The STAR Republican News

March 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. . .

  • March Program Details
  • Election Day March 6
  • Gennie's Spotlight
  • Save the Date:  May 5
  • Sip and Paint Day April 10
  • You Can be a Delegate
  • Welcome New Members
  • ​Red Shoe Book Club Selection
  • SRW Patrons & Sponsors 

SRW To Meet

March 20

at Quail Point

Light Lunch 12:30 p.m.

Program 1 p.m. ​​

CLICK HERE for Upcoming GOP Events Calendar

Williamson County Sheriff to Speak

​About "Active Shooter" Responses


Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody and Deputy Mark Luera will speak Tuesday, March 20 at the Star Republican Women meeting at Quail Point, providing a mini-training session on how civilians can best protect themselves should an "active shooter" situation occur at a public event.

The school shooting in Columbine in 1999 changed the lives of many and also the way law enforcement trains officers and responds in an active shooter situation.  Lessons learned from the too many tragic events in America over the past two decades have changed how law enforcement agencies prepare private citizens to respond as well.

The tragic event in Sutherland Springs at the First Baptist Church just three months ago has spurred increased interest in preparing private citizens for what to do in an active shooter situation at any gathering.  At a recent TFRW Board meeting  in February, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department made a presentation entitled “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE).” 

Williamson County Sheriff Chody and Deputy Luera will present this training for members and guests at the March 20th Star Republican Women’s meeting.  In this presentation, you will hear about best practices for security, appropriate responses by citizens for safety of all involved, and ways to minimize the impact of an active shooter situation.

This is an enlightening presentation that could save your life and the lives of others when confronted by an active shooter at any community gathering whether it be church, club meetings, social events, or other situations.

A complimentary light lunch will be served starting at 12:30pm on March 20, 2018 and the business meeting and program will begin at 1:00, concluding around 2:00pm.

Denise Rives, VP and Programs

Don't Forget to Vote!


Early voting for the primary elections  ends March 2.  Election day is set for March 6.

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

Gennie's Spotlight


We are nearing the end of early voting in the elections, and where are our voters? 

We are, and claim to be, members of the Republican Party, and why are you not at the polls and doing your job, VOTING!

There are over 15,000 registered voters in Llano County. This is a primary election for Governor, Lt. Governor, Senators, Representatives, Judicial positions and many other State, county and local positions. These are politicians you and I have praised or complained about, some that have become friends and some strangers but have a wonderful background.  You would like to see progress in our great state of Texas in an elected position, but what is keeping you away from taking just a short time and making your voice heard?

You may feel that you will vote in the run-off or the general election in November; but don't you want to see the candidate you believe in and who you think will make a stand in our progression to a position of greatness for the State of Texas? 

The choice is yours. YOU can make a difference. We are looking and waiting for you at the election locations. You can make excuses, sit at home and say your vote is just one vote and it's just the primary, or go vote and make your vote count. 

The most wonderful thing to see at the polls is a first-time, excited, and very eager voter, and the veteran and older voter that comes in and states that he or she has never missed voting in an election. That is a Patriot!  

The election is up to you! 

God Bless Texas and the USA !

Gennie Ward, SRW President



Star Republican Women will be hosting a fundraising Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday afternoon, May 5 at Jolie's in Marble Falls.  Plan to attend and join your fellow Republicans for fun, food and entertainment -- including watching the 144th Kentucky Derby Race.   

More details to come soon!

Marion Gardner, Ways & Means Committee Chairman

Sign Up for a Fun and Rewarding Caring for America Project!


It's a Sip and Paint Day Tuesday, April 10!

Join your fellow Star Republican Women members for 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 will share her skills and techniques with 20 SRW members at the SRW Sip and Paint Event, Tuesday April 10 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Jolie's on Main Street in Marble Falls.

Participants will be given all materials they need to create a functional piece of art for their home or as a wonderful gift to someone special.  AND wine and refreshments will be served.  Price to participate is $40 per person.  Net proceeds will go to Patriot Paws, a special organization that trains dogs to help needy Veterans.

To sign up, please email Marsha at:  [email protected]

Marsha Lovelady, Caring for America Committee Chairman

 Get Involved! ​Join a Committee

Star Republican Women needs YOU!  

SRW encourages you to consider joining a committee to contribute your time and talents to help our club grow and continue to get better.  At the same time, we know you will have a lot of fun!  

Please review the list of committees listed at the end of this newsletter and contact the chairman of the committee in which you would like to become involved.  

You Can be A Delegate to the Republican State Convention!


You​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​delegate​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Republican​ ​State​ ​Convention!

What​​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Republican​ ​State​ ​Convention?

It’s​ ​a​ ​place​ ​for​ ​people​ ​who​ ​vote​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Republican​ ​Primary​ ​election​ ​to​ ​define​ ​our​ ​shared​ ​beliefs​ ​and​ ​to​ ​determine​ ​how​ ​we​ ​will promote​ ​them.​ ​We​ ​do​ ​this​ ​by​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​platform​ ​and​ ​by​ ​setting​ ​rules​ ​and​ ​electing​ ​people​ ​to​ ​run​ ​the​ ​party​ ​between​ ​conventions.

Who​​ ​can​ ​attend​ ​the​ ​Republican​ ​State​ ​Convention?

Anyone​ ​who​ ​is​ ​a​ ​registered​ ​voter,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​affiliated​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Republican​ ​Party,​ ​either​ ​by​ ​voting​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Party​ ​Primary​ ​or​ ​by​ ​taking​ ​an oath​ ​of​ ​affiliation,​ ​and​ ​has​ ​been​ ​duly​ ​elected​ ​by​ ​the​ ​lower​ ​level​ ​conventions.​ ​You​ ​can​ ​affiliate​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Republican​ ​Party​ ​by​ ​voting​ ​in the​ ​Republican​ ​Primary​ ​Election​ ​or​ ​by​ ​taking​ ​an​ ​oath​ ​of​ ​affiliation.​ ​​ ​You​ ​can​ ​only​ ​affiliate​ ​with​ ​one​ ​party​ ​during​ ​each​ ​election​ ​year.

What​ ​is​ ​a​ ​delegate​?
Delegates​ ​are​ ​grassroots​ ​Republicans​ ​who​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​the​ ​shaping​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Republican​ ​Party,​ ​its​ ​role,​ ​and​ ​its​ ​direction​ ​regarding public​ ​policy.​ ​They​ ​volunteer​ ​and​ ​are​ ​chosen​ ​by​ ​their​ ​districts​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​the​ ​party’s​ ​conventions​ ​in​ ​each​ ​even-numbered​ ​year.

Step​ ​1:​ ​Precinct​ ​Conventions

When​ ​and​ ​where:​​ ​​Your​ ​2018​ ​Precinct​ ​Convention​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​sometime​ ​​after​​ ​the​ ​polls​ ​close​ ​on​ ​Primary​ ​Election​ ​Day (March​ ​6,​ ​2018)​ ​and​ ​​before​​ ​the​ ​start​ ​of​ ​the​ ​County/Senate​ ​District​ ​Conventions​ ​(March​ ​24,​ ​2018).​ ​Please​ ​check​ ​with​ ​your local​ ​Republican​ ​County​ ​Chair​ ​for​ ​the​ ​most​ ​up​ ​to​ ​date​ ​information.​ ​(See​ ​​https://www.texasgop.org/county_chairs/​)

What​ ​to​ ​expect:​ ​​If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​a​ ​registered​ ​voter​ ​and​ ​affiliate​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Republican​ ​Party,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​this​ ​convention. You​ ​can​ ​introduce​ ​and​ ​vote​ ​on​ ​resolutions.​ ​Then​ ​elect​ ​delegates​ ​and​ ​alternates​ ​to​ ​the​ ​next​ ​convention​ ​level.

Step​ ​2:​ ​County​ ​/​ ​Senate​ ​District​ ​Conventions
When​ ​and​ ​where​:​​ ​Your​ ​County​ ​or​ ​SD​ ​Convention​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​on​ ​March​ ​24,​ ​2018.​ ​Your​ ​county​ ​party​ ​sets​ ​the​ ​location​ ​and time.

What​ ​to​ ​expect:​​ ​In​ ​the​ ​days​ ​or​ ​weeks​ ​before​ ​the​ ​convention,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​visit​ ​committee​ ​meetings​ ​and​ ​let​ ​them​ ​know​ ​what issues​ ​are​ ​important​ ​to​ ​you.​ ​At​ ​the​ ​convention,​ ​you’ll​ ​set​ ​the​ ​rules​ ​by​ ​which​ ​the​ ​convention​ ​will​ ​operate.​ ​You​ ​will​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to vote​ ​on​ ​resolutions​ ​the​ ​committees​ ​have​ ​worked​ ​on.​ ​Then​ ​you’ll​ ​elect​ ​delegates​ ​and​ ​alternates​ ​to​ ​the​ ​state​ ​convention level.

Step​ ​3:​ ​State​ ​Convention
When​ ​and​ ​where​:​​ ​This​ ​convention​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​in​ ​San​ ​Antonio​ ​from​ ​June​ ​11th-16th.​ ​Committees​ ​will​ ​meet​ ​June​ ​11th-13th.

General​ ​Session​ ​and​ ​Caucuses​ ​will​ ​meet​ ​June​ ​14th-16th.​ ​Please​ ​check​ w​​ ww.texasgop.org​​ ​for​ ​convention​ ​details.

What​ ​to​ ​expect:​​ ​​You​ ​will​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​testify​ ​before​ ​the​ ​committees​ ​on​ ​issues​ ​you​ ​care​ ​about,​ ​vote​ ​on​ ​the​ ​platform​ ​that​ ​will state​ ​the​ ​beliefs​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Party,​ ​vote​ ​on​ ​the​ ​rules​ ​that​ ​will​ ​steer​ ​the​ ​Party,​ ​and​ ​elect​ ​people​ ​to​ ​run​ ​the​ ​Party​ ​for​ ​the​ ​next​ ​two years.

Why​ ​​become​ ​a​ ​delegate​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Republican​ ​State​ ​Convention?

Because​ ​you​ ​will​ ​have​ ​an​ ​instrumental​ ​role​ ​in​ ​shaping​ ​the​ ​beliefs​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Party​ ​and​ ​determining​ ​the​ ​methods​ ​of​ ​implementation​ ​in public​ ​policy.

Kathy Hussey, Legislation Committee Chairman

Help Us Recruit New Members!


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 March 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 and 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 & Associates


          Janice Estill

          Catharine Farmer



          Damon Beierle

          Suzanne Conaway

          Van Estill

          Marilyn Greene

          Jane Marie Hurst

          Mystre' Van Horn


Red Shoe Book Club 

To Meet March 27


Star Republican Women's Red Shoe Book Club will meet Tuesday, March 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lantana Room at the Horseshoe Bay Resort.

 The featured book will be "The Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George.

The book’s main character is Monsieur Perdu, who is a literary apothecary. He prescribes novels for the hardships of life from his floating barge bookstore on the Seine river in France. He mends broken hearts and souls.

“This is a love letter to books and meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shapes peoples lives.”

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

SRW Members Attend TFRW Leadership Conference

Eight Star Republican Women officers, committee chairmen and members attended the 2018 Texas Federation of Republican Women Leadership Conference in Georgetown recently.   They attended various training sessions to help them perform their duties for SRW.


 SRW members attending the TFRW Leadership Conference included (from left) Becci Mears, President Gennie Ward, Sandra Thompson, Awards Committee Chairman Charlotte Steindorf, Secretary & Legislative Committee Chairman Kathy Hussey, Caring for America Committee Chairman Marsha Lovelady, and VP and Membership Committee Chairman Emily Tobin.  Also attending was Denise Rives, VP and Programs Chairman (who took this photo).  

Membership Listing Available Online

A list of  2017-2018 SRW members and associates is now available online by clicking on the button below.  The listing is periodically revised to include new members and associates.

The directory is password protected and the password is SRW2018.

A printed directory will be made available in April.

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

Mary Lou Kromer, Public Relations Committee Chairman

SRW 2017-2018 Membership List

SRW Patron and Sponsor Programs 

To Help Candidates & Communities

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.

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



Pol. Ad. paid for by Richard Owen Campaign


Pol. Ad. paid for by Marci Hadeler Campaign



Charlotte Hewitt

Kathy Hussey

Mary Lou Kromer

​Lynn Snider Lane

​Denise Rives

Gennie Ward

2018 SRW Officers

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

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

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

Secretary                     Kathy Hussey            [email protected]       325-423-0418

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

2018 SRW Committee Chairmen

Awards            Charlotte Steindorf    [email protected]        830-596-0029

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

Bylaws               Louraine Robertson           [email protected]               830-598-6660

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

Caring for America    Marsha Lovelady  [email protected]   432-238-9428

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

Legislation          Kathy Hussey                 [email protected]          325-423-0418

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

Ways & Means   Marion Gardner   [email protected]     830-613-9216

Literacy                Dee Patterson                [email protected]                 210-748-7565

Campaign Activity Amy Burcham   [email protected]    210-296-7426

 2018 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]

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 [email protected]