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By Jo Ellen Dale
At the regular meeting on May 15, members of Kiwanis were treated to an excellent program given by Brian Bush on drug use and paraphernalia. He displayed objects taken in raids and we were astonished at the variety of pipes and at the prices users will pay for the drugs. We agreed that it was one of the best programs of the year. Our thanks to Brian, who serves as major with Ray County Sheriff’s Department.
During the business meeting, a request for $100 was heard from the Richmond Recreation League for sponsorship of a 6-7 year-old co-ed softball team. It was voted on favorably, and the team will wear Kiwanis shirts. Lt. Gov. Bob Bond announced that Division Three will have a Governor’s Visit on June 9 and that the division will be holding a Club Leadership Education seminar on July 14. Bob said our incoming officers are urged to attend.
Almost all the members of the Friday Friends had lunch at the 19th Hole. We were happy to have Lucille Gill back with us and others present were Billie Hampton, Nancy Brummall, Bonnie McCalley, Nadine Shiner and me. It was a beautiful day so there were many golfers there as well. Rotary Club also meets there on Friday and the servers were kept busy.
On Saturday, I attended the benefit breakfast at the United Christian Presbyterian Church for Gabriela’s Garden. I am so happy to see the garden begin to flower, helping the appearance of the square immensely. There was a suggestion that perhaps some murals on the bare walls would be the icing on the cake. Many people have worked tirelessly to bring this dream to fruition. We congratulate them all.
Myra Hamann has returned from a brief visit to her daughter, Jan Jorgensen, and other relatives in Springfield. Alice Neely and all her friends missed her greatly. We didn’t have anyone with whom to play Scrabble or Rumicube. I am told that it is possible to play Scrabble online or over your cell phone, but so far I have not mastered the technique.
Last weekend was an exciting time with graduation on Sunday and all the parties afterward. I was invited to one for Cody Horton, son of Sherri and Denver Horton. Denver was one of my students during his high school years and Sherri has come to my rescue many times, so I was very happy to attend. Congratulations to all the 2012 graduates.
Rev. and Mrs. John Johnson enjoyed a recent trip to Maine, stopping along the way to spend time with old friends. Among the places they visited were Ellis Island and Riverside Church in New York City; the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park; the historic town of Essex, Conn., famous for its production of Witchhazel; Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park. Traveling along U.S. Route 1, they enjoyed many of Maine’s quaint seaside villages, and of course, the lobsters. Sounds like a wonderful trip and we are glad to have them back home. Rev. Johnson showed me a picture of himself trying out the lofty pulpit in Riverside Church. I went to that church when I was in New York many years ago and it is very impressive.
When I read recently of the naming of Rush Limbaugh as an important Missourian, it occurred to me that actually it is time to name a famous Missouri woman and I would like to nominate Laura Ingalls Wilder. I am sure some of you have suggestions as well. There are so many that it would be difficult to make a fair nomination.
Some of you may remember Lluis Planas, who was a foreign exchange student here in the 1970s and became a doctor. He returned to the states to practice in Wauconda, Ill. He is now retired and he and his wife, Rose, will be here this week to attend a wedding. He lived in the home of Harry and Alice Jones when he was an exchange student and became like a member of our family. As it is very impolite for a young man his age to call an older woman by her first name, he always called me “Tia Jo” or Aunt Jo, and still does to this day.
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