Monday, December 14, 2009

December 5th Meeting-One of the Best Yet!

Well, we didn't have snow on December 5, but we had some wonderful chilly weather, which made the fireplace on the deck all the more inviting and warm. The warmest part of the morning was the cheer and good spirits of all who gathered to kick off the Holiday Season with friends and to contribute to making some little girls in Afghanistan very happy! We had an assortment of just about everything a child could want. Brightly colored paper, folders, pens, pencils, markers, bookbags, and all kinds of things to make school more enjoyable. We also had lots of pretty "hair things", bracelets, lotions and on and on. I lost count of how many boxes we put together. We even ran out of boxes and some stuff had to be mailed separately. It was a joyous occasion and many thanks to all of you who brought items or sent items. Several of you who couldn't attend the meeting went out of your way to get your stuff to somebody who could bring it. That is truly going above and beyond. We have such a wonderful group of ladies, and it just makes the hard times more bearable with friends like this. Once again, our heartfelt thanks go out to Eve for coordinating yet another worthwhile project for us to participate in.

It is time for us to start seriously thinking about the Convention of the Saturday Morning Girls that will be held in San Antonio. It sounds like those ladies have already been hard at work putting plans in place. Please start looking at your calendar and thinking about the possibility of attending the Convention. We will need to start getting some firm commitments fairly soon. I would guess by mid-January, early February. The San Antonio group is still pursing having Sarah Palin attend and be our featured speaker. Wouldn't that be great?? We will be holding the Convention at the Historic Menger Hotel beginning March 26th.
We can now begin making reservations, but make sure to tell the Menger it is for Saturday Morning In America to receive the $105 room rate. That rate is good no matter how many will be staying in the room, so if roommates wish, they can divide the cost. We will soon have a mailing address to remit your conference cost of $150. I will keep you all in touch as the information comes in. Checks can be made out to Saturday Morning San Antonio.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a break from all the hustle and bustle. If you're traveling, be safe. We'll be getting together on January 9 for our next meeting. I will send out a reminder the first of January. Thanks again for a fabulous year with some fabulous people and a special THANKS to Linda and Rufus for hosting us each month! You are the BEST!!!

Keith

Friday, December 4, 2009

A New Christmas Poem

This poem was written by a Marine.

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
PLASTER AND STONE.
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.

NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

THE SOLDIER IN IRAQ , LAY SLEEPING,
SILENT, ALONE,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

WAS THIS THE HERO
OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.

THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
'SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
MY! COUNTRY, MY CORPS.'

THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.

I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
WHISPERED, 'CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.'

ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
'MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,!
AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.'

Monday, November 16, 2009

Congressman Mike Rogers' opening statement on Health Care reform in Washington D.C.

This is an excellent opening speech by Congressman Mike Rogers. Well worth 4 minutes of your time to listen.

VIDEO


Our December meeting will be a week earlier than usual. Please mark you calendars for Saturday, December 5, 2009. If you're not receiving emails with meeting reminders, please let us know. We'll be sending out information about our upcoming project — putting together packages of supplies and sending to an Army Lieutenant in Afghanistan who is supporting a school for girls.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Treats for Troops Thank You


Just got this thank you letter from the Air Force Chaplain Corps.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Treats for the Troops - the video

If sugar equals caring, we have a lot of it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Treats for the Troops - Photos!





Soldier's angels Chaplain project

Special thanks to all of you who helped with the Soldier's Angel's Chaplain project! We had 22 boxes, and we had $78 left over after shipping. I will hold on to the money for next time. Keith and I took 15 boxes to the post office right after the meeting. We met some former military folks who couldn't stop thanking us for remembering the soldiers. I can't wait to tell the folks at soldier's angels what all we did! We estimate 400 baggies were sent. That's 400 soldiers serving away from home and family who will know how much we appreciate them. I think we can all agree it was a fun project and we'll certainly do it again.
If you feel moved to do something like this on your own, please visit Soldiersangels.org and adopt a soldier. You will get a name and address of a soldier or sailor and you send cards and packages at least once a month. You can even pick branch of service or male/ female. Thanks to everyone for being so generous with your time and money. I think it was a great way to celebrate being an American.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

September 12th Meeting

I just wanted to say that today's meeting was great! Packing all those boxes felt really good, and we all sure make a good team. I am glad to be a part of such a great group of gals.
The funny thing is that Obama wants 9/11 to be a day of "Service and Rememberance". I can't wait to hear what Bill thinks of that, but I do know that Glenn (and most of the people who follow him on the Insider Forum) feels that 9/11 shoud be a day of rememberance, and 9/12 should be the day of service. 9/11 was hell on earth and should be remembered as such.
Many on that forum feel that by putting the two together, it will dilute the importance and memory of that horrific day, when we came face to face with our enemy. That is what we can never forget. 9/12 was the day we came together as brothers & sisters, as Americans united. That is the feeling that should be recaptured on 9/12.
Well, coincidentally, that is exactly what we did. 9/12 was our day of serivce. Well done!!!!
Marlene

Friday, September 4, 2009

DeKalb Republican Annual BBQ - 8/28/09

I attended the DeKalb County GOP's annual BBQ last Saturday. There were over 250 people in attendance, 100 more than last year. (Hmm. I wonder why?) It was very crowded, hot, and noisy...well, the noise levels would depend on your tolerance for bad Elvis impersonators. All the state-wide candidates were there to speak, shake hands, and kiss babies. I was standing in line for my BBQ and saw a familiar-looking man walk by. It was Tom Price and his wife. It turns out he has a bit of northern DeKalb county in his district (aren't they lucky). He and Johnny Isakson spoke briefly before the state candidates began. There was a straw poll, and Karen Handel won the governor's race. I've been wavering between her and Eric Johnson, but I voted for her in the straw poll. As with the many county meetings I attended at the beginning of the year, I'm not sure what business was accomplished. Nevertheless, it was interesting.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Packing and Shipping for Soldier's Angels

One more thing about our project on the 12th, We will need APO (military) flat rate boxes. Last time we made 12 boxes. I figure we'll make about the same this time.
If you're in a post office over the next week ask for a couple of military flat rate boxes.If you see any large white customs forms, grab those too. Military boxes must be shipped from the post office counter and they must have a customs form. Each box is about $12 to ship. When we're packed up, you can adopt a box and ship it yourself, or if you are able to pitch in a few dollars to help cover shipping, that would be great. If you can't contribute financially, we still need your help to assemble these great goodie bags. Your time and effort are a huge help to our troops overseas. Remember, you can include personal notes and cards to tell our heroes how much we appreciate them.

Soldier's Angels Project Update

Greetings all. I have our Chaplains list from Soldier's Angels. Here is what they're requesting. I know many of you already have items, please bring those. Everything is welcome!
From Chaplain Peter:
If you would be willing to send supplies to the broad based populace, these are some items we distribute:

Individual size toiletries:
Toothpaste
toothbrushes
soap & shampoo
shaving cream & razors
deodorant
feminine products
Baby Wipes
Sun Block

A facility sponsored by the Chaplains office is called Jacks place. It is a building that offers an escape from the daily stresses and a place for meditation and or reflection. In general these items are offered and need to be restocked as needed:

Cookies
Individually packaged snacks
Coffee
Tea
Bun filters
Kool-Aids/Lemonade
(Micro Wave) Popcorn
Hard Candy
Creamer
Sugar

PLEASE NO CANNED FOOD or ketchup, soups, mustard, Mac and Cheese at this location.

From Chaplain Rick: ( in Spain and North Africa)Favorite items are peanut butter and chocolate, like Reeses cups and nutter butters,
Favorite movies: Forrest Gump, Harry Potter films, Lord of the Rings films, anything with Robin Williams, anything Pixar
Favorite music: Jerry Camp, Switchfoot, Worship music, classical music
Toiletries: male items
Bedding: warm items
Relgious requests- serves Catholic and Protestants, requests bibles with old and new testament
I could really use: soup, like cup o' noodles, low fat oatmeal
I would really like: vitamin water, diet coke, chocolate chip cookies
Humanitarian items- coloring books, small balls for children

From Chaplain David, Camp Bucca
Toiletries, small portable snack items, flavored water mix, dried fruit, beef jerkey
items for children:small stuffed animals, beanie babies, soccer balls

Chaplain's assistant Joel
Favorite Snacks are Bubble gum, Gummy Bears, and any kind of jerky
Favorite Movies are Any kind of comedy or action movie
Favorite Music is Christian Rock
Snacks, home-made cookies, tolietries because the px is usually out, white athletic socks, games/books/puzzles, drink mix

We will package together goodie bags with snacks and toiletries. Bigger items such as children's items, DVDs and music we will throw in a box and send.
Happy hunting for our heroes!

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Constitution- do you have a copy?

Does everybody have a copy of the Constituion? As part of our SMIA meeting, we are going to read a section of our founding documents each time we meet. This meeting we'll start at the beginning with the Preamble and Article 1 (sec 1-3). You can get from the Boy scouts, the Heritage foundation, you can download one to your I-phone or PDA, you can print out that part and bring it with you. Join us as we take the time to study the most important legal document in the world during our next meeting, September 12th. There's more to come about our meeting, stay tuned and see you soon!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

1st person notes on Obama's Bozeman, MT visit

A friend forwarded the following by email--purportedly 1st person observation--I tend to give it credence, but you can decide for yourselves--certainly tallies with what our members have observed locally. Judy

Hello All,By now you have probably heard that President Obama came to Montana last Friday. However, there are many things that the major news has not covered. I feel that since Bill and I live here and we were at the airport on Friday I should share some facts with you. Whatever you decide to do with the information is up to you. If you chose to share this email with others I do ask that you DELETE my email address before you forward this on.

On Wednesday, August 5th it was announced locally that the President would be coming here. There are many groups here that are against his healthcare and huge spending so those groups began talking and deciding on what they were going to do. The White House would not release ANY details other than the date.On about Tuesday Bill found out that they would be holding the "Town Hall" at the airport. (This is only because Bill knows EVERYONE at the airport) Our airport is actually located outside of Belgrade (tiny town) in a very remote location. Nothing is around there.

They chose to use a hangar that is the most remotely located hangar. You could not pick a more remote location, and you can not get to it easily. It is totally secluded from the public.FYI: We have many areas in Belgrade and Bozeman which could have held a large amount of folks with sufficient parking. (gymnasiums/auditoriums). All of which have chairs and tables, and would not have to be SHIPPED IN!! $$$$$

During the week, cargo by the TONS was being shipped in constantly. Airport employees could not believe how it just kept coming. Though it was our President coming several expressed how excessive it was, especially during a recession. $$$$$

Late Tuesday/early Wednesday the 12th, they said that tickets would be handed out on Thursday 9am at two locations and the president would be arriving around 12:30 Friday.Thursday morning about 600 tickets were passed out. However, 1500 were printed at a Local printing shop per White House request. Hmmmm......900 tickets just DISAPPEARED.

This same morning someone called into the radio from the local UPS branch and said that THOUSANDS of Dollars of Lobster were shipped in for Obama. Montana has some of the best beef in the nation!!! And it would have been really wonderful to help out the local economy. Anyone heard of the Recession?? Just think...with all of the traveling the White House is doing. $$$$$ One can only imagine what else we are paying for.

On Friday Bill and I got out to the airport about 10:45am. The groups that wanted to protest Obama's spending and healthcare had gotten a permit to protest and that area was roped off. But that was not to be. A large bus carrying SEIU (Service Employees International Union) members drove up onto the area (illegal)and unloaded right there. It was quite a commotion and there were specifically 2 SEIU men trying to make trouble and start a fight. Police did get involved and arrested the one man but they said they did not have the manpower to remove the SEIU crowd.

The SEIU crowd was very organized and young. About 99% were under the age of 30 and they were not locals! They had bullhorns and PROFESSIONALLY made signs. Some even wore preprinted T-shirts. Oh, and Planned Parenthood folks were with them.....professing abortion rights with their T-shirts and preprinted signs. (BTW, all these folks did have a permit to protest in ANOTHER area)Those against healthcare/spending moved away from the SEIU crowd to avoid confrontation. They were orderly and respectful. Even though SEIU kept coming over and walking through, continuing to be very intimidating and aggressive at the direction of the one SEIU man.

So we had Montana folks from ALL OVER the state with their homemade signs and their DOGS with homemade signs. We had cowboys, nurses, doctors you name it. There was even a guy from Texas who had been driving through. He found out about the occasion, went to the store, made a sign, and came to protest.If you are wondering about the press.....Well, all of the major networks were over by that remote hangar I mentioned. They were conveniently parked on the other side of the buildings FAR away. None of these crowds were even visible to them. I have my doubts that they knew anything about the crowds.

We did have some local news media around us from this state and Idaho . Speaking of the local media...they were invited. However, all questions were to be turned into the White House in advance of the event. Wouldn't want anyone to have to think off the top of their head.

It was very obvious that it was meant to be totally controlled by the White House. Everything was orchestrated down to the last detail to make it appear that Montana is just crazy for Obama and government healthcare. Even those people that talked about their insurance woes........the White House called our local HRDC (Human Resource and Development Committee) and asked for names. Then the White House asked those folks to come. Smoke and mirrors...EVERYTHING was staged!!!!!!!!!!!

I am very dismayed about what I learned about our current White House. The amount of control and manipulation was unbelievable. I felt I was not living in the United States of America , more like the USSR !! I was physically nauseous. Bill and I have been around when Presidents or Heads of State visit. It has NEVER been like this.

I am truly very frightened for our country. America needs your prayers and your voices. If you care about our country please get involved. Know the issues. And let Congress hear your voices again and again!! If they are willing to put forth so much effort to BULLY a small town one can only imagine what is going on in Washington DC . Scary!! KathyBozeman , Montana

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Town Hall Meeting

A few SMIA ladies turned out for Hank Johnson's town hall meeting. I can't speak for everyone, but I left disappointed because we were rounded up into a gymnasium with a really bad echo and no opportunity to speak. It was clear that the decks were stacked against us by the tone and topics of the speakers who began the event. What was encouraging was that 2000 people showed up in 90 degree heat to be a part of the process. It was hard to tell the split for and against, but everyone was civil. I expected more from Rep. Johnson in the way of planning. He had an auditorium that held 500 people full before the remaining folks like us were herded into the gym. It was intimidating with 20 police officers and several paddy wagons in plain sight for unruly people. Rep. Johnson was clear on this position, he wants to take away your private insurance plan. The private insurance companies are the enemies and they make (shocker) profits and that is evil. The government is the only way to make it "fair" for everyone. If you are fortunate enough to have this brilliant man speaking for you in Congress, I encourage you to let him know how you feel. Doubtful it will change his mind, but he needs to know he's on shaky ground and there will opponents in 2010. As for me, I will soon be in Tom Price's district. I had to move OTP to get some representation! If you are in someone else's district, I encourage you to be a part of the process and go to a town hall. The idiocy and the idol worship will astound you.

Next SMIA-Atlanta Meeting: September 12

With everyone's busy summer holiday schedules, we took July and August off and will resume our monthly Saturday morning breakfast schedule in September. We're going to kick off fall by filling goodie bags for the troops again. This project was such a huge success in the spring, and the troops really appreciate our efforts and the treats we send. And, the project was so much fun – lots of laughs, lots of fellowship, lots of great friendships! New members are always welcome.

Please bring quart size baggies and small items that can be put in them. Some suggestions are nuts, chips, skittles, sour candy, slim jims, CDs, action movies, liquid body soap for men, bar soap, boxers, boot socks in all sizes, toilet paper packets, baby wipes, razors, shaving cream, toys for children, flavored coffee. The list goes on and on, but you get the idea. Things that we take for granted can be considered "luxuries" when you're "over there". They love candies, tootsie pops, chewing gum, mints, etc.

There will be a new national website for the Saturday girls coming soon. In the meantime, for information about joining chapters throughout the United States, email smiaacrossamerica@us.com.

Photo is of Belinda presenting Jean O'Kelley, Media Specialist at Salem High School in Conyers, GA. Bill Bennett's two-volume history set to the school in memory of PFC Diego Rincon. The school also has a scholarship in his memory.

See you all at O'Terrill's Pub on Saturday, September 12!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

I agree with a lot of this.

Discuss Andrew Breitbart's latest editorial.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Another fix for the talk radio junkies - Fred Thompson

Did you know Fred's show started a few months ago? After listening to it, I would call it the Fred and Jeri Show, because she has an active role in the show. It's now on a few AM stations in the Atlanta metro, plus you can listen to it live on the web or get the show later for free from iTunes. Note: you don't need an iPod or an MP3 player. You can download iTunes and listen to the show on your computer.

FYI for newbies to iTunes - it is relatively quick to download, but usually takes some time to install.

Here are the stations and airtimes:
ATLANTA WKEU-AM 1450 2:00 PM

ATLANTA WRWH-AM 1350 12:00 PM

ATLANTA WYXC-AM 1270 12:00 PM

P.S. I just looked around his updated site. You don't need iTunes to listen to archived shows, unless you want to download them to a player (I've been downloading and listening on my iPhone). He's now got an archive page.















The Obama First 100 days event was fantastic. 1000 turned out for a sold out event. Thanks to WGKA for excellent seats and excellent treatment. I guess when you listen to these guys 3 hours a day each, 2 hours seems like such a short time. It was wonderful to see so many candidates in attendance too. Please enjoy the photos.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

New like-minded friends for your conservative teens

The "allied" organizations of the GA GOP spoke at the convention this weekend, including the very articulate young chairman of the Republican teen group. They are a group of teens who are interested in influencing elections even though they can't vote yet. Thinking of Carolyn's and Marlene's daughters, my mother picked up some literature that she'll bring to the next meeting. There are some websites, but they don't seem to be up to date. The teen Republicans will be having a convention at the "Gold Dome" in Atlanta in July.

I'll make you join another site

So, I was one of the cool kids who was twittering while on the floor at the Georgia GOP Convention in Savannah this weekend. But you will probably have to join Twitter to see these.

Here's Saxby Chambliss.

The fantastic guest speaker for the Friday night dinner and the Saturday main session - J.C. Watts

Another fantastic guest speaker for the Saturday breakfast (I did not attend that) and the main session on Saturday - Michael Steele.


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Steve from Albany must have been tall...or a tenor

Did you hear Steve from Albany call before 8:00 this morning? He complained that he became a conservative after having sung in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus for several years. He must be tall or a tenor. He obviously wasn't seated near my father, who is short (front row) and a bass and conservative!

Monday, May 11, 2009

100 Days Event

Ladies - I was hunting around the WGKA or the Townhall site to find out more about the event on 5/19 and I found this page: http://920wgka.townhall.com/pages/wgka_days_tour.

The VIP reception starts at 5:30. The main event starts at 7:30. Let me know or email others or post here if you hear anything else.

One more Iraq photo

Great meeting on Saturday


Thanks to all the ladies who brought blank cards for Lt. Doug and the Marines. I sent them along with DVDs and a few baggies from home I put together. I'm sure Lt. Doug and his men & women appreciate your kind gestures.

Next meeting we'll do a full on packing party for Soldier's Angels. Think summer, think hot, think candy and games and water balloon, etc.
Our next meeting will be on June 13th at 9am at O'Terrill's pub.

Also, we can send stuff in our packages for children. I've attached a few pics from Iraq of children receiving gifts. If you're planning on bringing something for kids think small and cuddly. We discourage Barbies because they might be too revealing.

SMIA will get a mention at the Obama's first 100 days event next week. Stay tuned for pictures and a report from this exicitng event. Many of us are going and WGKA is arranging for us and our spouses/dates/friends to sit together and be recognized.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

SMIA Meeting this Saturday

The May meeting of the Atlanta SMIA chapter is this Saturday, 9 am at O'Terrill's Pub in midtown. Breakfast is $5. This will be a regular meeting of SMIA to talk about Obama's first 100 days and our summer plans. We look forward to members old and new!
See you there.

PS- I am collecting blank cards to stock the Baghdad "Hallmark" store. These can be any occasion, no occasion or hand made. If you feel called, please bring a card.

Monday, April 27, 2009

How to tell when you listen to too much talk radio

A few weeks ago I dropped my old shortwave radio (circa 1992?) while listening
to Bill. I'm quite clumsy right after I get up. I use the old shortwave
because it sucks in the AM signal so well.

Well, it turned on after having hit the floor and bouncing of the cats' water
fountain. I was relieved. But then I realized it was stuck on WGKA 920. I thought
it was telling me something...since I would no longer be able to turn to Rush or
Boortz on this particular radio. Well, I could handle that.

And then it recovered a couple days later. Very strange...

It's true - the "zombie" clip

Have you seen the clip from The Ghost Breakers with Bob Hope? Yes, the crack about zombies is true.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

From Precinct to County to Congressional District

In February and March, I attended my precinct meeting and the DeKalb County Convention for the GOP. On Saturday, April 18, I attended the 4th Congressional District Meeting, which included delegates from DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Rockdale. I'm still not sure what the purpose is of each step, other than electing delegates to go to the next level, including to the Georgia GOP convention in May. I did find the "secret" of the district meeting when I read the bylaws. During presidential election years, delegates to the national convention are elected during this meeting.

May Meeting - Bring Cards

I will be collecting blank cards at the May meetings. These cards are meant to build a card store for the soldiers, so they can send them back to their families. They can be birthday cards for all ages, I miss you, I love you, Happy Anniversary, or just blank(no occassion) cards. These can be hand made or store bought. The Chaplains say that this is a real morale booster because it's kind of hard to find a Hallmark store in the middle of the desert. If you want to help out, this will be an easy way to send some love overseas. Letters of appreciation will also be collected, so if you want to write some at home and bring them with you, I'll include them in my packet to the Chaplains.

See you May 9th.

Next Meeting May 9th- Packing Party June 13th

The next meeting of the Saturday Morning in America group, Atlanta chapter will be on May 9th at 9am, O'Terrill's pub in Midtown. This will be a regular meeting to discuss the world around us and maybe identify some "rising stars".

Our June meeting will be a packing party for Soldier's Angels- Chaplain team. In addition to treats for soldiers, our Chaplains are requesting children's items for the local kids. Small toys, clothing, shoes, jackets, candy, dolls (nothing too revealing) are also requested. Gently used are okay. I know many of you are holding garage sales or have children/ grandchildren. If you find anything you would like to send, please bring it. Just remember that everything goes in those flate rate boxes.

We'll also be asking for hot weather items for soldiers like water guns, water balloons, beach balls, sunscreen, lip balm and non melting treats.

I'll pass out the wish list at our May meeting, but I just wanted you to be aware that we will be accepting children's items too.

See you all on May 9th!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Museum of Patriotism


We had a great trip to the Museum of Patriotism. The displays are fantastic and there is a new exhibit coming soon. If you are downtown, you should check it out. Enjoy the photos. Our next meeting will be a regular meeting on May 9th. Our June meeting will be another packing party. I noticed some water guns at Walmart in the beach section. Water guns, beach balls, water balloons and other hot weather items will be much appreciated. I think we should steer clear of chocolate this time. Also, sunscreen, lip balm, gum, hard candy, snacks, nuts and even those ice pops you have have to freeze would be good items too.
If you need any inspiration please see this email I got from one of my adopted soldiers. Trust me, it made every long wait at the post office worth it 10 times over!
Ms. Eve Trader, I have received several packages from you and the
Soldiers Angels Organization. One of my Soldiers signed me up for this
after noticing that everyone in my unit was receiving mail from their
love ones expect for me. Also to tell you the trust you guys were the
only folks that ever send me any mail since I've been deployed here to
Iraq. It's a shame that I have a wife and 4 kids ages 11 -17 and neither
one send me a piece of mail, not a post card, nothing. It's ok because
my wife is under a lot of stress from the deployment and I'm used to
never receiving anything from anyone. God does work in mysterious ways
and may he continue to bless you and your organization for all the
sacrifice, time, and contributions that you made for myself and other
deploy Soldiers.

You can adopt a solider at soldiersangels.com, all it requires is a package once a month. You can see how the little things mean something.
Eve

Friday, April 17, 2009

SMIA Meeting Tomorrow at Museum of Patriotism

Don't forget, the SMIA meeting is tomorrow, at the museum of Patriotism. Linda's worked hard to get us a group rate. Please make every effort to come and bring your kids/ spouse/ friend/ neighbor. It will be an unforgettable experience.

If you plan to meet at the pub and car pool, please let Linda know linda@lindaterrilltravel.com. Or you can go and meet up in the lobby before 10:30. Our tour begins at 10:30. The museum of Patriotism is at Centennial Park and it should be a gorgeous day to enjoy the park! Park in the Hilton Garden self park lot (off Marietta street). You can purchase discounted parking at the museum for only $5. The ticket is $10 to the museum (Linda also got a discount for that).

I can't think of a better weekend to support the Museum of Patriotism after this week's historic display of Patriotism and American liberty at its best. Hope to see you there!
Eve

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Atlanta Tea Party Tomorrow (Tax Day)

Greetings all, I am down to the wire on my big giant tea bag! I'll be working with the glue gun tonight. My awesome T-E-A shirt came yesterday and I'm happy to say I bought it from a small business vendor on ebay. They are 9-12ers and making more Glenn Beck shirts. It was great to business with people who aren't make shirts for both sides, just making conservative themed shirts. I'll wear it Saturday to the museum.
If anyone is going to a Tea Party, let me know. We can try to meet up. I hope you'll take this opportunity to stand up for conservative Americans.
Pictures to come....

Eve
everenee@aol.com

Taxed Enough Already

Monday, April 6, 2009

Museum of Patriotism

With everyone getting ready for Easter weekend, we want to remind you that our SMIA meeting is next Saturday, April 18th and it's a field trip to the Musuem of Patriotism. Please bring your family, kids, neighbors' kids etc as we support this wonderful museum in its new location.
We'll meet at the pub at 10 to carpool, or you can park over there. The museum is now in the Centennial Park area which also has the aquarium, the World of Coke and CNN center.
We will not be serving breakfast, but if you want to get lunch in groups after the tour, feel free. Our goal to form a partnership with the Museum of Patriotism and find ways to support it throughout the year. Stay tuned for coming info on ticket prices and parking, but please save the date for this exciting SMIA field trip:)

-Eve

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Atlanta Tea Party Links

See Eve's post below...I hear she is making a giant teabag to guarantee some TV time on Hannity! ;-0

Atlanta Tea Party site

Tax Day Tea Party

Friday, April 3, 2009

SMIA girl gets published.

http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2009/04/01/opinion/doc49d332e66afa5471404886.txt

Janice from Troy, MI wrote a thoughtful op/ed and was published in her local paper. This is a great example of how we still have a voice and can right this ship.
Way to go Janice!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tax Day Tea Party

Just hearing about the Tax Day Tea Party at the State Capitol on April 15th.
John Rich from Big & Rich will be there as well as Huckabee and the Fair Taxers and Sean Hannity's FOX show.

I will be going. Should we form a group an try to meet up?
Luckily, they figured out that people upset by taxes actually work and can't make a mid-day thing. This would be an evening thing.

Let's have a great SMIA showing! We can follow up with a round at the Pub too.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Packing Party follow up

The last of the boxes go out today. We are sending 11 flat rate boxes to 3 bases in Iraq. I know Camp Spechier is in Tikrit, then the Easter candy is going to Balad- this is a surprise for Chaplain Shay Worthy who does't know about the shipment. Also I found some Easter Bunny Ears at walmart and included them in with the Candy eggs.
The remainder are also going somewhere in Iraq.

If you can please remember these Chaplains:
Cpt. Shay Worthy
Cpt.Tim Crawley
Ryan Tuazon -Chaplain's asst.

These are the heroes who will be getting all of our stuff. If we hear back, I promise to let you know.

Thank you for all of your help. Just think how much fun our soldiers will have on an Easter Egg hunt in Iraq!

-Eve

Monday, March 23, 2009

Special Cards for the Troops


Here's an example of the photo cards that I made during the "packing party."


Here are some photos of the meeting on Saturday, March 21.

Great meeting and fun activity

I know many of you were unable to attend our meeting. We missed you and we had a BLAST working on our soldier's angels project for the chaplains. We have a total of 11 flat rate boxes going to Iraq and Afghanistan filled with goodies and letters of support for our troops. It was a great project, one we'll try to do quarterly.

An update for everyone... our next meeting is the Saturday after Easter weekend. We're switching things up a bit by going to the museum of patriotism. We're meeting up to carpool at the pub at 10am, or you can meet us there. There is a specific place to park for $5. Stay tuned for more details. We encourage you to bring your spouse, kids, friends, neighbors and liberals.

We are also planning a Saturday USO volunteer day. We're going to try to do this in May. When we have locked down a date, we'll let you know.

Finally, Bill Bennett, Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt will be at the Cobb Energy Center on May 19th. Anyone interested in going as a group should contact me. Single tickets are 65 dollars, group tickets look to be around $55.
everenee@aol.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

SMIA Meeting Saturday 3/20- Soldier's Angels project

Greetings all.
We're having our monthly SMIA Atlanta chapter meeting at O'Terrill's pub Saturday at 9am. We're channeling positive energy and love for our troops by working on a project for Soldier's Angels. We'll be making goodie bags, cards and writing letters of appreciation which will be send to the chaplains in harm's way. The chaplains use these materials to minister to and comfort soldiers.

We're looking for: candy, snacks, easter candy, plastic eggs, fake grass, small toys, water guns, water balloons, gum, playing cards, hygiene items (including female items), toothbrush, tooth paste, floss, OTC meds, sunscreen, neosporin, gold bond, anti fungal cream, visine, stationary, envelopes, pens/ pencils and laundry detergent.

Also, we'll be making cards, so construction paper, scissors, glue, stickers, crafting or scrap booking tools.

Go to www.soldiersangels.com to learn more about the many wonderful ways to get involved with this organization.

The Chaplains are under a lot of pressure from the new administration to leave God out of their job. They are being very creative in ways to engage soldiers and bring in the comfort of religion. Some are asking for DVDs for movie & a message night, some are asking for blow pops or tootsie pops which they pass out to soldiers before they go out in the field. The soldiers know the "God pops" come from the Chaplains, who get them from volunteers back home. The pops help keep them awake and alert in the field, and they're used to make friends with children who often alert the soldiers to IEDs. It's amazing what a Tootsie pop can do. It just goes to show you that a simple gesture like ours will directly impact the lives of many soldiers who will know that they are loved and supported not only by the American People, but more importantly, by a higher power.

SMIA Atlanta has many great things in the works. We're working on a Tour of the Museum of Patriotism, and a volunteer day with the USO. Please join us in supporting our troops this Saturday at 9am.
-Eve