What a great conference! We wish you all could have been there! But because only a few of us were able to attend, we thought we’d give you a brief run down on some of the things you missed.
In late October, Joan Lang, Jan Stephenson, Loralee DeSanto, Sherry Grey, Anita Rodriquez, Edith Stock, Nancy Pryor, Karen Garrett, Cheryl Pelletier, plus associate member Allison Mary converged at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center in Prescott, Arizona for the AzFRW’s 65th state conference. We were there to elect new officers, attend informative workshops, and meet new, conservative-minded friends.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Campaign Management
On Thursday, October 24, Edith Stock, Karen Garrett, Allison Mary and Cheryl Pelletier took the opportunity to attend Campaign School. And, we had absolutely no idea the treat that was in store for us. Holly Robichaud, a seasoned campaign manager with more than 23 years of election experience regaled seventy-plus attendees with stories and details pertaining to managing a successful campaign. Our group of ladies learned that there is so much more to managing a campaign and winning an election than you can ever imagine!
Taking Care of Business
The AzNRW conference began on the morning of Friday, October 25. More than one hundred and forty ladies from clubs all over our state convened at the General Session to take care of business, including the important task of electing new AzFRW board members.
While a slate of officers had been selected and approved earlier this year by the AzFRW Nominating Committee, not all candidates were elected that morning. This is because there were nominations from the floor. Because of this, two of our very own members, Joan Lang, PVRW president, and candidate for AzFRW’s 2nd Vice President, Membership, and Anita Rodriguez, candidate to retain her position as Region VIII Director, found themselves in head-to-head, competitive elections.
A Real Nail Biter!
Elections for contested positions took place Saturday morning. And believe it or not, for Anita and Joan the initial vote count had them both TIED with their opponents. A re-vote for each position was required—and the re-votes broke the ties. Joan beat Mary Baumbach (Ahwatukee RW) by several votes (talking about a divided electorate!). For Anita, we are so very disappointed to report that she lost to Lori Urban (Paradise RW) BY ONE VOTE. We are so sorry Anita!