Ladies for Literacy Guild

The Ladies for Literacy Guild is a dynamic group of women committed to carrying forth Barbara Bush’s legacy in literacy and supporting the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to improve lives through the power of literacy—the ability to read, write, speak clearly and think critically. To aid in the advancement of the Foundation's mission, the Guild hosts several signature events and initiatives. 


Power of Literacy Luncheon: In recognition of National Literacy Awareness Month, the Ladies for Literacy Guild hosts a signature Power of Literacy Luncheon each year in September. This exceptional event features prestigious keynote speakers and raises funds to support Guild initiatives and other literacy programs throughout Houston.

Save the date of October 24, 2017 for the second annual Power of Literacy luncheon at River Oaks Country Club and reserve your table today.

Curiosity Cruiser: The Guild, in partnership with the Harris County Public Library, hosts the Curiosity Cruiser, a one-of-a-kind mobile library that travels to low-income neighborhoods and provides children and their families access to books, offers educational programs that integrate science, math, art, reading, technology and writing and provides family literacy events. The Curiosity Cruiser will hit the streets in Summer 2017.

Annual Book Drive: The Guild hosts an annual book drive to increase the availability of books in low-income households. All books collected are donated to local literacy organizations or used to stock the Curiosity Cruiser.

Community Engagement: The Guild supports the Foundation’s efforts in mobilizing volunteers to serve in schools, libraries and literacy-focused nonprofits across the community. Guild members help connect the Foundation with corporations, churches, civic groups, residential facilities, universities and high schools, and other organizations to enlist their employees and members in the literacy-related volunteer opportunities.


Ladies for Literacy officers

Betty Hrncir, President
Lilly Andress, Secretary
Donatella Benckenstein, Co- Vice President of Membership

Mehrnaz Gill, Co-Vice President of Membership
Claudia Kreisle, Co- Vice President of Volunteers
Jennifer Hazelton, Co-Vice President of Volunteers

Trish Morille, Co- Vice President of Community Projects
Stephanie Tsuru, Co-Vice President of Community Projects
Pam Roberts, Treasurer