Lee Republican Women Federated Meets the second Monday of the month at

KJ Steakhouse at 10950 S. Cleveland Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33907


Doors open at 5:00 pm, Dinner served at 5:45 pm

Reservations and menu inquiries can be made by texting Ashley Winstel at 602-7708-8663 or email:




Our Club

Our amazing team of volunteers and club members
are committed to getting out the conservative vote.
We are making a difference.
We take our convictions and turn them into action.
Think you would be a good fit?
Come to our next meeting and join our club!

Our Executive Board

President: Kerri Tonkin
1st VP: Ashley Winstel
2nd VP: Amira Fox
Treasurer: Chris Wappes
Asst. Treas: Marj Tyrer
Recording Sec: Ruth Rodrigues
Corresponding Sec: Marilyn Kostik

Kerri Tonkin


Kerri is from Alaska.  A lifelong Republican she got involved in politics campaigning for a state senator and from there to the GW Bush campaign and has been involved in various campaigns ever since.  She loves the grassroots of campaigning which eventually led her to LRWF as the worker-B’s of campaigns. Kerri and her husband Robert have three children and three grandchildren.  As a point of pride her oldest granddaughter is LRWF youngest member.  Her love of history led to offering to help with the Republican Museum where she is now the curator.


Ashley Winstel

1st Vice President

Ashley Winstel, originally from Alaska, has 2 children, Laura and James and has been married to Jim Winstel for 15 years.  She has lived in Fort Myers since 2008,  and became a “hard core” republican in 2004 when George Bush was running for his second term. She threw election drives and parties to get people to vote for him.  Since then, she joined LRWF and has been active in the club doing the reservations and working with the chef and manager at the Marina…bringing us our meals for our monthly meetings. Ashley is our 1st Vice President and also has been very active with our bi-annual Fashion Show.

In her limited spare time she likes to read, boat and camp in their RV with her family.


Amira Fox

Second Vice President

Amira Fox, State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida covering Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties graduated from American University in Washington D.C. in 1987 with degrees in International Studies and Economics and received her law degree from The George Washington University in 1990. She was Assistant State Attorney with the 20th Judicial Circuit in 1990 and head of the Hendry and Glades office in 1998. She entered private practice in 2002, and formed her own practice in 2004. She became Chief Assistant State Attorney in 2012 and in 2015.  Ms. Fox was chair of the 20th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee and completed a four year term with the 20th Circuit’s Judicial Nominating Commission, having been appointed by Governor Rick Scott in 2014. She is active in numerous community organizations. Amira’s and her husband Mike have four children.

Chris Wappes


Chris was born in Vincennes, Indiana. From early on, she campaigned for Republican candidates in her area, even wrote a campaign song for her local mayoral race which she sang on her local radio station. she earned a BA in Elementary Education at Concordia Teachers College in Illinois and an MS in Elementary Education from Indiana University.  She taught for thirty-four years in Indiana and has subbed locally for fourteen years after retirement and relocation to Florida.  Her hobby is the Civil War, and she has given talks to various clubs and schools. She enjoys the company of her two sons and three grandchildren (one on the way).

Marj Tyrer

Assistant Treasurer



Ruth Rodriguez

Recording Secretary

Born in the same year as Walt Disney World, Ruth grew up from the strawberry fields in Plant City, Florida. She met the love of her life, Raymond, at Berry College in Georgia, and has has been married for 27 years.  Their son Rhett, at 17, continues to teach them so many of God’s greatest lessons in love.   She is an avid FGCU Eagles fan, as she has been a part of the University’s growth for 19 years in a variety of administrative roles, currently serving as the University Director of Emergency Management. She is also the Adviser for the FGCU College Republicans and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  She utilizes her knowledge of government and policy to make gains in protecting human life in all of its levels of development through Personhood, Florida, and assists with Republican efforts.

Marilyn Kostik

Corresponding Secretary

As a native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania I studied liberal arts at Carnegie Mellon and finance at the University of Pittsburgh Following college I  became real estate agent, a corporate relocation director to Westinghouse Corporation, a licensed mortgage broker and owner/president of a mortgage company specializing in Veterans Home Ownership. I assumed leadership roles in the Mortgage Bankers Association, South Side Chamber of Commerce Vice-President, saved a steam bridge, that now serves as a connection from South Side to a major arteries into downtown Oittsburgh, I was Secretary of a Pennsylvania State sponsored non-profit for 10 years and Treasure of my local Allegheny county finance and development commission for 20 years..


(Contact us if you want to be on a committee)

  • AMERICANISM – Germain Hyatt
  • BOOK CHAT– Cheryl Harris
  • CAMPAIGNS – Doris Cortese
  • CARING FOR AMERICA – Ashley Winstel
  • FUNDRAISING – Kerri Tonkin
  • NEWSLETTER – Mary Snyder
  • PUBLICITY – Gail Langner
  • SOCIAL MEDIA – Mary Snyder
  • LEGISLATIVE – Lori Fayhee
  • OUTREACH CHAIR – Mary Snyder
  • MUSEUM – Kerri Tonkin/Mary Snyder
  • RESERVATIONS – Ashley Winstel


  • CHAPLAIN – Terri Lee/Doris Cortese

Our Mission Statement

Lee Republican Women Federated commits to advancing the participation of local Republican women in all areas of the political system by encouraging, educating and empowering women to strengthen the Republican Party. LRWF encourages women to influence critical local, state and national issues. LRWF educates the members on the political process and current local, state and national issues. LRWF empowers women to assist the GOP in electing qualified Republicans to office, and promote Republican initiatives on a local, state and national level.LRWF understands that it is our responsibility to hold government responsible on every level…and LRWF is ready for that challenge.


Lee Republican Women Federated (LRWF) was chartered in 1986 by the Florida Federation of Republican Women. Our founders were eleven strong women with a vision for Republican women in Lee County, the State and the Country. Our members, now better than 150 strong, have worked tirelessly to elect Republicans in every election.

Through our Book Chats, speakers, Legislation, Republican Museum, Outreach, and Caring for America projects we have educated ourselves, promoted Republican values and given to those less fortunate. Along with Lee County Bikers, we have gone to the airport to welcome home our returning military heroes.

As part of the FFRW, we are also affiliated with the National Federation Republican Women, a grassroots organization of more than 100,000 women throughout the country that support Republican candidates and issues at all levels of government. Our members have served as officers and committee members on both the FFRW board and the NFRW board.

LRWF members are a powerful network of ladies who are counted on to produce results in elections. We  re successful in giving our membership an unparalleled education on the political process and current issues. We work for both primary and general elections, man Republican headquarters, host voter registration drives and candidate forums, walk door to door and make thousands of phone calls.

Our founding Mothers had a vision and we thank them for their foresight and guidance. Lee Republican Women Federated has proven to be a home for conservative leaders. And one of the special side effects is that we have also made lasting friendships with people we would never have had the opportunity to meet if we hadn’t joined LRWF.

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