An invitation to join a group that strives to promote an informed electorate was given at the Dale County Republican Executive Committee meeting June 17.
Republican Women of Coffee County President Johnna Roberts issued an invitation to those attending the Dale County GOP meeting to join the 100-member club.
“One of the main purposes of our club is to educate our members on the political state of affairs, current bills in the legislature and provide our members with the opportunity to hear and meet the candidates running for office,” Roberts said. “During primary season, we often have the candidates running for the same office speak in a forum setting. This gives our members and guests maybe the only opportunity they will have to compare the candidates side by side.”
Chartered with the Alabama Federation of Republican Women in 1971, the Coffee County Republican Headquarters first opened its doors in 1972. “It was a time of great excitement as Republicans were making inroads into Democrat-held state offices,” Roberts said. “The headquarters has had several locations, the latest being at the corner of Lee and North Main Streets in Enterprise.”
RWCC received the Mary Ellen Miller award for best overall club in Alabama in 1989, 2001 and 2005, Roberts said. The RWCC newsletter, “The Party Line,” has received the Alabama Federation of Republican Women’s best newsletter award in 2001, 2007, 2013 and 2017. In 2017, the club also won the Best Publicity award.
“In 2017, we received the National Federation of Republican Women Caring for America award for a large club,” Roberts said. “Our winning project was providing trauma kits for Enterprise and Coffee County law enforcement officers to show them that we appreciate everything they do. We also won the Caring for America award at the state level that year and as far as I can remember, we have achieved the National Federation Diamond Award, which is the highest honor a club can attain.
“As a club, we do not endorse any candidates during the primary,” Roberts explained. “Once the primary and any run-off is over, we get behind our candidates 100 percent and our club has been extremely successful in getting Republicans elected.”
Roberts outlined several community service projects that the club sponsors and some of the scholarships that the club provides. “We have a presence in our community and we enjoy being able to help,” she said. “We tell our members that they can be as involved as they want to be.”
The RWCC meets the third Wednesday of the month at the Enterprise Country Club. Social time starts at 11 a.m. The optional $12 buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. and the program usually begins at noon, Roberts said. The meetings are open to the public but reservations are required.
Roberts said more information is available online at rwcc-al.com or via the Republican Women of Coffee County Facebook page.