Denton County Republican Volunteers Honored


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Denton County Republican Volunteers Honored

The Denton County Republican Party honored its activists from around the county Thursday at its annual Volunteer Dinner.

Sylvia Guzman Acuff, precinct chair in Little Elm, received the coveted Precinct Chair of the Year Award, originated in 1998 to recognize the Denton County Republican Precinct Chair who has fulfilled his/her responsibilities in an exemplary manner. In presenting the award to Guzman, Connie Hudson, who won the award in 2013, praised Sylvia for her personal contact with her constituents and for her faithful involvement in outreach within her community.

The prestigious Chairman’s Award was jointly presented to the Party Headquarters staff; Deon Starnes, Ginger McDaniel and Cindy Cole, as well as SREC Committeewoman Debbie Terry.  In presenting the award former Chairman Lisa Hendrickson praised their dedication and commitment.

The DCRP’s highest award, that of Outstanding Volunteer, was presented by Richard Steenson, a previous recipient of the award. The award went to Debbie Terry of Argyle in recognition of her years of unselfish volunteerism at many Republican Party activities, Republican campaigns, club events, and within community organizations in numerous ways.

Special recognition was given to former Chairman Lisa Hendrickson for her service to the Party.  Dena Meek of Oak Point was also honored with a special Faith, Freedom and Virtue Award presented by former Chairman Lisa Hendrickson.

GOP clubs from across the county recognized their Outstanding Members. Those honorees included: Margie Arens of Bartonville (Denton Republican Women’s Club); Ruth Armfield of Hickory Creek (Denton County Republican Assembly); Patrick Martin of Flower Mound (Flower Mound Area Republican Club); Kathy Carrington of Lewisville (Denton County Republican Club); Susan Lucas of Frisco (Denton County Conservative Coalition); Dena Meek of Oak Point (Lakeside Republican Club); Julia Whitten of Carrollton (Golden Corridor Republican Women); Cassandra Weaver of Little Elm (Legacy Republican Club); Gene Perry of Lewisville (Pachyderm Club); Kronda Thimesch of Castle Hills (Republican Women of Denton, Collin, and Dallas Counties) and all members (STAR Republicans of Denton and Collin Counties).

State Senator Jane Nelson acted as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.  Father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Rafael Cruz, gave the keynote address.  Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and scores of elected officials were present.  Over 200 people from across North Texas attended the event, according to Chairman John Dillard, which was very successful in achieving its dual goals of honoring the Party’s dedicated activists and giving all who attended a truly delightful evening.


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