Meeting Minutes

Texas Democratic Women- Hill Country
Minutes of the General Meeting on Tuesday – January 7, 2020
KROC 201 Holdsworth Drive Kerrville, TX 78028

Call to Order
The president, Sylvia Ostos, called the meeting to order at 11:45am.
Pledges to the Flags
Members and visitors stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Texas flag.
Inspiration was provided by Teresa Coleman. Her topic was the challenging, yet crucial migration of the Monarch butterfly. To learn more about the Monarch butterfly journey go to
Introduction of Guests by President Ostos
Sylvia welcomed guests to the January meeting of the Hill Country Texas Democratic Women. These included Patricia Perkinson- Past President of HCTDW, Connie Sparks- past member of HCTDW who now lives in Georgetown, Lydia DuBose- a newcomer, and Jennie Lou Leeder- candidate for Texas’ 21st Congressional District in the U.S. House.
Opening Remarks by President Ostos
Besides welcoming guests and members to the January meeting of the Hill Country Texas Democratic Women, Sylvia reminded all to wear blue to the next HCTDW meeting- either the blue fundraising T-shirt, or just blue in general. This is to show the Democratic candidates attending our next meeting that Kerr County is definitely supporting Democratic platforms. Sylvia also asked for a moment of silent prayer for Fane Downs who recently passed. Fane Downs was a longtime member of HCTDW, and a leader, especially in the area of human rights. The President thanked all who supported the fundraiser by ordering T-shirts, and thanked Nancy Sullivan and Judy Lundquist for their work on the project. Lastly, Sylvia thanked all who brought dishes, silverware, and dish towels for the Christmas charity- The Crisis Center. Cash collected totaled $345; items totaled $365.
Secretary’s Report
The December minutes were approved as printed and posted.
Treasurer’s Report
Bob Shipman stated that HCTDW’s ending bank balance for December was $5203. No objections were stated and the report was filed for audit.
Executive Board Actions
Through an email vote the board unanimously approved a motion by the fundraising committee to hold a fundraiser in March.
Membership Report
Located on the table are Membership Renewal Forms. There are 104 new and renewed members. January 7, 2020 is the deadline to be included in the directory.
Legislative Report
Stephanie Ertel spoke about the Texas Drivers License and the importance of the white star encircled by gold, in the upper right hand corner of the license. No star means your license won’t be accepted as ID when boarding a flight, after October 1, 2020. She also stated that the Backpack Program will restart on January 25 at 2:30pm at Coral Adema’s house.
Lunch/ Meeting Report
Linda Stegall was thanked for taking reservations and providing a send back message.
Fundraising Report by Sue Sommers
Sue Sommers announced that the 2020 Fundraiser is scheduled for March 21. It will be held at the Guadalupe Basin Resource Center in the lecture hall. It will be a movie titled The Life and Times of Mollie Ivens. The money earned at the fundraiser goes to the state Democratic candidates. Ticket prices are $7.00. Tickets will be sold at the next luncheon. There will be concession food available for purchase at the location. Also there will be a silent auction and games and prizes throughout the fundraiser.
New Business/Announcements
• February 7-9 will be the Texas Democratic Women’s Annual Convention in Austin. If there is enough interest, the board could sponsor a one day trip to the convention on February 8. The board has money allotted to pay for one delegate to attend the convention. If you are interested in being that delegate, please contact Sylvia Ostos at or 830-792-5210.
The keynote speaker will be Kim Olson- candidate for TX 24, U.S. Congress, and the evening speaker will be Sarah Weddington of Roe v Wade repute.
• Kerrville—Barbara Veldhuizen from Kerr County Democrats stated the January agenda of the Kerr County Democrats. See ( for detailed dates. She also said that Vote Blue 2020 yard signs are for sale.
• Gillespie County– Sue Bentch introduced 2 guests from Gillespie County Democrats- Brenda Cole and Patricia Sigg. Sue also stated that there is volunteer training for workers at the new HQ office. She also invited everyone to the regular meetings held the 3rd Wednesday of every month. See attachment.
• Bandera—Bandera meetings are held at noon, the 2nd Saturday of every month at the BEC building.
Program speaker introduced by Bunny Bond
The program was presented by Anne Dunkelberg, Associate Director and Program Director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP). Ms. Dunkelberg’s topic was “Health Care Access and Public Policy: Texas Challenges and the 2020 Elections”. CPPP is a nonpartisan nonprofit policy institute committed to improving public policies of low and middle income Texans. For more information search
Adjournment by Sylvia Ostos
The meeting was adjourned by President Sylvia Ostos at 1:00pm.
Submitted by Shannon Palmquist, Secretary