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By JoEllen Dale
News has been a little slow to come in this week, but I have been busy and haven’t done much jotting.
On Saturday, I volunteered at the Friends Gallery at the Farris. Everyone should visit these exhibits which will be held through the months of September and October,
Beginning Sept. 27, the gallery will present “SPARTANALITY,” which will run through Oct. 23. Spartan memorabilia will be on display and on Sept. 28 the gallery will be the location for “Meet and Greet Spartan Wall of Honors” from 3 to 4 p.m. Don’t miss this great event!
This Saturday, Sept. 29, a veterans’ picnic will be held on the grounds of the Ray County Museum. I believe the speaker will be former Congressman Ike Skelton and I look forward to hearing him and to seeing old friends.
At a regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club on Sept. 18, there were 21 members present and one guest, Ray Gill, the speaker.
Dr. Gill – William Jewell College, which he has generously supported, gave him an honorary doctorate – has written a book to describe how he accumulated what he has today. It was a simple message, but very hopeful as he is the personification of the American dream. During the meeting, 911 Director Nathan Preston announced that a new system has been developed called City/911 ALERTS. If you have a cell phone and sign up it will warn you about any upcoming dangers to our town via texting. He also announced that “Outlaw Days”, which was a big success, would be held Sept. 22.
On Wednesday, Billie Hamann and I went to Independence to meet our Old Couple’s Club for lunch and dessert. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed eating at the Olive Garden restaurant. Business must be slow because the management gave us a large platter of appetizers and a sip of wine free.
On Thursday, I entertained my bridge club and judging from the laughter and chatter a good time was had by all. I always ask enough substitutes to come so that I don’t have to play, making it easier to serve the refreshments. We will be meeting at Jean Davault’s next.
Saturday, the reunion of the RHS Class of ‘53 at Jeffrey Kyle’s was well attended. As I said this was my first class in Richmond, although I mistakenly labeled it the class of ‘52 in my last column. It was so much fun to see and visit with them, some of whom I had not seen for a long time. Sadly, I am the only teacher left standing and some did not know of the loss of Mary Thurman, one of their favorites. Bobby Stock and the committee had prepared lists of classmates both living and no longer with us. They voted to have a larger reunion next year, instead of just a lunch meeting as it will be their 60th. My brother-in-law Earle was in that class but he and his wife live in a retirement center in Florida and do not travel much except on cruises.
Other events to look forward to around town will be a fish fry Oct. 5 at the United Christian Presbyterian church. There will be a pie auction and silent auction as well. Also on Oct. 5, a class reunion for the girls of 1972 will be held at Jeffrey Kyle’s at 11 a.m. to which I am invited having had some of them in my French and Spanish classes. Promises to be a very busy day.
Another annual event begins the same weekend, the Methodist Market. Sunday after church a luncheon and auction will be held, which is always well attended.
Until I write again, DaleDbdale@aol.com