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1961:  Founded by a group of young mothers in their mid-to-late twenties, living in Parkfairfax, who had worked together on the Nixon-Lodge campaign.  They were well educated, moderate on social issues, conservative on fiscal issues, and were at home with their children with time to volunteer.  They enjoyed politics and enjoyed working together.  Thus came into being the Parkfairfax Republican Women's Club.  Within a year or two most of them had moved to nearby North Ridge, and so the name was changed to the Commonwealth Republican Women's Club.  Early members included Lou Cook, Betty McCann, Jane Ring and Shirley Jones.

As of that time, there had not been a Republican elected to City Council since Reconstruction.  In March, 1961, all eight Republican workers met at Jane and Connie Ring's house on Monticello Boulevard.  This became the first party headquarters because the Rings had a mimeograph machine in their basement.  Club members with their children in strollers, walked door-to-door to invite neighbors to join the party, to vote for their candidate in the coming election, or to vote their way on issues placed on election ballots.

The women held bake sales, auctions, flea markets and dinners to raise money for their candidates and the party.  They passed out mimeographed leaflets at shopping centers and public events, usually with children in tow.  To attract attention to the Republican cause at these events, children were dressed in pink elephant suits (which they hated).  Because they had the largest basement of the group, campaign headquarters was shifted to the home of Shirley and Homer Jones on Russell Road.




1967:  That year their organizing finally paid off as Wiley Mitchell was elected to City Council.  He was the first Republican elected to the Alexandria City Council since Reconstruction.  Club members also worked with the party against "massive resistance to integration," to abolish the poll tax and to lobby the State Transportation Department for bike paths.

The women learned about politics from the ground up and in a few years they were managing campaigns and running for office themselves.  In 2001, the Club celebrated its fortieth year while continuing to study issues, recruit, and train candidates, and manage campaigns.  The club is a member of the Virginia Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women.           
  By CRWCer Rosalind Bovey



The club's mission is to:
Bring women together to shape the community's future
Provide a forum for discussion and action on political issues
Educate women in the political process
Support activities in literacy, women's health and Caring for America
Virginia Federation of Republican Women's Clubs
Past and Current Presidents 
2017  Eileen Brakens
2016  Laurie Kirby
2015  Susan Yonts-Shepard
2014   Susan Yonts-Shepard
2013   Linda  Greenberg  &  Gail  Ledwig
2012   Elizabeth O’Neal  &  Gail  Ledwig
2011   Shari Bolouri
2010   Amy Millican 
2009   Amy Millican
2008   Leslie Anderson 
2007   Leslie Anderson
2006   Terri Hauser
2005   AllisonW.Cryor  DiNardo
2004    Ruth Cleveland 
2003   Ruth Cleveland
2002   Nancy Dever
2001   Elizabeth Furash
2000   Gloria Bachman
1999   Paula  Potoczak
1998   Grace Flores  Hughes
1997   Lisa    Cooper
1996   Mollie Worth  Calhoun
1995   Regina Brown  Schofield
1994   Emily  Davies  Springer
1993   Cindi  Bartol
1992   Devera  Allday
1991   Miriam  Kochensparger
1990   Betsy  Davies Hood
1989   Heidi   Wagner  Ring
1988   Diana  Rodriquez  (Sargent)
1987   Loree  Gunn
1986-87  Barbara McElroy
1985-86  Evelyn  Stratton
1984-85  Rebecca  Becky  Davies
1983-84  Betty McCann
1983-84  Karen Kilday
1982-83  Francine Barber
1979-81  Cindy Coolbaugh  (Doane)
1978-79  Jo Torpy
1976-78  Anne  Lash
1975-76  NancyMcCabe
1974    Jane Ring
1973    Kay Mereness
1972    Florence ''Flon" Barkley
1971    Mary Rolfe  Cronin
1970    Anne Haffner
1969    Nancy Ward
1968   Gretchen  Heltzel
1967   Marilyn  Currier
1966   Nina  Anderson  &  Barbara Johnson
1965   Doriene  Steeves
1964   Joan Bradley  Cohen
1963   Betty Ockershausen
1961-63  Jan McNamee


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