History of the Club

The Republican Club was started in 1981 when Larimer County Republican Chairman, Al Romano asked Wayne Allard to start a luncheon club for Larimer County.  The Club was organized by Wayne with Liz and Johnny Mattel and Jeanne Laudick helping.  The first meeting was held at the Hermitage Inn.  The Hermitage Inn was later to become the Prime Minister Restaurant and until recently, was the Cottonwood Club.

Wayne Allard - Founder of the Republican Club

Wayne Allard – Founder of the Republican Club

Wayne Allard was the first President of the Club.  Liz Mattel was the first secretary and Jeanne Laudick was the first treasurer.  The club was an immediate success, hosting many prominent speakers.  Senator Fred Anderson, President of the Colorado State Senate and Representative Ron Strahle, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives were both from Larimer County and were the first two speakers.  The Club charged for the meals only and passed the hat for any extra expenses incurred.

Ron Strahle retired in 1982 and Wayne was asked to run for his seat in the State House.  Wayne resigned as president of the Republican Club in order to campaign for the seat.  He won and proceeded to win legislative seats for the next 26 years and retired from the United States Senate in 2009.

The Republican Club has continued  for these last 32 years with a very active membership.