The Star Republican News

October 2016


SRW to Meet Oct. 18

Quail Point Lodge

12:30 p.m. Light Lunch

1:00 p.m. Program

 Guest Speaker  Rick Figueroa

Upcoming Events Calendar

Hispanic Republican Leader Figueroa to Speak in October


Texan Rick Figueroa, an emerging Hispanic Republican leader in the state and in national circles, will speak at the Star Republican Women’s general meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18.  The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. with a complimentary light lunch & the program commences at 1:00 p.m.
Figueroa’s journey in life has taken him from a poor agricultural field worker living in government housing to Texas A&M graduate to successful businessman and community leader to a political activist in Texas and now serving on Donald Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council. 
Figueroa ran for the Republican Party National Committeeman for Texas at the state convention in May.  Although disappointed in being narrowly defeated, Rick became even more determined to make a difference in the Republican Party. In May, Governor Abbott appointed Figueroa to the Texas Commission on Licensing and Regulation.

At the invitation of Donald Trump in August, Figueroa joined other Hispanic leaders in New York City to talk with Trump about issues of importance to the Hispanic Community.    Trump formed his National Hispanic Advisory Council  – a coalition of elected officials, business leaders and faith leaders – with hopes of improving relations with Latino voters.
Shortly after the meeting, Figueroa said, “I was honored to attend the meeting and have a seat at the table.  The discussion was open and honest, it was vibrant, and it was productive.”  But after Trump delivered his immigration speech, Figueroa was disappointed that the candidate did not embrace the many recommendations made by his Hispanic Council.  Even so, Figueroa said, “With all his flaws, Mr. Trump is still a better choice than Hillary Clinton.  I still believe in Conservative Republican principles.  He’s an inconsistent conservative, while she is a completely consistent liberal.”
Rick Figueroa is a native Texan, raised in Bay City. He is a man carved out in true Texas grit with a heart for God. Rick grew up the youngest of 8 kids to a hard working single mom who instilled in him the desire for excellence. Rick’s family grew up poor and in government housing. It was ingrained in him that he was entitled to nothing and that in order to survive he must work hard. He was taught that regardless of being in plenty or in want, he should always help others. His mom made a bet with him that ultimately spurred him to pursue a college education at Wharton Community College. He eventually transferred to Texas A&M where he graduated with a B.A. in Accounting and M.S. in Land Economics in 1992.
Rick has over 17 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently the First Vice President of a financial firm. He is actively involved on numerous boards and community organizations. In 2008, Rick was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Judicial Council.


Allison Sacra

Join us for Social at Olio Art Gallery in Horseshoe Bay

Come join us for an early evening of wine and conversation at Olio Art Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5 to 7 p.m..  SRW member Allison Sacra and David Mitchell, co-owners of the gallery will host the event  located at 7405 W FM 2147, between Bay Pharmacy and Wendy & Co.  It will be a great time to get acquainted with your fellow members, AND you could have a chance to win a painting by our very talented hostess!

You may have already received an invitation to this Grand Opening event for Olio.  If so, please respond directly through that email invite.  If not, you may RSVP to mallisons@gmail.com.

JoEllen Henderson, Chairman, Ways & Means 


Nominating Committee Formed

SRW elected a Nominating Committee at its September general meeting.  The Committee will be chaired by Claudia Haydon, and other members include Kathy Hussey, Sanny Sue Hoffman,  and JoEllen Henderson.  A slate of officers for 2017 will be presented to the membership in November for a final election.


Llano GOP Headquarters

Needs Volunteers

Volunteers are needed at the Llano County Republican Headquarters between now and Election Day.  Call Don Graham at 512-585-1020 to sign up. Grab a friend and make it a fun day out.


Put Your Red Shoes On and Join Our Might Texas Strike Force for Congressman Will Hurd

Come join fellow SRW members and associates on Saturday, Oct. 22 as we Block Walk for U.S. Congressman Will Hurd (Congressional District #23) in San Antonio.  Congressman Hurd is the Democrat Party's number one target to beat in November.  We cannot allow that to happen! 

Come & join our Mighty Texas Strike Force Team for this fun event beginning at 9 a.m. at the Hurd Headquarters, 1846 N. Loop 1604 West, Suite 104, San Antonio.  

To register or for additional information, please contact Charlotte Hewitt at chewitt@sci-group.com or 830-598-4784 ext.203.

Click here for more info about Congressman Hurd

Charlotte Hewitt, Chairman, Campaign Activities


Mary Lou's Message

Four years ago, Republicans came close to taking back the White House, and it is a real shame that we didn't, given all that President Obama has done to diminish America and our individual rights.  

I don't know about you, but I felt that we did not do enough to support our candidate Mitt Romney.  I truly regret that personally and for our nation.  I don't want to feel that way come this November.

Candidly, I think that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have chosen the best candidates.  But those are our choices.  And choose we must!  

Perhaps the only thing I agree with Hillary Clinton about is that this election will affect our nation for the next 40 years.  We need a conservative President to ensure that we have conservative Justices appointed to the Supreme Court.  We need a conservative President to ensure that our constitutional rights are not further diminished.  We need a conservative President to make America Great Again.

As our upcoming speaker Rick Figueroa has pointed out, Trump may be somewhat inconsistent with his conservative policies, but Clinton is very consistent with her liberal proposals.  Those are our choices, and I will pick Conservative -- in any form-- over Liberal. 

Our democracy is ruled by three branches of government.  While the President is a critical element of this system, we also need to pay attention to Congress and the Supreme Court.  So when making choices in November, let's keep that in mind.  We need our conservative, Republican principles embraced by all three branches.

I encourage you to Vote.  Vote Early. And Vote for Trump-Pence and a straight Republican ballot! Not voting is a vote for Liberal Hillary.

I am an "adorable deplorable!"  I am a "well-educated white female" who will support Trump!  Please join me!

Please do what you can to support our Republican candidates through contributions, volunteering, and encouraging others!  

Let's not have any regrets that we didn't give it our all  this election!

Let's take back the White House, retain control of the U.S. Congress and Keep Texas Red!

Mary Lou Kromer, President, SRW


Early Voting Begins Oct. 24

Please Vote and Vote Early!


SRW Supports Local Schools with Books

In recognition of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, Star Republican Women distributed Constitution booklets to local fifth grade students.

In addition, SRW continued its Dictionary Project, providing more than 160 dictionaries to third grade students to ensure that each have their own personal dictionary.  The goal of the program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners.  Students at Faith Academy, Spicewood Elementary, Packsaddle Elementary and Colt Elementary showed their delight with their new dictionaries with smiles and pride.

Kathy Hussey, Chairman, Literacy Committee 


It's Time To Renew Your Membership!

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 2017 Membership Form and bring to our next meeting or mail to the address noted on the form. We encourage you to invite your friends and family members to join as well!

Nancy Cobb, VP of Membership

2017 SRW Membership Form

Republican Dawn Buckingham, candidate for Texas State Senate District 24, will be in Horseshoe Bay, Tuesday, October 25 for a fundraiser.  CLICK HERE for more information.

SRW 2016 Officers & Board

President:                             Mary Lou Kromer
First VP:                                Gennie Ward
Second VP:                           Nancy Cobb
Secretary:                             Tari Pilgreen
PAC Treasurer:                     Beverly Graham

Awards:                                 Sue Glover
​Bylaws:                                  Louraine Robertson
​Parliamentarian:                   Beverly Graham

Campaign Activities:            Charlotte Hewitt
Caring for American:            Bebe Piatt
Chaplain:                               Sanny Sue Hoffman
Hospitality:                            Claudia Haydon
Legislation:                            Nancy Fisher
Literacy:                                 Kathy Hussey
Newsletter:                             Mary Lou Kromer         
Ways & Means:                      JoEllen Henderson

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