SOUTH EUCLID – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine headlined the presentations for the Ohio Federation of Republican Women’s (OFRW) 2017 Spring Conference here. The theme of the Conference was, “Make Ohio Safe Again.”
Also addressing the group were: Ohio GOP Chairman Jane Timken, Ohio Senator Frank LaRose (R-27), Ohio Representative Dorothy Pelanda (R-86), Cuyahoga County GOP Chairman Rob Frost, National Federation of Republican Women’s (NFRW) District Eight Director Ann Schockett, and West Virginia Federation of Republican Women’s (WVFRW) Vice President Carol Kalwa Pickron.
Lyn Bliss of Greenville, and the president of the Ohio Federation of Republican was in attendance. She acted as emcee and chaired both the OFRW Board of Directors Meeting and the general membership meeting.
Two workshops were held supporting the theme of the conference. ALICE (active shooter training: “Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate”) was presented by Toni Jones from the Cleveland State University Police. Republican National Committee Event Control and Action was presented by Trooper Robert J. Simone of the Ohio State Patrol.
DeWine was introduced by OFRW First Vice President Janet Kushlan and gave a detailed description of the steps Ohio has taken in helping streamline the investigative process in Ohio. Also covered was an overview of the programs in progress that will aid in fighting addiction problems.
DeWine’s wife, Fran, a member of the OFRW, entertained the group with the story of the couple’s meeting. She gave a short presentation of the project the DeWine’s sponsor to aid the poor and disadvantaged in Haiti.
Jane Timken, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, also an OFRW member, was introduced by Bliss. Timken detailed achievements of the party and future plans. She spoke of the important role women play in today’s political world.
NFRW District Eight Director Ann Schockett explained the obstacles and pitfalls women face in becoming political candidates – and the great rewards for success.
Introduced by OFRW Membership Chairman Cindy Bias, Ohio Senator Frank LaRose and Ohio Representative Dorothy Pelanda each presented Ohio legislative updates from their respective legislative bodies.
Republican Party of Cuyahoga County Chairman Rob Frost welcomed the group to Cuyahoga County while giving an update on the status of the County Party.
WVFRW Vice President Carol Kalwa Pickron related activities being carried out by the WVFRW to increase membership by attracting the younger professional woman.
The OFRW welcomed five new clubs to the federation: Champaign County Republican Women’s Club, Federated Republican Women of Summit County, Portage County Republican Women’s Club, Tenth District Republican Women’s Club and Union County Republican Women’s Club.
Additionally, the OFRW presented the Diamond Award for club achievement during the 2016 membership year to: Beavercreek Republican Women’s Club, Canfield Republican Women’s Club, Morrow County Republican Women’s Club and the Richland County Republican Women’s Club. Ottawa County Republican Women’s Club was presented the Gold Award. The Silver Award was given to Wood County Republican Women’s Club and the Bronze Award to the Westark Republican Women’s Club.
“Our OFRW membership participated at an unprecedented level, and reports regarding the quality of the event from those attending have been exceedingly positive,” stated Bliss.
The OFRW, founded in 1929, is a statewide organization of hundreds of members in constituent clubs. It is the largest, most powerful political organization in Ohio providing the avenue for women to influence policy, develop candidates, and elect the leaders of Ohio. The OFRW is a multi-generational, multi-cultural organization providing the structure and support for political activists to learn, engage, and flourish. It is federated under the National Federation of Republican Women. For more information regarding the OFRW, visit www.ohfrw.com.