Monday, June 29, 2015

Lafayette County Republicans and Federated Republican Women's Annual Summer BBQ "Picnic" - MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THURSDAY, JULY 16TH at 6:30 PM at LaBella Winery! No charge for event. Program: Talks by MRP Chair John Hancock and Statewide Candidates, Ragtime Piano Music, and more. It's going to be fun!

Summer 'Picnic' BBQ
Thursday, July 16

TIME: 6:30 PM

LaBella Winery 
11644 Flournoy School Road 
Wellington, MO 64097
Website: click here.
*500 yards off of Hwy FF and Flournoy School Rd 

Sponsored by Lafayette Country Republican Central Committee 
and Federated Republican Women's Club 

SPEAKER: John Hancock, chair of Missouri Republican Party, on "Winning in 2016".  Program: Hancock playing rousing ragtime piano tunes. Don't miss it!







• Barbecue brisket, potatoes, bread and beverages provided.
• Bring two side dishes, additional meat, or desserts per family.
• Candidates may give brief talks and do not need to bring food items.
• Wine and beer may be purchased at LaBella Winery.
• Event will be inside in their banquet room with optional outside deck seating available.
• No charge for event.

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Paid for by the Lafayette County Republican Central Committee, Heidi Kolkmeyer, Treasurer

Friday, June 12, 2015

Recap of MoFRW State Convention held June 5-7 in Blue Springs. Headlined by Sen. Roy Blunt, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and MRP Chairman John Hancock.

 A spirited, involved and dedicated group of women, the Missouri Federation of Republican Women, held its annual State Convention in Blue Springs June 5 to 7th. The event featured Sen. Roy Blunt, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Missouri Republican Party Chair, John Hancock.

A grand gathering indeed of Republican Women at MoFRW State Convention!

MoFRW Annual Convention informs and connects Republican women from around the state as they meet annually hearing from officials and candidates and preparing for the statewide and national election year ahead.

Senator Roy Blunt, Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, and Missouri Republican Party Chairman, John Hancock headlined the MoFRW State Convention in Blue Springs. Each gave insightful and informative talks. Additionally, MRP Chair John Hancock entertained the crowd with his rendition of delightful ragtime piano tunes. Several local officials and statewide candidates also gave brief talks.

"Reclaiming Our Heritage, Forging Our Future" was the theme of the Missouri Federation of Republican Women's annual state convention in Blue Springs June 5-7. The convention was hosted by the MoFRW 5th Congressional District with clubs in Jackson and Lafayette Counties. The purpose of the convention was to transact any federation business that may come before its members. Delegates and alternates are elected from each club, and all members and guests are invited to register and attend. The goal of the 5th District was to provide a convention that informed the ladies, made them feel more connected and provided some fun.

Special guests on the program included:
Darla Jaye, radio talk show host of The Darla Jaye Show on Talk 980 AM airing at 5 to 9 AM weekdays.
Brittany Wagner of St. Louis Young Republicans.
Joyce Mucci, field representative for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Mary Jefferson spoke on "Eisenhower: the Forgotten President".
Carrie Almond, National Federation of Republican Women second vice president.

Note: our own Lana Crain, Lafayette Country Federated Republican Woman's Club president, served as the 2015 MoFRW state convention chair. We are proud to say she planned and executed a superb convention. Congratulations Lana on a job well done!

Below is a photo recap.

United States Senator Roy Blunt

Senator Roy Blunt greets Molly Katherine Swift, the 5th District Breckenridge Scholar recipient for 2015.

Senator Roy Blunt addresses the convention.

Senator Blunt had everyone's rapt attention as he spoke to the group. He jokingly asked how long he should speak, and someone remarked--we could listen to you all day.  Blunt presented an overview of issues that affect the United States of America and its citizens, and he also kept the group laughing with a bevy of fun and humorous stories. The ladies were honored to have Senator Blunt attend and thanked him for his service to the State of Missouri.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder

MoFRW President Tane' Schwartzman introduced Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder who discussed  a number of issues that concern the State of Missouri including the recent Right-to-Work veto by the governor.

MRP Chairman John Hancock

John Hancock, chairman of the Missouri Republican Party, gave a rousing speech Saturday night at the MoFRW State Convention banquet and explained the pathway forward that will be necessary to win statewide elections in 2016. He also noted how important it is to re-elect Senator Blunt as well as help the country elect a Republican president in 2016.
MoFRW President Tane' Schwartzman is pictured on the right.

During Chairman Hancock's speech, he played some ragtime piano tunes that left everyone wishing for more. 


Mayor of Blue Springs Carson Ross welcomed the convention delegates, alternates and guests to the City of Blue Springs, saying how proud and happy he is that the 5th District FRW chose his city for their state convention. 

Chris Lievsay, Blue Springs City Councilman,  and Jackson County Republican committeeman, encouraged everyone to visit Blue Springs while they are in town for the convention and brought a warm welcome from the City Council.

Popular Kansas City talk 980 AM radio personality, Darla Jaye, entertained the ladies with a powerful talk as only she can.

Thanks Fifth District FRW member, Mary Jefferson, First Ward Federated Republican's Women's Club, for her great informative presentation on Eisenhower: The Forgotten President, at the Missouri Federation of Republican Women's state convention in Blue Springs, June 6th.

Brittany Wagner, representing the St. Louis Young Republicans spoke on plans State YR's have to help win in 2016.
In the Kansas City area, please email the Kansas City YR's for more information: at

Angie Stiffler was installed as the new president of the Missouri Federation of  Republican Women. She is a member of the First Ward Federated Republican Women's Club in the 5th District.

NFRW 2nd VP Carrie Almond on right installs new officers for 2016:
From left: Jacque White, Secretary, Nancy Johnson, Treasurer, Barbara Smith 2nd VP, Jan DeWeese, 1st VP, and Angie Stiffler, President.

Lafayette County's FRW own, Emily Kolkmeyer Wilson and her mother Lisa Kolkmeyer, designed and decorated beautiful table decor for the conventions luncheon and banquets. Lovely job ladies! 

Mary Potter, Missouri Republican of the Year, and Mark Anthony Jones, chair of the Jackson County Republican Central Committee and chair of the 5th Congressional District.

MoFRW President Tane' Schwartzman, left, presents the Diamond Award, the highest category state award, to Lafayette Country FRW represented by Lana Crain (right), president of Lafayette County Federated Republican Women.

A goodie bag presented to convention attendees by the Federated Republican Women of Lafayette County.

Past MoFRW Presidents, from left: Violet Corbett. Carrie Almond, Kathy Chinn, Kathy Drake, and Barbara Cooper.

Program speaker, Joyce Mucci, Field Representative for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

State Rep. Sheila Solon, District 31, welcomed the group to Blue Springs, which makes up a large part of her house district. Pictured on the left is Angie Stiffler, new president of the Missouri Federation of Republican Women.

Frontier Justice of Lee's Summit presented a fashion show featuring some of the products and clothing they sell.

Frontier Justice is a next-generation firearms facility and shopping destination. Frontier Justice is equipped with a firearms and archery training facility, firearms and archery retail, and a gunsmith, along with a cafĂ©, women's and men's clothing, jewelry and home furnishing retail. 
Frontier Justice believes strongly in traditional American values and leads the way to MAKE A STAND for faith, family and freedom.
For more information about Frontier Justice (a firearm equipment, training and apparel store), visit this site:



Century Club is a group of MoFRW donors who donate funds for a "reach-out and teach initiative", which educates and informs women voters, provides women with increased opportunities in governmental leadership roles, and helps educate Republican candidates. 
It is a  foundation on which the MoFRW builds for the future.

(The Century Club event is held at each annual convention to thank the donors who make the civic and political work of the Century Club possible.) 

Modeling Poodle skirts at the Century Club event: Judy Wales, Ruth Pirch and Virginia Robbins.

Betty Allen admiring Bev Worth's 1957 T-Bird at the Century Club event.
Pictured from left: Bev Worth, Mary Potter, Judy Wales, Ruth Pirch, and Lana Crain
(with Bev and Ray Worth's 1957 V-10  T-bird).  

Chris Lievsay, Eloise Ross, Mayor Carson Ross, and  Susan Culpepper, Blue Springs City Council member.

Lana Crain, president, of the Federated Republican Women of Lafayette County
 and chair of the 2015 MoFRW Convention.

Lisa Kolkmeyer, second vice president of Lafayette County FRW and wife of State Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer (District 53).

Lafayette County FRW members, from left: Alice Jarman, Lisa Kolkmeyer
and Doris Strickler, club secretary and central committeewoman. 


FROM LEFT: Melissa Cole, Membership Secretary; Lana Crain, Convention Chair; Jan DeWeese 2nd VP; and Kathy Drake, past MOFRW president.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Video link: Young Republicans in St Louis pulling In Millennials and how and why it's working in big ways.

 Must see video: Young Republicans in St. Louis explain how large numbers of millennials are looking to the GOP for their political futures. Polls show millennials are moving to GOP because they like a free market economy, entrepreurship, building a 'big tent' and leaving big regulated companies for free market ones, i.e. Ubber. For more information about St. Louis Young Republicans, visit their site: Shared via ABC 30 TV -

To view video, click on this link:
Young Republicans In St Louis Pulling In Millennials - - News, Sports, Weather, Traffic

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Schedule of Upcoming Events for Lafayette County Federated Republican Women




Note: All regular meetings begin at 7 p.m. at Lafayette Hall, Lexington.
Watch here for further information about the other scheduled events.

May 28 FRW Meeting - Lafayette Hall, 10th & Franklin, Lexington
June 5-7 MoFRW State Convention - Courtyard Marriott, Blue Springs
June 25 FRW Meeting - Lafayette Hall, 10th & Franklin, Lexington
July 16 CC/FRW Annual Picnic - Labella Winery - Speaker: John Hancock, chair, Missouri Republican Party. 
August 20 MOFRW Day at the State Fair
August 22 MOFRW Women of Tribute - Columbia
August 27 FRW Meeting - Lafayette Hall, 10th and Franklin, Lexington
September 10-13 NFRW National Convention - Phoenix
September 24 FRW Meeting - Lafayette Hall, 10th and Franklin, Lexington
October 22 FRW/CC Annual Candidate Carry In Dinner (Location TBA). All candidates invited to speak.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Photos from Lafayette County Republicans Lincoln Dinner, April 24th, 2015. Great crowd and fun evening! A big thanks to all who volunteered, donated and attended our annual Lincoln Dinner, from the Lafayette County Republican Central Committee and Federated Republican Women of Lafayette County. And we are especially grateful to all the candidates who attended. They gave inspiring and uplifting talks that challenged us all to work hard in the upcoming Election Year 2016.

Silent Auction Items

Federated Republican Women collected food items for community food pantries and displayed their achievement awards.

Heidi Kolkmeyer, treasurer, and Mark Schroer, vice chair, handled the registration table and 50/50 raffle.

Linda Niendick, County Clerk, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sen. David Pearce (21st) was our M.C. and as usual does a wonderful job.
Thank you Senator Pearce for all you do for Lafayette County Republicans!

Sen. Kurt Schaefer, keynote speaker, discusses "Erosion of States Rights".
It was a powerful address, and he received a rousing standing ovation when he concluded his remarks.
He is running for Missouri State Attorney General.

Sen. Kurt Schaefer congratulates Molly Swift, our county Federated Republican Women's Breckenridge Scholar.
Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer (District 53) addresses the crowd.

Rep. Glen Kolkmeyer brought some of his former interns and legislative assistants to our Lincoln Dinner and thanked them for their service.  From left: Gabe Stumbaugh, Rachelle Engen, Brianna Jordan, Glen Kolkmeyer, Meaghann Maggert, Hanna Janik. (Ramone Hall was unable to attend.) It was gratifying to see such a fine group of young Republicans who are willing to get involved and work for conservative values and issues! 

Bev Randles for Lt. Governor

Sen. Eric Schmitt and Kay Hoflander, chair of  Lafayette County Republican Central Committee.

Sen. Eric Schmitt for State Treasurer

Former Commissioner Harland Mieser donated two original sketches, auctioned live by Eric Kolkmeyer.

FRW guest Bev Worth, Molly Swift (Breckenridge Scholar) and Lana Crain, local FRW president.

Rep. Denny Hoskins for State Senate District 21 in 2016

Randy Asbury for Governor

Carmen Kraus speaking for her husband Will Kraus for Secretary of State.

Jay Ashcroft for Missouri Secretary of State.