Women's Republican Club
of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff
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Rest in Peace, Pat Kammerer
It is with great sadness that we notify you of the passing of Patricia “Pat” Kammerer, past President of the Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff (2006-2008), First Vice Chairman and Chairwoman of the West Deerfield Township Republican Organization and GOP Committeeman and Captain for many years until her move to Florida last year.
Not only did Pat raise seven children with her late husband, John, a successful business executive who saw service in the U.S. Army under General Douglas MacArthur in Japan, she consistently and continuously worked “in the trenches” for the GOP for decades.
In her 80’s, she even heeded the call to be a poll watcher for Gov. Scott Walker in a hotly contested recall election in Wisconsin, boldly and confidently fulfilling that duty, and leaving her station only when her safety was threatened and local police informed her they could not guarantee her personal safety.
“Pat was an absolutely wonderful example for all of us, as a wife, mother, and principled Republican as well as in her joy of life,” noted Hilary Till, current WRC President and Chairman of the West Deerfield Township Republican Organization. “Even after her move to Florida last year, she loved staying in touch with our efforts, offering so much encouragement, including as of late April of this year. I will miss her a great deal."
Mark Shaw, Lake County GOP Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Illinois Republican party noted, "Pat was contemporaneously a leader of, and the consummate 'footsoldier' for, the Republican Party throughout her many years of service to her Party and Community!
“Pat never asked anyone to volunteer for something she was not prepared to do herself,” he continued. “Her kind nature, but determined will to 'get the job' done, will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her well -- especially me."
Pat has offered constant inspiration and bon homie and has always been available to lend her support, advice, encouragement and love to GOP candidates, staffers and WRC officers. She and her late husband were also faithful members of St. Patrick’s Church in Lake Forest.
Pat was the embodiment of the GOP woman: a lover of faith, family, country and hard work, all accomplished with beauty, grace, style and the personal touch. We will miss her. God be with you, Pat.
The Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff was founded in 1941 and is the longest continually operating political organization of its kind in the area. The WRC exists to assist local, state and national Republican candidates win elective office; to assist elected Republican officeholders with constituent interface and to educate all voters on issues important to the maintenance of our Constitutional republic and the social and economic vitality of Illinois and our local communities.
Consistent with the written Illinois and National GOP platforms, the WRC supports reverence for the United States Constitution and the rule of law, and the traditional, American values protecting human life, personal liberty and responsibility, and the pursuit of happiness in any lawful sphere of endeavor.
The WRC does not support the increasingly intrusive and dehumanizing interference of either state or federal governments that deny life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness including but not limited to: job-killing oppressive taxation and regulation, wasteful government spending, the cynical creation and maintenance of a permanent, government-dependent underclass, corporate cronyism, the governmental monopoly on education, denial of school choice, the redefinition of marriage and the trampling of religious liberty.
We understand that good Republicans—both voters and candidates and to sometimes widely varying degrees—do not necessarily agree with everything in national or Illinois GOP platform. We agree with Ronald Reagan, who famously said that the person who agrees with you 80% of the time is a friend, not a 20% traitor. If you agree with 80% of the GOP platform, you’re a friend. What’s more, you’re a Republican! So join us!