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Kiwanis Club creates scholarship to honor the late Don Jackson

By Jo Ellen Dale

Nancy Brummall’s daughter Laura DeYarman and husband Kent made a recent trip to Southeast Asia.  They first went to Bangkok then on to Chang Mai, Thailand, Luang Prabang, Laos, Vientiane and Laos, the capital.
From there, the journey progressed by plane to Hanoi, Vietnam and on to Hue near the DMZ then by car past China Beach to Hoi An, Vietnam, which is a World Heritage City as is Luang Prabang.
Each city was quite different but their favorite day was a mountain bike ride through Vientiane’s unpaved back streets to a Buddhist temple and lunch locally, all accomplished with an informative guide who was a British ex-patriot. It certainly sounds like an adventure.
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At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club on Feb. 7, there were 22 present including F.G. Weary and guest Lyle Ramsey.  It was announced that a Key Club meeting would be held Feb. 9 and four members volunteered to attend.
After passing around a questionnaire, Jerry McCarter gave the results that club members gave 85 hours of volunteer community service, which is one thing the Kiwanis Club is all about.
In other business John Richardson reported on the Scholarship Committee study. The members recommended keeping the Elmer Minnick scholarship and adding one in Fine Arts to be called the Don Jackson Scholarship in honor of the late Kiwanian who supported the arts and the Farris Theatre.
Who can forget the shows put on by the Kiwanis Theatre Guild under the direction of Don and the late Mary Thurman?
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I thoroughly enjoyed the Valentine banquet at the United Christian Presbyterian Church on Thursday, Feb 9.  The Men’s Group provided the meat and those attending brought side dishes and dessert. Rev. Johnson passed out sheets with multiple-choice questions about St. Valentine’s Day.  I am ashamed to say that I scored very poorly.  It was all great fun.
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I am also happy to report the birth of twins, Duncan Carter Ballard, weighing in at 6 lbs. 1 oz. and Jessa Rose Ballard, 5 lbs. 8 oz.  Proud parents are Sam and Danica Ballard of Smithville, Mo. and even prouder grandparents, David and Jackie Ballard of Camden and Danny and Brenda Baxter of Excelsior Springs. Our congratulations to all.
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Bob Acree was in town last weekend for the memorial service for his uncle, Warren Johnson. Bob grew up in Richmond and was a close friend of my late son, Dick. As he spent a lot of time in our home he still refers to me as his second mother. He now lives in Florida nd is a talented architect.  He  took me to breakfast at Our Place on Saturday morning, where he saw several old friends from high school.
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Finally, the first real snow of the winter.  However, as the temperature rose it began  to melt and will surely refreeze tonight making for hazardous driving so be careful out there. Tuesday was Valentine’s Day and I’m guessing it will have warmed up enough to make a pleasant day it seems.  Again I would like to wish you all a happy day and hope to have news of your outings for the next column.

Until then, Dale...@aol.com

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