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.

National Federation of Republican Women Recognizes Minnesota Clubs for Achievements

FROM: Jody Rushton, President, National Federation of Republican Women

Awards Bestowed During Biennial Convention

INDIANAPOLIS –Minnesota Metro Republican Women won the national  DIAMOND Award for Achievement during the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) 40th Biennial Convention held Sept. 27-29 in Indianapolis. Five other Minnesota clubs also won awards: Duluth Republican Women, East Metro Republican Women and North Metro Republican Women won the national GOLD Award for Achievement.  Central Republican Women and Northwest Metro Republican Women won the national BRONZE Award for Achievement. All were recognized during the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) 40th Biennial Convention held Sept. 27-29 in Indianapolis.

Minnesota won a most impressive Campaign Volunteer Award for logging a total of 119,532 hours of volunteer time to the benefit of the Republican party, Republican candidates, or the NFRW over the last 2 years! In the category of states with 1-9 clubs, Minnesota is the leader! Congratulations to the MNFRW!

“The other four MN Delegates and I were honored to represent the nearly 300 members of the MN Federation of Republican Women (MNFRW) at this National Convention,” said Kathy Tingelstad, State President of the MNFRW. “Our MN Members volunteer TRIPLED the average number of hours per person, compared to Members in other states,” she added, “That’s impressive!”

More than 400 awards were given to clubs which demonstrated excellence in several key areas.

The NFRW Achievement Awards program is designed to enhance teamwork among members of each club, said NFRW Achievement Awards Chair Linda Smith of Kansas. Using the Achievement Awards worksheet as a guide for planning club activities produces a well-balanced club program. It establishes standards of performance for membership development, campaign activities, community relations, leadership development, programs and club functions.

“We are very pleased that one-third of our clubs, representing 40 states, earned an NFRW Achievement Award this biennium,” Smith said. “It is the culmination of two years of diligent planning and hard work on the part of these club members, and we are proud to honor their efforts.”

Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the largest and most influential Republican women’s group in the nation, proudly representing the party that first made it possible for women to vote in the U.S. The NFRW works to increase the effectiveness and relevance of women in the cause of good government. Our mission remains to recruit and elect Republican candidates, promote the principles of the Republican Party, educate the public, and inform the media.

Photo: MN delegates left to right: Vickie Froehlich, Karen Attia, State President Kathy Tingelstad, Margaret Flower, Karen Godfrey

Speaking Proudly

Minnesota girls: We want to hear you speaking proudly!

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 50 high school-age girls will participate in the inaugural Speaking Proudly oratory competition at the beautifully restored Minnesota State Capitol. We hope you will be one of them.

Sponsored by Metro Republican Women, Speaking Proudly offers participants a supportive opportunity to develop their research, writing and speaking skills and express their patriotism. Give the competition your serious consideration. You have a lot to gain from it!

Speaking Proudly website

MN Federation of Republican Women Celebrates 75th Anniversary

HASTINGS, MN – The MN Federation of Republican Women (MNFRW) celebrated its 75th anniversary Saturday, August 5, 2017, with congratulatory wishes, awards, and speeches at a sold-out event in Hastings, MN.

MNFRW President, Pam Myhra said, “Besides celebrating the 75th anniversary of the MN Federation of Republican Women, we are excited by the formation of three new clubs in MN, 20% membership growth this year and more than 75,000 volunteer hours given by our members in the last 2 years to benefit Republican candidates, the Republican Party, and the Federation of Republican Women!”

Included in the festivities was the presentation of the MNFRW President’s “Star of the North” award to RNC Committeewoman, Janet Beihoffer, for her exemplary volunteer work to bring people together and her commitment to Republican principles. Also, the “Marge Gruenes Scholarship” was awarded to Mariah Russell, the MNFRW’s National Pathfinder Scholarship finalist. “We are strongest when we bring out the best in each other,” Myhra also shared.

Dignitaries present to give celebratory greetings and listen to the concerns of guests included U.S. Congressman Tom Emmer; U.S. Congressman Jason Lewis; former U.S. Congressman John Kline; State Senator Bruce Anderson; State Representatives: Sondra Erickson, Nolan West, and Cindy Pugh; Republican gubernatorial candidates: Rep. Matt Dean; former MNGOP Chair, Keith Downey; Ramsey County Commissioner, Blake Huffman; Hennepin County Commissioner, Jeff Johnson; Phillip Parrish; and Jeffrey Wharton; Republican Attorney General candidates: Harry Niska and Douglas Wardlow; Republican Congressional District 7 candidate Dave Hughes; MNGOP Chairwoman, Jennifer Carnahan; MNGOP Deputy Chair David Pascoe; RNC Committeewoman, Janet Beihoffer and RNC Committeeman, Rick Rice. Also, present at the festivities were Rick Aguilar, Hispanic Republican Assembly of MN Chair; Mike Lehmann, Republican Seniors of MN Chair; Mark Miller, MN Jewish Republican Coalition Chair, and Robert Yang, Asian American Republicans of MN Chair. The keynote speech, “Why We Do What We Do: A Call to Action for MN Republican Women”, was given by Annette Meeks, founder and CEO of the Freedom Foundation of MN. Despite the rain, guests agreed, it would be a celebration long remembered.

The MNFRW is the Minnesota affiliate chapter of the National Federation of Republican Women. Its mission is to encourage, educate and support Republican women from all age groups and walks of life to be key players at the political table on national, state, and local issues.