About Us

About Us

Our mission is to positively impact our local, state and nation, while strengthening our Republican Party through recruiting, educating, training, supporting, and electing Republicans. Our purpose is to promote conservative principles through education and participation in helping elect Republican candidates. Our goal is to support the Republican Party at all levels.

The Republican Philosophy

  • The right of the individual to achieve the best that is within him, as long as he respects the rights of others, is the source of our nation’s strength.
  • Government exists to protect the freedom of opportunity in which each individual’s creative ability can flourish.
  • Government activities should be limited to those things which people cannot do at all, or cannot do so well for themselves.
  • The most effective government is government closest to the people.
  • Those who cannot provide for themselves should be assisted by both government and society, but that every effort should be made to help them become self-supporting, productive citizens with pride in their independence.
  • Equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity belong to all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex, or national origin.
  • The preservation of our Nation and the security of our citizens depend upon the Constitution, the laws and the courts, and that respect for them is the responsibility of every Individual.
  • Government is accountable for maintaining sound money and a responsible economy. Individual rights, liberties and properties are continually eroded when citizens are oppressed by excessive taxation, inflation, government waste and over-regulation.
  • Government is responsible for national defense and that only a strong America can remain a free America.
  • It is absolutely essential to maintain a strong national defense posture in order that we may at all times negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness, in our continuing efforts toward world peace and friendship.
  • These concepts are the foundation of our national strength and that the Republican Party, which is committed to their preservation, is the Party of today and the Party for the Future.

History

On April 7, 1953, President Eisenhower -Republican- was in the White House, Charles Jonas -Republican- was representing us in Congress, and a group of dedicated and determined Republican women organized the Mecklenburg County Republican Women’s Club.* They elected officers, adopted bylaws, set the dues at $1.00 per year, and obtained a charter from the North Carolina and National Federations of Republican Women, a charter that has never been allowed to lapse. The goals they set over sixty years ago are the goals we cherish today; to involve women in political action for the sake of good government; to educate women to be effective political activists; and to work for the election of Republican candidates.
From the very beginning, our Club has worked year round, not just at campaign time. Our members have recruited more members, organized precincts, assisted with registration drives, and studied current issues. For over sixty years, we have held several meetings a year, providing a forum for Republican candidates. Having learned how to raise money, we have always been financially independent - the perennially solvent arm of the Republican Party.

Our members have been elected to offices in the State and National Federations, to Republican Party offices at the local, district, state and national level, and to public office- City, County, State and United States Congress.

Our Team

Executive Committee

President - Victoria Nwasike

I am honored to serve as the President for CMRW. My family and I moved to Charlotte in 2015 and we live in the Ballantyne area.  I am very involved in the party, including serving on the MeckGOP Executive Board, 9th District Executive Committee, and the NCGOP State Executive Committee. I previously practiced as an attorney and now own a consulting company focused on business development. I am involved in the community serving as a Commissioner on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission,  an Ex Officio Board Member for the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, and a member of several community and business organizations. I look forward to working with fellow CMRW board members to continue to provide opportunities for our members to hear from high-caliber speakers, stay well-informed, and fellowship with one another.

Vice President - Zeenath Apblanap

Hello Everyone!  My name is Zeenath Abplanalp and it is my pleasure to serve on the board of CMRW. My husband Kevin and I have lived in Charlotte since moving here from New Jersey more than a decade ago (Northerners by circumstance - Southerners by choice!).  I am the cofounder of Future Prep Educational Services, a company dedicated to providing quality educational programs and services to help students in North Carolina achieve their long-term educational goals. I have been active in the NC GOP since 2012, volunteering my time to assist various campaigns and organizations.  I strongly believe that one individual can make a difference, and that collectively we can all work together in order to form a more perfect union. I look forward to a successful 2017.

Treasurer - Jinger Kelly

First and foremost, I am a Christian and I am thankful to have Jesus as my Savior! Next I am a devoted wife (27 years) and mother to two awesome daughters (21 & 16). I enjoy spending time with my family and attending church at Graceway Baptist in Weddington, NC. I love running with my husband and friends. I am a small business owner that provides bookkeeping services for businesses and individuals and have found my new passion in Campaign Finance. I currently serve as treasurer for CMRW as well Campaign Treasurer for several Republican Legislators and other political candidates. This gives me great pride to play a very small part in our Republican Party by maintaining accurate bookkeeping and serving to see more conservatives elected. I am thankful for the USA and the freedom we have. I believe we need to continue to strive for the America that our Founding Fathers envisioned. God Bless the USA!

Secretary - Kelly Tain

Committee Positions

Parliamentarian - Chris Sullivan

Communications Director - Savannah Turner

Chaplain - Brenda Andrews

Campaigns Chair - Claire Mahoney

Membership - Angela Abbinante

 

Military Care - Heather Whillier

I serve as Executive Director of the NC Heroes Fund. In this capacity, I'm responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Fund. I'm also the Finance Director for NC Lt. Governor Dan Forest. My previous work experience includes working for Congresswoman Sue Myrick as her Deputy District Director. I live in Matthews, NC with my husband and two little boys.

 

Past President - Linda Jones

My husband, Larry, and I have lived in Charlotte for 24 years after moving from Houston, Texas.  I have two children, Brad, who is married to Sarah and lives in Alexandria, Virginia and my daughter, Angie who is married to Kevin and lives in New York City.   Brad has two little girls. ages 2 and 4 and Angie has one little girl, age 6 months.  Those little girls are the loves of my life!  I also have an adorable, rescue Jack Russell Terrier named Missy.  Through the years I have worked as a volunteer at church, my kids schools and in the community.  I have been a life long Republican and first became involved with the party as a volunteer in 2002 when I worked on Elizabeth Dole's first Senate campaign.  Since then, I have worked on numerous campaigns as a volunteer, held numerous fund raisers at my home and have worked for the Mecklenburg GOP and Charlotte - Mecklenburg  Republican Women, having served in many capacities on the boards of each through the years.  I honestly cannot remember a primary or election where I have not voted since I was first able to vote.  And, always Republican!