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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 2:15 pm

Ahwatukee Republican Women's Club members, Loraine Pellegrino, president; Mary Baumbach, second vice president; Jill Norgaard, third vice president; and Debbie Smith, Arizona Federation of Republican Women third vice president; joined nearly 1,200 registrants from 47 states, plus Puerto Rico, as elected delegates to the National Federation of Republican Women's 36th Biennial Convention in Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Also in attendance was Ahwatukee Foothills resident Danielle Smith, who represented the state of Arizona as a page for the convention.

The convention is one of the largest Republican gatherings this year and the NFRW's official kick-off of the 2012 political season. Republican presidential candidates, Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum were speakers. Additional speakers included Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño. Attendees participated in leadership training seminars, campaign management schools and political and policy workshops taught by nationally-recognized political strategists

Founded in 1938, the NFRW has thousands of active members in local clubs across the nation and in several U.S. territories, making it one of the largest women's political organizations in the country. The grassroots organization works to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican Party, elect Republican candidates, and increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government.

Ahwatukee Republican Women (ARW) is an active affiliate of the Arizona Federation of Republican Women (AzFRW) and the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW). Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Grace Inn in Ahwatukee. Social networking begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

For more information, call (480) 460-7101, e-mail ARWomen@aol.com or visit www.azfrw.org/clubs/arw.htm.

Beverly Stidham, (480) 898-7924 or bstidham@ahwatukee.com

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