Lincoln Day Dinner a glorious success

Hours before an impending blizzard, the hale and hearty members of the Germantown Republican Club, met February 12, to celebrate the life and memory of Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President.  It was our 125th Lincoln Day Dinner.  

Meeting at the historic Union League, we honored City Republican Chair John Taylor with the Lincoln Day Award, City Commissioner Al Schmidt with the President’s Cup, City Republican Executive Director Joseph DeFelice with the Frank Galioto Community Service Award, and Carmella Fitzpatrick (the First Lady of Republican City Committee) with the William J. McGlaughlin III Memorial Award.

Pictured below:

(1)  Carmella Fitzpatrick with master of ceremonies Honorable Ken Powell

(2)  Club President Frank Hendrie, John Taylor, Ken Powell

(3)  Event organizers Susan Segal-Bonavitacola and Schuy Wood




Photos by Bob Rossman


125th annual Lincoln Day Dinner set for February 12


The Germantown Republican Club will have its 125th annual Lincoln Day Dinner, February 12, 2014, at the Union League, 140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA  19102.   


Speaker:  Honorable John Taylor, Pennsylvania State Representative and Chair of the Republican City Committee.


Lincoln Day Award

Honorable John Taylor

President’s Cup

Honorable Al Schmidt

Frank Galioto Community Serfice Award

Joseph DeFelice, Esquire

William J. McLaughlin III Memorial Award

Carmella Fitzpatrick


Business Attire/Subscription $65

$5 for Booster Listing (name in program)

The GRC respectfully requests that all reservations be paid by January 26, 2014

Reduced parking rates available at Midtown Garage, 1415 Sansom Street

For information email

Speaker on Civil War Photography at October 9 dinner meeting

Photographer and historian Susan E. Ellis will speak on Civil War Photography at the next dinner meeting of the Germantown Republican Club, October 9, at 7 p.m. at Chestnut 7 restaurant.

One hundred fifty years ago, the United States was at war.  In July 1863, Philadelphian General George Meade had just successfully driven General Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia out of Pennsylvania at Gettysburg.

Most of us can vividly picture both Generals as well as the battlefield at Gettysburg, largely because of the photographic record of the U.S. Civil War. When we think of Civil War photography, the name Mathew Brady usually comes to mind. But Mathew Brady may not have captured a single image in the war. He did put a group of talented studio photographers into the field, who learned as they went along how to adapt to the battlefield photography.

This presentation will examine the work of several Civil War photographers and discuss their photographic work.  In the days when shutter speeds were several seconds long and one exposure required nearly 30 minutes to capture from start to finish, Civil War photographers managed to record one of the pivotal events in American history, creating images that created history. 

Chestnut 7 restaurant is located 8201 Germantown Avenue.  For reservations contact Schuy Wood or email

P.S.  Susan Ellis is also a biologist.  Her photographic passion is bugs.   Check out her websites

Welcome to the Germantown Republican Club

June 11 dinner meeting at Schuy’s house


On June 11, we celebrated the beginning of summer with dinner at Schuy Wood’s house.  Our speaker was the Honorable Calvin R. Tucker, chair of the Philadelphia Black Republican Council.   A Republican activist, ward leader, and legislative candidate, Tucker defeated a Montgomery County millionaire to be elected delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention.  

Calvin Tucker and President Stretch Hendrie

Lincoln Day Dinner

February 12, 2013


Speaker:  Honorable James E. Nevels

President of the Pennsylvania Society

Past chair of the School Reform Commission

Linda Wolfe Bateman, R.I.P.


Our Trustee and former Secretary, Linda Wolfe Bateman died in December.  She served the Republican Party as candidate for Register of Wills, candidate for State Representative, ward leader and committeeperson.   She is survived by her children, Maria, Michael, Matthew, Maurice and Margaret.   Her husband Anthony died in 2005.  Contributions in her memory should be made to the American Cancer Society Relay to Life. 

Constitutional lawyer Charles “Chip” Becker discusses the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision at the July 17 meeting of the Club




Every two or three months we will be gathering for dinner and a speaker.  On July 17, we met at Cin Cin an excellent restaurant in Chestnut Hill.

June 2012 Meeting 

with City Commissioner Al Schmidt

Hosts:  Schuy and Ted Wood


Commissioner Schmidt discusses his role in reforming the conduct of elections in Philadelphia


Commissioner Al Schmidt, outgoing President David Richards, incoming President Stretch Hendrie


Commissioner Schmidt joins the leadership of the Germantown Republican Club with our historic charter

Cold weather, warm hearts

Dedication of bench 

in memory of Frank Galioto



Frank Gaiioto

On January 15, under strong winter sun and cold air, we gathered to honor the memory of Frank Galioto, vice president of the Germantown Republican Club and director of constituent services for Councilman Frank Rizzo.  By the bench are Frank’s family.  The bench is located outside Chestnut 7, 8201 Germantown Avenue.  After the dedication, the Club adjourned to Chestnut 7 and later the Chestnut Hill Bocce Club to honor Frank and celebrate his memory.

False confessions, bad identifications and DNA testing


Marissa Bluestine, Esquire (second from right), Legal Director of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project addressed the Club on January 9.  She spoke about false confessions, bad identifications and the use of DNA testing to clear people who were convicted of crimes they did not commit.   This event was our first dinner meeting.  Four tmes a year we will meet for dinner and hear speakers on politics, public affairs, journalism and law.  Each dinner will be at a different restaurant in Northwest Philadelphia.  The January 9 dinner was at the Trolley Car Diner.

2011 Christmas Party at Chestnut 7


Flag Heritage


Michael Axelrod, vice president of the Philadelphia Flag Day Association addressed the Club on October 17, 2011.

City Council candidate Joe McColgan meets the Club



Our summer dinner was held June 13 at Schuy Wood’s house.  City Council candidate Joe McColgan discussed the challenges of economic growth and education for the City of Philadelphia.

Tayoun discusses politics and journalism with GRC


On March 14, the Honorable James Tayoun, publisher of The Public Record addressed the Club.   He spoke about the challenges facing the Republican Party in Philadelphia and the factionalism among local Democrats.   Mr. Tayoun formerly served as City Councilperson, State Representative and Democratic ward leader.  GRC officers Stretch Hendrie, David Richards, Carol Mack and Calvin Tucker pose with Mr. Tayoun.

2011 Lincoln Day Dinner at the Union League


President David Richards presents the Lincoln Award to Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley


Sretch Hendrie and Melanie Galioto present the Frank Galioto Community Service Award to Jane Piotrowski, chair of the Social Division of the Chestnut Hill Community Association