Member Spotlight: Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated

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December 17, 2018

Tell us about your company.

Founded in 1964, Rancho Bernardo Republican Women Federated (RBRWF) is a 527(n) tax-exempt political organization and a National Federation of Republican Women Diamond Award Club. Our membership consists of Republican women from various communities along the I15N corridor such as Rancho Bernardo, Poway, 4S Ranch, Scripps Ranch, Sabre Springs, and Rancho Penasquitos.


What products or services does your business provide?

Our political work includes walking precincts, voter registration, petitions, working at the San Diego County Republican headquarters, and attending local government council and board meetings. We are members of the North County Business Chamber and Poway Chamber of Commerce. In addition to supporting Republicans at all levels of government, our Programs Chair strives to find interesting and knowledgeable speakers for our meetings to educate us on important issues. Our Ways and Means team hosts several social events a year, and our Membership Chair leads membership drives to introduce new members to our club. Our award-winning newsletter is published each month featuring club activities, issues of interest, and legislative news. We also offer a vocational scholarship for Republican women and a 4-year college scholarship to a local graduating senior.


What was the most memorable or successful moment in your business' history?

Our most notable moment in recent history was in 2014 when we celebrated our 50th Anniversary. RBRWF, founded in 1964, was one of the first women’s groups in the area to formally organize. Clubs organize and disband, and politics are capricious. It’s remarkable that our club has sustained a healthy membership of 100-200 ladies over the years; leaders and role models who care about their community.


Tell us an interesting fact about your business.

The hours of political service our members contribute is matched by the hours they give to community charitable organizations. As a club, we consistently log over 4,000+ hours a year combined. Our community service projects range from donating items, volunteering hours, and/or monetary contributions to a variety of local charities, veterans and troop support, and literacy efforts.


What tips/advice can you offer that is related to your business' industry?

To foster a healthy community it is important citizens participate in local municipal activities--electoral, political, and civic. To that end, we encourage not only our members, but our community to forge new relationships with neighbors, attend public meetings, meet with city council and school board members, and share ideas in a civil and productive manner.


Do you have any upcoming events or information you want your fellow Chamber Members and the community to know about?

RBRWF meetings are held on the third Friday of each month, except July, August, and December. Lunch is served and programs are primarily educational, featuring well-known speakers and Republican candidates for office. Guests are always welcome. Our January 18, 2019 keynote speaker will be Susan Shelly, a Southern California columnist writing on local, state, and national issues.


For more information on Rancho Bernardo Republican WomenFederated visit

Melinda Winship, Board Member, (858) 487-3106