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President’s Message

Barbara Hickey President

Barbara Hickey

Posted June 14, 2017

I have so enjoyed visiting your clubs and feel honored to be asked to attend your meetings. While with you, I have ob-served your “good works,” your willingness to help, and your positive attitude about our GFRW mission. Your clubs send such a great message to your communities –YOU CARE.

In 2016, my first message to you as your president was about the message of the book, “The Secret,” written by Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller. Their focus on leadership spoke to me about how we can best serve our GFRW members and our communities across Georgia. In their book, they use the word SERVE to help us see success in all we do.

A person can serve without leading,
but a leader can’t lead well without serving.

Even though we have temporary positions in our clubs and GFRW, we can use the following five key ways leaders serve through our actions in all we do:

See the Future
Engage and Develop Others
Reinvent Continuously
Value Results
Embody the Values

As Republicans, we know our values and the fall agenda spoke volumes to our fellow American citizens in the 2016 election. We must keep working to ensure the future is within our grasp and we must develop new leaders and value the relationships we have throughout our communities.

Thanks for all you do.

Posted March 13, 2017

How did I get so fortunate to lead so many women who do not need to be led? All of you are self-starters with “abundance mentality,” i.e., generous in your praise of others and their successes.

We have a great role to play in our communities across the state of Georgia and we can accomplish many things if we will follow the suggestions of John Addison, leadership editor of Success magazine:

* Begin by surrounding yourself with people who make you feel better, not fill you with doubt and fear. (I call them balcony people because they lift you up!)
* Focusing on the present is important to finding happiness in your life. Reliving the past may stop us from a great opportunity in the present.
* Filter your surroundings looking for only life-affirming things such as what you are reading and watching on TV — and — SMILE (it’s contagious).

Your leadership as Republicans is being watched and will affect the future of our beloved country so ensure that we follow the wise advice of former president Ronald Reagan:

“Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.”

I look forward to seeing you in Augusta in June and continuing our celebration of our 60th year as an incredible Republican women’s statewide organization.

See you soon,

Posted October 16, 2016

With the recent passage of the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we are reminded when Islamic terrorist attacks on four American sites changed our world. Every year we are reminded of the enduring strength and gratitude that we all share for our country, known the world over as “America.”

In fifth grade, my teacher made us memorize a poem by Henry Van Dyke entitled America For Me. While living in Paris, this poet missed his homeland and wrote about how anxious he was to return home. I remember this poem to this day and taught all four of my children to recite it at patriotic events. I would like to share it with you and hope that you will share it with others.

‘Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down Among the famous palaces and cities of renown, To admire the crumbly castles and the statues of the kings, — But now I think I’ve had enough of antiquated things.

So it’s home again, and home again, America for me! My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be, In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars, Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars!

Oh, London is a man’s town, there’s power in the air; And Paris is a woman’s town, with flowers in her hair; And it’s sweet to dream in Venice, and it’s great to study Rome; But when it comes to living there is no place like home.

I like the German fir-woods, in green battalions drilled; I like the gardens of Versailles with flashing fountains filled; But, oh, to take your hand, my dear, and ramble for a day In the friendly western woodland where Nature has her way!

I know that Europe’s wonderful, yet something seems to lack: The Past is too much with her, and the people looking back. But the glory of the Present is to make the Future free, — We love our land for what she is and what she is to be.

Oh, it’s home again, and home again, America for me! I want a ship that’s westward bound to plough the rolling sea, To the bléssed Land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars, Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.

Thanks for all you do for America.


Posted September 5, 2016

Dear Ladies:

Happy Labor Day to you and your families.

Every year we celebrate this national holiday on the first Monday in September to be reminded that this “workingman’s holiday” evolved in the last two centuries as a salute to those who worked long hours for little pay.

It has become an opportunity for families and friends to celebrate at gatherings the men and women who helped to build our country, but also to welcome a new season-Fall.

If you are considering the delivery of Constitutions during Constitution Week, September 16-23, please let me know the following:

  • The County of the schools you will attend to deliver Constitutions to the classrooms.
  • The total number of 4th graders.
  • Your name and contact information

Georgia Superintendent of Schools Richard Woods has Constitutions left over from the printing last year and will support our GFRW efforts and send the books to your schools and encourage the Principals to let you deliver them to the classroom. It is a wonderful experience to see the look on the faces of the students when they realize that they are the new owner of their very own Constitution.

Hope you enjoy a restful day and that our GFRW Fall Meeting will not only be an enjoyable one, but also bring us together as Positive Republican Women.

Let’s Do It Together,


Posted June 27, 2016

Dear Ladies:

Every July 4th we celebrate those brave representatives of the 13 Colonies who declared our ‘Independence from Britain and King George’s rule’. Because the Colonists had no vote or voice in the British Parliament, “NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION” became their rally cry.

Our 2016 election year’s rally cry centers on UNITY and TAKING BACK OUR COUNTRY! I hope you are continuing to prepare for a very exciting campaign season where we expend all our energy, talents and commitment to ensuring that:

  • The future Supreme Court decisions reflect our Conservative values.
  • That those who wish us harm will be stopped before they can wreak havoc on our lives and the lives of those who protect us.
  • That the word ‘illegal’ truly means NOT LEGAL.
  • That our public officials will ensure that they will make every effort to hold to the promises fought for by our Patriots and the promises of the Declaration of Independence for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Have an enjoyable 240th celebration of July 4th and a campaign season that MUST END IN SUCCESS!

Let’s Do It…Together,



Posted April 22, 2014

Dear Ladies:

I am honored to serve you as your 2016-17 GFRW president and am excited about the challenges facing us and know that we will be a great TEAM!

Ken Blanchard’s book, The Secret-What Great Leaders Know and Do, uses the acronym SERVE as a strategy to guide an organization such as GFRW. It struck me as a wonderful guideline that I hope you will embrace as we work with our clubs and our communities.

SEE THE FUTURE –We need to envision that, due to our hard work and dedication to Republican principles, we have gotten ALL Republican candidates elected.

ENGAGE AND DEVELOP OTHERS – We have a wealth of talent in GFRW and must welcome, educate, and engage the hearts of our members in order to ensure that we have the tools that produce WINS in the Republican columns.

REINVENT CONTINUOUSLY- we need to ask ourselves –Am I learning and growing? Am I doing enough to encourage others in OUR CLUBS; am I sharing my ideas and plans? How can I do better and how can I be more effective?

VALUE RESULTS AND RELATIONSHIPS – I promise to build better relationships and connections across Georgia and encourage others to do the same every day by:


EMBODY THE VALUES – We cannot only talk about our REPUBLICAN VALUES, we have to live them. We have to continually build relationships and connections across Georgia that transcends borders, cities, or counties sharing great ideas that will lead us to SUCCESS.

Let’s Do It – Together!


Barbara Hickey

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