March 2023 Newsletter

Dear FFRW Members and Friends:

Our goal, Our duty, Our pledge as members of the Florida Federation of Republican Women is to hold the line and repulse the attacks on American values and our way of life. We stand behind our Republican leaders as they bring common sense back to our State, Counties, Cities, Towns and Washington DC. We support all Republican candidates who have the courage to stand up to the Woke Mob and their dangerous ideology.


We are here to ensure our values are being passed down to the next generation and ensure that the American message of hope and freedom is thriving in our country.


We look forward to seeing you in Tallahassee for our Spring Conference. We have an exciting array of speakers and guests.

We thank you for your commitment to making the FFRW the great organization that it is today. We could not do this without you!


God Bless You and God Bless America.

For Florida, For Our Country,

Maricel Cobitz

President FFRW

FFRW 2023 Spring Convention Theme

FFRW Spring Conference

April 14-16

Doubletree Hotel

Tallahassee, Florida


Hosts 9th Biannual

Veterans and Military Dinner


March 2023


This is only one of the many Caring for America events a Federation can provide for their Veterans or any other organization which you wish to support.

The Brevard Federated Republican Women hosted the 9th Biannual Veterans and Military Dinner to raise funds to continue our support of the Brevard Veterans. We hosted 150 guests and many Elected Officials. We were honored to have Frances Presley Rice, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) as our guest speaker. She is currently the Chairman of the National Black Republican Association, a screenwriter; producer of documentaries; and a co-author of Black History 1619-2019. We raised sufficient funds through our live auction, donations and dinner to fund the Veterans for the next two years.

Attached are pictures of the various individuals attending and our very special Event was the Missing Man Table.


Jill Gentis, President

Brevard Federated Republican Women

Chairperson, FFRW Caring for American

[email protected]




Do you remember your first Republican Woman’s’ Federated event? What about the first meeting you attended that made you come back? What about the first member you encountered? Do you have friends within the Club? All great questions to consider when thinking about membership.

Perfect Your New Member Welcome Letter

Communication is key to making your members feel valued and connected. Make a good impression from the start with a strong welcome email

No one likes to feel like a number. When crafting your messaging, don’t go generic! Focus on personalized, thoughtful communication.

The first step to welcoming your new members is a new member welcome letter, where personalization is key. Personalization can be as small as including the new member’s name in the salutation. However, you can absolutely take the personalization to a deeper level. Talk about the specific contributions and characteristics you think the new member will specifically be able to bring to your association.

Next, you’ll want to offer your thanks. Without your members, your Club would be nowhere. Your members should know how much value they bring to you, and how important their presence is.

Finally, give your new member next steps. While you don’t want to overwhelm them, you do want to tell them how to get involved. Include upcoming events they can attend, or volunteering opportunities. If you’ve done your research, you’ll understand why this member joined your organization in the first place, and you’ll be able to highlight specific activities that appeal to their specific interests.

I hope I’ve given you helpful insights on membership and I wish you great success with growing your clubs. Please feel free to reach out to me at 407-450-6736 or [email protected].

Also, I look forward to seeing all of you at our FFRW Conference. If you haven’t registered, please do. It’s always a great experience and worth the trip.

Keep Florida RED!

Vanessa Horgan

[email protected]


Membership Chair


Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, supported equality for women. Up until 1880, women had no legal status nor property rights. Teddy Roosevelt, having graduated from Harvard in 1880, had written in his college thesis that women should share equal status to men and did not believe that upon marriage that they should have to take their husband’s last name nor should they have to “obey”.

Women by this time were afforded some control over property and in 1890, laws regarding property rights were on the books of every state. Although the suffragists at the time wanted Roosevelt to support their cause, as President, he felt it was inappropriate to do so.

When Roosevelt formed the Bull Moose Party to run for President the third time, he called on Jane Addams, a distinguished first-generation college graduate, to second his nomination. Jane Addams a social reformist, rejected marriage and motherhood. Fast forward, we know that women in 1920 garnered the right to vote, and we thank leaders such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott for spearheading this movement. Jeannette Rankin in 1912 was the first woman to be elected to the House of Representatives. Clare Boothe Luce served as ambassador under President Eisenhower.

Let’s not forget that Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman Supreme Court Justice and Sally Ride was the first woman astronaut. Many more “firsts” followed, and legislatively laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, The Equal Pay Act of 1963, Pregnancy Protection Act, to name a few, assisted women to make their own life choices and to trailblaze for future generations. 

Pam McAloon

President Pinellas FRW

The Book Report

This month's recommended reading is "Red Handed" by Peter Schweizer. Get the inside scoop on all of President Biden's influence peddling deals and why so many of our enemy countries were paying him and his family millions of dollars.

Maria Morales-Prieto

FFRW Newsletter Editor


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