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Reserve the date
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Spring Conference
"Racing to Victory"

9 a.m.
April 23
Der Dutchman
Belleville, OH
 (Details to follow)
  2015 Club Award submission forms are due before February 27, 2016
(Please be advised there will be NO extensions to the deadline)

Click HERE for the Award Form covering acvtivities in the 2015 year

For more information regarding the awards program, click HERE
A message from
Lyn Bliss
President

SOME REMINDERS
and
RESOURCES
2016 is going to be a great year for those of us who are politically inclined! The primary season is now under way and will be interesting to watch unfold. For all the information on dates of primaries, number of delegates to be awarded and how they are awarded - click HERE.

Just to get some housekeeping business out of the way - here is a reminder about upcoming items that each club should be completing:
  1. Your club's list of officers for 2016 should be submitted to the OFRW - click HERE for information regarding submission of your club's 2016 officers.
  2. Annual NFRW service fee of $15 is paid through the OFRW. It is due and is easiest to submit when you send your list of 2016 officers.
  3. Membership dues are good from January 1 through December 31 each year - therefore, membership dues should be submitted as soon as possible after the beginning of each year. (Please submit to the OFRW Treasurer, NOT to the OFRW Office) -- click HERE for infomation regarding submission of membership and dues.
  4. Club awards are due prior to February 27 - please note that the Award Committee has informed me there will be no extensions of that deadline this year. Click HERE for the Awards submittal form covering the 2015 Club year.
The OFRW had a great Board of Directors' meeting in January and accomplished so VERY much! We heard a presentation regarding Voter Registration from Justin Bis and Scott Santamaria (ORP/RNC representatives). Please contact Justin to schedule a time for an ORP/RNC representative to come to your club for a presentation on voter registration - they have some FANTASTIC new ideas, resources and programs. Plus, the ORP has promised an Honorary Delegate pass for the Cleveland Convention to the OFRW member who registers the most new voters. To be eligible, you need to know how to record those registrations! Click HERE to contact Justin. Click HERE for links to locations where you can find answers to any voter question you might have.

Click HERE to email me if you would like a link to the Voter Registration presentation given to the Board of Directors.

There are new Membership Pamphlets, Committee Pamphlets and Palm Cards available for your use. Please,
  1. Click HERE for the Membership Trifold,
  2. Click HERE for the Palm Card, and
  3. Click HERE for the Committee Pamphlet.
The upcoming debate schedule may be found by clicking HERE -- a great idea is to host a "Virtual Debate Watch" on Facebook for your club. Open messenger and add your club members who are on Facebook. Great way to watch the debate, share commentary and stay at home in your jammies with your feet up! If you need help in setting up a Facebook messenger group chat - contact either Sharon Gingerich or Raya Mafazy Whale.

Please - just a reminder that clubs must stay neutral in primary elections by giving no more exposure to one nominee than another -- if one is invited, then all must be.

Also, during this time, we can all use a bit of  Inspiration/Motivation. Please click HERE to check out the Chaplain's page. Our Chaplain Barbara Fee has done a great job of providing numerous moving offerings and prayers that can be used for meetings or special events.

Meanwhile, keep up all the great work that is being done on behalf of your club, your county and this Great State of Ohio!


Lyn Bliss, President
Text or Phone: 937-423-2299

 
From the OFRW Membership Committee

Janet Kushlan - Cindy Bias - Robin Dodge
   
There is so much to do and many are needed to deliver a Republican success at the local, state and national levels in 2016

Each club should make recruiting new members a priority to make 2016 a most successful year! 

Increase your membership by offering early dues to cover 2016 - contest ends April 1, 2016.

The Membership incentive is divided into 3 categories by club size as of October 31,  2015:

 Small = 10- 25, Medium = 26-50, Large = over 51
 
Each size category winner receives a Visa Gift Card for their club! 

Members of the club with the overall, most percentage, increase will receive the Yost Luncheon Grand Prize!!!!

For questions and information,
please contact the Membership Committee:


Chair Janet Kushlan at 440-289-5535
Click HERE to email Janet

Co-chair Cindy Bias at 419-543-0310
Click HERE to email Cindy
   

 
Great Ideas for
Meetings, Projects and Communications
 
If your club does not have a Facebook page or group, it would be a great idea to find someone in your club to start and maintain one for your club. If your club does have a Facebook page and it is not listed in the links under the "On The Web" tab of the menu bar, please email your Facebook Group name by clicking HERE.
     
Some Tips for Starting a New Club Year
  • Cotact Campaign Chair April Cohagen-Gibson to schedule a Voter Registration seminar in January or February
  • The Awards form is a good basis for chosing programs for the year
  • Click the speakers tab on this website for some good program ideas
  • Call the district representative for each of the state level elected officials to be a guest speaker at one of your meetings
  • Get together with a neighboring club for an activity
  • Ask the OFRW to print cards for you to send out inviting new members
  • Browse other clubs' Facebook pages, webpages and websites for ideas on what each is doing
  • Club Presidents - be sure to try to have a conversation with your District Vice-president at least once every quarter. They are a good link for you to access a multitude of resources.
  • Work with Membership Chair Janet Kushlan on ideas for increasing your club's membership.
 
Darke County Republican Women's Club
To Host RNC/ORP Voter Registration Program
and
Cooperative "Meet the Candidates"
event with Men's Club


ARE YOU A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN VOTER?
WOULD YOU LIKE MORE INFORMATION
 ON BECOMING A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN VOTER?

The Darke County Republican Women invite you to join them on February 8, 2016, 6:30 pm (dinner - $7.50) and 7:00 pm for their monthly meeting at the Brethren Retirement Community, Chestnut Village.  A representative from the Republican National Committee will be their guest speaker, and will be discussing the rising need for registered Republican voters.  If you would like to come for dinner and the meeting, please call in your reservation to Wavelene Denniston by February 4th by calling 547-6477.  If you prefer to just come for the meeting, no reservation is required.
 
One vote could make a difference, and that one vote could be yours.
 

 
REPUBLICAN  “MEET  THE  CANDIDATE”  DATE  IS  SET

The Darke County Republican Men & The Darke County Republican Women would like to invite you to a “Meet the Candidates” day

February 13, 2016, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
At the Brethren’s Retirement Community Brick Room

Lunch will be provided at a cost of $10.00 per person.

Please call your reservation in by February 6th, to JoEllen Melling, President of DCRW, at 937-548-1018.

Join us and listen too many of the local and state candidates who will be on the ballot,  March 15, 2016.
 
Xenia Republican Women
Publish "Pachyderm News" Newsletter
 

 

Click HERE to download a printable .pdf of the above newsletter.
Licking County Republican Women
Publish Pre-meeting Flyer
and
Talking Points
 
 

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

Click HERE to download a printable .pdf of the Talking Points
 for February Meeting



Bolton Republican Women's Club

Call for Nominations
for the
Frances Payne Bolton Award




The Bolton Republican Women's Club is calling for nominations for the 2016 Frances Payne Bolton Award. This award is in memory of the Honorable Frances Payne Bolton (1885-1977), the first women elected to Congress from the State of Ohio, and our clubs namesake since our establishment in 1975.

 It is awarded annually at the Lake County Lincoln Day Dinner. The award criteria is as follows; CRITERIA: This award is presented annually to recognize and celebrate an outstanding women who has impacted Lake County, Ohio with an enduring spirit of volunteerism, who exemplifies service to the community through a commitment to family values, breaking barriers with their pioneering attitude, and an undying devotion to community and service to the public. If you know of someone whom you feel would qualify for this award, please email me their name and a few sentences about them and why you think they qualify.

A Nominating committee reviews each of the submissions and announce its chosen recipient at the Bolton Women's Republican Club meeting before the Lake GOP Lake County Lincoln Day.

The awardee will receive recognition and be honored with an award plaque at the 2016 Lake GOP Lincoln Day Dinner.

 If you have any questions please feel free to contact Bolton RWC President Janet Kushlan at 440-289-5535 or click HERE to email her.
OFRW Literacy and MELP
testing new "Reading is Freedom" pilot  program
in cooperation with Local Library
 
Something for your club to consider
 
Report from Chair Elaine Kent: We just had another Literacy–RIF (Reading is Freedom) meeting yesterday morning with our committee. We have a notable client who is a 67 year old gentleman and he has begun his reading tutoring.  His wife will be coming along with him, too, so that she can help him practice at home. 

We are going into phase II where we will be advertising at social services centers and community centers where we feel we will have greater identification of those needing reading assistance.

We’re very excited and are considering a target date for going out and meeting with other Republican Women's clubs – but, we need a little more history before that happens.

We are thinking to do a ‘giving tree’ at our Holiday Auction – where we will have names of books which we have determined are ..’educational, edifying, enlightening and for everyone’ and of course truthful history and a conservative, individual freedom, pro constitution, aka Republican leaning! These can be purchased by members and then donated to the ‘adult learner’ reading section at the Newark Library. We will be buying some bookplates, too, from the NFRW.  Hopefully that will go well. 

This should be an effective way to ‘update’ the literacy program and make it more effective – in many ways.

Click HERE to contact Literacy/MELP Chair Elaine Kent for more informaiton.
 Delaware County Republican Women's Club
Will again award
 $1000 scholarship to a local high school senior
 
 Attention Delaware County high school seniors! Apply today for a $1000 scholarship! Requirements: Restrictions: Delaware County resident, graduating senior, with a GPA of at least 3.0, entering an accredited college or university as a full-time student as of Fall 2015.

Criteria for evaluation:
  • 20% GPA
  • 10% SAT/ACT
  • 20% FAFSA (financial need)
  • 20% Extracurricular activities, volunteer activities, and work experience
  • 10% Honors and Awards
  • 20% Essay
  • Financial Need – You are required to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and submit it to the Federal Government. Upon completion of processing the Federal Government will give you an EFC number.
 Bring your SAR report to guidance counselor so they may complete the online School Official Record section.

Apply online at http://www.delawarecf.org/

Deadline: March 18, 2015 at 11:59 PM EDT 
OFRW Office is looking better


Everything you might
want to know about
all aspects of the
Voting Process


Click
HERE
to:
  • Register to vote
  • Update your voter information
  • View your sample ballot
  • Learn how to vote absentee
  • Find your County's Board of Elections

 
Click HERE for a
List of all the
 Presidential Primary
 Elections/Caucuses

including:
    -- Dates
    -- Delegates per election

  ***
Click HERE to follow current delegate count for each nominee

Want to Volunteer at the
Convention??

To let the Convention Organizers know that you would be interested in volunteering click HERE
 (and scroll down - right side)

 Interested in attending the 2016 Republican Convention?
For a special offer from the
Ohio Republican Party
Click HERE
Hats off to ─
 

  who lead their County GOP

The following OFRW membes hold leadership positions in their County GOP:

Chairs of County Party
    Bonnie Manos – Ashland
    Nancy McAuthur – Geauga
    Brenda Lewis - Xenia (Greene Co.)
    Kay Ayres – Highland
    Billie Fiore Zimmers – Licking
    Ranae Lentz – Logan
    Carolyn Adams – Ottawa
    Stephanie Garrett -- Preble
    Sue Smail – Wayne
    Leslie Haas - Washington

Chairwoman or Vice-chairman of County Party:
    Lucy Sticken - Greater Cleveland (Cuyahoga)
    Cindy Pike - Darke
    Kristen Frissora – Delaware
    Mary Anne Christie (Ceremonial) – Hamilton
    Sharon Sams – Hardin
    Mary Jo Hawkins – Knox
    Donna Bricker – Canfield (Mahoning Co.)
    Tracey Winbush – Canfield (Mahoning Co.)
    Joan Steward – Marion
    Kathy Neiheisel – Greater Dayton (Montgomery)
    Debra Nye – Muskingum
    Maureen Collins – Richland
    Kathi Creed – Warren (Trumbull Co.)
     
Preble County GOP Officers
are all OFRW members. L to R below: Treasurer Brenda White, Secretary Terri Hans,  Vice-chair Tania Minton, Chairman Stephanie Garrett. Clean sweep, ladies - congratulations!



If an OFRW member was missed in the above list who is Chair, Vice-chair/Chairlady of her county party, please click
HERE to submit name, office and county. You will be given a "Hats Off" recognition in a future page.
 
***

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.
   

Republican Council of Oakwod
Invites you to its Spring Luncheon

    

Click HERE to download a printable .pdf file of the invitation
Clubs cooperate to host mutual event
DON'T MISS IT!
   

Click HERE to download a printable .pdf copy of the flyer
Canfield Republican Women's Club
Hosts
Meet the Candidates Night
 


and installs new members:

Three new members were installed at tonight's meeting. Left to right, membership chair Jill Downie, Diane Playforth, Christine Lucarell Oliver and Gwen Smith Darnell


The Canfield Republican women's club installed new member Gwen Smith Darnell shown with her mom, Rose Marie Smith. A great mother daughter combination!

Click HERE to visit Canfield RWC Facebook page to see more photos.
Greater Dayton Republican Women's Club
members attend
Montgomery County Central Committee Meeting
  



L to R: Montgomery County Central Committee Vice-chair Kathy Neiheisel, Barb Temple (newest GDRWC member, GDRWC Vice-president Kate Burch, and Montgomery County GOP Office Secretary Margaret Wilkes. Other members present, but not shown, were Ellen Horton, Stephanie Garrett, Charlotte Mcguire, Robin Dodge, and Kathy Gilbo. 
Pickaway County Women's Republican Club
Hosts
Debate Watch Party
 

OFRW Board of Directors'
Holds Meeting

Wreaths Across America Theme Chosen for 2016
"Say Their Names"

No one ever wants to be forgotten and when someone wears a military service uniform for this great nation they never should be. Prisoners of war have told stories of how men would use whatever means possible to etch their names into the walls of their cell as a sign, to whoever might follow or discover the artifact, that they lived and were there at one point in history.

April Cohagen-Gibson and Heather Pendleton will be organizing the 2016 OFRW Trip to help with the Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery on December 17. Watch for details to follow.

For more information on the program, click HERE. To contact April, click HERE.
Southwest District Vice-president LeeAnn Johnson
visits
Muskingum County Women's Republican Club
 greeted by MCWRC
President April Cohagen-Gibson

   
Miami County Republican Women's Club
Concentrating carefully on
Voter Registration presentation

 

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. As your club collects dues for 2016—please remember that your club treasurer is to submit $5 for OFRW and $10 for NFRW membership for each person in your club. The ONLY people to whom this does not apply are men — and women who pay their primary membership dues through another Federated Club.
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!

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OFRW Northeast
OFRW Northwest
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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!
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: lynbliss@ohfrw.com ─ call/text: (937) 423-2299. Thank you!



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