News Release - July 2019

Members of SCRWC participate in the Georgetown Memorial Day Service,

joining other local civic groups in laying wreaths and supporting Flags for Heroes

on the Georgetown Circle.

Shown are (l-r) Kathy Phillips-Page, Lisa Hudson Briggs, Cathy Watts, and Ruth Briggs King. 


July 12, 2019

The last summer meeting of the Sussex County Republican Women’s Cub was held June 26 at the Sussex County Association of Realtors in Georgetown. It was with great pleasure that they recognized four talented young women, each chosen for their outstanding achievements as high school students, to receive The Lillian Martin Scholarship Award. 


In 1952, Lillian Martin established the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club and the Delaware Federation of Republican Women.  It was her dedication to the idea that women should participate in the political process that prompted her to do so.  Over the past six decades, her SCRWC vision has grown to become the largest GOP women’s club in Delaware. The scholarship fund was named in her honor.


Of the 11 applicants, Brendyn Vanderslice, Payton Welch, Meredith Carey and Gabriella Morelli were selected. 


Gabriella Morelli could not be present since she was attending orientation at Louisiana State University Ogden Honors College prior to attending in the fall.  Her sister was a recipient of this award last year. Both are graduates of Delmar High School. 


Brendyn Vanderslice is a graduate of Laurel High School.  She plans to pursue a degree in psychology, particularly criminal behavior, at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.  Her hope is to gain a better understanding of how the brain works and what compels a person to undertake criminal activities.


Payton Welch is a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School and plans to attend Clemson University, majoring in economics.  Her future career path may lead her to law school with an eye on politics, but for now she is just excited to begin her life as a college student at Clemson where her conservative values are shared.


Meredith Carey is a graduate of Woodbridge High School. Since seventh grade she has wanted to become a doctor.  She will be attending Bridgewater College where she hopes to pursue her dream of becoming a dermatologist. 


Hats off to the Scholarship Committee for their efforts in selecting this year’s outstanding recipients from a very well-qualified field of applicants.


SCRWC also gave the floor to its newest associate member, Lee Murphy, who announced his candidacy for Congress in 2020.  He wonders why Delaware is 49th in the nation in economic growth and why manufacturing jobs have disappeared.  He is not deterred by the uphill battle he faces against the Democrat voting majority in Delaware.  He states, “This is not about Lee Murphy.  I am your messenger and will work for you and for the future of our country.”


SCRWC also congratulates newly installed officers, Recording Secretary Carolyn Grob of Lewes, and Corresponding Secretary Sherry Long of Georgetown.


It is the mission of the Sussex County Republican women’s club to assist in the election of Republican candidates, act as an advocate for the Republican Party’s principles, and empower women to participate in the political process.  SCRWC, the largest Republican Women’s Club in Delaware, has been actively engaging women in the political process for more than six decades.  For additional information visit

Wreaths - Georgetown Circle Memorial Day Service

Three of the four scholarship winners are (l-r) Meredith Carey, Payton Welch and Brendyn Vanderslice.

Lee Murphy speaks to the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club members.

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