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. 

Please contact us at 346-212-2310 to learn more about the Ladies for Literacy Guild or click here to become a member today.  


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 the Fall. This exceptional event features prestigious keynote speakers and raises funds to support Guild initiatives and other literacy programs throughout Houston.  

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. Look for the Curiosity Cruiser on the streets of Houston starting in the Fall 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

GINger blanton, power of literacy luncheon chair
Mehrnaz Gill, Co-Vice President of Membership
lisa jakel, book drive chair

Jennifer Hazelton, Co-Vice President of Volunteers
Claudia Kreisle, Co- Vice President of Volunteers
Trish Morille, Co- Vice President of Community Projects
Stephanie Tsuru, Co-Vice President of Community Projects
Pam Roberts, Treasurer