Estamos dedicados a
estimular a un público documentado a través de la
educación y actividades políticas; aumentado la eficacia
de las mujeres que defienden la causa de un buen gobierno;
eligiendo candidatos republicanos y promoviendo la libertad,
la igualdad y la justicia, bajo cuyos principios este
país fué fundado.
HISTORY OF THE GMRWC
The long history of The Greater McLean Republican Women's Club (GMRWC)
goes all the way back to 1944, having its roots in the Fairfax County
Republican Women's Club. The FCRWC was the first Republican Women's
Club in the county and preceded by one year the charter of the
Virginia Federation of Republican Women. When the FCRWC disbanded
after 20 years of service, a group of ten or so of its members gathered
to organize the Greater McLean Republican Women's Club. The GMRWC
was chartered in 1968, and two years later, under President Louise Geil,
joined the Virginia federation. From these ten founding women, the club
has grown to an average annual membership of 200, even surpassing 300
during the Reagan years.
The GMRWC has produced three VFRW presidents, as well as numerous
VFRW and NFRW (National Federation of Republican Women) board members.
Members have sought, and/or won, elective office for such public
service positions as the school board, County Board of Supervisors,
State Senate, Lt. Governor, and National Committee Woman. These
public servants have come from a membership drawn from all walks
of life: homemakers, teachers, small business owners, lawyers,
doctors, accountants, corporate officers, elected officials, wives
of elected officials, members of the DAR, and naturalized citizens,
reflecting a cross section of 21st century American women.
The GMRWC, led by President Dot Callahan, helped to elect the
first Republican Governor since Reconstruction, Gov. Linwood Holton.
Gov. Holton was a McLean resident whose wife, Jinx, was a member
of our club. And the list of successful candidates whom the club
supported and for whom its members worked tirelessly goes on from there.
PRESIDENTS OF THE GMRWC and their SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES
Gov. Mills Godwin
Gov. John N. Dalton and Attorney General Marshall Coleman
Gov. George Allen
Gov. Jim Gilmore
Sen. John Warner
Sen. George Allen
In addition, the Club was key to the election of many other candidates including
- Frank Wolf, US Congress
- Vince Callahan and Barbara Comstock, Va. House of Delegates
- Bob Andrews, Va. State Senate
- Nancy Falck and Joan Dubois, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Ultimately, the GMRWC earned the nickname "The McLean Mafia"
due to its political influence. If the club endorsed a candidate, it
mattered. It still does. GMRWC is for:
- G = Good Government
- M = Moral and Ethical Principles
- R = Republican Candidates
- W = Women in Elective Office
- C = Civics Education and Community Service
JOIN US, AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE
THE FOUNDERS OF GMRWC
Dr. Cecile Reeves