The Bandera County Republican Women met on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Silver Sage Center in Bandera and heard from two speakers.
Marcy Voss, a retired Boerne Independent School District school administrator and a Gold Star Mother, spoke first about the history of the Gold Star organization and her son Air Force Capt. Mark Tyler Voss, a Boerne High School graduate whose life was lost along with those of two other airmen on his crew during a flight over Afghanistan in 2013.
Voss spoke about the long history of the Gold Star Mothers/Families organization, which was founded by Grace Siebold in 1929.
The mission of the organization, she said, is to find strength in the fellowship of other Gold Star Mothers who strive to keep the memory of their sons and daughters alive by working to help veterans, those currently serving in the military and their families and communities.
The term Gold Star Mother refers to a mother who has a child who died while in active duty service to our country or who is missing in action.
Voss said that “the best way to honor the fallen hero is to encourage the family to talk about their son or daughter.”
Jennifer Ivey also spoke to the Republican Women about her run for a seat on the Texas State Board of Education that includes Bandera County.
Ivey, whose husband is a pecan farmer from Clint, Texas, has homeschooled her seven children and is running against Georgina Perez, a veteran English teacher and administrator from the Ysleta Independent School District.
Ivey spoke about her desire to empower parents in school organizations and to support school vouchers.
She said she was concerned about the curriculum selected by the state and would work to review that curriculum and selected textbooks to match local values and beliefs.