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First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Huntington, West Virginia this week to visit Lily’s Place, the nation's first nonprofit infant recovery center. Dr. Elinor McCance-Katz, assistant secretary for mental health and substance use at the Department of Health and Human Services, and Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President, accompanied Mrs. Trump on the visit. 

While there, they participated in a roundtable discussion with staff, as well as a graduate of the Lily’s Place program. After the discussion, Mrs. Trump toured the facility and spoke with two families currently enrolled in the program. 

Mrs. Trump stated, "I am impressed with the passion and commitment to serve the community demonstrated by the founders and staff at Lily’s Place. By placing a priority on the whole family, infants born dependent on drugs are given the best opportunity to thrive because their parents are also given the support and tools they need to recover and succeed, as parents and members of their community. It is my hope that we can find ways to create more of the opportunities afforded by places like Lily’s Place, so that we can continue to help infants and children grow into happy, healthy adults." 


VFRW 2017 Convention

The VFRW congratulates its 2017 Republican Ticket:

Ed Gillespie for Governor, Jill Vogel for Lt. Governor and John Adams for Attorney General.
Visit our Resources page for more information on our candidates!


Virginia Women’s Monument:
Voices from the Garden

The Twelve Bronze Statues and Their Stories

The twelve women chosen to be depicted as bronze statues in the Virginia Women’s Monument represent women from all corners of the Commonwealth, both widely celebrated women, as well as those with previously unknown, but equally important, stories.



Voices from the Garden (Virginia Women’s Monument in Capitol Square) will acknowledge the genius and creativity of Virginia women and their presence and contributions to the Commonwealth.  The monument is a metaphor for the often unrecognized voices that have been responsible for shaping our culture, country, and state for over 400 years.  It is intended to be a thought-provoking and interactive experience that complements the more traditional heroic monuments on Capitol Square.  

Voices from the Gardenis thought to be the first monument of its kind in the nation recognizing the full range of women’s achievements.  Voices takes the form of an oval shaped garden that encompasses twelve bronze statues of significant women from the state, surrounded by a glass panel, etched with a timeline of important milestones in women’s history, as well as names of other noteworthy Virginia women.  The whole monument is meant to be interactive for the visitor, by walking among the statues, each a work of art, or by using a mobile app to learn more about these women’s achievements and to hear their stories through their own words. 

Many of us remember the 2016 VFRW Fund Raiser at Battersea villa in Petersburg.  Our hostess, Toni Clark, was very welcoming and accommodating to us.  She is now the Executive Director and has taken Battersea Foundation to new heights with educational, artistic, and cultural experiences on the grounds.  Visit the website for all sorts of information and details:

The VFRW sends heartfelt congratulations to Jody Rushton on her election as President of the National Federation of Republican Women.  Jody, we’re here to work with you and help you achieve all the programs and plans you have for your administration.  You rock! 

Congratulations to Terry Warthen, president of James River Republican Women’s Club, for the Club’s donation of $300.00 in gift cards for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.  When we help each other, we all win. 


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News and Events


Report on the 2017 National Federation of Republican Women Convention
September 14-17, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ellen Nau, VFRW President
VFRW President Ellen Nau represented Virginia at the pre-convention NFRW Board of Directors Meeting held at 2 PM on Thursday, September 13. Two major items of business: the Rules of Elections and the Rules of Conduct for the Convention.

On Friday, September 14, VFRW Corresponding Secretary, Jean Gannon attended the NFRW Leadership Seminar. Friday evening Ellen Nau, VFRW President, attended the Regents Reception at the National Constitution Center followed by the Welcome Reception for all Convention Delegates and Alternates. Virginia's At-Large Convention Delegates and Alternates along with Club Delegates were in attendance but we could not necessarily find each other in the huge facility. The Honorable Pat Toomey, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania offered greetings to the attendees. Rosie the Bus was present at the reception.

The General Session on Saturday. September 16 featured remarks, among the numerous speakers, by The Honorable Roy Blount, U.S. Senator from Missouri and various video remarks from Newt Gingrich and Diamond and Silk. The Honorable Allison Ball, Kentucky State Treasurer, addressed the delegates as well as Nick Adams, Founder and Executive Director of FLAG. (Mr. Adams was featured on FOX News on September 17 - Constitution Day) Mr. Adams was inspiring as he discussed the rights of Americans under the Constitution. His organization has produced a publication - The United States of America Constitution for Children.

Saturday's luncheon featured Peggy Grande, Former Executive Assistant to President Ronald Reagan who has authored a book on her tenure with President Reagan. Also, speaking was Pennsylvania Republican candidate for Governor Kim Guadagno, who is currently serving as Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. The slate from the nominating committee was elected without challenges from the floor. (see below)

Saturday afternoon featured a variety of workshops for convention participants. Membership, relevant issues, elections and Campaigns: Building a Grassroots Army which featured Virginia's own Julie Coggsdale, Chief of Staff to the Honorable Chris Peace, Delegate from Virginia's 97th Legislative District and leader of Virginia Women for Ed. Club awards were presented at a ceremony at a reception following the Saturday workshops and was available for viewing via Facebook live stream for those not at the reception.

Sunday featured a plethora of by-law amendments and resolutions. By-law Amendment #4 was defeated - it would have given all past presidents of the NFRW a vote on the NFRW Board of Directors. I will forward all by-law amendments to Mary Clark, VFRW By-Laws Chairman so that the VFRW by-laws will be in sync with those of the NFRW. Comedian, author and speaker Eric Golub provided comedic relief for the session.

The Board of Directors meeting following the Convention elected three new members at large for the Board and featured a presentation by  AIPAC- American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.

Many thanks to all the fundraising efforts of the VFRW members that enabled the organization to partially support myself, Members at Large and Alternates at Large as well as the NFRW Parliamentarian to attend the 2017 NFRW Convention. We all enjoyed the good fellowship of the club presidents and guests in attendance. All our members are volunteers. Our delegation members are grateful to have received the benefits of your financial generosity.

Congratulations to the NFRW Executive Committee for 2018-2019! FRONT ROW (l-r) - Julie Harris, 3rd VP, Arkansas; Eileen Sobjack, 2nd VP, Washington; Jody Rushton, president, Texas; Michelle Buckwalter-Schurman, 1st VP, Illinois; Ann Schockett, 4th VP, New York. BACK ROW (l-r) - Carol Hadley, member-at-large, California; Lynne Hartung, member-at-large, Nevada; Vanessa LaFranco, treasurer, New Jersey; Frances Taylor, secretary, Alabama; Kim Reem, member-at-large, Iowa; and, Carrie Almond, immediate past president, Missouri.   




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