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Sep 09 Program 1

October 6, 2009


State Flower – Apple blossom, Tree – Pine Bird - Mockingbird

Arkansas is my adopted state. I had never set foot in this state until the year 2000 when we moved to Memphis , TN. Later, when we were looking for a place to retire, my husband’s aunt encouraged us to look at a lake in SE Ark. where her son had a vacation home. She described the lake as lovely and felt it would be a beautiful place for us to live. So we came, looked and liked what we saw. We found a piece of land right on the lake, bought it and built our home here. We love it! I adore the many moods of the lake from my house.

To write my program, I borrowed a history book from the school district and will give you a brief history from – An Arkansas History for Young People by T. Harri Baker and Jan e Browning, Published by the U. of Arkansas Press...

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Sep 09 Program 2

October 6, 2009

Cherries….red, juicy and delicious.  Yummy!!  Did you know that Michigan produces 70 to 75 percent of the tart cherries grown in the United States ? That makes Michigan the nation's number one cherry producing state

Cherries are extraordinary, not only because of their taste but their nutritional value is equal to and often higher than that of many other fruits.  They are especially high in potassium and Vitamin C, and low in fat and sodium.  So line up the slice of cherry pie, a chocolate-covered cherry or maybe even that bright red maraschino cherry on top of a banana split! It’s healthy J  I bet you didn’t know that research on the health benefits of tart cherries continues to show that cherry products may relieve the pain of arthritis and gout and may help prevent cancer and heart disease.  When I learned that little tidbit and went out and got a bag to munch on throughout the day at my desk.

So your mouth may...

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Aug 09 Program 2

October 6, 2009

Foods of Guam

The food on Guam is an amazing combo of the island culture: Guamanian/  Chamorro, Spanish, and Filipino food.

"The one thing that stood out the most for me was the "FIESTAS." The word itself is like a magnet. It attracts people from all over the island to enjoy authentic Chamorro dishes. These were the biggest celebrations all over the island for birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions. There was enough food to last for days including a pig.  When I was on Guam , it was considered an insult if you did not stop by and join in.

Guam Chicken Lemon Salad (Variations: Use shrimp or beef)  

1 whole chicken, cooked, cooled, and deboned
1/2 C finely chopped red onion
4-6 lemons, juiced
1/2 t dried red pepper flakes (or cayenne to taste)
1/2 t salt, or to taste
1/2 C grated fresh coconut (you can substitute flaked baking coconut if that’s all you have — the hint of sweetness doesn’t hurt...

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Aug 09 Program 1

October 6, 2009

Guam, Where America’s Day begins

As the Vietnam War was ending, I was on the island of Guam for a 15-month tour.  I was expecting it to be a vacation tour in the middle of the Pacific; however, within days we were on alert for the first wave of infants that were evacuated and then thousands of refugees were sent to camps in the US .  When the  "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_Vietnam" \o "Communist Party of Vietnam"  forces overran  "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Vietnam" \o "South Vietnam"  in 1975, Anderson Air Force Base provided emergency relief and shelter for thousands of  "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_people" \o "Vietnamese people"  evacuees as a part of  "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_New_Life" \o "Operation New Life" . After the fall of  "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ho_Chi_Minh_City" \o " Ho Chi Minh City " , Andersen Air Force Base received almost 40,000 refugees and processed another 109,000 for onward transportation to the  "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States" \o " United States " .

For most of my tour, I worked 12-hour shifts and spent many a night sacked out in the passenger...

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Archives of Past Socials and Programs

October 6, 2009

I'm adding this page to our site in order for us to archive our past socials and programs.  This will help visitors find what we share with each other each month.  It's also a great place for those of us who want to go back and re-read a past program or social that we might have missed or forgotten. 
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