Rapides Parish Republican Women's Club represented by Gena Gore, Club President and Registration Chair for the Convention and her Committee, Sue Lee- Delegate, Sue Haynes- Delegate, Jane Nugent - Delegate, Diane Lawton - Delegate and Jonie Credeur - Alternate, attended the Convention and worked the Registration tables. On Friday, we set up the tables, registered attendees and then attended a Wine & Wares Reception. There were many items being marketed with great food and wine.
On Saturday, after registration, we attended a Business Session where we heard from all of the officers and committees. Pam Jenkins, Nominating Committee Chair announced all of the nominees for the 2007 LFRW Officers. John Diez of Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority was the Guest Speaker. We then attended the Awards Luncheon where our club was awarded Second Place for Campaign/Volunteer Hours and Second Place Membership for obtaining the most increase in membership. Our Guest Speaker was Michael Zak, Author. He made available his latest book "Back to Basics for the Republican Party" and many of us took advantage of his presence and got our copies autographed. He was one of the most fascinating speakers I have heard. After lunch and the meeting adjourned, we made the most of a couple of free hours and went shopping at one of the nearby malls. At 4:30 we returned to the hotel and Gena Gore boarded one of two buses going to the new Boardwalk for a wonderful Magnolia Club Reception where many dignitaries and politicians introduced themselves and spoke of their aspirations and platforms. We then rushed back to the hotel to dress for the much anticipated Banquet. The Honorable Charles "Buddy" Roemer, III, Governor of Louisiana, 1988-1992 was the Speaker. After dinner, many of us visited the Hospitality Suites made available to us by the candidates and speakers.
On Sunday, we attended the Prayer Breakfast and then our Business Session during which we adopted changes in the By-Laws, elected our new officers for 2007 and adopted our new Resolutions. Gena Gore was elected as Region 4 Vice-President. The Honorable Jane Smith, Representative for District 8 was our Speaker. We then attended the Installation Luncheon where the new officers were installed. Our Guest Speaker was Donna Howe, LFRW Immediate Past President. The Convention was then adjourned.
Congratulations to Kathy Ross, Convention Chairman, and all of her committees for a successful convention.