Democrats in Kerr County continue to support Relay for Life of Kerr County, the annual community fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. “Dems for a Cure” is registered as a Relay team, with Stephanie Ertel as the team leader.
The ACS has set Friday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hill Country Youth Exhibition Center as the date, time and place for Relay 2021. While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have decreased in Kerr County, the vaccination rate is low, so plans for an in-person event have not been finalized.
In 2020, Relay for Life was in full swing with “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” as our campsite theme when the event was canceled due to restrictions on large gatherings in Texas. Democrats are encouraged to join our team online at Relay for Life of Kerr County. Relay for Life is a grass roots community event sponsored by Dems for a Cure every year since 2008
President Sylvia Ostos has appointed the Nominating Committee, consisting of Stephanie Ertel, Teresa Coleman and Coral Adema, to recruit nominees for the following offices, which are elected each year for one-year terms: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Of the current elected officers, only Sylvia Ostos is term-limited.
Members in good standing who are interested in serving as an officer may learn more by contacting any member of the Nominating Committee. The report of the Nominating Committee must be presented at least one week before the Annual Meeting of HCCTDW on April 6, 2021, when the election of officers will take place. In addition to persons nominated by the Nominating Committee, members may also nominate candidates from the floor at the Annual Meeting.
The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause food insecurity in Kerr County. To provide a big Valentine’s Day gift to our community, HCCTDW is organizing a Food Drive for Mustard Seed Ministries tentatively set for February 9, 2021.
The Christmas Food Drive was so successful and so appreciated by Mustard Seed Ministries that the HCCTDW Board has arranged for our group to gather once more near the Gazebo in the parking lot at Mount Wesley Community Center on Methodist Encampment Road from noon to 1:00 p.m. We will collect food and funding for Mustard Seed, a ministry of First United Methodist Church of Kerrville. Mustard Seed requests nonperishable food for family meals and household paper products. Contributions by check to FUMC Mustard Seed Ministries are also welcome.
Between noon and 1:00 p.m., members are invited to drive through or park and join the activity of unloading car trunks and loading up wagons with food for our neighbors who are served by Mustard Seed Ministries. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, members are encouraged to wear lots of hearts. Last December, we had a lot of fellowship and interaction despite wearing masks and observing social distance during the food drive. The same guidelines will apply to the February Food Drive.
Our December 1 Food Drive was a great outpouring of the generous spirit of HCCTDW! The gazebo at Mount Wesley was a perfect location for our drive-through food drive, allowing us to gather safely outside and greet our generous Democratic friends.
Even with the winter temperature and wind, our members came through with food that filled and refilled grocery carts and wagons with at least $600 of nonperishable food, and more than $700 of cash. Nearly 30 members drove through and many stayed to help us unload cars with smiling faces behind their festive masks. We all envied Sylvia’s red felt hat with holiday baubles. Thanks to all for your support.
What do you do when your hero has to give up on her goal of living to 100 and until the next president of the United States is elected? You cry, light a candle and vow to make sure women and girls never forget the debt we owe Ruth Bader Ginsburg – RBG. We remind them the credit card and bank account they got without a man co-signing for them is because of her. Women can sit on juries and be executors of estates. Women can demand equal pay for equal work and equal pensions. If you are married you don’t have to ask your husband’s permission to obtain birth control. You can make your own health care decisions. A job cannot depend on whether you are or are not pregnant. Girls can play sports in school. Yes, all these have been made possible because RBG fought for women to have equal rights.
She said her Jewish religion taught her that she “must do right, to love mercy, do justice, not because there’s going to be any reward in heaven or punishment in hell.” She was to “live righteously because that’s how people should live.” There are many things she said that speak to us.
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”
“I’m a very strong believer in listening and learning from others.”
“Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
“Justices continue to think and can change. I am ever hopeful that if the court has a blind spot today, its eyes will be open tomorrow.”
“I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”
Because of RBG – we have our orders to use our talents to the best of our ability. We keep her work alive by taking up our purses and marching, speaking out, voting and working until there is equality for everyone. We persist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!