The STAR Republican News

May 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. . .

  • May Program Details
  • Gennie's Spotlight
  • Derby Day Results!
  • Caring for America's Sip & Paint
  • Welcome New Members
  • ​Red Shoe Book Club Selection
  • SRW Patrons & Sponsors 

SRW To Meet


​May 16

at Quail Point

Light Lunch 12:30 p.m.

Program 1 p.m. ​​

CLICK HERE for Upcoming GOP Events Calendar

State Senator Dawn Buckingham

To Speak at SRW May 16 Meeting


Texas State Senator Dawn Buckingham (R-Dist. 24) will speak at the Star Republican Women’s Meeting at Quail Point Community Center in Horseshoe Bay on WEDNESDAY, May 16. 

Sen. Buckingham will provide an overview of accomplishments in the 2017 Texas legislative session and current efforts to support GOP victories in 2018. 

SRW, which normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month, moved the meeting date to WEDNESDAY, May 16 to accommodate the schedule of Buckingham, who is a doctor and performs surgeries on Tuesdays. 

Sen. Buckingham is a conservative small business owner who believes the best approach to government is “less is more.”  As a doctor, she has witnessed firsthand how government often interferes, rather than enhances, an individual’s or a business’s success.

Dr. Buckingham was elected to the Texas Senate in 2017, representing voters in 17 counties including Burnet and Llano.  She was the first Republican from Travis County to ever be elected to the Texas Senate, as well as the first woman ever elected to represent Senate District 24. 

As a freshman senator in the last legislature, Buckingham served on the following committees:  Health & Human Services, Higher Education, Nominations, Veteran Affairs & Border Security and the Partnership Advisory Commission.

Buckingham was named Co-Most Valuable Freshman of the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature after passing a total of 39 pieces of legislation, with 100 percent signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott.  These included bills to provide tax relief, reduce the size and scope of government, eliminate waste and abuse, cut unnecessary regulation, protect public safety, defend veterans, streamline healthcare, and encourage job creation and economic development.

In September 2017, Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Chairman James Dickey announced the appointment of Sen. Buckingham as Victory Chair for 2018. In her added role, Buckingham leads efforts for the RPT Victory Fund that will be used across the state to register record numbers of new Republican voters and increase turnout to help Republican candidates.

Senator Buckingham graduated with a BS degree from the University of Texas at Austin and received her medical degree from the UT Medical Branch at Galveston.  She and her husband Ed, along with their two children, reside in Lakeway.

Denise Rives, VP and Programs

Gennie's Spotlight


May is here, the School Board Elections are over, or did you know?

The upcoming runoff for the Primaries are around the corner, and do you plan on voting?

There are some very important races out there for us to show our support.

We have the 3rd court of appeals vote, and in Llano County in Precinct 2 there is still a very contentious race. Our Judgeships are most important in that we are holding on to the intention of electing the best candidate for the November battle. 

Many of your neighbors have been selected to attend and represent our counties in the upcoming Republican convention in San Antonio. We have a platform to vote on and a Chairmanship Race which looks to be a very contentious race. So let your delegates know your feelings on all these races and do show your support by going to vote. We have a list of the delegates in our newsletter and do not hesitate to give them a call and your opinion. 

We also have a new Llano County GOP chairman, Doug Sanders. Doug is fired up and has a new program for you to support as we are working on bringing more voters to the polls. Let's all take part in helping break the record for most voters in our counties. Doug will tell you all about it at our next meeting on the 16th. We really have to support this program and work hard for our Republican Party. We are seriously being threatened by the Democrats and who can we depend on if we don't support our own counties. 

We wish you all a great summer! Stay safe and come back with a fight for Victory in the Fall! Be sure to spread the word in your travels of the values the Republican Party represents. We have some great business cards for you to travel with. Ask us about them and spread the word. 

God Bless You and  Texas ! 

Keep Texas Red! 

Gennie Ward, SRW President

It Was Fun & Games at

​STAR's Derby Day!


Star Republican Women members, associates and guests enjoyed  a fundraising Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 5  at Jolie on Main in Marble Falls raising more than $7,000!  

The big winners (in photo above) were a team of (from left) Emily Tobin, Beverly Beauchamp, Marsha Lovelady and Charlotte Steindorf who are surrounding the auctioneer David Gardner. Representing the group of four ladies was Beverly Beauchamp who won the live auction bid for a Trip to Lexington, Kentucky for four people, including airfare, car rental, hotel and tours of two famous horse farms and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Jay Ward was the big winner in the Win-Place-Show game, joined by Scarlett Reimer and Jean Rogers who won Place & Show respectively.

David Pope won the live auction for a special print, "The Masters", signed by Jack Nicklaus. The framed print was donated by Reagan and Debbie Lambert.

A special thanks to those who were winning bidders on great silent auction items, including Bill Worley, Gennie Ward, Dixie Patterson, Randy Rives, David Pope, Pam Severin, Kathy Hussey, Mary Lou Kromer, and Charlotte Steindorf. 

Everyone enjoyed the food, specialty drinks, games and races.   Ladies, put on their Southern Belle finery and Derby hats or fascinators.  And the men enjoyed watching!

For more photos taken at Derby Day, please click on the red button below.

Thank you to all who participated to make our 2018 Fundraiser a great success!

Marion Gardner, Ways & Means Committee Chairman

See More Derby Day Photos

Sip & Paint Event Raises

Funds for Patriot Paws

Star Republican Women members enjoyed a fun afternoon painting and sipping wine -- all for a good cause.

Caring for America Committee Chairman Marsha Lovelady - a "master crafter" and  super artist shared her skills and techniques with 20 SRW members at the SRW Sip and Paint Event, Tuesday April 10 at Jolie's on Main Street in Marble Falls.

Participants received all materials they needed to create a functional piece of art for their home or as a wonderful gift to someone special.  Wine and refreshments were served.  The event raised $720 that will go to Patriot Paws, a non-profit organization that provides specially trained service dogs to help disabled Veterans. Over the past months, SRW's Caring for America Committee has raised more than $4,000 for Patriot Paws.


Some of the ladies participating in the Paint & Sip were (from left back row) Sandra Thompson, Caron Drake, and Charlotte Steindorf; (middle row) Cindy Bender-Olds, Gennie Ward, Faye Hussey, Marion Gardner, Denise Rives and Dee Patterson; (front row) Barbara Derse, Marsha Lovelady and Kathy Hussey.  Participants not shown included:  Kathy Stahl, Caroline Landers and Shannon Thompson.

Marsha Lovelady, Caring for America Committee Chairman

Voice Your Opinions to GOP State Convention Delegates & Alternates!


Congratulations to those who have been selected as delegates and alternates to the Texas GOP Convention June 11-13 in San Antonio. They represent voters from their respective counties.

If you want to voice your opinion about the proposed Texas GOP Platform, Republican Party of Texas Chairman Race, or other issues to be considered at the State Convention, contact one of the delegates representing your county.

Following are the delegates and alternates for Llano County:

DELEGATES: Doug Sanders, Gennie Ward, Kathy Hussey, Ron Hewitt, Randy Rives, Jim Simmons, Don Graham, Becci Mears, Kathy Jones, Janet Mayne, Jay Ward, Patricia Richards, Denise Rives, William Hussey, Trevor Dupuy, Rocky Reese, Sandra Thompson and Debbie Alexander.

ALTERNATES:  Peter Jones, Paula Graham, Jeannete Franois, Liz Ellis, Scott Olguin, Lee Willis, Maria West, Bob West, Jerry McIntyre, Mike Thuss, Sharon Maki, Marsha Lovelady, Regina Johnson, Richard Owen, Eva Carter, Robert Kelsey, Marla Kelsey and Arthur Goodrich.

Following are the delegates and alternates for Burnet County:

DELEGATES:  Donna Holland Wilcox, Brad Wilcox, Lenwood Nelson, Sr., George Pangborn, Gail Teegarden, Mary Jane Avery, Steven Webb, Bill Ernest, Joyce Smith, Cody Davis, John White, Priscilla White, Elizabeth Walters, Carolyn Richmond, Elizabeth Johnston, Rick Smith, James Fletcher, Janet Crow, Benjamin Hartan, Patty Robinson, Craig Cosgray, Lee Wimberley, Jr., Susan Doyle, Kerry Koths, Judi Ross, Kay Stripling, Cecilia Nelson, Cynthia Klentzman, and Russell Tutor.

ALTERNATES:  Jane Marie Hurst, Tom Stephens, Jackie Depew, and Winston Depew.  

Kathy Hussey, Legislation Committee Chairman

Help Us Recruit New Members!


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 April 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.  

Please click on the button below & download the 2018 Membership Form and bring to our next meeting or mail to the address noted on the form.  

Emily Tobin, VP & Membership

2018 SRW Membership Form

Welcome New Members! 


Jennifer Bremerman, Beryl Ann Owen, Marta Stafford, Kim Chandler, Jeanne Worley


Mark Chandler, Bill Worley          


Red Shoe Book Club 

To Meet Tuesday,May 29


Star Republican Women's Red Shoe Book Club will meet Tuesday, May 29, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lantana Room at the Horseshoe Bay Resort.

 The featured book will be "Before We Were Yours," by Lisa Wingate.  It is the story of two families that are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice.

Inspired by the true story of one of America’s most notorious scandals involving Georgia Tann, a director of Memphis based adoption organization, that kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families 

The discussion will be led by our 2018 Literacy Committee Chairman Dee Patterson.  

The book review will be followed by a C.H.A.T. (Chicks Having an Awesome Time) about a timely topic and led by Legislation Committee Chairman and Secretary Kathy Hussey.

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. 

Dee Patterson,  2018 Literacy Committee Chairman

Membership Directories Available

A 2018 Star Republican Women Directory is now available in printed and online format.  Printed copies can be obtained at the upcoming May 16 SRW General Meeting.  An online list of members and associates is available at our website under the Club Docs and Info tab.  (password SRW2018)

Please check out other information on the SRW website:  www.StarRW.org

Mary Lou Kromer, Public Relations Committee Chairman

SRW Patron and Sponsor Programs 

To Help Candidates & Communities

Star Republican Women thank those who have become sponsors and patrons in 2018, 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




Charlotte Hewitt

Kathy Hussey

Ellen Hower

Mary Lou Kromer

​Lynn Snider Lane

​JoAnn McCarty

​Denise Rives

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     Mary Lou 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   gardner.marion87@gmail.com     830-613-9216

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

Campaign Activity Kathy Stahl          rudistahl@sbcglobal.net           832-472-5437

 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