• San Luis Obispo Republican Women Federated

    San Luis Obispo Republican Women organized over 50 years ago with Mary Bell Romero as the first President in 1963.  In the early days of SLORWF meetings were luncheons at the Motel Inn.  Republican Headquarters were in the Andrews building across the street from the County Courthouse.  According to longtime member Gloria Mandells, Republicans were in charge which made it easier to get   big time speakers including Barry Goldwater, Jr. The Editor of the Telegram Tribune. George Brand was a Democrat but his wife was a good Republican and somehow the club received great  publicity.  Times have certainly changed in that regard. JoAnn Jennnings remembers dues were $12 per year (they are now $30). Headquarters had moved to a carpet store on South Higeura. JoAnn worked in the office of Congressman Burt Talcott until he lost an election to a Democrat.
    Luncheon meetings were moved to the Madonna Inn in the 80s. There are lots of stories to tell about our club but without someone like “historian and La Fiesta Queen”  Del Silva it’s hard to get the details.  We miss her.

    We have subscribed to a mission statement whose objectives are; to promote an informed electorate, to increase the political effectiveness of women, to foster loyalty and to cooperate with official party organizations to work toward electing Republicans and to be an influence on legislation locally and nationally.

    At our June Meeting we had roundtable discussions about our club, a look at ourselves by our members.  Positive discussions explored our Mission Statement, increasing membership and how to attract new and younger members.  We also looked at fundraising as a way to support our goals and how to best support candidates.  This was followed by a retreat at the Cambria home of Sylvia Huth.

    Good ideas came from these meetings and we plan to implement them and strengthen our club.  We all agreed it would be a huge morale boost to work on and campaigns that successfully elect a new Republican President of the United States as well as candidates for Congress and local elections.

    Sally Punches, President
    San Luis Obispo Republican Women Federated
  • Paso Robles Republican Women Federated

    Paso Robles Republican Women Federated was chartered on May 4, 1925 and has been an active club since 1964. Many of our past members, and some of our present members, are from pioneer families from the Paso Robles, San Miguel, and Templeton areas.

    At present time, several of our members hold offices with CFRW, in both State and Central Division capacities. Our club has won the Diamond Club Award twelve times, which is bestowed to clubs achieving the high achievement goals set forth by CFRW. It is a two-year project, and PRRWF has already begun working toward a high point total for 2015.

    So far, 2014 has been a very busy year with the primary elections on June 3rd. Many of our members have been very active in local campaigns, volunteering to walk precincts, helping with fundraisers, and phoning voters to ask their support for a particular candidate. After the primary election on June 3rd, we will then be able to get “boots on the ground” to work for our 24th District Congressional candidate. Our members will do their share to work the Republican Booth at the Mid-State Fair, handing out campaign brochures for our Republican candidates and registering voters.

    The Paso Robles Republican Women Federated is a Traditions Sponsor for the 125th Paso Robles Anniversary, and donated $500 toward the celebration events that will take place throughout the year. A few of our other outreach activities include participation in the Fourth of July and October Pioneer Day parades in Paso Robles, the collection and donation of teddy bears and women’s shoes to local charities, $500 scholarships awarded to two Paso Robles high school seniors, and volunteering as Salvation Army Bell Ringers during the Christmas holiday period.

    Throughout the year, our luncheon meeting speakers inform and educate our members on both local and national issues. Our club was the first to hold a Forum with the five Republican candidates for the 24th Congressional District to oppose Lois Capps in November. We are enlisting member volunteers for training in the Election Integrity Project prior to the November elections to enable us to be election observers at several of our local polling locations.

    As you can see, we have a very active and energetic group of ladies in our club, and since one of our mottos is “Strength in Numbers,” we are working diligently to increase our membership totals. Our goal is to have 100 members by the end of 2014. We currently have 85 members, up from 78 at the end of 2013, so we are well on the way to reach our goal.

    Peggy Strickland
    PRRWF President