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Ohio Federation of

Republican Women

State of the Organization

2016 Recap

  • Held  two statewide Conferences -- with social eventsm speakers, workshops and networking opportunitiesm
  • Hosted a reception in Cleveland for National Federation of Republican Women Delegates and Board Members attending the Convention – speakers: Hon. Marsha Blackburn, Hon. Mary Taylor and Eric Golub.
Membership - Member Services
  • Three new clubs were officially chartered 
  • Leadership Manual was updated and distributed to all club presidents and board members
  • Phone and mail contacts were made with clubs that have been non-compliant for various reasons
  • Verified addresses and cleaned database
  • President, Vice-president and Membership Chair spoke at many clubs throughout the state
  • District Vice-presidents contacted and visited clubs within their Districts
  • Worked to reach solutions to some very serious local internal club problems
  • Worked with several County Chairmen around the state to foster interest and formation of new clubs
  • Updated our OFRW by-laws through amendment to be in compliance with the NFRW
  • Maintained OFRW office with staff on a part time basis to meet the needs of our members
  • Continued re-organization of office and submission of records to Wright State University for archiving
  • Gave Club Awards at spring conference recognizing clubs which had done exceptional work during the previous year.
  • Finished moving all forms and records into digital format to simplify sharing
  • Compiled and sent four newsletter to all members with email addresses
  • Expanded use of Mail Chimp service for wide distribution of emails to Board and Members
  • Verified addresses and cleaned database
  • President, Vice-president and Membership Chair spoke at many clubs throughout the state
  • District Vice-presidents contacted and visited clubs within their Districts
  • Continuous updating of OFRW website with information and forms
  • Added a Facebook Page with Twitter feed to social media presence
  • Expanded use of Survey Monkey as a tool for membership input and data recording.
Candidate Services:
  • Numerous members were elected as county chairs, regional chairs or served in other statewide capacities for Ohio statewide candidates
  • Aided all state and national level candidates distribute information and campaign for election.
  • Held statewide FlashMobs for Trump.
Republican Party Coordination:
  • Met with ORP Chairmen and ORP Political Director for updating and coordination of efforts in support of the Ohio Republican Party
  • Passed four resolutions regarding topics of concern to the Federation and its members
  • Continued working with several County Chairmen around the state to foster interest and formation of new clubs
  • A big group of OFRW Members represented the organization at the Inauguration and related events.

Interaction with National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW):
  • Had a record breaking number of OFRW members serving on the NFRW Board of Directors
  • OFRW had member representation at Spring and Fall NFRW Board Meetings
  • Hosted “Rosie” – the NFRW voter registration and Trump campaign bus for three tours through Ohio. Numerous clubs participated
  • Members in D.C. for the Inauguration also attended the NFRW reception held at NFRW Headquarters.
Community Service and Interaction:
  • Raised almost $2,500 for Caring for America Project: Operation Buckeye
  • Continued efforts to complete placement of an Historical Marker on the grounds of the Katharine Kennedy Brown home and authorized funding for it.
Your OFRW officers care about your individual club and want to help you in any way possible. Please contact us if you want assistance or have questions about the OFRW - [email protected]


Tip of the Month for Club Presidents
The list of your club officers for 2017 (and contact informaiton for each) needs to be submitted to OFRW - that list is now overdue. Click HERE for the forms. You might consider having your treasurer send the annual $15 club service fee to OFRW Treasurer now, so that is done for the year. This is a fee charged by NFRW to all Federated Clubs. The OFRW collects that amount and forwards it on fully to NFRW.

All are to be sent to:
OFRW Treasurer Mary Beth Kemmer
615 Sedgewick Way
Troy, OH 45373-5421

A great guide for club presidents may be found by clicking HERE. Please disregard the 2016 deadlines - and look for the current 2017 deadlines and other events by clicking HERE.

Additionally, the 2016 club financial books should have been reviewed by a review committee with a report being given to the membership at the first meeting of the following membership year. This report is approved, or not, by the membership.

The 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. A 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 approval/acceptance (or not) by the membership. This report is also filed with the minutes of the club.

Click HERE to download a .xlsx file that will automatically compute the totals after items are entered.

Click HERE to download a .pdf file that may be printed and items completed by manually.

Judicial Voter Guide issued
Click 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
The mission of the
Ohio Federation of Republican Women

 is: To inform, engage and advocate for the principles
 set forth by the Republican Party
Click HERE to view the final 2016 issue of Victory's Voice - the OFRW Newsletter. If you are not on the emailing list, click HERE to subscribe.

Click HERE to find a report from Stephanie Garrett regarding the most recent Ohio Republican State Central and Executive Committee.

Click HERE for great topics and viewpoints to explore at meetings.

Great opportunity for Grassroots and Leadership Seminars - Click HERE.
Click HERE to download the NFRW's guide, "IRS and 527 Reporting for Clubs"

Click HERE to view the latest Capital Connection

Click HERE to view the latest Leadership Newsletter

Click HERE to view the latest issue of the Roundtable

Click HERE to download a .pdf of the latest issue of the Roundtable

Click HERE to view the November-December Membership Newsletter - featuring the OFRW (scroll down to Page 2)

Click HERE to view the flipbook of what the NFRW has accomplished during the past two years.

Click HERE to downlad a high definition version of the NFRW membership video. Click HERE to view the video.

NFRW Launches New App

Keep up with the Federation when you're on the run
 with the NFRW's new mobile app.
Available for Apple and Android phones.
Click here for info on how to download.
Google Play ─ Click HERE
iTunes ─ Click HERE

Contact Patt Parker928-910-9255 or click HERE to email Patt

Great Ideas for
Meetings, Projects and Communications

Please click HERE for some great information
for leading your club -
provided by
the National Federation of Republican Women


Several OFRW Clubs use Mail Chimp (a free bulk Email service) to send notices regarding meetings, membership renewal and other communications of importance to members.

Click HERE to see the latest message sent to Bolton Republican Women's Club members.

If your club has not explored the possibility of using this method to communicate with your members, please do so - it's an invaluable tool. Click HERE to get started. AND -- need help?? please contact Janet Kushlan. Click HERE.

Visit the
Republican National Committee
Click HERE

Visit the

Ohio Republican Party Website
Click HERE
To Download a printable .pdf copy of the
2016 Republican Party Platform
Click HERE

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 the upcoming edition of the OFRW Newsletter, please do so! Click HERE to submit information. THANKS!

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for Your Club, OFRW and NFRW
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Do it today - don't miss a thing!

President Donald J. Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
Inauguration Participation
  • Numerous members were rewarded for their hard work during the 2016 Presidential Election by receiving Inaugural Invitations. Many were able to attend the Inauguration, Parade and Balls.
  • Several attended the NFRW Open House during the Inauguration festivities.
  • Many attended the Ohio Reception during the Inauguration festivities.

You were fantastic ambassadors
for  the
Ohio Federation of Republican Women!!

2017 Club Officers List
and annual club service fee
were due in January.
Click HERE for forms

All are to be sent to:
OFRW Treasurer Mary Beth Kemmer
615 Sedgewick Way
Troy, OH 45373-5421


Spring Board Meeting

March 16-18
Peabody Hotel
Memphis, Tennessee
Spring Conference& Board Meeting

May 6
Mayfield Country Club

Lyndhurst, Ohio

OFRW Tribute to Women
July 9, 2017
Worthington Hills Country Club
Columbus, Ohio

NFRW 39th
Biennial Convention

September 14-17
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Philadelphia, PA
Details to follow


If your club does not have a Facebook page or Facebook Group (there is a difference), it would be a wonderful idea to find someone in your club to start and maintain one (or both) for your club. If your club does have a Facebook Page or Group and it is not listed in the links under the "On The Web" tab of the menu bar above, please email the link for your Page or Group by clicking HERE. If your club would like help in starting a page or group, please contact the OFRW Technology Chair Raya Mafazy Whalen by clicking HERE


Crawford County Republican Women
to host
Lincoln Day Luncheon

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

The Future is so bright with
 that the
Ottawa County Republican Women's Club
needs sunglasses!


Members:Marcia Hattan, Brenda Calwell, Carolyn Neeb, Tonya Aleshire, Karen Dages, Toni Deluca, Jill Stinebaugh, Jan Preston, Renee Claycomb, Stephanie Kyle

Twas the Night Before the Inaugural

Several of the Clubs in the OFRW's Northeast District gathered recently for a  Brunch, during which Western Reserve Women's Republican Club - South Chagrin Unit President Anne Patram read the following poem for everyone's enjoyment:

Twas the night before THE INAUGURAL, and up in Trump tower,
The Donald reflected on his newfound power.
The conservative masses had come out in force,
And delivered a victory that would chart a new course.

The snowflakes were shell-shocked with tears in their eyes,
The media lied to them . . . what a surprise.
They had been promised a Hillary win,
But the criminal Clinton took one on the chin.

And though from all corners celebrities flew,
They made no impression, for they hadn’t a clue.
They talked about climate, the wall, and such,
And they made up good stories . . . but didn’t know much.

The fake news and ignorance came at a cost,
And they can’t understand all the reasons they lost.
They blame it on Comey and Bernie and Vlad,
But fail to acknowledge the one that was bad.

Yes, Hillary Clinton, in many ways flawed,
Was her own biggest hurdle toward getting the nod.
The campaign exposed her corruptness and greed,
And her speeches were punch-less as ten dollar weed.

And now all the snowflakes are riddled with fear,
Upset and offended by things that they’ll hear.
The cocoa and crayons will help for a while,
But fact-based opinions will soon cramp their style.

Donald was my first choice, and soon I would cede,
The one they call Trump is the one that we need.

I saw him on TV in front of a crowd,
He spoke about veterans, it made me feel proud.
He spoke about energy, safety, and jobs,
Taking this country back from the Washington snobs.

He was dressed in Armani, all tailored and neat,
And the Brunos he wore made the outfit complete.
For a man of his vintage, he seemed rather fit,
And he looked presidential, I have to admit.

His eyes glowed like embers, his smile was the best,
And his hair was the color of my old hunting vest.
His love for this country was on full display,
And his actions spoke louder than his words could say.

He thanked all his voters, and before he was gone,
Saved thousands of jobs while Obama looked on.
The fate of this country left nothing to chance,
So, he filled out his cabinet weeks in advance.

The men he had chosen were of the same mind,
Let’s set the bar high, and not lead from behind.
He picked up his phone as he rose from his seat,
With a flick of his finger, he sent out this tweet;

“Now Mattis!, now Kelly!’ now Sessions! and DeVos!
On Perry! On Gorsuch, you’re the ones who can do it.
Start lifting restrictions and building the wall,

Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”;
The roar of his audience rose from the stands,
He kissed all their babies and shook all their hands.
He answered their questions and calmed all their fears,

They knew it would be …… a fantastic four years.

Then he jumped in his limo, and off to his jet,
A fellow that Liberals won’t soon forget.

He sent one more tweet as the evening expired;


~ This is posted several different locations on the web - with various attributions

I am.

By Cassie Hewlett

I am not racist. I am not homophobic. I am not sexist. I am not a misogynist. I am for free market. I am for stronger foreign policy. I am for small business. I am for my family. I am Republican.

With the results of the presidential election stirring up a vast amount of emotions, I think it is important to clarify something: just because I am Republican does not mean I am heartless. The point of this is not to debate political policies. It is to highlight what it felt like to be a Republican college student the day after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.

On November 9th, I went to class and in every single one there was a somber attitude. Pre-lecture discussions were filled with phrases like “I am scared for our future”, “I am scared to be gay”, “How did this happen?”, and, by far the most bothersome, “People that voted for Trump are racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic selfish red necks”. Even my professors opened class with the assumption that everyone was sad about the result of the election by saying things like, “let’s not talk about last night. Ever.” or “No class on Friday. I’m house hunting in Canada.”

                 ~ to read the remainder of this post click HERE

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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!
Click HERE to visit the Membership webpage

Don't miss using these great membership building tools:
Membership Display Posters
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 Janet Kushlan 
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
Please let us know how OFRW can be of service to your club ─ email President Lyn Bliss at: [email protected] ─ call/text: (937) 423-2299. Thank you!

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