What Is the Origin of HRC Support Network?
Inspired by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s lifelong efforts on behalf of children and families, the Hillary Rodham Clinton Fan Club was founded in the summer of 1992 by Ruth and Eugene Love of Silver Spring, Maryland. As a retired school teacher, Ruth was particularly attracted to Mrs. Clinton’s achievements in reforming education in Arkansas.
As a working woman, wife, mother, and public affairs activist, Mrs. Clinton’s dedication to improving the quality of life for all is evident in every project she has ever touched. To Fan Club members, she epitomized an American ideal.
The First Lady’s galvanizing presence at the 4th United Nations Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, stimulated growth of the HRC Fan Club to 170 chapters and over 25,000 members in the United States and countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America, and the Caribbean. (Mrs. Clinton mentions the Fan Club in her latest book, Living History.)
When Mrs. Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York in late 2000, the Loves retired the Fan Club. Continuing interest in Senator Clinton, and her public policy agenda, has led to creation of a new organization. Approved by founder Ruth Love, the Hillary Rodham Clinton Support Network is based on original Fan Club objectives. Senator Clinton has met with the new group on several occasions and expressed her gratitude.
HRCSN national coordinator is Rosemary George Straley, who formerly coordinated 28 chapters in California. Rosemary’s career in education and international development has taken her to many countries, always engaged in efforts to increase opportunities for girls and women to better their own lives and the lives of their families and communities. She served in the Peace Corps in West Africa as a volunteer and later as a country director.
HRCSN chapter coordinators – women and men – represent diverse backgrounds and include teachers and professors; nurses; organizational leaders; professional, business, and service careerists.