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News from Bettye Chambers 5-29-05
Did you read the article in the editorial section of the AJC on Friday, May 27 concerning our retirement system? This was written by former state Rep. Mitchell Kaye who is a financial analyst in Marietta. Very interesting. . .
RETIREMENT SYSTEM: Scrap discriminatory policies
Amid national debate over President Bush's plans to reform the Social Security system and provide personal investment accounts, little has been mentioned of Georgia's recent effort to reform its antiquated retirement systems. Although public employees are covered almost exclusively by "defined benefit" retirement plans in which payments are guaranteed based upon years of employment and final earnings, last year the law was changed.
In the Teachers' Retirement System, the state's largest with more than $42 billion in assets and over 315,000 members, and in the Employees' Retirement System ($14.3 billion in assets and over 163,000 members) retirees can now elect to receive up to three years of benefits in a single lump-sum payment, in exchange for a lower monthly pension
Read entire article. . ..
Smiles from Roberta Middlebrooks 5-29-05
A teenage granddaughter comes downstairs for her date with this see-through blouse on and no bra. Her grandmother just pitched a fit, telling her not to dare go out like that!
The teenager tells her "Loosen up Grams. These are modern times. You gotta let your rose buds show!" and out she goes.
The next day the teenager comes down stairs, and the grandmother is sitting there with no top on. The teenager wants to die. She explains to her grandmother that she has friends coming over and that it is just not appropriate...
The grandmother says, "Loosen up, Sweetie. If you can show off your rose buds, then I can display my hanging baskets.
Happy Gardening. (This is too funny not to share)
News from Avonel - May 23, 2005
Avonel went home from Eastside Hospital in Snellville on Monday. She seems to be doing really well following her last surgery which is connected to her Paget's disease problem. She was in great spirits when I was there Monday just before she checked out. She does have problems sitting until her stitches heal. Her daughter Lynn from South Georgia is here with her again, and her long-time college friend Ruth Esmonde, who lives near her, is helping out when needed. Please keep Avonel in your thoughts and prayers. -- Bettye
Get Well Soon, Avonel - View our e-Card
News from Nell - May 25, 2005
I am off again to North Carolina for Great Grand Daughter Savannah's first birthday. Can you believe she is one on June 2? I am also going to see my sister, who had a hip replacement. She is in a re-hab place in Winston Salem. I will be home June 6. I will be running all over the place! and I am getting too old for all that!
I am flying up there and will bring you a picture of the first birthday. Keep everything going til I get back home and have fun! -- Nell
Pretty is as Pretty Does
Below are words Audrey Hepburn wrote when asked to share her "beauty tips." It was read at her funeral years later.
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.
News from Kay - May 25, 2005
Kay, like many others, has been plagued by the recent rash of German SPAM e-mails.
Below is a report she received from Scambusters.
- German Hate Spaham Overwhelms Email Inboxes
German Hate Spaham Overwhelms Email Inboxes
As you've probably discovered, there has been a huge amount of
spaham (misspelled intentionally) written entirely in German
clogging inboxes in the past week.
We have friends who have been receiving 300 to 600 per hour!
Since many people in the US don't read German, most didn't
realize that most of this spaham actually contains hate mail.
It was sent piggybacking on the recent Sober worm. PCs that
were infected by the Sober worm were used to send these
messages filled with Neo-nazi propaganda.
Action: As always, delete. Do not open or click on the links.
News about Kathryn Bradford
It seems that Kathryn's recovery from back surgery will be a long recovery, but she is a being well cared for by her family. She will have to tell you exactly what the surgery involved, because I would probably not get the details correct. She is able to sit up for short periods of time and can walk with a walker. I am driving her to the D.A.R. meeting
in Toccoa tomorrow, but she isn't sure she will be able to sit for the entire meeting. Keep her in your prayers -- she has quite a bit of healing to do. -- Sue
May 2, 2005 from KathrynThanks for the beautiful card. I certainly had the Healing Light around me since I cannot take anything for pain. I have to rely totally on HIM. -- Kathryn
We missed you at the Golden Girls Luncheon and hope that you are soon up and running.Get well soon.The Golden Girls
News from Elsie Laurens - May 3, 2005
WARNING! THIS JUST IN!
SENIOR CITIZENS ARE THE NATION'S
LEADING CARRIERS OF AIDS!
MOST OF ALL, MONETARY AID TO THEIR KIDS!
News from Great Grandma Nell Foster
May 1, 2005
Nell's great grand Savannah takes her first trip to the beach. She really enjoyed the sand on her toes.
Nell's Joke of the Day
A priest and a rabbi are seated together on a plane. After a while the priest turns to the
rabbi and asks, "Is it still a requirement of your faith that you not eat pork?"
The rabbi responds, "Yes, that is still one of our beliefs."
The priest then asks, "Have you ever eaten pork?"
To which the rabbi replies, "Yes, on one occasion, I did succumb to temptation and tasted
a ham sandwich."
The priest nodded in understanding and went on with his reading. A while later, the rabbi
spoke up and asked the priest, "Father, is it still a requirement of your church that you
The priest replied, "Yes, that is still very much a part of our faith."
The rabbi then asked him, "Father, have you ever fallen to the temptation of the flesh?"
The priest replied, "Yes, rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke with my faith."
The rabbi nodded understandingly. He was silent for about five minutes, and then he said, "Beats a ham sandwich, doesn't it?"
News from Kathryn Bradford
April 19, 2005
Sue Moore reported that Kathryn Bradford's back surgery on Monday went very well. Kathryn's daughter is with her and will stay with her when she goes home from the hospital in a day or two. Please remember Kathryn in your thoughts and prayers as she recuperates from this major back surgery. Read our get well e-message to Kathryn. . .
News from Berna Spencer
April 20, 2005
Got my cast off today; he said I healed great so only have to wear a brace now and do exercise. Go back in three weeks to see if I will need any therapy. I feel lucky. We leave for WV in the morning for a visit with Pete's Mom. She has a few health problems we will check on. Am so thankful I won't have to take that cast along! -- Berna
News from the Girls 4-12-05
4From Berna Spencer 4-11-05Frances and George Bowen will be in Hawaii to celebrate the 55th class reunion of George's graduation from the Naval Academy at the time of the next Golden Girls luncheon. It may also include celebrating (late) their 50th wedding anniversary.
I have been slowed down a bit. Fell down in my yard last week during the rain and broke my right arm. It is not much fun so I don't recommend it for any other Golden Girl! --
4 From Kay Fulmer
Kay is still continuing with physical therapy with her wrist. She says that it will probably be August before she gets over the CMC thumb surgery.
4 From Bettye Chambers
Bettye attended the 10th Congressional District Convention on April 1 - 2 up in beautiful Ellijay. She was elected to the State Committee and appointed to serve on the Resolutions Committee for the GOP State Convention on May 5 -6 in Savannah. Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be the convention keynote speaker.
4From Avonel Horne -- Correction: Avonel is not yet back at work.
The last time we had lunch with Avonel she was still going great. It was during spring break and she had her beautiful granddaughter from Brunswick with her. She is back at work part time at Gwinnett Tech. She told us that she really did appreciate all the prayers and support from so many of the Golden Girls.
4About Nell Foster
Nell spent Easter with her children, grandchildren and the most beautiful great granddaughter in North Carolina. While there she watched the NCAA basketball tournament. She is back home now and has donned her Braves baseball cap since that season has started. In case you did not know, Nell is a BIG sports fan.
4Web Site Traffic News
We continue to have MANY hits on our web site from strangers. For some reason, that one piece "To the Special People in My Life " has been forwarded around the world. Every day I receive two or three (at least) e-mails from people who have been forwarded this page. Up until yesterday, everyone was saying very complimentary things. However, some self-appointed internet policeman wrote an e-mail advising me to remove the request at the bottom to forward on to 8 people, etc, etc. I had just copied that from the original plain text mail that someone forwarded to me. He went into detail to explain how dangerous these hoax e-mails were and how expensive since they overload the servers. I do not consider this one a hoax. I did remove the request at the bottom to forward to 8 people. I never pay any attention to such directions anyway. We are now over 175,000 hits. http://www.goldengirls03.org/Special_People.htm
I have received e-mails from people in Australia, Africa, the U.K., Alaska and many states in this country who have been forwarded this piece and a couple of others. It is weird!
Recently I received an e-mail from a former student, Ricky Sammons, who graduated from Tucker High School in 1987. A friend had forwarded him the Special People page. He recognized my name at the bottom and wrote me to ask if I was the Bettye Chambers who taught him typing and other business courses at THS. I remember this great kid very well since he had such an out-going personality. We exchanged several e-mails and he told me all about his work, his family, and his recent personal religious experiences. It was so nice hearing from him. Web sites and e-mail have, indeed, made this a small world.
News about Macon Wells
Macon's Family Gave Her a Big Party for her Big 80th!
Macon Wells turned 80 in October 2004. She celebrated her birthday at her daughter's home in Greenville, S.C. with her granddaughter from Amacostes, Washington, her third great grandchild and her granddaughter from Winston-Salem, N.C. She spent the week in Greenville with family and enjoyed everyday with a celebration. One of the high lights of the week was her picture taken of the four generations. Friends from Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee stopped by to see Macon during the week.
Daughter - Lynette Chandler of Taylors, S.C.
Granddaughter - Nancy Walters from Washington
Great Granddaughter - Allie Walters
Granddaughter - Mary Beth Chandler of Winston-Salem, N.C.
Click photos to enlarge
Photos of the Day
Nancy Walters holding
daughter Allie, and
Mary Beth Chandler, Macon Wells, Nancy Walters holding daughter Allie Walters
Proud Macon holding Great Granddaughter Allie
News from Mabel Wallace
February 15, 2005
You wanted a little word about our Mississippi river trip. It is hard to give it to you in a short nut shell but I will. Remember the Mississippi was flooded--we cruised up the river almost over what is normally the bank of the river. The water was near 52' above normal height and had not reached its peak at the time we were aboard.
We traveled on the Mississippi Queen. It was going one more tour then going into dry dock for annual up keep. It would be there about four weeks. Our servers were so excited, they were to have four weeks off. The food was good, service very good. We had a restful fun time.Legends of the 50's was the theme for our trip.We left from New Orleans Sunday app. 7:30 pmOver the next week we made stops to visit places of interest.St. Francisville we visited Rosedown and MyrtlesNatchez " " Music, Mistresses and MarriageLinden House/ now a B&BFrogmore/working cotton farmVicksburg " " Battlefield and SiegeWe did not go farther up than VicksburgBaton Rouge We visited Cajun Heritage" " Magnolia Mound/NottawayUSS KiddMardi GrasAlong with the above trips on shore there were shows every night, time to socialize, dance etc. A very fun time. Our room was small, the bath was smaller but we managed well, we did not spend lots of time in the room except to sleep, dress etc. The level above us had a different bedroom arrangement._________________________________________________________________
My Last Lecture -- sent by Bettye Chambers -- March 3, 2005
A Great Piece on Education and Tenure -- by Mike S. Adams
A professor at UNC-Wilmington. Read his short biography
You really need to take the time to read this most interesting piece which appears in TownHall.com.
He is one of my favorite writers on the subject of education. -- Bettye
News from Jeannette Gurley about Jean Wilkes - January 25, 2005
Please pass along to all those who thought that Jean Wilkes dropped off the end of the earth when she retired that she did not. She was in Cleveland last November and gave me a call. She didn't have time for me to go into town and see her but she did give me her address and phone. She and Ed are very happy in Enterprise, AL.
Jean Wilkes143 Laurel Breeze DriveEnterprise, AL 36330Phone: 334 393-2414
It was great to see so many at our luncheon last week. Thanks, Bettye, for keeping us together and moving on. -- Jeanette
(All of the Business Ed teachers remember Jean Wilkes very well. She taught at Avondale High for many years.)
Another Letter from Baby Savannah to Great Grandma Nell
Hi Great Grandma Nellie! I am getting a bath so Neenie can take my Christmas picture in the dress that Aunt Donnalyn smocked for my mommy 24 years ago! I can't sit still but my Neenie loves me anyway!!!
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