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Comings, goings and an ambitious trip through the South

By Jo Ellen Dale

Recently Ileen Downing’s sister-in-law, Beverly O’Brien from Roeland Park, Kan. was her guest for two weeks. They enjoyed catching up.
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At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club, the program was presented by Garrett Gifford who talked about his upcoming People to People trip to Europe in June and early July. This very self-possessed young man gave an interesting talk. He also mentioned that he is a Kiwanis Terrific Kid. With the help of his mother, he showed pictures and talked about many of the places he will visit. He was selected out of 60 entries and there will be 24 other youngsters going from K.C. Steve Meyer reported on the Terrific Kids float in the Mushroom Parade and thanked Bob Bond and Bill Dooley for helping with it.
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A regular meeting of the Allen-Morton-Watkins Chapter of the DAR was held at the United Methodist Church on Tuesday of last week. That being Harry Truman’s birthday, a  very interesting program was given by  Janett Miller about the mother of Harry Truman. She was in costume and with the aid of slides gave the talk in the first person making it even more appealing. Ms. Miller is a member of the President General’s Speakers Staff  and we were fortunate to have her. Her program was titled, “Mother of a President, the Life of Mattie Young Truman.” Officers for the year were installed at the beginning of the meeting.
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Nadine Shiner, Patsy Macey and Beverly Phipps went on a road trip of over 2,300 miles through the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee recently. Some of the places they visited were the Clinton Museum, Vicksburg National Civil War Cemetery, several mansions of the Civil War era and a swamp tour with alligators coming right up to the boat. They also toured the home of Jefferson Davis, which is right on the shoreline and has been restored because of Hurricane Katrina at a cost of $300,000. While there, they viewed more of the extensive damage caused by Katrina. They spent a day at the beach with beautiful white sands and blue water of Gulf Port, Miss. In New Orleans, they had a carriage ride through the French Quarter and visited a cemetery. The cemetery was especially interesting as it was explained that it is impossible to bury anything and the graves are actually mausoleums above the ground and whole families are in one tomb. They also took the River Walk, shopped in the French Open Market, as well as taking a tour of the Garden District. From there, on to Tennessee to  tour the home of Elvis Presley, Sun Records, where he cut his first record, and many other exhibits about Elvis. They found all southern food delicious, with the possible exception of crawfish, and the southern hospitality genuine. What a trip!
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I attended the Awards Assembly at RHS to present certificates on behalf of the American Legion Auxiliary of Post 237 to the three young ladies whom we are sponsoring for Missouri Girl’s State: Brett Goligoski, Jamie Happy and Emma Long. It was gratifying to see awards for 3.5 to 4.0 GPA presented to so many. It speaks well for our school system, the teachers and administrators.
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Last Saturday, I was invited to the Mother’s Day Tea at the Christian Union Church. The overall theme was “Life began in the Garden.” We were treated to a lovely luncheon in the beautifully decorated fellowship hall and given corsages as we entered. Following the meal we were invited to select a table decoration to take home with us after which we went upstairs to the sanctuary for the program of singing, poetry and humor. At intervals, names were drawn for more prizes and we all received lovely sachet packets.  Our thanks to the ladies of the church for such a pleasant event.
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My son, Chuck, came on Friday and then on Saturday, he and his cousin, Ernie Jones, played in the Todd Hamann Golf Tournament in Warrensburg.  They returned on Saturday and Chuck took me to dinner on Sunday for Mother’s Day. Paul Davault was also in town for the week end and I saw him at the Luau at the 19th Hole hosted by Shirkey Rehab and Chuck and I visited with him at Hometown Pizza on Friday.
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I am sure that many of you also had children here to celebrate the holiday and I eagerly await your news items.
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Hope you all had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  DaleDbdale@aol.com

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