Margery Scranton Council of Republican Women Celebrate 10 years Scranton, PA:
10 years ago, several women came together for form the Margery Scranton Council of Republican Women. The late Mary Dippre was the founding member according to Rose Ann Gaetano. Mary was the person that can be credited for bring back the republican women’s group in Lackawanna County.
The Margery Scranton Council of Republican Women was named after the mother of former Governor William Scranton. “Mother would have loved it,” stated former governor William Scranton. “The work she and her women did was the joy of her life.” He thanked the group for honoring her.
The Margery Scranton Council has participated in many activities over the years. They participated in campaign activities for local, state and national candidates, conducted campaign workshops, honored women in the community and took part in several community service projects. One of the group’s signature event is to honor a women of achievement in March as part of Women’s History Month. In the words of Rose Ann Gaetano, founding member “In politics if you want something said ask a man, if you want something done ask a woman. Lets not forget the five W’s when women work we win.” She also made note that under republican leadership in county government there were more women heading departments than any time in Lackawanna County’s history.
The group is a member of Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women and is also active in the National Federation of Republican Women Organization.
The officers for the 2009-10 are:
President - Barbara Davenport
1st Vice President - Aida Velez
2nd VP - Kelly Ann Walsh
Corresponding Secretary - Kim DeMatteo-MacDonald
Recording Secretary - Tanya Crews
Treasurer - Fran Francis
Assistant Treasurer - Michelle Mancuso