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.
PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZING THE 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
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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