State Federation Profile

NFRW Affiliation:1938
  Charter Member
Local Clubs
Region 9
70 Total Members
No Volunteer Hours


A charter state of the NFRW, the Connecticut Federation credits President Theodore Roosevelt and Dr. Willard Fleck for their inspiration and encouragement to organize Republican women's clubs. Corinne Alsop Cole, Roosevelt's niece, made frequent visits to the White House, where "Uncle Teddy" warned her that if she did nothing to organize women before they were franchised, the "shrewd and lewd politicians" would use these new voters for their own ends. Corinne Cole and Ella Fleck set in motion the organization of clubs throughout the state. Fleck, at the urging of her husband, determined to change the law that prevented "lunatics, criminals and women" from voting. She wrote to ministers, priests and rabbis asking for introductions to women they knew who could help in an emergency or disaster. Many valuable women of Republican philosophy were thus contacted and brought into activity.

Mary Turner
11 Barnard Drive
Simsbury, CT 06070

State President

I am the President of the Simsbury/Farmington Valley Republican Women's Club as well as the CT State Federation of Republican Women. Our local club under my presidency has earned a Silver and 2 Diamond Awards. I was also the 1st Vice Chair of the Simsbury Republican Town Committee. The following work experience consist of founder of Turner Orthodontic Laboratory, which covered locations in 4 states, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. I also founded the Turner Antiques and Collectibles. In addition to the businesses I founded I was a Sr. Underwriter and Sr. Operations Officer for Chubb Specialty Insurance. My Volunteer Experience consist of President of the Civitan Club of Simsbury and the Farmington Valley and Governor of the New England District of Civitan. In addition to my involvement with Civitan I also am Chairman of the Recycling Committee for the Town of Simsbury.

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