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.


GOP Executive Director, Beth Cubriel, Speaks at January Meeting

1.13.15Beth Cubriel, Executive Director of the Texas Republican Party kicked off 2015 for us by speaking at our January 13.  Beth talked about issues that we can expect to hear about in the 2015 Legislative session.  These included firearms, water rights, and border control.  She also talked about Party fundraising and our part in this important activity.

In other Club news, we are planning to attend the Leadership Conference in Belton on February 7th.  Anyone interested in attending should call or email Ginger Shilts as soon as possible (325 248-3129).  We are also making arrangements to have an extended stay in Austin when we go there for Legislative Day.  Two rooms have been reserved for an overnight stay.  Again, let Ginger know if you want to be a part of this event.

Our next meeting will be an evening event.  More about this later.



Veterans DayAbout 85 people were in attendance at the HLRW/American Legion Veteran’s Day Picnic held on November 11, 2014 at 11am.  Festivities were moved indoors due to the cold weather.  The American Legion Post generously opened their doors to the event.  Veterans from WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Gulf Wars were present and each veteran was introduced and told what branch of the service he served.  Major General Don Ecklebarger and Rear Admiral Al Kelln were featured speakers.  Music was provided by Miss Delaney Wingrove and the Llano Junior High Band.  Hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings were served to all in attendance.

Presentations of five Quilts of Valor were made by the Texas Hills Quilters.  The first recipient was Jolene Hawkins, retiring President of Highland Lakes Republican Women and an Army Veteran.  Quilts were also awarded to Major General Ecklebarger and Rear Admiral Al Kelln.  And, two more were given to two WWII veterans plus a third WWII Veteran who was not in attendance.

At the close of the program, a raffle was held to award a hunting themed quilt to raise funds for the Inks Ranch Wounded Warrior Hunting Cabin.  The raffle chairperson reported that they raised over $400 for the cause and will use the money to purchase household goods to furnish and equip the cabin.  This cabin is available to Wounded Warriors to use at no cost to them so they can hunt whenever they wish.

Check out photos in our new Photo Gallery!

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.

Jeff Rose Speaks at October Meeting

Justice Jeff Rosw with Susie Sitton, Debbie Alexander and Jolene Hawskins.

Justice Jeff Rosw with Susie Sitton, Debbie Alexander and Jolene Hawskins.

The Highland Lakes Republican Women met on October 14, 2014 at the Llano Library.  Justice Jeff Rose, Republican candidate for Chief Justice of the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals spoke to the group.  Conservative, fair and informed, he will help us keep Texas RED.

The Highland Lakes Republican Women’s Club is a proud member of the Texas Federation of Republican Women.  Meetings are monthly on the second Tuesday of the month.