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Reunions, food options plentiful in Ray County this time of year

By Jo Ellen Dale

At the regular meeting of Kiwanis Club on May 29, Lt. Gov. Bob Bond announced the need for an interclub meeting with local division clubs and reported that he would be attending the South Platte Kiwanis Club’s “Trivia contest fund raiser”. Last year, a similar event raised $2,000 in one night from area Kiwanis clubs and Key clubs.
An excellent program was given by Rev. John Johnson on the 2010 mission trip that he and 12 others took to Ft. Smith, Ark. His talk was accompanied by a slide show of the trip. These annual trips work closely with Habitat for Humanity, which former President Jimmy Carter worked with before and after his tenure in the White House.  They are fed and housed mainly by churches in the area and Rev. Johnson expressed the gratitude of all. The new homeowners who benefit from all this effort also contract to repay the cost as they are able, so there are many benefits on both sides.
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On Wednesday, May 23, Billie Hamann and I joined the other remaining members of our old couples’ club for lunch at the Longhorn Steak House near Liberty and back to the Laymans’ for dessert, delicious tiramisu and coffee.  I will be hostess in June and I am trying to think of a different dessert.
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This weekend has been another with many opportunities for good eating.  On Friday, I met Bonnie McCalley at the 19th Hole for lunch and stopped by the John W. Carter Lodge for some good barbecue takeout. To my chagrin, they were out of brisket but the ham was just as good. That evening I dined at the Knights of Columbus fish fry held at the American Legion building. Everything was delicious, but I especially like the way they do the French-fried onions.  Very light and crispy. I also see many friends there with whom to visit.  As anyone in my situation knows, it is no fun to eat alone.
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Wilbert and Donna Matthews hosted a picnic for members of the chancel and bell choirs of the United Christian Presbyterian Church. I was invited as I am a director/soprano emeritus of the chancel choir. Everyone brought a dish and Wilbert had a roaring fire going over which to cook hot dogs. The clearing behind their house is very inviting and it was a beautiful evening.
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On Sunday, June 3, my son invited me out for lunch for an early celebration of my birthday.  I could tell he had some surprise planned and when we reached the restaurant my youngest grandson, Jeff, was there, which thrilled me as I had not seen him in some time. They had two kinds of my favorite shrimp and yes, I ate both of them.  We decided to come home for dessert and Jeff bought a cheese cake for us which made a perfect ending for a perfect day. Ernie and Nancy Jones also came to share the dessert with us.
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Dr. Jim Stoenner and wife Dina from Wisconsin were Memorial Day visitors in Richmond. This was an annual trip to spend time with Jim’s sisters and their families. Those present were Jessamine and Jack Layman of Independence, June and Burt Harrison and Billie Hamann of Richmond. A very happy family reunion, I am sure.
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Mark Johnson recently traveled to Montgomery, Ala. to attend the college graduation of his daughter, Taylor, who received her B.S. in Speech Communication. Mark also visited with his daughter, Lindsey, and her husband, J.T. Turner.  Lindsey and her husband live in Wilmington, N.C., where Lindsey teaches 11th grade biology at the high school.  This is the school that Michael Jordan, Hall of Fame basketball player, attended. Mark proudly showed me pictures of his beautiful daughters.
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Monday evening, my actual birthday, Bonnie McCalley and her daughter Elise took me to Applebee’s in Liberty for another delicious birthday dinner.  This time I had a spinach and shrimp salad, which was very unusual and so good that I consumed every bit.
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Next Sunday there will be a lunch on the parking lot of the Richmond Shrine Club, which sounds very good.  The menu includes barbecue chicken, potato salad, baked beans and dessert, all for $7.
The public is invited and I am quite sure I will be there.
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I would like to thank everyone for all the calls, cards, gifts, flowers and Facebook greetings that made my birthday so special.  It almost took the sting out of being so old. It certainly was one of my best birthdays to date.  I am very grateful to all.

Do keep sending me your news.           Dale...@aol.com

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