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'Exciting GOP state convention,' sez Ward

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Lila Ward of Lakehills attended the 2012 GOP State Convention, held in Fort Worth in June. She serves as campaign activities vice president for the Bandera County Republican Women, as well as State District 19 Director of the Texas Federation Republican Women (TFRW).

Prior to the opening session of the convention, Ward spent three days on the GOP Platform Committee, working on the subcommittee in charge of "Strengthening the Economy."

"Our committee was made up of five people. During those three days we went through over 800 pages of resolutions submitted from county and district conventions all over the state," Ward recalled. "We put in 12 to 14 hours each day, working through lunch and dinner. Overall, however, we reduced the size of the 2012 platform from 32 to 22 pages."

According to Ward, the most controversial part of the platform involved immigration solutions.

"But at 11 pm on June 8, the platform was accepted by the entire convention in open session with very little opposition," she said. "It was indeed an honor to have been a part of the platform committee."

Ward noted that another highlight of the Texas Republican Convention was the TFRW luncheon honoring United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison at the federation's "Tribute to Women" on June 8 at the Fort Worth Omni Hotel.

Additionally, Ward, along with former Bandera County Republican Chairman Connie Taylor, were among those recognized from local clubs over the state. Taylor and Ward were honored for their volunteer service in positions of increasing responsibility within various organizations, including the BCRW, TFRW, National Federation of Republican Women and the Republican Party of Texas.

TFRW President Carolyn Hodges commended the BCRW club for achieving 100 percent of their 2011 membership for 2012 before June 1.

"It was a very exciting convention and Bandera County sent a full delegation," Ward offered.

Pictured: Bandera's Lila Ward, second from right, met with Republican National Committee Co-Chairman Sharon Day, CNN News Contributor ED Hill and Texas National Committee Woman Borah VanDolomen at the State GOP Convention in June.

Official convention page, Samantha Meyer, met with Bandera County Chairman Ed Hodges and his wife, Alisa. This was Meyer's second GOP State Convention; she also served as a page at the 2010 convention.

Bandera County delegates, alternates and guests gathered before the Great GOP Symbol at the State Republican Convention in Ft. Worth's Convention Center on June 9.