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Pam Myhra Named MN Federation of Republican Women President
March 3, 2016– Marge Gruenes, President of the Minnesota Federation of Republican Women (MFRW), has announced her resignation due to her battle with cancer. Pam Myhra, MFRW First Vice President, will succeed Gruenes as president.
“Marge Gruenes has made an indelible mark on the conservative landscape here in Minnesota. Her conviction and drive to encourage, educate, and support conservative women from all age groups to be key players at the national, state, and local political table, is clearly evident. As a strong leader and mentor Marge has had a profound impact on many Republican women, including me,” said Myhra. Myhra continued, “I am honored to succeed Marge as president and ask you to join me in wishing her well as she battles her illness.”
Read the press release: Pam Myhra Named MFRW President Press Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Margaret O. “Marge” Gruenes, Former MNFRW State President
The MNFRW family was saddened by the sudden loss of Marge Gruenes, who passed away on April 25. A dynamic and charismatic leader, Marge strove to strengthen the Minnesota Federation of Republican Women by nurturing the establishment of several new clubs within the state. Marge served as Chairwoman for the Republican Party in the State of Minnesota, and as President of the Minnesota Federation of Republican Women. She also assisted numerous candidates for public office. She was appointed by President George H. Bush as a commissioner of the National Scholars Committee.
She earned her Master’s in Administration from the University of Minnesota and Specialist in Administration from St. Cloud State University. She served as an elementary principal in the Apple Valley-Eagan-Rosemount School District for 18 years. After she retired in 2008, she returned to teaching at the College of St. Benedict. She also served as the past president of the CSB Alumni Association and as an Oblate at St. Benedicts Monastery.
Beatrice Kehr, Former MNFRW State President
The MNFRW family mourns the sudden loss of Bea Kehr, who passed away on April 1st. Bright, witty, talented and caring, Bea was actively engaged in Republican and Federation politics. She joined the Duluth Women’s Republican Club in 1997 and served as club president from 2004-2008. In 2005, she was elected secretary of the Minnesota Federation of Republican Women and went on to lead the state as president for two terms (from 2010 to 2013). Highlights during her tenure include the re-election of President George W. Bush (who opened a campaign headquarters in downtown Duluth in 2004) and the election of Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, and Senator Norm Coleman and especially electing Chip Craavack to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bea served on the NFRW Board and was a delegate to the Kansas City (2011) and Louisville (2013) conventions. She was a member of the NFRW Achievement Awards Committee at the time of her death.
Click here to read a write-up about her in the NFRW newsletter.