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CONSTITUTION DAY

September 17th

Remember to thank a Vet, for our freedom.

God Bless America and our Men and Women who have served.

I Am an American Day" to  “Constitution Day”

•1939 Randolph Hearst suggested a holiday to celebrate American citizenship. Congress designated the third Sunday in May as "I am an American Day."  AND  Olga T Weber, Louisville Ohio Born 1903. Died 1978 - “In 1951, Mrs. Olga T. Weber, a mother and homemaker, fearing that we were taking our freedoms too much for granted, resolved to do something about it.”

•1951, Weber distributed copies of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, flag booklets and patriotic leaflets to local schools, churches, libraries and the public.

•1952 Weber petitioned Louisville leaders to establish Constitution Day in honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in September 17,1787.

•1953 Webers efforts led to the Ohio General Assembly proclaiming Sept. 17 as statewide Constitution Day. That year, she urged the U.S. Congress to declare Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

•1955 President Eisenhower designated Constitution Week.

NOT UNTIL….

•1997 Louise Leigh founded a nonprofit organization called Constitution Day, Inc. to help encourage recognition of the importance of this national holiday.

•2004 Through her efforts, Constitution Day became an official holiday alongside Citizenship Day.  Support from Senator Robert Byrd, the "Constitution Day" amendment to the Omnibus Spending Bill passed. President Bush signed it into law.

•2005 U.S. Dept of Education backed the law when it announced that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. Every federal agency provides each employee with educational materials     concerning the Constitution on September  17 th and that each educational institution which receives  Federal funds should hold a program for students every Constitution Day.

 

Remember the Birthday of the Constitution

On September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, our United States Constitution was finally finished and signed by delegates to the Constitutional Convention, representing 11 of the 13 colonies. Rhode Island was not represented and Virginia’s delegates, led by Patrick Henry, refused to sign until it had a Bill of Rights. 

      Why was the Constitution necessary? Free from England at the close of the Revolutionary War, the thirteen colonies faced grave economic and political problems. The    Articles of Confederation, under which the colonies had been operating, were ineffective. No Supreme Court or president existed and Congress was without any power. The states were merely a loose confederation with no capacity for collecting money. No form of taxation was in place except sales taxes; therefore, the nation’s war debts went unpaid.

      Upon the invitation of James Madison, who announced that George Washington would attend, fifty-five of the seventy-four delegates reported to Independence Hall for the Constitution Convention. Their goal was to form “a more perfect union.” Only Rhode Island did not attend. 

       The founders had a strong distrust of centralized power. Instead, they created a government of three branches: the executive, the legislative and the judicial. A system of checks and balances prevented any branch from becoming too powerful. 

       Congress could pass laws but the president could veto them. Congress, however, could override the veto and restrain the executive branch. The Supreme Court could nullify laws passed by the Congress and signed by the president. But Congress could limit the Court’s appellate jurisdiction. They created a Republic, a representative form of government. 

     The founders believed the best government governs least and is closest to the people. Government with local control and strong state’s rights were key. On September 17, celebrate and honor our U.S. Constitution that has endured 222 years, longer than any other nation’s constitution in the history of the world.   

 

 

 

 

“Our Flag”: Each Little Golden Book “Our Flag” costs $3.99 and we are looking to purchase and distribute as many of these as we can to promote the American spirit in young children.  Please include your cash donations in our basket at the meeting and let me know if you can help placing these books in pediatric offices or other appropriate locations.  

 

The Constitution:  We have approximately 300 pocket books of The Constitution of the United States that will be distributed to classrooms for teachers to use as a resource.  We can purchase and distribute more of these with your cash donation.

 

Education:  We will join the NFRW Mamie Eisenhower Library Project to purchase books from their list and donate these to local schools and institutions to promote literacy at all age levels. Cash donations are welcome.   

 

We welcome all involvement, donations, and input from all members of the club in Americanism projects.  

 

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National Federated Republican Women

with donations from local clubs annually support the following projects:

 

 

National Pathfinder Scholarship

 

The National Federation of Republican Women established the National Pathfinder Scholarship Fund in 1985 in honor of First Lady Nancy Reagan. The three annual scholarships of $2,500 provide financial assistance and support to women seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees.

 

Undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as students enrolled in a master's degree program, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Recent high school graduates and undergraduate freshmen are not eligible. Scholarship winners may not reapply.

Deadline: Applications due to State Federation Presidents by JUNE 1.

 

 

Betty Rendel Scholarship

 

The National Federation of Republican Women established the Betty Rendel Scholarship Fund in September 1995 in honor of NFRW Past President Betty Rendel’s extraordinary leadership skills and dedication to the Republican Party in her home state of Indiana, as well as at the national level.

 

The three annual scholarships of $1,000 are awarded to female undergraduates who are majoring in political science, government or economics and have successfully completed at least two years of college coursework. The recipients are chosen from applicants from across the nation. Scholarship winners may not reapply.

Deadline: Applications due to State Federation Presidents by JUNE 1.

 

Dorothy Andrews Kabis Memorial Internship

 

The Dorothy Andrews Kabis Memorial Internship honors the former president of the NFRW (1963-67) who later was appointed U.S. treasurer by President Richard Nixon. The internship gives female undergraduates the opportunity to spend part of the summer working at national headquarters in Alexandria, Va. It includes a small monetary allowance, roundtrip airfare to and from Washington, D.C., and housing in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Applicants must be at least a junior in college or a college student 21 years of age or older. They should have a general knowledge of government, a keen interest in politics, campaign experience, and sufficient clerical office skills that are adaptable to a busy office. Internship recipients may not reapply.

Deadline: Applications due to State Federation Presidents by FEBRUARY 20.

 

Marion Martin Building Fund

 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings, NFRW is located at 124 N. Alfred Street in Old Town Alexandria. The building was purchased with donations given by state federations, local clubs, and Republican women and men from across the United States.

 

The property consists of a reception area, eight offices, a conference room, a copy room, four bathrooms, a kitchen, a storage basement and a parking driveway.

Contributions help maintain and preserve the Federation's historic national headquarters.

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