Republican Women collect Jared Boxes at Fall Conference

In keeping with our PFRW President’s theme, “Our Children, Our Future,” Jared Boxes will be collected on October 19th, 2013 at the Fall Conference.

Individuals may bring or box, or perhaps a group or council would like to put a box together.

jared box projectThe goal of the Jared Box Project is to lift the spirits of chronically ill children. The boxes symbolize the importance of play and are filled with well wishes, hope, and love.

A Jared Box is a shoebox size plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, cards, and games. Each box contains items selected for a specific age and gender. The boxes are delivered to hospitals and are given to chronically ill children. The Jared Boxes provide a special diversion for young patients as they receive chemotherapy and other medical treatments.

The Jared Box Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.

The Jared Box project was started in 2001 by the children at Our Lady of Victory School in State College, PA to honor their classmate and friend, Jared. He was a brave little boy who battled cancer with courage and faith that continues to inspire us all.  

For directions on putting together a Jared Box to go  Boxes will be donated to the Children’s Weis Hospital in Danville, PA.

More information about Jared Boxes can be found at

More information about the Fall Conference can be found at

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PFRW Fall Conference Morning Speaker – Carolyn Conner explains the importance of communicating with social media.

carolyn connerDirector of Operations for Big Table Strategies, Carolyn Conner is a well-regarded, highly sought after, results-driven political consultant with a reputation for excellence.

With more than 20 years experience in networking, grassroots organizing and political consulting, Carolyn has developed a uniquely impressive skill set, and a solid reputation for getting the job done–and done well.

She has served on local, statewide and federal campaigns operating most recently as Assistant Director of statewide Field Operations for a 2012 U.S. Senate primary campaign in Pennsylvania.

Carolyn lives with her husband and children near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Recent service: Assistant DFO, Sam Rohrer for U.S. Senate

PFRW Fall Conference Morning Speaker – Heather Hibbs will explain how women communicated during civil war times

Heather HibbsHeather Hibbs lives in Snyder County with husband  Andy Hibbs for 19 years.  They have two daughters in the Midd West school system.  Heather is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration; a self taught seamstress specializing in Civil War reproduction clothing.  She is the creator and owner of Treadle Treasures.  She also teaches an adult Sunday School class at our church – Mifflinburg Nazarene – as well as leading some of the Wed. and Sun. evening services.  Heather has  been active her kids’ school in many areas.  She collect antiques and love old stuff, traditions, and skills.  Heather is currently making a wool hooked rug from the scraps of uniforms she has made.  In addition to sewing she makes and sells I  lye and lard soap.  She has made candles, helped butcher hogs and makes her own bread from an antique wooden bowl.  Heather feels she could easily live in the 19th century, but she sure would miss her microwave!

Treadle Treasures:

About ten years ago, Heather Hibbs started her business, Treadle Treasurers.  She was making a variety of items when she finally found her nitch in Civil War era reproduction clothing about seven years ago.  The business really expanded when she moved it on-line.  Most of her business is out of state with a few orders going overseas.  California is the most frequently shipped to state.  Most of her sewing is done on antique treadle sewing machines; Heather currently owns twelve plus two hand crank machines.  For a more detailed history of Treadle Treasures go to:

Some of her most popular items are women’s dresses and underpinnings and she specialize in corsets; shopping an average of around 250 corsets a year.  Heather  also offers men’s military and civilian clothing.  She has also stitched a few children’s items and other Civil War era related items as well.  She  currently has five (very!) part time people working for her.

She works with a lot of reenactors, university and town theaters, an independent film makers, a PBS special, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia.

Heather started speaking to her kids school classes and things sort of progressed from there.  Working at home has a lot of advantages and she   enjoys the chance to get out and around other people!

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PFRW is pleased to announce their Fall conference keynote speaker, Mrs. Peg Luksik. Peg’s topic is ”Common Core: What Does It Mean to My Family?”


Peg Ludsik

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker, Mrs. Peg Luksik. Peg’s topic is  ”Common Core: What Does It Mean to My Family?”

Peg is the Founder and Chairman of Founded On Truth, an organization dedicated to rebuilding our culture upon the principles that founded America. She has a long record of helping parents and citizens of the Commonwealth. Peg sat on the founding Boards of the Pennsylvania Family Institute and the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, founded an alternative-to-abortion service organization called Mom’s House, worked as an advisor to President Reagan’s Commission on the Family, and created the National Parents Commission to fight for parental rights in education. She led fight against OBE (Outcome Based Education) in the 90s and now brings her dedication to the fight against Common Core State Standards.

Peg will speak at 12:30 p.m.  Morning workshops include “The Vital Role of Women in Civil War Communications” presented by Heather Hibbs, Civil War enthusiast and owner of Treadle Treasures which produces authentic Civil War era clothing; and,  Carolyn Conner who will discuss “Energizing Your Ground Game with Social Media”


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Register for the PFRW Fall Conference

Have you made your reservations for the PA Federation of Republican Women’s Fall Conference on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Shade Mountain Winery?  Click here to download a registration form –

If you will needing hotel reservations, please make your reservations early. Susquehanna University is celebrating homecoming the same weekend as our conference.  Lodging information can be found on the North Central PFRW Conference website –


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Press Release – PFRW host conference, keynote speaker “How Common Core Affects Our Families

West Milton, PA – SUN Area Council of Republican Women together with other area
councils will host the North-Central Regional Pennsylvania Federation of Republican
Women Fall Conference Saturday October 19 at Shade Mountain Winery, Middleburg PA.
The theme is “Harvesting Republican Principles for Our Children’s Future.”
Keynote speaker, Peg Luksik, chairman of Founded On Truth will speak on” How
Common Core Will Affect Our Families”.  . .  to the read the entire press release Press Release for 2013 NCPFRWConference


Save the date! October 19, 2013

PFRW is sponsoring a North Central Fall Conference at the Shade Mountain Winery, In Middleburg, PA on Saturday, October 19th, 2013.  Come out for a fun filled day.   Morning speakers to include: Heather Hibbs from Treadle Treasurers will talk about how women communicated during civil war and Carolyn Conner from Big Table Strategies will discuss how communication with social media is vital today.  The keynote afternoon speaker will be Peg Luksik, chairman of Founded On Truth.  She will speak on How Common Core Will Affect Our Families.

The day begins with a light breakfast from 8:30 am—9:00 am.  The program begins at 9:00 am and will conclude at 2:00 pm. Thank you to Shade Mountain Winery for providing a tour of the winery following the conference for those interested.  The cost of the day is $35.00 and includes lunch.

For more information about the conference or to print a reservation form, go to

Just as behind every good man is a good woman; behind every good woman is a good man.  Men are welcome to attend this conference also.  Common Core affects all Americans regardless of gender.

Education (Common Core) is part of Agenda 21 – A Report on the United Nations Plan

This summary includes the resolution passed by NFRWat the Kansas City Convention in 2011. It is included because the first area in Agenda 21 is Education. The Common Core Standards is another example of unrecognized polic
ies in all areas of life.
NFRW recognizes this and encourages local clubs and states to be informed.
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN RESOLUTIONDefeat National Standards for State SchoolsPassed Unanimously at the NFRW 36thBiennial ConventionKansas City, MO – October 1, 2011. Passed Unanimously at the Alabama GOPState Executive Committee Meeting Birmingham, AL – February 25, 2012
WHEREAS,The national standards-based “Common CoreState Standards” initiative is the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s agenda to
centralize education decision at the federal level;
WHEREAS,The Obama Administration is using the same model to take over education as it used for healthcare by using national standards and boards of bureaucrats, whom the public didn’t elect and can’t fire or otherwise hold accountable;
WHEREAS, National standards remove authority from States over what is taught in the classroom and how it is tested;
WHEREAS,National standards undercut the principle of federalism on which our nation was founded;

How does Common Core affect me and my family?

So much is all around us regarding Common Core.  Sometimes the media has it written that we just don’t understand how will it affect me?  The Mom?  The Dad?  The student?  The taxpayer?  The Grandparent?

SUNACRW is hosting a conference for PFRW (and we also welcome men) on Saturday, October 19, 2013.  Peg Ludsik will be our afternoon speaker, “Common Core, how does it affect me and my family?”

For more information, or to make your reservations –

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