Speaking Proudly 2021

More information: Sherie Wallace, (651) 452-9800

For immediate release:


St. Paul —The second biennial Speaking Proudly oratory competition will give Minnesota high school girls an opportunity to speak persuasively about the topic, “A More Perfect Union, Rising to the Challenge.” Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, at the State Capitol, the competition offers finalist prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500.

Speaking Proudly 2021 is a nonpartisan, nonprofit project of Metro Republican Women.

“We want to encourage girls to develop and express their own opinions about topics of importance to the country,” competition’s spokeswoman Sherie Wallace stated in a news release. “This is always central to education and crucial at a time when the cancel culture stifles students’ ability to speak freely and independently.”

The competition is open to all girls in grades nine through 12 who reside or attend school in Minnesota, whether they are homeschooled or attend public, private, charter or other types of schools. More information and an application form are available at speakingproudly.org.

For a Speaking Proudly promotional brochure, click here.

North Central MN News

Bemidji Pioneer, Oct. 1, 2020
BEMIDJI — A local group of women recently formed what they have entitled the “North Central Minnesota Republican Women” to serve the Bemidji area and all north central Minnesota.

According to a recent release, they are partnering with nine other Minnesota Clubs of the National Federation of Republican Women. Their purpose is “to lead to better government policy as we work within the party to promote freedom, equality and justice,” the release said.

The organization’s first meeting was held on Sept. 22, with guest speaker Minnesota Federation of Republican Women’s President and former Minnesota State Legislator, Kathy Tingelstad, who affirmed to the attendees, the Federation’s mission, vision and commitments to Republican women locally, regionally and nationally, the release said. During the meeting, the group also created memberships and elected officers.

Subsequent monthly meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month.

For more information regarding North Central Minnesota Republican Women, contact Rachel Buttenhoff at (218) 308-1222, visit mnfrw.com, or find the group on Facebook.

100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote


(Read as “New Business” at the “virtual” Minnesota State Republican Convention)

WHEREAS an organized movement to enfranchise women in the United States began in 1848;

WHEREAS through the efforts of brave and courageous women referred to as “Women Suffragists” dedicated their time and efforts for over 70 years–in order to gain the constitutional right to vote;

WHEREAS this Women’s Suffrage movement led to the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States in 1919, with ratification by 36 states–26 of which were led by Republican legislative majorities–with the last state necessary for ratification in August, 1920; and

WHEREAS women today constitute a majority of voters in the nation, and are running for office in higher numbers, along with being more active in the election process than ever before in history;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the 100th anniversary of women gaining the Right to Vote in the United States and in Minnesota be recognized–for the impact that these historic accomplishments have had on citizen engagement and the civic life of our communities, our State of Minnesota, and the United States of America.

Submitted by Kathy Tingelstad,
State President of the MN Federation of Republican Women
May 30, 2020

Biennial Convention Report

Pam Myhra (2016-2018 State MNFRW President) and other MNFRW Leaders (Vicki Ernst, Donna Bergstrom, and Candy Sina) were honored as part of the “Tribute to Women” celebration event–at the Biennial MNFRW Convention in Hastings. Club Presidents wore “Votes for Women” sashes, in honor of Women’s Suffrage–celebrating 100 years of Women’s Right to Vote.