Our Current Leadership
Peggy Siebert is the President. In addition, she is the elected Republican Precinct Committeeman for Moraine Township #203 as well as the Secretary for the Lake County Republican Central Committee. She has been an active member in the Women's Republican Club for the last seven years. She has also been very active in numerous campaigns, both local and national. Peggy has been a very involved volunteer over the years at both the School of St. Mary as well as Lake Forest High School. Peggy worked for Northern Trust Company for ten years, holding various positions within the Corporate Banking Division. She currently works for P&S Investment Company. Peggy was graduated from Ripon College, Ripon Wisconsin with a BA in History. She is married with two children.
Beth Barger is First Vice President. Beth received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. Beth served in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer and retired as a Naval Officer after 20 years of service. She was stationed at Naval Hospital Camp LeJeune in North Carolina, Naval Hospital Yokosuka in Japan, Naval Hospital Charleston in South Carolina, and finally Naval Hospital Great Lakes and Naval Hospital Corps School Great Lakes. Beth and her family have been Lake Forest residents for 23 years. She and her husband Bruce have four children who attended the School of St. Mary and Loyola Academy. The two oldest children both live in Washington, DC and work in Republican politics. Beth and her family are also active parishioners at Church of St. Mary.
Hilary F. Till is the Second Vice President. She is also the Chairman of the West Deerfield Township Republican Organization as well as serving on the Executive Committee of the Lake County Republican Federation. In addition, she is a past 4th Ward Chair of the Lake Forest Caucus. Professionally, Hilary is a principal of a Chicago-based futures trading company. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with General Honors in Statistics from the University of Chicago and a Master of Science degree in Statistics from the London School of Economics where she studied under a private fellowship administered by the Fulbright Commission. Hilary’s husband is a physician at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, and their teenage daughters attend Lake Forest High School.
Diane Kledzik is Treasurer. She joined the Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff in 2013 and served on the board as a Member-at-Large for two years. She has broad professional experience in the Information Technology industry, building software for a variety of start-ups and consulting engagements. Diane received a BA in Computer Science from North Park University in Chicago and is currently employed in Commercial Product Development at Equifax. Diane has two adult sons, Drew, who works for Alro Steel in Charlotte, NC, and Kyle, a Managing Consultant for IBM in Pittsburgh, PA.
Recording Secretary Susan Somberg. Susan is also Treasurer of the Lake Forest Symphony Guild, and co-treasurer of the Lake Forest Women’s Club. Currently Susan works for Academic Pharmaceuticals as office manager and manager of the Editorial Office of the American Journal of Therapeutics, published by The American Institute of Therapeutics in Lake Bluff, IL. Susan attended Graham College in Boston and took several courses in everything from music appreciation at Harvard night school to tidal pool ecology at the New England Aquarium. In 2014 she enrolled and completed “Coursera” on-line courses in archaeology, animal behavior, nutrition and the fall and rise of Jerusalem. She and husband John, have two daughters, Iris, who works in Washington, DC. and Trudie, who is chief resident in psychiatry at Albert Einstein in Philadelphia.
Membership in the Women's Republican Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff is open to all women and men in our area and all federal and state GOP officeholders. Dues are $30 per year or $250 for a lifetime membership. Many of our members are GOP committeemen and local and even state-wide office-holders.
Our Free to the Public and Other Events
Our Annual Meeting is held in January, but we have several meetings, candidate "meet & greets" and other events throughout the year. Member benefits include discounts on priced events and the knowledge one is underwriting free events that spread the GOP message.
Examples of free events for the general public held in the recent past were presentations on Sex Slave Trafficking in Lake County and Chicagoland and a debate on Common Core, PARCC testing and governmental "womb to tomb" data collection. Other free events included Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA's discussion on the erosion of free speech on college campuses and how his group spreads the GOP message to the younger generation. We hosted a free reception for Bruce and Diana Rauner, a cocktail party at Onwentsia Club for U.S. Senate candidate and Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis, and a luncheon lecture from Maggie Gallagher of American Principles Project at Exmoor Country Club. Dan Proft, Radio Personality and Political Pundit keynoted our December 2015 Christmas Party and generously answered many guest questions. Michael Lotus, co-author of America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century: Why America's Greatest Days are Yet to Come (Encounter Books, 2013) will keynote our January 9, 2016 Annual Meeting which is also free and open to the public. Our officers have assisted Congressman Robert Dold with public outreach on religious persecution in the Middle East and worked with many local GOP candidates on events and voter outreach.
Your membership and donations support these types of events and have allowed us to expand our outreach to non-traditional GOP voters. For example, you helped us donate a table to the Lake County Republican Federation Dinner featuring African-American GOP U.S. Senator Tim Scott(SC) for Pastor Corey Brooks and other leaders in the local African-American community. We were all edified and encouraged by Senator Scott's "rags to riches" personal story and his expression of the Republican values he learned as a young man when a Chick Fil A franchisee took him, a high school drop-out, under his wing (pardon the pun) and taught him the values of fiscal and personal responsibility.
Our Past Presidents
Margaret "Peggy" Siebert, 2016-present
Jennifer Neubauer 2014-2015
Mrs. William Madden (Kim) 2012-2013
Mrs. Walter Falkowski (Pat) 2010-2012
Mrs. Jan Gibson 2008-2010
Mrs. John Kammerer (Pat) 2006-2008
Mrs. John Gram (Mary) 2004-2006
Mrs. Robert Price (Cesilie) 2002-2004
Mrs. Richard Mandahl (Ruth) 2000-2002
Mrs. David Crouse (Terese) 1999-2000
Mrs. James Bauer (Jill) 1997-1999
Mrs. Stacy Ball 1994-1996
Mrs. Corinne (Paul) Wood 1992-1994
Mrs. Orville C. Beattie (Mary) 1989-1991
Mrs. Daniel Yomine (Jeanne) 1988-1989
Mrs. Richard Gnospelius (Sue) 1986-1987
Mrs. John Sandner (Carole) 1985-1986
Mrs. Virginia M. McGeehee (Ginni) 1983-1984
Mrs. Benjamin J. Masters (Jean) 1981-1982
Mrs. Charles David Maley (Mildred) 1979-1980
Mrs. John Smith (JoAnn) 1977-1978
Mrs. George Lambert (Mary) 1976-1977
Mrs. Barbara Berg 1975-1976
Mrs. Shirley Neal 1974-1975
Mrs. Gordon H. Smith (Ruddy) 1972-1973
Mrs. Paul Brown (Elizabeth) 1969-1971
Mrs. Albert Gravenhorst (Sue) 1966-1968
Mrs. Thomas C. Bailey (Verna) 1965-1966
Mrs. Harmon Woodworth (Betty) 1962-1964
Mrs. Rhoades V. Newbell (Ruth) 1960-1961
Mrs. Hempstead Washburn, Jr. (Scott) 1958-1959
Mrs. John Trussell (Mary) 1956-1957
Mrs. Stewart Griffith (Bea) 1955-1956
Mrs. Robert Coghill (Marjorie) 1954-1955
Mrs. Otis Carney (Frederika) 1953-1954
Mrs. Garritt Rutgers (Fran) 1951-1952
Mrs. Wesley Dixon Sr. (Kitty) 1949-1950
Mrs. Hempstead Washburn, Sr. (Mary) 1947-1948
Mrs. Edward K. Welles (Betty) 1946-1947
Mrs. Arthur Dixon (Anita) 1944-1945
Mrs. Charles Haffner (Mary) 1943-1944
Mrs. William Gourley 1941-1942
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