Name: Janice De Weese
Club: Bonhomme Federated Republican Women
Join Dates: Approximately 25-30 years
How did you get involved? I was attending a political event for a candidate and was ask if I belonged to a federated club and would I like to join. Simple as: Would you like to join?
Leadership roles: Co-President of my club, 2nd & 1st Vice President and President of 2nd District, 2nd & 1st Vice President and current President of MoFRW. Serviced on the NFRW Campaign Committee.
Benefit to being involved: Knowing that you are being a good citizen and standing up for your believes because you want to make a difference for your family, community and country. You may not be able to serve in the military or as a first responder but you can be of service in many other ways.
Advice to someone thinking of joining: (Try us Out) we are a professional organization with goals, values, ideas that we put into action. We educate and empower women to make a difference.
What are your interests/hobbies/activities outside of MoFRW? Member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volunteer Council of St. Louis, Member of Forest Park Forever, Town & Country Speaker’s Club, Elder in the Presbyterian Church and currently serving on the Stewardship commission. I enjoy reading, traveling, genealogy and playing my clarinets for my own enjoyment.
What are my favorite memories being a member of your club/MoFRW? They are of the many friendships I have formed through the years. Knowing I have made a difference by doing something worthwhile. Being elected to each position and then President of the MoFRW is such an honor.
Please provide any additional information about yourself you’d like to include. Someone recently ask me how can you be so involved and interested in the political world? My reply was: it’s in my blood! My great, great grandfather was a Kansas State Senator, my great grandfather, grandfather were very active republicans. I consider myself a “courthouse kid”. My mother worked in the county courthouse for years and the evening dinner conversation was county politics. I was licking stamps and stuffing campaign literature in envelopes before I had my twelve year old molars. I’m proud to say I have passed that gene on to my three sons and three granddaughters.
Name: Janice De Weese