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2017 GFRW BOD Meeting & 30th Biennial Convention

2017 GFRW BOD Meeting & 30th Biennial Convention

Campaign Management School 2017

Campaign Management School 2017

Congratulations to New NFRW Board!

GFRW congratulates the 2018-19 NFRW Officers elected at the 39th Biennial NFRW Convention recently held in Philadelphia, PA.

Delegates to the 39th Biennial Convention made pivotal decisions as they elected the women who will lead the National Federation of Republican Women during the 2018-2019 biennium. 

The slated candidates drew no opposition and were elected by acclamation on Saturday, September 16. They are:

Following the convention, the Board of Directors elected the Members-at-Large to the Executive Committee. They are Kim Reem of Iowa, Carol Hadley of California, and Lynne Hartung of Nevada. 

Rounding out the 2018-2019 Executive Committee is Carrie Almond of Missouri, who will serve as immediate past president. 

The incoming Executive Committee takes office on January 1, 2018.

GFRW remembers the fallen and honors the heroes of 9/11


Georgians Go to Cleveland!

Our thanks to various Facebook posts.

NFRW 2016-2017 Executive Committee Elected at Convention

    2016-2017 Executive Committee Elected at Convention

NFRW 2016-17 Officers2

The 2016-2017 NFRW Executive Committee are pictured. Front Row (l-r): Kim Reem (IA), 4th Vice President; Lynne Hartung (NV), 2nd Vice President; Carrie Almond (MO), President; Becky Johnson (KS), 1st Vice President; Eileen Sobjack (WA), 3rd Vice President. Back Row (l-r): Kathy Brugger (CA), Immediate Past President; Julie Harris (AR), Secretary; Michelle Buckwalter-Schurman (IL), Member-at-Large; Jody Rushton (TX), Member-at-Large; JoAnn Parker (LA), Member-at-Large; Pam Pollard (OK), Treasurer.

September 13, 2015

PHOENIX, Ariz. –  Congratulations to the following Republican leaders who were elected at the 38th Biennial Convention to lead the NFRW during the 2016-2017 term:

President: Carrie Almond, Missouri
1st Vice President: Becky Johnson, Kansas
2nd Vice President: Lynne Hartung, Nevada
3rd Vice President: Eileen Sobjack, Washington
4th Vice President: Kim Reem, Iowa
Secretary: Julie Harris, Arkansas
Treasurer: Pam Pollard, Oklahoma
Member-at-Large: Jody Rushton, Texas
Member-at-Large: JoAnn Parker, Louisiana
Member-at-Large: Michelle Buckwalter-Schurman, Illinois

CONTACT: Lisa Ziriax, 405-596-3873 or

Georgia Woman Selected as NFRW Intern


Erica Barker

Erica Barker is a junior at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, where she is studying Political Science with a focus on American politics. Erica is Chairwoman of the College Republicans at her university and a member of the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club. ‘Through College Republicans as well as various Republican Women groups around north Georgia, I’ve found a passion for educating my peers as well as garnering female interest in the Republican Party and dispelling the myths that may keep women from affiliating, “ she says. “I’m excited to intern for an organization that shares the same values and passions as I do this summer. I can’t wait to learn more about the NFRW and its mission!”

[The Dorothy Andrews Kabis Memorial Internship: Erica is one of two women selected nationally to intern at NFRW headquarters this summer.]




March 20 & 21, 2015


FROM: Ruby Robinson, President GFRW

Purpose: Meetings will be conducted at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel. This is an organizational meeting and to conduct such business as is reasonable and necessary.


I am delighted to invite you to the combined Winter Board Meeting and Red Coat Day at the Georgia Dome. We will meet at the Georgia Gold Dome on March 20, at 9:00 a.m. The GFRW Board Meeting will be held the following day, March 21, 2015 at 9:00. I look forward to welcoming the 2015 Board Members. As always please remember to bring your Red Coat.

Location: SHERATON ATLANTA HOTEL, 165 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Hotel Reservations: $89.00 per night. (ask for Legislative Rate) Please make your own hotel reservations by calling the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel Reservations 1-800-833-8624. When making reservations, please indicate that you are attending the GFRW Board Meeting. There is a $10.00 per day parking fee for overnight guests.

Registration Fee: Fee of $45.00 includes the Red Coat Day Lunch, Friday Afternoon Seminars and Lunch/Brunch on Saturday. Additional Saturday lunch tickets may be purchased for guest participants at $35.00 each. Lunch on Friday only is $20.00. Round trip bus fare to the Capitol is $20.00.

Registration for this meeting closes on Wednesday, March 12, 2015.


Friday, March 20, 2015
8:45 a.m. Depart from Hotel for Gold Dome. Transportation will be provided round trip. There is an extra charge for transportation costs. This information is forthcoming. Deadline for RSVP for transportation is February 12, 2015.

9:30 a.m. Red Coat Day- Georgia Dome-Capitol Steps, Lunch at the Department of Agriculture Room adjacent to the Capitol.

2:00 p.m. Depart from Capitol to Sheraton

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Training seminars for Presidents- Room to be announced.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Brad Carver, Esq. Senior Managing Director of Government Affairs for Hall Booth Smith, PC

6:30 p.m. Reagan Club Reception. President’s Suite TBA . Full Members ($100.00) Only with Proof of Registration. Reagan Club Membership for Individuals and Cl ubs should be sent to Wanda Duffie, Reagan Club Chair, 4193 Day Road, Martinez, GA 30907. If your Club joins the President can attend the reception.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Call to order – Ruby Robinson
Invocation – Joyce Hinton
Pledge of Allegiance – Barbara Schmader

Introductions and Welcome
Welcome and introduction of head table – Ruby Robinson
Appointment of Parliamentarian, Proxy Committee and Call of Proxies – Ruby Robinson
Introduction of Time Keeper and Sergeants-at-Arms- Ruby Robinson
Welcome to the Club Presidents – Ruby Robinson

Roll Call, Proxy Report, Minutes, Committee Reports
Roll Call – Varie Rustin
Report of Proxy Committee – Proxy Committee Chair
Presentation and Approval of Minutes – Varie Rustin
Reports Executive Committee Report
Treasurer’s Report – Billie Dendy to include # of Clubs and # of members per Club

New Business
Election of Nominating Committee Pursuant to Article VI of the GFRW Bylaws.

Section 1. Nominations
A. The Nominating Committee shall consist of five (5) members and two (2) alternates

  1. The Nominating Committee shall be elected at the first meeting in the calendar year in which the Convention is to be held.
  2. The alternates shall serve in the order of number of votes at their election.
  3. The members of the committee shall elect a chairman and secretary from their own numbers.
  4. Any member of the Nominating Committee who wishes to seek a position on the Executive Committee shall resign and be replaced by an alternate, selected as described in # 2 above of this Section.
  5. Scheduled meeting for qualified Candidates in good standing in GFRW seeking an Office will be included in the second “Call” of the calendar year to the Board of Directors. Written credentials from candidates should be sent to each member of the Nominating Committee prior to this meeting.
  6. The nominating committee shall submit one nominee for each office in a report sent out with the “Call” thirty (30) days prior to the biennial Convention to all members of the Board of Directors.

    B. Nominations may also be made from the floor following the report of the Nominating Committee.
  7. Nominee(s) from the floor shall give written consent to be nominated.
  8. Nominees from the floor shall give written notice of agreement to serve, if elected.
  9. Written notices in #1 & #2 above may/can be presented in the same document to GFRW Secretary.
Spring Meeting: June 13 and 14 location and details to be announced
Fall Meeting: October 16 and 17 location and details to be announced Adjourn

Luncheon: 12:00 Noon

Invocation – Kathy Strickland
Pledge of Allegiance – Heather Hulsebus
During Lunch- Introduction of Speaker Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols


Get Involved in 2015

Get Involved 2015

GFRW Fall Meeting in Macon was a Huge Success

The GFRW Fall Meeting in Macon was a huge success!

Friday’s workshop presentations on Leadership presented by Johnell Woody and Achievement Awards presented by Denise Ognio were very interesting, educational and well received.

Lobbyist Neill Herring, who represents a group of six conservation groups, although the number can vary each session, depending on particular problems in consideration, spoke on Friday regarding the Aquifer Storage & Recovery-Marsh Buffers, a water issue dear to many of the GFRW members.  He praised our own Anne Mueller for being a Champion of this cause for many years. 

There was a bountiful buffet on Friday night followed by a special Reagan Club Members wine and dessert reception.

IMG_0820Saturday’s speakers included US Senator Elect David Perdue who reminded us of his three priorities:
(1) Growing the Economy, (2) Tax Reform, and (3) Term Limits.  Mr. Perdue thanked the women of the GFRW for their tireless work in making phone calls, knocking on doors, writing letters, and working to Get Out the Vote.  

State School Superintendent Elect Richard Woods reminded us that he intends to see that we teach to the child, not to the test.  RNC Committeewoman Linda Herren gave us details regarding what the RNC did in the various states regarding the Victory Centers and the new technology that helped us win this election cycle.  She also spoke of the 2016 GOP Convention which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio.  RNC Committeeman Randy Evans spoke to us regarding some proposed changes in the future election cycles and also encouraged us to help the Louisiana runoff by donating time and money to help our Republican candidate to win that seat.  

State GOP General Counsel Anne Lewis was the guest speaker during our delicious southern luncheon following the meeting. Each speaker was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation which was prepared by Sheila Galbreath. 

If you are a member of a GFRW club and have never attended one of the meetings, we urge you to plan to be at our next meeting February 20-21 when we visit the State Capitol again for RED COAT DAY. Mark you calendars now and plan to attend.

14 by “14 RNC Program

RNC_Women2Women will be a critical group of voters in the upcoming elections. We have a unique opportunity in 2014 to show that Republicans offer solutions that work to fix America’s problems and provide for economic opportunity for all Americans and to elect Republicans who will make that happen.

Only 25 percent of women believe the country is headed in the right direction, while 67 percent say it’s on the wrong track.

Women aren’t single-issue voters, and we won’t stand for the status quo. Women have many top priorities: the economy, government spending, education and health care.

Democrats fixate on a fabricated “war on women” in an attempt to connect with female voters. They haven’t been able to appeal to women voters beyond trying to convince women that “Republicans don’t like you.” And Democrats and their Super PACs are running false attack ads against Republicans – because they have nothing else to say to women.

We’ve talked with women in battleground Congressional Districts. We’ve listened, and you’ve told us what we already believed: Republican priorities are more in line with women’s priorities than Democrat priorities are.

  • The most important issues to women involve jobs and household finance.
  • The vast majority of women are upset with the status quo.
  • Women endorse changes to our tax and retirement laws to allow you to keep more of what you earn.
  • 55 percent of women oppose ObamaCare. Women agree with the statement that, “we need to start over and create real health care reform that allows us to choose the plans we want, the doctors we need at the cost we can afford.”

Under President Obama’s watch, women are facing higher levels of poverty, lower incomes, and stagnant wages.

  • Since Obama took office, nearly four million women have fallen into poverty.

Women are struggling more under the Obama Administration than ever before – and that needs to change.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, with his iron fist, blocks dozens of job bills passed by the Republican-led House from ever reaching the Senate floor. His refusal to bring these bills to a vote proves that job creation is not Democrats’ first priority.

For the Democrats, job creation is only a political ploy.

Democrats also refuse to consider bills sponsored by Senate Republicans that would help working families.

  • Senator Tim Scott is sponsoring the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act, or the SKILLS Act, which would transform our broken workforce development and training system into a more responsive and efficient program to enable workers to compete in the 21st century economy. This bill already passed the House in a 215-202 vote.
  • Senator Susan Collins has a bill to restore the 40-hour work week with her Forty Hours Is Full Time Act. The act would repeal ObamaCare’s 30-hour workweek rule, which has cut American workers’ hours and wages. It, too, has passed the House.
  • Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska is working to prevent workplace discrimination with the Workplace Advancement Amendment. It would equip women with tools to fight discrimination in the workplace.
  • Senator Marco Rubio’s Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees Act, or the RAISE Act, would amend the National Labor Relations Act to allow employers to give merit-based compensation increases to individual employees, even if those increases are not part of a collective bargaining agreement.
  • Senator Mike Lee’s Working Families Flexibility Act would help workers handle the constant challenge of work-life balance. It would allow private-sector employers to give employees who work overtime a choice between extra pay or extra comp time. This passed the House in a 223-204 vote.
  • Senator Mitch McConnell’s Working Parents Home Office Act would fix a flaw in the tax code that penalizes parents who work from home. Right now, women and men can’t claim a tax deduction for a home office if that office includes a baby crib. This ridiculous provision punishes parents who work from home and care for their kids at the same time; the act would change that.

I hope you will take a few minutes to share some of this information with women in your network of family and friends and encourage them to get involved in 14 in ’14 by signing up at

Thanks for your support,

Sharon Day
RNC Co-Chair

Great time in St. Simons at GFRW BOD meeting

Great time in St. Simons at GFRW BOD meeting

The GFRW Board Meeting held in St. Simons was a great success.  The American Legion Post #9 made the Presentation of the Colors and demonstrated Flag Etiquette. 

We were greeted and welcomed to the Golden Isles by Georgia State House District 179 Representative, Alex Atwood.  It was a delight to have NFRW Regional Director and radio personality Cindy Graves as our Guest Speaker. 

Following the general meeting, Senatorial Candidates Jack Kingston and David Perdue as well as Candidate for State School Superintendent, Richard Wood spoke to the crowd.  Dr. Bob Johnson running Congressional seat in Georgia’s District 1 also spoke. 

We were given a lesson in history by Mr. Jim Conine, national award-winning portrayer of Abraham Lincoln.  Jeffrey L. Williamson of J.L. Williamson Law Group spoke to on Estate and Elder Care Laws.

On Friday evening, Reagan Club members were treated to a trolly ride and Sunset Dolphin Cruise.  The dolphins must have known we were coming because they put on a great show for all. 

Hope Lamb, a Student of Glynn Academy, sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Saturday luncheon to get us started off right.  A scrumptious southern lunch of fried chicken, BBQ, corn on the cob, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and other southern delights was enjoyed by all.

The Reagan Club raffle and reception was a great success.  The Coastal Republican Women, Golden Isles Republican Women, Central Savannah River Area Republican Women and the Savannah Area Republican Women generously donated gifts that were given at the Saturday luncheon. The decorations provided by Denise Ognio of the Greater Fayettee RWC for the luau on Friday were absolutely fabulous.

Thanks to the staff of the Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island for their hospitality by providing us with a full breakfast each day and for the wonderful accommodations. 


Rose Terry Award given to Tashina Eller

Rose Terry Award given to Tashina Eller
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tashina_awardTashina Eller from the Northeast Georgia Republican Women received the Rose Terry Award for her achievements in helping to bring Republican principles and values to the community. Additionally, Tashina is the first female elected official in the history of Towns County where she is the County Coroner.

Red Coat Day 2013

Red Coat Day 2013

48143_4387467532852_351358802_nOur GFRW Red Coat Day 2013 was a smashing success! The bus overflowed into cars and even a van provided by the Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club (KUDOS Ladies!). Make sure you check out the video below to see all of the fun!

Red Coats flooded the Governor’s mansion where we met with Sandra Deal, First Lady of Georgia. There could not have been more Southern hospitality than displayed by the First Lady with a private tour and history of the Governor’s Mansion. Flash bulbs of cameras went flashing as she graciously posed with everyone followed by refreshments in the press room.

From the Governor’s Mansion the bus tour whisked us away to the State Capitol for a photo op on the rotunda stairs and a meeting with Senators Judson Hill and Renee Unterman. Then away the crowd went to the Agricultural Building where a wonderful lunch was prepared by Mary Mac’s Tea Room and where we listened to several State Representatives.

The ladies then worked their way to the Judicial Building where we sat in the Supreme Court Chambers and listened to three of the judges as well as our State Attorney General, Sam Olens.

The day was topped off with a ride back on the bus to the Swan Coach House for High Tea. The company and food was amazing and the perfect ending to a perfect day.

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