History of RWAAC

 

The Republican Women of Anne Arundel County (RWAAC), originally named the Federation of Republican Women of Anne Arundel County (FRWAAC), was formed about the same time as the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) in 1937. Edna Payne ofAnnapolis was one of the founders of both organizations.

 

FRWAAC attracted members from various parts of the county and formed units in Severna Park, Pasadena and Crofton. These units later became independent clubs and members of the Maryland Federation of Repulican Women (MFRW).

 

During the 1940s, voter registration in AnneArundelCountywas approximately five to one in favor of the Democrats and many voters were reluctant to register as Republicans. As a consequence, membership dwindled and the club became dormant.

 

In 1952, Kay Monvid of Harwood, an Eisenhower delegate to the Republican National Convention, reactivated the club at which time the name Republican Women of Anne Arundel County was adopted. The club was small in 1952 under the first president, Laura Trieste. In 1959, a meeting was held whose the main purpose was to officially promote the Republican Party in Anne Arundel County and to provide leadership and effective organization. This meeting provided the impetus for growth, and in the 1960s, under the leadership of President Ida Woods, the club’s membership reached 150. Following the Nixon–Agnew years, membership declined somewhat, but the resurgence of strength and pride in the Republican Party was once again reflected in the increase in membership by the 1990s. The current ratio of Democrats to Republicans is 1.1 to 1.

Members & Community Involvement

Many members are active individually in community service areas and the club as a whole supports a variety of

activities including:

  • Voter registration drives;

  • Supporting Republican candidates by assisting in campaign activities, hosting receptions, staffing offices, preparing mailings, poll watching & financial support.

  • Legislative lobbying.

  • Hosting a fashion show & luncheon each spring since 1966. (* Then gubernatorial candidate Spiro Agnew was auctioneer at the first luncheon).

  • Supporting Chrysalis House, a non-profit provider of treatment for women 18 & older with substance use & mental health disorders. 

  • Assisting at the headquarters of the Maryland State Republican Party.

  • Volunteering at the White House during Republican administrations.

  • Attending semiannual meetings of the MFRW and the biennial meetings of the NFRW.

  • Supporting & attending the annual Anne Arundel County Central Committee Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner.

  • Visiting sites of cultural or historic importance.

  • Visiting the General Assembly ( in session) &  meeting with Republican members from the Anne Arundel County delegation.