Local Republican leaders return from Orlando convention

Ahwatukee Foothills residents and Ahwatukee Republican Women’s Club members Mary Baumbach, president; Carol Wilson, second vice president of membership; Debbie Smith, third vice president of ways and means; and Loraine Pellegrino, corresponding secretary, joined more than 1,300 other Republican women leaders from across the nation in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 10 to 13 for the 35th biennial convention of the National Federation of Republican Women.

The event was one of the largest national gatherings of Republicans this year, and attendees participated in leadership training seminars, campaign management schools and political and policy workshops taught by nationally-recognized political strategists. They heard from Republican leaders and elected officials, policy experts, authors and other notable guests, including Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

Common themes and topics during the event included opposing President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan, supporting the flourishing tea parties and other grass roots conservative movements and helping the Republican Party build momentum for the 2010 elections.

Ahwatukee Republican Women general meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Phoenix Fire Station No. 43, 4110 E. Chandler Blvd.

For additional information, call (602) 206-1189, e-mail ARWomen@aol.com or visit www.azfrw.org/clubs/arw.htm.

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