June 20-21, 2008
Palmer House Hilton
In 1938, NFRW Founder Marion E. Martin called a meeting at the Palmer House in Chicago to organize hundreds of independent Republican women's clubs across the country into a national organization. The NFRW celebrated its 70th anniversary by returning to its birthplace for a gala luncheon on June 21. More than a luncheon, the event served to remind us of the strength of the past and how it has a direct impact on the future.
The festivities began Friday, June 20, with the Untouchables Tour, which showcased Chicago’s somber connection with the mob during the era of Prohibition.
Our main event took place Saturday, June 21, in the Palmer House’s Empire Ballroom, with 130 women and men attending from across the United States.
The presence of past national presidents Patricia Hutar, Marilyn Thayer, Mary Jo Arndt and Marian Miller helped remind us of the wonderful programs the Federation has established to educate and elect Republicans.
Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) gave the keynote speech about the election landscape and the essential differences between the parties. Frank Salvato of BasicsProject.org reminded us of the realities of fundamentalist Islam and its presence around the world, including in the United States.
A beautiful luncheon was served and included an anniversary cake celebrating the NFRW's 70th year and a toast to our future. The event culminated with the viewing of a DVD on the NFRW's history, as intertwined with that of the Republican Party, and with women and politics in general.
who stayed were invited to take part in a lake cruise
to admire Chicago’s architecture, dine under the stars and
enjoy a beautiful display of fireworks.
A wonderful and educational program booklet was distributed to guests. The booklet features the state federation seals on its cover and documents NFRW's history, including overviews of our national presidents and emblem.
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