HLDW March Meeting
Please join us at Hidden Falls Bistro and Bar, 220 Meadowlakes Drive, Meadowlakes TX 78654 on Thursday March 23 at 11:30 am, check in at 11:15 am.
Our speakers will be Paul and Barbara King, who have made their home in the Texas Hill Country since 2007. Shortly after their arrival in the Marble Falls community, they became active volunteers at their church and at a variety of local non-profit organizations. Seven years ago, they became volunteers at the Helping Center. Paul currently serves as president of the board, and Barbara serves as a member of the advisory council and as coordinator of the LEARN for LIFE education program. In 2019, alongside others, they led a project to raise funds and coordinate construction of the new Helping Center facility, which opened in January of 2021. The center currently serves clients over 15,000 times each year, distributing more than 500,000 pounds of food annually.
Bruschetta and Mediterranean Salad
Cost is $20 per person
Please RSVP to Connie Stein, email@example.com by Wednesday March 15
NEW***** Social Gathering After Meeting *****NEW
After the meeting, Hidden Falls Bistro has graciously agreed to make the bar area available to HLDW for a Social Get Together. Since there is never enough time to visit, we will move to the bar for cookies, beverages and fellowship. Hope you can join in!
Each year, the Texas Democratic Women honors outstanding achievements by women in local chapters. In 2023, three women from HLDW were recognized at the TDW annual convention. Congratulations to Rose Anna Butler, Sandra Chapman and Laura Rippy, HLDW members who have gone above and beyond in their service to their organization and community.
The picture below shows just some of the Highland Lakes Democratic Women who have been honored with Star Awards over the years. Thank you to all of these great members.
HLDW at TDW convention
Highland Lakes Democratic Women were well represented at the Texas Democratic Women's annual convention. From left, Ravelle Kundinger and Nancy Hill, Fundraising Co-Chairs, Susan O'Brien, TDW Board member, Shirley Schmidt, past president and Ann Stevenson, HLDW Vice President.
Highland Lakes Democratic Women welcomed Sarah Garrett and Sarah Rucker from the Phoenix Center to their February meeting at Hidden Falls Bistro.
The Phoenix Center provides mental health care and trauma informed therapy for children in need from birth to 18. The center brings much needed help to families in Central Texas, no child is ever turned away due to an inability to pay. They have Counseling, Parenting Groups, Children's Groups, and Camp Phoenix which provides a 1 to 1 ratio for children attending the camp and all activities are therapeutic.
The Phoenix Center is a non profit organization. Since most of the families are unable to pay for the much needed help, the Center relies on fundraisers and donations. The Phoenix Center is very grateful to their donors and supporters.
HLDW February Meeting
Please join us at Hidden Falls Bistro and Bar, 220 Meadowlakes Drive, Meadowlakes 78654
on Thursday February 23 at 11:30 am, check in at 11:15 am.
Please email RSVP to Connie Stein, firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday February 13.
Or use the MAKE RESERVATION Button below.
Our speaker this month will be Sarah Rosen Garrett, a Registered Play Therapist (RPT-S) and licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience with children and families. Sarah began her career as a special education teacher with Teach for America and was twice awarded Teacher of the Year. Garrett has specialized, advanced training in play therapy, sandtray therapy, art therapy, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy and Trauma-Focused Equine Therapy.
In addition, she is trained in crisis and suicide intervention, and the treatment of trauma, including witnessing a traumatic death, and child abuse, neglect and sexual assault. Sarah is a member of NASW and the American Association for Play Therapy.
Upon moving to the Texas Hill Country in 2005, Sarah first worked as a CASA volunteer, and recognized the need for high-quality, affordable mental health care in rural Central Texas, as well as parenting support and classes. Sarah’s passion for providing exemplary mental health care for all children and families led her to create Camp Phoenix and the Phoenix Center in 2007. Sarah Rosen Garrett is the Founder and CEO.
Highland Lakes Democratic Women welcomed Christian Fletcher, Executive Director of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation to their January meeting. Mr. Fletcher shared news and plans about growth in the Marble Falls area. The presentation explained about the upward trend in growth, sales tax collection and hotel tax payments. The number of visitors to this area has skyrocketed over the past few years, slowing down a bit in these economic times.
Mr. Fletcher stated that most of the growth will be developments in the vicinity of the 281 and 71 intersection. The builders involved are Lennar, DR Horton, Pulte and others. Each development will have restaurant and retail build outs along with all the housing.
Much of the growth of the area has been from Williamson and Travis counties. These new arrivals are raising the trends for income, employment and education; which in turn adds to the tax money collected and that becomes income for the county and the city to pay for improvements. The availability of water is of great importance in managing this growth. Plans are going into effect now to insure this area always has enough water to supply any growth there is.
There are new businesses moving in and major growth in the parks for recreational opportunities. A new hotel and conference center, light industrial area on 281 south of the city and a new sports complex are planned that will bring visitors to the city. But, alas, no Target.
The city of Marble Falls website https://www.marblefallseconomy.com/ has information about current stats and coming plans.
Highland Lakes Democratic Women meet the 4th Thursday of each month at Hidden Falls Bistro, 220 Meadowlakes Drive, Meadowlakes 78654. All are welcome.
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What is happening in Marble Falls? We have some answers here. Christian Fletcher has been the Executive Director of the Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation since September 2011. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce for 5½ years. Christian has degrees from Duke and Yale in academic disciplines only divinely connected to economic development. He and his wife, Kathy, are both natives of Marble Falls, and they have two sons—one a super-senior at the University of Texas and the other a senior at Texas State University
This blog is written and managed by HLDW member, Teri Flanagan.