Ohio Federation of Republican Women
Hosts Fall Conference in Worthington
Local Republican Leader Attends Event to Prepare for 2020
COLUMBUS — Mary Beth Kemmer, a Troy resident joined other Republican women leaders from across the state recently at the Ohio Federation of Republican Women’s (OFRW) Annual Fall Conference, which focused on judicial concerns and leadership training.
Mary Beth Kemmer was elected president of the group for the term 2020-21 beginning Jan. 1, 2020. The other local attendees were Rita Hollenbacher who served as parliamentarian and Ann Baird.
During the two-day event, which is one of the largest statewide gatherings of Republican Women this year, registrants were addressed by Ohio Supreme Court Justices Sharon Kennedy and Justice Judith French; Rae Chornenky, chairman of Maricopa County Arizona Republican Party; Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost; Michael Gibbons, chairman of Ohio Strong Action; Captain Guy Gruters, U.S. Air Force (Ret), Barb Temple on the “Sunshine Law;” and Mary Beth Kemmer on “Keeping it Legal.” Kemmer is immediate past president of The Miami County Republican Women. The event on Friday night included a board of directors meeting and a social hour.
At the Saturday Conference, the OFRW elected its officers for the upcoming 2020 and 2021 years, unanimously selecting president Mary Beth Kemmer (Miami County Republican Women’s Club); first vice president, Robin Dodge (Greater Dayton Republican Women); second vice president, Stephanie Garrett (Preble County Women’s Republican Club); Secretary, Jane Marshall (Preble County Republican Women’s Club); District No. 1/2 vice president, Bev Hirzel (Wood County Women’s Republican Club); District No. 3 vice president, Carol Lovas (Ashtabula County Women’s Republican Club); District No. 4 vice president, Amber Stump (Allen Republican Women’s Club); District No. 5 vice president, Cindy Bias (Richland County Republican Women’s Club); District No. 6 vice president, Brook Harless (Westark Republican Women’s Club); District No. 7 vice president, Brenda Ross (Preble County Republican Women’s Club); District No. 8 vice president, Sandy Feix (Beavercreek Republican Women’s Club); District No. 9 vice president, Mary Lou Saliaris (Delaware County Republican Women’s Club); District No. 10/13 vice president, Michelle Blanton (Pickaway County Republican Women’s Club); District No. 11 vice president, Barbara Hundley (Butler County Republican Women’s Club); and District No. 12 vice president, Sandy Darby (Pickaway County Republican Women’s Club). The officers-elect were administered their oath of office by Justice Kennedy, and will serve beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
“The conference certainly delivered on information, instruction, excitement, networking, fun and motivation. It was well planned and well executed,” Kemmer said.
Founded in 1929, the OFRW has hundreds of active members in local clubs across the state of Ohio, making it one of the largest women’s political organizations in the state. The grassroots organization works to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican Party, elect Republican candidates, inform the public through political education and activity, and increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government.