Las Madres '80 East



Month of February
Saturday Coffees
9 am
  "Old" Starbucks Aborn/White

Contact: Kathy

February 6
The Distant Land of My Father
Evergreen Library
6:30 pm
Contact: Shirley

February 21
Game Night Meeting
7:15 pm
Joan's House

February 23
Coffee Field Trip
9 am
Le Bou at San Felipe/Yerba Buena
Contact: Kathy

March 8
7:30 pm
Casa de Gomez
RSVP : Ginny

April 25-27
Ladies Weekend
Chico (Dee's)
RSVP : ?

May 9-11
Mother's Day Camping
Del Valle

May 30-June 1
Los Padres Golf
Forest Meadows

July 25-August 3

1st    Kacey Roessler
        John Castagnoli
3rd   Walt Wilson
10th  Shirley D'Agosta
14th  Jim Cuneo
16th  Christopher Johnson
22nd  Cortney Corral
28th  Linda Good
29th  Mathew Hennig

February Meeting
Who: You
What: Nickels
Where: Wilson Home
When: Thursday, February 21st, 7:15 pm
Why: Because we want to see you.  We held our first meeting in February 1981.  Can you believe it!

Please bring a small bowl or plate of finger food and A ROLL OF NICKELS.  It takes five nickels perround so you need enough nickels to stay in the game.  Beverages will be provided.  RSVP Joan.

Author Visit at Evergreen Library
In regard to going to a library program for the new Silicon Valley Reads book, The Distant Land of My Father, Shirley contacted the Evergreen Library.  She was told that on Wednesday, February 6, the author will come and ready from her book and then there will be a discussion. It starts at 6:30PM All dates and info are on the website at   It might be a good start for those of you who will be reading this book for your book clubs later and those of us who are reading this book now.  Betty went to hear the author interviewed recently with my book club.  She said, "Very good interview.  It was an interesting, enjoyable and informative evening.  It was great to find out where she got the idea for her book.  Well worth going to.  It really makes you appreciate the book even more.  I highly recommend going to see her in person."

Club Dues for 2008
Your $10 dues should have been sent to Vicki by the end of January.  We'll be publishing a roster for those whose payments are current.  Those who haven't paid will be dropped from the Las Madres email group by mid February.

Info from the Pres

January Meeting Update:  Sally was busy in the kitchen getting the potatoes ready and it was a huge success.  Plenty of fixings to put on top of our spuds, and the salads and Merilee’s Lemon Mold were perfect compliments.

The berry cobbler (berries from Sally backyard) and the mini éclairs were a great finishing touch to the meal.

Sally again was busy cleaning up in the kitchen while we were planning dates.  Not hard to do, since her kitchen remodel turned out so well.  Love the cherry cabinets Sally, and thanks so much for hosting the ever so important January meeting.

Lots of planning was accomplished, but of course still some dates that could use your help filling, both meetings and activities.  Also suggested to invite the Young Adults to some of our activities, like Roaring Camp and Napa .  Voice your opinion if you think not.

If there was anyone there that has a suggestion, even if you don’t want to plan/host, let us know.  We’re looking for some possibly new to do either as family, couples or just the mom’s.  Any interest in another guest speaker for the couples?  Let me know and I can research some ideas.  Possible interest in the fall ladies trip to S.F.  How’s that sound?  Or Pacific Grove ?

The exchange went well.  Big hit and the biggest item was the wooden salad bowl.  I think everyone was thinking much smaller this year.  Everyone who wanted to take something home did, and they were happy to have something they actually wanted.


February 21, Sharon/Joan (game nite)

March 13, Shirley (corn beef and cabbage nite)

April 17, ???

May 15, ???

June 19, Janis

July 17, Randi

August 21, ???

September 18, Sue Butler

October 15 (Wednesday), Tina/Ginny

November 20, Sue Ballard

December ?, Christmas Party @ Merilee’s


February 6, Silicon Valley Reads @ the Evergreen Library (see Shirley)

March 8, 8-ball party @ Gomezes

April 25-27, ladies weekend @ Dee ’s

May 9-11, DelVal camping (Check with Joan)

May 17, Couples Bunko @ Nevoli’s

Los Padres Golf Weekend to be announced.

July 27-Aug 3, Pinecrest Camping ( Gary Nevoli planning on going 7/20/08 for 2 weeks)

August or September Roaring Camp dinner/dancing/train ride (Check with Kathy Roessler)

September 12-14, Camping at New Brighton (get your sites by calling Reserve America on March 1st)

September 13, Beach Breakfast @ New Brighton

September 27, Bocce @ St. Frances Cabrini

October 25, Armenian activity (Check with Marti)

December 6, Napa B & B Tour

December ?, Christmas Party @ Merrilee's?

December 25, Open House @ the Butler ’s

Please let the editor know if anything on the list is incorrect or left out.

Del Valle - Mother’s Day
At the planning meeting we discussed camping at Del Valle in the Livermore Valley over Mother’s Day weekend May 9-11th.  Reservations for camping can be made at This is open to any and all- Las Madres and friends of LM. Wilson’s are in site 38.
For you non-camper folks, we thought maybe you would like to spend the day Saturday with us campers and have a big potluck BBQ Saturday around 5pm. The guys can cook….Shirley has got Lou cooking pancakes HA HA but we may get him to do pancake breakfast on Sunday if that is his speciality.
Joan know if you are camping and if you are interested in the BBQ. If we don’t get many BBQers it is subject to cancellation.
This is a good place for bikes….lots of flat paths and lots of BIG hills for the more adventuresome. Bocce Ball on the lawn is also fun. Horseshoe pits are there also.

Christmas in the Park
Sue Ballard found the form to fill out to get into the lotto to have a tree in Xmas in the Park. The drawing will be available on the website around October 19th.

The requirement is to have 60 ornaments on the tree. They provide the tree, a couple of strings of lights, and the sign with our name on it. The ornaments need to be imaginative, and weather resistant, and the skirting or decorations under the tree has to be within a 2 feet radius. We can choose to decorate either Friday, Nov 28th from 9 to 12 or Saturday, November 29th between 9 and 12.

We have the option of removing decorations on January 2nd from 9 until noon or they will be disposed of.

Maybe at the February meeting we can decide if this is something we think we want to do or will have enough ornaments to decorate.

Kids Korner
Jacob Verhoeven has decided to get out of the military. February 8th will end his eight years in the Navy, working mostly at a medic with the Marines. He has not yet decided what he's going to do now that he is out----one decision at a time. The next chapter begins.

Piggy Box is MIA
Does anyone know the whereabouts of the “piggy box”.  If you do, can you please let Sue Butler know, in case she needs it for a fast, easy meeting night.

Oink, oink!!!

Los Padres Golf
The dates are May 30th to June 1st at Forest Meadows.  non-golfers are welcome to go for the good times and companionship.  For more info and to RSVP, contact Lou.

Pinecrest-Info from Shirley
We have plenty of spots and most of ust will probably go from July 25th on.  The sites are available starting different days, depending on what we could get.

Saturday Coffee Clatches Continue
Coffee for 2008 - It was decided at December's meeting that we would return to our original haunt at Starbucks on White & Aborn Roads. This is subject to change if the location doesn't meet our needs. We will continue to have occasional "away coffees" including "at home" coffee if anyone would like to volunteer to have coffee at their house. Check your newsletter & e-mails for notification of special "coffee events!"

e-Mail Tidbit
The Spouse Store
A store opened in New York City that sells Husbands.  When women go to choose a husband, they have to follow the instructions at the entrance:

"You may visit this store ONLY ONCE!  There are 6 floors and the value of the products increase as you ascend the flights.  You may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you CANNOT go back down except to exit the building!
So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband.
On the 1st floor the sign on the door reads: Floor 1 - These men have jobs.
The 2nd floor sign reads: Floor 2 - These men Have Jobs and Love Kids.
The 3rd floor sign reads: Floor 3 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids and are extremely good looking.
"Wow," she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.
She goes to the 4th floor and the sign reads: Floor 4 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help with Housework.
"Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!"
Still, she goes to the 5th floor and sign reads: Floor 5 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, help with Housework and Have A Strong Romantic Streak. She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the 6th floor and the sign reads:
Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor.  There are no men on this floor.  This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please.  Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store. (keep reading)

Then, the store's owner opens a New Wives store just across the street. The directions on the door are the same.
The 1st floor has wives that love sex.
The 2nd floor has wives that love sex and have money.
The 3rd through 6th floors have never been visited.


Hershey's Kisses were created in what year?

President - Sue Butler
Treasurer - Vicki Rasmussen
Newsletter & Webmaster - Ginny Gomez
Coffee Coordinator - Kathy Roessler
Executive Committee - Randi Heinrichsen, Joan Wilson and Sally Brooks-Schulke