On behalf of the Ohio
Federation of Republican Women, and as program chair, it is my honor to
thank all of you who attended our 2013 Spring Conference. It is for you
that we all work so hard to bring this program together. We would like
everyone to know all the "behind the scenes" folks who made this event
so great ─ specail thanks go to:
Speaker Jo Ann Davidson,
Justice Judith French and Chairman Matt Borges for agreeing to fit us
into their over-flowing schedules — we are very appreciative of your
sharing the day with us! Additionally, it was a great honor to have
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted drop by with his two girls -- they
were a real hit!
Marilyn and Warren Clark
for our music — we are so VERY lucky to have these, oh so very talented
folks ready and willing to help us with our musical requests!
Judy Bolin for all the
work in the office, doing registration and just generally helping keep
all of us sane! She is one fantastic Executive Secretary.
Mary Beth Kemmer for
stepping in as treasurer on such short notice and being able to deal
with all of us and to just keep on smiling!
Edwina Wolcott for her
thoughts on decorations and saying she’d do them with a broken
wrist…..on which she was over-ruled.
Kathy Wise for filling in
at the last minute and getting the lovely centerpieces we had ─ well
done ─ you're a champ, Kathy!
To each and every one of
our OFRW Board Members—they are always up for any sort of tom-foolery I
come up with for entrances; and no matter what is asked, they always
pitch in and give 198%. The OFRW membership is blessed to
have such a talented and cooperative group in the leadership of the
Linda Burke for doing all
of the work on sending letters to our elected state general assembly
officials soliciting donations — great job shaking that money out of
the trees, Linda! Without her, we could not have kept our price at a
Rise Roach for the flags,
and stepping in and taking over with the awards program when our Awards
Co-chairs were unable to attend — she was right there to step in, as
she always will, with an “I can do that” when you have a request,
problem or need! Rise — you are a gem!
Marilyn Clark for doing
the auction…..she is always so coordinated and also helps keep our
costs down! Besides which, she did all this while also working
to get Tribute to Women finalized and also prepare for the musical
entertainment. Marilyn, you are our secret treasure.
Joanne Arndt for her work
chairing the Cardinal Fund. Joanne has done a tremendous job of
fundraising and making sure that operating funds are raised to help
keep the organization going….all in an effort to keep your dues at
their current low rate. Joanne is a real go-getter and the OFRW
appreciates her, and her efforts, greatly.
President Jean Turner —
because she is such a sweet hearted lady who is genuinely nice to
everyone and a great “people-person”. It has been such a tremendous
pleasure to know Jean and get to work with her — a lady at all times.
Thank you, Jean, for being you — the OFRW is so very lucky to have you
and your leadership!
Richard Adams (R-80) for all of the maps — again, at the last minute he
was willing and able to come through for us! And, they would not have
arrived in Columbus in time had it not have been for Mary Beth's
willingness to pick them up for us.....definitely not part of the
Treasurer's job description!
JoEllen Melling took over
running of the video equipment after a crash course of instruction and
did a superb job (see the video above) and also pitched in to help
Marilyn with the auction.
Raya Mafazy may be new to
our group. but she has hit the ground running! She helped
Marilyn with the auction and Rise with the awards presentations. Her
smile is infectious!
Beth West and Sally Zeiter
(Awards Co-chairs) did a great deal of work evaluating the awards
submissions and getting everything ready for the conference. Both were
unable to attend, but their work is what made it possible for
our hard working clubs to be recognized.
Kathy Eshelman, member
extraordinary, brings her Patriotic Jewelry for us to "drool
over" and take back home, where I am sure all of us get great
compliments! Be sure to shop her website:
Rian Hassen at the
Worthington Hills Country Club was a real
professional to work with — making everything fall into place,
asking all the right questions and just helping make our event
special. Thank you, Rian! We are looking forward to
returning to the Worthington Hills Country Club for The Tribute to
Women on June 23 and our Fall Board Meeting and Conference on October
18th and 19th.
Kimberley Haynie at the
Staybridge Suites was so very congenial and cooperative in
arranging for our lodging, the shuttle service Friday night, and the
free room for our fall conference which was acutioned off! We
are looking forward to staying at the
Staybridge facility again this
The following people
and/or clubs contributed funds as an aid in making this conference
possible: Friends of Representative Jim Buchy, Senator John Eklund,
Senator Shannon Jones, Senator Bill Seitz, Representative Lou Terhar,
Morrow County Women’s Republican Club, North Columbus Women’s
Republican Club, Richland County Women’s Republican Club, Sandusky
County Republican Women’s Club, Vernon Adams Republican Women’s Club,
Warren County Republican Women’s Club, Wilmington Republican Women’s
Club, Lois Allen, Lyn Bliss, Cheryl Buckland, Linda Burke, Judy Bolin,
Ann Ferneau Brown, Eileen Buckland, Mary Beth Kemmer, ya Mafazy
Betty Martin, Rise Roach, Carol Salmon, Donna Thatcher, Jean Turner,
Shirley Vallee, and Kathy Wise. Thank you all!
All attendees, as I said,
you are the reason we put the effort into these events. We believe the
camaraderie and information you take home are more than worth the
effort! Thank you for taking time from your busy schedules to travel to
Columbus and attend our event. We hope you did enjoy yourselves and
took new thoughts and ideas home to your clubs. Thank you sincerely for
Meanwhile, please reserve
September 20th-22nd for a
trip to Louisville and the NFRW's 37th
Convention. Initial information may be found by clicking HERE
and HERE. As more details become
available, and the official call is issued, they will be posted.
Also, please don't miss
this opportunity to take part in the leadership of the Ohio Federation
of Republican Women -- the nominating committee is currently taking
applications for officers to serve for the term encompassing the 2014
and 2015 years. Click HERE
for more information.
God bless the U. S. A. and
each and every one of you!