Oct 26, 2012

GOP Women attend OFRW Fall Conference

COLUMBUS – “What a wonderful event it was. To be able to have the honorable Mia Love as our featured speaker was fantastic. We were able to work with the Romney campaign to bring her here for our event. This also allowed her to attend other Ohio functions while she was here to speak at our event. We believed it was a win-win situation,” said Lyn Bliss, Vice-president and Program Chairlady for the Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW)."It was great to have OFRW Awards Co-chair and Darke County President Sally Zeiter and OFRW Program Committee member Dori Howdieshell in attendance. It was also a pleasure to be able to ask Gail Snyder, one of our DCRW members, to share the driving for Mia while she was in Ohio for our event."

The OFRW recently held its annual Fall Conference at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center in Dublin, Ohio. The Conference theme was, “Continuing the American Dream”.

Darke County Republican Women’s Club and OFRW Program Committee member Dori Howdieshell dressed as the Statue of Liberty and led the members of the OFRW Board into the Conference. North Columbus Republican Women’s Club and OFRW member Marilyn Clark sang the National Anthem.

Scott Jennings, Ohio Director of the Romney Campaign was present and introduced the OFRW Board and Love. Love spoke to the theme and detailed how her parents had immigrated legally to the United States. They arrived in America with $10 and the desire to take advantage of the opportunities available to industrious and responsible individuals in this country. She detailed some of the challenges she has faced as mayor and talked about her campaign to be congresswoman representing Utah. Additionally, she detailed why it is important for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to be elected – they will continue that American dream her parents came to America to experience.

“We have two very clear directions. One, more government dependency, more handcuffs, more handouts.” said Love, or one that promotes energy independence, affordable educations, trade and jobs, champions small government and helps lower the national debt.

Her message was one of personal responsibility and continuing all the dreams and characteristics that have built America into the great country it has been.

Other featured speakers were Lizz Eisaman from Protect Your Vote Ohio who spoke regarding the details contained in Issue Two. Issue Two will appear on the November General Election Ballot. Issue Two would put the redistricting process into the hands of a panel that is not elected. A no vote has been endorsed by the Ohio Republican Party, the Darke County Republican Executive Committee, the Darke County Republican Men’s Club and the Darke County Republican Women’s Club.

Chairwoman of the Montgomery County Republican Party Kate Burch and OFRW Public Relations Chair Missy Mae Walters spoke about the turn–around in the Montgomery County Republican Party and also the Clean Coal program in Ohio. Jeanne Bolton, President of the Licking County Republican Women’s Club, detailed the steps she used in building the club’s membership and facilitating its entry into electronic media and communications.

Love, and her husband Jason, arrived in Ohio Friday evening and their transportation was provided by Licking County Republican Women’s Club and OFRW member Elaine Kent of Granville. Saturday’s transportation for Love and her husband was provided by Darke County Republican Women’s Club and OFRW member Gail Snyder of Greenville. OFRW presented Love with a tapestry throw featuring the Ohio Flag, from the Ohio Statehouse Gift Shop as a departure gift.

The event also featured a silent auction of baskets donated by various OFRW member clubs and vendors from around the state. Darke County Republican Women's Club donated a basket and the Darke County Republican Party sold political buttons. The public was invited to the event and the Embassy Conference Center was full.

The Ohio Federation of Republican Women is composed of thousands of active members in local clubs across Ohio. It is part of the National Federation of Republican Women, which is one of the largest political organizations in the U.S. For more information regarding the Ohio Federation of Republican Women, visit www.ohfrw.com, email President Jean Turner at jeanturner@ohfrw.com, or call the OFRW office at (614) 456-2054. 


DCRWC is a local organization of Republican Women and associate members who support the Republican cause and are members of the OFRW. For more information, email President Sally Zeiter at: DCRWPresident@darkegop.org

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