The Kansas Federation, formed in 1930, affiliated with the National Federation of Republican Women in 1938 and was divided into five districts with 45 clubs. Margaret Hill McCarter, a prominent Kansas write, is credited with founding the first Republican Women’s club in Kansas. According to state history, Kansas was the fourth state to have such an organization. Today, KFRW has 4 districts (the same as the U S House of Representative Districts).
The annual meeting of KFRW is held each year in conjunction with Kansas Day activities the last weekend in January. The Fall meeting is held in October or November. New officers are installed every other year in the even number years. Each district holds a spring meeting and an optional fall meeting.
Club members help staff the county and state headquarters, host candidate’s forums, assist with voter registration and grassroots work and participate in state Republican campaigns. Many clubs have members who will pick up voters and take them to the polls on election day.
The Kansas Federation provides community service through Kids Voting Program, scholarships, literacy programs, Veterans Day and Memorial Day services and be issuing letters to high school seniors urging them to register to vote and become politically active.
Kansas clubs are also involved in Caring for America projects from Easter Baskets for disadvantages children to goodie boxes to support our troops and everything in between. The clubs are also very involved in the Mamie Eisenhower Literacy Program and the Barbara Bush Literacy Action Program by donating books to schools, libraries and other institutions within their counties.
In 2005 KFRW started a Scholarship Fund to be able to provide a scholarship each year to a young woman who is a college junior or senior or graduate student majoring in Political Science, Public Administration, History, Education or Health Care. They must be a Kansas resident attending a Kansas college or university and be a registered Republican. The fund was established through the Greater Salina Community Foundation and all contributions are tax deductible. To make a contribution, please make your check payable to Greater Salina Community Foundation, c/o Brenda R. Smith, 1922 Foxtail, Salina, KS 67401. The first $1,000 scholarship was given in 2006.
KFRW strongly support the Coffee Cup Project and took their first recipient to the 2007 NFRW Convention in Palm Springs. Funds continue to be raised each year by passing the coffee cup at all KFRW state meetings, as well as KFRW district meetings. Criteria has been established for clubs to nominate a person to receive the Coffee Cup proceeds to help them attend the convention.
Congratulations to Becky Johnson who was elected 1st Vice President of NFRW at the biennium convention in Phoenix, AZ in September.
Save the date for October 23-24, 2015. A Regents event will be held on Friday, October 23. The Fall Convention, election of officers, a membership workshop will be held on October 24. The 85th Anniversary Gala for KFRW will be held on Saturday evening, October 24.