OTTAWA — A Putnam County Republican Women’s Club that allows women to have a voice in the political process has been established.
The group met for its first meeting in November at Red Pig Inn in Ottawa and in the months the group meets they meet the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the restaurant.
Gabrielle Martin serves as the organization’s president. Vice presidents are Lori Rayle and Amanda Lammers-Dettrow, treasurer is Jessica Siefker and secretary is Sherri Britsch.
There are currently 14 dues-paying members and there were 23 people who attended the meeting.
“The purpose of the group is to get the name recognition out from the lower levels to the state level candidates,” Martin said.
The women’s club also is there to assist women learn how to register to vote and answer any political questions.
The organization has upcoming events planned including a quarter auction at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at Red Pig Inn to raise funds for the organization. At that meeting members will go over the organization’s fundraiser that will be Jan. 26 at the American Legion in Ottawa at 2 p.m. with doors opening at 1:15 p.m. Another topic of discussion will be touring the statehouse.
Tony Schroeder, Putnam County Republican Central Committee chair, said 2020 will be a busy year with the presidential election. The central committee currently has 33 members.
“One of the things we have worked on aggressively as a party is increasing our outreach. We have been thrilled with the interest in the womens’ group that allows us another venue to reach out to voters that may be difficult for the traditional party to reach,” Schroeder said.
He said there will be candidate speakers who can speak at the central committee and women’s club to discuss issues and provide information.
Putnam County received the Republican County Party of the Year award in September. In 2016 Putnam County had the highest percentage total of voter turnout in the state at 81.5% voter turnout.
“We think the club will provide an opportunity to broaden our audience and an opportunity to get involved in the political process,” Schroeder said. He said Republican women constitute the fastest growing membership group in the Republican party nationwide.
For more information about the group visit Putnam County Republican Women’s Club on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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