Beth 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.
About 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.
October 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.
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.