State Federation Profile
The Michigan Federation formed in 1925 and became a charter state of the NFRW in 1938. Records indicate that Marion Martin, founder of the NFRW, used the Michigan Federation's organization pattern in forming the NFRW.
As stated in the Bylaws, RWFM's purposes are:
To promote an informed electorate through political education;
To increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government through active political participation;
To foster loyalty to the Republican Party and support its ideals; and,
To support objectives and policies of the National Federation of Republican Women, the Republican National Committee, the Republican State Committee of Michigan, and to work for the election of the Republican Party's candidates.
RWFM hosted NFRW Campaign Management Schools in 1997 and 2003. The first Tribute to Women Banquet was celebrated in 1983 and continues annually.
The Greenstone Club was instituted in 2003 by Mary Abel, RWFM past president, as a fundraising tool. Money contributed to the fund is used to enhance member knowledge of Republican issues and the election process with speakers and programs at meetings and conventions.
The RWFM Educational Memorial Trust Scholarship was created in 2005. The non-renewable scholarship is awarded each year to a Republican female senior high school student who plans to pursue a career in education, political science or administration. Each scholarship winner's name is inscribed on a plaque that is displayed at the Secchia-Weiser Michigan Center.
In 2007, RWFM's new web site became a powerful communication tool for members and supporters, and the Facebook page has been utilized throughout the state, as well.
Linda Lee Tarver is married to Clint "The Hotdog Guy" Tarver, and has two adult children, Jennifer and Terrance. Linda Lee is director of community affairs and elections integrity liaison with the Michigan Department of State. In 2013, Ms. Tarver was appointed by Gov. Snyder to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. In addition to her public service, Linda Lee is a small businesswoman and president of Tarver Consulting. She holds a bachelor's degree in business management, a master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology and she is pursuing a doctorate of education with an emphasis in organizational leadership. Ms. Tarver serves her local community on various boards and active member and teacher at Mt. Zion All Nations Bible Church.
Linda Lee has been involved in local and state party politics for many years. She served as Ethnic Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party, former Chairwoman of the Ingham County Republican Party, member of the 8th Congressional District Executive committee, and former advisory board member of The Frederick Douglass Foundation of Michigan. Linda Lee is an active member of the Mid-Michigan Republican Women's Club and is the vice chair and founding member of the Alliance of Black Republicans. In 2008 and 2012 she served as a National Delegate to the Republican National Convention. In her various political roles, Linda Lee has visited 63 of the 83 Michigan counties in support of Republicans. Ms. Tarver was appointed by the Republican Women's Federation of Michigan executive board to serve as Director of Diversity and on October 24, 2015, Linda Lee was elected President of the RWFM. She is proud to be the first African-American elected as President of the Federation in its 90-year history and will continue to communicate the values of the Republican Party to women of all colors and walks of life.
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