Las Madres '80 East


March 18
Outreach & Origami
Contact: Shirley

March 20
Coffee Field Trip
9 am
Contact: Tina

March 27
Adult 8-Ball Party
7:30 pm
RSVP: Ginny

April 30-May 2
Ladies Spring Fling
Contact: Cathy

May 21-23
Los Padres Golf Weekend
Forest Meadows

July 31-August 7

October 8-10
Ladies Fall Fling
Contact: Cathy



2nd Miranda Good (Happy 17th!)
       Dave Heinrichsen
5th Taryn Rasmussen (Happy 24th!)
8th Bret Kranak (Happy 24th!)
9th Shaela Claverie (Happy 8th!)
14th Michael Good (Happy 21st!)
16th Bill Simmons
17th Scott Simmons (Happy 26th!)
19th Jacob Verhoeven (Happy 24th!)
23rd Cindy Pitcher
25th Tracy Simmons (Happy 21st!)
27th Jessica Caso (Happy 21st!)
29th Kathy Roessler

March Meeting
When: March 18, 7:15pm
Where: Shirley's House

Refer to the info below under "Community Outreach" that Sally sent about bringing the bedding, etc for the family shelter to this meeting. We are not making shoeboxes. Shirley received some origami making stuff for her birthday and thought that might be a fun and possibly creative activity to do together at the meeting. Shirley hopes someone knows more about it than she does, but she does have some samples and a book. If anyone has more than that please bring it. Also, if you have any special paper that you would like to use, bring that, too. Shirley has some papers and some other stuff we can cut up according to preference. Should be good for a laugh, if nothing else.


Adult 8-Ball Party
WHEN: Saturday, March 27, 7:30pm
WHERE: Casa de Gomez
BRING: Appetizer or Dessert & BYOB
It's that time of year to battle it out on the table! No skills needed, just a good sense of humor and a willingness to suffer to agony of defeat. Please RSVP to Ginny and she would appreciate the loan of a card table and about 10 chairs.

Community Outreach
Sally called the community outreach person at the Las Plumas shelter and found out the following:
The San Jose Family Shelter, where we have donated our "shoeboxes" in the past, has an ongoing, critical need for bed linens and towels. They would appreciate us donating pillows, twin size bed sheets, and regular size towels. They will accept new or used towels and sheets. (They do have a few full-double-sized beds and will accept sheets in that size also.) Each family can stay at the shelter for up to 90 days. When they leave they get to take their linens with them to their new home.
Sally suggests we all work on collecting these items, bring them to the March meeting, and she will bag and deliver them to the shelter. Also, since the club has a large cash balance currently, we might consider donating some percentage of that to purchasing new pillows for the shelter. sally would be willing to scout out Mervyn sales, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target etc. for the best price. Perhaps this could be discussed at the February meeting (Sally will be out of town).
Shirley's March meeting will no longer be assembling shoeboxes, but will be the place and time to deliver your donations. If you can't make the March meeting, you are welcome to bring donations to Sally's house any time.


Saturday Coffee Clatches Continue
Meet your Las Madres friends for some coffee and conversation at the Starbuck's at White and Aborn on Saturday mornings at 9am. Every third Saturday is a field trip. This month's field trip will be announced as soon as the Coffee Advisor and Coffee Coordinator collaborate.



Older 'n Dirt

"Hey Dad," one of my kids asked the other day, "what was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?"

"We didn't have fast food when I was growing up," I informed him. "All the food was slow."

"C'mon, seriously. Where did you eat?"

"It was a place called 'at home,'" I explained. "Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it."

By this time, the kid was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table. But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore Levi's, set foot on a golf course, traveled out of the country or had a credit card. In their later years they had something called a revolving charge card. The card was good only at Sears Roebuck. Or maybe it was Sears AND Roebuck. Either way, there is no Roebuck anymore. Maybe he died.

My parents never drove me to soccer practice. This was mostly because we never had heard of soccer. I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed, (slow). We didn't have a television in our house until I was 11, but my grandparents had one before that. It was, of course, black and white, but they bought a piece of colored plastic to cover the screen. The top third was blue, like the sky, and the bottom third was green, like grass. The middle third was red. It was perfect for programs that had scenes of fire trucks riding across someone's lawn on a sunny day. Some people had a lens taped to the front of the TV to make the picture look larger.

I was 13 before I tasted my first pizza, it was called "pizza pie." When I bit into it, I burned the roof of my mouth and the cheese slid off, swung down, plastered itself against my chin and burned that, too. It's still the best pizza I ever had.

We didn't have a car until I was 15. Before that, the only car in our family was my grandfather's Ford. He called it a "machine."

I never had a telephone in my room. The only phone in the house was in the living room and it was on a party line. Before you could dial, you had to listen and make sure some people you didn't know weren't already using the line.

Pizzas were not delivered to our home. But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. I delivered a newspaper, six days a week. It cost 7 cents a paper, of which I got to keep 2 cents. I had to get up at
4 AM every morning. On Saturday, I had to collect the 42 cents from my customers. My favorite customers were the ones who gave me 50 cents and told me to keep the change. My least favorite customers were the ones who seemed to never be home on collection day.

Movie stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the movies. Touching someone else's tongue with yours was called French kissing and they didn't do that in movies. I don't know what they did in French movies. French movies were dirty and we weren't allowed to see them.

If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?


Pot 'O Gold Game

Co-Presidents - Robin Nevoli & Cathy Hennig
Treasurer - Vicki Rasmussen
Newsletter & Webmaster - Ginny Gomez
Coffee Coordinator - Tina Cuneo, Coffee Advisor - Randi Heinrichsen
Executive Committee - Randi Heinrichsen, Joan Wilson and Sally Brooks-Schulke