Las Madres '80 East


March 16
7:15 pm
St. Patrick's Day Food & Fun
Contact: Shirley

March 18
Coffee Field Trip
9 am
Java Junction
Contact: Kathy

March 18
Adult 8-Ball
7:30 pm
RSVP: Ginny

June 2-4
Los Padres Golf Trip
Forest Meadows


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

When: Thursday, March 16, 7:15 pm
Where: Shirley's House
What: 2nd Annual St. Patrick's Food & Fun

March meeting will be March 16th at Shirley's house. We will be celebrating St Patrick's Day with an Irish meal and some entertainment if she can think of something. It is IMPORTANT that you call or e-mail Shirley by Wednesday the 15th so she will know how many to cook for and can have everyone bring something.


Adult 8-Ball Party
WHEN: Saturday, March 18, 7:30pm
WHERE: Casa de Gomez
BRING: Appetizer or Dessert & BYOB (Soda provided)
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 some chairs.


Update on February Stroke Sue Butler
Bob Parsons from the Neuroscience Institute at Stanford enlightened us at our February 16th meeting with 23 in attendance on his presentation on Stroke Awareness. He is an amazing man, having survived a stroke at age 55, unbeknownst that he had had a stroke. He was in another country arriving by plane, and continued on to his hotel. His story is an eye opener.

He shared the medical diagrams of what is happening in your body when a stroke occurs, as well as the difference in Ischemic (blockage) and Hemorrhagic (bleeders) strokes. He explained in detail warning signs to watch for and risk factors that can be changed to possibly prevent a stroke.

He enforced the fact that the first three hours after a stroke are the most critical. Get to one of nine stroke centers that we have in Santa Clara County alone. Find out where the one is nearest to you. I know for sure Kaiser, Good Samaritan and of course Stanford.

He emphasized the three things we should look for in someone else who might be having a stroke. 1. Ask them to smile (if one side is drooping, possible stroke.) 2. Raise their 2 arms in the air (they will not be able to keep one of them up in the air.) 3. Have them say a sentence (if it doesn't make sense this is another red flag.)

He stressed that we should make life style changes now, particularly avoid saturated fats and sodium. Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels where they belong. Exercise, maintain a healthy weight and stop smoking.

Mr. Parsons was a plethora of information, and was in no hurry to leave. He would answer questions during his presentation as well as staying afterwards. I know that all in attendance got a lot out it.


Saturday Night Bunko at the Cuneos' Recap

Fun was had by all during some fast paced rounds Saturday evening.

The big winners for the evening were:

Most Bunkos - individual - Lou D'Agosta $30.00
Most Points - individual - Sharon Simmons $25.00
Most Wins - individual - Kathy Roessler $20.00
Least Points - individual - Keith Roessler $10.00
Most Losses - individual - Sally Brooks-Schulke $10.00
Most Bunkos - Couples - Lou & Shirley D'Agosta $30.00
Most Points - Couples - Lou & Shirley D'Agosta $25.00
Most Wins - Couples - Bill & Sharon Simmons $20.00
Least Points - Couples - Jim & Sally Brooks-Schulke $10.00
Most Losses - Couples - Jim & Sally Brooks-Schulke $10.00
Travel, Traveler, Traveling - Gary Nevoli Mirassou Wine
Lucky Chair - Sally Brooks-Schulke $10.00

Thanks to all the delicious appetizers and desserts provided by the players. Thanks also to Ginny and Joan who provided the many "categories" for winning the "loot" and to Shirley for dolling out the prize money.


Update on Bottle Your Own Wine Sue Butler
Biggest crowd they ever had on Saturday February 25th. They ran out of the wine we were tasting so they changed to a another that was even better. We had already bought ours, but we still got to taste the other wine. Had a good time, mark your calendars for the next bottle your own on May 6th 10-3 at Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill. Let me know if you're interested.


Update on February Coffee Field Kathy
Quite a few of us tried out the Starbuck's Coffee inside of Eastridge Mall in February. There was plenty of places to sit in a comfortable environment, however, they were rather slow with our orders. Guess they're not used to high traffic!! Many of us ended up at the new store "Christopher & Banks" where we left we lots of great bargains. If you haven't checked out this store, you should do so!! Head for the back of the store for the best deals.

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. March away coffee will be Saturday March 18. Let's just head on over to Java Junction by the Lunardi's marketplace and give them some more of our business. We want to keep some of these independent shops in business!


e-Mail Tidbit

A Little Mouse Story

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.
"What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning. "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow and said "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital, and she returned home with a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the
farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.
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The next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember -- when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk!
We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

St. Patrick's Day recipes and entertaining advice.

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