Welcome to the Republican Club of West Volusia.

Our goal is to increase the awareness of the core values of the Republican Party, to promote conservative principles, and to elect Constitutional patriots.

Gary Crews

Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month:

  • Social at 5:30pm
  • Meeting at 6pm
Wayne G. Sanborn Center
815 South Alabama Avenue
DeLand, Florida 32724
Open to all registered Republicans

Photo Gallery


Defending the Constitution, Promoting the Club, Serving the Community


A packed house heard from candidates and elected officials including U.S. Representative and Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis, U.S. House Candidates Fred Costello and Michael Waltz, and many great Republican 2018 candidates for County Council, the Florida Legislature and City Commissions, The fantastic​ volunteers from the Republican Club of West Volusia provided great food and decorations and made all feel welcome

Over 100 Hear Constitutionalist KrisAnn Hall at Volusia Teenage Republican Meeting Jan. 21 at DeLand HQ Making TARS #1 Club in US

Constitution Expert KrisAnn Hall

TARS Mentor Armando Escalante (r)

RCWV President Tim Taylor - SRO
The Republican Club of West Volusia Hosts Booth at the Popular Mardi Gras On Mainstreet Dog Parade January 27

Dan Eriksen, Treasurer Jo Lau and Secretary Gary Crews

Dan Ericksen and His Furry Friend, Jo Lau and PattyCrews

VPs Jessica Dragonetti and Toby Troutman Hand Out Treats

Patriotic Pooch Visits The Booth

Kathy Pugh (l) Greets Visitors

Our Popular Pup Tent


A record turnout attended the Republican Executive Committee of Volusia County 2017 Lincoln Day Dinner held at the Ocean Center Ballroom the evening of October 8. A VIP reception was held prior to the dinner, where guests and speakers could mingle and have their photos taken with the Keynote Speaker, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Fox News Host of Justice with Judge Jeanine. Greeting guests on arrival in the lobby was the Trump Fan Zone, filled with fun games and an old-fashioned arcade photo booth. Mistress of Ceremonies for the dinner was the lovely Casey Black DeSantis, host of a television talk show, First Coast Living, which airs in Jacksonville, and wife of speaker and U.S. Congressman (D-6) Ron DeSantis. They proudly announced their 10-month old daughter Madison will have a brother in March. Representative DeSantis spoke of the importance of draining the swamp that is DC by voting out politicians who put perks and party over people. Judge Jeanine, who also spoke on cleaning up DC, gave a special shout out to the next generation, the Volusia Teenage Republicans (VTARS), recently named the best TARS club in Florida.

Fun and Games Before Dinner at the Trump Fan Zone
Adorable Deplorables Walt and Maredy Hanford

Drain the Swamp Game
Drain the Swamp Game

Club Members Gliter Girls Jessica Dragonetti and Kathy Pugh and Special Friends

RCWV Member Rosa Campbell

RECVC Chair Tony Ledbetter and Judge Jeanine Pirro

Member and Party Committewoman Dana Dougherty, FL State Rep, Dorothy Hukill, County Council Member Deb Denys and Club Member Phyllis Stauffenberg

Club members Gary and Patty Crews and Dana Dougherty (center)

Casey and Congressman (D-6) Ron DeSantis

Judge Jeanine Inspires the Audience

Record Turnout

Judge Jeanine and Our Great Teenage Republicans

Mrs. T Toni Ledbetter Event Planner Extroadinaire

Dwight and Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis

School Board Chair and District 5 Rep Melody and Nathan Johnson

Judge Jeanine Pirro Is All Smiles


Hundreds packed the Bethune Cookman College Performing Arts Center in Daytona Beach to hear and question Congressman Ron DeSantis during an hour and one half town hall. There were factions in the audience less than respectful of the Congressman and his supporters recognized to ask a question. Sometimes, not even a microphone was able to magnify  the Congressman's voice above the shouts.  Eventually, both those who agreed nd disagreed with the Congressman's positions were heard.  A win for free speech.  

Photos By Paul Deering

Showing Support Outside
And In

RCWV Member the Intredpid Phyllis Stauffenberg
A Toast To The Republican Party

Barbara Deering Poses a Question to Congressman De Santis


RPOF Committeman and Club member Paul Deering and Friend

Calm and Collected Rep. Ron DeSantis

RCWV At The De Leon Springs State Park Spring Festival
Music and Car Show

This  successful event featured history walks, booths,  live music, including the hit boy band NK5, hot rods, classic, custom and antique cars.  RCWV was a proud participant and sponsor of this event and others and has been recognized for its contributions with a plaque on the Park Donor Board.     

Photos by Karen K. Clark

Gary and Patty Crews, Toby Troutman, Tom Van Der Veer and , Jo Lau
Gary Crews and Toby Troutman

Tresurer Jo Lau
A Toast To The Republican Party

Hot Rods


The RCWV Gang and Hit Group NK5

RCWV At The 2017 DeLand Christmas Parade

Christmas arrived early in Deland on December 7, when thousands of happy West Volusians cheered as colorful floats, talented marchers, bang-up bands and decorated vehicles made their way down Woodland Boulevard in the 69th annual DeLand Christmas Parade. The Republican Club of West Volusia was a proud participant and was greeted with ovations, praises, thank yous, thumbs ups and even some toasts. The RCWV float crew and accompanying Volusia Teenage Republican marchers waved and spread candy canes and good conservative cheer. Kudos to those who helped behind the scenes and decorated our entry. The truck was again donated by Past President Marshall Bone. Good fun was had by all. Photos Gary Crews

Secretary Gary Crews and VP Bobbie Doyle Unload The Club Banner
Treasurer Jo Lau Has The Perfect Touch

Adelinda Gajo, Bobbie Doyle and Gary Crews Decorating

A Work In Progress


President Tim Taylor, Jo Lau, Reindeer Patty Crews and Bobbie Doyle At The Parade Linep

Ready To Roll

Christmas Past 2016

RCWV Patriotic Marching Elves
RCWV Entry

A Toast To The Republican Party
A Toast To The Republican Party

DeLand HS Marching Band

RCWV Ready To Roll

Wending Our Way Down Woodland

Amalie Krewe Mardi Gras Dog Parade Float

Santa Claus Has Come To Town

Club Member Tabatha, Savannah and Taylor Grimes With St. Nick

RCWV Waving All The Way




Christmas Elf Judy Vingleman & the RCWV Entry in Progress

RCWV President Paul Deering & Judy Vingleman Drying & Decorating

Santa AKA RCWV Secrtary Gary Crews

Floats & Fans

Judy Vingleman with Stacy Cantu, Wife of Florida House (26) Candidate Michael Cantu & Volusia County Appraiser Candidate H. Alan Burton & Brood

Volusia Teenage Republicans President Mary Schutten with Gary Crews



2013 Christmas Parade -
President Dana Swanson

Christmas 2014 RCWV President Dana
Swanson & Driver Tim Wilcott in
1965 Stingray Corvette


Volusia County had 1,004 more registered Democrats than Republicans going into the November 8 election, but Republicans flipped the script by turning out over 9,000 more voters, thanks to the dauntless volunteers who manned headquarters, waved signs, canvassed neighborhoods, made phone calls, and were poll greeters and watchers. Republicans turned Volusia County deep red, winning the Presidency, the U.S. Congress and Senate, most State House and Senate and Volusia County Council Seats and the Council Chair. 

The Republican Club of West Volusia is a great venue to meet and work with like-minded people, and where volunteering is easy and stress-free, as well as gratifying, educational and enjoyable year round.  


RCWV Member Karen Clark at Trump Rally in Sanford

An Early Civics Lesson on Woodland Boulevard, DeLand

GOTV Phone Bank Victory Headquarters Holly Hill

Early Voting is a Family Affair at New Smyrna Beach Library

RCWV Member Karen Clark and Other Volusia Volunteers

Eric Trump Visits Holly Hill Victory Headquarters
Pumped for Vicotry at Election Night Party at Daytona Speedway

Cogressman Ron DeSantis and REC Chairman Tony Ledbetter Display Vicotry Cake

Local Meida(Here Channel 9) Reported From the Party
Look Who Showed Up To Celebrate and Congratulate

RCWV Member Rose Campbell (c) Celebrate Republican Landslide with Tony Ledbetter and Friends


Benghazi hero Kris "Tanto" Paronto was the keynote speaker the evening of August 12, at the Republican Executive Committee of Volusia County's annual Lincoln Day Victory Dinner, the year's biggest fundraiser, at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. Paronto was one of six American private security operators who fought back against Islamic militants on September 11, 2012, in an attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and he was invited to share his harrowing tale. Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, and Donald Trump greeted guests in the lobby (life size cardboard cutouts). Inside, they were treated to a who's who of the Republican party. With close to 500 attendees and an active silent auction, the 2016 Lincoln Day Dinner was a success.


Lincoln Day Dinner 2016 Announcement Flyer
Presenting the Colors
Dana, Maredy and Walter Hanfod
Dorothy Hukill, FL House (D-26) Candidate Michael Cantu
Dwight & Lisa Lewis, Supervisor of Elections Candidate & Dinner Organizer Toni Wright

FL Senator (D-8) and Candidate Drothy Hukill
Fl. Rep (D-25) & U.S. Congress Candidate Fred Costello, School Board Member Linda Costello, & keynote speaker
Full House
H. Alan Burton Property Appraiser Candidate

Helping Hands Patty and Gary Crews and Jo Lau
Jared Mitchel, Tom Leek for FL House (D-25) and Michelle Leek
Keynote Speaker Kris Tanto Paronto
Keynote Speaker

Kris Paronto and Rosa Campbell
Kris Paronto Book Signing
Kris Paronto with Congressman and Mrs. Ron DeSantis
Margie Patchett, Webster Barnaby, RCWV Member & State Committeewoman Dana Dougherty

Ormond Beach Mayor and County Council Chair Ed Kelley and Mary Margaret Kelley
Poll Volunteer Coordinators Nancy and Tom Coriale
RCWV Member Eddie Robbins Waved Trump Signs To Get A Trump Hat

RCWV Member Karen Clark and Armando Escalante
RCWV Treasurer Jo Lau (c) and Club Members Patty and Gary Crews
RCWV VP and Candidate State Committeeman Paul Deering
Volusia Teenage Republicans

RECVC Chairman Tony Ledbetter Gives the Dinner Thumbs Up
Sheriff Candidate Chief Deputy Eric Dietrich
State Senator and Candidate (D-8) Dorothy Hukill
Volusia Teenage Republicans


Over 100 people and 31 candidates and judges attended the July 16, 2016 official opening and welcome to the community and candidates. Speeches were eschewed for mingling and one-on-one conversations.


Hosts Judy Vingleman, Dennis Antonacci and Marilyn Lanning

RCWV President Marshall Bone Introduces Candidates

Rep. DeSantis, Patricia Cobb, Charles Steen and Dan Taylor

Quite A Spread Courtesy RCWV Hosts

Supervisor of Elections Candidate Lisa Lewis and RCWV Founding Member Hazel Allison

Hosts Margaret Neal, Jo Lau, Bobbie Doyle, Patty & Gary Crews

Jim & Beverly Outlaw & U.S. Rep. (D-6) & Candidate Ron DeSantis

She’s Number One - Florida State Senator (D-8) & Candidate Dorothy Hukill & Supporter

The Republican Club of West Volusia Hosts Booth at the 2016
Krewe of Amalee Mardi Gras on Main Street Dog Parade

DeLand went to the dogs on Saturday, February 6, when the annual Mardi Gras Dog Parade marched down Woodland Boulevard. This year’s theme was Patriotic Pups. Club members (and candidates) enjoyed a dog day afternoon at the RCWV booth at the street festival on West Indiana Avenue in front of the historic courthouse, greeting two and four legged participants and handing out election and educational information to passers-by and treats to our furry friends.


RCWV Stalwart Judy Vingleman Hands Out Information

Paws For A Treat

RCWV Member and Clerk of the Court Candidate Laura Roth Marches With Uncle Sam

Laura Roth Supporters

Republican Club of West Volusia and Republican Executive Committee of Volusia County (REC) Members Attend and Show Support at Black Republican Trailblazer Awards Luncheon

Since losing the 2012 Presidential race, the Republican Party has devoted time and resources into outreach programs such as the Fourth Annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards Luncheon, January 21, at Bethune Cookman College’s Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. Some 200 people, including tables of students, heard from Reince Priebus, the National Republican Party Chairman and Trailblazer Award Winner Alphonso Jackson, who served as President Bush's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2004 to 2008.


REC Members Vic Baker, Toni Wright, US House Candidate GG Galloway, and Son

RCWV VP Paul Deering, Ambassador Stan Escudero, President, Republican Club of SE Volusia

Reince Priebus, John Davis, and County Trailblazer Webster Barnaby

RCWV Member Judy Vingleman and Tablemates

Alphonso Jackson Receives Trailblazier Award From Reince Preibus

Keynote Speaker Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus

Ludwin Luck of the Black Leadership Initiative

A Full House and Appreciative Audience

U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy Keynotes Volusia County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner November 8, 2015

An enthusiastic and record crowd of over 650 filled the ballroom of the Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, on Sunday night, November 8, for the Volusia County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner. Local, state and federal candidates and elected officials mingled with Republican voters from at least five nearby counties. “We’ve got a lot of activists and a roomful of cheerleaders,” said Tony Ledbetter, Chairman of the Volusia Republican Executive Committee. “We just have to keep raising more cheerleaders.” U.S Congressman and now U.S. Senate candidate Ron DeSantis was awarded the American Conservative Union’s Defender of Liberty Award by its President, Matt Schlapp. U.S. Congressman Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the House Benghazi Committee, was the keynote speaker. He championed classic conservative principles and called on the audience to use facts, not insults, and to be genuine, sincere and compassionate when spreading the message of the Republican Party. “If you want to win in 2016, it is no longer enough that we simply tell people – particularly people my kids’ age – what you believe,” he said. “You have to tell them why you believe it.”


A Full House at the Ocean Center

Alan Burton, RECWV Member and Candiate for Volusia County Property Appraiser

American Conservative Union President Matt Schlapp Presents the ACU Defender of Liberty Award to Congressman DeSantis

Billie Wheeler, Volusia County Council District 2 Candidate

Candidate for Voluisa County Clerk of Courts and RCWV Member Laura Roth

County School Board Member (District 5) and New Vice Chair Melody Johnson and Nate Johnson

Event Planner Extroadinare Toni Ledbetter with RECVC Chair Tony Ledbetter

Former County Council Member Webster Barnaby, Stacy, Michael Cantu, Candidate Florida House (District 26) Bethune Cookman Students Antonio Rawls and Mykel Wyett

Keynote Speaker US Congressman (R-SC), Chair of the House Benghazi Committee

Master of Ceremonies State Representative (Distirct 25) Fred Costello

RCWV Member, the Elegant Elizabeth Lendian

RCWV Members Paul and Marilyn Lanning

Volusia Teen Age Republicans (TARS)

Representative Gowdy and State Senator (District 8) Dorothy Hukill

Representative Gowdy with Barbara and Paul Deering, RCWV President

Representative Gowdy with RCWV Vice President Dana Swanson

Representative Gowdy, Sandy Adams, and Volusia County School Board Chairwoman Linda Costello

Republican Executive Committe of Voluisa County Chairman Tony Ledbetter

Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia

Thanks to US Congressional Candidate Sandy Adams for Inviting Rep. Gowdy to Keynote the Dinner

Trey Gowdy and Tony Ledbetter

Trey Gowdy Gave an Uplifting Speech on the Positive Messaging of Conservative Principles

U. S Congress (District 6) Candidate Sandy Adams

U.S.Congressman (District 6) and Senatorial Candidate Ron DeSantis


The Republican Party of West Volusia Hosts Booth At the Volusia County Fair November 5-15, 2015

With election season on the horizon and thousands of Americans enjoying the blessings of liberty at the fair, members and volunteers from the Republican Club of West Volusia and other Republican clubs from across the county brought the message of true conservative values to the fairgrounds. It was a great and fun opportunity for passersby to meet local candidates, gather information, and participate in a presidential straw poll.


Candidate Ballot Petition Gathering

Laura Roth and RJ LaRizza - Running for Reelection- 7th Judicial Circuit State Attorney

RCWV Member Laura Roth - Candidate for Volusia Clerk of Courts

RCWV President Paul Deering, Sandy Adams for US Congress (District 6) Rep Daniel Dean RCWV Members Rosa Campbell and Barbara Deerring, Bonnie Doyle

The Republican Club Of West Volusia
Honored America's Veterans
As A Proud Supporter Of Wreaths Across America
("Remember, Honor, Teach")
And Co-Sponsor Of The Deland Wreath Laying Ceremony
Deland Memorial Gardens - Saturday, December 13


Rep. Ron DeSantis and RCWV Secretary Gary Crews

Honoring DeLand's Veterans

University HS ROTC Posts the Colors

Honoring Marine Vets

No Veteran Forgotten

Congressman Ron DeSantis

The Benediction

RCWV Member Patty Crews Unloads Wreaths

Gary Crews and 97 Year Old WWII, Korean and Cold War Vet Charley Rago


RCWV Members Judy Vingleman (l) and Patty Crews Prepare the Wreaths for the Ceremony

Memorial Wreath

RCWV and Greatest Generation Member Captain Chuck Downey
Delighted and Awed Members and Guests at the November Meeting.

Capt. Downey was an ace WWII pilot, the youngest ever to fly for the Navy during the war and a pilot for 70 years. On November 13, 1944, at Manila Bay, he helped sink a Japanese light Cruiser.  In the course of that action, his plane was hit by shrapnel from the explosion of the bomb from his flight leader. The damage nearly ended the mission, but Capt. Downey was able to get the plane back to a carrier. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for this action and cited in Tom Brokaw’s bestselling book, “The Greatest Generation”. After 33 years in the service, Capt. Downey was an aviation executive with various commercial airlines. Last February, he and his daughter were invited by President George H.W. Bush, the second youngest WWII Navy pilot, and his wife, Barbara Bush, to their home in College Station, Texas


War Hero

Capt. Downey Addresses The Club

Capt. Downey Explains WWII Battle Plans

Religous Talisman of Kamikaze Pilot

County Commissioner Pat Patterson and Capt. Chuck Downey

Plane Flown By a Young Capt. Downey

Marc Woody, Joel Baker and Capt. Downey

Hazel Allison and Capt. Downey

Capt. Downey With Fellow WWII Aviator Pres. G.H.W. Bush at His Dallas Home

Capt. Downey

Patty Crews and Exhibit

WWII Memorabilia

Florida State Senator Dorothy Hukill (District 8) Fires Up the Crowd on Behalf of Governor Rick Scott at the RCWV Meeting October 21, 2014


Photos Courtesy of Faye McHugh

Republican Club of West Volusia Sponsors Candidate Meet and Greet

A full house gathered at Fan Central Station, 164 S. Alabama Avenue, DeLand, Saturday, July 19, from 10 am-noon, for a Candidate Meet and Greet, sponsored by the Republican Club of West Volusia.  All the candidates in the non-partisan judicial races attended, as did non-partisan and Republican candidates running in City (DeLand and Deltona), School Board and County Commission Races.  Candidates were given three minutes for formal remarks, after which they were available for one-on-one questions and comments.  It was a morning of valuable information, good food and community amity.

photos courtesy Karen K. Clark


Voluisa County Council D1 Candidate Ronnie & Mrs. Mills

RCWV Member Elizabeth Lendian Signs in With RCWV Secretary Jo Lau

Rich Gailey County Council Distrct 5 Candidate Addresses the Crowd

Judicial Candidates Wait to Address the Crowd 2

Pat Patterson, County Commission District 1 Candidate Addresses the Crowd

Dr. John Hill, County School Board District 1

Deb Denys Candidate County Counci District 3 Addresses the Crowd

RCWV Dana Swanson Welcomes A Full House

Circuit Court Judge Candidate Karen Foxman & DeLand Mayoral Candidate Robert Apgar

Fan Central Station

An Attentive Audience

Gary & Patty Crews & Lorraine Sullivan

Melody Johnson, County School Board District 5 Speaks with the Support
of Her Children

Pat Johnson, DeLand
Mayoral Candidate
Makes His Case

Plenty of Information

Mr. DeSantis Comes to DeLand

U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis (FL-6) was the featured speaker at the March meeting.  This was a singular opportunity for the community to ask questions of and address concerns to our direct representative in Congress, to hear first-hand what is going on in Washington and how he has responded legislatively.

photos courtesy Karen K. Clark


RCWV President Dana Swanson and Congressman Ron DeSantis

Rep. DeSantis and RCWV 2013 President's Award Winner Hazel Allison

Rep. Ron DeSantis Addresses RCWV

Rich Gailey County Council Candidat (D5), the Congressman and Fomer FL Congressman Craig James

RCWV and Friends - Never Forget September 11, 2001
and Benghazi, September 11, 2012




Ready To Rally

Outside County Council Offices

Outside County Council Offices

Outside County Council Offices

Florida Federation of Teenage Republicans Convention Orlando

Governor Scott, Wife Ann, with RCWV members Patricia Cobb and Dan Taylor (r)

DeLand Sponsors Sonia Mori and RCWV Member Judy Vingleman

Our Volusia DeLand Group

Getting Our Attendance Award

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