Officers and Executive Board

Reflections from the President

Thanksgiving. Thought I would share a little history lesson from http://www.history.com about Thanksgiving. Once again we have a woman to thank for her devoted efforts and persistence. She sets an example for all of us as we continue to fight the good fight this coming year.

During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress designated one or more days of thanksgiving a year, and in 1789 George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving proclamation by the national government of the United States; in it, he called upon Americans to express their gratitude for the happy conclusion to the country’s war of independence and the successful ratification of the U.S. Constitution. In 1817, New York became the first of several states to officially adopt an annual Thanksgiving holiday.

In 1827, the noted magazine editor and prolific writer Sarah Josepha Hale, author of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, launched a campaign to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday. For 36 years, she published numerous editorials and sent scores of letters to governors, senators, presidents and other politicians, earning her the nickname the “Mother of Thanksgiving.”

Abraham Lincoln finally heeded her request in 1863, at the height of the Civil War, in a proclamation entreating all Americans to ask God to “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” He scheduled Thanksgiving for the final Thursday in November. In 1941 President Roosevelt signed a bill making Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday in November.

December 6 meeting. Join us on December 6 when we welcome as our special guests the staff of the Doyle Community Center. The staff will give us an update of what is happening at the Center and Clifton Fifer will entertain us with a few songs. The Center is always in need of monetary gifts. This coming year they are expanding their food pantry and have started a fund for another refrigerator. We will also publish, after Thanksgiving, a list of items needed for the pantry. Bring your gifts to the meeting and we will present those to Lois Shaw and the staff during the meeting.

Happy Thanksgiving! May you, your family, and your friends enjoy a grand feast and loving company.

Lynette

President, Lynette Wedig

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Lynette and her husband Tony retired to Kerrville in 2019 to be closer to grandchildren. She was born and raised in South Texas, lived in San Antonio, and moved to New Mexico when her children attended Texas Tech University. Lynette is active in the Kerr County Democratic Party as the Precinct Chair for Precinct 220.

Lynette is a retired Texas public and private school math teacher and a New Mexico Community College Professor, who was always an active member of the American Federation of Teachers. Prior to moving to Kerrville, Lynette’s community involvement included service on numerous community boards (zoning and planning, chamber of commerce, hunger and homelessness coalitions, church, and the arts) and in positions related to her impressive keyboard skills, as musical director and keyboardist at church, for a musical theater, and as a performer in several bands and combos.

Vice President, Sarah Lewis

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I’m a lifelong Texan, born in Perryton, grew up in San Antonio, went to UT (hook ‘em horns!) and lived in Austin. Before moving to Kerrville four years ago to become a stay-at-home mom to our daughters, I worked in utility regulation in training and communication for about ten years. I’m enjoying the ability to be more politically active and am excited and honored to serve as Vice President this year.”

Secretary, Mary Ellen Summerlin

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Mary Ellen moved to Kerrville in 1999. She has worked as a teacher and a social worker and part time locally as manager of the Riverside Nature Center and a tutor at Schreiner University. Since 2012 she’s been retired. She has been active in her church, served her communities in non-profit organizations of many kinds since her first child started kindergarten and in elected office as a city council member and mayor in Port Arthur, board member and president on the Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District (2004-12) and by appointment to a vacancy on the City Council (2017) here in Kerrville. She’s been married to Tim Summerlin for 54 years and has three grown children and five grandchildren. A life-long Democrat she is excited about the election this fall and TDW’s opportunities to help turn out the strongest vote in decades.

Treasurer, Julie Sentell

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Julie moved to Kerrville at the end of August 2011 when she retired from Western Texas College in Snyder as director of international student services, one of several positions she held there. She was born and raised in Amarillo and lived in Austin and Snyder prior to her move to Kerrville.

Julie has participated in community activities wherever she lived, serving on non-profit boards, and volunteering with community service organizations. Since moving to Kerrville, she has shared her time with several local non-profits, including the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, the Hill Country Vocal Arts Society, the League of Women Voters-Hill Country Texas, Schreiner University, and Kerr Konnect. She has also served the Hill Country Chapter-Texas Democratic Women as Treasurer (2020-2021) and Newsletter Editor (2014-2016).

Contact Information for (2021-2022)

President: Lynette Wedig – lwedig@me.com
Vice President: Sarah Lewis – sarahhenslewis@hotmail.com
Secretary: Mary Ellen Summerlin – mects@ktc.com
Treasurer: Julie Sentell – jmsentell@icloud.com

Committee Chairs

Membership – Jackie Morales

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“I am a first generation Mexican on my father’s side and a Native American (Kickapoo Tribe). I graduated from Tivy High School in 2003. Kerrville has become my home.  I have been active in the HCC TDW and Kerr County Democratic party for the past two and half years. I have recently become active in campaign work with the Claudia Zapata TX21 campaign. The campaign is teaching me how to network with other counties and campaigns. The challenges I have overcome in the last two and half years have been obstacles that have taught me to fight with all my might and to never give up on my dreams”

Legislative – Audra Arr

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“I was raised in San Antonio and lived in California for 14 years before returning to Texas in 2013. While in California I worked in employee benefits as an insurance broker. My primary duties involved educating employees on the then-new Affordable Care Act. I currently am self-employed as a web administrator and personal assistant. I live with my husband of 18 years, Tony, and our child, Olivia”

Public Relations & Newsletter – Coral Adema

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“I was born and raised North Dakota. After working as an RN in Fargo for two years I answered an ad in the RN magazine “Come and work in tropical Panama, two months paid vacation a year.”I spent the next 25 years in Panama except the year in Washington, DC earning my nurse practitioner degree. While I was in Panama I worked in all fields of nursing except obstetrics — hospitals, clinics, occupational health and as a school nurse. I got married to a tugboat captain and together we raised three kids.

We moved to Kerrville in 1996 and have been here ever since. I lost my husband in 2001. Since arriving here I’ve worked as a parish nurse, a hospice nurse and as a supervisor at the VA.  My kids are in Orlando, Houston and Phoenix. I have two grandsons, ages two and twenty-four.”

Web site – Judy Campbell

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“Jim and I moved back to Kerrville area in 2005 (third time). We first moved here from San Antonio in 1975 and then back again in 1980. Careers have taken us to many different states over the years, Colorado, Louisiana, New York, and various cities around Texas. Texas Hill Country has always felt like home. I retired in 2016 from the State Hospital. My career with the State as IT Network Administrator at Brenham and Kerrville was always interesting and ever changing, But I do enjoy the free time to travel and camp.  We drove the Alaska and Canadian highway with the camper several years ago and are planning a trip to Maine soon (only state I’ve not been too).”

Parliamentarian – Sylvia Ostos

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Sylvia was born in Lamesa, Texas to Rev. and Mrs. H. Noel Bryant on January 17, 1941. She graduated from University of North Texas with a BS in Education. In 1964 she married Daniel Ostos and moved to Brownsville where she taught high school English until she was lucky enough to be a stay at home mom to their three children. They lived Corpus Christi for 34 years before moving to Tierra Linda in 1996.

Volunteer work has been an important part of Sylvia’s life. She has served on the HOA Board at Tierra Linda three times. Sylvia was a participant of Leadership Texas, an officer of the Junior League of Corpus Christi and Charity League.

She was President of Texas PTA and elected to the National PTA Board of Directors.  Her work with Texas PTA meant many hours of lobbying on the behalf of children, health and education issues. This led her to get involved with TDW. It was her pleasure to serve as parliamentarian for several Boards as well as President. She is excited to serve as parliamentarian again.

Standing Committee Chairs

Membership Chair: Jackie Morales jackieramirez27@gmail.com

Legislative: Audra Arr: audraarr@gmail.com

Newsletter: Coral Adema: cadema@stx.rr.com

Past President: Stephanie Ertel ertels@mac.com

Parliamentarian: Sylvia Ostos: sotxpta@ktc.com

Webmaster: Judy Campbell webmasterhctdw@gmail.com

Facebook: Kat Walker: Facebook

HCTDW Board

The board meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 10a.m. at the Doyle School Community Center, 110 W. Barnett Street, Kerrville. Anyone interested is welcome to attend HCTDW Board