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Republican Women donates toys, establishes scholarship

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    Bandera Republican Women President Carolyn Rutherford (left) presents a donation of toys for Bandera County foster children to Carey Reed (center) and Jennifer Whalen 9 (right), during the last meeting of the year last Thursday, Dec. 2. The toys were dona

The Bandera County Republican Women had their last meeting of 2020 on Thursday, December 3 at the Silver Sage Dining Room, during which Christmas toys were presented for foster children, a scholarship program for high school graduates was established, and volunteers were recognized for their contributions.

After the invocation, president Carolyn Rutherford presented a large donation of toys collected by the club to Carey Reed, head of the Bandera County Child Welfare Board, and Jennifer Wheelan from Child Protective Services.

The toys were donated to the Child Welfare Board for 33 Bandera County foster children for Christmas.

The group also voted to establish a youth scholarship program for high school graduates.

The seed money for the scholarship will be provided by a disbursement from the Texas Republican Party Headquarters.

The highlight of the evening was the recognition of club volunteer hours for 2020.

Member Laura Briscoe was recognized for her leadership with the Veteran’s Day Parade float. Marie Chapelle, Kim Stephenson and Alma Baker were also recognized for their participation in the Veterans’ Day parade.

Alma Baker was recognized for her contributions to club special events and for being the club treasurer.

Aurora Williams was recognized for her contributions as the leader of the Membership Committee.

Deanna Skoglund was recognized for her contributions to the club.

Lila Ward was recognized for her participation in special events and for faithfully manning the Bandera County Republican Headquarters. Ward accumulated 982 volunteer hours for 2020.

Bandera County Republican Party Chair Lynn Haeuter was recognized for her 890 volunteer hours this year. Susan Junker was recognized for more than 300 volunteer hours working for the club in various capacities. Susan Real was recognized for over 494 volunteer hours.

Susan Junker was recognized for more than 300 volunteer hours working legislation, by-laws and parliamentarian duties.

Susan Real was recognized for over 494 hours focused on campaign events.

The next club event is the “Deck the Stalls” Pancake Breakfast at the Triple H Equitherapy Center on Saturday, December 19 at 10 a.m. The event is free to the public and good walking shoes are encouraged.

The Triple H Equitherapy Center is located at 791 Backhaus Road in Pipe Creek.

The next meeting of the Bandera County Republican Women is Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Silver Sage Dining Room beginning at 5:30 PM. All are welcome to attend.

The guest speaker at that meeting will be Bandera County Judge Richard Evans.

Silver Sage is located at 803 Buck Creek in Bandera.

For more information about Bandera Republican Women, visit https://www.facebook.com/count16.