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-

Reno
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

SMIA CONVENTION UPDATE

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 www.gopplatform2008.com 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 www.gopconvention2008.com. 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.