Home|GG News|Events| Cartoons| Membership| Recipes| Special Pages  | Archives


-- E-News from the Girls --
Blogs - Web Logs


Please email news of your trips, special events,
articles, jokes, cartoons, etc. to be posted on this page.


Raise a Purple Finger
for Fre

Show Solidarity with Free Iraqis in Their Upcoming Election December 15. This is being promoted by Bill Bennett on his Radio Show and also by Former Speaker Newt Gingrich and others who are pulling for the success of this election.
 Read More. . .



  From Frances Bowen -

Thinking of you and wishing you a wonderful holiday season

As most of you know, Frances Bowen had a mastectomy on November 1 and went home the next day.  This did not slow her down for very long since she drove to the Blue Willow in Social Circle two weeks later for the GG luncheon -- and took Berna Spencer, Joan Thornton and Nell Foster with her.  She is really something!  Wish we could all bottle her spirit and sell it at a very high price.


News from Kay Fulmer


Today, November 21, 2005, I will have thumb and hand surgery on my right hand.  I will be in a cast for 4+ weeks and will not be able to type or use the mouse.  I have tried to use the mouse in the left hand but I can't control the curser.  Please remove me from your email addresses that you send to.  When I can get back on line I will send you an email and you can added me back to your list.  I know I will miss out on some good emails but it is better than having 1,000 emails to go through.

speaker on
The Teacup can be found at: 


If this link does not work, copy and paste it into your browser.




News from Judy Young

Recently we learned that Judy Young, who has moved to Maggie Valley, NC,
has also had breast cancer this year. She had the lumpectomy and is currently taking chemo to be followed by radiation for about six weeks.. She said that
they caught it early and the prognosis looks very good.

Judy makes the third Golden Girl who has had breast cancer this year. Avonel Horne and Frances Bowen have  also had it this year and came through the surgery really well.  Remember girls -- don't forget to have your mammogram every single year.

Please remember these three girls in your prayers that their recovery will be
swift and thorough.


Halloween Fun!

Pumpkin Carving...
This is great
Click here. . .


News from Kay about the State Health Benefit Plan

Hi All
I received my SHBP change form in today's (10-25-05) mail.  As before if you like what you
have you don't have to do anything by Nov. 8 just let it ride.  Any changes can be made on the web site https://services.georgia.gov/gch/index.jsp or snail mail.
They really want us to go with a drug company and get Medicare D.  If we do they will reduce how much they take out of our retirement check by $32.20.  Of course the monthly cost of Medicare D will be more or less than $32.20 and will come out of our Social Security check.  That will eat up the 41/2% increase that we will get in 2006.
Now my concern with the 18 information drug packets for Medicare D is still acute because not one of them has been delivered to my house.
All of the SHBP cost depend on signing up with a company for Medicare D and I have no idea which will be best for me.
Q. How do I join a prescription drug plan?

A: In the coming weeks, Medicare beneficiaries probably will receive numerous solicitations. Applications can be mailed back to a company or completed online. For help enrolling, the government has a toll-free number, 1-800-Medicare.

Q. With as many as 70 options in some states, what tools are available to help determine which plan is best for me? State Merit has just 18 companies we can select from.

A: You can research plans offered in your area by going to the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder at http://www.Medicare.gov beginning Oct. 13. Representatives at Medicare's 800 phone number can help as can workers at a state health insurance assistance program ( GA Care at 1-800-669-8387. The phone number for each state's program is in the Medicare and You 2006 handbook.

Q. When can I enroll in a prescription drug plan?

A: Between Nov. 15 and May 15. If you do not enroll when you first become eligible, you may have to pay a late-enrollment penalty. This penalty will be added to your premium each month for the whole time you are enrolled in Medicare Part D.


On Saturday, 10-22-05 I received the dreaded notice.  My personal information was downloaded to the private computers of Asif Siddiqui, 43, of Acworth from the files of State Health Benefit Plan Georgia Technology Authority recommends monitoring my credit reports, credit card bills, bank reports, and placing a fraud alert on my credit file.
Be on the look out for a plain envelop from the Georgia Technology Authority.  Today's AJC said he had over 240,000 SHBP records and about the same number of driver license information on his computers.

Ditto for me, Bettye Chambers


State: Personal information stolen

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 10/21/05

The state today started sending out letters to 465,000 people whose personal information they now believe was stolen by a Pakistani native who was on the government payroll.

Joyce Goldberg, spokeswoman for the Georgia Technology Authority, said state officials still have no evidence that the personal data has been used for any fraudulent purposes.

But she said GTA is fulfilling its promise to notify people whose personal information they can confirm was downloaded to the home computer of Asif Siddiqui, 43, of Acworth.

Siddiqui was fired from GTA on April 29, a day after a GTA and Georgia Bureau of Investigation investigation led to his arrest on felony charges of computer trespassing and theft.

Goldberg said GTA officials in recent months have been searching 1.5 million computer files that were found downloaded on Siddiqui's three home computers.

"We screened hundreds of thousand of files for confidential information," she said.

The investigation showed that all of the downloaded information was from 2002. Some of it came from the participants in the State Health Benefits Plan, which include retired teachers, state employees and school system employees.

Those people should get notices in the next week or two. Those who get letters should contact their creditors to alert them they are possibly the victims of fraud.

A second group are people whose information was extracted from their driver's license information, Goldberg said.

That group should be receiving notices in November.

Siddiqui worked at GTA, the agency overseeing most state computer operations, for four years. In that capacity, he was able to gain access to the computer files and download them to his home computers after hours.

GTA officials have said they still can't explain why Siddiqui might have wanted the files or how he intended to use the information, which included some names, addresses, home telephone numbers and Social Security numbers.

For more information on the notification process,
login at www.gta.georgia.gov/notify



Jack and Sue Moore Celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary

August 27, 2005

News from Jean Kammerer

August 29, 2005

Hi Bettye,

Nice web site and newsletter. 

I donít know if I will make it to GG in September.  I am leaving that afternoon for a trip.  We are going to Basil Switzerland to begin a river cruise on the Rhine and Mosel.  If you want the real skinny go to Grand Circle Travel and look for that trip.  They take good care of us in a very comfortable way. 




  Ask veterans if we should burn the flag

By Nate McCullough
Copy Desk Chief - Gwinnett Daily Post

            This is very well done and says it all !!  
Nate is the son of Golden Girl, Martha


News from Allie Jones
Southern  Pines, NC

Hey Bettye,
I hope all is well with you and your family. 
I just want to tell you how much that I  enjoy all your jokes, cartoons, paper articles, and misc.  I forward them onto my family and friends.  I always am happy when I see that I have gotten an email from you. Today's made me realize that I have not written to you; please believe me that it was not because I never think of you and the other Golden Girls.  Actually I do miss you all but I am so happy here that I think that I am dreaming.  I do what I want when I want but stay busy.  I do not know where the time goes.  There is so much going on here with trying to keep up with my children and the grandgirls (they are at such a sweet ages) and my brothers/sister/their families.  Yes they are all here or near Southern Pines.  It is wonderful not having to drive six hours to see them.
My old computer recently crashed; therefore, I had to get another one.  I love my new computer; it's probably a lot more than I needed.  It is a Dell 9100 with a 17" flat screen and it is so fast that it makes searching the Web  lots more fun.  Anyway, I decided that I might need it if I decided to teach an internet class or a class period.  That reminds me that I still have not gotten my N.C. Teacher's Certificate.  Once-in-a-while, I feel a little guilty about not working, but it does not last long.  Anyway I went to the local college and sign-up for a couple of Continuing Education classes; one on "Dreams" and one on "Tai Chi" (exercise).  They start next month. 
Believe it or not, I have become a bird watcher well in my yard at least.  I have enjoyed reading and learning about the local birds.  The Grandgirls enjoy them also.  Yes, I have set up bird feeders and the whole thing.  I practical live on the back porch during the mornings while it is nice and cool.  It is wonderful.
Anyway, again thank you.  Take care and love, Allie :-)  :-)  ;-)

   News from Nell Foster

Chicken and Egg Game

Cat Bowling
This is a very interesting game - test your bowling skills.
Use the spacebar to release the ball.

Nell's second precious great granddaughter Sarah-Lauren Grace Gassett. 
Click to enlarge

Prettiest pumpkin in the patch!

Nell's first precious great granddaughter Savannah.



Nell quietly celebrated her big 80 at home with one grandson who came from NC to visit. She had laid down the law to her gracious family not to do anything special like they did when she turned 75.  Click here to read our GG Birthday e-greeting to her


  News from Elsie Laurens



While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn't want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, "Does the sun rise in the North?" When my brother explained that the sun rises in the east, (and has for some time), she shook her head and said, "Oh, I don't keep up with that stuff."

. . . . . .   She also votes!

I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I got a call from an individual who asked what hours the call center was open. I told him, "The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days  a week." He responded, "Is that Eastern or Pacific time?  --  Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, "Uh, Pacific."

. . . . . . He . also votes!.

So my colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria, when we overheard one of the admin. assistants talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the shore. She drove down in a convertible, but "didn't think she'd get sunburned because the car was moving."

 . . . . She also votes!

My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car. It's designed to cut through a seatbelt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk.

 . . .     My sister also votes!

My friends and I were on a beer run and noticed that the cases were discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bought 2 cases. The cashier multiplied 2 times 10% and gave us a 20% discount.

 . . . . He also votes!

I was hanging out with a friend when we saw a woman with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain. My friend said, "Wouldn't the chain rip out every time she turned her head?" I explained that a person's nose and ear remain the same distance apart no matter which way the head is turned.

 . . . . My friend also votes!

 I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands. "Now," she asked me, "has your plane arrived yet?"

. . .  . . She also votes

  News from Jackie Hanna

Golden Girls are everywhere!  While George and I were vacationing in Seward, Alaska a few weeks ago, we got on a whale watching excursion boat and were looking for a place to sit.  I approached a couple sitting by a window and asked if we could join them and lo and behold it was Agnes and her husband who were also vacationing in Alaska.  What a surprise to run into a Golden Girl thousands of miles from Georgia! 





  New Page from Bettye Chambers

This was the year I first graduated from FSU and the year that Jack and Sue Moore were married.


Remembering 1955



News from Bettye C.


The perfect woman for President of the U.S. in 2008.
          Click here to read and view her qualifications. . .





Computer News from Alabama -- Winders 2005

It has come to our attention that a few copies of the WINDOWS 2005 ALABAMA may have accidentally been shipped outside of the STATE of ALABAMA.If you have one of these, you may need help understanding the commands. The ALABAMA EDITION may be recognized by the unique opening screen. It reads: WINDERS 2005, with a background picture of Waylon and Willie superimposed on a bottle of Jack Daniels. Read the rest of the story. . .



    To read older Golden News Items -- click here to go to the Archive Page

Back to top of page. . .

Retired Business Education and
 Home Economics Teachers

 DeKalb County, Georgia

 "The Survivors" 


©2003 - All rights reserved


    Home | GG News | Events | Cartoons |  Membership | Recipes | E-Newsletters | Special Pages |Archives