The Allegany County Republican Women started in 2003. Our charter was given to us by MFRW in 2004. We met for the first time at the Country Club Mall meeting room and had 24 people in attendance.
Our first Reagan Dinner netted a profit of around $5,000 and we were able to do many projects with that.
Started the Republican Woman of the Year award in memory of Phyllis Reed. Phyllis was from Mt Savage and very active politically. Her husband was a State Delegate many years ago. Phyllis went to get her Baltimore Sun and other newspapers every day so she knew what was happening in political. She was very active in PTA as well.
There is a club scrapbook that was started (not complete) and the club now utilizes this site and the club facebook page to help document our events and activities.
Below are some of the activities and organizations that have been supported by the Allegany County Republican Women's Club since 2003.
An event to show the communities appreciation and support of law enforcement professionals.
Members would select a child from the Angel Tree to purchase gifts for. Additional bikes and large items were purchased with proceeds from fundraisers.
Financial support and clothing, blankets and toiletry donations.
The ACRWC collected funds to donate a crib to FCRC.
The Allegany County Republican Women's Club have been active in the community in various ways.
Cumberland Times-News Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Heath E. Combs
MOUNT SAVAGE — Phyllis E. Reed, an 89-year-old Mount Savage resident, doesn’t have room on her walls for all the citations she recently was given for 68 years of service to the Republican Party.
"To me it’s always been the party of the people," said Reed.
The Allegany County Republican Central Committee honored Reed during its recent annual Lincoln Day Dinner.
In addition to Maryland House and Senate resolutions in her honor, Reed received a letter from Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, Gov. Robert Ehrlich and President George Bush.
The president’s letter reads, "Your devotion to the Republican ideals and your tireless efforts on behalf of the party are an inspiration to all."
"It was really a nice gesture," said Reed, "I worked hard for him, making telephone calls and passing out materials."
Ellen Bartlett presented Reed with Bartlett’s letter. First Lady Kendel Ehrlich presented the governor’s citation.
"I believe he’ll get two terms," said Reed of the governor.
Reed said she reads the news to keep up with legislative politics and state events.
"I’ve always been thrilled with the legislative process," said Reed.
Reed became involved in politics as a sophomore in high school, when her father asked her to hand out campaign information for a local election door to door. Reed’s father made sure she read and could understand any material she distributed.
"We worked until 10 at night," said Reed. The 2000 elections were the first she did not campaign door to door.
Reed’s husband, the late Lester "Bus" Reed, was a delegate in the Maryland General Assembly for more than 30 years. His wife was a big part of her husband’s campaigning efforts.
One of her first political efforts helped establish schools in Lonaconing, Ellerslie and Mount Savage.
"It’s funny how you get involved with politics when you have a cause," said Reed.
Reed said Thomas R. McKeldin’s campaign was the most vigorous she’s been involved in. She said McKeldin would sometimes climb ladders to give roof workers his card.
"He said ‘I have to get every vote I can,’ " said Reed. McKeldin was governor from 1959 to 1967. Reed said only six Maryland governors have been Republican.
The biggest change she’s noticed in politics is more on government assistance in citizens’ lives. "More people want more from the government and don’t want to rely on themselves," said Reed. "I think it’s a bad thing when you don’t learn self-reliance."
Reed first worked for the Celanese Corp. as an accountant. She also worked for the AFL-CIO as a legislative aide from 1957 to 1996.
"I’m sorry I quit when I was 82," said Reed.
She began working with the Parent Teacher Association in 1936. Reed said she lobbied hard for education bills in the legislature. Reed still works for Maryland’s State Board of Education as Career Connections chairwoman, and is the treasurer of Allegany County Council of PTAs. She also is on the Allegany County Civil Service Commission’s Grievance Committee.
"She’s truly someone who defines dedication, commitment and the spirit of volunteerism, good will and activism," said Carmela Viet, a Baltimore County resident.
Viet said she’d known Reed as the president of the Maryland State PTA in the 1970s. "She will not say no, she doesn’t fold up the tent. She musters courage and energy to do what she’s supposed to do," said Viet. "She’s very well thought of in this community."
"The love of her life was politics," said Bertie Mae Stotler, a friend of Reed’s.
Reed said she has never had trouble finding a job and feels guilty using a calculator to balance her checkbook. She offers some advice to younger generations.
"There’s no such thing as an 8-to-5 job. It doesn’t hurt to arrive a little early," said Reed. "Be on time for work and don’t quit until it’s quitting time. We need to instill a better work ethic."