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Women's Republican Club of Lancaster County

The Heart of the Republican Party in Lancaster

Lancaster PA
Mission

Our Mission

In 1922, over a thousand Lancaster suffragettes gathered to form the first Women's Republican Club in PA. They wanted a Republican Club because the Republican Party had always support women's suffrage, as well as the abolition of slavery. A lot has changed since that first meeting, but what hasn’t changed is our mission.

WRC Mission:

To support and strengthen the Republican Party, to advance women in political knowledge and activity, and to promote honest government and unselfish patriotism.

Today, our mission is even more needed, and we’re so glad you’re joining us. We stand on the shoulders of our visionary predecessors to organize events, introduce candidates, educate the public, promote the Republican ideals of freedom and liberty, help with campaigns, and support Republican women running for office.

Program Types

Educational: expert lectures, tours and gatherings to share conservative content.  Open to members and non-members to help support better understanding of key policies and issues relevant today.

Action: promote our elected officials and endorsed candidates in their campaigns every election.

 

Social: opportunities to have fun with others in the region.

Kid's Club: events and educational opportunities to teach our children about government and politics while having fun.

2024 Events

  • Series on Threats in Our Country​: Randall Wenger on Lawfare
    Series on Threats in Our Country​: Randall Wenger on Lawfare
    Thu, May 09
    Lancaster
    May 09, 2024, 6:30 PM
    Lancaster, 2260 Erin Ct, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA
    May 09, 2024, 6:30 PM
    Lancaster, 2260 Erin Ct, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA
    Part of our Series on Threats in Our Country
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  • Series on Threats in Our Country​: The Drugs Coming Across the Border to Your Frontdoor
    Series on Threats in Our Country​: The Drugs Coming Across the Border to Your Frontdoor
    Thu, Jun 06
    Lancaster
    Jun 06, 2024, 6:30 PM
    Lancaster, 2260 Erin Ct, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA
    Jun 06, 2024, 6:30 PM
    Lancaster, 2260 Erin Ct, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA
    Part of our Series on Threats in Our Country: The drugs in Lancaster County: highlighting different drugs, how they are packaged and hidden, trafficked and distributed. Detective Anthony Lombardo shares his experiences from 12 years in undercover narcotics here in Lancaster County. Kids welcome.
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  • PFRW Convention
    PFRW Convention
    Sun, Aug 18
    Gettysburg
    Aug 18, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 19, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Cir, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA
    Aug 18, 2024, 9:00 AM – Aug 19, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Cir, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA
    Biennial meeting of the Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women
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  • WRC Picnic
    WRC Picnic
    Sat, Aug 24
    Location is TBD
    Aug 24, 2024, 7:00 PM – Aug 25, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Aug 24, 2024, 7:00 PM – Aug 25, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • Parade & Fair Season
    Parade & Fair Season
    Sat, Aug 31
    Locations and Dates TBD
    Aug 31, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Locations and Dates TBD
    Aug 31, 2024, 7:00 PM
    Locations and Dates TBD
    Join others in the Republican party at Lancaster County fairs and parades. Watch for updated dates.
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  • A Day at the Range- Limited to 15- Date  and pricing to be Confirmed
    A Day at the Range- Limited to 15- Date  and pricing to be Confirmed
    Sat, Sep 07
    Location is TBD
    Sep 07, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Sep 07, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • Kid's Club: Cookie Bill
    Kid's Club: Cookie Bill
    Sat, Sep 21
    Lancaster
    Sep 21, 2024, 10:00 AM
    Lancaster, 2260 Erin Ct, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA
    Sep 21, 2024, 10:00 AM
    Lancaster, 2260 Erin Ct, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA
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  • 2024 Election - Get Ready to Help
    2024 Election - Get Ready to Help
    Tue, Nov 05
    Location is TBD
    Nov 05, 2024, 7:00 AM
    Location is TBD
    Nov 05, 2024, 7:00 AM
    Location is TBD
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  • Kid's Club: Cookie Law
    Kid's Club: Cookie Law
    Sat, Dec 07
    Location is TBD
    Dec 07, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Dec 07, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Location is TBD
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  • 102nd WRC Holiday Brunch
    102nd WRC Holiday Brunch
    Sat, Dec 14
    Bent Creek Country Club
    Dec 14, 2024, 10:00 AM
    Bent Creek Country Club
    Dec 14, 2024, 10:00 AM
    Bent Creek Country Club
    An annual tradition
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  • Kid's Club: Constitutional Rights
    Kid's Club: Constitutional Rights
    Date and time is TBD
    Lancaster
    Date and time is TBD
    Lancaster, 2260 Erin Ct, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA
    Date and time is TBD
    Lancaster, 2260 Erin Ct, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA
    STAY TUNED- BEING RESCHEDULED
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Did You Know: 

The Republican Party pioneered the right of women to vote by introducing the 19th amendment in 1878. Republicans continued to support women's suffrage throughout the very long campaign for acceptance. Finally, when the Republican Party regained control of Congress in 1919, the Equal Suffrage Amendment passed. During all those years, the Democrats fought women's suffrage just like they fought the abolition of slavery. 

But even before the passage of the 19th amendment, women were attracted to the Republican Party because of its anti-slavery stance. That's why the Republican Party attracted reformers like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone. All of these women identified themselves as Republicans.

History

History

In the summer of 1922, a group of women made plans to gather other civic-minded women such as themselves into one large Republican Club for Lancaster County. Having helped Republican candidates and worked hard to fight for their right to vote, these ladies were already politically active. The founders of our club were Mrs. Charles Stauffer, Mrs. Bernard J. Myers, Mrs. I.H. Herr and Mrs. Mary S. Long. They printed an invitation in the local newspaper urging women to attend the first meeting of the Women’s Republican Club of Lancaster County (WRC) on October 3, 1922.  1,000 women attended this meeting at the Brunswick Hotel in Downtown Lancaster and the Women’s Republican Club was born. Membership peaked in 1972 at 3,500 members.

 

For decades, members of the WRC have engaged in projects to introduce candidates to the electorate, preparing and supporting women to hold public office, and supporting Republican principles.

 

In February 1923, the Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women was organized in Harrisburg, PA with the goal of uniting all Women Republican Clubs throughout the state. In February 1926, the WRC of Lancaster County became a part of the Pennsylvania Council of Republican Women. The name was later changed to the Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women.

DO YOU KNOW

The Republican Party consistently supported women’s suffrage throughout the 72-year campaign to win the vote. Republicans also advocated for the abolition of slavery, for equal rights and for the principle of equal pay for equal work. 

A BIT OF HISTORY

In September 1922, two years after the 19th amendment guaranteed American women the vote, Lancaster suffragettes met with Governor Pinchot, who had served as a vice-president of Men for Suffrage, to discuss forming a Republican Women’s Club. They wanted a Republican Women’s Club because the Republican Party had always supported the fight for women’s suffrage. On October 3, 1922, 1,000 former suffragettes formed the club.

TODAY­­

We stand on the shoulders of our visionary predecessors to organize events, introduce candidates, educate the public, promote the Republican ideals of freedom and liberty, help with campaigns, and support Republican women running for office.

About WRC

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REPRESENTATIVE
MINDY FEE

"WRC is a wonderful place for women to learn about candidates, to build relationships with like-minded women, and most importantly, to find out how they can be more involved in creating good government for our families and communities.

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SENATOR
SCOTT MARTIN

"As we aim for our mutual goals of protecting freedom, limiting government, and unleashing our citizens potential, we need to keep growing our movement. Women play such a critical role in that, and a strong and vibrant WRC will foster that.

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REPRESENTATIVE
BRETT MILLER

"From the Suffragettes to today, the WRC is a great organization that has been- and will remain - a powerful force for good here in Lancaster.

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COMMISSIONER
JOSH PARSONS

"I appreciate all that WRC has done over the years to support Republican candidates and conservative causes. The work that WRC members do helps to keep Lancaster County such an incredible place to live, work, and raise a family.

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US REPRESENTATIVE
LLOYD SMUCKER

"It is an honor to serve and represent the Women's Republican Club of Lancaster County, an organization that was instrumental in the suffrage movement bringing equality and the right to vote to women across the county, commonwealth and country. I'm thankful for their actions and continued support of conservative women throughout Lancaster County.

Leadership

Meet The Leadership Team

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Anne Rivers

President

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Cathy Hecker

First Vice President

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Lisa Colon

Second Vice President

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