KINGMAN - The Kingman Republican Men's Club will be formally changing its name to the Conservative Republican Club of Kingman and accepting women as full members and officers, president Laurence Schiff said.
There was a lot of talk last year about merging the Republican men's and women's clubs, and ultimately the women voted to disband their club, he said.
The new name also identifies the club as Constitutional conservatives, he added.
"We will still be a Republican club because it is my belief that the Republican party is the only vehicle large enough to effect change in our country's direction, and we need to take over the party for conservatives, not leave it and become independent," Schiff explained.
"Secondly, if we are not affiliated with the party, many Republicans will not address our club."
Schiff was able to meet many elected officials at inauguration ceremonies, and hopes to invite some of them to Kingman club meetings.
The Conservative Republican Club of Kingman is holding its inaugural meeting at 11:15 a.m. Monday at the Dambar Steakhouse with guest speaker Robert Graham, head of the Arizona GOP. He's running for almost certain re-election, Schiff said, and leads an organization that nearly swept the November elections.
Graham came to Kingman two years ago when he was running for his first term.
"I can tell you he is a young, energetic and very personable gentleman you don't want to miss meeting," Schiff said.
The program costs $3, with lunch optional.
The club is looking for two vice presidents and a secretary. Current officers are Laurence Schiff, president; Marvin Robertson, first vice president; Stan Baran, treasurer; and Larry Joseph, Sergeant at Arms.
Schiff said he's going to need assistance in setting up a website and Facebook page for the club, along with booking speakers and contacting potential new members.
Schiff said he's often asked to make unilateral decisions as president of the club, but wants to involve everyone in choosing speakers and building the club in their image.
"I do wish for this to be a club driven by the grassroots, and not our officers, though I recognize that is not always possible," he said.