Jo’s Jottings: A bicycle winner, a visiting politican and a Class of ‘72 reunion

By Jo Ellen Dale

Crissy Cheney of Norborne was the winner of the bicycle drawing that the American Legion Post 237 held while selling fireworks. Crissy and her daughter claimed the bicycle on July 6 from Larry Brune, who managed the fireworks stand. Congratulations, Crissy.
At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club guest speaker was Sen. David Pearce, who talked about happenings at the Missouri Legislature in Jefferson City. He discussed mainly the redistricting that made Ray one of seven counties that make up the new 21st District.
Sen. Pearce has been in the Legislature, but as he is from Warrensburg he previously representede a different district. He stressed the importance of registering and voting in all elections. Following his talk, he answered several pertinent questions. Thanks to Chairman Ron Brohammer for such a timely program. We had guests at the meeting from Carrollton for an Interclub. They were Norm Bliss, Joe Freeman and Lynn Freeman.
On Saturday, July 14, Larry Brune, David Klaassen and Jim Rippy went to Trenton to attend the VFW District 1 meeting and school of instruction. During the meeting, two national certificates of recognition were presented to Jeff Bye and John Roush of Lawson. Bye has been the Post Commander in Lawson for 11 years and Roush has been the POW/MIA Chairman for the past few years. Both were recognized for their outstanding dedication and service to promoting the aims of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
Last Friday, I met for lunch with a good number of my “Friday Friends.” Present were Bonnie McCalley, Nancy Brummall, Barbara Dickson, Nadine Shiner, Lucille Gill, Billie Hampton and me. Rotary Club was also meeting as usual with the children of members as guests.
Saturday evening I attended the 40th reunion of the Class of 1972. I enjoyed every minute of it and visited with many former students. It was held at Hometown Pizza in one of the private rooms. I would estimate that there were at least 95 or 100 in attendance. The food was excellent, as always. Several teachers were there, including former librarian Pat Walker, Mary Julia Merrifield and son, Donald, Ardis Driskill and son Roger and me. Although Gene Whitmer, the former principal and his wife were expected, they were unable to attend. Everyone declared it was their best reunion yet and all are looking forward to the next one. Some of them had traveled a long way to be there. It was disappointing that more who live in Richmond were unable to attend. My compliments to Larry and Kathy Best and everyone who worked so hard to make the event a success.
Don’t forget that next Friday, July 20 the Masons will put on a fish fry at the Shrine Club from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the benefit of the House of Hope. As I have said many times, their fish fries are the best and they have promised to do some sweet potato fries this time. Hope to see everyone there.
Another ongoing event is the Farmers’ Market every Saturday morning. I have found some very tasty and nutritious fruits and vegetables.
The market set a record of 25 vendors this past Saturday. Congratulations to Jerry McCarter and everyone who have helped make it a success.
I would leave you with a word of caution. Now that so many streets are undergoing repair it is essential to stay alert and obey all the traffic regulations. Be especially careful of bikers, walkers and skate boarders.
On June 25, Cathy Habermehl of St. Joseph, Jean Bengston and Betty Daniel went to Springfield to visit Hannah and Barry Green, granddaughter and son of Cathy. The next day, Cathy took Betty to Nixa, where Betty joined Duane and Margaret Shortell for a trip to Warner Robins, Ga. to attend the retirement ceremony of her son and the Shortells’ son-in-law Darrin Daniel on June 29. They were joined by Dale Daniel, Betty’s son from Vine Grove, Ky.
It was a beautiful and inspiring service attended by a large crowd. On Friday evening, a large group gathered for swimming, food and visiting to celebrate the graduation of Bradley, son of Darrin and Cherie, from high school. they returned on Saturday. On July 5, Cathy, Jean and Betty went to Winfield, Kan. to attend memorial services for Emily Bryant Hunt, sister of Jean and Betty, held at the Winfield United Methodist church.
I have been doing a rain dance every day, but to no avail. Keep the news coming. You can send it to me at DaleDbdale@aol.com.

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