Bar-W annual membership meeting

hosts Senator Wentworth as keynote speaker

by Crystal Gottfried, Staff Writer

Bulverde Area Republican Women hosted their 4th Annual Membership Reception Monday evening at the Guadalupe Valley Telecommunications Cooperative Auditorium in Spring Branch.

Bar-W President Laura Stryjewski welcomed guests, community and government officials, and prospective new members. Afterwards, she bestowed the Lifetime Honorary Membership on Genny Hensz, the State Republican Executive Committeewoman.

Hazel Thomas, founder of the Bar-W and immediate past president, led the meeting in a special tribute to military men and women who are on the front lines in the war on terrorism following the presentation of the colors by the 4th Recon Battalion Marine Corps Color Guard.

Luke Macias, son of recently elected Texas House Representative Nathan Macias, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Bar-W Affiliate Member Christina Ivy led the Texas Pledge of Allegiance.

Keynote speaker District 25 Texas Senator Jeff Wentworth praised the Bar-W as well as Hazel Thomas and her successors for its amazing success.

"You are all to be congratulated for making the Bar-W the fastest growing group of Republican women," he said.

Wentworth presented an overview of the resolution of the school finance dilemma that has plagued state legislators since 2003 as well as some very entertaining quips and stories of his experiences since beginning his public service career, including some anecdotes about his relationship with now President George W. Bush, while Bush was the Texas governor.

Now in his fifth term in the Texas Senate, Wentworth, a fourth-generation Texan, was president pro tem in 2004-05 and was inaugurated as Governor of Texas for a Day in November 2004.

As the Republican senator from San Antonio, Wentworth represents more than 700,000 Texas in the 25th District which encompasses six counties, including Comal.

Wentworth also talked about his years in private law practice with his father prior to his entry into public service. He described some of his more enlightening as well as entertaining experiences during his five years in the Texas House of Representatives, one year as a university system regent, six years as a county commissioner, two years as a city attorney, three years as a Congressional assistant, and three years as a United States Army counterintelligence officer.

Bar-W Member Sandy Hancock commented during her introductory remarks that Wentworth had a strong sense of dedication to his constituents because of his early working experiences. Among his younger-life jobs, he worked as a newspaper boy, television station copy boy, waiter, dishwasher, library clerk, and taxicab driver.

Bar-W is a political action committee that raises funds to benefit St. Jude's Ranch, Dictionaries for Third-Graders, scholarship and more.

At last Monday's meeting, members presented Wentworth with a framed picture of the Little League team that he helps sponsor as well as a donation of a book from the Bar-W Literacy Program to the Bulverde Library in his name.

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