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November 2010

Last Tuesday’s great victory would not have been possible without all the hard work from you and other dedicated campaign volunteers.  From managing campaigns to raising funds and hosting events, to making calls and knocking on doors, you each made a difference.

Wherever I visited on the Ohio campaign trail, whether it was at rallies, debates, fund raising events or meet and greets, there were always Institute members there, serving in key positions. 

I am proud of the Institute members for taking on these important leadership responsibilities and making a major difference in the election.  Thank you for all you do!

I am also very proud of our members who were on the ballot. Stepping up and seeking office takes confidence, courage and conviction to public service.  We look forward to recognizing you in our next newsletter.

Jo Ann

Greetings! We have witnessed one of the most successful GOP elections in modern history. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, "Republicans gained at least 680 seats last Tuesday...Republicans now hold about 53% of the total legislative seats in America, the most seats in the GOP column since 1928."

In winning legislatures across the country, we have a leg up on the redrawing of the legislative maps, both statewide and nationally. This helps set the tone of public policy for the next 10 years as we elect those who understand limited government and fiscal accountability.

On another note, across Ohio's campaign trail this year, we saw Institute members everywhere--well done! You have all made us proud.


The Ohio Federation of Republican Women
is looking for women to become charter members of the new statewide Ohio Republican Women’s Online (ORWO) club. The on-line club will provide a networking community for women to share information and ideas on political issues, principles and ethics and provide a venue for the interchange of ideas and experiences. Members will receive free state and national publications and legislative alerts and access to all the services provided by the state and national organizations of the OFRW. Cost is $25 for regular full charter membership but reduced dues are available for Associate and Student memberships. To learn more, visit: http://www.ohfrw.com/onlineclub.html

The 2010-2011 class kicked off their year with statewide leaders, Jo Ann Davidson, Betty Montgomery, Rep. Bill Batchelder, Rep. Cheryl Grossman, former Senator Richard Finan, and Dayton community/business leader Jeanne Porter. The largest class in The Institute’s 11-year history, students come from 15 Ohio counties and are currently actively involved in their communities.

Thursday, November 18
1:00 - 5:30pm Continuing Education Program
Hilton Columbus at Easton
3900 Chagrin Drive, Columbus Ohio 43219.
This year’s program will include the following:
   • A Pollster’s Viewpoint – Hear the latest from The Tarrance Group, a prominent Republican strategic research and polling firm in Washington, D.C. The Tarrance Group is the polling firm used by both the Kasich and the Portman campaigns.
   • Comments on the Election/Overview of the Ohio Political Scene – Featuring an outstanding media panel consisting of Tom Suddes from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mike Curtin from The Columbus Dispatch and Bill Hershey from the Dayton Daily News.
   • An In-Depth Look at Social Media for 2010 – Institute favorite Mark Weaver will provide a comprehensive look at social media and its use in political campaigns and candidate branding.

5:45 - 8pm Dinner for Institute members
Brio Tuscan Grille
3993 Easton Station, Columbus Ohio 43219

Friday, November 19 - November Class

December - No Class

Friday, January 28 - January Class

Friday, February 25 - February Class

Friday, March 25 - March Class

Friday, April 22 - April Class

Tuesday, May 10 - Thursday, May 12 - DC Trip

Kathy Eshelman (2004 Class)
August 2010

Kathy Eshelman was accepted into the Leadership Columbus 2011 Class.

Stephanie Spencer-Hill (2006 Class)
September 2010

Stephanie Spencer-Hill was hired as an Associate at Front Porch Strategies. Front Porch Strategies is an award winning national voter contact and general consulting firm based out of Columbus, Ohio. They specialize in advanced phone and voter contact technology that gives our clients an unparalleled edge over their competition. Visit www.frontporchstrategies.us for more information.

Desiree Forbes (2010 Class)
September 2010
Desiree Forbes was asked to present at the annual Leadership and Ethics conference for high school youth on September 21, 2010. The annual conference is attended by selected youth from all four Pickaway County school districts to attend and be inspired about leadership, ethics and servant leadership. Desiree spoke about overall leadership and included examples of her time spent in the JAD Leadership Institute. The event was attended by over 100 youth. Way to go Desiree!!

Concepcion “Crunch” Reyna (2003 Class)
October 2010
Concepcion "Cruch" Reyna will be offering her support and expertise at the Butler County Victory Center. Crunch was the Butler County 72-Hour Coordinator for the 2004. She has been in D.C. since 2005 but has many roots and ties to Butler County. Butler County is excited to have her back for the mid-term elections, even if she is just on loan!

Chris Xeil Lyons (2005 Class)
October 2010
Chris Xeil Lyons has been named a “Woman of Excellence” by the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance for her volunteer work and contributions to her community. Chris Xeil serves on numerous boards, committees and campaigns. She works for the LNE Group and manages the Cincinnati/Dayton office; she assists clients in the public and private sector with government affairs, grant applications and economic development initiatives.

Grande Dame of the Grand Old Party
by Nina Burleigh
MORE magazine - October 2010

Female trailblazers in the Republican Party were once more white glove than boxing glove. Some of these matriarchs are still around, quietly raking in the bucks for the GOP. Among them is 84-year-old former RNC co-chair Jo Ann Davidson, who now works for American Crossroads, a PAC that aims to lavish $50 million on GOP candidates this year. She spoke with More about the GOP and gender. View entire article.


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