Ranchland Republican Women forms, begins work

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Republican women in Elbert County met Nov. 29 to formally organize and establish Ranchland Republican Women, which will foster and promote the principles of the Republican Party.

Marlene Groves was elected president, with Donna Dreyer-Ross named first vice president and Mary Steen named second vice president. Secretary is Karen Shipper and treasurer is Jacqueline Smith Evans.

In addition to promoting principles of the party, the group will inform and educate members and the electorate; support election of Republicans; uphold the principles of freedom, equality and justice; increase effectiveness of women in government; and cooperate and assist the Colorado Federation of Republican Women, the National Federation of Republican Women and the GOP.

"I am so proud of the efforts of your group and look forward to vising soon," said Marilyn Harris, president of the Colorado Federation of Republican Women, who was unable to be at the meeting.

Ranchland Republican Women will focus efforts and events in Elbert County, but will grow and organize aid for Lincoln County while also supporting other Colorado ranchland areas.

One important element for the group is to work with an open and inclusive style so that some members can learn while others can teach.

The group had its first brief meeting Dec. 15, followed by a Christmas/holiday celebration. Members also are coordinating a canned soup drive for National Soup Month and hope to gather hundreds of cans to deliver to local food banks.

Kelly Dore will speak about Human Trafficking and state and federal legislation at the group's Jan. 15 meeting.

Shipper, who also is a member of the Elbert County Central Committee, will present "Get Ready for Caucus" at the Feb. 19 meeting.

Membership is open to Republicans only. Dues are $25 for a full voting member (women only) and $10 for a non-voting member (can be women or men). Meetings are at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted, at the Elizabeth Library, 651 Beverly St.

For a membership application and other information, go to www.ranchlandrepublicanwomen.org/.

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