From the Desk of the HLRW President:

On January 30th, I attended a Town Hall Meeting given by Rep. Mike Conaway.
I was happy to see a number of familiar faces there.  Representing Highland Lakes Republican Women were: Susie and Charie Sitton, Bob Cunningham, Adm. Al Kelln, Nancy Watson and, me (Ginger Shilts).

Congressman Conaway spoke to the crowd concerning issues before the 114th Congress which covened in January, 2015 and will run through December 2016. He expressed his concern that the Republican Congress MUST make a good impression for the American people if we, the Republican Party, intend to lead the Nation and win back the Presidency in 2016.

Issues that were discussed included the failed Partial Birth Abortion Bill, Border Control, Water Security for Texas, Need to improve Health Care, Budget concerns, The Deficit, States Rights and the Nitty Gritty of how Congress works.

Conaway demonstrated a sane approach to all these issues and cautioned against radical solutions that only serve to divide the country. We don’t need or want the Federal government to become involved in local issues no matter how passionate we are about the problem. He expressed the futility of passing bills that have no chance of becoming law just because we can get them through Congress versus passing bills that we know will be vetoed and using that veto as proof that the administration is not willing to compromise. It is a fine line between the two and I, for one, was impressed by how reasonable our Congressman is and how he approaches Hot-Button issues.

Conaway closed with some moving thoughts on “God Bless America” and how when we hear it sung, we should thank God for our blessings and work to insure that these blessings will be there for our grandchildren. I was able to record the last half of this talk and have posted it to our Facebook page. Audio is low and you will have to turn your volume all the way up to hear it.

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Yours Truly,

Ginger Shilts, President HLRW

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HLRW to Hold PM Meeting to Hear Christy Muse of Hill Country Alliance

HCA Christy MuseWe are happy to announce that Christy Muse of the Hill Country Alliance will be speaking to us at our February 10th meeting.

Since 2005, Christy has served as Executive Director of HCA. She travels extensively throughout the Hill Country hosting gatherings of interested stakeholders, speaking at community meetings, participating in educational programs and meeting with landowners and residents alike. Her personal HCA objectives are to weave a network of smart action oriented people who care about this special region, to connect the many valuable conservation initiatives, to avoid redundancy and to create unique informative resources that are shared freely and generously.

Before realizing her passion for a more responsible approach to growth in the Hill Country and co-founding HCA, she owned and operated a professional speaker’s bureau for 10 years. Prior to that, she worked in the meetings and hospitality industry.

She moved to Austin from the Chicago area after graduating from college in 1985, and currently resides near the south shore of Lake Travis with her husband and two boys.

The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise public awareness and build community support around the need to preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country. HCA was formed in response to the escalating challenges brought to the Texas Hill Country by rapid development occurring in a sensitive eco-system. Concerned citizens began meeting in September of 2004 to share ideas about strengthening community activism and educating the public about regional planning, conservation development and a more responsible approach growth in the Hill Country.

The Hill Country Alliance promotes responsible and planned growth in a region under tremendous pressure to urbanize. We are neighbors who work cooperatively with landowners, ranchers, developers, conservationists and elected officials to preserve the water quality, water supply and natural beauty of our community. We believe a strong economic future for this region depends on our ability to direct growth in a way that conserves the very resources that make the Texas Hill Country such a desirable place to live. We encourage an open, fair and public process where citizens, neighborhoods and landowners participate in key decisions that will determine the future of our community.

Since the beginning, HCA’s primary activity has been to reach out to inform citizens about current issues relating to growth and development in the Texas Hill Country. As our region has experienced growing pains, we’ve been able to help individuals and community groups by sharing resources and information. We host community meetings about current issues and participate in many regional planning activities. HCA authors and publishes position papers on our Web site which are appropriate and pertinent to our mission. Additionally, we serve as a resource about Hill Country issues for elected officials at state and local levels, and we collaborate regularly with land trusts, groundwater districts, government agencies, environmental groups and landowners.Hill Country Alliance

All interested citizens are welcome to join us.  We meet at the Llano County Library in Llano.  Meeting will begin at 5:30PM with light refreshments and social time.  Call to order will be at 6PM and the program will begin at 6:15.