FERNLEY REPUBLICAN WOMEN
Fernley Republican Women (FRW) is a small but mighty club with 30 members and 31 associates.
This year, the club's forums and debates have included candidates for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer, controller, attorney general, Nevada Assembly District #38 and Lyon County sheriff. In March, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller presented an update on his involvement in the issues and events of Washington D.C. In June, Gerald O'Driscoll, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, spoke on the Education Initiative (also known as the Margin Tax) and its negative impact on Nevada's economic outlook. The July meeting will feature a Nevada Federation education forum, and August's guest speaker will be U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei.
During the summer months, FRW will have booths at local events, where club members will distribute campaign materials and register voters. In September, the club will focus on holding voter registration drives, along with Republican candidate information events.
In addition to FRW's political activities, members participate in many community service activities. The Scholarship Committee awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to a young Republican woman. The Caring for America/Adopt-a-Soldier Committee collects canned food for the Fernley Food Bank and care items for their adopted soldiers, and promotes many veterans activities in conjunction with the Northern Nevada Veterans Coalition. The Literacy Committee gathers children's books for the Shriners Hospital, distributes personal dictionaries to each third grader at Cottonwood Elementary School and donates MELP books to local school libraries. The Americanism Committee presents pocket Constitutions to all Fernley and Silver Springs fifth graders for Constitution Day.
PHOTO: FRW members Cindy O'Toole, Sue Gill, Betty Mayne (holding trophy), Linda Kaplan and Julianne Colombe at the FRW Fourth of July booth.
- Anita Trone, president