The STAR Republican News

a special edition

December 2021

Star Republican Women is a federated member club of the Texas Federation of Republican Women and serves members and communities within TFRW Region XII and Texas Senate Districts 22 and 24.


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Sara's Shorts

By now the turkey is deboned and recycled to leftovers and you have lovingly pulled out your family heirloom of commercial and hand-made decorations in anticipation of the holiday season.

I was delighted to find an old Christmas card at the bottom of one of my boxes that touched me where I am in this season. On the front was a snowman with mix matched branch arms, a battered carrot nose and blue knitted woolen scarf and   hat with red hearts. Beside our snowman was a fluffy rabbit and even fluffer baby lamb joined by a red cardinal perched above on a barren snowy branch. All four were gazing on what had to be a nativity star similar to our 2020 appearance of the Bethlehem Star over the water at the top of the hill in Summit. At the bottom in script the question asked do you see what I see?  Inside the card it said may the bright Star of Christ shine in your heart all year!! Bingo that was it! The very thought that had played in a difficult year as we see economic downturn and violent crime upturn. In a year that we see government spending upturn and common sense downturn in addition to illegal immigration upturn and personal liberties downturn.

You ask what do I see? A mission statement to shine in the darkness. A mission statement to give our most valuable asset, our time, to making a better government, in DC ,in our state, and community. Something Star Women have done since 1986 when Dorothy Crockett as district director of TFRW inspired some Llano County ladies to form South Llano County Women to form SLCRW. Later in 2010 in order to encourage membership from a larger geographic area the name was changed to Star Republican Women or SRW. We are one of four Republican clubs that incorporate the name Star joining Dallas, Tarrant and Henderson counties. The name Star fires me up to be a rising star not a falling star. To be a club of shoulder to shoulder encouragers for each other and to build an even stronger community within our club and Horseshoe Bay.

Oh, did I mention have FUN ?! Fun for sure !! Don’t forget Wise Men still follow THE STAR of both the old and new testament into difficult years with the assurance of those  Moses led out of Egypt long ago. Remember it is people over politics.

Sara Boyd, SRW President

Hope to see you at our annual Christmas luncheon December 14


Star Republican Women will host our Annual Christmas Luncheon Tuesday, December 14 at Quail Point Community Center.  

A social will be from Noon to 12:30 p.m. followed by a wonderful catered lunch.

Tickets are $25 per person.  Make checks payable to SRW.  Members, associate members and guests are welcome.  

Call Marion Gardner by end of day Dec. 6 to make your reservations:  


Marion Gardner, Ways & Means Committee Chairman

It's time to renew!


It's time to renew your Star Republican Women membership.  And don't forget to sign up your spouse as well!

Click on the button below to get your membership form.  Complete the form and  mail it to the address on the form.

Membership is $30 and Associate Membership is $20.

We appreciate your involvement in Star and the Texas Federation of Republican Women!

Kathy Stahl, Membership Committee Chairman

SRW Membership Form

 Red Shoe Book Club

To Meet January 11


Star Republican Women's Red Shoe Book Club will meet next on January 11 from 4 - 6 p.m. to discuss the book "Eleanor," written by David Michaelis.

SRW Literacy Committee Chairman Kathy Hussey will lead the discussion about the book. 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.  


 The New York Times best seller from prize-winning author David Michaelis presents a “stunning” (The Wall Street Journal) breakthrough portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt, America’s longest-serving First Lady, an avatar of democracy whose ever-expanding agency as diplomat, activist, and humanitarian made her one of the world’s most widely admired and influential women.

In the first single-volume cradle-to-grave portrait in six decades, acclaimed biographer David Michaelis delivers a stunning account of Eleanor Roosevelt’s remarkable life of transformation. An orphaned niece of President Theodore Roosevelt, she converted her Gilded Age childhood of denial and secrecy into an irreconcilable marriage with her ambitious fifth cousin Franklin. Despite their inability to make each other happy, Franklin Roosevelt transformed Eleanor from a settlement house volunteer on New York’s Lower East Side into a matching partner in New York’s most important power couple in a generation.

When Eleanor discovered Franklin’s betrayal with her younger, prettier, social secretary, Lucy Mercer, she offered a divorce and vowed to face herself honestly. Here is an Eleanor both more vulnerable and more aggressive, more psychologically aware and sexually adaptable than we knew. She came to accept her FDR’s bond with his executive assistant, Missy LeHand; she allowed her children to live their own lives, as she never could; and she explored her sexual attraction to women, among them a star female reporter on FDR’s first presidential campaign, and younger men. 

Eleanor needed emotional connection. She pursued deeper relationships wherever she could find them. Throughout her life and travels, there was always another person or place she wanted to heal. As FDR struggled to recover from polio, Eleanor became a voice for the voiceless, her husband’s proxy in the White House. Later, she would be the architect of international human rights and world citizen of the Atomic Age, urging Americans to cope with the anxiety of global annihilation by cultivating a “world mind.” She insisted that we cannot live for ourselves alone but must learn to live together or we will die together.

This “absolutely spellbinding,” (The Washington Post) “complex and sensitive portrait” (The Guardian) is not just a comprehensive biography of a major American figure, but the story of an American ideal: how our freedom is always a choice. Eleanor rediscovers a model of what is noble and evergreen in the American character, a model we need today more than ever.  

Kathy Hussey, Literacy Committee Chairwoman

SRW Patron and Sponsor Programs 

To Help Candidates & Communities

Star Republican Women thank those who have become sponsors and patrons in 2021, 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 Councilman Randy Rives


Denise Rives

Mary Lou Kromer

2021-2022 SRW Officers

President Sara Boyd bunnyrun@sbcglobal.net 817.475.6953
VP Programs Kathy Hussey khusse54@gmail.com 325.423.0418
VP Membership Kathy Stahl rudistahl@sbcglobal.net 832.472.5437



Debbie Lambert

Julia Hall





2021-2022 SRW Committee Chairmen

Awards Kim Lookabaugh kim@mytexashomebroker.com 512.773.1847
Hospitality Carol Ascue cjascue@yahoo.com 512.663.3601
Bylaws Belle Guice bcguice@nctv.com 210.508.7803
Parliamentarian Denise Rives mimirives@gmail.com 432.638.7808
Caring for America Sherry Olson sherryolson01@gmail.com 830.596.3021
Chaplain Louraine Robertson louraine912@outlook.com 830.598.6660
Newsletter Mary Lou Kromer mlplkromer@mac.com 561.308.0820
Ways & Means Marion Gardner gardner.marion87@gmail.com 830.613.9216
Literacy Kathy Hussey khusse54@gmail.com 325.423.0418
Campaign Activities Barbara Derse bjderse@wr.rr.com 214.202.0052
Legislation Stephani Hart stefhart1354@yahoo.com 512.748.0814

 2021 TFRW Regional & District Leadership

Region XII Deputy President          Denise Rives                    mimirives@gmail.com        

SD24 District Director                  Gail Teegarden        gailteegarden7@gmail.com

SD 22 District Director                 Devvie Duke              


NOTICE:     Political advertising paid for by Star Republican Women PAC, Treasurer Julia Hall, 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 – starrepublicanwomen78657@gmail.com