2015 Fund Raiser

We will hold a Fun Fund Raiser on October 10th.  Dust of your dancing shoes and join us at the Llano American Legion for Steak dinner followed by live music and dancing.  Tickets are on sale for $25 each.  All funds raised will be used to support Republican candidates in statewide elections in 2016.   Invite your family, neighbors and friends.

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Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott Pays Hill Country a Visit

WP_20150519_011Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott spoke at the Hill Country Republican Women Spring Luncheon on May 19 at Escondido Golf & Lake Club in Horseshoe Bay. The luncheon is sponsored by Star Republican Women, Highland Lakes Republican Women and Burnet County Republican Women.

Cecilia Abbott is a product of the American Dream. The granddaughter of immigrants from Mexico, Cecilia was raised in San Antonio by parents who were both educators. They instilled in Cecilia, her sister and two brothers the power of education.

Cecilia took the lesson to heart and went on to study at the University of Texas and then earned three degrees from the University of St. Thomas in Houston: a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Theology.

The First Lady has played important roles in education excellence in Texas. She was a teacher, vice principal and then principal at several schools across Texas. Most recently she served as the principal of the Cathedral School of St. Mary in Austin from 1996 to 2001. Governor Perry appointed Cecilia to the State Board of Educator Certification, where she served from 2001 to 2008.

Mrs. Abbott also focused on health care for seniors. From 2004 to 2013, she served as the managing director of community relations at Harden Healthcare, a network of senior adult health care facilities and services.

She serves on the University of St. Thomas Board of Directors and the Huston-Tillotson Board of Directors, as well as the advisory boards for the Holy Trinity Seminary, and the Austin Diocesan School Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Women’s Symphony League, the National Charity League, and the Dell Children’s Women’s Trust. She is a former member of the advisory board for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Ballet Austin and the Principals’ Center at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Cecilia is a classical music devotee, having begun piano training at the age of six. The training came in handy when she moved into the Castilian Dorm at UT where she serenaded her future husband from behind the keyboard with music, the likes of which he had never heard.

Cecilia Abbott made history when her husband Greg became Governor of Texas by becoming the first Latina First Lady of Texas in the history of the state. She is a proud wife and mother. She and Greg have been married for 33 years, and they live in Austin with their daughter, Audrey.

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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

Heritage Days Fun

Heritage DaysOctober 18 was Llano County’s annual Heritage Days celebration.  Highland Lakes Republican Women were on hand to greet voters and handed out home made cookies and water to attendees.  Pictured above are Dolores Klussmann and Susie Sitton in front with Debbie Alexander, Jolene Hawkins and Charlotte Hewett in background.