State Federation Profile

NFRW Affiliation:1940
Local Clubs
Region 8
1,600 Total Members
No Volunteer Hours


Established in 1929, the OFRW is currently served by President Lyn Bliss, First VP Janet Kushlan, Treasurer Mary Beth Kemmer, and Secretary April Cohagen-Gibson. The OFRW is also served by six district VPs: Central-Mary Lou Saliaris, East-LeeAnn Johnson, Northeast-Lynda Bowers, Northwest-Barbara Taylor, South-Sandy Darby, and Southwest-Robin Dodge.

The OFRW has the following committee chair/co-chairs -- Agriculture: Rachael Vonderhaar & Terri Studer; Awards: Rita Hollenbacher & Brenda Ross; Campaign Coordinator: April Cohagen-Gibson; Cardinal Fund: Lisa Stickan-Lewis, Carol Salome, Shelly Beckman & Kathy Wise; Caring for America: Tammy Puff & Barbara Taylor; Chaplains: Barbara Fee, Jennifer Widmer & Willie Hun; Community Engagement: Zoi Romanchuk & Benita Neely; Finance and Budget: Sandy Feix & Cindy Pike; Fund-raising: Julie Blankenship, Kathy Wise, Tammy Whitlatch & Marilyn Clark; Government Affairs/Advocacy: Pat Geissman & Julia Blankenship; Armed Forces/Homeland Security: Rhonda Colvin & Janet Kushlan; Leadership Development: Jeanne Bolton & Kathy Wise; Reading for Freedom/Melp: Elaine Kent & Sarah Chaulk; Membership: Janet Kushlan, Cindy Bias & Robin Dodge; Next Generation: Jill Dickert and Andrea Kozakewich; Parliamentarian/By-laws: Rita Hollenbacher; Photography: Tammy Puff; Political Education/Legislative: Kate Burch & Kristin Peters; Program: Eva Wray, Janet Kushlan, Cindy Bias & Margie Williams; Protocol/Distinguished Guests: Jackie Smith & Sandy Calvert; Public Relations: Sarah JanTausch, Linda Casey & Manda Lobdell; Resolutions/Grievances: Jeanne Bolton & Robin Dodge; Sergeant at Arms: Cynthia Bieghler; Social Issues: Jane Marshall & Kate Burch; Technology/Social Media: Raya Mafazy, Sharon Gingerich, Terri Studer & Sarah JanTausch; Tribute to Women: Marilyn Clark & Pat Ratz; Voter Issues: Jane Lynch & Sandy Darby; Women in Business: Sue Smail & Pam Kurt; Women�s Health Issues: April Cohagen-Gibson & Bridget McAuliffe.

To see the activities, programs and achievements of the OFRW, please visit:

Lyn Bliss
211 South Fifth Street
Columbus, OH 43215-5203
(614) 456-2054

State President

An Ohio transplant, Iowa native and lifelong Republican, Bliss has chaired numerous Republican candidates' campaigns. She has also served as a member of the campaign committees for a number of Republican candidates at all governmental levels. She is a member of the Miami County Women's Republican Club.

Bliss is an avid computer enthusiast and serves as webmaster for the Darke County Republican Party and the Ohio Federation of Republican Women. She is currently a Board Member and Secretary of the Darke County Metropolitan Housing Authority.

She has held membership in Eagle's Auxiliary, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Christian Women's Group, Darke County Historical Society (Garst Museum), Committee to Restore the Greenville Mausoleum, Friends of the Greenville Library, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority Alumni, University of Iowa Alumni, University of Maryland Alumni, Wright Patterson Club and the Dayton Art Institute.

Bliss has served on the Darke County Republican Central and Executive Committees, Edison Community College Board of Trustees, Board of Directors for the Cancer Association of Darke County, Board Member and Secretary for the Senior Scribes' Scholarship Fund, Co-chair of the League of Women Voters of Darke County, and President of VFW Auxiliary 7262.

Bliss is a retired teacher who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. She is a graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute.

She is married to Al Bliss (a retired Navy Submariner). The couple resides in Greenville, Ohio - Annie Oakley's home town!

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