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April 2010

Next month the Institute will welcome 19 new members at their graduation dinner in Washington, D.C.  The Institute membership continues to grow and we are proud to add this new group of talented women into our ranks.  

Please join me in welcoming:  Nicole Beckwith (Butler County); Gerry Cotter (Delaware County); Cindy Dinovo (Delaware County); Desiree Forbes (Franklin County); Michelle Fitzgibbon (Franklin County); Kimberly Gormley (Franklin County); Angelika McClelland (Franklin County); Lydia Mihalik (Hancock County); Debra J. Nye (Muskingum County); Linda A. Oda (Warren County); Joey Osborn (Muskingum County); Anne Patram (Geauga County); Amy Sabath (Lake County); Carol Salmon (Mahoning County); Leah Sellers (Union County); Holly M. Stacy (Seneca County); Suzy Swanson (Franklin County); Jen Thrasher (Cuyahoga County); and Megan Weiland-Zaffini (Franklin County).

I hope you will have an opportunity to meet this impressive group of women at events in your county or at our annual summer picnic (tentatively scheduled for July 14 – details to follow).   

Jo Ann

Spring is finally here and the sunshine and flowers reflect the change of season not only for those anxiously anticipating the warmth of summer but also for those anxious for a change in the political climate .

Several short years ago our party was declared to be dead or dying by political pundits . Today we are poised to win everything in Ohio, including placing the Ohio House of Representatives back firmly in the Republican column.

Each of you are needed in this battle and over the next months we will continue to ask you to help our candidates mobilize for this remarkable Republican renaissance. We know you are capable; we know you are interested; we know you can make a difference.

So, if you haven't already signed up to help a candidate, please do so! Remind everyone of the power of one and the power of our Institute graduates! Help us take back Ohio and help us make an investment in Ohio's future.

Let's do it!!


Female justices say legal profession is becoming more blind to gender
JACKIE NASH, Daily Reporter Staff Writer
March 12, 2010

Forty years ago, it was considered unusual for a woman to become a justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. However, women have come a long way in the legal world, according to some female Ohio justices and seeing a woman behind the bench today is not exactly an eye-opener.

Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton said she began her legal career in the early 1980s as a trial attorney for a firm in Central Ohio.

"I couldn't take my chief executive clients to eat in the dining room of the Athletic Club during lunch. As a woman, I wasn't allowed to eat downstairs," Stratton said. View entire article.


Friday, April 23
10 am Board meeting only
Ohio Republican Party, 211 South Fifth Street, 1st floor conference room, Columbus OH 43215

Tuesday, May 11 - Thursday, May 13
DC Trip for Institute Class

Friday, June 4
Fundraiser Event with Special Guest Speaker
The Honorable John Boehner
11:30 am - Reception
12 noon - Lunch
The Columbus Athletic Club

Wednesday, July 14
4 pm Board meeting
6 pm Summer Picnic - Location TBD

Thursday, November 18 (tentative date)
11:30 am - 1:30 pm Board meeting
1:30 - 5:00 pm Continuing Education Program
6 - 8 pm Dinner for Institute members - Location TBA



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Kendra Carpenter (2008 Class) April 2010 -

Kendra is honored in Columbus First's 40 under 40 class of '10. View entire article.




Megan Zaffini (2010 Class) April 2010 -
Congratulations to Megan Zaffini for being
appointed as Deputy Press Secretary for the
Portman for U.S. Senate Campaign!


Amy Sabath (2010 Class) April 2010 -
Concord woman says trip to Ethiopia was 'life-changing'

Many people might not think twice before pouring a glass of tap water or
heading to the fridge to grab a bottle of water.

Concord Township resident Amy Sabath recently saw first-hand what a luxury this simple task would be for so many of the people she visited during a trip to Ethiopia.
View entire article.


Jennifer LuPiba (2009 Class) April 2010 -Jennifer received the 2009 Microsoft Distinction in Marketing Award. This award is one of five chosen from thousands of Microsoft Partner applicants. Jennifer accepted the award in Hawaii at Microsoft’s 100% Club Retreat. Jennifer also accepted on behalf of the Grandview Area Republican Club the Franklin County GOP 2009 Club of the Year. Visit the GARC website at www.grandviewrepublicans.org.

New Home Address for Jennifer: 1418 Virginia Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43212


Barbara Lach (Co-Chair Finance Committee) April 2010 -
Barbara, a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker King Thompson in Columbus, was awarded one of the top honors given to members of the Ohio Association of REALTORS for her strong and lasting commitment to the organization’s political fundraising program.

Lach was named as the recipient of OAR’s 2009 Phillip R. Barnes REALTORS Political Action Committee (RPAC) Achievement Award, created in 2001 to honor exemplary support to one of the industry’s top political initiatives. She becomes only the ninth REALTOR to receive the prestigious award.

A Past President of OAR and the Columbus Board of REALTORS, Lach has invested in RPAC at the Golden R Level (the program’s top donor level) and is a President’s Circle member. Additionally, she is a member of the National Association of REALTORS RPAC Hall of Fame


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