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November 21st, 2008
State Rep. Rose to address Hays-Caldwell Women's Center annual meeting

Patrick M. Rose, State Representative for Hays, Caldwell and Blanco counties, is the honored guest speaker for the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center Annual Meeting. Highlights of the meeting include elections to the Board of Directors
and outstanding volunteer awards. The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. December 1 at the Price Senior Center in San Marcos. The public is encouraged to attend.

The District 45 representative serves as the Chair of the Texas House Human Services Committee. Rose will address “Human Services in Texas.”

Slated for new and renewed membership to the board are as follows:

Ivory Foster, San Marcos
Betty Banks, San Marcos
Mia Hendricks, Kyle
Kevin Madison, Dripping Springs
Ron Haven, Dripping Springs
Linda Joseph, Kyle
Sven Fuhrmann, San Marcos
Cecilia Adair, Manchaca
Jan Jones, Wimberley

Six volunteers will be recognized for their selfless contributions to the agency mission. HCWC volunteers play a critical role in the Hays and Caldwell County communities, ensuring victims of abuse have access to 24-hour services, as well as provide increasing public awareness on family violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

The most prestigious honor given to HCWC volunteers is the Chris Banbury Volunteer of the Year Award. It is presented to the volunteer who shows exceptional dedication of their time and talent for the benefit of the agency overall.

This year’s honoree is Patrick W. Price of San Marcos. The former school teacher, civic leader, and philanthropist co-facilitated the Middle Way Parenting Program for Roxanne’s House and the Outreach Program, serves as a HEARTeam Advocate, fundraises and provides countless hours of service to the overall mission.

The 2008 Changemaker Award recipients are Waverly Ray, Mary Kay Nussbaum and Elizabeth Santa Cruz. The awards annually honor volunteers who make a significant impact on direct services provided by HCWC programs.

Ray, a Texas State student and San Marcos resident, serves as a facilitator for the Middle Way Parenting Program. Nussbaum, a recent graduate of Texas State and San Marcos resident, served as an intern for the shelter and provided invaluable assistance to the children’s program. Lockhart resident Santa Cruz is a HEARTeam advocate and offers
administrative assistance throughout the year.

The HEARTeam Award goes to the hospital accompaniment advocate that shows a strong commitment to meeting victims of abuse and plays a key role in representing HCWC as the first point of contact at the hospital. Michelle Romage, a Texas State University student, is this year’s recipient

The HELPline Award goes to the advocate that devotes much of their free time to answer the agency’s 24-hour phone line. Texas State student Shabd Khalsa logged over 400 hours providing assistance to callers throughout the year.

The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center has completed its 30th year of serving local victims of abuse including family violence and sexual assault. All HCWC services are free and confidential. For more information on the Annual Meeting or HCWC services please visit or call 396-HELP.

by Raquel Belmarez
Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center

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