GREATER KINGSPORT REPUBLICAN WOMEN
Greater Kingsport Republican Women (GKRW) has hosted the following speakers in 2014: Congressman Roe; Lt. Gov. Ramsey; State Reps. Lundberg, Hill, and Shipley; Secretary of State Hargett; former state GOP Chair Robin Smith; Sullivan County GOP Chair Parker; State Guard General Takasaki; and, 40 Republican candidates for local and state office.
Through the club's new program, "Spotlight on Women in Business," members' businesses are recognized.
One of GKRW's largest community projects is the Dictionary Project, through which about 600 dictionaries are donated to all third graders in Kingsport schools. GKRW has donated 2,741 dictionaries from 2009-13, raising a total of $5,482.
GKRW's Caring For America projects include Kitchen of Hope, which prepares meals for the homeless and needy, and Hope House, an organization for pregnant women who need assistance.
Legislative activism for 2014 includes a Republican headquarters and an education program regarding the four constitutional amendments on Tennessee's ballot in November.
GKRW produces a monthly newsletter, and also utilizes Facebook and a web site to communicate with members. Members are provided information from the RNC, the NFRW and the Tennessee FRW.
GKRW boasts Tennessee Federation President Linda Buckles as a member and NFRW Regent. GKRW also has other members who serve as NFRW Regents, as well as Tennessee FRW committee chairs and area vice presidents.
- Susan Shipley, president