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By Jo Ellen Dale
The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club was entertained by a gala surprise birthday party for Jean Hamacher given by her children, Sally, Nancy and Newton. On arriving, we were greeted with a table decorated with balloons and all the birthday trimmings. They had prepared fruit plates and cupcakes all color coordinated. In addition there was music provided by an excellent keyboardist and singer, Mr. Beam who was a friend of Newton. Those present in addition to the family members were Alice Neely, Joan Hertzig, Peggy Sullard and I. Happy Birthday, Jean and many more.
Guests in the home of Bonnie McCalley on Tuesday were Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Enloe. Mrs. Enloe is a niece of Mrs. McCalley. They spent the day having lunch and visiting. It was a belated birthday celebration for Bonnie.
A regular meeting of Chapter CO, P.E.O. was held at the home of Joan Lewis with Billie Hamann as assistant hostess. Stephanie Landwehr presented a most interesting program on some of the books she has read, many of which are on the bestseller lists, including The New York Times. She pointed out that if a person fails to read enough the part of the brain involved may atrophy. I love to read but I prefer fiction to non-fiction. Several of us mentioned titles of books we have read lately.
This Friday, the 23rd of March would have been my late husband’s and my 60th wedding anniversary. We had 50 good years together and as I look back to the year we were married I remember that the weather had been behaving strangely then, too. Before coming to Macon, Ga. for our wedding, Dick had shoveled snow three times off the walk of Mabel Dunn’s house, which we had rented. Arriving in Atlanta the day of March 23, we were greeted with snow falling there. Sometimes I really believe that “there is nothing new under the sun”.
I have just returned from the Masonic Fish Fry, which was attended by a large number of people in spite of my goofs as to what was being held and when and where. Bonnie McCalley and I opted to eat inside, but my guess is that there were many more take-outs. We sat at a table next to one at which were seated three generations of the Hockemeier family including patriarch, Abby. And speaking of goofs, the next Catholic fish fry will be held March 30 at the Veterans’ building.
On March 31, the Ray County Memorial Hospital Relay for Life Team will hold a fundraiser at the Assembly of God Church on South College. There will be a variety of food that should suit anyone’s palate, as well as desserts that I can never resist.
Sunday, the young people of the United Christian Presbyterian Church held a bake sale after the service that was a huge success. That was due in part to a door-busting crowd, some of whom were there for the blessing service for Cooper Hessenflow, son of Jenny and Chad Hessenflow. Rev. Johnson gave the children’s story and there were 30 youngsters there which was a joy to see.
Mark Johnson tells me that his father, Leamon Johnson, Morris Salter, John Gill and Terry Johnson attended the “Show Me Rotary” leadership institute in Jefferson City on March 23-24. Leamon Johnson is the President of the local chapter of Rotary International.
The Rotary focus for 2012-13 is “Peace Through Service” recently announced by President-Elect Sakuji Tanaka.They found it to be a very rewarding event.
I repeat, don’t forget the Catholic fish fry to be held at the Veterans’ building from 5:30 p.m to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30 and the Ray County Memorial Hospital’s chicken and noodle or chili luncheon on Saturday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church on South College Street.
Let me hear from you at DaleDbdale@aol.com.