REGISTRANTS FROM 45 STATES
More than 1,275 registrants from 45 states attended the NFRW's 37th Biennial Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sept. 19-22.
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ELECTED OFFICIALS, PARTY LEADERS, POLITICAL ANALYSTS, POLICY EXPERTS AND OTHER NOTABLE GUESTS
Including Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC), former U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, author and former clinical psychologist Timothy Daughtry, and RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day.
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LEADERSHIP, POLITICAL AND POLICY TRAINING
Attendees participated in a series of leadership training seminars in the areas of outreach, community, campaigns, fundraising and message development – taught by nationally-recognized experts. The comprehensive Leadership School, "Message, Money and Motivation: Learning to Lead," provided nearly 160 participants with creative, yet practical, solutions and tools to take back to their clubs and to their professional lives.
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75TH DIAMOND JUBILEE
In recognition of the NFRW's 75th Diamond Jubilee, the theme of the convention was "Diamonds are Forever." After a year-long commemoration of the anniversary, the grand finale was celebrated at the Sunday luncheon with an expanded version of the Anniversary Tribute Video, a vintage style show, special decorations, and a retrospective timeline slideshow.
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ELECTION OF NFRW OFFICERS
Convention delegates made pivotal decisions as they selected the women who will lead the Federation in 2014 and 2015. Kathy Brugger of California was elected president. Also elected were:
1st Vice President – Betty Poe of South Carolina
2nd Vice President – Carrie Almond of Missouri
3rd Vice President – Kay VanSant of Alabama
4th Vice President – Becky Johnson of Kansas
Secretary – Eileen Sobjack of Washington
Treasurer – Lynne Hartung of Nevada
Following the convention, the Board of Directors elected the following as Members-at-Large to the Executive Committee: Cindy Graves of Florida, Dena Barnes of North Carolina and Suzanne Crow of Louisiana.
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BYLAWS & RESOLUTIONS
Delegates adopted six bylaw amendments that will affect the governing of the organization. Delegates also adopted nine resolutions on the following:
Supporting American Military Who Were Killed or Injured on November 5, 2009, at Fort Hood, Texas
Honoring With Care and Dignity Our U.S. Veterans
Implementing Frederick Douglass' Republican Values Method
Exposing United Nations Agenda 21
Eliminating Education for Sustainability
Supporting Proposed 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
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AWARDS OF DISTINCTION
The NFRW presented awards recognizing accomplishments at the state and local levels in the areas of membership and program development, campaign activities, community service, and public relations, including nearly 500 Club Achievement Awards and dozens of other awards. In addition, the NFRW recognized the outstanding leadership of Becky Johnson, president of the Kansas Federation of Republican Women, with the fifth biennial Ronald Reagan Leadership Award.
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG WOMEN
The NFRW gave 45 young women, ages 14-17, from across the nation the educational opportunity to represent their home states during the opening flag ceremony and to serve as a page during the convention. In addition, the Sunday General Session featured an informative panel presentation on youth outreach and how to successfully encourage more young Republican women to join the NFRW. Presenters included Kim Chambers of Texas, Virginia Chornenky of Arizona, Emily Dickey of Kansas, and Maria Jeffrey of Virginia.
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Delegates and other attendees enjoyed plenty of opportunities to network with women from across the nation at events such as the "Kentucky Unbridled Spirit" Opening Reception hosted by the Kentucky Federation of Republican Women at historic Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875. The NFRW sponsored the final race of the day, "The Diamonds are Forever Classic," and President Rae Chornenky awarded the trophy to the winner. Other networking opportunities included the evening hospitality receptions hosted by states and candidates, the President's Reception, and the NFRW Regents Reception, hosted by former U.S Ambassador Catherine Todd Bailey.
Under the leadership of Chairman Mary Mayo of Texas, the NFRW Fundraising Committee raised nearly $20,000 through the "Diamonds are Forever" sideboard drawing, live auction, silent auction, and other fundraising efforts.
SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS
Under the leadership of Chairman Elayne Dennis, the NFRW Armed Services Committee raised funds for two organizations dedicated to supporting our troops. Checks, each in the amount of $1,416, were presented to the Hugs Project and to One Touch Awakening.
Arizona Federation President Mary Williams introduced delegates to Phoenix, which will host the 38th Biennial Convention in 2015.
The Kentucky Federation hosted the Lincoln Heritage Tour, a day trip which included visits to the Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and to the Lincoln Museum.
The Sunday morning prayer breakfast included readings from the Psalms, I Chronicles and Joshua, as well as songs of worship and praise.