January 2017 


Star Republican Women to Meet Tuesday, January 17 at Quail Point Lodge

Light lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Program at 1 p.m.​​

Judge Cheryll Mabray and

Sara Garrett to Speak Jan. 17


Judge Cheryll Mabray, who presides over the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country, and Sara Rosen Garrett, founder of the Phoenix House in Marble Falls, will speak to Star Republican Women members and guests Tuesday, January 17 at Quail Point Lodge. The two will discuss how they and their respective organizations serve the needs of area children who face a variety of challenges.

A complementary light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 1:00 p.m. 

"This is the first of a series of STAR programs in 2017 that will focus on the theme:  Making America Great Again," said newly elected SRW president Gennie Ward.  "Americans must start at the local and community level to ensure that our country reaches its full potential," she said, "and we want to share ideas and challenges with our members and surrounding communities to make a real difference in 2017."

Judge Mabray was appointed in 2013 to precide over the District Court for child abuse and neglect cases in Blanco, Burnet, Llano, San Saba, Coryell, Gillespie, Lampasas, Brown and Mills Counties.  

Previously Mabray served as Llano County Attorney for 23 years.  She was first appointed to that position in 1991 and was elected in 1992 and reelected to five additional four-year terms.  In that role, she was responsible for misdeameanor and juvenile prosecutions, Department of Family and Protective Services litigation, protective orders and advising elected and appointed officials.  

A graduate of The University of Texas, Mabray received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in Houston.  She was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1985 and served as First Assistant Distict Attorney in Llano shortly thereafter.  She also was in private law practice in Llano for numerous years.

Upon moving to the Texas Hill Country, Sarah Garrett first worked as a CASA volunteer, and recognized the need for high-quality, affordable mental health care in rural Central Texas, as well as parenting support and classes. Sarah’s passion for providing exemplary mental health care for all children led her to create Camp Phoenix and the Phoenix Center in 2007. Sarah is the Founder and Executive & Clinical Director, supervising clinical graduate student interns. Sarah also works with individual psychotherapy and play therapy clients. For more information about The Phoenix Center go to:  www.phoenixcentertexas.org.

Garrett is a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and licensed psychotherapist with over 17 years of committed professional experience with children and families. Sarah has specialized, advanced training in play therapy, sand tray therapy, art therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, Trauma-Focused Equine Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In addition, she is trained in crisis and suicide intervention, and the treatment of trauma, including witnessing a traumatic death, and abuse, neglect and sexual assault. Sarah is a member of NASW, the American Association for Play Therapy and the Texas Chapter of the Texas Association for Play Therapy.


Sara Rosen Garrett

Star Republican Women Needs You to Renew!


If you have not yet renewed your membership to Star Republican Women it is not too late. 

2017 is an important year for the Republican Party. With a Republican President, U.S. Congress and Texas Legislature we need to work hard to ensure continued success for our Party and to help Make America Great Again!

We need your support. Joining SRW is one great way to stay informed and get involved. Ask your family and friends to join, too! Spouses are welcome as associate members as well.

Just click on the Membership Form button below and bring your completed form and check to the next meeting or mail it to the address noted on the form.  It is probably one of the best investments you will make all year!

Emily Tobin, Vice President & Membership Committee Chairman

2017 SRW Membership Form



Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017!

It’s hard not to take a brief look back at 2016.  As Dickens wrote in one of his novels, “It was the best of times and the worst of times.”  That was so true for the political scene last year.  Luckily, the end result was that our Republican Party was victorious on virtually all fronts.  From the County Courthouse to the White House.  Millions of voters throughout the nation stepped up and voted for change and a desire to "Make America Great Again!"

Americans are expecting real change from our elected officials and political systems.  And we can expect them to hold each elected official accountable as they monitor how well they fulfill the promises made.

We can be encouraged by the actions already being taken by our Congress and our President-Elect and have high expectations that change will happen.  But the President, Congress, Governor, Texas Legislators and other state and county officials cannot do it alone.  We -- and all Americans -- must be responsible and accountable as well. We must work locally to help Make America Great Again.

In this and future commentaries, I hope to spotlight those “stars” who are already helping to make our communities better and how we might join them in their efforts.  I also will shed light on important issues that are important for us to understand and encourage action by our elected officials.

We can make the biggest impact by becoming more involved in our local communities – whether it is helping and caring for others, learning more about issues and needs in and around our County, or working together and making our Star Republican Women’s club more active in the community.

Our first SRW program this year will feature Hill Country Child Protection Court Judge Cheryll Mabray and Phoenix Center Founder and Executive Director Sara Garrett.  They will share with us the issues that some of the children of Llano and Burnet Counties face due to parental neglect and abuse and/or physical or mental challenges. There are numerous opportunities for us to help protect the children in our communities, and I hope this program will motivate each of us to help in some way. This will be one in a series of programs in 2017 that will help spotlight those who are helping to Make Our Community Greater Again.

Our Star Republican Women’s club also has many opportunities to make a difference. Your Board is delighted to have been elected and excited to build on our past and to implement new programs as well.  Our Committee Chairmen are equally committed to serving you, our Party and our communities.  But we cannot do it alone either.  We need many more to join committees to make our Club even more effective and enjoyable.

I encourage you to review the list of committee chairman and also the committee responsibilities noted in this newsletter.  Call any one of the committee chairmen if you have questions on how you can help.  Then step up and choose a committee to which you can contribute your time and efforts.  By the way, it really will not take that much time individually if more  share the work, and it will be a lot of fun!

SRW is a wonderful organization that embraces all who come through our doors.  I have been a Republican for decades and previously involved in other Republican women’s organizations.  From the moment I joined STAR three years ago, I knew I had made the right choice.  I truly enjoy the spirit of this wonderful group of women – and our men associate members as well! 

Together, we can make a difference.  Together, we can make 2017 a great year.  Together, we can help Make America and Our Community Great Again!

 Gennie Ward, President

2017 SRW Officers

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

1st VP           Denise Rives     [email protected]             432-638-7808

2nd VP         Emily Tobin      [email protected]          214-578-5986

Secretary     Kathy Hussey    [email protected]              825-423-0418

Treasurer    Caron Drake      [email protected]    832-498-6002

2017 SRW Committee Chairs

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

Hospitality             Kathy Stahl     [email protected]    832-472-5437

Parliamentarian     ML Kromer      [email protected]     830-596-7061

Caring for America    Bebe Piatt      [email protected]     830-598-1613

Chaplain         Shannon Thomas            [email protected]    409-673-0434

Legislation   Tomi MacDonald  [email protected]  830-598-1212

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

Ways & Means  JoEllen Henderson   [email protected]   806-789-2886

Literacy                Leah Santry             [email protected]    830-265-4102

Campaign Activities    TBD 

Join a SRW Committee Today!

As we all know, 2016 ended on a very high note for our state and country with amazing election results.    If our club is to continue to grow and thrive, your help is greatly needed.  Together, we can make that happen.

Please consider volunteering for a Star Republican Women committee.  We need many volunteers to help our committees accomplish their objectives.

AWARDS – Chairman Annette Burton

Purpose:  To encourage SRW to participate in TFRW and NFRW Excellence awards programs.


Purpose:  To ensure that SRW Bylaws are current and comply with the requirements of TFRW and NFRW.  To assist the President in running meetings and have knowledge and training in parliamentary procedure.


Purpose:  To coordinate campaign activities and help elect Republicans.  Keeps SRW up to date with information regarding candidates, campaign schedules, platforms and headquarters.  Organizes volunteers for GOP County headquarters, helps arrange “Meet the Candidates” forums and reports campaign volunteer hours to TFRW.

CARING FOR AMERICA – Chairman Bebe Piatt

Purpose:  To identify community needs and select one or more projects for membership involvement. Encourage volunteerism and private sector initiatives as important objectives; and keep volunteers interested and motivated.

CHAPLAIN – Shannon Thomas

Purpose: Lead the invocation and pledges at all meetings.

HOSPITALITY – Chairman Kathy Stahl

Purpose:  To oversee facility arrangements for each general meeting. To recruit members to provide food and beverages for complimentary luncheon at general meetings.

LEGISLATION – Chairman Tomi MacDonald

Purpose:  Helps keep SRW informed about important legislative issues and how members can, as individuals, stay current and lobby on issues effectively.

LITERACY COMMITTEE – Chairman Leah Santry

Purpose:  To select appropriate books for presentation to public libraries, schools and other organizations in the Hill County and coordinate with TFRW and NFRW to meet requirements so the donations will qualify for awards programs. Work with Public Relations Committee to prepare press releases about presentations.

MEMBERSHIP – Vice President Emily Tobin

Purpose:  To recruit, encourage and mentor new members.  Provide nametags for each member and keep an updated and current roster of all members.

NEWSLETTER – Editor Mary Lou Kromer

Purpose:  To compile a newsletter to provide timely information to members about club events and activities.

PROGRAMS – Vice President Denise Rives

Purpose:  To provide programs/speakers who will showcase Republican principles and issues; attract new members and maintain existing members; educate and keep members updated on issues of local, state and national importance.

PUBLIC RELATIONS – Chairman Mary Lou Kromer

Purpose:  To provide information and photos to local media outlets in a timely manner to gain recognition of SRW activities and promote membership and participation.

WAYS & MEANS – Chairman Jo Ellen Henderson

Purpose:  To develop and execute fundraising events for SRW and promote member participation. 

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