Shelton Republicans to honor Marge Domorod, hear from Rep. Klarides at dinner

The Shelton Republican Town Committee (RTC) will hold its annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St.

Margaret “Marge” Domorod, Shelton’s city/town clerk, will be presented with the Gov. John Davis Lodge Award in recognition of her many years of service to the city of Shelton.

State Rep. Themis Klarides of Derby, the newly-elected House Republican leader, will be the guest speaker.

Tickets to the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner are $65 per person in advance, or $80 at the door. For information or to make a reservation, call RTC Chairman Anthony Simonetti at 203-605-7712.

Marge Domorod, honoree

After moving to Shelton, Domorod worked in the Sponge Rubber Co. offices and raised a family. She volunteered for the PTA, served on the PTA Council and helped out her children’s scouting troops.

In 1972, she became a clerk in the Shelton Welfare Department, where she advocated for clients and their children with local hospitals, clinics and companies, especially during the Christmas season.

She later worked in the City/Town Clerk’s Office in Shelton City Hall, and then was appointed to the position of city/town clerk in 2001.

Domorod has served on the Shelton Housing Authority Board, the TEAM Inc. board, and the Lower Naugatuck Valley Council on Drugs and Alcohol. She is a member of the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club.

Themis Klarides, speaker

Klarides is the first woman named to lead legislative Republicans in Hartford. The 114th District she represents includes Derby, Orange and Woodbridge.

She first was elected as a state representative in 1998, and was re-elected to her ninth term in 2014. Klarides had served as deputy leader under outgoing GOP House Leader Larry Cafero since 2007.

John Davis Lodge Award

The Shelton RTC has given the John Davis Lodge Award annually since 1987 to recognize those who share Lodge’s dedication to public service and the ideals that America represents.

Lodge was the Republican governor of Connecticut from 1951 to 1955. He also was a World War II Navy veteran, congressman, and U.S. ambassador to Argentina, Spain and Switzerland.

In Connecticut, Lodge is perhaps best known for overseeing construction of the Connecticut Turnpike (most of which is now Interstate 95), which has since been named in his honor.