The STAR Republican News

May 2017

In This Issue. . .

  • May Program Details
  • Red Shoe Book Club 
  • Gennie's Spotlight
  • Welcome New Members
  • Legislative Update
  • Casino Night Results
  • 2017 Membership Directory
  • Thank you Volunteers

SRW To Meet

May 16 at

Quail Point

Light Lunch 12:30 p.m.

Program Begins 1:00 

Upcoming GOP Events Calendar

Texas Ranger Cantu to Speak

About Border Security May 16


Texas Ranger Marquis Cantu will speak about border security Tuesday, May 16 at the Star Republican Women’s general meeting at Quail Point Lodge.  

Cantu has been with the Texas Department of Public Safety since 1994 and became a Texas Ranger in 2008.  He has a variety of law enforcement experiences that he will draw from pertaining to the timely topic of border security.

The Texas Ranger Division is the primary criminal investigative branch of the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Border Security is one of the numerous programs under the direction and supervision of the Texas Rangers.

Red Shoe Book Club To Meet Tuesday, May 23 at HSB Resort


Star Republican Women's Literacy Committee will host its second Red Shoe Book Club event this year on Tuesday, May 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lantana Room at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Hotel.

Literacy Committee Chairman Carole White announced that the book to be reviewed will be "The Shroud Conspiracy." The thriller novel by John Heubusch is about the race between science and religion to discover the truth about Christianity’s most famous relic, the Shroud of Turin.

"The Red Shoe Book Club is a way for SRW members and associates to explore and discuss books," Carole said.  "We hope you will wear your red shoes and join us for a lively time of sharing thoughts and views about this suspenseful book." 

Following the book review, SRW will host a C.H.A.T. --Chicks Having an Awesome Time.  The topic to start the chat will be: How SRW members and associates can be better legislative advocates.

Gennie's Spotlight


In less than a month, the 85th Texas Legislature is scheduled to end its 140th day session on May 29.  So now is a critical time to let your elected Representative and Senator know how you want them to vote on issues of interest to you.​

First, please consider expressing your support for five resolutions passed by the Texas Federation of Republican Women Board.  Click on the names listed below to download and view each resolution:

Second, make a list of the issues you think are high priority for you, your community and your state.  Then seek information about how these issues are being addressed by the 85th Legislature.

Area newspapers frequently have updates on key bills being considered by the Legislature to help you keep current on their status.  You can also use online tools to get copies of bills and current status of where they stand in the Legislature. (See Legislative Update article below to get tips on using these online tools.) And you can go to your elected Representative’s and Senator’s website to learn about their priorities and whether they are in concert with what they promised and/or if they support your position on issues.

Getting our candidates elected is just one part of being a good Republican.  We must stay informed and engaged as to how our elected officials are representing us.  We need to ensure that they know how we want them to vote and that we will hold them accountable to do so.  In addition, we need to thank them for their efforts in support of our issues, values and principles.

Gennie Ward, SRW President

WELCOME New Members!! 

Cheryl Linck        Marcia Hosea        Susan Hillman


Legislative Update

By Tomi MacDonald

Chairman, Legislative Committee

Now is the time to let your voice be heard on legislation being considered by the 85th Texas Legislature!  Many bills are entering the final stages of debate prior to a final vote before the Legislature ends on May 29.

There are a number of ways you can advocate your position on issues that are important to you.  To learn more, go to You will find a power point presentation on how to become a legislative advocate and how to get a list of your representatives to contact. 

You can go online and research legislation about your issues by going to the following website:​  Click on the “Search” button and select “text search.”  Simply enter any of the words that best describe your issue and click on a “Search” button to find bills that may be pending within the Senate or House.  You can get the text of the bills of interest to you and then track the bill through the legislative process. There is an “Alerts” option where you can enter the bill numbers you want to track and you will be notified of committee and calendar postings regarding those bills.

Following is an update on one issue that has gotten a lot of attention in the 85th Legislature.  Click on the bill number and see more info about it and how it is tracking through the Legislature as a way to learn the process of bill tracking.  I think you will find it both fun and enlightening.

Sanctuary Cities Legislation.

Last week, the Texas House passed SB 4Governor Greg Abbott’s emergency item to ban “sanctuary city” policies in Texas. It is now headed to a conference committee between House members and Senators.

Of course, the term "sanctuary city" has no legal definition, but essentially the bill requires cities and counties within the state to cooperate with ICE detainer requests (federal requests to detain suspected illegal immigrants for further investigation into their status).

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

To get Legislative Updates from your state representatives, click on the buttons below.

Sen. Dawn Buckingham 
Rep. Andrew Murr 
Rep.Terry Wilson 

Lots of Fun At Casino Night 2017! 


More than 100 SRW members and guests enjoyed Star Republican Women's 2nd Annual Casino Night on April 20 at St. Paul's Catholic Church Finn Center.

A special thanks to Committee Chairman Jo Ellen Henderson and her team of Kathy Heeren, Allison Sacra, Marion Gardner, Linda Baker and Denise Goral.

Also many thanks to table underwriters:  Olio Gallery, Highland Lakes Title, Escondido Golf & Lake Club, Turrentine Properties, Horseshoe Bay One Reality, and Mary Lou Kromer & JoAnn McCarty.  

And we also thank our celebrity dealers Peter Jones, Craig Haydon and Bebe Piatt.

Participants enjoyed great food, drink, conversation and of course, the games!  Some even got to enjoy the prizes!

We thank the following people who donated various items for the silent auction and game prizes: M. Allison, One Swanky Shop, Kendra Scott, Lake Country Dental, Lights'N Such, The Yacht Club at HSB Resort, The Tennis Club at HSB Resort, Miller's Smokehouse, Bolton Chiropractic, Hill Country Designs, Salem's Jewelry, Poole Eye Associates, The Spa on Par 3, Nerium Skin Care, Premier Design Jewelry, Kwik Kar, Stanley Dental, Madlyn's, ShowBiz, Flat Creek Winery, The Bottle Shop, Shumann's, Ace Hardware, Scissor Tails, Gerald's Casino Party Stay in San Antonio, Twist Hair Salon and Nails by Kelly.  

Want to see how much fun was had by those who attended?  Just click on the button below to see a gallery of photos. 

Casino Night 2017 Photo Gallery

2017 Membership Directory Online


A current list of Star Republican Women members and associates is available online.  Click on the button below or go to The directory is under the Club Documents tab and the password to access the list is SRW2017.

If you have any changes to your listing, please contact Membership VP Emily Tobin at: [email protected].

2017 Membership Directory

Thanks for Volunteering!

Campaign Activities Committee Chairman Scarlett Reimer reports that Star Republican Women members and associates contributed nearly 700 hours of volunteer efforts during the first quarter of 2017.  We appreciate your work and look forward to hearing about your volunteer efforts in the future.  Please continue to report your volunteer hours to Scarlett at [email protected].

2017 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]       825-423-0418

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

2017 SRW Committee Chairmen

Awards            Annette Burton             [email protected]           830-220-3618

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

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

Caring for America    Bebe Piatt         [email protected]            830-598-1613

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

Legislation   Tomi MacDonald     [email protected]           830-220-0230

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

Ways & Means    JoEllen Henderson     [email protected]             806-789-2886

Literacy                Carole White                 [email protected]             713-598-4500

Campaign Activity Scarlett Reimer  [email protected]       970-227-8264 

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