New officers celebrate GOP club’s 31st year

By Richard Yager….

Incoming president Wendy Dean (left) receives gavel from Joanne Connolly.

The Old Cutler Republican Woman’s Club is marking its 31st year with a priority program that includes an April celebration of its longevity and a new slate of officers headed by Wendy Dean, a former Congressional aide.

Former director of the club’s Membership Committee, Dean was manager for State Rep. Michael Bileca’s campaign in District 117 and a former GOP Executive Committee vice chair for finance.

Serving with her during the coming year are: Carla Ascenscio-Savola, vice president, District 34 Committeewoman who served seven years on the Kendall Community Council; Lorraine Dunlap, treasurer, a GOP Executive Committeewoman for District 19; Kimberly Cruiser, recording secretary, member of the board of trustees of the Florida House, and Maria Wadsworth, corresponding secretary, District 29 Executive Committeewoman honored as 2010 GOP “Volunteer of the Year.”

Former Miami-Dade GOP chair Robert Rosasco, past president of a Habitat for Humanity program, conducted the swearing-in ceremony and reviewed results of candidate interviews for upcoming Florida Senate races.

Joe Celestin, former North Miami Mayor, discussed his upcoming race for the District 33 State Senate seat vacated by Congress member Frederica Wilson. The special election to fulfill the vacancy will be held Mar. 1.

Among its key programs during 2011, the Old Cutler Club will award a scholarship to a deserving teenager that will include an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC to spend a day with U.S. Rep. David Rivera.

To celebrate the club’s 31st year, an anniversary celebration will take place in April, followed by a Fourth of July barbecue and a Woman’s Suffrage Award event in August. The club will meet next on Mar. 15 to hear Miami-Dade District 7 Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, a possible mayoral candidate.

Originally chartered on Apr. 14, 1980, the Old Cutler GOP Woman’s Club covers extensive GOP Districts throughout southwest Miami-Dade County that include portions of Coral Gables, West Miami, South Miami, Tamiami, Westchester, East Kendall, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, Dadeland, and Richmond Heights.

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