In 1944, the WFRW was formed under the leadership of former Washington State Republican Party National Committeewoman Della Urquart. It affiliated with the NFRW in 1945. The WFRW was honored to serve as the Host State in 1999 when the NFRW biennial convention was held in Seattle. The WFRW currently has over 30 clubs, organized in 11 districts. Each year more than 1200 ladies become Active members.
Not only does the WFRW Active Membership roll include the only Republican in the west coast states holding a state-wide elective office (Secretary of State Kim Wyman), but it also includes Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Chair of the House Republican Conference. Republican legislators join the WFRW (women as Active members, men as Associates). And, at the local level, elected officials, including those in non-partisan offices, also join WFRW clubs.
One of the highlights of the WFRW activities is the annual Day at the Capitol, hosted by the Thurston County Women’s Republican Club. A state-wide event, participation jumped from the first small group of 40 ladies in red jackets to over 150 active, informed and involved WFRW members wearing red. Washington is a very blue state with only one state-wide position held by a Republican (WFRW member Kim Wyman is Secretary of State). Having more than 150 ladies in red jackets in the Capitol building during the legislative session has a positive impact on the legislators each year!
WFRW clubs are also very active in local community service. Clubs give scholarships, hold essay contests, distribute copies of the Constitution, and participate in the dictionary project. They provide backpacks of school supplies. They help with calling cards for families of deployed military.
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