This has been a busy week for me beginning with the Kiwanis meeting on Tuesday. The program was presented by Miss Mandy Miller who is confined to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy. She was accompanied by her mother and her caregiver.
Because she has difficulty talking, her mother read a statement prepared by her on her computer which was very insightful.
She wrote of her life and how hurtful it is when people seem to have trouble looking right at her or making eye contact. She also spoke eloquently, but because of her handicap and mine, I had trouble understanding. I did get the main idea with which I heartily agree. She stated that she does not want to be defined by her disability or limited by it but that she wants to be “her own person” and to be recognized as such. A truly remarkable young lady.
During the business meeting which followed, new member, Alice Neely, was installed. It was announced that with only two more new members we will qualify as a distinguished club with Kiwanis International.
Steve Meyer reported that sponsorships for the golf tournament Sept. 19 were coming in nicely. We were also reminded that the Kiwanis banquet will be Sept. 20. All of us are disappointed to learn that The 19th Hole restaurant will be closed, pending a search for someone to run it. It has been one of my favorite places. Renee Fickess has done a magnificent job and she will be missed.
Also on Tuesday, I went to the regular meeting of Allen-Morton-Watkins chapter of DAR. Steve Hitchcock gave a very interesting program on “Remembering 9/11.”
He spoke of the changes that have come about as a result. For instance, airport security has changed, although he noted that it was also due to other hijackings in 1970 that began some of the changes.
He spoke of other occurrences through the ages and their effects. He warned against mixing historians’ and journalists’ points of view. The true effects may not be understood for 10 or 20 years to come. Mr. Hitchcock spoke without notes and kept the attention of all of us throughout.
On Wednesday, as is our custom, the Wednesday Morning Walkers Breakfast Club met at Our Place. By some coincidence most of us ordered pancakes and they were done to perfection. In talking to Our Place co-owner Marlene Skyles, I discovered that her son, Scott, also makes corn cakes, which I always liked growing up in the South. I look forward to trying them.
On Wednesday, I attended the Women’s Ministries meeting at the United Christian Presbyterian Church. Upcoming events were discussed and plans made. A fish fry and silent auction will be held in the church parking lot Sept. 30.
An important event at the church in October will be the Logos program for children and youth, sponsored jointly by the church and St. John CME Church. It will be held every Sunday in October from 3 to 5 p.m. with an interesting kick-off event, “Birds of Faith,” on Oct. 3. I have seen this before and it is well worth seeing again. Trained parrots, macaws and tucans skate, play baseball, ride the high wire, spell and talk. Astonishing!
On Thursday, I was invited to a meeting of the Methodist Women who were saying goodbye to June Shryer, who is moving to John Knox Village. She will be missed in the church and in the community.
On Friday at noon at Jeffrey Kyle’s restaurant, I was invited to the reunion of the Class of 1953, the first class that I taught in Richmond. I taught Spanish and French and did not have many in my classes, but my brother-in-law, Earle Dale, was also in the class so I knew many of them. It was a joy to see all of them, 24 in all including some spouses.
They have a special place in my heart as that was the year I was expecting my first child and back then, I was not allowed to finish the year. They got together with my sophomore English classes and gave me a surprise baby shower. An outstanding class in all regards.
Farrell and Maxine Wrisinger spent Labor Day at Kenny and Linda Davis’ home. They are former Richmond residents. From there, they drove to Lebanon, Mo., where they enjoyed a day of shopping and ate lunch at a great catfish restaurant.
They started home on Wednesday and stopped in Warrensburg to take grandson Blake to lunch. They had a nice visit with him. He is a freshman this year and plays snare drum in the Marching Mules Band. Sept. 16 was opening night for “Follies” at the Village Players Theater in Birmingham, Mich., and their son, Randy, has the leading role. Both Farrell and Randy were students of mine. When I mention that someone was one of my students, Myra Hamann always asks, “Wasn’t everybody?”
Rev. and Mrs. John Johnson recently spent a weekend with family in Tulsa. Rev. Johnson and his sister, the Rev. Dr. Susanne Johnson, officiated at the wedding of John and Janice’s son Christopher and his bride, Rachel Orr. Following the wedding festivities, the newly married couple left for a honeymoon in Hawaii.
Sunday evening, I attended the Chapter CO, P.E.O. social at The 19th Hole restaurant. A buffet of unusual delicacies was served by Renee Fickess and her crew. There was much laughter and visiting in addition to the delicious meal.
Ending on a happy note, Jeffrey Dueker and Eleanor Flowers were married at the United Christian Presbyterian Church last weekend. Rev. John Johnson officiated at the ceremony, in which Dawn Connerly was matron of honor and Mike Payne was best man. Eleanor was given in marriage by friend, Zach Mallory. Jackie Payne served as bridesmaid and Bill Hodson was groomsman. Lily McIntosh was flower girl and Desmond Jamerson was ring bearer. A barbecue dinner was served at the church following the ceremony. We wish them happiness and long life.
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