HISTORY OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN
OF KERR COUNTY
Up until the 1960s Texas was a solidly Democratic state but
then a major change started with Republican Kerr County Judge Julius
Neunhoffer in the forefront. Many conservative Democrats turned to the
Republicans to be part of the "revolution" which over time wound up
with Republicans holding all statewide elected offices for a period of
In 1967 Theda Schlieter suggested that Republican women in
Kerr County organize. On May 26th at a meeting in the Taco Hut on
Lemos Street, the Republican Women's Club of Kerr County was
formed with twenty Charter members. Charter members were Theda
Schlieter, elected president; Phyllis Keidel, Sue Phillips, Elizabeth
Kelley, Billie Mavor, Lorraine Dyas, Zella Morrow, Lillian Real, Mary
Reiter, Virginia Cummings, Lorna Auld, Sue Hopkins, Tops Stieler, Sue
Waggoman, Gladys Fawcett, Alice Johnson, Elva Duby, Geneva
Neunhoffer, Mamie Webb, and Barbara Lewis.
The club grew to fifty members by September and its first big
function was helping host a visit by Congressman George H. W. Bush
who spoke at a Columbus Day Rally.
Any woman believing in the principles of the Republican Party
and who intends to support its candidates is eligible for membership.
Objectives are to be an auxiliary to the Republican Party, to support the
objectives and policies of the Party, to work for the election of Party
nominees, to promote an informed public through political education
and activity, to increase effectiveness of women in the cause of good
government through active participation, to facilitate cooperation among
Republican Women of Texas, to encourage qualified women to run for
office, to help promote the welfare and growth among Republican
Women's Clubs and to foster and encourage loyalty to the Republican
Party and its candidates.
The Kerr County club - now officially known as Republican
Women of Kerr County - belongs to the Texas Federation of Republican
Women and the National Federation of Republican Women. Delegates
are sent to every TFRW and NFRW convention and the organization
has received many awards for outstanding work.
Charter member Barbara Lewis became president of the
TFRW, Elizabeth Rohn served as TFRW District Director and member
of the State Republican Executive Committee. Lorraine Dyas was
chosen Republican Women of the Year at the 1971 TFRW convention
and later was awarded the only lifetime membership ever given by the
local Republican Women's Club. Several members have been county
chairman while others have held elected positions in City and County
government and served on state appointed boards and committees.
Presently, Rebecca Williamson is TFRW Vice President of
Programs and State Republican Executive Committeewoman for
Senate District 24. Capy Alexander is TFRW Deputy President of
Region XI and in 2009 received the TFRW "Ten Outstanding" Award.
Janet Rose Maltman is County Chairman of the Kerr County
Members of the organization feel their efforts, past and present,
have contributed to the change in the county from Democraticdominated
politics to today's strong Republican majority of offices held
in Kerr County.
Among political activities conducted by the RWKC are
registering voters, studying the issues, working at elections,
campaigning efforts such as stuffing envelopes, telephoning, block
walking, doorbell ringing and hosting functions to introduce Republican
candidates to the public. Community activities include giving flags
which have flown over the U.S. Capital to local nursing homes and
other facilities, donating books to the Butt Holdsworth Library, VA
Hospital, local schools and every other year dictionaries to all third
graders in the county. Support has gone to groups such as the Special
Opportunity Center, Salvation Army, Peterson Medical Center, the VA
Hospital, Doyle School Community Center, Project Love (fingerprinting
small children) and Crime Stoppers. Items collected countywide and
sent to troops and lunches are provided for Habitat for Humanity
One of the highlights of the past few years was having Gov.
Rick Perry as our speaker as Kerr County kicked off the celebration of
Meetings are held on the third Friday of the month at the Inn of
the Hills for lunch, a brief business meeting, and programs featuring
elected officials and heads of statewide commissions except in the
months of July when we have our Games Day Party, August when we
hold our Open House at Republican Headquarters, and December to
have our Christmas Party.
Prospective members and visitors are welcome.
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