Republican Federated Women of The Villages
Recently I was asked to respond to several questions for a news article for the Daily Sun.
The article appeared in, March 7th edition of the Sun. As you know, you are not always quoted "completely" in any newspaper article. I wanted to share with you what I said in response to the questions asked by the reporter, my comments were at the end of the very long article, following the comments by the Democratic Chairman, the point I wanted to make is that the Federation is involved and we try to educate and prepare women to be involved at every level of government.
I hope my response, will help you as you consider what the Federated Women stand for and works to accomplish.
Members of the Republican Federated Women of The Villages, belong to both the National and State Federation and are proud of the efforts to educate Republican women activists. We hold seminars, host speakers, share information, and focus on legislation. Our goal is to help women grow as successful policymakers, elected officials, campaign managers, businesswomen and community leaders. We interact with elected officials at every level of Government.
We find that elected officials, at all levels of government, appreciate our advocacy and listen to our clear and sometimes loud voices. But we do it with good information and facts. All of these activities has endured since the founding of the National Federation of Republican Women more than 75 years ago. Yes, we are actively involved in the civic process.
Our members are very knowledgeable about the local system of government and we know our elected officials and they know us. We have credibility, because we believe we are civically responsible, and take the time to be informed and share that information with elected officials.
The Federal level has some challenges because of how a bill proceeds, including "reconciliation", "mark ups" and the budget process. But several of our members, including myself, have had experience working in Washington and we have several members who are lawyers who are helpful on Federal issues.
We are very familiar with our local County Commissioners, meeting with them on a regular basis or just seeing them around The Villages. Our members are very familiar with issues impacting Sumter County. Our Legislative Chair, Paula Bedner, keeps us informed on the State Legislature. In April, she will be taking a team of our members to "Tallahassee Days" sponsored by the State Federation of Republican Women, meeting with members of the Legislature and their staffs. We work closely with staff who are a key to good information on issues.
One of the major issues we will focus on during this Legislative session, is Human Trafficking, which is a top priority of our National Federation of Republican Women. Florida is one of the top states for this crime.
Marina Woolcock, President
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The Republican Federated Women of the Villages foster loyalty to the Republican Party's principles and candidates in all elections. We support the objectives and policies of the Florida Federation and the National Federation of Republican Women, the Republican National Committee and The Republican Party of Florida. Political education promotes the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government through active participation.
Monthly meetings are open to all who live in Marion, Lake, or Sumter Counties. Membership is open to The Villages residents.