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2016-08-11

‘It only takes one’

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Photo by Judith Pannebaker
Among those who attended the August meeting of the Bandera County Republican Women were Precinct Chairman 203 Lila Ward, BCRW President Carolyn Marshall, guest speaker Zenia Warren and Warren’s “driver” – and husband – Bob Weber.



Members of the Bandera County Republican Women (BCRW) hosted Zenia Warren, district director of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, at their monthly meeting on Thursday, August 4. She was elected as TFRW District Director for SD 24 in 2015.
The former director, local Republican stalwart Lila Ward of Lakehills, declined to run for another term, stating, “I just couldn’t handle covering 17 counties anymore.”
“This was my first visit to Bandera in 25 years and I have to say, Main Street still looks the same,” Warren, who lives in Killeen, said. She also praised the local club for exceeding TFRW expectations in terms of membership.
Offering a history lesson, Waren said that in 1872, the Republican Party recognized the “loyal women of the Party.” However, as she explained, “At that time, the objectives of politically motivated women were to push through legislation. They were more like lobbyists than suffragettes.
The National Federation of Republican Women was formed in 1938 and the TFRW was organized in 1955. According to Warren, to be recognized by the national federation, 75 percent of the state’s congressional district must have women’s clubs.
“Now the TFRW is the second largest organization in the United States. Only California has more members,” she said. Objectives include encouraging Republican women to run for office and supporting Republican candidates, both men and women.
Concluding her informal presentation, Warren asked everyone to pull together in anticipation of the upcoming General Election. “We all live in a busy world, but remember, it only takes one,” she noted. “Political involvement is so satisfying. The best time is when you reach out to a 20-year-old kid and you see a light bulb go on.”
In related business, Ward made a plea for Republican precinct chairmen. Registered Republicans interesting in assisting with the Tuesday, Nov. 8, General Election are asked to contract Tom Riordan at 830-535-4086 or 214-504-8432.
The next meeting of the BCRW will take place Thursday, Sept. 1, in the meeting room of 1856 Tavern, 702 Highway 16 South. A social hour will begin at 5 pm with the meeting starting at 6 pm.