The STAR Republican News

October 2020

Star Republican Women is a federated member club of the Texas Federation of Republican Women and serves members and communities within TFRW Region XI and Texas Senate Districts 22 and 24.

In This Issue. 

  • SRW Oct. 20 Meeting Details
  • From Denise's Desk
  • Proposed Bylaws Changes
  • Christmas Luncheon Set for Dec. 8
  • New Red Shoe Book Club Selection
  • Bring Food & Childcare Items for the Needy

SRW Welcomes You Back!

October 20

General Meeting

1:00 p.m.   ​​

CLICK HERE for Upcoming GOP Events Calendar

Texas Judge Bert Richardson

To Speak at SRW Oct. 20  Meeting


Judge Robert C. "Bert" Richardson  will speak at the upcoming Star Republican Women's meeting Tuesday, Oct. 20 at Quail Point Community Center.  

The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 issues, SRW will NOT be serving its traditional complimentary light lunch.  

Attendees are asked to comply with state and local COVID-19 orders, including wearing masks and social distancing.

Joining Judge Richardson at the meeting will be Judges David Newell and Kevin Patrick Yeary, also judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  Jeff Rose, Chief Justice of the Texas Third Court of Appeals will attend as well.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is the court of last resort for all criminal matters in Texas (excluding juvenile proceedings, which are considered civil matters.)  The Court is comprised of a Presiding Judge and eight judges. (The Texas Supreme Court is the last word on all civil matters including juvenile proceedings even if a criminal act is involved.)

Each judge serves a six-year term, and the judges are elected in staggered partisan elections.  Currently, all nine judges on the Court are Republicans. Judges Richardson, Newell, and Yeary are seeking re-election in 2020 and each have Democrat opponents.

A native of San Antonio, Judge Richardson received his B.S. degree from Brigham Young University and his J.D. Degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.  He has 30 years of trial experience as a lawyer and judge.   He was first elected to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.

Judge Newell grew up in Sugar Land, Texas.  He received a B.A. degree from the University of Houston and his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law.  He served as an appellate prosecutor for 16 years prior to his election to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2014.

Judge Yeary was born in Cotulla and raised in Laredo.  He obtained both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.  Before his election in 2014, he served nearly 20 years as an appellate prosecutor, working in three of Texas’ largest District Attorney’s offices – in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

Marsha Lovelady, VP of Programs

From Denise's Desk


It is a great honor and privilege to serve as your President and I am so proud of all of you Republican Women who are working to ensure that Republican candidates are elected in every race “from the school house to the White House.”  Many of you have been diligently working the Red Dialer project to make phone calls, writing letters, talking to family and friends, and block-walking (literally knocking on doors) to help Keep Texas Red and Keep America Great.  We must keep up the work to make sure every registered voter actually VOTES REPUBLICAN in this election so that we will continue to enjoy the freedoms based on the Christian conservative values upon which our country was founded and that we hold so dear.

Early Voting (EV) begins Tuesday, October 13th through Friday, October 30th and Election Day (ED) is Tuesday, November 3rd.  If you live in Precinct 109, BOTH EV and ED will be held at Horseshoe Bay City Hall.  Anyone in Llano County can vote there during EV, but must go to their home Precinct polling location on ED.

In speaking with family, neighbors, and friends, take every opportunity to encourage them to go to the polls if they haven’t already voted their ballot by mail.  Encourage everyone you know (whether local or across the country) to VOTE REPUBLICAN.  If you are ever asked “Why should I vote Republican?” below is a list of 7 good reasons.  

Why I WILL vote Republican

  • I will vote for the most pro-life candidate because God hates the shedding of innocent blood. Proverbs 6:16-19  
  • I will vote for the most pro-debt reduction candidate, because the Bible states that the borrower is servant to the lender.  Proverbs 22:7  
  • I will vote for the most pro-work candidate, because God says if a man won’t work let him not eat.  2 Thessalonians 3:10
  • I will vote for the most pro-marriage candidate (one man/one women) marriage as God defined in:  Genesis 2:24  
  • I will vote for the candidate who most closely believes that the government’s purpose is to reward good and punish evil.  Romans 13:2-4
  • I will vote for the most pro-Israel candidate, because God blesses those who Bless Israel and curses those who don’t.   Genesis 12:3  
  • I am committed to vote the candidate who I believe stands closest to God’s Word.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 

Denise Rives, SRW President

SRW Christmas Party Set for Dec. 8


Star Republican Women's Annual Christmas Luncheon is set for Tuesday, December 8 at Quail Point Community Center.  

A social time will start 11:30 a.m. and a catered buffet lunch will begin at noon. Tickets are $40+ per person.  Members, Associates and guests are welcome to attend.

District Attorney Sonny McAfee will install the 2021-2022 officers during the luncheon.

Tickets will be available for purchase online via Eventbrite in the near future.  

Marion Gardner, Ways & Means Committee

SRW Proposes Bylaws Changes

In September, Star Republican Women Board proposed changes to our Bylaws to clarify processes in emergency situations, when we are unable to meet in person.

Members will be asked to vote on the Bylaws changes at our October meeting. A copy of the proposed Bylaws can be viewed by clicking on the button below.  Changes are highlighted in yellow.  

At our October meeting, the SRW Board will propose additional changes to our Bylaws to be in compliance with Texas Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women.  Members will be asked to vote on those changes in November.

Click on the button below to view the proposed changes to our Bylaws, as well as those required by TFRW and NFRW.

Belle Guice, Parliamentarian

SRW Proposed Bylaws

Membership Renewal Starts Nov. 1

It's drawing near. . . time to renew your Star Republican Women's annual membership -- as a primary or associate member.  We hope all our current members will renew and include their husbands as associate members as well.  And we encourage everyone to invite other family members and friends to join, too.

A membership form is available on line at our website:  www.StarRW.org or click on the button below.  

Kathy Stahl, VP of Membership

2021 SRW Membership Form

Nominating Committee to Offer

2021-2022 Slate of Officer Candidates

In September, Star Republican Women elected a Nominating Committee to develop a slate of officers for the 2021-2022 term.  Belle Guice serves as chairman of the Committee and is joined by Louraine Robinson and Denise Rives.

The Nominating Committee will announce its recommended slate of officers at the October meeting.  The election of officers will take place during the November Annual Meeting.  Additional nominations for officers will be accepted from the floor at the November meeting.


SRW Red Shoe Book Club

Picks "Giver of Stars"


Star Republican Women has announced its latest Red Shoe Book Club selection:  "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes.

SRW Literacy Committee Chairman Kathy Hussey is working on the exact time and place for the Red Shoe Book Club to meet and expects to announce that information at the October 20 meeting.

In the meantime, we encourage you to obtain your book and get a head start in reading this highly rated book.​


Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You.

What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic--a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.

Even if you haven't read the book, you can attend and enjoy the conversation about the book and other topics of interest to the group.  

Kathy Hussey, Literacy Committee Chairman

Caring For America Projects to Help

 Those in Need in Hill Country Area


The economic impact of COVID-19 has hit hard many families in the Hill Country, and area food banks need our help to keep their shelves stocked to meet demand.

SRW's Caring for America Committee requests that you bring the following food items to our October meeting to donate to several food banks in our area: 

  • spaghetti
  • macaroni
  • ramen noodles
  • jelly
  • green beans
  • canned corn
  • canned beans
  • boxed or powdered milk

Following are items to help mothers through the Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center in Kingsland:

  • video monitors
  • wipe warmers
  • wipes
  • Infant Bumbo seat with tray
  • diaper bags or bakpacks
  • 2T coats for boys and girls
  • No touch thermometers

SRW Patron and Sponsor Programs 

To Help Candidates & Communities

Star Republican Women thank those who have become sponsors and patrons in 2020, providing funds for Star's political contributions for the upcoming general elections and to support its Caring for America activities in local communities.

If you want to participate as a Patron or Sponsor, please click on the link below for additional information.  We welcome you recruiting others to participating in these programs as well.

SRW Patron & Sponsorship Programs


Horseshoe Bay Mayor Cynthia Clinesmith

Llano County Republican Party Chairman Doug Sanders


Claudia Haydon

Kathy Hussey

​Carole Keiffer

Mary Lou Kromer

Lynn Snyder Lane

​JoAnn McCarty

​Denise Rives

​Gennie Ward

2019-2020 SRW Officers

President              Denise Rives         [email protected]      432-638-7808

1st VP/Programs    Marsha Lovelady  [email protected]    432-238-9428

2nd VP/Membership  Kathy Stahl    [email protected]      832-472-5437

Secretary             Debbie Lambert             [email protected]     512-748-0814

Treasurer        Charlotte Steindorf   [email protected]   830-596-0029

2019-2020 SRW Committee Chairmen

Awards            Gennie Ward       [email protected]         325-247-4078

Hospitality               Carol Ascue      [email protected]         512-663-3601

Bylaws & Parliamentarian   Belle Guice    [email protected]    210-508-7803

Caring for America     Becca Marsh      [email protected]         361-564-8170

Chaplain               Sue Boss-Lee   [email protected]       512-294-5863

PR/Newsletter    Mary Lou Kromer     [email protected]     830-596-7061

Ways & Means Marion Gardner   [email protected]  830-613-9216

Literacy               Kathy Hussey        [email protected]       325-423-0418

Campaign Activities     Barbara Derse       [email protected]   214-202-0052

 2019 TFRW Regional & District Leadership

Region XI Deputy President           Denise Rives             [email protected]

SD24 District Director            Gail Teegarden        [email protected]

SD 22 District Director                 Merryl Wash         [email protected]

NOTICE:     Political advertising paid for by Star Republican Women PAC, Treasurer Charlotte Steindorf, 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 [email protected]