The STAR Republican News

April 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.

In This Issue. 

  •  April 20 Mtg Details
  • Call for Volunteers to Help with COVID Vaccines
  • Bring Books & CDs to April Meeting
  • From Denise's Desk
  • Legislative Update
  • Time to Renew Your Membership
  • Welcome New Members
  • Red Shoe Book Club to Meet June 8
  • 87th Legislature In Session

Education Activist

Alice Linahan

to Speak at SRW

April 20 Meeting

Complimentary lunch served at 12:30 p.m.​​

Program Begins 1:00 p.m.

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Education Activist To Speak About "Unilateral Mental Disarmament"


Education Activist Alice Linahan will speak at the April 20 Star Republican Women’s Meeting at Quail Point Community Center.  

Linahan speaks publicly throughout the country to educate parents and taxpayers on the truth about what is happening in education and the “unilateral mental disarmament” of the next generation of voters in America.

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

Linahan is vice president of Women on the Wall, “connecting the dots” between the issues of education, immigration and national security.  She also is an established leader in New Media and Education Policy Advisor with Voice Empower.  

Alice Linahan is a Texas Mom who speaks about the fundamental transformation in education. In an article entitled “Good School Choice vs Bad School Choice; Texas the Heart of Education Reform,” Ms. Linahan wrote: “In Texas, I have heard those pushing so-called “School Choice” say they are for ALL school choice options. They will say whatever they are pushing is just one more tool in the toolbox for parents to choose. This is a ridiculous statement. Not all school choice is the same. In fact, government-regulated school choice limits parental rights, it does not expand it.” 

Alice brings audiences a servant’s voice with a heartfelt, funny tone and when the truth needs to be told in a bold, fresh manner Alice can deliver. She brings alive the stories from the trenches of the movement of parents asking… “CAN I SEE what you are teaching my child?” that is taking America by storm. Alice is the author of “Your Child’s #1 Threat: 21st Century Learning and the Common Core,” and a talk show host of the weekly Women On the Wall Communication Team podcast.

Alice Linahan is a winner of the 2014 UPTON SINCLAIR AWARD with EducationViews.org for her work as an advocate for securing the best of education policies for the next generation of American children. She has worked tirelessly exposing the dangers of Common Core, educating people on the seriousness of the issue and how best to be engaged in the battle. 

Alice launched Voices Empower in 2011 in response to identifying an urgent need to engage the passive majority of voters at both the National and State level during the primary process. Voices Empower has quickly risen as an organization playing an integral part in holding politicians and the progressive/liberal media accountable by getting real stories out to Americans across the country. 

She is on track to re-define the meaning of “boots on the ground.” Specifically, she is implementing a communication team strategy that gives activists the tools to “ENGAGE” and change hearts and minds vs. just a CLICK “LIKE” mentality on social media sites; therefore, the new paradigm created by Alice Linahan takes “boots on the ground” to social media platforms strategically and effectively.

Citizen journalists are driving the narrative and Alice Linahan is playing a national role in its impact on the electorate. Currently, Alice is working on projects at both the state and national level to save our Country from attacks within our own borders. 

Kathy Hussey, VP Programs

Bring Us Your Books, CDs & DVDs!


Star Republican Women’s Caring for America Committee continues its 2021 Book Drive for the Llano County Library and asks that you bring your items to SRW’s April 20 meeting at Quail Point Community Center.

“It’s time to do a closet clean out,” said Sherry Olson, chairman of the Caring for America Committee.  “Please, bring us your unwanted books, CDs and DVDs for our Friends of the Llano County Library Project.”

The Llano County library will accept the donated items and either add them to their library or sell them to raise funds.

Above Photo:  (from left) Sara Boyd, Sherry Olson and Debbie Lambert look through donated books SRW received from members at its March meeting.

Join Us As We Help In Distribution  

Of COVID-19 Vaccine In Horseshoe Bay


SRW's Caring for America Committee is recruiting members to help assist local distribution of the COVID vaccines. 

This special Caring for America project assists Bay Pharmacy's distribution of vaccines on Thursdays 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Church of Horseshoe Bay.

Members interested in participating should contact Sherry Olson:

By email:  sherryolson01@gmail.com 

By text:  830.596.3021

Recent volunteers at the Horseshoe Bay Vaccination Clinic were: (from left) Louraine Robertson, Bryan Roach, Kim Howze, Pharmacist Jason Poole, Linda Roach, Barbara Derse, and Debbie Lambert.  

From Denise's Desk


There are less than two months until the last day of the regular session of the 87th Texas Legislature.  Many of you have diligently called and written to your legislators, testified in person or by Zoom at committee hearings, and submitted written testimony to ensure that bills are passed to keep Texas the Constitutional Republic as it was intended.  Thank you for all of your efforts!  Please continue the hard work.

We also need to turn our attention to the local elections.  The election for Trustees of the Llano Independent School District (LISD) and Burnet County ISD Boards is vitally important for various reasons.  You may not have children or grandchildren in public schools in this community, but most of us pay taxes to LISD or BCISD.  The Board of Trustees approves the budget for how those tax dollars are spent.  They are also responsible for approving curriculum used to educate the future leaders of our community.  Even though this is a non-partisan election, each Board member takes his or her values into the Board room and deliberates issues from those values.  We must have Trustees in those Board rooms making decisions representative of our strong, conservative Christian values.

The same is true for election of city positions – City Council and Mayor races.  Be an informed voter and learn about the candidates for all local races.  And VOTE!  Early voting begins weekdays April 19 through the 27 at various places in Llano and Burnet Counties.  Election Day is Saturday, May 1.  Check your county’s website for specific polling locations and times.

Looking forward to seeing you at the April 20th meeting at Quail Point.

Denise Rives, SRW President

Legislative Update

At the 2020 Texas Republican Convention, delegates approved eight legislative priorities to advocate and support:  (1) Election Integrity, (2) Religious Freedom, (3) Children and Gender Modification,  (4) Abolition of Abortion, (5) Constitutional Carry, (6) Monument Protection, (7) School Choice for All, and (8) Ban Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying.  

SB7 co-sponsored by Senator Dawn Buckingham, as well as 13 other Republican Senators, has been deemed a priority by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.  This bill relates to elections, including election integrity and security; creating criminal offenses; providing civil penalties.  SB7 is moving quickly, having been sent to committee within two weeks of submission.  A hearing was held on April 1, 2021 and after five hours of testimony, SB7 passed the Senate advancing through the legislative process and is heading to the House.  This legislation has a lot of opposition from Democrats and progressives.  Stay engaged and proactive.  Contact your legislators.  You may track any State legislation through a free registration with LegiScan, https://legiscan.com.  After you register, you can even request email updates.   When Senate Committees are holding public hearings in the Capitol Complex, you may find live webcasts of the proceedings at the page for Senate Live Broadcasts or at https://senate.texas.gov/av-live.php.

HB6 also is legislation relating to election integrity and preservation of the purity of the ballot box through the prevention of fraud in the conduct of an election; increasing criminal penalties; creating criminal offenses. This legislation was introduced in the House Elections Committee on April 1, 2021 and scheduled for a public hearing with a date TBD.  You will find more information about upcoming House Committee Meetings through Texas Legislature Online, House Committees, https://capitol.texas.gov/Committees/Committees.aspx?Chamber=H.  Please keep HB6 on your radar and actively, and if necessary, frequently communicate with your representatives. The more voices they hear from the greater our voices will be heard.  Once the House Elections Committee schedules the hearing, a live video broadcast of the hearing will be available at https://house.texas.gov/video-audio.

On the national level, H.R. 1 the For the People Act of 2021 passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 3, 2021 without a single Republican vote.  It is now in the hands of the U.S. Senate and is a Democrat high priority legislation.  The legislation is obsessively covered by the media and will remove the constitutional rights of the states to manage their elections and will nationalize the election process at the federal level. It is anticipated that Senator Schumer may push for action the week of April 5th.  Democrats may push for a vote or move to eliminate the filibuster or both.  Our Senators need to hear from all of us to have what they need to fight for us.  Volume matters.  Our voices count, but only if we speak loudly.  We can no longer be silent and expect to keep our Constitution and the rights we are all granted through the Constitution.  Please remain vigilant, speak up, speak loudly and speak frequently!

Sara Boyd, Legislation Committee Chairman

Find Your Senators

Learn About the RPT Legislative Plan


To review the Republican Party of Texas' eight legislative priorities, click on the button below for RPT's digital playbook.

RPT Playbook

Share the Love of the Party!


Star Republican Women encourages you to invite friends and family to join our organization.  Together, we can make the Texas GOP stronger and help Keep Texas Red!

Please ask your friends, neighbors and family members to join Star Republican Women -- as members or associates.  Bring them to our next meeting.  Dues are $30 for members and $20 for associates.  Remember, spouses can join as associate members and attend all of our meetings.  

Click on the button below to download the membership form and recruit family and friends to become new members!

Also, if you haven't already renewed your Star Republican Women membership, please do so now!

Please bring completed membership forms & dues to our next meeting or mail to:           

       STAR Republican Women

       P.O. Box 8675

       Horseshoe Bay, TX  78657

Kathy Stahl, VP & Membership Committee Chairman​ 

 SRW Membership Form

Welcome New Members & Associates!

A hearty welcome to our new Star Republican Women members and associates:  

Vivian Barrineau

Susan Bice

Jeanette Caleca

Deborah Gilliam

Laura Almond

Chip Howell


 Red Shoe Book Club

To Meet June 8


Star Republican Women's Red Shoe Book Club will meet Tuesday, June 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. to discuss the book "The Four Winds," authored by Kristin Hannah.   The event will be held at the home of Denise Rives, 1015 Mountain Leather in Horseshoe Bay.

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.  


From the number-one bestselling author of The Nightingale comes a powerful American epic about love and heroism and hope, set during the Great Depression, a time when the country was in crisis and at war with itself, when millions were out of work and even the land seemed to have turned against them.
Texas, 1921. A time of abundance. The Great War is over, the bounty of the land is plentiful, and America is on the brink of a new and optimistic era. But for Elsa Wolcott, deemed too old to marry in a time when marriage is a woman’s only option, the future seems bleak. Until the night she meets Rafe Martinelli and decides to change the direction of her life. With her reputation in ruin, there is only one respectable choice: marriage to a man she barely knows.

By 1934, the world has changed; millions are out of work and drought has devastated the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as crops fail and water dries up and the earth cracks open. Dust storms roll relentlessly across the plains. Everything on the Martinelli farm is dying, including Elsa’s tenuous marriage; each day is a desperate battle against nature and a fight to keep her children alive.

In this uncertain and perilous time, Elsa—like so many of her neighbors—must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or leave it behind and go west, to California, in search of a better life for her family.

The Four Winds is a rich, sweeping novel that stunningly brings to life the Great Depression and the people who lived through it—the harsh realities that divided us as a nation and the enduring battle between the haves and the have-nots. A testament to hope, resilience, and the strength of the human spirit to survive adversity, The Four Winds is an indelible portrait of America and the American dream, as seen through the eyes of one indomitable woman whose courage and sacrifice will come to define a generation.

Kathy Hussey, Literacy Committee Chairman

87th Texas Legislature In Session


The 87th Texas Legislature is now in session with a packed full agenda.  The new legislature started January 12 and is scheduled to end May 31.

SRW members and associates are encouraged to stay informed about issues being addressed during this legislative session, and to communicate with your respective elected Representative and Senator.  

Click on the button below to get information about the Representatives and Senator who represent Llano and Burnet Counties. 

More information is available on our SRW website under the Club Docs & Info Tab, including how you can be a legislative advocate.  Just go to www.StarRepublicanWomen.com to access this information!

Sara Boyd, Legislation Committee Chairman

Hill Country Texas Representatives & Senator

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

2021-2022 SRW Officers

President Denise Rives mimirives@gmail.com 432.638.7808
VP Programs Kathy Hussey kathusse54@gmail.com 325.423.0418
VP Membership Kathy Stahl rudistahl@sbcglobal.net 832.472.5437
Secretary Debbie Lambert debbiehsb@gmail.com 512.748.0814

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 Belle Guice bcguice@nctv.com 210.508.7803
Caring for America Sherry Olson sherryolson@gmail.com 830.596.3021
Chaplain Louraine Robertson louraine912@outlook.com 830.598.6660
PR/Newsletter Becci Mears becster1@gmail.com 512.234.0780
Ways & Means TBD

Literacy Kathy Hussey kathusse54@gmail.com 325.423.0418
Campaign Activities Barbara Derse bjderse@wr.rr.com 214.202.0052
Legislation Sara Boyd bunnyrun@sbcglobal.net 817.475.6953

 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 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:  Becci Mears– starrepublicanwomen78657@gmail.com