Start a New Local Club
Starting a new local club is easy. Don't miss out on the opportunity to positively impact your local, state and national communities by creating a Republican women's club.
Since 1938, the NFRW has been influencing politics at the grassroots level through our local clubs and state federations. You can be a part of this tradition. Help increase the strength of the Republican Party in your community today by creating a local club.
|Organizing a New Club
To start a new club, you will need to:
Have a minimum of 10 Republican women dedicated to the new club.
Create a set of bylaws. Bylaws are the governing rules of an organization and are essential to its success. Club bylaws must be in concert with both state and NFRW Bylaws. Here is a sample set of bylaws to help you in this process.
Sample Bylaws [PDF, 12 pages]
Determine the dues level for your club. Dues will cover membership in all three levels of the Federation. NFRW dues are $10 per member per year. State dues vary (consult the president of your state). Your new club will also want to determine an amount of dues that will benefit your club. Local club dues (for all three federation levels) typically run between $25 and $35 per year. A $15 service charge is also due from each local club to NFRW each year.
Elect officers. It is essential to create effective leadership for a new club.
Duties of Officers [PDF, 6 pages]
Sample Officer Roster [PDF, 1 page]
For a copy of the New Club Handbook, a step-by-step working guide to building a successful club, send your name, e-mail address, city and state to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips on Organizing a New Club [PDF, 2 pages]
Utilizing the State Federation
When considering starting a new local club, be sure to consult the president of your state.
Your state president can offer valuable advice and support, and she may know of women in your area who would be interested in joining your new club.
State federation presidents will help you make sure that you adhere to all state and national rules and regulations. State federations must also approve new local clubs, and by utilizing your state federation president early, you will help to make the process as smooth as possible.
Once your new club has been organized and approved by the state federation, your state president will sign a club charter application. This application will be forwarded to the NFRW, along with the new club bylaws and officer roster. Upon approval of the new club by the NFRW, a charter and club number will be issued, making the new club an official Federation affiliate.
Sample Letter of Intent to Federate a Club [PDF, 1 page]
Club Charter Application [PDF, 1 page]
Help for New Club Presidents
You've done it! You've created a new federated club to positively impact your community. Now what?
The NFRW has created many avenues for new presidents to find help as they lead their local clubs. The following tools will be available to you once your new club is officially chartered by the NFRW.
NFRW's weekly e-newsletter and political briefing are available to any member with e-mail. The newsletter covers Federation, White House and Congressional news. The political briefing addresses an important political topic that is in the news.
NFRW's Republican Woman magazine features information, ideas and helpful tools.
The Member Center is available to all members. New club presidents will find it especially helpful, as it features sample publications, information on awards programs, and other useful materials.
Also located in the Member Center is the Digital Resource Library, which features many useful materials, including the Leader's Guide and Officer Training Manual. A comprehensive guide to running your local club, it includes information on officer's duties, committees, public relations, recruiting members and much more.
These are just a few examples of the help available to new club presidents. The NFRW is constantly evaluating and updating its materials and information.
For Assistance or More Information
Your participation is important to us. Together we can work to increase the strength and size of the Republican Party in America, and to make sure the voice of America's women is strong and heard. We look forward to your involvement.
The NFRW is available to answer questions and provide help. Contact us at (800) 373-9688 or email@example.com.