Locals attend state convention

Ouida Donald and Dean Watkins represented Winston County Republican Women at the Mississippi Republican State Convention in Jackson recently.  This was an opportunity to network with other Republican women throughout the State.  The program included the issues facing Republicans in Mississippi.  Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and Joseph Nosef, Chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party, presented to the group an in-depth analysis of Amendment 42 and 42-A.  Mike Hurst and his lovely wife were present and Hurst spoke of his reason for his candidacy for State Attorney General.  He expressed his appreciation for the sizeable donation from Mississippi Republican Women to his campaign.  Representatives from Ben Carson’s and John Kasich’s campaign were present and Governor Phil Bryant and Mrs. Bryant honored Torchbearer members with a reception.

Ouida Donald and Dean Watkins pictured with Cemper Scott, past president and Dana Stringer, newly elected president of Mississippi Republican Women, for the upcoming year.

Ouida Donald and Dean Watkins pictured with Cemper Scott, past president and Dana Stringer, newly elected president of Mississippi Republican Women, for the upcoming year.

Dean Watkins, Caring for America Chairman, reported to the group that nearly 3,000 pairs of shoes were collected statewide and donated to the Salvation Army.  Winston County Republican Women collected 341 pairs and is very appreciative of those who made donations and to Speedy Calvert for volunteering to be the collection point in Winston County.  Carrie Almond, National President of Republican Women attended the Convention and was so impressed with this Caring for America project, she is featuring it in the national newsletter which will be distributed to Republican Women throughout the United States.

Winston County Republican Women received several achievement awards in recognition of its accomplishments during 2014 and 2015 to promote NFRW and the Republican Party. The Convention was a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas with Republican Women from across the state.