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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. Click HERE to submit information. THANKS!
On the Move
|OFRW Attends NFRW
Day and Board Meeting
"Red Coats" stormed the Capital on Legislative Day (Ohio is in the back
row - left side - yes, we are there!)
representatives waiting to enter U. S. Capitol for Legislative Day, L
to R front row: Kristin Peters, April
Cohagen-Gibson. L to R back row: Marilyn Clark, Lyn Bliss, Robin Dodge,
Janet Kushlan, Jeanne Bolton and Eva Wray (Carol Salome not shown).
view from Speaker John Boehner's Balcony
L to R: Janet Kushlan, April Cohagen Gibson and Robin Dodge
to see the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John A.
Boehner - L to R: April Cohagen Gibson, Robin Dodge and Janet Kushlan
and OFRW Women's Health Issues Chair April Cohagen Gibson giving her
Committee's report to the NFRW Board of Directors.
Senator Joni Ernst (C) was honored speaker at the NFRW Networking
reception. She paused for a brief conversation with OFRW President Lyn
Bliss (L) and NFRW Past-president Sue Lynch (R)
dinner the last night in Arlington - L to R: Jeanne Bolton, Eva Wray,
Robin Dodge, Beau Dodge, Carol Salome, Lyn Bliss
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
|RNC Adopts Presidential Debate
Dates, location, and host are as follows:
Republican National Committee has adopted a schedule of nine sanctioned
debates as part of the nomination process, beginning in August 6, 2015
in Cleveland. Please
consider your Club's hosting a "Debate Watch Party" - particularly for
the first debate on August 6, to be held in Cleveland.
News - Cleveland,
Fox Business, Wisconsin
Fox News, Iowa
ABC News, New Hampshire
CBS News, South Carolina
Three additional debates are pending. They are:
Fox News, location TBD
CBS News, location TBD
Conservative Media Debate, location TBD
Please reserve April
24 and 25 on your
so you will be able to join OFRW members from around the state as
Co-chair Jo Ann Davidson
ORP Chairman Matt Borges
(member of the presidential debate committee)
provide an update
Republican Convention to be held in Cleveland.
OFRW gives a “ Hats Off” and salute
to our members serving within the OFRW and their home
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.
Bliss (Darke) - appointed to the Darke County
Authority Board and re-elected as secretary of that board
- Jeanne Bolton
(Licking) - elected as OFRW First Vice-president
Burch (Greater Dayton) Chair of OFRW Political
Education/Legislation Committee - political letter published in the
Journal - click HERE
Anne Christie (ORWO) Co-liaison to SCC for OFRW -
appointed as a Designee for Commissioner Hartman on the
Hamilton County Board of
French (Darke) - sworn in to serve on the bench
Court of Ohio
Marianne Hemmeter (Delaware) - appointed as Delaware
Judge by Governor Kasich
Johnson (Hancock) - sworn in as Judge of the Hancock
County Probate and
Johnson (Washington) - elected as OFRW East District
Kennedy (Butler) - sworn in to serve on the bench
Court of Ohio
Lancaster (Greater Dayton) Chair of OFRW's
Engagement - bought the Katharine Kennedy Brown
Marker project to the OFRW
Mafazy (YRWC) - appointed to the Montgomery
- Janine Pratt
- sworn in as Judge of Miami County Court of Common Pleas
Robb (Canfield) - sworn in to serve on Ohio's
Court of Appeals
Lou Saliaris (Delaware) - elected to OFRW Central District
Salome (Licking) - elected to American Quarter Horse
Springer (Knox) - sworn in as Juvenile/Probate Judge for
Studer (Butler) Chair of OFRW
- implemented OFRW's first robo call on
behalf of the
Supreme Court Justice Candidates, the call was named as a
finalist for the
prestigious Reed Award given by Campaigns and
Taylor (Licking) - elected as OFRW Northwest District
Thorp (Licking) - appointed as Licking County Treasurer
Welsh-Schlueter (ORWO) - her group won a $1.1M
Ohio Department of Education, Straight
Innovation grant for its STEM Career Readiness work w/Harvard and
selected southwestern K-12 School Districts. In particular,
work with girls and minorities is being recognized as highly
Wise (Licking) - selected Treasurer for Senator
will post any members' name whose information is submitted for
recognition......but, to be posted, we must know about it, so please do
let us know! These will be posted monthly. The next deadline for
is Februaray 25, 2015
Board Served You Well in 2014
─ OFRW Board Overview ─
The OFRW Board led the organization very responsibly during 2014. These
are a few of its accomplishments:
the year $5,285 under budget.
The 2014 budget called for
using $5,682 from reserves. The Board managed resources very wisely,
resulting in NO funds being used from reserves. Its management was so
good, in fact, that a small amount was ADDED to the reserves.
- This financial achievement was
possible at the same time the Board insured the corporation at an
unbudgeted expense of $1,200+, and
- The Board also provided two new
FREE member service events in 2014 - Judicial Day and Legacy Luncheon.
great deal of the thanks for this positive financial situation should
go to all who helped raise funds for the organization - the Cardinal
Fund chairs broke a number of records!
- The OFRW had some of the largest
participation in our statewide board meeting/conferences that has been
experienced in quite a few years.
- The Campaign Committee enabled the
OFRW to be a finalist for the prestegious National Reed Award in
Campaining and Elections for our call in support of re-electing
Justices French and Kennedy.
- The Board tied the best membership
held by any term during the past 16 years
- The Board has worked hard and is
now well on its way to having meetings that conform to legitimate
parliamentary procedures - guaranteeing all a voice.
Your Board is working for you -- and working well. Congratulations to
all who serve on the OFRW Board of Directors, you did a wonderful job
Lyn Bliss, President
Republican Women's Club
Honors New Members
the club Lori Everly from Leetonia who is a Senior Team Leader
for L’dara International; Nell Higgins from Canfield and Jeanne
Mitzel-Lowry from Poland. L to R: Membership Chair
Jill Downie; Nell Higgins, Lori Everly, Jeanne Mitzel-Lowry;
and President Holly Baker.
County Republican Women's Club Members
Honored at Marion County Repbulican Harding Day Dinner
Smith (President MCRWC) was honored as Republican of the Year by
the Marion County GOP. L to R: Smith, Marion County GOP Chairman John
Matthews and Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost. Jackie was also presented
with a certificate of appreciation from the Ohio Federation of
Auditor of State Dave Yost (L) recognizes Margie and Fred Saull for
their dedication and hard work during the recent election cycle.
Council of Oakwood hosts
OFRW President Bliss as Featured Speaker
Brenda Ross (Preble County Women's Republican Club), Lyn
Bliss (Ohio Federation of Republican Women), and Malou Hurst
Council of Oakwood) enjoyed the luncheon hosted by the Republican
Council of Oakwood.
cooperative Lincoln Day Dinner
the evening are OFRW members L to R: Membership Co-chair,
Cindy Bias, Membership Chair Robin Dodge, Photography Chair Tammy Puff
and Amy Ikard.
Sandusky Republicans L to R: Terry Thatcher, Donna Thatcher, OFRW
Past-president Jean Turner, Pat Turner and Peg Rettig.
Note from your President
To provide total transparancy, verify my fiscal conservatism and my
use of OFRW funds in a responsible manner, the following is provided to
OFRW membership. This is a service that has never been extended to the
OFRW membership by any previous OFRW President. But, it is my belief
that these are your
funds and you should be able to see that they have been used to the
best advantage in serving our constituent clubs and the
OFRW in working toward achieving the objectives of the
job of President is to help achieve the objectives of the
and represent the OFRW at Republican events. All travel that I
have done over the past year was done to represent the OFRW at GOP
events and/or in an effort to help achieve one or more of the
following objectives of the OFRW:
The following comments are offered as clarification on some issues that
I have heard were alleged regarding my use of OFRW funds
- Encourage Republican
join and become active in a Federated Club
- Assist our Clubs so
can function more effectively
- Facilitate cooperation
Federated Republican Women's Clubs
- Provide political
and legislative information
- Provide a wider
the principles and policies of the Republican Party
- Increase the number of
- Recruit, promote and
qualified Republican Women for political office
- Give exposure to and
actively for all Republican candidates
- Lend support to the
activities of other Republican organizations
for club visits
was used when it was possible to schedule
several areas in the same distant location for two consecutive days.
This provided a net savings on travel expenses.
event registrations, registrations for any and all other
meals, parking or
taxi/shuttle costs were charged to the OFRW - I
paid for all of those.
mileages were computed using Google Maps and did not reflect my
actual travel mileage - which often exceeded that listed by Google
maps. As already mentioned, I tried to combine several visits
in an area when I traveled
across the state - that was not always possible, but for the most part,
I was successful in that effort -- thus, conserving the
many breakfasts, lunches, dinners and beverages/snacks were paid
for while on the road and otherwise away from home, I did not
submit any of those costs for
paid for several lunches and/or dinners for office staff and other OFRW
officers who spent their day helping in the office -- NONE
were charged to the OFRW - even though previous presidents
have done so.
times, I was traveling when my husband was rushed to
the hospital -- thus, I had to also pay for pet boarding until such
time as I returned home. Those amounts were never
charged to the
IRS allows $ .56 per mile for travel -- I charged at the rate of $ .51
previous president had the stated policy of obtaining lodging if she
was too far away from home at night to drive home safely. After
almost having an accident when I traveled across the state and
was returning home after 1 a.m., I adopted her policy and made
decision that if I was going
to have to be on the road past midnight in order to get home, I would
obtain lodging at the location of my meeting(s).
the budgeted amount for president's expenses ($9,500) was reached in
September - the remainder of the year's expenditures were paid for by
me -- in the amount of $2,815.22
In an effort to bring some relevance to the current amounts budgeted
for your President, please be aware that part of the amounts budgeted
and expended is
based upon the President's willingness to travel and spend a
considerable amount of time on the road in the service of the OFRW
constituent clubs. As an example, $10,000 was budgeted for the 2000 and
2001 fiscal years. However, only $3,000 was budgeted in 2010
in 2011. No accounting like this was ever issued.
Additionally, there has been considerable inflation since budgeting was
done in those years when a
president was willing to
recent previous president had one year expenses of
and that was to pay for visits to 6 counties in addition to OFRW and
NFRW events. Please note, that in addition to attending the same
OFRW/NFRW events as that previous president, I visited 34
separate counties on the money expended on your behalf - and returned
to some a second time at their request for further information or
With all that said, I believe you will notice that the only expeditures
reimbursed were for travel (air fare x1, and mileage), lodging
OFRW/NFRW event registrations and a very few office supplies that I
purchased only as a convenience to office personnel.
Please click HERE
to download a complete
accounting of the expenses for which your OFRW funds were used by your
President in 2014.
I would also like to compliment the OFRW Treasurer Mary Beth Kemmer.
She runs a VERY tight financial ship! Nothing is ever reimbursed unless
there is adequate documentaion provided to her, and let me assure you,
she checks and
double checks all amounts submitted. Our organization is very lucky to
have her as our treasurer.
I hope that this disclosure starts a trend of transparancy in the OFRW.
It has been my privilege to serve you in 2014 and for those counties
that I did not have time to visit - hopefully, I will see you during
Achievement Awards Forms
Now Available on the NFRW Website
(Please do not confuse this with the OFRW Club Awards Program)
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.
be recognized at the 38th Biennial Convention in Phoenix, Arizona
September 10-13, 2015.
Please be aware that this is different than the awards given by the
Ohio Federation of Republican Women.
for information regarding OFRW Club Awards
Not Sure Why Your Club Is
- Are the meeting time,
format convenient for ladies with families and/orTo see more
photos from the event, click HERE
- Does my club reflect the
diversity, age, and gender of the Republican community in my area?
- Do the programs offered by my
represent a wide range of interests?
- Does my club concentrate on
activities and also: club business, speakers, networking and
- When my club has a guest, do
them, introduce them and then do we have a plan in place to contact
that guest after the meeting?
- Does my club have specific
is the time of year when counties are holding their Lincoln and/or
Reagan Day Events.
These events are attended by Republicans - and usually about half of
them are women.....possible candidates for club membership.
have a card
that we would
be glad to email you to have printed. Then,
put one card at each place for the Lincoln/Reagan Day event. Have a
pretty basket with bows, etc. by the door for interested ladies to drop
their card into on the way out. (Also, make sure your card has a
mailing address on it - just in case they forget to drop it in the
When your club is ready for a special meeting, have one
member call one prospective member -- inviting her to
the meeting and
offering to pick her up.
This will usually net several new members for your club.
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 Robin Dodge
does the Republican Party stand for, believe in, and fight for???
Have you ever read the Republican Party Platform ??
to download a
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