Sunday, December 7, 2008

December 6, 2008 Meeting

What a wonderful and inspirational meeting we had yesterday, December, 6. Both of our speakers were great and I think we were all motivated by what they shared with us. I'm so glad we chose Pride for Parents to be our organization to support for the Holidays. I think we all left feeling like we had been part of supporting families with a hand-up, instead of a hand-out. When I hear more from Marvin I will forward it to everybody. I want to learn how we can work with this group during the year with special events and not just at Christmas. I also look forward to the opening of the Patriot Museum and seeing where we can fit in with some volunteer work there throughout the next year. I thought Pat's talk was "right-on" with what our Chapter believes in and in line with what we would like to be part of. I'm sure Pat will keep us posted. Many of you shared with me after the meeting that you thought it was the best meeting we've had. It was refreshing to expand our focus for a while on something beside politics. We know our team lost, as Bill has said many mornings, and we will be looking to the future and how we regroup, but this was a nice respite from all of that.

As we wind down the year, I want to say a special thanks and blessing to Rufus and Linda for their hospitality at the Pub. We are truly fortunate to have them willing to share their "Pub Home" with us each month. They put so much time and thought into our breakfast menu and setting up the tables, etc. for us. We come waltzing in, throw $5.00 in a pot, and enjoy, but a lot of work goes into it behind the scenes. Thank you so very much!!!!!

In January we will go back to our regular meeting date of the second Saturday of each month. Our January meeting will be January 9, 2009 at 9:00. We had several new people with us yesterday and I hope you all will be a regular part of our group. It was great meeting you and having you join us.

Merry Christmas to everybody and let's pray for a prosperous and safe 2009. You know the saying .... God's in His Heaven, All's right with the world! We have to believe that. See you in January.


Saturday, November 8, 2008

The Fight back begins

Hello ladies, I am still in deep mourning, and I am still " going dark" from radio and TV news. But I am checking email and have been asked to post this:

> TODAY, is launching a national campaign inviting
> like-minded grassroots conservatives across the country to band
> together and RESIST what President-elect Obama, Nancy Pelosi
> and Harry Reid have planned.
> Please go here to Join the Resistance:
> You and I are the last line of defense for our freedoms and liberties.
> Only an unprecedented idea-based Resistance from freedom-loving
> citizens can prevent the full implementation of Obamaʼs march to
> the Left. But we must start now. We cannot wait until next year
> to get organized.
> Please Join the Resistance. And then invite your friends.
> Steve Elliott, President

Thursday, November 6, 2008

December Meeting

Remember our December meeting will be on the FIRST Saturday, December 6, at 9AM. Due to schedules, we've decided to have a morning meeting early in the month (rather that the evening/family/spouse gathering discussed). Come help us recover from the election and discuss positive/hopeful projects we can become involved in!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Day After

I'm speechless, distraught, depressed and downright fearful.
God save us from ourselves. God Bless America and God Save Israel.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vote Today

The 10 reasons I am optimistic about this election....
1) We are still a nation of Faith. I have received and am participating in many prayer chains. The Catholics are unified, the Evangelicals will turn out in droves and the rest of us Christians see our freedom of religion and speech threatened.
2) People do vote their checkbooks
3) Many people they are counting as democrats registered as such to vote in the primaries, like me. I registered as a democrat to vote against Cynthia McKinney 2 years ago and judging by my mail, they still think I am a democrat.
4) Most people are not talking to the pollsters. The numbers you see are based on small samples of 600-800 people, those who actually answer their phones. When's the last time you answered an unknown number?
5) They don't poll in "red states" like Georgia.
6) Not all African Americans support Obama. We in Georgia have a very large middle and upper middle class African American population. These are intelligent, educated people who can do the math. The African American conservative movement is on the rise.
7) OH, PA, WV- Obama says he wants to bankrupt the coal industry. My husband's family were coal miners in WV and I can tell you the coal comment didn't sit well.
8) OH, PA, WV- They were called "racists" and "rednecks" and they cling to "guns and religion"- that didn't sit well either.
9) Don't underestimate the women's vote. We do outnumber the men, many feel cheated out of Hillary and see a chance with Sarah Palin. She has energized women of all ages, incomes and education levels no matter their political affiliation.
10) Joe the Plumber- and all like him. Our nation is built on small businesses. No where else in the world can you do this, start out with a few dollars and a dream and turn it into a profit. Small business owners will fight to protect their way of life. Obama will cut their legs out from underneath them.

bonus 11) Our nation is created by God. We are the divine experiment. Our foundation is solid, our documents have and will survived the test of time. We have been through bad presidents before and we'll have bad leadership again. We will withstand it. Our brilliant forefathers designed it that way. Have faith.

Go McCain/ Palin/ Chambliss

Friday, October 31, 2008


Reminder: Exceptions to our "normal" 2nd Saturday 9AM meetings:

November--FIRST Saturday, November 1, at 9AM.

O'Terrill's Pub on Piedmonnt (one block north of the Civic Center) - Free parking. It's okay to double park in the parking lot or park on the street along Piedmont.

Dear Mr. Obama

I thought this was an excellent video by one of our brave soldiers!


Monday, October 27, 2008

Reminder: Exceptions to our "normal" 2nd Saturday 9AM meetings:
November--FIRST Saturday, November 1, at 9AM.
December--FIRST Saturday, December 6, at 9AM. Due to schedules, we've decided to have a morning meeting early in the month (rather that the evening/family/spouse gathering discussed).

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Our Meeting on 10-11

We had a full house for our October meeting. There sure is a lot to talk about. Linda is working on a partnering with The National Museum of Patriotism expected to open in January. We're also energized by the campaigns. Our next meeting is an election Pep Rally of sorts on November 1st. We now have a yahoo group where we can send things back and forth through the group. If you didn't get an email invite and want one, please email me at

Thanks for all the socks! I shipped 15 pounds of white socks to Soldier's Angels today for the Christmas Care packages for the troops. We will be collecting socks at our next meeting too. They are looking for white tube socks and cash donations for shipping. I enclosed 25 dollars in our shipment today because some of you had contributed cash for shipping.

The SMIA convention video was enjoyed by all. I have the master disc and can make copies for anyone who wants one. I'm hearing buzz that the next convention might be as early as March in San Antonio. Nothing's firm yet, but that's not too far away so I wanted to let you know that's being tossed around.

I look forward to more exchanges in the yahoo group and on this blog.

One last thing, the other side has machines out there that get out the vote. We just have ourselves. Make sure you ask everyone you know if they are planning to vote, inform them of the facts and if there is an issue with voting (transportation, not in town) do what you can to make sure they get to vote. I know some of us have voted, I am going to do early voting the week before the election. The lines will be longer than you've ever experienced, there could be some unrest. I don't want to take any chances. Right now you can vote at your County elections office. The week before more places open up. I know there are about 7 in Dekalb. I did this for the primary and it's remarkably easy. Also educate yourself on the amendments on the ballot so you will understand the language and not get thrown off. They're worded in legal-ese.

See you all in just a few weeks on November 1st!!! Until then, keep the faith and believe in miracles.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Meeting This Saturday

Hello Ladies, I am looking forward to our meeting on Saturday. I'm giving up a football game to come, but I would rather be at our SMIA meeting than a football game.

I wanted to pass on a couple of links that have been on the yahoo SMIA group. It's really amazing how people are using this "new media" to get the word out. Grassroots efforts are utilizing these tools to finally give us a voice because it's become even more clear that we have no voice in any "old media" outside of talk radio.
This is 10 minutes long, but worth every second. Blast everyone you know with this youtube video. It's a game changer in the right hands.
You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate the message in this video.

See all of you on Saturday! We'll watch the SMIA convention DVD. It's truly wonderful. Everyone involved put their heart and soul into the video and it shows.


Saturday, October 4, 2008

SMIA Atlanta Member - Letter to the Editor

Kudos to Susan Schmidt for standing up for life. Here's a link to her published letter to the editor.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Our September meeting

WOW! What a turnout! We had about 25 ladies at our September Saturday Morning in America meeting, old friends and new faces alike. It was wonderful to meet everyone. We are all so excited about Sarah Palin and it shows.
Some housekeeping items upfront...
SMIA Happy Hour- Friday, Sept 26th at O'Terrill's Pub, 6pm. We'll watch the SMIA convention DVD and enjoy a friendly night out. All are welcome. Please let me know if you plan to come so we can arrange tables. (

The next meeting is the 2nd Saturday in October at O'Terrill's Pub. There is a possibility of a guest speaker from Saxby Chambliss' campaign. We have warned him it could be hostile territory as we're all pretty upset about the Gang of 16 energy fiasco. Please continue to write, email and call both of our Senators and tell them we don't like this proposal to limit drilling to 50 miles out and to only a handful of states.

Our November meeting will be early, Nov. 1st. This will be an election pep rally and it's Caroline's birthday. We have a spirited rally and birthday cake.

I am putting out feelers for an election night watch party. Depending on who all wants to come, we'll find a centrally located and hopefully friendly place to either celebrate or cry in our beer. (we hope it's a celebration) Tuesday, Nov. 4th from about 8pm-until. Email me at if you are interested in getting together for election night.

Our December meeting will be a Christmas party in the evening. Spouses, partners, friends are welcome. Cash bar and
pot luck. For Christmas, we will be collecting items for the ladies of liberty wing of Soldier's angels. We're looking for girly stuff for our brave women overseas who miss the luxuries of nice shampoo, fruity soaps and a good chick flick. Susan's niece has served in Iraq and will help give us an idea of the most wanted items. More details to come.

White Sock Collection- at the request of our San Antonio SMIA sisters, we are collecting white tube socks for Soldier's angels. These will go in Christmas packages. We had a great collection today and we'll also collect more next meeting.

Book Donation- Belinda hand delivered our donated copy of America the Last Best Hope, Vol. 1 & 2 to Salem High School in memory of PFC Deigo Rincon. They were very grateful and we have some lovely pictures that we'll post. Our next goal is to get them to Shiloh high school in memory of 2 soldiers from that school killed in Afghanistan earlier this year.

Join the national SMIA yahoo group- After our convention, we set up a yahoo group for SMIA so we could keep talking to each other. If you would like to join up, go to and type in saturdaymorninginamerica (like that-all together)
in the search bar and you'll get right there. Click to join and Jenny, the Philly girl who sings on Bill's show, will send you an email. Most of the ladies on the board are ones who call the show. It's been great fun getting to know everyone. The rules are the posts must keep in line with Bill's motto- candor, intelligent and good will.

If you have never been to one of our meetings, we invite you to check us out. We're simply a group of conservative women who enjoy fellowship with like minded women. We come together because we're fans of Bill Bennett's Morning in America and many other talk shows. In the process, we are educating ourselves on the big issues so we can be informed voters. We had lots of new people, and Susan brought her sister-in-law from Seattle. We hope SMIA will spread to the North West. There is no membership fee, just $5 for the wonderful breakfast we have at our meetings. We are so energized and empowered by Sarah Palin and it's so much fun to share our excitement. We also have a service mission of actively supporting our military through Soldier's Angels, Honor Flight and by donating America the Last Best Hope to high schools in memory of fallen soldiers.

Lastly, the SMIA story- two ladies in the Philadelphia area, Janet and Jenny, kept calling Bill's show. They asked to get in touch so they could meet for coffee on a Saturday morning and it took off from there. Soon chapters were popping up everywhere. Our chapter is a year old this month. Our symbol is the Betsy Ross flag, because we got started in Philly. We say the pledge, support our troops and love our President. You can go to to check out the other chapters.

See you at the Happy Hour- Eve

Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Price of Freedom Video

Lynn Anderson, a Saturday Morning in America sister in San Antonio, shared a video she put together as a remerance of 9/11. Thought you'd all like to view it:

This is an important reminder that we should never forget what happened that tragic day!


Friday, August 15, 2008

McCain/ Liberman???

Hugh Hewitt claimed on his show that sources says Sen. Liberman is high up on McCain's VP list.
Just curious, could you vote for McCain/Liberman ? I for one could not/ would not. I would begin campaigning for Bob Barr. I was excited to have my email stating that be read on Hugh's show to Fred Barnes. I don't like Bob Barr, he is not a likeable or nice person, but if McCain is turning his back on us by selecting a pro-war socialist as VP, then I can not vote for that ticket.

I would hope that McCain would try to sure up his conservative base with a bold, strong conservative choice for VP. Duncan Hunter comes to mind. I still like Bobby Jindal but I don't think he'll be the one. I like the Gov. of Alaska. She doesn't bring in a needed state, however, she just might bring over some jilted Hillary voters. Romney would be fine since he has the most business sense of all of them. Charlie Crist (FL) makes a bad picture and he's anti drilling, and Tom Ridge is pro-choice. Doubful he'll be bringing the Christian Coalition on his coat tails. Your thoughts on VP?

One last thing, John McCain will be in Atlanta on Monday. If you have a spare $2,300, you have a dinner with him at the Mariott Marquis. If you have an extra $50,000 you can get a semi-private meeting. But there is no rally, no open to the public event. He doesn't even have a campaign staff in our state. This info comes from his staff in Tallahassee, FL.. I'm not sure you can ignore Georgia and assume it's in the bag. Bob Barr will take away more votes here than anywhere else. A bad VP choice and Georgia will go Obama quickly.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Our Meeting August 9th

We had a great meeting today on the air conditioned breezeway of O'Terrill's Pub. Thanks to Linda and Rufus for always making these meetings so easy! Eve and Marian updated members on the convention and the preparations for the next one. Since Bill is now interested in attending, we're looking for an October/ November 2009 time frame in San Antonio, TX. This is just in the formation stage and subject to change, but starting a SMIA fund might not be a bad idea. You don't want to miss the convention! It was amazing.

Some topic notes from our meeting: We applauded Represenatives Tom Price, Phil Gingrey and Lynn Westmorland for standing up for us by keeping the drilling movement alive why the rest of the House is on vacation. These gentlemen are true leaders and we need to let them know we appreciate their efforts.

We had a big discussion about Saxby Chambliss on Rush Limbaugh Friday defending his "gang of 10" plan. Most of us are disgusted with Saxby at this point and are tired of having to always point him in the right direction. Nevertheless, Saxby and Sen. Iskacson are both in need of reality check. We encourage you to call their offices (8:00-5:30 M-F) and let them know how you feel about the Gang of 10 compromise. Caroline provided these links so you can familiarize yourself with the topic.

For those of you who are interested in the proposed "compromise" (rollover, eh?) on energy, here's some background:
The WSJ editorial:
Transcript of Saxby's call to Rush (like Madonna, no last names needed!):
Saxby's and Johnny's press release on 8/1 (isn't the best time to release bad news on a Friday? John Edwards could tell us.):
If you have lots of time (no sniggering), Saxby's forum on his campaign site has some interesting comments:

We all felt that Paris Hilton has the best energy plan on the table so far, and that's in all seriousness.

We had 2 new members, including Gail (forgive me if my memory is not correct), a former Canadian and RN in both Canada and the US. She has extensive, inside knowledge of both forms of health care and provided us a wealth of information. We hope to hear her on Dr. Bennett's show soon.

Also a big thanks to Pat Lindgren brought a new set of books. We will effort getting these in Shiloh high school, in memory of a soldier.

Some housekeeping items: Janet in Philly is looking to divest her involvement in national SMIA since her family responsibilities have increased. We discussed and agreed that a board of directors would work well. We are in support of that with each chapter having a chapter leader who stays in touch with the board.

Linda Terrill will be in denial on election day because she'll be on The Nile river. In light of that, we have moved the November meeting to November 1st, the first Saturday. This will serve as our pre-election pep rally. You will go home from that meeting informed voters (as if you weren't already).

Our December meeting will actually be a Christmas party on Saturday, December 6th. Spouses, dates, friends are welcome, even if they are a little "left behind". We'll decide a time at the next meeting. Also, we'll do a collection for a military charity, to be determined at the next meeting. This will be a pot-luck party with a cash bar, and be at O'Terrill's.

If you are interested in meeting as a group for an election night watch party, please let me know at Depending on who would like to attend, we can pick a place convenient to most, also I will be able to find out where certain groups have scheduled celebrations.

If you want to be a part of the SMIA yahoo group, email They'll add you to the group. You can check it out at

Rufus Terrill will be making a big announcement soon- so stay tuned.

Thank you all for coming and sharing with us. Each month is so refreshing and exciting to meet with like minded women. I know I look forward to it all month long. Feel free to post responses, or make your own blog.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)

Join me in congratulating our own Rep. Tom Price for delaying his vacation and joining yesterday's Republican revolt. It looks like we might have some leadership after all. I encourage you to email or call his office and give him a big bravo for being the only one from Georgia to stand up to Nancy Pelosi. If we want a vote on drilling, we need to make our voices heard.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Let's give Nancy a little "bit" of love....

One great idea to come from the SMIA convention was this...
We should all mail drill bits to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and anyone else who wants to send our country into the dark ages by blocking safe, responsible drilling for our own oil. Did anyone hear Michelle Bauchmann today on the show? We need more like her! She brings up a great point, if we don't drill, we'll lose the Alaskan pipeline as well and no oil at all will come out of Alaska.

Here's how to get started... just buy some drill bits from a hardware store, or better yet, use some old rusty ones you have lying around. Mail them to Nancy and Harry with a note saying: Drill here, Drill now, Pay less.

Nancy Pelosi
District Office - 450 Golden Gate Ave. - 14th Floor - San Francisco, CA 94102 - (415) 556-4862 -
Washington, D.C. Office - 235 Cannon HOB - Washington, DC 20515 - (202) 225-4965 -

Harry Reid-

Bruce R. Thompson
Courthouse & Federal Bldg
400 S. Virginia St, Suite 902
Reno, NV 89501
Phone: 775-686-5750
Fax: 775-686-5757

Washington DC
528 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3542
Fax: 202-224-7327
Toll Free for Nevadans:
1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343)

Carson City
600 East William St, #302
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775-882-REID (7343)
Fax: 775-883-1980

Las Vegas
Lloyd D. George Building
333 Las Vegas Boulevard
South, Suite 8016
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: 702-388-5020
Fax: 702-388-5030

Monday, July 28, 2008

Listen to Morning in America tomorrow, Tuesday 7/29

Hi Ladies, just a quick note to tell you that all of the SMIA convention members are going to call into Bill's show tomorrow morning starting at 6am. Bill is on the air Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, then he's gone on his cruise. Also his birthday is Thursday, if you want to send a little note or call in ahead of time.
I encourage you to listen to everyone's account of the wonderful time we had over the weekend. And once again, a big thank you to the Philly girls and everyone who worked so hard to make this a memorable event.

SMIA Convention


Ladies, I am happy to report back from the first annual Saturday Morning in America convention. I must first say that the Philly girls went over and beyond our expectations. We were greated with a fantastic reception to get to know each other. Everyone recieved a goodie bag with our schedule, name tags, Betsy Ross flag, maps and tastey cakes. We also had a surprise guest of Lloyd, his wife and Morgan Oceana. You would have thought a rock star visited us! Morgan was just as adorable as could be and she enjoyed the little bikini the Philly girls bought her.

I believe 13 of the 16 chapters were represented. All of the ladies were quickly like old friends and much like everyone we've met in our meetings.

Bright and early Saturday we met at Mrs. K Coffee shop for breakfast. The Philly girls had made arrangements and this little diner was ready to take on our large group (about 40). We even got some of the "regulars" involved in our conversations.
After that Janet (from Philly) led us on a little tour of a beautiful restored neighborhood called Society Hill. Many of the houses are very old and the area was in great disrepair just a few years ago. The restorations are gorgeous and it was so nice to see the row houses, cobblestone streets and tree lined views with American Flags everywhere. We did pass a lot of Obama signs and we booed loudly at them. Our tour took us to the harvest market where the colonials did their shopping. Now it's an artist's market.

The Convention officially began at the Constitution Center, across from Independence Hall. The room was lovely with view of the mall. We started with the pledge, greetings, announcements and then we began our chapter reports, in alphabetical order. We got to go first and the little video I made (with the help of all of you who submitted photos) was a big hit! Each chapter had a unique presentation and everyone had wonderful ideas. Most of the chapters support a military charity and or a book project similar to ours. The chapters seem a lot like ours in the make up of members, numbers and discussions.
The Savoy group, a Gilbert and Sullivan opera company performed our national anthem.

Some of the great ideas to come out of the chapter reports include sending drill bits to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Maybe they'll get the message. Louisville supports Honor Flight, since one of their members is a nurse and heard from a patient how much the trip meant to him. They then decided to support that cause. The Dallas chapters meet at the airport and welcome home R&R flights. San Antonio supports Soldier's Angels and the wounded warriors foundation. There is a military rehabilitation hospital in San Antonio for wounded, burned and disabled soldiers. They take care of the men and make sure their physical and emotional needs are met. The slim Southern California Chapter also supports Soldier's Angels and an organization that makes welcome home kits for returning soldiers. I find it amazing that no one planned it or suggested it, but it's obvious all of our hearts are in the same place by those we choose to honor.

We didn't stay serious for long... we had an awesome sing-a-long of the song's the Philly girls wrote, and you've probably heard on the show. We also did a variety of patriotic songs and a spontaneous singing of "Your a Grand Old Flag". Our Audio Visual man probably thought we were a little nuts, but we didn't care. Then we had a lovely tribute to the troops. 3 of the Philly girls have sons serving in harm's way. They had the pictures you don't see on the news of soldiers holding hands with Iraqi children, handing out candy, giving medical attention to Iraqi locals, keeping the peace and such. These pictures made everyone so proud of these brave young men and women. We took time to remember those who didn't come home and then we sang "God Bless the USA" and then we were supposed to take a group photo. We were far to teary eyed for that, so we went on to sing "Dancing Queen" in honor of those going to see Mama Mia, and did a fantastic Congo line! Jenny from Philly recited the Ride of Paul Revere. She's a mom of five, but she's also a gifted performer and a talented singer. We were luckly to have such a presentation.

Constitution Hall has a multi media presentation. We went to that. It was nice, but some of us objected to the revisionist history. We then took our group photo in front of the flags then in signers hall, which has bronze statues of every signer of the Constitution arranged in a scene setting. It's quite something.

Some of us went on walking tours, some went on a riding tour, but we got a good taste of historic Philadelphia. Marian and I had an encounter with Benjamin Franklin just feet from where he's buried. He was in great character, but dropped character to agree with us on the direction of our country.

Saturday night we had a lovely dinner at City Tavern, a restored historic tavern where they've taken great care to maintain authentic colonial settings. We dined by candlelight, with costumed waitstaff and an authentic menu. Our great surprise was a visit from Thomas Pain, in character. We had a nice long visit with the author of Common Sense. I think he was thrilled to have a group of people who knew who he was and appreciated his contribution to our history. After that we took a light tour of the historic spots with projected pictures and an audio tour with sound effects and music. Quite special and entertaining.

Sunday some people went to church services, I went to Independence Hall and the Liberty bell. It was humbling to be in the very rooms where so many important decisions were made. The Liberty Bell is something to see because it's obvious from the foreign tourists, that it is a symbol that touches everyone who sees it. It means so much to those who don't have it.

Back at the Omni hotel we had our luncheon with Lloyd. He came out in an afro wig and '70s costume. We sang some more golden oldies with Lloyd and he shared a little about how he got into radio and TV. We presented Llyod with a signed group photo and some other gifts. We also sent back a birthday present for Bill. Since he likes things on a stick, we are sending a Betsy Ross heart flag on a stick. Everyone signed a their name to a placcard for the stick. I hope he likes it.

We crammed so much into so much time, I feel like I have only skimmed the surface. I was most impressed with each and every one of the ladies. We talked serious issues about the election, the war, drilling and the general turn to socialism we all see coming. It was a privlege to be in the company of such smart, creative, passionate, conservative women. Those proud to sing God Bless America, recite the pledge and openly pray for our country.

We all agreed we want to do this again, probably on a bi-annual schedule. Jenny from Philly suggested forming a Board of Directors, We talked about a cookbook to raise money for a military charity and many other things. We have much more to discuss for sure.

At our next meeting I'll have pictures!
See you in a couple of weeks. -Eve
PS- then all of our flights were delayed forever and I got in very late, as did Marian and most of the girls. Please forgive an spelling or grammar errors. I wanted to get this up tonight, but my mind is not fresh by any means.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sunday, July 13, 2008

SMIA Atlanta Guest Speaker: Linda Herren

On Saturday, the Atlanta SMIA chapter welcomed Linda Herren, the National Committeewoman for the Republican party in Georgia. She is a fanstastic speaker and really energized our group. We learned how the delegate system works from the precinct level to the national level. Ms. Herren along with Georgia's other delegates are off to Minneapolis in September where the delegates will cast their votes for the candidates as the state voted back in February. Mike Huckabee will get most of the delegate votes, then Romney and McCain. After two calls, then the delegates will get to vote as a state for John McCain.

Our group also had the opportunity to voice our opinions about hot topics like gas prices, immigration and such. Ms. Herren gave us a great resource and an opportunity to make our voices heard where it really counts, in the platform committee. You can go to and comment on any issue you choose. We were promised that the comments will go in a large file and be a part of the convention as they consider the party platform. Also our comments will go to John McCain.

Here is your opportunity to get involved in the political process at the grassroots level. We asked Ms. Herren about how best to help get "our people" elected in the fall. Her advice was to talk to everyone you know, your neighbor, hairdresser, co-workers, church members, family, friends etc. Talk about the issues and come armed with information. You can get more information from She reminded us that the person who writes the big check has one vote, and you and I have one vote. Make your vote count! Other myths to dispell, jury duty comes from DMV, utility bills, property taxes and not from the voter rolls. So make sure everyone you know is registered to vote. If you know someone unable to vote on election day, get them an absentee ballott application, it can be downloaded. Help your elderly friends and relatives by assiting them with filling out the absentee application, then follow up and make sure they use that absentee ballott.

This election will be a crucial turning point for our country. As Ms. Herren pointed out, the next president will probably have 4 supreme court nominations. At this time in our government, that is the most critical point to consider. Who do you want making those appointments? Although we may not be happy with the two guys on the list and we may feel like we're picking from the lesser of the two evils, really consider who will appoint whom the supreme court. Do you want Hillary Clinton on the Supreme Court? Or do you want another Clarence Thomas, Roberts or Alito?

Lastly, Ms. Herren passed out little toy soliders to everyone in our group. She asked that we place the solider somewhere where we can see it every day and to say a prayer for our men and women fighting overseas each time we see the soldier.

Our SMIA chapter thanks Linda Herren for her time and insight. It was a fascinating and inspiring converstation. Anyone who wants to get involved in the political process can, regardless of your occupation or income. If you have time to give and the passion for conservatism, you are wanted and needed for grassroots campaigns.

Also we had several new members this meeting, including a Ukrainian native, Inna, who baked us delicious traditional Ukrainian cookies. Inna charmed us with her perspective as an immigrant to the country, and her love for Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. We're looking forward to meeting more new people at our next meeting, the 2nd Saturday in August.

Monday, June 30, 2008

10 Concerns about Barack Obama (summary)
It's policy.

By William J. Bennett & Seth Leibsohn

1. Barack Obama’s foreign policy is dangerous, naïve, and betrays a profound misreading of history.

2. Barack Obama’s Iraq policy will hand al-Qaeda a victory and undercut our entire position in the Middle East, while at the same time put a huge source of oil in the hands of terrorists.

3. Barack Obama has sent mixed, confusing, and inconsistent messages on his policy toward Israel.

4. While his Mideast policy may have been the quickest turnaround or flip-flop on a major issue, it is not the only one.

5. Barack Obama’s judgment about personal and professional affiliations is more than troubling.

6. Obama is simply out of step with how terrorists should be handled; he would turn back the clock on how we fight terrorism, using the failed strategy of the 1990s as opposed to the post-9/11 strategy that has kept us safe.

7. Barack Obama’s economic policies would hurt the economy.

8. Barack Obama opposes drilling on and offshore to reduce gas and oil prices.

9. Barack Obama is to the left of Hillary Clinton and NARAL on the issue of life.

10. Barack Obama is actually to the left of every member of the U.S. Senate. According to the National Journal, “Sen. Barack Obama…was the most liberal senator in 2007.”

Read complete article: BENNETT/LEIBSOHN-10 CONCERNS

William J. Bennett is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett’s
Morning in America. Seth Leibsohn is the show’s producer.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

July Meeting- Guest Speaker

What goes on at national political convention? What happens before and after the TV cameras are on?
We're pleased to have Georgia's National Committeewoman, Linda Herren, as our guest speaker for our July Saturday Morning in America club meeting. Ms. Herren was a delegate to the 2004 Republican convention and she's a delegate for the upcoming 2008 Republican convention in Minneapolis. Come and learn first hand about this exciting part of the political process.

Ms. Herren is a Registered Nurse Anesthetist and a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve. She began volunteering for political events in 1972 and has served the Republican party for more than 30 years. We're very excited to have her as our guest on July 12th.

Honor Flight Editorial

New member, Linda from Brookhaven, contributed the following story about an honoree at the August 2007 Honor Flight. Here's a copy of his letter:

Honor Flight Editorial

My name is James E. Kinsey and I was one of the fortunate ones to be well enough to make the August 2007 Honor Flight. I was so impressed to be on this second WWII Veterans visit to the WWII Memorial and Arlington Cemetery. The name “Honor Flight” is so appropriate for this wonderful dedication to the surviving WWII vets. The majority of the WWII vets are far into their eighties and nineties, and most were not able to participate in the Honor Flight due to various medical issues. I feel so blessed that I was physically and mentally able to enjoy and be part of the flight at that time.

We three “old folks”, as we would have called men of our age when we were youngsters, were assisted by Claudia Holloway,
an Honor Flight guardian. She cared for us just as an early childhood teacher does her school children. She made sure we were safe, took pictures, and gave us our medicines.

The trip to Washington was comfortable on the plane and on the bus. We had a terrific send off in Valdosta, we were saluted and sprayed with water by fire trucks in Baltimore, MD. Upon our return to Valdosta, we were again welcomed by a celebration of music by a fabulous band, presented flowers, and greeted by our families. Wow! Did we feel so special!

I am so grateful to have served in WWII for our country’s protection. I know that lots of people have spent many hours getting donations and planning in order to get the Second Honor Flight off the ground. I would like to thank Mr. Powell, Mr. Johnson, and the people that even paid their own fare to help us be recognized and honored. It makes me proud to have served in the Army Air Corp for four years. I would like to thank Mr. Dean Poling for all the wonderful historical information that he shared with us on the plane. His talks were not only informational, but were entertaining.

I have recently been diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimers, so this trip was very timely for me. I wish the May 17th Third Honor Flight the same fun and fellowship that we had in August.

My daughters, Jan and Sandy made me a Scrapbook of the memoirs and pictures of the trip. I can relive the trip by flipping through the pages of my scrapbook.

Once again, a very heartfelt thank you to all that made the trip possible for those of us that served in WWII.

James E. Kinsey
Lake Park, GA

June Saturday Morning in America Meeting

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Remembering 911

As we get closer to the November elections and discussions flare, please take a few moments to re-read Bill and Seth's article, Conservative Sense & Sensibility; The Right’s choices right now. While many Republicans may not agree 100% with John McCain, it is essential to consider what types of policies and "change" will take place with a Democrat in the White House. We must vote for the most qualified person who will keep our country safe. If we are not safe, nothing else matters.

Linda T.

May Meeting Update

We had another fun meeting last Saturday. Once again the food was delightful, and Linda and Rufus are the best hosts in town. It is so nice to be able to meet at the Pub. We can laugh, cry, fuss and discuss anything we want to. We had some new people join us, and that always makes the meetings interesting and brings new insight into our discussions.

Most of our discussion centered around our book project. It is getting off the ground, and with a little push from all of us, we can launch this project to the moon if we want to. Basically, we've organized the book project in the following manner: Each member who wants to do so will order a set of Bill's books in a store or online at Amazon. Have the books sent to Nan's house. Susan Schmidt will email Seth and ask him to send us some signed bookplates from Bill. Linda Terrill will make SMIA-Atlanta bookplates to add to Bill's, and Eve will help us get the books to the right place. Eve is in the process of getting the names of Georgia soldiers who have served in Iraq, and the books will be given to those soldiers' high school in memory or honor of him/her. We also talked about sending a set of the books (in paperback) to any soldiers that we know are currently in Iraq. Rather than collect money and have to keep track of it, if you want to participate, just order a set of books (best price on Amazon, and includes free shipping), pay for them, and have them shipped to Nan's house; we'll take it from there. Nan's address is :

Nan O'Brien
1706 Glen Echo Way
Marietta, GA 30062

The Atlanta Chapter's Blog was another discussion. We would like to keep it up to date and we want people to feel some ownership in the Chapter's Blog. Therefore, if you would like to post on the blog, please send Linda Terrill an email and she'll set up permissions. Her email address is: The blog site is http://www.atlantasmia.blogspot/.

There was some talk about perhaps composing a mission statement for our Chapter. Right now the feeling seems to be that the majority would like to keep it more informal, keeping in mind that we are a social outlet for like-minded women. We can always come back to the topic later on.

As usual, we had a lively talk about the McCain factor. It's no secret that many of us "like-minded" women are not "alike" on voting for McCain. I guess this will all sort out by November.

Our next meeting is Saturday, June 14. Hope to see everybody there.


Friday, May 9, 2008

Book Donation Project

Because we wanted to be more than a fan club, the Atlanta Chapter of Saturday Morning in America club wanted to do "something." Since we all love Bill and his books, we aimed to get America the Last Best Hope Volumes 1 & 2 into schools. On top of that, we felt that donating books would be a great way to honor fallen soldiers.

I am pleased to say that we have our first donation arranged. Salem High School in Conyers, Georgia has enthusiastically accepted a book donation in memory of PFC. Diego Rincon, class of 2001. Diego Rincon was one of the first soldiers to give his life in Iraq and he wasn't even a U.S. citizen. A native of Colombia, Diego and family immigrated when he was nine. So moved by the 9-11 attacks, the drama club star enlisted in the Army after graduation.

After he passed, Diego's family only wanted one thing; declare their son a U.S. citizen posthumously. Georgia's delegation worked on legislation so that Diego could be buried a hero and a U.S. citizen. Other non-citizens in the military or who give their lives for this country will be afforded the same honor, thanks to the Rincon family and the Georgia delegation.

PFC Diego Rincon is a most worthy example of why America is the last best hope and we are honored to to donate America the Last Best Hope in his memory, just in time for Memorial Day.

It so happened that my cousin is the band director at Salem High School. When I discovered that Diego was a Salem graduate, I asked to be put in touch with the library. They are as excited to receive the books as we are to give them.

We are in the process of identifying other soldiers and their high schools so we can continue this project. It's been a humbling and inspiring experience to read the stories of our fallen heroes. It is our hope that young people will not only read the books, but understand why so many have given and continue to give so much for our freedom.

Monday, April 28, 2008

May Saturday Morning in America Meeting

Join us on Saturday, May 10 at 9:00 am for good conversation, good food & coffee and good fun. RSVP if possible....or just show up. $5 donation please to cover cost of coffee and food. We'll be talking about the upcoming 1st Annual Saturday Morning in America convention that is being held in Philadelphia from July 25-27. Hope to see lots of you in May!

Location: O'Terrill's Pub, 510 Piedmont Avenue, downtown Atlanta. Free parking. If the parking lot is full, just double park cars in the lot or park on Piedmont on the street. We've got the restaurant to ourselves, so double parking is no problems.

Linda Terrill

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Notes from Our March Meeting

Atlanta SMIA met Saturday morning in our “spring snowstorm” (this time tho only a couple of snow flakes drifted down by the time of the meeting). Susan bought a 2-volume set of Bill’s book to kick off our plan to place the books in school libraries. Linda T. donated the money we contribute for her great “coffee/bagel/etc” breakfast to buy more books.

We discussed how to focus our efforts and Eve suggested we focus on the schools of Georgia soldiers killed in Iraq. Eve will contact the Department of Defense for names/families and try to locate several names with connections in the extended metro area.

We will also look for non-profit organizations already working with Georgia military families and work with them and 920AMto raise some money for the books (they’ll also have the ability to receive donations from the public to help us buy more books).

We hope that we will have identified several soldiers/schools shortly. We want to see if the non-profit/920/the soldier’s family and the school would agree to a presentation of the books to the school library in honor of their fallen classmate with coverage by at least 920 and hopefully FOX and others -- especially if we can get these presentations done on holidays such as Memorial Day or the 4th of July.

Joel with 920AM will contact Seth to see if they/we can develop an appropriate bookplate that will mention the sponsors (ie, Bill, SMIA, non-profit and 920) plus have a very brief statement about the soldier, name/dates, etc.

We are hoping that the personal connection of the soldier to the school might awaken more interest among the students in America’s history. Perhaps if the family knows some bit of our history that interested/motivated/influenced the soldier that can be mentioned in the presentation/press release (and thus give the students a specific person/event they might like to read).

If someone knows of a fallen Georgia soldier (with a Georgia school tie) let us know.

Thanks to Linda Christensen for compiling/submitting notes about the meeting!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Atlanta Club Welcomes Philly Girls

On Friday, February 29th, the Saturday Morning in America co-founders (aka The Philly Girls) joined a group of the Atlanta chapter's girls for fish and chips, libations and lots of talk about the summer convention in Philadelphia. It was delightful to get to know Janet "off air" and to see Philly Linda again.

Ten Atlanta chapter members have already expressed an interest in heading to Philadelphia this summer to spend a weekend with like-minded women from around the country. For more information about the convention and meetings around the country, please visit

With apologies to Saturday Morning in America for "borrowing" a copy of your photo.

Conservative Sense and Sensibility

We encourage everone to read Bill and Seth's article about our Republican presidential nominee, Senator John McCain.

Conservative Sense & Sensibility
The Right’s choices right now.
By William J. Bennett & Seth Leibsohn

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

At every Saturday Morning in America/Atlanta breakfast, we begin our meeting by standing with our hands over our hearts and recite the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

March 2008 Meeting

Our March meeting will be held on Saturday, March 8, at 9:00 AM, at O'Terrill's Pub, 510 Piedmont Avenue, which is one block north of the Atlanta Civic Center on Piedmont Avenue. All are welcome. If you are not on our mailing list yet, please email so you'll be kept up to date on our activities.

Plans are underway for a summer convention in Philadelphia. We'll also be discussing ways to distribute America: The Last Best Hope to schools.

See you Saturday!

Friday, January 25, 2008

February Meeting

The Atlanta Chapter of Saturday Morning in America will hold our next meeting on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 9:00 am at O'Terrill's Pub. Please let us know if you're planning to come so we'll be sure to have enough food. If you forget to call, come anyway. There is no charge to attend, but we are collecting $5 per person to cover the cost of food, coffee, sodas and hot cocoa.

If the parking lot is full, just pull in and double park the other cars (we have the pub and parking lot to ourselves) or there's plenty of parking on the street.

Directions: Map

Sunday, January 20, 2008

January Meeting

This past weekend's Saturday Morning in America get-together was so much fun, and we were so lucky that the snow held off as long as it did. I can hardly wait until our next get-together for another "caucus" or perhaps we should call it a "raucous." I'll make sure Rufus has the bottle of Bailey's handy for our coffee. You're are all so darned smart, interesting, insightful and funny!

Remember the rules for meeting at the pub: Make yourselves at home, treat the place like it's your living room, serve yourselves, and don't leave me with leftovers; and, oh yeah, sorry but we don't do is a pub, you know (but there's hot cocoa and Diet Coke if coffee isn't your pleasure).

Hope to see you all again in February....and bring your like-minded friends. We'll be sure to have the Philly Girls' flag for our centerpiece then.

Linda T.

More About January Meeting

Hi everyone,
I, too, am still riding high from yesterday. What a wonderful experience it was to be able to have a group of "instant" friends with whom I feel so much camaraderie. I shed a tear of joy on the way home. Thanks to Linda and Rufus, and thanks to you all. I hope to make it to many meetings in the coming months. I also hope that cleanup wasn't too much work. I'd say Linda and Rufus went above and beyond in the prep and welcoming and cleanup efforts. It is kind of inspiring to be part of such a dynamic group.

Carolyn Smith

January SMIA Meeting

Wow - I'm still on a "high" from yesterday's meeting. Many, many thanks to Linda T. and her husband, Rufus, for inviting us to use the Pub for our meetings. It was warm and welcoming and just fabulous. I can't think of anything but "cutesy" words right now. We sat out on a covered porch with a fire going, and as the meeting progressed, we watched the snow fall. A beautiful sight in Atlanta, and one we don't see too often. The food was great and the conversation even better.

We had 19 people there and some "new" members who really brought a lot of the table - no pun intended. We did a "mini" caucus and Fred Thompson was the clear winner with our group. I can't remember who came in second. Interesting not one vote for McCain or Huckabee. Thanks to everybody for their warm and stimulating participation in our Atlanta Chapter of the Saturday Morning "Girls". We are truly blessed and it can only get better.

Take care and be sure to mark February 9 on your calendar for our next meeting. Stay tuned!