The STAR Republican News

January 2018

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. . .

  • January Program Details
  • Gennie's Spotlight
  • February 20 Candidate Forum
  • A Merry Time Had by All
  • Renew Your Membership Now
  • Your 2018 Board
  • Welcome New Members
  • ​Red Shoe Book Club Selection
  • SRW Patrons & Sponsors 
  • ​2018 Officers & Committee Chairmen

SRW To Meet January 16 at Quail Point

Light Lunch 12:30 p.m.

Program 1 p.m. ​​

CLICK HERE for Upcoming GOP Events Calendar

Governor's Appointments Director 

​Peggy Venable to Speak Jan. 16


Governor Greg Abbott’s Appointments Director Peggy Venable will speak Tuesday, January 16 to Star Republican Women at Quail Point Community Center in Horseshoe Bay. The program begins at 1 p.m., following a complimentary light lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Gov. Abbott named Ms. Venable to her current position in September 2017.  In this role, Venable assists the Governor in the appointments of individuals to serve on state boards, commissions, councils, and task forces, as well as state elected and judicial offices when vacancies occur by resignation or death of the office holder.  During a four-year term, the Governor will make approximately 3,000 appointments within his authority granted by the state’s Constitution.

Prior to her current position, Peggy served as a Senior Visiting Fellow for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. 

For more than 30 years, Ms. Venable has worked in public policy and grassroots campaigns – in government, the political arena and the private sector. 

Peggy spent 15 years in Washington, D.C., working for three Administrations and focused on public policy issues in the areas of education, natural resources, energy and transportation.  She was White House Liaison for the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Department of Education.  She was at the Department of Education when the idea for “A Nation at Risk” was conceived, which was our country’s first “wakeup call” that our education system was falling behind.  She continues her strong advocacy for education system changes to this day.

After returning to Texas, she served 20 years as the Texas director for Americans for Prosperity.  This conservative advocacy group has more than 2 million activists committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public policy process.

A native Texan, Peggy graduated from Texas State University and received a master’s degree from Baylor University. 

Gennie's Spotlight


Happy New Year !

What a great year we had in 2017! Trump took office as our President and off we went. President Trump took on the media, promised to "Drain The Swamp" and set about with an agenda that has brought about positive results in many facets of our government.

Conservative Neil Gorsuch was appointed Supreme Court Justice, border regulations are being inforced, Obamas' executive orders are being reversed and a Tax Reduction is in place.

Power is being given back to the People, which is President Trump's ultimate goal. So many other positives can be listed, and we are back on track. 

Our Republican club has also been working to build a stronger working, positive, informed membership with speakers bringing light to educate ourselves and help reach out to others for building a stronger more informed society. We learn from living and by spreading our good values to others and continue to show our good neighbors what a good Republican is actually about. 

Help us to keep building our membership with yourself involved, and continue to pray for our President and our Nation in this New Year. 

Blessings to All!

Gennie Ward, SRW President

SRW To Host Candidate Forum

To Coincide with Early Voting Start


Star Republican Women will host a 2018 Republican Candidate Forum on Tuesday, February 20, which coincides with the first day of early voting. 

The Forum will commence at 12:30 p.m. at Quail Point Lodge in Horseshoe Bay.

All Republican Candidates from Burnet and Llano Counties have been invited to participate.  Members and guests are welcome to attend.

Republican Candidate List Finalized For March 6 Primary Elections

December 11 marked the filing deadline for candidates seeking public office in 2018. The primary election is set for March 6.

Following are Republican candidates in contested races for Llano and Burnet Counties:


County Judge:  Ronald Cunningham, Mary Cunningham

County Clerk:  Marci Hadeler, Clay Etter

County Commissioner, Pct. 2:  Linda Raschke, Ricky Johnson

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1:  Bebe Piatt, Richard Owen

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2:  Steven Lange, Bucky Boswell, Maureen Riggs


County Commissioner, Pct. 2:  Damon Beierle, Ryan Rowney, Tom Stephens

Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3:  Carey Headrick, Jane Marie Hurst, Jeff Sellers

For a list of all candidates seeking county and state offices, click on the button below or go to:  https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/candidate-filing/cf-report.aspx

List of All Candidates for 2018 Primary Elections


A Merry Time Had by All!

More than  90 Star Republican Women members and guests attended the 2017 SRW Christmas luncheon at the Escondido Golf and Lake Club December 12.  Good food. Good Friends.  And beautiful decor!

SRW's Ways & Means Committee created Christmas decorations that donned the tables at the holiday luncheon.  The beautiful arrangements were sold, and net proceeds  were received by the SRW PAC.


From left to right:  SRW Ways and Means Committee Chairwoman JoEllen Henderson and members Stephanie Hart and Cindy Bender-Olds. Stephanie, Cindy and Allison Sacra created the Christmas decorations sold at the luncheon.

Enjoying themselves at the Christmas luncheon are (left to right) Carol Hawkinson, Horseshoe Bay Councilwoman Cynthia Clinesmith and Shirley Hampton.


Partaking in a little Holiday Cheer are (left to right) Angela Harshaw, Marion Gardner, Eileen Hurd and Ora Dell McMahon.

Don't Forget 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 click on the button below and download the 2018 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!

Emily Tobin, VP of Membership

2018 SRW Membership Form

2018 Officers Installed 


 The 2018 officers were installed at the SRW Christmas Party.  From left to right are:  Denise Rives, 1st vice president; Kathy Hussey, secretary; Gennie Ward, president; Caron Drake, treasurer; and Emily Tobin, 2nd vice president.

Please Report Your Volunteer Hours!

Star Republican Women were busy volunteering for a variety of activities during the last three months of 2017.  Please report your hours so we can record them with the Texas Federation of Republican Women to help us win awards and recognition for Star Republican Women!! Send your hours to:  scarlett80524@gmail.com

Scarlett Reimer, Chairman Campaign Activities Committee

Welcome New Members & Associates


          Amy Burcham

          Bea Olson

          Sherry Olson


          Michael Burcham

          Edward Santry

          Wayne Reimer

          Janet Mayne


Red Shoe Book Club 

To Meet January 23


Star Republican Women's Red Shoe Book Club will meet Tuesday, January 23.  The featured book will be "The Lilac Girls" by Martha Kelly.  

The story begins in New York City in 1939 when many wealthy French citizens are moving to the United States in fear of the impending war with Germany.  The heroine of the story works to help the French navigate their move to NYC.  The discussion will be led by our 2018 Literacy Chair Dee Patterson. 

It was my pleasure to be the facilitator for our Red Shoe Book Club this past year and I want to thank all of you for your support in making this such a fun group.  Please welcome Dee at our January book club to be held in the Lantana Room at the Resort at Horseshoe Bay on the fourth Tuesday which is the 23rd at 4 to 6 PM.  

We hope you will wear your red shoes and join us for a lively time of sharing our thoughts and views about this intriguing book. 

Carole White,  2017 Literacy Committee Chairman

SRW Patron and Sponsor Programs 

To Help Candidates & Communities


At the end of 2017, Star Republican Women announced two new programs to help raise funds Star's political contributions for the upcoming 2018 elections and to support its Caring for America activities in local communities.

The SRW Sponsorship Program provides candidates, elected officials and small business owners to gain visibility among our membership through advertising in our newsletter, directory, website and membership meetings.  Sponsorships range from $100 to $200 annually.  Proceeds are typically directed toward political contributions to Republican candidates in general elections; however, participants can choose an option for their sponsorship funds to be directed to Caring for America projects.

The SRW Patron Program is aimed at raising funds for Star Republican Women's Caring for America and/or Literacy Programs.  For a contribution of $100, an individual can be recognized as a SRW Patron in our newsletter, our website and at our meetings.

Our first 2018 SRW Sponsor is Dr. Donald Jung, a veterinarian and owner of Highland Lakes Veterinary Clinic in Marble Falls.  (Photo to Left) Dr. Jung greets SRW member JoAnn McCarty and her Papillion "Katie."  Dr. Jung is a SRW 2018 Gold Sponsor and has designated that his contribution go to SRW's Caring for America project to benefit Patriot Paws.

Richard Owen, candidate for Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, became the first SRW 2018 Bronze Sponsor.

Our first 2018 SRW Patrons are:  Gennie Ward, Kathy Hussey and Mary Lou Kromer.

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




Kathy Hussey

Mary Lou Kromer

Gennie Ward

2018 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       325-423-0418

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

2018 SRW Committee Chairmen

Awards            Charlotte Steindorf    charsteindorf@gmail.com        830-596-0029

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

Bylaws               Louraine Robertson           lir@zeecon.com               830-598-6660

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          Kathy Hussey                 kathusse@yahoo.com          325-423-0418

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

Ways & Means   Marion Gardner   marion.gardner87@gmail.com     830-613-9216

Literacy                Dee Patterson                deepat@gvtc.com                 210-748-7565

Campaign Activity Amy Burcham   michaelburcham@yahoo.com    210-296-7426


 2018 TFRW Regional & District Leadership

Region XI Deputy President        Gail Teegarden        gailteegarden7@gmail.com    

SD24 District Director                  Zenia Warren          zabob@embarqmail.com

SD 22 District Director                 Merryl Wash           merryl@washthomas.com

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