Our local headquarters needs volunteers to answer phones, make calls, provide computer skills, help organize storage areas, take inventory, and maintain the facility. Consider what areas you could be of assistance. Shifts are 4 hours, so let’s lend a hand at TCGOP. Contact them at 817-595-0303 and let them know how you could help. Their address is 2405 Gravel Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76118 (in Newell & Newell Business Park along East Loop 820 at Trinity Blvd.)
When Texans cast ballots for the Nov. 5 election, they will consider nine proposed constitutional amendments. The order in which the amendments will appear on those ballots is now in place.
Secretary of State John Steen drew the order of the amendments, which would add to what is already one of the longest state constitutions in the nation. The Texas Legislature has proposed 656 amendments since 1876, and voters have approved 474 of the 653 submitted to them, according to the Legislative Reference Library.
Each of the amendments on the November ballot has been approved by two-thirds of the House and Senate and will require majority approval from voters to take effect.
First on the ballot will be HJR 62, by state Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, which would authorize the Legislature to provide a property tax exemption for the spouses of veterans. This amendment specifically authorizes a tax exemption for all or part of the market value of the residences of spouses of military members who are killed in action.
Second will be HJR 79, by state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, which would eliminate a requirement for a State Medical Education Board and a State Medical Education Fund. Neither is in operation, with the State Medical Education Board having been defunct for more than a quarter-century.
HJR 133, by state Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, R-Irving, will appear third on the ballot. The amendment would extend the tax exemption period on storing aircraft parts in the state and would provide more tax relief to aerospace manufacturers, which often hold such parts in inventory for an extended period of time.
HJR 24, by state Rep. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, will follow and authorize the Legislature to give a partial property tax exemption on charity-donated residences to disabled veterans or their surviving spouses. The amendment would strike the current requirement that qualifying residents be "100 percent" disabled.
SJR 18, by state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, will appear fifth on the ballot and would allow homeowners age 62 or older to use reverse mortgages to purchase residences. The current law only expressly allows traditional mortgages, which lets such homeowners borrow against the equity of their homes. The amendment would allow the prospective borrower to use a Federal Housing Administration-insured home equity conversion mortgage to help buy a new home.
Next will be SJR 1, also known as the Rainy Day Fund Amendment. The amendment would create two funds to help finance key projects in the state water plan by pulling about $2 billion from the Texas Economic Stabilization Fund. Authored by state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, the amendment has been opposed by conservatives who have argued that pulling money from the Rainy Day Fund would endanger Texas' economic health.
HJR 87, by state Rep. Sergio Munoz, Jr., D-Palmview, will appear seventh on the ballot. It would authorize home-rule municipalities to choose how to fill city council vacancies if the positions have less than 12 months remaining in a three- or four-year term. The amendment would remove the requirement to hold a mandatory special election for those positions.
HJR 147, by state Rep. Bobby Guerra, D-Mission, will come next on the ballot. It would repeal a constitutional provision authorizing the creation of a hospital district in Hidalgo County.
Last on the ballot will be SJR 42, by state Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston. It would authorize the State Commission on Judicial Conduct to use additional disciplinary actions — including public admonition, warning, reprimand, or required additional training or education — against judges or justices after a hearing. The current law allows the SCJC to issue a public censure or recommend a judge's removal or retirement.
Club Achievement Awards
We are working diligently to complete the requirements for the Club Achievement Awards that must be turned in this coming June. The awards will be given at the TFRW Convention in San Antonio this fall. We especially need our returning members to renew their memberships and bring in as many friends and relatives as possible to become new members.
In the Tradition of Our Club’s Many Fine Cooks…
This cake was brought to our April Luncheon by associate member Maggie Wright – It was a big hit, and the recipe was requested by several members—so here it is! Enjoy!
Elvis Presley Cake 1 (18.25 oz.) pkg. yellow cake mix + any ingredients shown on the pkg. 1 (18 oz.) can crushed pineapple w/juice 2 cups white sugar 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese softened 1/2 cup softened butter 4 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup chopped pecans
1) Prepare cake according to instructions on pkg. Bake in 9X13 inch pan. Allow to cool. 2) Combine pineapple and white sugar in saucepan. Bring to a boil. Spoon over cooled cake. 3) In a large bowl, mix butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add sifted, powdered sugar and vanilla. Add pecans by hand and mix well. 4) Spread cream cheese frosting over cake. If desired, sprinkle a few pecans on top of the frosting. Enjoy!
Now some pictures from our April meeting . . .
April Meeting Speaker, Kevin D Freeman, Author of "Secret Weapon":
Robin Hancock, Kevin Freeman, & Cheryl Plunkett, MRW President
Front: Sherry Connaway & Carol Neff
Back: Sue Eubanks & Joanne Downs
Linda Peterson & Linda Hervey
Ann Arnhart, Mary Bandy,
& Sherry Connaway
Visitors Lou Olson & Sue Pool, Member Carol Earney, & Visitor Wanda Forrester
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