The STAR Republican News

October 2017

Star Republican Women is a federated member club of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, working within TFRW Region XI & Texas Senate District 24.

In This Issue. . .

  • October Program Details
  • Gennie's Spotlight
  • Helping Patriot Paws
  • SRW Chili Cook-Off Oct. 27
  • Nov. 7 Election Update
  • Helping Hurricane Victims
  • Nominating Committee Elected
  • Welcome New Members
  • ​Red Shoe Book Club Selection

SRW To Meet October 17 at Quail Point

Light Lunch 12:30 p.m.

Program Begins 1:00 

CLICK HERE for Upcoming GOP Events Calendar

Railroad Commission Chairman

To Speak at SRW Oct. 17 Meeting 


Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick will speak at the Star Republican Women's general meeting, Tuesday, October 17 at Quail Point Lodge.

Since her tenure on the Commission began November 2012, Craddick has pushed to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the energy industry that has driven the state’s unparalleled economic success in recent years.  She advocates “sensible regulations, careful listening and plain talk.” 

Making it a top priority, Christi has worked to educate the public about the oil and gas industry and its impact in Texas. She has fought against Washington’s one-size-fits-all environmental policies that would kill jobs and stifle energy production growth. Christi has advocated for recycling in the oilfields, helping to drive the percentage of reclaimed water upwards, an essential achievement in a state enduring a multi-year drought.

As part of her efforts to modernize the agency, Christi has championed an Information Technology (IT) overhaul for the Commission, seeking improvements that would upgrade the Geographic Information System, increase public access to the agency’s data, and speed up inspections and permitting times.

A native of Midland, Christi earned both her Bachelor’s Degree as a Plan II graduate and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas at Austin.  During her career as an attorney, she specialized in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation and environmental policy. 

Christi serves her community as a member of organizations including the State Bar of Texas, University of Texas Liberal Arts Alumni Advisory Council, Southern States Energy Board, The National Petroleum Council and Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation. Christi resides in Austin with her daughter, Catherine, and is an active member of St. Austin’s Catholic Church.

What's in a Name? 


Despite its name, the Texas Railroad Commission does NOT have jurisdiction over railroads. 

When the Railroad Commission of Texas was created in 1891, the agency was charged with oversight of the rail industry. Over the course of history, the Commission’s duties have evolved and all rail functions have been transferred to other agencies.

Legislation has been introduced to change the name of the agency to better reflect its current jurisdiction, but to date such legislation has not passed.

Governed by three statewide-elected commissioners, The Railroad Commission of Texas is the state agency with primary regulatory jurisdiction over the oil and natural gas industry, pipeline transporters, natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline industry, natural gas utilities, the LP-gas industry, and coal and uranium surface mining operations.

The Commission exists under provisions of the Texas Constitution and exercises its statutory responsibilities under state and federal laws for regulation and enforcement of the state’s energy industries. The Commission also has regulatory and enforcement responsibilities under federal law including the Surface Coal Mining Control and Reclamation Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Pipeline Safety Acts, Resource Conservation Recovery Act, and Clean Water Act.

The Commission does not have jurisdiction over railroads, roads, traffic, noise, odors, oil and gas leases and agreements, pipeline easements or royalty payments. 

Gennie's Spotlight


Our Republican Club is back from vacation and already working on some great plans for the remainder of 2017 and a victorious 2018!

Our first speaker this fall, Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey generated some fire in our organization  -- to increase Republican Party membership, raise funds and support Republican candidates for the upcoming 2018 elections.

Star Republican Women is off to a great start in growing our membership as the number of new members at our first fall meeting was outstanding. We welcome many more!

We have upcoming speakers outlined to give us updated information on current issues. We are here to provide you with information about upcoming Llano and Burnet Counties’ political events and meetings of importance and keep you up to date with information in our newsletter and on our website.

We have entertaining fundraising events and programs planned to raise funds to help us support candidates who are good conservative leaders and will stand up for our values and principles.

We need to be prepared in many ways to help Keep Texas Red in 2018. 

Our own State Senator Dawn Buckingham, who SRW supported in her successful election, was recently appointed to lead the State Republican Party of Texas 2018 Victory Committee. We will stand ready to help Senator Buckingham and our Party be victorious.

Sen. Buckingham is a good example of the right candidate to support.  She was chosen Co-Most Valuable Freshman of the 2017 Session of The Texas Legislature. She was also chosen as a member of the GOPAC 2017 Class Of Emerging Leaders, a group of national legislators selected for their potential and ability to impact their individual states and Republican Party. It is leaders such as our Senator who inspire us to work hard to keep effective elected officials in office and to elect more like her.

We are a very productive group of hardworking, young and middle aged, like-minded, conservative women and men who are willing to stand up and do our best in preserving and growing our conservative values with our fellow Americans. We hope to inspire more members to join us in this effort.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting and hope you will ask others to join our team and help us do this important job. 

God Bless you All!

Gennie Ward, SRW President

SRW's Caring for America Project

To Raise Funds for Patriot Paws 


Star Republican Women will launch a new Caring for America Project to support Patriot Paws, a non-profit organization whose mission is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American combat veterans with mobility disabilities and PTS in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.

"We are excited about launching our new project to help Patriot Paws," said SRW Caring for America Committee Chairman Marsha Lovelady.  "To raise funds for this great cause, we are hosting our first Chili Cook-Off, Friday, October 27.  [SEE CHILI COOK-OFF EVENT DETAILS BELOW.]

SRW joins The Texas Federation of Republican Women in supporting Patriot Paws.  At the TFRW Legislative Day in Austin last spring, TFRW President Theresa Kosmoski announced that it had raised $30,000 for the organization.  She challenged TFRW members and chapters to continue support for this organization.

It costs a minimum of $30,000 to acquire a puppy, train him/her, and then train the Veteran.  This training includes instructional materials, supplies, and support for training the disabled veterans.  The program also includes home visits, public access testing, and follow-up support for the life of the dog/Veteran team.

"There are so many men and women who have sacrificed so much to ensure our freedom and our liberty.  Professionally trained dogs like these can make a real difference in the lives of our service men and women but the cost is generally out of the reach of disabled vets," said Kosmoski.

For more information about Patriot Paws, including profiles of veterans whose lives have greatly improved by their new companions, go to http://www.patriotpaws.org.


SRW's Chili Cook-Off Set for Oct. 27!


Come join us for a night of fun and fabulous chili!  All for a good cause -- Patriot Paws!

Star Republican Women's Chili Cook-Off is set for Friday, October 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 103 Sitting Bull in Horseshoe Bay, the home of Caring for America Committee Chairman Marsha Lovelady. 

There will be a fierce, but friendly, competition among five teams lead by SRW officers:  Gennie Ward, Denise Rives, Emily Tobin, Caron Drake and Mary Lou Kromer. And YOU will determine who will be victorious!

Attendees will sample each team's chili, then pick their favorite and place a minimum of $10 in their chosen winner's money jar to get a full bowl of chili in return.  Then top your chili with your chosen condiments and later enjoy dessert provided by SRW board members.

Beer, wine and water will be available but you are encouraged to bring your own beverage of choice. 

This is a casual, backyard event so dress accordingly.  Some seating will be available but we encourage you to bring your own lawn chairs or stools.

All Star Republican Women members and associate members are invited to participate and may bring guests as well.  We encourage you to carpool with others to help reduce the number of cars.  A shuttle will be available to take attendees to the event from where they park and then back to their cars afterwards.

Please enjoy this Texas tradition and support our disabled veterans with your generous donations!

We will not be selling tickets, but would ask that you RSVP by clicking on the button below to register you and your guests.  This will help us better prepare to serve you at the event. The link takes you to an EventLink site.  Once on the EventLink site, Click on the REGISTER button and then the CHECK OUT button on the second page to fill in your name and number of guests.   


Legislative Update

Tomi MacDonald

Legislative Committee Chairman

November 7:  Constitutional Amendment Election

On November 7, registered voters throughout Texas will go to the polls to caste their votes for or against seven amendments to the Texas Constitution.  The 85th Texas Legislature approved these propositions, but a majority of voters must approve them before they are incorporated into the Texas Constitution.

Sample Ballots for your County can be obtained by clicking on the buttons below the proposition summaries.



​Authorizes tax exemption for property of partially disabled veterans received as donations


Makes changes to home equity loan provision of constitution


Provides for how long an appointed officer may serve after his or her term expires


Requires a court to provide notice to the attorney general of a challenge to a statute


Defines "professional sports team" in charitable raffles


Authorizes property tax exemption for surviving spouses of first responders killed in line of duty


Authorizes financial institutions to offer prizes to promote savings

Burnet County Ballots
Llano County Ballots

Caring for America Project Helps Hurricane Harvey Victims

THANK YOU to those who helped Star Republican Women provide more than 50 boxes of items donated for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.  The items included non-perishable food, diapers, bedding, clothing and children's books.  

Items we collected were delivered to the Austin Disaster Relief Center and quickly dispatched to the Houston area.  

Star Republican Women are making a difference!

Marsha Lovelady, Caring for Committee Chairman

It's Time To Renew!


It's that time again to renew your membership with Star Republican Women and Texas Federation of Republican Women.  

Dues are $25 for members and $15 for associates.  Remember, your spouse can join as an associate member and attend all of our meetings.  

Please download the 2018 Membership Form and bring to our next meeting or mail to the address noted on the form. We ask that you renew by November 1 for the January through December 2018 membership year.

We encourage you to invite your friends and family members to join as well!

Emily Tobin, VP of Membership

2018 SRW Membership Form

Nominating Committee Elected

To Develop 2018 Slate of Officers

At its September meeting, SRW members elected a Nominating Committee to develop a slate of officers for the 2018 term.  Committee members elected included: Mary Lou Kromer, Tomi MacDonald, Scarlet Reimer and Carol Hawkinson.

The Committee will announce its proposed slate of officers at the October meeting.  The election of officers will be held at SRW's Annual Meeting in November.  Additional nominations will be accepted from the floor prior to the vote.

Report your Hours Please!

We need your Third Quarter 2017 hours reported by Oct. 15.  Please email your count to Campaign Activities Committee Chairman Scarlett Reimer at scarlett80524@gmail.com.

Welcome New Members

Carol Ascue                               Dixie Patterson           

Betty Alarid                                Mary Ann Pickering

Darlene Carlson                         Vicki Potts

Brenda Dunn                             Jessamyn Putnam

Judy Guyer                                Jacalyn Scott

Louise Hancock                         Helen Smith

Edna Hopke                              Charlotte Steindorf

                                                 Bobbie Walker


What to Read Next. . .


Star Republican Women's Red Shoe Book Club will meet next on Tuesday, November 28.  The featured book will be "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd, the celebrated author of the international bestseller "The Secret Life of Bees." 

A powerful, sweeping novel, inspired by real events, and set in the American Deep South in the nineteenth century, "The Invention of Wings" evokes a world of shocking contrasts, of beauty and ugliness, of righteous people living daily with cruelty they fail to recognize; and celebrates the power of friendship and sisterhood against all the odds.

Literacy Committee Delivers

U.S. Constitutions to Local Schools


Local area students recently celebrated U.S. Constitution Day September 17 -- and more than 225 had their own constitutions thanks to Star Republican Women's Literacy Committee.  

Committee Chairman Carole White delivered Constitution brochures to elementary students in Kingsland, Marble Falls and Spicewood.  

2017 SRW Officers

President                    Gennie Ward      GennieWard@gmail.com         325-247-4078

1st VP/Programs       Denise Rives          mimirives@gmail.com        432-638-7808

2nd VP/Membership  Emily Tobin      EmilyTobin@yahoo.com        214-578-5986

Secretary                     Kathy Hussey            kathusse@yahoo.com       825-423-0418

Treasurer                     Caron Drake     caronldrake@sbcglobal.net     832-498-6002

2017 SRW Committee Chairmen

Awards            Annette Burton             anetburton@gmail.com           830-220-3618

Hospitality          Kathy Stahl             rudistahl@sbcglobal.net           832-472-5437

Parliamentarian     ML Kromer          mlplkromer@mac.com           830-596-7061

Caring for America    Marsha Lovelady  mlovelady@outlook.com   432-238-9428

Chaplain         Shannon Thomas                  pthomas8@att.net           409-673-0434

Legislation   Tomi MacDonald     tomi.macdonald@mac.com           830-220-0230

PR/Newsletter    Mary Lou Kromer    mlplkromer@mac.com            830-596-7061

Ways & Means    JoEllen Henderson     eh0227@yahoo.com             806-789-2886

Literacy                Carole White                 dalgalcpw@aol.com             713-598-4500

Campaign Activity Scarlett Reimer  scarlett80524@gmail.com       970-227-8264 

NOTICE:     Political advertising paid for by Star Republican Women PAC, Treasurer Caron Drake, P.O. Box 8675, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657. SRW is a non-profit organization under Section 527 of the IRS Code.  Contributions to Star Republican Women PAC are NOT tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income purposes. Corporate contributions are not permitted. Not authorized by any candidate or committee.   EDITOR:  Mary Lou Kromer – 830-596-7061 mlplkromer@mac.com