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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Broughton

NCFRW Tribute to Women Honorees

The Crystal Coast Republican Women would like to Congratulate the Coastal Region honorees for this year's Tribute to Women Dinner.

Shirley Babson - Brunswick County Republican Women

Shirley Babson was a founding member and President of the Brunswick Republican

Women, and a delegate to the Republican National Convention. Active with her County

GOP since the 1960s, and serving as County Chair, Shirley was instrumental in the

construction of their headquarters. Shirley is a "Lifelong Champion for Children,"

serving as School Board member and Chair for over 30 years. Shirley is a devoted


Dr. Kathryn Lawler - Brunswick County Republican Women

Active in Brunswick County Republican Women, and the County GOP for 22 years, Dr.

Kathryn Lawler, and her husband, Joe Agovino, support conservative values. Kathy

held numerous positions at local and state levels and attended five national NFRW

conventions. She has a wealth of knowledge, and keeps the club thriving, and is

always there for anyone who needs her help.

Dr. Bernadette L. McNulty - Craven County Republican Women's Club

Dr. Bernadette McNulty was Club President, chaired their Legislative Research and

Education Committees, and served on many committees. She has been in politics

herself, running for the Board of Education, and was an enthusiastic campaigner in

many racers, especially Presidential. On numerous occasions, Bernadette and her

husband, George, volunteered as poll observers.

Stephanie Broughton - Crystal Coast Republican Women

Our President and GOP First Vice Chairman manages social media, websites, attends

meetings, events, and NFRW Conventions. In 3rd District she chairs the Credentials

Committee, is on IT and Social Committees, and chartered the Crystal Coast Young

Republicans. For Trump Victory, she and her team knocked on 25,000 doors and made

over 40,000 phone calls. A decorated Army Veteran (Iraq), Stephanie rings the

Salvation Army Bell, collects for charities, and First Responders. She is highly

motivated, dedicated, and upholds conservative values.

Pamela Higgins - Lower Cape Fear Republican Women's Club

Pam Higgins is the hardest working, most dedicated treasurer they have had in 50

years. She was instrumental in raising a record-breaking $32,000 at their 2021 gala, for

18-year total candidate contributions of $148,000. When President in 1991, Pam saved

them from extinction when she signed up her two teenage daughters to meet the

minimum membership! Today, she keeps them on keel.

Lisa Carpenter - Onslow County Republican Women's Club

Lisa encouraged member participation in local campaigns and promoted a member

for the Board of Elections. Lisa, herself, was a candidate for the Onslow Board of

Commissioners ranking #1 over three incumbents, is NCFRW Coastal Region

Representative, and NCGOP 3rd District Member-At-Large, and spent the last year

campaigning for Ted Budd. The club earned its first NFRW Diamond Award in 2021.

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