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By Jo Ellen Dale
At a regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club June 19, Lt. Gov. Bob Bond requested that we have an interclub with Carrollton and the club selected Monday, July 23 as the date. Seven members volunteered and Bob Swafford offerred to drive. Progam chairman Brian Bush introduced Juanita Hughes of Ray County Probation and Parole, who gave a very interesting and informative program on her work.
She has been with the department 22 years. Her job is to enforce the requirements of the court and it was obvious that she is dedicated to her clients and to helping them succeed in spite of their past mistakes. She said that her oldest client is 82 and the youngest 17. Also she pointed out that much of her assistance comes from the Tri-county Mental Health tax for the expense not covered by fees assessed that are paid by the parolee. It was amazing to hear that there are 18,000 parolees in Missouri and another 75,000 probationary persons who are required to report to their local authority. Following her talk she answered many pertinent questions. Thank you, Brian for arranging such a good program.
Rita May writes that she attended the Joshua Center Camp at the Rotary Camp on Lake Jacomo for the fourth year to teach archery. Her son, Anthony May, was a camper. There were two sessions with 50 campers in each session. Sounds like a worthwhile undertaking. Rita also celebrated a birthday this week and we wish her many more happy ones.
It was my turn to hostess our former couples’ club on Wednesday and we met at the Tequila-Jalisco restaurant where we have been so often that we are treated like “familia”. As I mentioned in a previous column, I tried to think of a new dessert but simply fell back on a cheesecake, which I knew that everyone liked. Those present were Billie Hamann, Fred and Paula Burress, Jack and Jessamine Layman and I. it is always fun to meet and catch up with these old friends. Next month we will be meeting with the Burresses in Overland Park, Kan.
Nancy Brummall and Harriet Minnnick recently returned from a trip to Medford, Ore., where they visited Nancy’s daughter Laura and her husband, Kent DeYarman. After three days there, they traveled to Santa Clara, Calif. for three more days, where they attended Laura and Kent’s son’s college graduation. Nick DeYarman graduated from Santa Clara University with honors and a degree in bio-engineering. Nancy and Harriet then flew home from San Jose.
Last Friday I went to the 19th Hole restaurant to meet my “Friday Friends” as usual and encountered a larger than normal crowd of golfers. I found out that it was the Shirkey Ladies Invitational tournament with 39 or 40 women playing. As Rotary Club usually meets there on Friday, it was necessary for that club to lunch at Hometown Pizza. My friends, Lucille Gill, Nadine Shiner, Billie Hampton and I enjoyed lunch on the patio as the tournament food was being served so there was no conflict.
Rev. John and Janice Johnson recently enjoyed the annual Johnson Family Reunion in Branson. There were a total of 23 present for the event, including the Johnsons’ two sons and their families, Rev. Johnson’s sister and two brothers and their respective spouses, children and grandchildren.
The extended family enjoyed a leisurely weekend of swimming, sightseeing, cards and games, and of course dining at some of the many restaurants along “the strip”. The younger set also enjoyed the go-carts and a trip to Silver Dollar City. Rev. John and Janice were delighted to learn that their older son will be transferred from Louisiana to a position in Arkansas, putting them much closer to their grandchildren.
Speaking of grandchildren and trips, I returned Monday from a long weekend in St. Louis to visit my grandchildren, new great-grandson and many extended family members. I made the trip on Amtrak and have decided it is the only way for me to travel. In fact, I have vowed to make the trip more often to enjoy my great-grandson who will be one year old on August 1. Of course, there are other family members whom I wish to see.
We have a bang-up holiday coming and I hope that you enjoy a safe one and will send me news of all your celebrations.
Until next week, DaleDbdale@aol.com