It turned out to be a perfect fall evening with a great turnout for the Fall Candidate Carry-in Dinner sponsored by Lafayette Co. Republican Central Committee and the FRW Club on October 24, 2013, at the beautiful La Bella Winery, located at FF and Flournoy School Road!
Marlene Strodtman, a 2013 Missouri FRW Woman of Tribute, led the group in the table prayer, and Virginia Bertz, committeewoman, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Lana Crain, Federated Republican Women's Club president, was master of ceremonies for the evening.
Sheila Stokes-Begley presented the program on Second Amendment and gun rights. She is the president of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance - www.wmsa.net .
Current Republican office holders and candidates for the 2014 election were introduced as well as guests from neighboring Jackson and Ray counties.
The FRW Club sponsored a collection drive during the dinner for families of ten Lafayette County servicemen and women who will be deployed this year. Proceeds will go directly to the families. Ros Hall of Lexington chairs this effort.