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~ By Beverley Hirzel, President
Wood County Republican Women's Club
Philadelphia welcomed the OFRW delegation to the NFRW 39th
Convention on the 230th Anniversary of the
Constitution of the United
State of America!
Can you imagine what a thrill it was to attend
this convention? I am the President of Wood County Republican Women’s
Club (WCRWC), a newly rechartered club. To be among so many talented
women leaders, listening to them in open meetings, trading state pins,
networking on ideas was just so exciting and purposeful! I am pretty
sure WCRWC First VP Linda Amos felt the same way. We were pumped up
with the thoughts of this City and the future of the NFRW and GOP.
When we were not in session we could get out of
the great hotel and walk about the beautiful City of Brotherly Love and
take in the monumental significance of what has taken place for the
good of our country. The weather was beautiful during the whole time in
Philadelphia, making it easy to walk to breakfast or dinner when we
were on “our own”. It is amazing how you can interact with local people
when you sit at the counter and talk with other diners!
The dedication given by our NRW officers, board
members and neighboring state clubs from the Original 13 Colonies that
helped develop and make successful this 39th Convention was evident
throughout the convention. The Friday Night
Opening event was at the National Constitution Center — newly unveiled
to the public. Great exhibits and an inspiring facility.
Saturday General Session had a wonderful patriotic
video presentation: “Red White and Blue”, by Terrie Frankel, Arizona. I
think each NFRW club needs one to play at
a meeting from time to time.
Saturday Luncheon brought us Peggy Grande, former
Executive Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. What a slide show!
OFRW President Lyn Bliss received the Ronald
Reagan Leadership Award honoring her extraordinary leadership and
inspiration to Ohio and to the NFRW. A first for an OFRW President!
There were four workshops: Membership: Focusing on
What Works (which I attended), Issues: Making a Difference; Campaigns:
Building a Grassroots Army (which Linda Amos attended); and Elections:
Safeguarding American Democracy. We garnered great ideas to bring back
to our clubs. We can be sure if there is a idea for the betterment of
the Clubs in NFRW you will hear it at a convention.
Saturday evening Awards Ceremony was so much fun.
Just watching the excitement of each Club receiving Club Achievement
Awards demonstrated excellence in membership development, campaign
activities, community relations, programs and club functions.
Morrow County RW Organization and WCRWC received
Bronze Club Achievement Awards. This was not an easy award to win and I
just imagined how difficult winning a Diamond was! It is not about an
individual, it is about the entire club participating. What we do for
our Club and our communities is a group effort and therefore a group
award. Linda and I were very honored to receive the Award on behalf of
OFRW was well represented with Leadership, State
and Club recognition. Sunday General Session saw OFRW President Lyn
Bliss receive the Betty Heitman Accomplishment Award for State
Excellence ─ the first time in over ten years that OFRW has received
The Proposed Bylaw Amendments and Proposed
Resolutions were a lesson in democracy and Parliamentary Procedure! We
can be sure if there is a proposed Bylaw or proposed resolution on the
floor for a vote that our discussion for or against was heard as the
attending members spoke at the microphone to the assembly and officers.
Ohio’s Small Partnership Exception was adopted by the NFRW. We can all
participate at these conventions and should.
The programs and events were fast paced with
meetings, greetings and great times from so many women! Texas alone had
one hundred representatives from their State. I believe the final count
for attendance, with guests, was over 900! That is a lot of women
talking and discussing.
Laughter was present during many of the programs
by personal appearance or video. Always enjoyable to hear from Diamond
and Silk. Each
speaker had a great point to make about our Republican leaders, past
and present, but my favorite was from Senator Roy Blunt (paraphrasing):
“On your darkest day, no matter how difficult things are going for you,
remember, Hillary is not our President! That will make you smile. I use
that thought often.”
We know we are in the hands of great leaders as we
move forward and anticipate the 40th NFRW Biennial Convention
held in Indianapolis, Indiana!
Betty Heitman Accomplishment Award
OFRW President Lyn Bliss's
Ronald Reagan Leadership Award
County RW Organization receives the Bronze Achievement Award
2016—2017 club years. L to R: MCRWO 2016 President Dixie
Shinaberry, NFRW President Carrie Almond, 2017 MCRWO
County RWC receives the Bronze Achievement Award for 2016—2017 club
years. L to R: WCRWC President Bev Hirzel, NFRW President
Almond, WCRWC VP Linda Amos.
members of the OFRW Delegation are (L to R): Patricia Davies (Morrow
County RW Organization President - Club Delegate), Robin Dodge (Greater
Dayton WRC President - Club Delegate), Bev Hirzel (Wood County RWC
President - Club Delegate), Dixie Shinaberry (Morrow County RW
Organization - Member at Large Delegate), Kristin Peters (Bolton RWC
Club - Club Delegate Proxy), Lyn Bliss (OFRW State President Delegate),
Linda Amos (Wood County RWC - Member at Large Delegate).
!! ATTENTION ALL CLUBS !!
your club does not
have a Facebook page or Facebook Group (there is a difference), it
would be a wonderful idea to
club to start and maintain one (or both) for your club. If your club
does have a
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or Group by
If your club
would like help in starting a page or group, please contact the OFRW
Technology Chair Raya Mafazy Whalen by clicking HERE
Also, the NFRW has
a wonderful guide to help you with this process.
Click HERE to download the
to find a
program, fund raising activity,
building idea, political
other project for your club?
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Meeting, Conferennce & Annual Meeting
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Events to be held
for all details
April 27-28, 2018
(details to follow)
of the Month for Clubs
"Suggestions for Secretaries"
to get great pointers that
are sure to help you become an effective club secretary.
TO CLUB TREASURERS
OFRW has prepared a form
that can be used to present the monthly treasurer's report. A
report should be prepared and given at each club meeting. These reports
are never approved at a meeting, as club members do not have
access to receipts and statements covered in the report. The monthly
treasurer's reports are simply accepted by the President and
the statement made that the report will be filed for review.
copy is then included with the minutes for that meeting. At the end of
the membership year, all reports for the year should be submitted to a
review committee - along with all of the supporting documentation
(deposit receipts, statements, bills, monthly bank statements,
etc.). The review committee should present its report covering the
previous year's financila activities of the club at the first
meeting of each membership year -- and this is what is given
not) by the membership. This report is also filed with the minutes of
to download a .xlsx file that will automatically compute the totals
after items are entered.
download a .pdf file that may be printed and items completed by
TO CLUB PRESIDENTS
Video for Presidents -- best practices as you serve your club and its
members: click HERE
Judicial Voter Guide
HERE to find out about
the new judicial voter guide that will
feature candidate profiles, information about what judges do,
descriptions about the duties of different courts, and brief videos of
former judges explaining how the court system works.
OFRW Adopts Mission Statement
Ohio Federation of Republican Women
To inform, engage and advocate for the principles
forth by the Republican Party
to view the
latest 2017 issue
of Victory's Voice - the OFRW Newsletter. If you are not on the
emailing list, click HERE
to find a report from Stephanie Garrett regarding the most recent Ohio
Republican State Central and Executive Committee.
for great topics and viewpoints to explore at meetings.
Great opportunity for Grassroots and Leadership Seminars - Click HERE
to download the NFRW's guide,
"IRS and 527 Reporting for Clubs"
to view the latest Capital
to view the latest Leadership
to view the latest issue of
to download a .pdf of the
latest issue of the Roundtable
to view the
Newsletter - Ohio Featured on Page 3 - open and scroll down
to view the flipbook of what
the NFRW has accomplished during the past two years
to downlad a high definition
version of the NFRW membership video. Click HERE
to view the video
Launches New App
up with the Federation
when you're on the run
with the NFRW's new mobile app.
for info on how to download.
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iTunes ─ Click HERE
Contact Patt Parker928-910-9255
or click HERE
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Republican National Committee
Ohio Republican Party Website
Download a printable .pdf copy of the
all OFRW Members
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
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 the upcoming
edition of the OFRW Newsletter, please do so! Click HERE to submit
to visit the Membership webpage
miss using these
|Membership Display Posters
use at Fairs, Festivals and Republican Events
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.
information regarding the
various themed membership campaigns,
to contact Membership Chair Cindy Bias
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