Kelly Forester talked to us about the Hill Country Children’s Advocacy Center.  For 20 years she has worked in children protection in Burnet and Blanco. Their mission differs from Casa by stepping in from the very beginning to get the children and families what they need. CASA then takes over after they are in court and foster homes.  They advocate for these children and the families to understand all the people and pieces that come into their lives.  They are located in Burnet in a very inviting home environment building. They are a circle of services. They know who all the court appointed individuals are and help them get through the process. They also have nurses and family training to help the traumatized children.  They are funded by State and federal agencies but they have to find matching funds.  They have two fundraisers a year.  The first is already sold out and the second will be in March.  They are located at 1001 Hill Street in northern Burnet

October 2017 Meeting 

Kathy Kasparek is in the process of getting a date for an evening event that would allow some of our members that work during the day, to participate. One suggestion was a Fundraiser at Docs Restaurant.  This opportunity offers us to receive 15% of the meals ordered that night. Any other ideas for evening events are welcome.  

Door Prizes for the meeting were won by Brenda Eubank and Jan Cummings

7 spots are open for door prize donations.  Let Suzanne Hays or Josie Quinlan know if you would like to help.

NEXT MEETING is November 8th.

Committee Reports


Shirley Beaudoin with Services for Developmental Disabilities was our first speaker.  – Bluebonnet Trails is the main source for providers for those needing these services.  The MFISD also has great programs. Bluebonnet Trails starts at 3 months until Head Start to 22 years old. After that there are very limited services.  Bluebonnet runs host homes and job finding.  They are trying to get a community similar to Brookwood in Georgetown to close that gap for after 22 years of age.  Mental Health drug and alcohol abuse.  Round Rock is the headquarters in the new Technology Park by the PEC building.  The government services and money is being cut so they are going to be looking for private donations. Camp this summer was sponsored by the Church in Horseshoe Bay.  Bluebonnet Trail can only host a limited number and services. 8:30 to 8:00 5 days a week.

New Business:
Merrill presented her committee:  Wanda Kaufman, JoAnn McComack, Tricia Naito, Mildred Strickland, Gail Teegarden, Sandra Thompson, Cheryl Webb. Thanks also to DJ Yows for help with publicity.

The application that was sent out had been revised and needs were surveyed.  They received 30 applications and $92,000 was requested. Even though all were worth funding the committee went through a list of criteria to insure the memberships wishes. A motion by Kathy Kasparek and seconded by Mary Ann Fletcher was approved.

The following agencies will receive grants from Highland Lakes Service League:
Burnet County Child Welfare Board
CASA For the Highland Lakes Area
The Helping Center
His Joshua House
Marble Falls Senior Activity Center
Open Door
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation
Vet Ride
Falls on the Colorado Museum
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Friends of the Upper Highland Lakes Nature Center
Literacy Highland Lakes
Highland Lakes SPCA
Wonderful Animals Get Spayed (WAGS) DBA Pet Pals



Live Auction:Wanda Kaufman announced that her committee has continued to meet to plan a fun and successful Live Auction on  Karyn Mason has obtained a booth at the Marble Falls Christmas on Main Street to help advertise the Auction. Brenda had sign-up sheets posted that allowed our members to see the list of last year’s sponsors and a sign-up sheet for any new merchants you might contact as sponsors to donate items to the LIVE AUCTION!
Some of the larger items to advertise the Auction were: A Vanishing Texas Cruise, Two nights stay at a San Antonio Hotel, Hannah Starr – singer and guitar 1 hour private party, 2 stays at Residents’ Inn in San Antonio, Two cocktail cruises and a 5 piece Brass Band to play at your special event.

 Scrapbook Committee – Carolyn brought some of the old Scrapbooks so members could see previous years’ activities.  She is also in need of a Scrapbook Chairman.

Community Service Day – Cyrilla Ivey and Barbara Cruikshank are in the process of arranging a Community Service Work Day that would include many of our charitable associations.  This would give our members a chance to collectively work on needed projects.

Directory – Pictures were taken before and after the meeting.  Hopefully everyone has had their picture taken and will be included in the directory.