REXBURG, Idaho – The newest Republican women’s club in Idaho, the Madison County Republican Women, presented a resolution to the Idaho Federation of Republican Women (IFRW) and clubs around the state at the biennial convention of the IFRW September 14 – 15, 2018 in McCall.
Madison County Republican Women’s founding president, Elaine King, presented the resolution, which asked the federal government “to waive the requirement for SBAC testing as a condition of receiving Title 1 money”. The resolution would allow school districts to opt out of the SBAC or choose an alternate test without the fear of losing needed federal money for Title 1. As it stands, Idaho must have at least 95% of their students take the SBAC (now called ISAT) in order to qualify for federal education dollars. The resolution passed with only one dissenting vote. The resolution will now go to the National Federation of Republican Women in March for approval. If approved, the resolution will be presented to members of Congress for due consideration.
Candidates Russ Fulcher for Congress and Janice McGeachin for Lt. Governor joined Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to launch the convention at an opening luncheon. Wasden offered one of the afternoon’s trainings, reviewing Propositions 1 & 2 on November’s ballot.
Lt. Governor Brad Little was the keynote speaker at the dinner. Little praised Idaho’s strong economic standing among the states and spoke of challenges that still need to be addressed.
Saturday’s luncheon featured comments from Superintendent of Schools Sherri Ybarra and Controller Brandon Woolf. Members of the IFRW entertained attendees with a review of Republican First Ladies in period costumes.
A highlight of the business meeting was the election of the 2019 – 2020 slate of officers:
President Kelley Packer
1st Vice President Janalee Woolf
2nd Vice President Tracey Wasden
Secretary Linsy Heiner
Treasurer Kay Bradford
District 1 Co-Directors Theresa Bradford & Darlene Simpson
District 2 Co-Directors Maxine Bell & Farhana Hibbert
Madison County Republican Women President Elaine King remarked, “It was impressive to see many elected officials and candidates attend and speak at the IFRW convention in McCall, which showed the importance of Republican women in the GOP. As a newly revised club, I appreciated all the help we received from the past president, Kitty Kunz, and look forward to working with the new leadership in our future endeavors.”
The Madison County Republican Women’s next meeting will be Oct 24, at 7 p.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Madison County Courthouse with featured speaker, State Representative Barbara Ehardt who will address issues concerning religious liberty and sex education. For information, phone or text Elaine King at 208-351-4419 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Idaho Federation of Republican Women promotes Republican principles and educates Republican women in the governmental process. The Federation provides assistance to local Republican Women’s Clubs.
Released September 2018, by Elaine King