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.

Northwestern Minnesota Republican Women Chapter is Launching!

September 9th, 2019 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Karlstad, MN A new chapter of Minnesota Federation of Republican Women (MNFRW) is starting up in the northwestern corner of the state.  “When Minnesota Republican Women join together as a political force, we make the right things happen.  As women, our influences can lead to better government policy as we work within the Party to promote Freedom, Equality and Justice,” according to Amanda Hughes of Karlstad, a volunteer with MNFRW.

The new chapter will include the counties in Senate District 1 (SD1) of Minnesota including Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington, Polk and Red Lake.  The mission of MNFRW 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.

“As a community volunteer, I’ve been working with other grassroot volunteers to get this new MNFRW chapter organized. However, I believe it will become an official chapter soon,” said Hughes. In fact, she added, “I am very excited to gather with other ladies throughout the northwestern corner of the state and band together with our Republican Principles, strong work ethic, and campaign to retain our State Senate seat, our 2 State House seats, re-elect President Trump, and replace Democrat U.S. Senator Tina Smith and U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson with Republicans. I believe with more conversations and connecting with our neighbors, we can elect a Republican U.S. Senator and Congressman who better represents our values.”

The first Northwestern Minnesota Republican Women’s Chapter meeting will be Sat., Sept. 21 at 1 pm at the apartment meeting room located at 712 Atlantic Ave., Thief River Falls. “I am very happy to come to SD1 to help organize this new chapter of the MNFRW,” said Kathy Tingelstad, President of the Statewide MNFRW and a former Republican State Legislator.

Besides MNFRW President Kathy Tingelstad, in attendance will be a member of the Trump Victory Team, Representative Dan Fabian, and possibly Senator Mark Johnson.  This will be a valuable opportunity to hear a legislative update from our SD1 legislators, and ask questions.  We are excited that Representative Deb Kiel will be joining Northwestern Minnesota Republican Women but she will be unable to attend this first meeting due to legislative obligations.  We are confident we will meet with her soon.  And of course, we are enthusiastic to hear about the Trump 2020 victory plans!

According to Hughes, subsequent meetings will be moved throughout every county in SD1.  In order to become an official MNFRW chapter the Northwestern Minnesota Republican Women need 10 women to sign up with $35 dues.  Hughes believes that goal will be surpassed at the Sept. 21 meeting.  For women unable to attend that first meeting, but wanting to become a “Founding Member”, Hughes encourages them to send a check for $35 made out to Northwestern Minnesota Republican Women to Amanda Hughes, PO Box 248, Karlstad, MN 56732.

Members of MNFRW are automatically also members of the National Federation of Republican Women, which was founded over 80 years ago. Local chapters throughout the United States are known for: monthly speakers who address challenging political topics, train women to run for office, as well as community service projects related to patriotism and “Caring for America.”

For more information about Minnesota Federation of Republican Women check out www.mnfrw.com.  For questions about the upcoming meeting or membership please contact Amanda Hughes at 218-436-4010.

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.