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.