The STAR Republican News

February 2017


TFRW President

Theresa Kosmoski

SRW To Meet

Feb. 21 at

Quail Point

Light Lunch 12:30 p.m.

Program Begins 1:00 p.m.

Upcoming GOP Events Calendar

TFRW President Kosmoski

To Speak at Feb. 21 Meeting


Texas Federation of Republican Women President Theresa Kosmoski will speak to Star Republican Women members and guests Tuesday, February 21 at Quail Point Lodge.

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

Theresa is a long-time political activist and former elected official.  She has been an officer of the Greater Houston Council of Republican Women, served on various county-wide boards, the Harris County Republican party, the Republican Party of Texas, and held a seat on the Executive Committee of the National Federation of Republican Women.  

For more than 20 years she has been actively involved in many local state and national civic and non-profit organizations with a particular emphasis on child advocacy and community improvement.  In that time she has been intimately involved in dozens of campaigns for both candidates and issues. As a retired member of a local Board of Trustees, Theresa has actively pursued her interest in public education policy and legislative issues.   

Professionally, Theresa began her career in the banking and investment fields but has been a Registered Parliamentarian for the last 20 years serving non-profit, corporate and political organizations.   

She has been married to Mark for 30 years and has two sons, both of whom are Eagle Scouts.

The Texas Federation of Republican Women actively supports Republican candidates, while providing strength and unity for political action. It encourages Republican women to run for office and train them to become effective Republican Party workers. TFRW also works to inform its members and the electorate through political education.

TFRW is one of the largest women’s political organizations in the nation and is a member of the National Federation of Republican Women.  TFRW holds fast to the underlying principles of the Republican Party, government by the people, and the belief that people, such as you, must be part of the process if it is to work effectively. TFRW members logged nearly four million hours working on campaigns during recent campaign cycles.

TFRW is undeniably the most powerful women’s political organization in Texas today.


April 20, 2017 


You won't want to miss the Second Annual Star Republican Women Casino Night -- Thursday evening, April 20 at Quail Point Lodge. 

Everyone who attended last year had so much fun, we have decided to make this an annual event.  

Guests are welcome to attend this special evening of fun and entertainment.  

Detailed information will be shared in the coming months.

We Love You!​


We love our Star Republican Women members and associates, and we don't want to lose you!

So if you have not yet renewed your membership, please do so in February. 

It's a way to show that you love your fellow members, the Republican Party, your state and your nation!  Together we can make a difference!

Just click on the button below to print your membership form and bring to the Feb. 21 meeting or send by mail to the address noted.  For membership questions, please contact Emily Tobin at

Oh! And by the way, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

2017 SRW Membership Form

SRW Continues  Caring for America Project To Assist Troubled Children

Star Republican Women's Caring for America Committee asks that you bring stuffed animals to our February 21 meeting.  These cuddly animals will be given to Child Protective Services and The Phoenix Center for children who are facing difficult times.

So stop by your favorite store and pick up one, two, three or more to share with the children of Llano and Burnet Counties.

More information about The Phoenix House




It’s great to wake up in the morning, see the sun shining brightly, and know that today is going to again bring big change – positive change -- with Donald Trump in the White House! 

Since January 20, every day has been so surprising.  And yet, not really.  After all, Trump campaigned on a platform to bring back America and restore our power in every way to make our country number one again in the world.

So, it’s like watching a more powerful America unfolding in front of our eyes.  It is certainly fascinating to watch.  When I talk with my friends and family about this change, they seem to be inspired by the actions Trump is taking and positively hopeful for the outcomes.

Of course, there are critics out there who are extremely negative, resistant and even destructive.  I sometimes wonder if we are in the same universe!  Watching and listening to them is sometimes comical as they stretch the truth and other times hurtful as they demean our President and our nation.

I am encouraged by the strong, conservative leadership exhibited by our President, Republican-controlled Congress and State Legislature.  I, for one, am taking the high road and thinking only positive things to come. 

So watch out.  President Trump is just getting started!  There are many bright sunshiny days ahead for America! 

Join me and your fellow SRW members and associates in reflecting this positive attitude.  Wear your sunglasses to our Feb. 21 general meeting.  We will be taking a special photo of us to spotlight just how bright the coming days will be for America.

Gennie Ward, SRW President


New Members & Associates

New Members:  

Carolyn Bates                               Beverly Beauchamp

Sharon Blank                                Eve Carter

Lawana Chapin                             Marsha Lovelady

Kerry Luke                                    Dee Patterson

Katy Scarborough                         Montie Smith

New Associates:

Angela Dowdle                              Scott Olgin


Legislative Update

By Tomi MacDonald

Chairman, Legislative Committee

The 85th Texas Legislature convened on January 10, 2017 and will stay in session until May 29.  

To check on bills proposed by your representatives or bills of special interest to you, go to  You can also send emails to members of the legislature via that website.

Following is a list of Texas Legislators representing Llano County and/or Burnet County:

State Rep. Andrew Murr, District 53

Capitol Office: EXT E1.306

Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768

Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0536

State Rep. Terry Wilson, District 20

Capitol Office: EXT E2.702 C

Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768

Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0309

State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, District 24

Capitol Office: CAP GE.5

Capitol Address: P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station, Austin, TX 78711

Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0124 

For additional information about legislation or the current session, please feel free to contact Tomi MacDonald, SRW Chairman of the Legislation Committee: or 830-220-0230.


The Mechanics of our Texas Legislature

The 85th meeting of the Texas Legislature began on January 10th.  Unlike the U.S. Congress which meets practically year round, our state legislature meets for just 140 days every two years, so we have to get down to business and focus on our primary task – passing another fiscally conservative, balanced budget.

The first two to three weeks of the session are largely ceremonial, however.  This is because the rules of the House of Representatives prohibit the debate of legislation on the House floor prior to the 60th day of the session unless it is deemed an emergency by the governor.  This lull at the beginning of the session allows members and their staffs to work with the lawyers and drafters who turn ideas into actual bills ready for consideration.  As of this morning (Jan. 30), there were 1,989 bills already filed this session. 

Proposed bills also cannot proceed through the legislative process until the Speaker of the House appoints members to fill the thirty-eight standing committees.  Thus far, those assignments have not been made, and while there is no mandated deadline, historically the committees are filled around the first week of February.   In 2015, I was assigned to the Transportation Committee, the Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee, the Rules and Resolutions Committee, and (following session, in the interim) the Select Committee on Mental Health.  I do not know if I will be returning to those committees at this time, or be named to one or more different committees, but once assignments are announced, I will be sure to update you further.

In addition to committee assignments, this week we are receiving two speeches from our state’s leaders.  On January 31st, Governor Abbott will address a joint session of the Texas House and Senate for his state-of-the-state address.  During that time, he will likely inform us of any issues or legislation that he has decided rises to the level of an emergency item.  The next day, on February 1st, the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Nathan Hecht, will also address a joint session of the legislature to deliver his state-of-the-judiciary address. 

I am excited to get down to business and begin this important work, and I would like to ask all of you to keep me in your thoughts and prayers, and to contact me with your comments and opinions.  As always, it is an honor to represent you in the Texas House of Representatives.  Please visit my website at or contact our District Office in Kerrville (715 Water St.) at (830) 257-0432 or our Capitol Office in Austin at (512) 463-0536 and let me hear from you. 

Rep. Andrew Murr is a rancher, attorney, small businessman and former Kimble County Judge who has represented District 53 in the Texas House since 2015.  House District 53 includes Bandera, Crockett, Edwards, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher and Sutton Counties.  

Please help us put Star Republican Women on the Map by Volunteering & Reporting Your Time

The power of the Republican Federated Women at the federal, state and local level is the power of our volunteers.  Please consider volunteering and when you do, report your monthly volunteer hours by turning them in at each SRW General Meeting or by contacting Campaign Activities Committee Chairman Scarlett Reimer at 

A Campaign Activities report form can be obtained at at the Club Documents tab.

Many types of activities can be included in your volunteer efforts.  Here is a short list of some of the ways to get involved helping our Republican Party and our Federation of Republican Women.

  • Work on or at a special campaign event.
  • Report your time spent working at club meetings, i.e. getting petitions signed and processing mailings.
  • Travel to and from events.
  • Preparation of food for our own SRW events or SRW-sponsored events.
  • Collecting items to donate to SRW sponsored charities and organizations.

Thanks for volunteering and let's get those hours counted!

2017 SRW Officers

President                    Gennie Ward         325-247-4078

1st VP/Programs       Denise Rives        432-638-7808

2nd VP/Membership  Emily Tobin        214-578-5986

Secretary                     Kathy Hussey         825-423-0418

Treasurer                     Caron Drake     832-498-6002

2017 SRW Committee Chairmen

Awards            Annette Burton              830-220-3618

Hospitality          Kathy Stahl              832-472-5437

Parliamentarian     ML Kromer           830-596-7061

Caring for America    Bebe Piatt            830-598-1613

Chaplain         Shannon Thomas                   409-673-0434

Legislation   Tomi MacDonald           830-220-0230

PR/Newsletter    Mary Lou Kromer            830-596-7061

Ways & Means    JoEllen Henderson             806-789-2886

Literacy                Leah Santry                    830-265-4102

Campaign Activity Scarlett Reimer       970-227-8264 

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