ABOUT WORWF

Mission Statement

To promote and inform the electorate through political education,

to increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government

through active participation, and to encourage active citizenship.

History

We owe our thanks to Wendy West and Linda O’Keefe for having the foresight to recognize the need for a Republican Womens club in Southwest Orange County.

Eager to get to work after the election of Barack Obama in 2008, Linda and Wendy attended the Northwest Republican Women’s Club — the only Republican women’s club they could find near them. After the meeting, they worked together to start the West Orange Republican Women, Federated.

The first meeting of West Orange Republican Women, Federated (WORWF) was held in February 2009, at the Seaside Bank on Conroy Road, Orlando. The room was maxed out with 20 attendees. Then the journey began to find meeting space that would keep up with growing membership. In 2009, they had their biggest meeting with Marco Rubio as Guest Speaker. He was running for U.S. Senate against Charlie Crist. It marked the first women’s club at which Marco Rubio spoke, and WORWF was mentioned in an Orlando Sentinel article as a result.

The club continued to grow, increasing from 20 to 135 members. Meetings took place at several locations over time, including the Stonewood Grill. The closing of the Windermere Country Club led the 2017 club to the West Orange Country Club. In 2021, the club moved to our current home, Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, FL.

Wendy West served as President from 2008-to 2012. Linda OKeefe took on several positions as Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Fundraiser, and Facebook/Website chair.

Carolyn Sparks served as President from 2013 to 2016, Rebecca Mellen from 2017 to 2020. Rebecca shepherded the move from West Orange Country Club to our current Bay Hill Club and Lodge location. Teresa Snipes, our current President, was elected in 2020 and continues to guide the growth and influence of WORWF.

Our club has the most dynamic, involved, and fun-loving members! We volunteer at the local and state level for candidates and issues, registering voters, door-belling, phone calling, fundraising, sign-waving, and spreading the word to our friends, family, and neighbors about the Republican philosophy and candidates. Members are pro-active in supporting legislation at the state and federal level by calling, writing, or emailing elected officials. We support the NFRW Caring for America initiative through food donations and other support for Edgewood Children’s Ranch in Orlando, adopting soldiers, and much more.

We look forward to continuing to grow and positively impact our West Orange community.

Co-Founders

Linda O'Keefe

Co-Founder

Wendy West

Co-Founder

Every two years at the biennial convention, the NFRW presents awards to recognize and honor excellence at the state and club levelsWORWF is a Diamond Achievement Award Recipient for demonstrating excellence in membership development, campaign activities, community relations, programs and club functions (2019, 2021). 
 
FFRW Gold Award Recipient 2018-2019

 

PRESIDENT 2021-2022

WORWF President

Teresa Snipes

Email: President@WORWF.org

Teresa Snipes, our current President, was elected at the end of 2020, and continues to guide the growth and influence of WORWF.

In 2021, WORWF experienced an incredible year of growth with their move to Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Country Club.  We have welcomed new members who want to be involved in our local, state, and national elections and stay informed on important issues by registering voters, doorbelling, phone calling, fundraising, and spreading the word to their friends, family and neighbors about the Republican philosophy and candidates.
Now that our club has walked through much of our strategic planning, we are ready to put “heels and boots on the ground” in order to help create THE BIG RED WAVE in 2022! Our goal is to elect right thinking officials at the local and state levels as we turn this ship of state in the right direction based on the founding principles that have always kept America on the right side of history.

We look forward to continuing to grow and impacting our West Orange community.
 Join us as we turn Orange County RED!

Committees

Executive COMMITTEE 2021-2022

Teresa Snipes

Teresa Snipes

President

Christine Hayden

Christine Hayden

Corresponding Secretary

Cree Haag

Cree Haag

1st Vice President

Brenda Knowles

Brenda Knowles

Treasurer

Michele Nunnelley

Michele Nunnelley

2nd Vice President

Katie Dunagan

Katie Dunagan

Assistant Treasurer

Nancy Borkes

Nancy Borkes

Recording Secretary

Rebecca Mellen

Rebecca Mellen

Past President

STANDING COMMITTEES 2021-2022

Michele Nunnelley

Membership

Susse Mabie

Fundraising

Nancy Borkes

Public Relations

To be Appointed

Campaign

Sherryl Becker

Legislative

Cree Haag

Programs

SPECIAL COMMITTEES 2021-2022

Judy Chandler

Americanism

Chrissy Hayden

Caring for America

Nancy Borkes

Historian

To Be Appointed

Armed Services

Katie Dunagan

Caring for America Co-Chair

Rebecca Mellen

Hospitality

Erika Benkovich

Literacy

Teresa Snipes

Awards

Doris Sheppard

Education

Jean Campana

Leadership Development

Kimberly Hooper

Strategic Planning

To Be Appointed

Awards Vice-Chair

Anne McDonough

Faith-Based Initiative

Rebecca Mellen

Letter Writing