Skip to Navigation Skip to Main Content
Courtesy photo

Denton County GOP honors volunteers

Profile image for Staff report
Staff report, Denton Record-Chronicle

State Sen. Jane Nelson of Flower Mound presided last week over the Denton County Republican Party's annual Volunteer Dinner, where volunteers were honored for their service and dedication to their local party.

More than 200 party members attended Thursday's dinner at the Royal Affairs Ballroom in Lewisville and listened to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, give the keynote address. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and several other elected officials were also in attendance.

The Chairman's Award was given jointly to the party headquarters staff of Deon Starnes, Ginger McDaniel and Cindy Cole along with Debbie Terry, who serves on the State Republican Executive Committee. Terry also won the Outstanding Volunteer Award for her "years of unselfish volunteerism at many Republican Party activities, Republican campaigns, club events and within community organizations."

Sylvia Guzman AcuffCourtesy
Sylvia Guzman Acuff

Sylvia Guzman Acuff was presented with the Precinct Chair of the Year Award. Guzman Acuff serves as the precinct chair in Little Elm and was praised for her "personal contact with her constituents" and for her "faithful involvement in community outreach."

Dena Meek was honored with a Faith, Freedom and Virtue Award. Members also recognized former Chairman Lisa Hendrickson for her service to the party.

Outstanding members of area GOP clubs were also honored and they were: Margie Arens (Denton Republican Women's Club), Ruth Armfield (Denton County Republican Assembly), Patrick Martin (Flower Mound Area Republican Club), Kathy Carrington (Denton County Republican Club), Susan Lucas (Denton County Conservative Coalition), Dena Meek (Lakeside Republican Club), Julia Whitten (Golden Corridor Republican Women), Cassandra Weaver (Legacy Republican Club), Gene Perry (Pachyderm Club), Kronda Thimesch (Republican Women of Denton, Collin, and Dallas counties) and all members of STAR Republicans of Denton and Collin counties.

For more information about the Denton County Republican Party, visit

FEATURED PHOTO: Former Denton County Republican Party Chairman Lisa Hendrickson, third from left, and state Sen. Jane Nelson, far right, helped honor the recipients of the Chairman's Award, which went to the party headquarters staff of, from left, Deon Starnes, Debbie Terry, Ginger McDaniel and Cindy Cole. The award was presented during Thursday's DCRP Volunteer Dinner in Lewisville. Terry was also given the Volunteer of the Year Award. Courtesy photo/Denton County Republican Party