRW Board led the organization very responsibly during 2014. These are a few of its accomplishments:
  • Finished the 2014 year $6,000+ under budget. The 2014 budget called for using $5,682 from reserves. The Board managed resources very wisely, resulting in NO funds being used from reserves. Its management was so good, in fact, that a small amount was ADDED to the reserves.
  • This financial achievement was possible at the same time the Board insured the corporation at an unbudgeted expense of $1,200+, and
  • The Board also provided two new FREE member service events in 2014 - Judicial Day and Legacy Luncheon.
  • A great deal of the thanks for this positive financial situation should go to all who helped raise funds for the organization - the Cardinal Fund chairs broke a number of records!
  • The OFRW had some of the largest participation in our statewide board meeting/conferences that has been experienced in quite a few years.
  • The Campaign Committee enabled the OFRW to be a finalist for the prestegious National Reed Award in Campaigning and Elections for our call in support of re-electing Justices French and Kennedy.
  • The Board tied the best membership record held by any term during the past 16 years
  • The Board has worked hard and is now well on its way to having meetings that conform to legitimate parliamentary procedures - guaranteeing all a voice.
Your Board is working for you -- and working well. Congratulations to all who serve on the OFRW Board of Directors, you are doing a wonderful job!
Bright Ideas
 from NFRW Membership Chair
 Elaine Miller
 Click HERE to download Elaine's report
contact OFRW Membership Chair Robin Dodge
for some bright ideas of  her own regarding membership building right here in Ohio ─
Click HERE to email Robin
 Republican Women of Hancock County
show their unity and patriotism

Left to right : Linda Casey (President) , Becky Greeno, Susan Hite, Deb Seng (Treasurer), Deb Cook, Jody O'Brien, Cheryl Buckland, Donna May (Secretary), Christina Muryn, in truck: Mary Fleming & Bonnie Shindeldecker.
Muskingum County Women's Republican Club
Booth at the Zanesville Farmers' Market

MCWRC President April Cohagen-Gibson says, "We were honored with the Dresden Mayor, Mr. David A. Mathew at our booth. Matt Lutz stopped by to check in as did Tara & Ava Adornetto, and Cody & Debbie Pettit. Thank you to everyone who made the Muskingum County Republican Club booth productive today!"

Licking County Republican Women's Club
Launch Literacy/MELP Pilot Program

 A big day for LCRW’s Literacy/MELP pilot program, ”Reading is Freedom”. Our reading tutor trainer, Kristy Szkuzlarek (center), administrator, "Read for L.I.F.E." (Literacy is for Everyone) at the Findlay-Handcock Public Library, Findlay Ohio, spent the day with us at the Newark Public Library sharing her wealth of experience and information on tutoring adults in reading. We hope to begin our literacy outreach program before summer’s end. One statistic shows ‘Functional Illiteracy’ in Licking County at 11%. We can’t think of a better way to truly ‘help’ individuals in a way that will be self-perpetuating and have a great impact on helping citizens obtain true independence and freedom for themselves.  This program may be of interest to you in your own county.  We will keep you updated!

Participants….Babette Woofter, Debi Shull, Elaine Kent, Kristy, Sarah Chaulk, Donna Wendorff, Debbie Hamrick, Benita Neely, Marjorie Williams, Carolyn Hayes (not pictured, Linda Wilkins, Marge Jensen-Brubaker, Jeanne Bolton, Jane King)

Click HERE to download a .pdf of the above flyer

Click HERE to see more activities of the Licking County Republican Women's Club

The Licking County Republican Women's Club has started a literacy initiative with Newark Libraries. As mentioned, this is a pilot adult tutoring  program organized under the umbrella of the OFRW (Ohio Federation of Republican Women) and NFRW (National Federation of Republican Women) Mamie Eisenhower Literacy Program or MELP.

We are offering a one day training/information session on Monday, July 20 at the Newark Public Library in Newark.  Our presenter, Kristy Szkudlarek, is the Administrator for a similar tutoring program in Findlay, which has been in operation since 1987. 

This is open to all LCRW members, associate members and prospective members.  Priority will be given to members, of course, but we encourage you to bring along other interested individuals. To reserve your seat, please email me by clicking HERE or call me at 740 587-1114.  Participation in this workshop is not  mandatory for tutoring, but many have expressed an interest in  some form of training.  If you are unable to attend the July 20 workshop, but would like information,  please let me know.

Thank you for being a great American and caring about our wonderful country by helping  American Citizens in a real way! That is what the Republican Party is about!

Blessings to you and yours
Mark Your Calendars Make Sure You Don't Miss:

October 3 - OFRW Fall Board Meeting
and Fall Conference - Worthington Hills Country Club, Columbus, Ohio

December 13 - Wreaths Across America Trip to Arlington National Cemetery to help with Laying of  Wreaths on graves (details to follow)

Want to attend the 2016 Republican Convention?
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Ohio Republican Party
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Medina County Republican Women Host Luncheon
Featured Speaker: Honorable Jo Ann Davidson

Some of the ladies attending the event::
Back Row: Bethany  Bentler, Josette Burns, Michelle Stys, Pat Geissman
Middle Row: Sue Smail, Lyn Bliss, Christina Wagner, Becca Widowski
Front Row: Dorothy Uhlich, Robin Dodge, Lynda Bowers, Honorable Jo Ann Davidson, Honorable Marlene Anielski
Western Reserve Women"s Republican Club -
South Chagrin Unit Member

Representative Marlene Anielski (6th)
To Host Fund Raiser

Click HERE to download printable .pdf of flyer and registration form.
Morrow County Republican Women's Club
Helps Host Republican Picnic

Morrow County Republican Women's Club President Penny Porter's wonderful dessert display was a huge favorite!
State Representative Dorothy Pelanda speaking at the Morrow County Republican Picnic.
Delaware County Republican Women's Club
Helps at Republican Headquarters

Carolee Conklin and Sarah Jantausch are friendly volunteer faces at the Republican Party Headquarters for the Delaware Farmer's Market. 
Ottawa County Republican Women's Club
Participates in Events

OCRWC President Jill Stinebaugh and Renee Claycomb are having so much fun at the Liberty Aviation Museum big band event. They are raffling off the Ben Richmond print to benefit the OCRWC. They are a great tag team! Stinebaugh (left) is dressed as June Cleaver from "Leave It To Beaver" and it was very entertaining having people guess her character. Jill says, "My apron was really drooping by the end of the night- so unlike June's perfectly tied apron would have been!"

Senator Rob Portman (center) was in Ottawa County recently at an environmental roundtable discussing what is being done to treat and prevent algae bloom on Lake Erie. He had been fishing on the lake and was able to see the bloom first hand. He stopped to get to know two OCRWC members, Connie Focht (L) and OCRWC President Jill Stinebaugh (R).
Pickaway County Women's Republican Club
Joins Ashville's Independence Day Parade

PCRWC President Sandy Darby says, "Happy 4th of July from the Pickaway County Republican Women's Club. We had a great time in the Ashville Parade."

Pictured are: (standing) Laura Schweitzer, Martha Liming and Sandy Darby. Sitting in truck are: Sharon Neil and Velma Kellermeyer. Truck is courtesy of Carl and Vickie Moore.
Western Reserve Women's Republican Club -
South Chagrin Unit
Meet to watch a special political program

WRWRC-SCU had its Flag Day brunch at Hillbrook with Chris McNulty as the speaker.  Then the club met with ladies from Hamlet Village (some are members and prospective members) and officially established The Hamlet Committe of WRWRC-SC.  Hamlet Villiage is Chagrin's retirement community.  Special guest was Tim Lolli,  Congressman David Joyce's campaign manager. The first cooperative project with Hamlet will be a voter registration table at a Friday lunch in August.
Canfield Republican Women's Club
To Hold 50th Anniversary Celebration

   Click HERE to download a printable .pdf file of the above flyer.
Bolton Republican Women's Club
to Host Special Event

Click HERE to download a printable .pdf file of the above flyer

We are excited to announce a new date for the club’s Annual Cupcakes & Candidates event now scheduled for Wednesday, September 2, 2015, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Wildwood Cultural Center (7465 Little Mountain Rd., Mentor OH 44060).  This year the club is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, and we are opening it up to all guys and gals who wish to attend. We will have wine from Debonne Winery, cupcakes from The Confectionary Cupboard, and light dinner options and beer from our members too.

Click HERE to see more information on The Bolton Republican Women's Club and its upcoming activities.
 Xenia Republican Women's Club
invites you to an event in its area

Click HERE for a printable copy of the above flyer.

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Each of these pages are to be used to share ideas, thoughts, achievements, congratulations, etc. Please make use of them. You may just find a solution when you are faced with a problem! Check into your district page and find out what information your District Vice-president has to offer to the clubs in your district!
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to use at Fairs, Festivals and Republican Events
The OFRW Membership Committee has several posters available for your club to use as part of a membership building campaign. These may be used in conjunction with membership cards coordinated with the poster and also a sign-up clipboard.

For more information regarding the various themed membership campaigns,
click HERE to contact Membership Chair Robin Dodge 
What does the Republican Party stand for, believe in, and fight for???
??  Have you ever read the Republican Party Platform  ??
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Please let us know how OFRW can be of service to your club ─ email President Lyn Bliss at: ─ call/text: (937) 423-2299. Thank you!

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