Steve Munesteri, Governor Abbott’s Senior Adviser, to Speak to HLRW

Photo used by permission By Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0,

September 14, 2021

Stephen Peter Munesteri, Senior adviser and Policy Director will speak to Llano on September 14, 2021 at the meeting of the Highland Lakes Republican Women.  Meeting will begin at noon at the Uplift Church Meeting Room, 301 TX Hwy 71, Llano, TX.  Public is invited to attend and reservations are required.

Munesteri (born December 25, 1957) is an American attorney who served as the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from 2010 to 2015.  In 2017, he was appointed to the White House staff as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison.

Munesteri was elected chairman at the state convention held in Dallas on June 13, 2010, when he unseated Cathie Adams, the wife of a Dallas chiropractor, who had held the position for only eight months.  He is the first challenger in modern Texas Republican history to defeat a sitting incumbent for the position of state chairman. Early in his political career, Munesteri served as state chairman of the Texas Chapter of Young Americans for Freedom and founded the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) in 1980.

Munesteri stepped down as party chairman to join U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky as a senior advisor to Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Beginning in 2017 Munesteri served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for the Office of Public Liaison in Trump Administration.  He left the Trump Administration in 2019 to help run the 2020 re-election campaign of Texas Senator John Cornyn.

In December 2020 he joined the office of Texas Governor Abbott as Senior Adviser and Policy Director.

Seating is limited so please email to reserve a seat.  Attendance is free.  A meal will be catered by Gio’s.  Lunch is optional at a cost of $15 and must be reserved in advance.  If you want lunch, choose from Lasagna, Calzone or Ziti Dante.  Email reservations for seating to  If you desire a meal, state that in your email and include your choice of main dish.  Meal will be served at 11:45am and meeting will start promptly at 12 noon.

Spotlight on Llano Youth

HLRW November 2020 Meeting November 10, 2020 12 noon to 1pm

Uplift Church Meeting Room, 301 TX Hwy 71, Llano, TX

$10 Box lunch from Millers.

Speaker—AJ Ares Plus a Representative from Turning Point USA

Come and hear an amazing story of how A.J. tried to start a local High School Republican Club of Texas at Llano High School. A. J. is a Junior and a fellow Republican that personally experiences political bullying daily at our public school by teachers and peers for supporting President Trump.

Turning Point USA, (TPUSA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote freedom.  Founded in 2012 by Charlie Kirk, the organization’s mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government. Turning Point USA believes that every young person can be enlightened to true free market values.  Since its founding, Turning Point USA has embarked on a mission to build the most organized, active, and powerful conservative grassroots activist network on high school and college campuses across the country. With a presence on over 2,000 campuses, Turning Point USA is the largest and fastest-growing youth organization in America

Jonathan M. Saenz to Speak at October 13 Meeting

Jonathan M. Saenz is President of Texas Values, a non profit group dedicated to preserving and advancing a culture of family values in the state of Texas.

The Texas Values mission is to preserve and advance a culture of family values in the state of Texas.

The Texas Values vision is to stand for biblical, Judaeo-Christian values by ensuring Texas is a state in which religious liberty flourishes, families prosper, and every human life is valued.

Texas Values promotes the core values of faith, family, and freedom in Texas through:

  • Policy research
  • Public education and standing for truth in the media
  • Grassroots mobilization
  • Voter education
  • Reviewing legislation and providing legal analysis
  • Testifying at the Texas Legislature, State Board of Education, and other governmental entities

Meeting is on October 13, 2020 starting at noon.  We are back in our regular meeting location at  Uplift Church, 301 E. St Hwy 71, Llano. Masks are encouraged.

Boxed lunches are available for $10 each but MUST be reserved in advance.  You have choice of meat+cheese+veggies for your sandwich.  Call  Tiffany at (903) 372-1819 to place your order.

We are accepting 2021 membership dues at this time.  If you want to renew your membership or join for the first time, you can download and print a 2021 membership application here on this site.  Just print, fill out and bring to the meeting.  2021 dues are $40 for Full Memberships and $15 for Associate Membership.

September 8 2020 General Meeting

It was great to be back in the swing.  We had 40 people attend out September General Meeting where Jeff Rose was our speaker.

We were happy to announce that we have donated $1000 to Jeff Rose’s campaign for re-election as Chief Justice of Texas Third Court of Appeals, $500 to Lani Popp for Board of Education and $3000 to the Texas Republican Party’s Candidate Resource Committee.

We welcomed three new members and two new Associate members.  We are accepting renewals of memberships now too.  If you want to renew your membership, you can click on the membership form link, print out a form and mail it with your dues or simply bring to our next meeting.

Nominating Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on next year’s Board. If you are interested, call Tiffany, Eva, or Darlene C.

Spring 2020

In support of Governor Abbott’s Disaster Declaration of March 19, HLRW has canceled their April and May meetings.  Check back for news of a possible special called Summer meeting and regular scheduled September 8, 2020 meeting.

In the meantime, rest assured that the HLRW Board is working on your behalf.  Here are a few of he things they are doing:

Volunteer are needed to work on the 2020 Campaign Donation Committee.  This committee will research and make recommendation for campaign donations using funds raised in February at our Lincoln Day Dinner.  Call Tiffany at 903 372-1819 or email her at if you are interested in being a part of this committee. Selections will be presented to the membership for a “virtual vote” in the near future.

Scholarship Committee will award a scholarship of $1000 to a Llano High School Senior.  Name of the recipient will be announced by April 30 and awarded at the 2020 Graduation Ceremony.

VP Kathy Oles encourages all to join with her and participate in the TFRW Red Dialer Program.  This is a way to work from home calling non registered Republicans to encourage them to register and vote in the upcoming election.  Contact Kathy Oles at 760 831-2066 or email for more information.

Don’t forget to submit your recipes for our HLRW cookbook to support our Annual Scholarship Fund.  Simply go to  Log in using hlrwcooks as ID and onion695 as password.  Enter a many recipes as you would like.  Be sure to add any comments you would like to share and carefully proofread your submission.

A Spring edition of our Newsletter will be published by May 1.  It will be emailed to all members and a link will be inserted here.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.  See you in September (or maybe August).

For up to date info, check out our FACEBOOK page.


Legislative Day 2019

What at beautiful view!  This was taken from our room at the Capitol Sheridan where the 2019 TFRW Legislative Day was held on April 25, 2019.  Three members from HLRW comprised the delegation this year, Kathy Oles, Janet Mayne and Ginger Shilts.

We arrived on the 24th so we could visit the Capitol and get our bearings.  We attempted to visit with ur legislators, Rep. Andrew Murr and Sen. Dawn Buckingham but both were busy on the floor so we just signed in and left them a small gift of appreciation from our club.

Girls just wanna have fun!

That evening, we attended the “Belles and Boots” event put on by TFRW at Sholtz Garden.  It was a fun evening meeting and chatting with people from all over the state.  We met State Attorney General Ken Paxton, Sen. Donna Campbell, Justice Jeff Rose and a few other dignitaries.

Kathy Oles made the group photo while Janet and Ginger held her a seat in the Gallery

A short visit with Sen Dawn Buckingham

On Thursday, we assembled at the Capitol Building for a group photo and then witnessed the opening of both the House and Senate sessions where they declared it to be TFRW Day!

Both Galleries were bathes in RED worn by women from all over the State of Texas.  We had a short visit with Senator Buckingham and then returned to the Hotel for a luncheon and workshops.


House Gallery is filled with RED!

Senate Gallery


May 14 Meeting Convenes at a NEW LOCATION

We are moving our meeting to a new location starting in May.  Please join us at Uplift Church, 301 TX Hwy 71, Llano (just west of Tractor Supply).

We will feature TFRW 1st VP Rhonda Lacy.  Meeting will start at 12noon and will include a catered lunch ($10).  Rhonda Lacy is a dynamic and well informed speaker.  She is VP for Membership.

Email reservations to

March 12 Meeting will Feature TRFW President Karen Newton

We are happy to have the Host our TFRW President at our Club meeting.  Karen Newton is dedicated to keeping Texas Red by fully immersing herself in Texas grassroots efforts. Karen is President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women and former Vice President of Finance for T.F.R.W.. She has served as Co-Chair of Campaign Activities for the National Federation of Republican Women, Recording Secretary for the Greater San Antonio Council and President of Alamo Heights Republican Women. Karen was appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas Radiation Advisory Board in April 2016 and served on various committees with Congressman Lamar Smith. Karen Co-Managed the Donald j. Trump for President National Call Center in San Antonio during the 2016 Presidential election.

Before her involvement with TF.R.W. she dedicated 25 years to working as a community volunteer in and around San Antonio, with organizations such as the San Antonio Symphony League, the Junior league of San Antonio, Catholic Charities of Austin and Alamo Heights PTO.

Karen and Joe have been married for over 30 years and enjoy traveling, spending time at their home in Galveston with their daughter, two sons and daughter-in-law.

REMEMBER, the meeting will be held at the Meeting Room in the back of the Lyssy & Eckels Store at 105 E. Young Street.  Be sure to drive around the building and park in the back and use the entrance on the back side of the building.  Kevin will be catering our meal as usual and lunch will be $10.  Notify Tiffany by phone or email to make your reservation.



February 12, 2019 Program Features Bill Hussey


The old Schoolhouse Rock song says he’s just a Bill but we know him as “Bill Hussey!”  Bill is a local community member who is very active in all things political.  He is he founder and current Vice President of the Llano Tea Party.  He will give a presentation about the steps involved for a bill to become law, how we can become involved and the current mandate shared by Texas Republicans to KEEP TEXAS RED!

Join us for lunch at the Llano Library on February  12th at 12 noon.  Lunch is $10.

A message from our Membership Chair:

Hey Friend!

Let me tell you, I am excited about the dynamic new leadership of HLRW this year!  This club prays for our state and for our country and reaches out in various ways to our community (school kids and Vets).

The monthly meetings (2nd Tuesday at the Llano Library at noon) offers speakers to learn from about laws and leadership in local, state and federal governments, and the opportunity to fellowship with each other over the $10 catered lunch.

Texas is very important in the national elections.  So, let us unite to keep Texas Red (Conservative)!!!  Even if you belong to another club, come add to our efforts while we commit to add to yours!

I hope to see your sweet face on Feb 12th.  Mark your calendar!

Sincerely, Eva Carter, Membership Chair