Sparks Republican Women was chartered by the Nevada Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women in January 2006. The focus of our club is to educate, inform, and develop relationships and friendships with Republican women.
Our monthly meetings are held at the Sparks Nugget in downtown Sparks, Nevada, on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., where we have fantastic guest speakers on relevant topics. We have a monthly newsletter to keep members updated with current information and timely e-mails are distributed on hot topics.
We are looking for women who care about their community, are interested in issues that affect all of us, and want to learn more and get involved with our candidates and our Party. We give back to our community with donations to: Veterans Hospital, Honor Flight Nevada, The Committee to Aid Abused Women, Northern Nevada Food Bank, SPCA, and Camp Care.
1st Vice President - Barb Hawn
President - Cher Daniels
2nd Vice President - Maryanne Berdan
Secretary - Judy Moss
Treasurer - Lynne Hartung
SRW Projects & Members
Veterans Gift Bags - June & October 2012
Veterans Gift Bags - June & October 2012 - Sparks Republican Women adopted the veterans at the Sierra Nevada Veterans Hospital. In June, the members donated 60 bags of toiletries to the Veterans Hospital Volunteer Services Department. Each bag contained: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, a toothbrush, floss, foot powder, deodorant, a razor, shaving creme, and an emery board. Additional items donated included combs, pens, pencils, and puzzle books. In October, an additional 25 bags were delivered to the veterans.
A volunteer at the VA hospital contacted the club because she wanted the SRW membership to know how much the veterans appreciated the gift bags. When they were handed the red bags thanking each for their service to our country, the veterans were so appreciative after asking about the "gift" - Is this for me?
Honor Flight Nevada October 2012
On October 7, 2012, 33 veterans returned from Washington DC after seeing the National Memorials dedicated to veterans of the WWII, Korean War and the Vietnam War. Members of SRW, as well as members of other Northern Nevada NvFRW clubs, were on hand with hundreds of others to honor them and welcome them home.
The SRW is working with all NvFRW clubs to raise funds to help send more veterans, free of charge, to Washington DC through the Honor Flight Nevada Project. Please contact us if you would like to help.
NEVADA FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN (NvFRW)
The NvFRW has 17 clubs throughout the state with over 1,500 members. Clubs organize and participate in get-out-the-vote efforts, candidate recruitment, lobbying the State Legislature, Constitutional workshops and Lincoln Day events. Many members are active in Republican Party activities, precinct organization and Republican conventions. Clubs and members sponsor picnics, barbeques and other events for candidates, as well as engage in community service activities that benefit senior citizens, abused women, the homeless, literacy programs and Habitat for Humanity.
Four Board of Directors meetings are held every two-year cycle – as well as the Biennial convention. The NvFRW has an active Regents program, hosts a biennial Legislative Day, supports legislative advocacy programs and campaign management schools.
National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW)
Founded in 1938, the National Federation of Republican Women is the largest and most influential women's active grassroots political organization in the United States. Once an auxiliary of the Republican National Committee, the NFRW is financially and organizationally independent today, while still being recognized as the women’s arm of the Republican Party in the United States.
The members of the NFRW work to:
- Promote an informed public through political education and activity;
- Increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government;
- Facilitate cooperation among the national, state and club organizations;
- Foster loyalty to the Republican Party and promote its principles and candidates in all elections, including non-partisan elections; and,
- Support Republican objectives and policies and work for the election of Republican nominees.
In working toward these objectives, the NFRW concentrates its efforts in the areas of education, communication, and legislative action as well as political recruitment, campaigning, fundraising, and training.
The NFRW is organized into 3 distinct levels – the National organization; the state federations; and the individual clubs in communities across the country. The NFRW is self-supporting. Approximately 1/3 of NFRW’s operating budget comes from membership dues and club service charges. Another 1/3 comes from major donor programs such as the NFRW Regents and Capitol Regents. The final 1/3 is raised through direct mail solicitation.
State Federations are chartered under the auspices of the NFRW but operate under their own bylaws. Most local clubs are members of a state federation – all the individual clubs in that state bound together In Nevada, the Nevada Federation of Republican Women (NvFRW) was formed in 1961 with 3 clubs. Nevada now has 22 individual clubs with over 1500 members.
Joining a local club is a great way to participate in the political process at the grassroots level and to network with other women in your community. By paying dues to her local club, a Republican woman automatically becomes a member of her state federation and of the National Federation of Republican Women.
Membership in the National Federation of Republican Women is an opportunity for women to find their voice and make a difference. As a member of a local club, every Republican woman has a voice in that club, as well as in both her state federation and the NFRW.