The North Carolina Federation of Republican Women affiliated with the NFRW in 1953 and Celebrates our 60th Anniversary this year. NCFRW aggressively worked for Victory in 2012 and NC elected a Republican Governor & Lt. Governor. Our hard work to win the majority for redistricting in 2010 has resulted in a Republican Majority now serving in the Legislature. FINALLY, The Photo ID Voter Bill was signed into law by Governor McCrory. Our Federation submitted resolutions in support of School Choice & opposing Common Core.
NCFRW has five regions and 58 clubs. Our goal is to inform, educate and train our members to be Grassroots Activists and candidates. We hosted a NFRW Campaign Management School in August 24 in Raleigh with 65 attendees. Our web site helps provide members across our state with the resources to be effective leaders. View the "Why I Vote Republican" video on our website.
NCFRW established a scholarship in 1991 funded by personal contributions (501(c)3) to assist teachers across our state to honor our former first lady, Dottie Martin. The Dottie Martin Teachers Scholarship Fund supports future educators with a minimum $500 scholarship annually.
We have a Caring for America scholarship for military families of those who have been injured or were killed since 9/11 and this year our Statewide Americanism Essay for middle schoolers this year was about "What the Bill of Rights Means to Me" with a $750 prize.
Zan Bunn was installed as NCFRW President on November 9, 2013.
Dena started her political career in 1986 as club treasurer. In 1997, she was elected to the Summerfield Town Council and served as Mayor from 2001-2005. She is currently Mayor pro Tem. She served as NCFRW Area Representative & Central Region VP. Dena served as President of the Greater Greensboro Republican Women’s Club from 2006-2008. Under her leadership, membership flourished. She received the Tribute to Women award from Greater Greensboro in 2008, and was named NCFRW Honorary Life Member in 2009. She has worked to get Republicans elected by targeting Candidate Recruiting & Training. She has served the Republican Party as Precinct Chair,6th District Treasurer, Delegate for the 2012 National Convention in Tampa and serves on the Platform Committee and the Central Committee of the NCGOP. Dena was elected President of NCFRW in 2009 and re-elected in 2011. She traveled to Israel with Sue Lynch in March and also won the NFRW Ronald Reagan Leadership Award presented at the NFRW Convention in Kansas City, MO. She is proud of the work our NC Republican Women have done to turn our state back RED. Dena is a NFRW Regent and serves on the Membership & Leadership Development committees for NFRW. Dena was elected as a NFRW Member-at-Large for 2014-2015 at the Convention Board Meeting in Louisville.
Dena is married to Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes. They have 2 daughters and 8 grandchildren. She graduated from Grimsley High School in 1969 and Guilford Technical Community College in 1979 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She and her oldest daughter joined the DAR in 2012.