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Women's Republican Club of Lancaster County

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Lancaster PA
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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.


In 1922, 1000 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: 

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.



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.


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. 


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.


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.

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Manheim Community Parade

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Manheim, Pennsylvania


Come join the WRC as we support our candidates at the Manheim Community Farm Show Parade!

Bus Trip to DC

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Leaving from RCLC: 2260 Erin Court


Bus Trip to DC Congressman Smucker will host our day. Our day of fascinating sights includes lunch courtesy of Congressman Smucker at the Capitol Hill Club. Our full day of fun and learning begins with a continental breakfast at RCLC and ends with a boxed supper. Please note: we can only accommodate 56 on the bus so reserve early. To cover the bus, the charge will be $30 for WRC Members. $40 for non-members.

African American Alliance Fair

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Reservoir Park: 832 E Orange St, Lancaster, PA 17602


Join us at the WRC Table in the African Alliance Fair in Reservoir Park

Annual Membership Christmas Brunch

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Bent Creek Country Club


Annual brunch and opportunity to renew your membership for 2024.

Fall Fest 2023

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Brightside Opportunity Center: 515 Hershey Avenue Lancaster


Join us at the WRC table for this FREE family friendly event brings together people of all ages. Children to seniors enjoy a day of fun. This year our theme is making a difference because together we can make a difference.

Summit on Communism

Saturday, September 9, 2023

RCLC: 2260 Erin Court, Lancaster, PA 17601


The Berlin Wall fell in 1989, but communism didn’t. Today one-fifth of the world’s population still lives under single-party communist regimes in China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, and Vietnam. Ambassador Andrew Bremberg with the Victims of Communism Museum, will talk about this new museum in DC.

Back by popular demand, Ty Fischer, the Head of School at Veritas Academy, will talk about fighting wokeism in education

Honoring Women in Uniform

Saturday, November 11, 2023

RCLC: 2260 Erin Court, Lancaster, PA 17601


On Veteran's Day, we will honor and hear from women in the military.

Audra King is a Lancaster County native and served in the Army as a 97 Bravo Counterintelligence Agent, during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and Organizational Management. Within 4 years she obtained the rank of Sergeant and Top Secret security clearance. Her mission was gathering human intelligence and counter surveillance. She is an NRA nationally certified Refuse To Be A Victim instructor and Reiki Master. Audra’s life mission is to heal and protect people in her community.

Fae Skuya, who is now running for school board in the Hempfield School District and is the mother of three, served as an Intelligence Officer for 20 years in the United States Air Force. In 2014, she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. Her wide-ranging leadership experiences as a Lieutenant Colonel prepared her for challenges of school board directors, including leading teams toward a common goal, developing strategic plans and budgets, analyzing data, writing policies, but perhaps most importantly, conflict resolution within varied teams.

Gayle Ryan
I was raised in Central Massachusetts to parents who helped me believe I could achieve anything. I attended college at Boston University and majored in Biology. I was accepted into an early admissions program to BU Medical School as a Junior in college. This enabled me to take Medical school classes as an undergraduate freeing up some time in my first two years of medical school. I used this time to do medical missions in Ecuador for underserved indigenous patients. At this time, also, I was accepted into the Army Health Professionals Scholarship Program (HPSP) and began my career as an officer. I did my surgical training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and cared for the casualties from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

After my training, I was stationed at Fort Belvoir and started a surgical bariatric program with much acclaim. At this time, Tim and I had a young family and opted to raise them outside a city environment. We bought a small farm in Manheim at auction and experimentation with farming and house renovations began. I began work at the Lebanon VA continuing to work with our soldiers as a civilian. I have been at the Lebanon VA for 17 years and working as the chief of General Surgery.

We have 3 young adult children who are making their own marks on the world. Our oldest is a recent US Military Academy at West Point graduate with honors, our daughter was valedictorian at LCHS and is now a sophomore at Brown University, and our youngest son is a Freshman at Cornell University studying Finance. We also believe that they can do anything.

Women's Day of Action

Friday, September 29, 2023

RCLC: 2260 Erin Court, Lancaster, PA 17601


Get involved in the 2023 election. Our candidates need our help.


Meet The Leadership Team


Marrianne Clay Strittmatter



Duffy Johnson

First Vice President


Lisa Colon

Second Vice President


Eva Olson


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Beverly Shank

Assistant Treasurer

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Anne Rivers

Recording Secretary

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Christina Hausner


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Ann Hess



Lynda Bowman


About WRC



"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.



"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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"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.



"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.



"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.


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