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Douglas County Republican Women’s Club Secretary’s Annual Report for 2015

The Douglas County Republican Women’s Club started 2015 with a meeting in February and began planning the Reagan Lincoln Dinner.

Fourteen articles written by Miriam McElvain about the U.S. Constitution have been published in the Douglas County Herald starting in December 2013.  The articles can be found on the Women’s Page of the Douglas County Republican website,

In March, Karen Griswold pre­sented the 2014 audit report of the club’s income and expenses.

The Douglas County Central Committee and the Women’s Club sponsored a table at the Ava Cham­ber of Commerce’s annual member­ship and awards banquet on April 11.  Peggy Charchol and Lesa Berger handed out Reagan Lincoln Dinner flyers at the banquet.

Two meetings were held in April to complete plans for the Reagan Lincoln Dinner, which was held on April 24th at the Ava Victory Acad­emy.  Keynote speaker was William Federer, author and internationally-known speaker and historian.  State Representative Lyle Rowland and State Senator Mike Cunningham gave updates on recent legislation.  Ross McElvain, Chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party, was Master of Ceremonies, and Susie Griswold, President of the Douglas County Republican Women’s Club, welcomed those who attended the dinner.  Wilda Watterson announced the two win­ners of the Republican Women’s scholarship contest.   The Alla Brio Trio provided music for the evening.

During the May meeting, mem­bers reviewed the Reagan Lincoln Dinner making suggestions for future dinners.  Dave Fleagle re­minded members about the emails he has been forwarding from Mary Burns concerning Common Core.  Peggy Charchol reported that she attended the Ava High School Sen­ior Awards Assembly to present an award to one of the winners in the scholarship contest.

In June club members began plans for the 2016 Reagan Lincoln Dinner.

Douglas County Republicans had a booth at the Heart of the Ozarks Healthcare Center’s Fourth of July celebration and received many visitors.

A meeting was not held in August.

In September the Women’s Club helped host a public forum “What are GMOs?” with Doreen Hannes as keynote speaker.

In October, a nominating com­mittee was selected in preparation for the election of new club officers in January 2016.

At the November meeting the club continued with the lengthy planning of the Reagan Lincoln Dinner for 2016.

Bill and Jeanette Cardin hosted the annual Christmas Party in December.  Members each shared a Christmas memory and enjoyed a fun gift exchange.

The Douglas County Republican Women’s Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at 5:00 p.m. in the basement of the Douglas County Courthouse.  President Susie Griswold can be reached at 417-554-1119.