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A message from
Lyn Bliss

August 2014

Hi everyone -

All club officers and board members should have received their hard copies of  information regarding:

Fall Gathering ─ September 12- 13
click HERE or on the "Calendar/Events" tab above

The activities associated with the upcoming gathering are going to include social events, recognitions, education, and a birthday celebration for the OFRW  - and GREAT dining. Things are in place to provide you with a wonderful two days. If you can't join us for both days, try to attend at least part of the activities.

Until August 13 you can book a room at the Courtard by Marriott--Newark at a reduced rate. Hope you will take advantage of this great price. There will be a Hospitality Room on Friday evening at the hotel.

Legacy Luncheon on Friday. This event will kick off the two days of activities with a luncheon to honor our members whose 25 years or more of membership have provided a legacy for our organization. Club Presidents have been asked to submit a list of those current members who qualify to be honorees. They will be receiving a special invitation. Others who wish to attend this luncheon may do so by registering HERE  Non-honoree cost for the luncheon is $20.

Friday evening there will be a wonderful Dinner at the Moundbuilders Country Club preceding the Fall meeting of the Board of Directors. The hospitality room will be open at the hotel - and a satellite location at the country club. Registration for the dinner is available by clicking HERE.

Saturday will be our Conference at the Moundbuilders Country Club - great food and great educational workshops with information for clubs on parliamentary procedure, finances, fund-raising and insurance. All are items of great interest to clubs in today's world. Registration is available by clicking HERE.

Featured Speaker - Ohio Attorney General
Mike DeWine
and a very special
Surprise Guest!

After the conference closes, there will be an "Ice-cream Social" for anyone who would like to take advantage of the Moundbuilders chef's expertise with ice cream and also have an opportunity to view the Indian Mounds. There will be mini-banana splits at a cost of $4. Registration is available by clicking HERE.

Please plan to bring a basket (or other item) to donate to the silent auction. Contact Fund Raising Chair Kathy Wise by clicking HERE or calling her at: (740) 366-9022 to let her know what you will be bringing.

The Cardinal Fund committee is busily getting requests (with handwritten notes) out to everyone asking for support  - and we are getting a great response! The Cardinal Thank You event will be held at the Governor's Residence on December 5 -- a high tea - with some special celebrities pouring the tea and exquisite entertainment. Watch for more information.

The NFRW will be hosting its Board Meeting in Dallas September 18-20. All OFRW members are welcome to attend. For the official Call to the meeting, click HERE

With our increased participation in leadership, we are indeed revitalizing and starting to see many of our positive new goals being achieved by taking steps to protect the health and well-being of our organization and be much more inclusive in outlook and activities. Those who have been so supportive of that new revitalization and growth cannot be thanked enough ─ they are proof positive that there is no "i" in "Team" and that ANYTHING is possible when no one worries about who gets credit. The OFRW team's effort is definitely showing tangible results!

God Bless the United States of America!

  Respectfully yours,

Lyn Bliss, President
The election cycle is upon us --
each club should know what is
allowed and what is not allowed.
Please click HERE to download the
Election Guidelines for Local Clubs
as published through the NFRW
Click HERE to view that newsletter.

OFRW Represented at
"Taking Back Our Future"
Summit in Washington, D.C.
Click HERE for program

Just some of the ladies attending the recent RNC Summit having lunch with NFRW President Kathy Brugger. OFRW was represented by Board Members Robin Dodge, Kate Burch and Michael Evans.

Summit Summary

~by Kate Burch

     Women are 53% of the electorate, and women are not happy with the direction of the country or the performance of the current administration.
   The Taking Back the Future Summit, sponsored by the RNC, brought together Republican women from around the nation to network and learn ways to reach and persuade more voters.  The focus was primarily, but not exclusively, on issues that are of most importance to women voters.
   The two-day summit included presentations by a number of women in government.
   Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who received much positive attention for her excellent rebuttal to the 2014 State of the Union address, was a keynote speaker.  She explained how Democrat-sponsored approaches to achieve “paycheck fairness” amount to political gamesmanship and manipulation.  What are needed are initiatives that empower women through pro-jobs and pro-growth solutions.
    Also speaking were Senator Deb Fischer and Rep. Renee Ellmers.
   We learned results of polling and surveys that give a snapshot of where Americans stand on the issues and what can impact and change opinions.
   Representatives from the RNC provided updates on important House, Senate and Gubernatorial races in 2014.  Sessions focused on recruiting good candidates, effective messaging, and effective use of media ─ both social media and public media.
   As women, we are in a position to identify with and impact other women and to persuade more women that the pro-growth, pro-liberty, pro-life, and pro-opportunity principles of the Republican Party are the ones that will help American families have better lives.
Other News
NFRW Region 8 Newsletter ─ Click HERE

GOP Women's Summit─Click HERE

NFRW August Newsletter─Click HERE
Available for your Club
to use at Fairs and Festivals
Membership Display Posters

The OFRW Membership Committee has several posters available for your club to use as part of a membership building campaign. These may be used at fairs and festivals in conjunction with membership cards coordinated with the poster and also a sign-up clipboard. Please contact membership chair Robin Dodge to arrange for your club to have use of these materials.
(Click on poster to download the .pdf file.)


Not Sure Why Your Club Is Shrinking

Ask these questions:

  • Are the meeting time, location and format convenient for ladies with families and/or young professionals?
  • Does my club reflect the professional diversity, age, and gender of the Republican community in my area?
  • Do the programs offered by my club represent a wide range of interests?
  • Does my club concentrate on candidate activities and also: club business, speakers, networking  and project planning?
  • When my club has a guest, do we have a plan in place to contact that guest after the meeting?
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OFRW  Club Presidents
OFRW Political
OFRW Central
OFRW Northeast
OFRW Northwest
OFRW South
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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!
Club Achievement Awards Forms
Now Available on the NFRW Website

       The club achievement awards forms are now available on the NFRW website and can be accessed by clicking HERE. Clubs are encouraged to fill out the awards forms progressively over the next year. They are due to the NFRW Achievement Awards Committee no later than June 30, 2015, although programs and events scheduled to take place after that can be counted until the end of December 2015.
       Clubs will be recognized at the 38th Biennial Convention in Phoenix, Arizona September 10-13, 2015.
Don't Miss the NFRW Fall Board Meeting
It will be a great time In Dallas -
those Texas ladies know how to throw a party!

Click HERE for the official Call and registration information
OFRW's Government Affairs
and Advocacy Committee
arranges tour with
Ohio Oil and Gas
Energy Education Program

aided by American Petroleum Institute

A terrific opportunity was given to the OFRW to be represented by Susan Marlar (Wayne County Women's Republican Club) as part of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program's (OOGEEP) teacher training program. This was a great honor for the OFRW!

Following the event, Susan wrote this note to the OFRW:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to be a part of the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program. Rhonda Reda and Sarah Tripka had it well organized and running on schedule. The site tours were very interesting. Even better were the speakers. The drilling site/frac job individual clearly enjoyed what he was doing and answered many questions. The injection well and producing well owners were good examples of the entrepreneurial spirit as they had both been in business many years. All three site speakers emphasized the precautions and regulations they abide by for environmental concerns. The speakers at the compressor were very knowledgeable and accommodating. I have a whole new appreciation of turning on an appliance that is gas operated.
    The day was a good reminder that fossil fuels are, and will be, an important part of our life for many years to come as the technology to obtain the fuels is evolving.
    Thank you again for the opportunity.

                                                     Susan Marlar

The full day tour included visits to several sites: a horizontal drilling site, a fracking job, an injection well, a producing well, and a compressor/storage station. The goal of this was twofold – to let a member see what these facilities are all about and then to share the knowledge (as a community leader) with others. OOGEEP hosted this tour, including lunch. The tour bus full of teachers and our OFRW representative met at R.G. Drage Career Technical Center in Massillon at 8:30 am Thursday, July 31. They returned to R.G. Drage around 4:30 pm. 

It is the hope of our Governmental Affairs and Advocacy Committee that a similar tour may be arranged just for OFRW members. If you would be interested in such a tour, would you please email: (please include your name, club and what day of the week would be best for your schedule).

To see more photos from the tour, click HERE

Coshocton Republican Women's Organization
Holds Picnic

~by Jeanne Bolton

Just a note to let you know that I attended the Coshocton Women's Picnic in West Lafayette at the Schumacher Farm. Joy Padgett former, state representative, presided over the introductions with Republican Chairman, Steve Hall. Padgett praised the work of Kathy Hendricks, President of the women’s club for reactivating and revitalizing the party base. Padgett announced that 29 women attended  the last club meeting and more events in support of the party are planned. Approximately 70 attended the picnic with fall candidates: Bill Hayes (state representative), Jay Hottinger (state senate), Sharon Kennedy (Ohio Supreme Court Justice), and Craig Baldwin (5th District Court of Appeals). OFRW’s Leadership Team of Jeanne Bolton and Kathy Wise attended. The ladies held a 50/50 Raffle bringing in $112.00. Food, Fun and Fellowship set the stage for a united Republican Party in beautiful Coshocton County.   

Diogenes Supper Club
Holds July Meeting
a satellite of
Greater Dayton Republican Women's Club
(Only Satellite Group in Ohio)

The Diogenes Supper Club was formed as a satellite group associated with the Greater Dayton Republican Women's Club. Their purpose is to gather for supper and have frank and insightful discussions regarding things Republican and of a conservative nature. OFRW Political Education / Legislative Chair Kate Burch is the chair of the group.
~ Robin Dodge Photo
Hamilton County Republican Women
Hold Tea


Justice Sharon Kennedy speaks to ladies in attendance for the Tea event held at the home of Karen and Eric Deihl of Camp Dennison.

For more photos from the event, please click HERE
An invitation from
Republican Women of Hancock County
to attend luncheon featuring
Jo Ann Davidson

You are cordially invited to a very special meeting of the Republican Women of Hancock County featuring guest speaker Joann Davidson.

Joann has been a pioneer in politics and a leader of women in America for the past 40 years.

This meeting will be held at:
The Findlay Inn and Conference Center , Findlay ,Ohio
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
11:30 till 1:00

Cost $15 payable at the door but reservations are required and can be made by calling 419-348-3354 or emailing

Deb Seng

Jefferson County Federated Republican Women
Host OFRW Officers

Jefferson County Federated Republican Women hosted several guests at their regular meeting for July. Left to right: JCFRW President Kimberly Hahn, Barbara Maternack, JCFRW Secretary Julie Robbins, Ron Ferguson, OFRW Central District Vice-president Jeanne Bolton, OFRW President Lyn Bliss, campaign coordinator for Ohio Repesentative Bill Johnson Alex Scharfetter and  JCFRW Vice-president Raquel Lopez.
Licking County Women's Republican Club
Hosts OFRW Board Members

OFRW Officers L to R: Central District Vice-president Jeanne Bolton, Fund Raising Chair Kathy Wise, Cardinal Fund Chair Carol Salome, Women's Health Issues Chair April Cohagen-Gibson, President Lyn Bliss and Literacy/MELP Co-chairman Elaine Kent
At the Marion County Fair

L to R: Fred Saull, Margie Saull (MCRWC), State Representative Dorothy Pelanda, Marion County Chair John Matthews, State Rep. Jeff McClain, and Amy Ikerd having a great time at the Marion County Fair republican tent!
Muskingum County Women's Republican Club
President April Cohagen-Gibson
honored to be invited for
Congressman Bill Johnson's
commercial shoot

Young Republican Women of Cincinnati
Hold Regular Monthly Meeting
Host OFRW Officers
YRWC hosted OFRW representatives at their regular monthly meeting at Local's Bar and Grill in downtown Cincinnati. Left to right: Alex Goodman (Ohio State Director, Gen Opp), Melissa Wegman, OFRW Membership Chair Robin Dodge, YRWC Vice-president Kellie Wise, Ashlee Youngpeters, OFRW President Lyn Bliss, Liz Looney, Cassie Hammond, Philantrophy Chair Katie Murphy, Christina Link, and Membership Chair Sarah Cameron
There is more -- scroll down, please

What does the Republican Party stand for, believe in, and fight for???
??  Have you ever read the Republican Party Platform  ??
Click HERE to download a printable .pdf file.
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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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