Health issues provide content for program at weekly Kiwanis Club meeting

By Jo Ellen Dale

At the last meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club, the program was presented by Stacey Cox, Ray County Health Department Director on immunization.
Stacey talked about neo-natal tetanus shots. Tetanus was once known as lock-jaw.
She encouraged everyone to get booster shots as the immunization only lasts about 10 years. Stacey also advised all to get a flu shot annually, which is due right now.
Another problem she discussed at length was shingles. It is preventable now with a shot that is covered by most insurance companies and is available at some doctors’ offices, but not at the health department. The cost may run as high as $250. If you had chicken pox as a child, you are at risk for shingles.
Stacey then answered questions from the group. During her talk, she passed out brochures about the new GAP Assistance Program of Ray County, a non-profit organization initiated in 2012 for families in need of basic necessities not covered by other programs.
Alice Neely recently enjoyed a trip to her lake place with family. Joining her were her son Brent and his wife Becky and their grandson Blake.
Roger Elliott told me that his nephew, Roger Clay Elliott, has returned safely from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. All of us should be very proud of these young men and women who are willing to risk their lives to ensure our freedom.
I again attended the Rotary Club meeting held at the 19th Hole restaurant on Aug. 31. Chris Spenser, representing Oppenheimer Funds, spoke at some length about various surveys concerning the U.S. and other countries around the world. Because of my hearing impairment I was unable to catch everything that he said, but I did hear that anyone my age has a life expectancy of only five years. He used slides to illustrate his talk.
Personally, I am a bit skeptical of surveys without knowing the circumstances under which they are conducted.
At the same time a golf tournament was being held at the  club. It was the 1st Annual Sandra Bodenhamer Zeysing Memorial Golf Tournament. There were 23 four person teams and all proceeds will go to Wellington-Napoleon library/media in Sandi’s name.
I have heard from my brother-in-law, Earle Dale, that Isaac missed his South Florida residence by veering into the Gulf Coast. I told him that we are being blessed with some much needed rain from the storm.
Sunday evening, members and guests of the United Christian Presbyterian Church met at a shelter house in Maurice Roberts park for a “Picnic in the Park”. Hot dogs and buns were provided and the rest of the meal was carry-in. I sampled so many  of the varied dishes that I am still not hungry.
Of course I managed to eat out one more time. On Labor Day, Bonnie Pointer McCalley and I lunched at the Tequila-Jalisco restaurant. As usual it was so good and plentiful that we both had to ask for take home boxes. We are very fortunate here in Richmond to have several excellent eating places. That is probably one reason that I rarely cook at home.
I am looking forward to the 1st Annual Biscuits and Gravy Fundraiser this Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Richmond Masonic Lodge at 315 Clark St.  They’ll be serving from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. There is a suggested donation of $5  for all you can eat and the proceed go to Masonic Charities.
Wishing all of you very happy belated holiday greetings. Hope yours was as much fun as mine. DaleDbdale@aol.com

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