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A message from
Ohio's NFRW Intern

Abby Brinkman
Miami County

In just three short weeks I have already had the best summer of my life.  As an intern with the National Federation of Republican Women, I have been to several events in Washington D.C., visited Georgia’s sixth district twice while campaigning for Karen Handel, and attended a summit in Dallas.  Karen, who has been a member of NFRW for many years just became the first GOP Congresswoman from Georgia.  Being a part of such an iconic and highly contested campaign has certainly been a highlight of my time spent here.  I, as well as many NFRW members from across the country, joined together and spent countless hours door knocking, making phone calls, rallying, and sign waving. In fact, NFRW President Carrie Almond and myself spent two hours sign waving on election day in the pouring rain. It was quite an experience to have people honking at you to show their support while you are sopping wet!  (but obviously still smiling and having a great time)

While on the road to victory, all the ladies road aboard our lovely RV Rosie and pulled up in style to support Karen Handel at events and rallies. Helping people of all ages to sign the bus was a heartwarming experience for me. I had one young girl, who was no more than ten, excitedly tell me she was supporting Karen Handel and hoped she could sign her name to the NFRW bus.  It is so refreshing to be around women who have the same values as I do and to be able to display those fully. After helping with Karen Handel’s campaign, we were lucky enough to be invited to her election night gathering and watch the results come in live. Jenna (the second intern) and I were downstairs when we saw the newest update- 79% reporting with Karen up by 5 points. Jenna and I proceed to run up two flights of stairs in high heels to the main room where every single person was cheering, crying, high fiving, and hugging because they had just called the election. Never in my life have I been more excited. After putting so much effort into the campaign, to not only see the candidate win, but to be present with her and hundreds of others when the room erupted with victory screams was a dream.  It was truly a night to remember.

Besides visiting Georgia, I also attended the Young Women’s Leadership Summit in Dallas, Texas. While there, I met and listened to many conservative speakers with ideas that were directed at young women.  Carly Fiorina spoke of her path to success and the bumps and even mountains she overcame along the way.  John Walsh spoke about how each conservative lady is a freedom fighter. Ben Shapiro told each of us that there is not a glass ceiling, there is only sky above us and Susan LaPierre gave helpful pointers on how to be a successful leader in the conservative movement. Each of the speakers spoke specifically to women and how, as Republicans, we can make a difference.

Although we have spent a large amount of time on the road, I have still had the incredible opportunity to attend several events back in Washington D.C. The annual congressional women’s softball game was an opportunity to see many congresswomen as well as the amazing capital police officer Crystal Griner, who threw the first pitch. While at that game, I was able to meet Kellyanne Conway (who is every conservative woman’s idol) and have a complete “fangirl” moment while I thanked her for everything she has done this past year and a half.

The days I have not been traveling have been spent in the NFRW headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia where I help to do important work daily. This has included calling each state president and organizing all the national scholarship applications, as well as helping to organize the upcoming convention in Philadelphia.  In only three weeks, this internship has been more than I ever thought it possibly could be. When I am not working, you can typically find me running along the reflecting pool or visiting various museums. To sum things up I would like to borrow a Nancy Reagan quote, “You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we’re all here for a certain space of time, and, then it’s going to be over, and you better make this count.” Three weeks have already flown by and I am here to learn everything I can from these incredible women.  I will make every second of it count and furthermore I would simply like to say thank you to everyone who allowed me to have this once in a lifetime opportunity.

To view the thank you video Abby sent
click HERE
Tip of the Month for Club Presidents
New Video
"Pointers for Presidents"

Click HERE to get great pointers that are sure to help you become an effective club president.
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 first 2017 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
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

Thoughts on Life

The following is one of the more profound exchanges seen on Facebook. It is well worth sharing!

Cynthea Sabolich: Years ago I asked God what he wanted of me, a chubby woman, wife, grandmother, in Ohio. I asked that he tell me His plan for me. While I waited for His answer, I took to the streets to protest the debt, met some like minded people, helped with a TEA party, joined the inner circle of the Republican Party, and just kept busy on facebook posting my silly thoughts about why we needed Trump. Still waiting to hear from Him on high. Hope He's not disappointed with me. ....
Ken George responded: A frail and pale, sickly old man lived alone in a cabin in the woods. One day, totally depressed and sad, raised up his hands and cried out...."God, please take me...I can't go on" Just then he heard a voice. "In front of your cabin is a large boulder. Push it toward the river and never give up" The man cried and wondered how he could possibly do it, but being a faithful man, did as commanded. Everyday, for 10 hours, he pushed the rock as hard as he could......it just wouldn't move. But he pushed and pushed, each day, for years. Finally after three years, without moving the rock an inch, he sat in his chair and said what's the use, I'll never be able to do it. Just then he heard the voice again. "So....you are giving up? You did as I asked, and had great success." The man inquired....God...how did I have success.....I haven't moved the rock. The voice answered..."Look at your body....your arms and legs have grown strong and muscular, your skin is tanned and smooth, and your health has returned. Never give up, I'll move the rock, you just have to do as I ask."

Cynthea, my dear friend....you are doing what he asked......saving America from the evil that is at the door step. Keep doing what you are doing and everything will work out the way it should. All of us in the "movement" know we are on the right side of this. The side of good, equality, fairness, opportunity....all the things that are good and honorable.....but we are not finished yet. Each of us doing what we do will win the day.
From the

 OFRW  Literacy Committee Co-chairs
Elaine Kent and Sarah Chaulk

About the Author
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse is a fifth-generation Nebraskan. The son of a football and wrestling coach, he attended public school in Fremont, Neb., and spent his summers working soybean and corn fields. He was recruited to wrestle at Harvard before attending Oxford and later earning a Ph.D. in American history from Yale. Prior to the Senate, Sasse spent five years as president of Midland University back in his hometown. As perhaps the only commuting family in the U.S. Senate, Ben and his wife, Melissa, live in Nebraska but are homeschooling their three children as they commute weekly back and forth to Washington, DC.
Click HERE for 2nd Quarter OFRW Newsletter
Invitation to Apply
to be
considered for an office
to serve the
Ohio Federation
 of Republican Women

The OFRW will be electing its Officers for the 2018 - 2019 term at the Fall Annual Meeting to be held on October 21, 2017.

To be elected are: President, First Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer and the six District Vice-presidents. The current President and Treasurer are term limited. Candidates may send the required information beginning June 12. More information regarding these positions is included in the complete application packet which may be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Per the OFRW Bylaws, at the OFRW Spring Board of Directors Meeting, a nominating committee was elected to screen applicants and select a slate of officers to recommended to the Membership.
Nominating Committee:
Jeanne Bolton - Chair
Kate Burch
Beverley Hirzel
Tammy Puff
Lisa Stickan-Lewis

Barbara Fee
Jane Marshall

Applications shall be submitted via email before midnight on August 1, 2017. Applications should be submitted as one single electronic file.

Applications shall be submitted via email, with a read receipt requested*, to:
Jeanne Bolton, Chair
[email protected]

* If you do not receive a read receipt within 24 hours you should contact Chairman Bolton by phone at 614-316-7394.

Candidates Shall Submit The Following:
  • A completed information form (Click HERE)
  • Personal résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation with contact information (name, address, phone number and email address supplied for each person writing a recommendation) – references to include:
    • One from your county GOP Executive or Central Committee Chair
    • One from an elected official who serves you
The committee reserves the right to require a personal interview.

The committee will announce the final slate prior to August 25, 2017.

The nominating committee is committed to confidentiality in receiving and reviewing all submissions. Your thoughtful cooperation in consideration for maintaining confidentiality in all respects will be appreciated.

If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact President Lyn Bliss via email at [email protected] or text/phone at 937-423-2299.

    NFRW 39th
Biennial Convention

September 14-17
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
Philadelphia, PA
Click HERE for details

Fall Gathering

Conference & Board Meeting
October 20-21

Complete details to follow

Tours of
McKinley House
First Ladies Museum
beginning at 2 p.m. - $6 (includes both)

Lodging blocked at
Sheraton Cuyahoga Falls -- $129
Reservations may be made now by calling
Last day to reserve room at reduced rate
is September 29

Events will be held at Tangiers

532 W Market St, Akron, OH 4430

More details to follow...

Save the date
April 27-28, 2018
 for OFRW Spring Conference
In Southwest District

2017 Membership Dues
should have been paid
Click HERE for forms
All are to be sent to:
OFRW Treasurer Mary Beth Kemmer
615 Sedgewick Way
Troy, OH 45373-5421

Great Ideas

Meetings, Projects and Communications
 Please click HERE for some great information
for leading your club -
provided by
the National Federation of Republican Women -
scroll to page 5.
!!!   N E W   !!!
Meetings, Events and Deadlines
all listed in one location!
for Your Club, OFRW and NFRW
Click HERE
Your club's information will be added,
if you email it HERE

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
If Mail Chimp is set up for club members, club newsletters may be sent to all. Pickaway County Women's Republican Club just started its club communications through a newsletter:


Click HERE to download a .pdf of the newsletter

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

Also, the NFRW has a wonderful guide to help you with this process. Click HERE to download the guide.
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!

If you are a member of a Federated Club in Ohio
you may subscribe to all communications
 by clicking HERE
Do it today - don't miss a thing!
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Ohio Federation of Republican Women

Ohio Federation of Republican Women
OFRW  Club Presidents
OFRW Political
OFRW Central
OFRW Northeast
OFRW Northwest
OFRW South
OFRW Southwest
OFRW Armed Forces/Homeland Security

Each of the above 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 area!

Also, the NFRW has a wonderful guide to help you with this process. Click HERE to download the guide.
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 Cindy Bias 
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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