Former political prisoner to speak

BUCKHANNON — Lala Mooney of Charles Town will be the featured guest speaker at the April 22 meeting of the Central West Virginia Republican Women’s Club. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the BiCentennial Inn/88 Restaurant & Lounge in Buckhannon.

Mooney was a political prisoner in Cuba along with members of her family. On the Day of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, April 17, 1961, the government of Fidel Castro made a massive raid and gathered more than 100,00 prisoners all over the island, including Mooney, her father and two sisters.

They managed to be released after two month of incarceration and came to the United States. Once in the U.S., Mooney met her husband, Vincent J. Mooney, who was a captain in the Army and served a year in Vietnam. They had four children, Vincent Jr. and Margarita are college professors, Patrick is a businessman and Alex is a U.S. Congressman serving West Virginia’s Second Congressional District.

Mooney returned to Cuba for a two-week visit in 1999 and has traveled there to do mission work seven more times. She was heartbroken to see how the country has deteriorated. She believes that by telling her story in detail and explaining the sad reality of the pain and suffering of the people in Cuba, she will make people realize that communism does not work.

The Central West Virginia Republican Women’s Club invites you to join them to hear more of Mooney’s story and informational talk on the devastating effects communism has had on the country of Cuba.

The objectives of the Central West Virginia Republican Women’s Club are:

1. Increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government; 2. Inform the public and promote the principles of the Republican Party through political education and activity; 3. Effectively communicate with Republican Women’s clubs and all levels of government; 4. Foster loyalty to the Republican Party and promote its principles and candidates in all elections, including nonpartisan elections. No individual candidate endorsements shall be made until after the Primary Elections or the Republican National Convention of presidential elections; and 5. Support the objectives and policies of the West Virginia Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women.

For more information, call LeVera Gillum, president, at 304-472-3175.