Wednesday, January 7, 2015

First Meeting of 2015- Jan 10th, 9am, our usual place

Happy New Year,
My year started off optimistic, but yesterday, my new congressman broke his campaign promise and voted to keep the Speaker. Then he put out some fluff press release with a crappy excuse. So it looks like I have a new pen-pal. Jody Hice- you are on notice.

Need to vent? Come to our SMIA meeting on Saturday.  I have been working the early early shift- 6am and I miss Bill's show. I can't wait for you all to fill me in.

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and some R&R. Now it's time to be vigilant and stand guard. Fingers crossed that yesterday was a speed bump and that this new year and new Congress will take some needed and positive action.

See you at our meeting.


Saturday January 10th
Usually place at Galleria & 285 North end


Thursday, September 11, 2014

September meeting - Guest speaker

We are meeting this Saturday, 9/13/14 and we are so excited to have a guest speaker this month.

Benita Dodd

Georgia Benita Dodd is a journalism graduate of Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, who immigrated to the United States in 1986.

The Cobb County resident was an editorial writer and columnist for The Atlanta Journal Editorial Board and an editorial writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Editorial Board before joining the Georgia Public Policy Foundation as vice president in March 2003.

A member of the 2007 class of Leadership Georgia and a faculty member of the Leadership Institute of Virginia, she leads the Foundation’s Environmental Initiative and is responsible for the Foundation’s communications.
She served on the board of Common Cause Georgia and is a member of the Board of Advisors for America’s Future Foundation Georgia.

She addresses civic and leadership groups across Georgia on current issues and free-market solutions.
She is a frequent contributor to newspapers and radio programs around the state and provides free-market perspectives as a commentator on a weekly radio program. E-mail:

We invite you to join us and learn more about this organization and how it works with our state government. 

We will be in our usual location, but on the 3rd floor this time. Please email: if you need directions.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Guest Speakers

We had a great speaker in Dr. Scott and a great turn out. I am working on lining up another speaker thanks to Betsy Johnson.  If you know of someone who would be a good speaker for our group, please let me know. We had such a good turn out for Dr. Scott and I know sometimes we just need a little encouragement and motivation.

Our next meeting is September 13th! I hope to see you there.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Photos from the SMIA Convention in Williamsburg

 Our Fife & Drum Escort

 Our Guest, Mrs. Washington

Meeting on Saturday

We are meeting Saturday May 10th at our usual place in the Galleria @ 285/75.
Agenda items are:
Convention recap and slide show
Primary Election
Plans for Summer Meetings.

We have a sweet surprise for those who come.
It's BYOBreakfast and rise and shine for good conversation.

One other thing,
If there is race you care about- come and tell us who you are supporting and why.

See you on Saturday!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Christmas Packing Party- November 9th

Ladies we will meet Saturday in our usual place at the Galleria (near 75 & 285)  for a Christmas packing party for our troops!

I know we've been feeling depressed and abandoned, but we can't abandon those who protect our freedom. 

Please come and enjoy a joyful time of making goodie bags for our troops.

We are sending all boxes to one chaplain in Afghanistan. He has 300 service men and women in his group.
Please remember that it is cold there.  If you would like to do a little extra, here are some things they need for the winter:

Twin sheets
fleece blankets
socks(tube socks, green, black or white no logos)
knit or fleece caps- solid colors, black, brown, dark green preferred.
cold medicine, lozenges and other cold related items
chap stick
hot cocoa

And items they always use- cards, puzzle books, pens and paper, blank cards for them to send home (Christmas, birthday)

If you want to wrap items such as socks, sheets, etc for Christmas, that is fine. Please put a sticky note on it detailing what's inside.

It's hard to believe but some of these young men and women do not have family- so when other soldiers begin getting gifts, they feel left out.
A wrapped gift of socks or uno cards or something like that can make Christmas for a forgotten soldier. 

Christmas decorations (small fake trees, garland, lights) are also appreciated. Remember- everything is going to the same Chaplain this time.

I have PLENTY of baggies- please do not bring baggies. 
We always need tape a scissors, so if you have some around, feel free to bring those. I will get the boxes and custom forms.

We have an adopt a box policy. Boxes are 14.85 to ship. Some members are sending money to adopt boxes since they can't be at the meeting.

If you have time and would like to write a letter or Christmas Card of thanks and appreciation, we can put those in our boxes too.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Announcing the 2014 SMIA Convention!

I am pleased to announce the 2014 SMIA Convention will be held in Colonial Williamsburg, VA.
Save the date- May 2-4, 2014.

There are many more details to be worked out, but here's what's set already:

Date: May2-4, 2014
Location: The Woodlands Hotel & Suites, Colonial Williamsburg- Free Wi/Fi, Continental Breakfast and parking.
How to get there:  Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) (20 minutes)
Norfolk International Airport (ORF) (45 minutes)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) (45 minutes)
If we have enough people, we could drive, or rent a van and drive. It might be a better option to fly if folks are on a tight schedule.

Friday- Dinner in Revolutionary City with historic interpreter
Saturday- Meeting and luncheon- Keynote speaker
Sunday- Breakfast
All weekend- pass to Revolutionary City

Williamsburg offers activities your spouse or kids might enjoy. Please keep in mind the events are for SMIA registered guests only.