State Federation Profile

NFRW Affiliation:1938
  Charter Member
Local Clubs
Region 2
12,888 Total Members
265,466 Volunteer Hours


The California Federation affiliated with the NFRW in 1938. Mrs. O. P. Clark, who was elected the first National Committeewoman in 1924, served as the founding president. Mrs. Edith Van de Water, also a founding member, served for 10 years as the organization's second president. CFRW has three divisions and 270 clubs. Gladys O'Donnell and Charlotte Mousel, former state presidents, served as NFRW president from 1968 to 1971 and 1994 to 1995, respectively.

Not only does CFRW have one of the largest state Federations, its members are extremely active and innovative. The organization has a strong advocacy program, sponsors student Republican organizations, and encourages Republican women to seek elective office and state appointments through its Talent Bank. Members provide community service by raising money for battered women and children, teaching English and Americanism to immigrants, organizing a campaign to provide tutors for literacy programs, and contributing books and magazines to health care facilities. CFRW sponsors a number of awards programs which raise visibility for the organization and the state Republican Party.

Shirley Mark
1885 Nacimiento Lake Drive
Paso Robles, CA 93446

State President

Have been a member since 1998. Have been active in politics and continue to work for the Republican policies and am committed to restoring the freedoms we have lost. Served in all of the positions in my local club, then Division and into CFRW positions. Am married, have 2 children, 1 grandson and 2 great-grandchildren. Have lived in California all my life, moved to Paso Robles in 1990 after retiring from Pacific Bell where I was a Manager of the Residence Division of Customer Service.

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