The STAR Republican News

April 2019

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. . .

  • April Program Details
  • From Denise's Desk
  • Welcome New Members
  • Red Shoe Book Club
  • SRW Continues Flood Victim Fund Drive
  • 86th Tx Legislature Update
  • TFRW Legislative Day 
  • ​Thank You Hostesses
  • SRW Patrons & Sponsors 
  • Paid Advertisements

SRW To Meet

April 16

at Quail Point

Light Lunch 12:30 p.m.

Program 1 p.m. ​​

CLICK HERE for Upcoming GOP Events Calendar

RNC Committeewoman for Texas

Toni Anne Dashiell To Speak April 16


Republican National Committeewoman for Texas Toni Anne Dashiell will speak at Star Republican Women’s April 16 meeting at Quail Point Community Center in Horseshoe Bay.
A complimentary light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. followed by the program at 1:00 p.m.

Toni Anne is a dynamic, inspirational speaker and will share her insights about the RNC and the upcoming national elections.  

 Dashiell was first elected as RNC National Committeewoman for Texas in 2013. Recently, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel appointed Dashiell as Chairman for the RNC Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 National Convention  -- a prestigious position with tremendous responsibility. She also serves on the RNC Budget Committee.
In 2008 and 2009, Dashiell served as president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women.  During her tenure, the TFRW membership grew to more than 10,000 members.  Also, during this time, she mobilized TFRW’s members to support Voter I.D. legislation, which was eventually passed by the Texas Legislature.  And in 2009, the National Federation of Republican Women awarded her the Ronald Reagan Leadership Award. 
Toni Anne has been active in politics, grassroots advocacy and leadership training for more than 40 years. 

Toni Anne’s service as a volunteer grassroots leader dates back to 1968, when she worked on a presidential campaign as a member of Teenage Republicans. Since that time, she has been a consistent leader in numerous Republican campaigns including presidential, Congressional, statewide, city and county races.

She was elected as a delegate to numerous Texas Republican State Conventions and served as a delegate to the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Republican National Conventions. She was appointed the Texas Community Service Leader at the 2004 National Convention in New York City, and organized the other delegates to clean up a stretch of riverbank in New Jersey. She also served on the 2016 Rules Committee in Cleveland.

Toni Anne holds a B.A. in recreation therapy. She worked as a licensed nursing home administrator and established an Alzheimer’s Day Care Center before changing careers. Currently she holds two licenses for life insurance and real estate. Together, she and her husband, Tom, are small business owners, working in both real estate and insurance. She is vice president of Thomas L. Dashiell, CLU Inc. Insurance Sales and president of Dashiell Properties, Inc., Property Management Firm.

Marsha Lovelady, VP of  Programs

From Denise's Desk


I was blessed to participate in something very exciting for our area last Thursday evening, March 28.  The very first organizational meeting for the Highland Lakes High School Chapter of the Republican Party of Texas took place with eight high school students, a Faculty Sponsor, a few parents, the Republican Party Chairs of both Burnet and Llano County, a few Precinct Chairs from Llano County, and yours truly, your Star Republican President. 

Gathering at Mojo Coffee in Marble Falls, these young people elected officers and began making plans for how they will involve themselves in political activities in their communities.  It is very encouraging that there are young people who embrace the conservative values and principles that we, as Republicans, hold dear and that they want to work to promote these values.

The officers elected are:

President – Jess Luther

Vice President – Logan Rutledge

Secretary – Joshua Saldana

Treasurer – Brice Duke

The founding members of the HLHSR students are from high schools in Marble Falls, Llano and Burnet.  Several adults collaborated to make this opportunity available to these students.  This effort is one example of how we will work collaboratively across county lines, across conservative organizations, and across the state to “Keep Texas Red.” 

Another example of this is how the Llano County Republican Party Executive Committee is working with the conservative organizations – Star Republican Women, Highland Lakes Republican Women, Llano County Republican Club, and Llano Tea Party – to reach the 1,900+ registered voters who did not vote in the 2018 election as well as new registered voters in Llano County.  Three “Meet and Greet” events are planned, and invitations to attend one of the three events are being sent to these 1900+ voters.  Included in the invitations, the recipients will find information about each of the organizations and when their meetings are held.  Hopefully, awareness of our meetings will draw new members to attend Star Republican Women.  If you see unfamiliar faces at our next meeting, please introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.

One more opportunity of which we will take advantage is to join forces with these other organizations on the evening of September 17, for a “Constitution Day Celebration” Dinner.  Details are still being finalized, but along with a wonderful well-known guest speaker (TBA soon), both silent and live auctions are planned to raise funds for the Llano County Republican Party needed for the 2020 election battle we will face.   Rather than a luncheon meeting for our Star Republican Women meeting on that day, it will be a joint evening dinner meeting with the other organizations (pending SRW Board approval).  Save the Date – September 17, 2019 – because it will be inspiring, great fun, and an opportunity to bid on some fabulous items in the auction.

It is such a privilege to work with such a great group of Republicans.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President.  I always welcome ideas about how we can make SRW even more effective and relevant to you and others in our community to Keep Texas Red!

Denise Rives, SRW President

Welcome New Members

And Help Us Recruit Others!


We welcome the following new Star Members: 

Carole Keiffer

Ginger Roser

Kristine Sproul

It is never too late to join Star Republican Women. The Membership Challenge continues!  

Please ask your friends, neighbors and family members to join Star Republican Women -- as members or associates.  Bring them to our next meeting.  And if you haven't renewed your membership it is time to do so!

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

Click on the button below to download the membership form and recruit family and friends to become new members!

Please bring your completed membership form & your dues to our March meeting or mail to:           

       STAR Republican Women

       P.O. Box 8675

       Horseshoe Bay, TX  78657

Please don't delay!  We need to act NOW! Please mail your membership forms as soon as possible.

Kathy Stahl, VP & Membership Committee Chairman​ 

2019 SRW Membership Form

Red Shoe Book Club

To Meet April 23


Star Republican Women's Red Shoe Book Club will meet Tuesday, April 23 to discuss the book "Beneath a Scarlet Sky," by Mark Sullivan.  SRW Literacy Committee Chairman Kathy Hussey will host the event at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Lantana Room from 4 to 6 p.m.


"Based on the true story of a forgotten hero,  Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps. 

Kathy Hussey will lead the discussion about this book.  Afterwards, attendees will participate in a C.H.A.T. (Chicks Having an Awesome Time) about a timely topic.

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.  Food and beverage service will be available on an individual pay as you go basis.

Kathy Hussey, Literacy Committee Chairman

SRW Continues Book Drive To Help

Highland Lakes Area Foster Kids


 Star Republican Women continues its book drive to help the more than 275 children currently in foster care in the Highland Lakes Area.

The program is being co-sponsored by SRW's Literacy and Caring for America Committees.  

SRW members are asked to bring children's books to our next SRW meeting.

You can even order your books online and have them delivered directly to SRW, PO Box 8675, Horseshoe Bay, Tx 78657.

SRW  will deliver the books to CASA for the Highland Lakes Area to distribute to the children in need.

When purchasing books for this effort, consider those books that can be read to toddlers which are greatly needed.  For older children, books that are designated as Level 1 or Level 2 readers are needed to get them where they need to be in the classroom.  Safe bets are those having received the Newbery Award or the National Book Award Winner.  If your children or grandchildren would love the book, these children will as well!

Kathy Hussey, Literacy Committee Chairman

Becca Marsh, Caring for America Committee Chairman

SRW Continues Project to Assist

Flood Victims in Rebuilding Efforts


Star Republican Women continues its partnership with the Kingsland Lions Club in raising funds to help the victims of the Fall 2018 floods in Llano and Burnet Counties. The rebuilding efforts will continue throughout 2019 and perhaps beyond.

Consider supporting the flood victims by providing gift cards to Home Depot and/or Lowe's or sending checks.  You can bring your gift cards to the March meeting.  All contributions will be tax deductible.


If you want to support this important cause via a check, make your tax deductible contributions to Kingsland Lions Club and designate for Llano County Flood Recovery Committee on the memo section of your check.  Mail your checks to Star Republican Women, PO Box 8657, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657.

Becca Marsh, Caring For America Committee Chairman

86th Texas Legislature Update


The 86th Texas Legislature convened on Jan. 8 and will be in session through May 27.  

During the last Texas GOP State Convention, delegates voted to establish five legislative priorities for the 86th Texas Legislature.  

The five issues are:

  1. Constitutional Gun Carry
  2. End of Taxpayer-funded lobbying
  3. Advancement and protection of pro-life legislation
  4. Overhaul of property tax structure
  5. Protect religious freedom and privacy

At SRW's March meeting, President Denise Rives and Precinct Chairman Randy Rives provided an update on legislation addressing these priorities.

Click on the button below to get a copy of this update and see how you can help communicate with your elected representatives on these important issues.

GOP Legislative Priorities Update

Make Your Reservations To Attend TFRW Legislative Day April 25 


The Texas Federation of Republican Women will host its bi-annual Legislative Day on Thursday, April 25 in Austin at the Texas State Capitol.  Special guest speaker will be Ronna Romney McDaniel, Republican National Committee Chairman.  

Star Republican Women will travel together to this important and fun event. Please let Denise Rives know if you plan to attend and want to car pool with other SRW members. All participants are encouraged to wear red to show the power of TFRW!

 To register for this event, please click on the button below.  

2019 TFRW Legislative Day Registration

A Special Thank You to Hostesses


At each Star Republican Women's meeting, a group of SRW members provides a complimentary light lunch to attendees.  A special THANK YOU to those ladies who contributed to this special treat in March Debbie Beeman, Cynthia Clinesmith, Mary Lou Kromer, Gennie Ward, Sherry Olson, Cheryl Linck, Barbara Derse, Pat Smith, Leah Santry,Marion Gardner and Marsha Lovelady.

Carol Ascue, Chairman of Hospitality Committee

SRW Patron and Sponsor Programs 

To Help Candidates & Communities

Star Republican Women thank those who have become sponsors and patrons in 2019, 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




Reagan Lambert 

for Mayor of Horseshoe Bay

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Kathy Hussey

​Carole Keiffer

Mary Lou Kromer

​JoAnn McCarty

​Denise Rives

​Gennie Ward

2019 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 SRW Committee Chairmen

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

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

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

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

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

Chaplain                          Annette Burton     [email protected]   830-220-3618

Legislation                        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        Gail Teegarden        [email protected]    

SD24 District Director                  Zenia Warren          [email protected]

SD 22 District Director                 Merryl Wash           [email protected]



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New Construction - Granite Counters - Hardwood Floors - Stainless Appliances

High-Quality Furnishings, including bedding, linens, cookware, dishes, utensils

View townhouse at website:  www.hsb-duplex.com

Interested parties call:

Marion and David Gardner @ 830-613-9216

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]