Las Madres '80 East


October 19
7:15 pm
Contact: Janis

October 21
Coffee Field Trip
9 am
Breakfast at "The Ranch" Clubhouse
RSVP: Kathy

October 28-30?
Ladies Fall Trip
Pacific Grove
$25 Deposit: Vicki


7th Kevin Corral
14th Kindra Claverie
18th Tom Gomez
19th Melinda Gomez
23rd Marti Kranak


October Meeting
When: Thursday, October 19, 7:15 pm
Where: Janis' House
What: Pumpkin!

The theme is pumpkins. Janis will make a big salad and soup. Bring something pumpkiny to go along with it. For fun, Janis will show people how to do a silk flower pumpkin centerpiece and raffle it off afterwards. If you want to make your own, call Janis and she will tell you what you need.

November Meeting?
Mary Jo was signed up for November and wrote Sue Butler that something came up and she can't do it. Due to upcoming holidays and the Christmas Party that is usually earlier in December, let Sue know if you think we should just "skip" the meeting or if you want to hostess it or have an idea of something to do.

Ladies' Fall Trip
Robin has arranged for us to visit our old "haunt" (around Halloween!) of the Pacific Gardens Inn in Pacific Grove on Oct. 28-30th (Editor thinks this should be Oct. 27-29th but can only put in info received.) for 2 nights. She reserved two rooms (total $280 per night for the 2 rooms). Breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese is included and there is a spa! This is the place we almost got kicked out of for being too rowdy(well... not really) and it is right across from the Asilomar grounds and a short walk to the beautiful beach. Send a $25 check made out to LM to Vicki to hold your space. Come join the fun in Pacific Grove, Monterey and Carmel!


Randi & Davi's Play Info
Many of you have asked about our "Glue Factory" play info. We are doing "Oliver" this year and David and I are playing the funeral parlor owners that take in Oliver. We have a cute duet and a few funny lines. We are also in the chorus. Come hear such memorable tunes as "Food, Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself...," etc. The play is October 19, 20 and 21st at 7:30pm in the new Pioneer High School Performing Arts Center on Blossom Hill (It really is a nice venue!). Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. If you want the order form, e-mail Randi and she'll send it to you as an e-mail attachment.


Beach Breakfast Bulletin
The Roesslers, Wilsons, Kranaks, Nevolis, Gerlingers, Butlers, and assorted friends and relatives (34 people in all) made it to the Beach Breakfast on Sunday the 24th at New Brighten Beach. The weather was great and breakfast yummy! Fruit, pasteries, boil in a bag omelets, and breakfast beverages were had and enjoyed by all. The boil in a bag omelets were a real hit for those who had not experienced them before. It was the suggested that Saturday would probably be a better day for future breakfasts at the beach.


Saturday Coffee Clatches Continue
Meet your Las Madres friends for some coffee and conversation at Java Junction on Saturday mornings at 9am. MARY RYAN WILL BE THERE ON OCTOBER 7! Every third Saturday is a field trip. October's away coffee will be Saturday, October 21. This month we will be having BREAKFAST at the new Ranch Clubhouse. Take the entrance to "The Ranch" off Silver Creek Valley Road between Cosentinos and Yerba Buena Road and follow the signs to the clubhouse. Be sure to come at 9:00 so we'll know what size table we'll need. (NOTE: The vote is in & coffee will remain at Java Junction! Even though the service is slow, most people still wanted to support a local business & the seating is nicer, less smoking & traffic & nicer things to look at.)


e-Mail Tidbit


A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock , with his hair fashionably coifed
and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

"I love it," he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

"Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait."

"That doesn't have anything to do with it," he replied.

"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. "It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away. Just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.
So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory Bank. I am still depositing." Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.



A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company.

1. The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them. If someone takes your checkbook, they will not know if you sign your checks with just your initials or your first name, but your bank will know how you sign
your checks.

2. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put "PHOTO ID REQUIRED."

3. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOT put the complete account number on the "For" line.
Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check-processing channels will not have access to it.

4. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box, use that instead of your home address. If you do not have a PO Box, use your work address. Never have your SS# printed on your checks, (DUH!). You can add it if it is necessary. However, if you have it printed, anyone can get it.

5. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. Also carry a photocopy of your passport when traveling either here or abroad. We have all heard horror stories about fraud that is committed on us in stealing a name, address, Social Security number, credit cards.

6. When you check out of a hotel that uses cards for keys (and they all seem to do that now), do not turn the "keys" in. Take them with you and destroy them. Those little cards have on them all of the information you gave the hotel, including address and credit card
numbers and expiration dates. Someone with a card reader, or employee of the hotel, can access all that information with no problem

Unfortunately, as an attorney, I have first hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieves
ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer and received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online. Here is some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know:

1. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. The key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.

2. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one). However, here is what is perhaps most important of all (I never even thought to do this.)

3. Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has been done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in). It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks.

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet and contents being stolen:

1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
3.) TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass along just about everything.
Nevertheless, if you are willing to pass this information along, it could really help someone about who you care.


Pumpkin Recipes Galore!

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