The Maryland Federation was founded in 1921 and affiliated with the NFRW in 1938. MFRW is divided into six regions and has 31 clubs. The first club included a group of six activist women whose initial goals were organization, education and legislation to repeal many of the old English laws still on the books that discriminated against women. That spirit of activism continues today. The clubs vigorously support literacy and advocacy programs, leadership development, free enterprise and outreach. Members volunteer for campaigns, recruit and train candidates, raise money, and assist with voter registration. MFRW participates in Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day parades, and provides community service to women and children's shelters. Members tutor special students and sponsor scholarships and essay contests.
Statement of Philosophy of the MFRW:
We are the Maryland Federation of Republican Women. We come together as a collective force advancing the Republican philosophy. We want to positively impact the political environment of our State and Nation.
Vision Statement of MFRW:
Striving to shape Maryland's political future.
Mission Statement of MFRW:
The members of the Maryland Federation of Republican Women shape Maryland's political future by electing Republicans at all levels of government. We mobilize women by giving them the opportunity to influence and support the Republican agenda.
Past presidents include:
Mrs. Ruth Umbel, 2010 - 2013
Mrs. Patt Parker, 2006-2009
Mrs. Betty Jane Carroll, 2004-2005
Mrs. Marilyn Dankner, 2000-2003
Mrs. Ann Horner Granados, 1998-2000
Mrs. Frances "Bunny" Parish, 1996-98
Mrs. Barbara Powell, 1992-96
The Hon. Janet Greenip, 1990-92
Mrs. Janet Steed, 1987-90
Mrs. Irene Petterson, 1983-87
Mrs. Arlene Baybutt, 1981-83
Mrs. Fleur Bresler, 1977-81
Mrs. Joan Beck, 1975-77
Mrs. Jane Hanks, 1971-75
Mrs. Lucille Potts, 1969-71
The Hon. Sylvia Hermann, 1965-69
Mrs. Katherine M. Rinehart, 1963-65
Mrs. William A. Hepburn, 1959-63
Rebecca Bowen Wright, 1921-25 founding)