The STAR Republican News

September 2020

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. 

  • SRW Sept. 15 Meeting Details
  • From Denise's Desk
  • Proposed Bylaws Changes
  • Time to Go Walking
  • New Red Shoe Book Club Selection
  • Bring Food for the Needy

SRW Welcomes You Back!

September 15

General Meeting

1:00 p.m.   ​​

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Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham To Speak at SRW Sept. 15 Meeting


Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham will provide a "State of the County" report to Star Republican Women at its September 15 meeting at Quail Point Community Center.  

The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Due to COVID-19 issues, SRW will NOT be serving its traditional complimentary light lunch.  

Attendees are asked to comply with state and local COVID-19 orders, including wearing masks and social distancing.

Judge Cunningham began his four-year term in January 2019. 

Prior to being elected to the county judge position, Cunningham served five years on the Llano Independent School District Board.  He is a retired Texas Department of Public Safety Lieutenant with 21 years of law enforcement service.  He also has 17 years of government contracting experience.

Marsha Lovelady, VP of Programs

From Denise's Desk


Who would have guessed at the beginning of 2020 that everything would be shut down for months and we wouldn’t be able to gather with like-minded Republicans for months?

I look forward to seeing many of your smiling faces on Tuesday, September 15th for our first Star Republican Women meeting since February!

You are all well aware of the most important election of our lifetimes this November 3rd.  Of course, everyone knows how critical it is to get President Trump reelected, but not everyone realizes just how critical the Texas House and Senate elections are in the grand scheme of things.

As you know, the hot topic of the Legislative Session of 2021 in Texas will be redistricting.  What you may not know is how few seats in the House it would take for the Democrats to gain control, thereby making them in control of the redistricting.  If that happens, the district lines will be redrawn to the ensure that Democrats are the majority in each House District, causing Texas to be lost.  And if we lose Texas, we lose America as we know it.

Currently, there are very few House seats held by Democrats in which we have much of a chance for the Republican candidate to unseat the incumbent.  There is, however, one very close to us and that is House District 52 which is a small chunk of Williamson County in the southeastern corner.  The Republican challenger is Lucio Valdez and we can help him beat the (D) incumbent!  We will also be walking for U.S. Congressman John (“Judge”) Carter who is at risk of losing to a (D) in Williamson County.

Please join us on Friday, Sept. 18th to block walk and knock on doors of targeted houses where there are swing voters or known Republicans who haven’t voted in recent elections.  There’s a place for you, even if you’re not able to walk the blocks or don’t feel comfortable approaching homes.  We need someone who can drive from one end of the block to the other for those walking on each side of the street.

We will meet at Beall’s (store now closed) parking lot in Marble Falls at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 18th and meet up with others at a predetermined area in HD 52.  We will return by 2 or 2:30 that afternoon after we have lunch together to share stories.  It will be fun and hope you’ll join us. 

Check the flyer in this newsletter as you may want to join us on other dates as well.

Hope to see you September 15th!

Denise Rives, SRW President

SRW Proposes Bylaws Changes

Your Star Republican Women Board proposes a few changes to our Bylaws to clarify processes in emergency situations, when we are unable to meet in person.

Members will be asked to vote on the Bylaws changes at our October meeting.

A copy of the proposed Bylaws can be viewed by clicking on the button below.  Changes are highlighted in yellow.

Belle Guice, Parliamentarian

SRW Proposed Bylaws

Time to Go Walking!

It's critical that we keep a Republican stronghold -- from the White House to the State House!

Star Republican Women invites you to join your fellow members in walking for several candidates that need our help in defeating their Democrat opponents.

​Click on the button below to check out the featured flyer and chose a way you can participate.  Join the walkers for a day of fun or sit at home on the phone.  Either way, you are sure to find your contribution of time rewarding.

September & October Volunteer Opportunity Info

SRW Red Shoe Book Club

Picks "Giver of Stars"


Star Republican Women has announced its latest Red Shoe Book Club selection:  "The Giver of Stars" by Jojo Moyes.

SRW Literacy Committee Chairman Kathy Hussey is working on the exact time and place for the Red Shoe Book Club to meet and expects to announce that information at the September 15 meeting.

In the meantime, we encourage you to obtain your book and get a head start in reading this highly rated book.


Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You

Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them--and to the men they love--becomes an unforgettable drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention. And though they face all kinds of dangers in a landscape that is at times breathtakingly beautiful, at others brutal, they’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives.

Based on a true story rooted in America’s past, The Giver of Stars is unparalleled in its scope and epic in its storytelling. Funny, heartbreaking, enthralling, it is destined to become a modern classic--a richly rewarding novel of women’s friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.

Even if you haven't read the book, you can attend and enjoy the conversation about the book and other topics of interest to the group.  

Kathy Hussey, Literacy Committee Chairman

Caring For America Project to Help

Feed the Needy in Hill Country Area


The economic impact of COVID-19 has hit hard many families in the Hill Country, and area food banks need our help to keep their shelves stocked to meet demand.

SRW's Caring for America Committee requests that you bring food items to our September and October meetings.  The items will be donated to several food banks in our area.

Following is a list of items requested:

  • spaghetti
  • macaroni
  • ramen noodles
  • jelly
  • green beans
  • canned corn
  • canned beans
  • boxed or powdered milk

SRW Patron and Sponsor Programs 

To Help Candidates & Communities

Star Republican Women thank those who have become sponsors and patrons in 2020, 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


Horseshoe Bay Mayor Cynthia Clinesmith

Llano County Republican Party Chairman Doug Sanders


Claudia Haydon

Kathy Hussey

​Carole Keiffer

Mary Lou Kromer

Lynn Snyder Lane

​JoAnn McCarty

​Denise Rives

​Gennie Ward

2019-2020 SRW Officers

President              Denise Rives         [email protected]      432-638-7808

1st VP/Programs    Marsha Lovelady  [email protected]    432-238-9428

2nd VP/Membership  Kathy Stahl    [email protected]      832-472-5437

Secretary             Debbie Lambert             [email protected]     512-748-0814

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

2019-2020 SRW Committee Chairmen

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

Hospitality               Carol Ascue      [email protected]         512-663-3601

Bylaws & Parliamentarian   Belle Guice    [email protected]    210-508-7803

Caring for America     Becca Marsh      [email protected]         361-564-8170

Chaplain               Sue Boss-Lee   [email protected]       512-294-5863

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

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

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

Campaign Activities     Barbara Derse       [email protected]   214-202-0052

 2019 TFRW Regional & District Leadership

Region XI Deputy President           Denise Rives             [email protected]

SD24 District Director            Gail Teegarden        [email protected]

SD 22 District Director                 Merryl Wash         [email protected]

NOTICE:     Political advertising paid for by Star Republican Women PAC, Treasurer Charlotte Steindorf, 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]