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By Jo Ellen Dale
At the regular meeting of Richmond Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, Oct. 16, Steve Meyer gave a report on the Bill George Golf Tournament. He said that there were only eight golfers, but that the income matched last year’s with a total of $3,300 so far. Predictably, the tournament was won by the George boys. As I mentioned in an earlier column, the Missouri-Arkansas Kiwanis Governor, Gary Goebel, and his friend, Brian Hall, were players.
Chris Brown, chairman for Trick or Treat Street, announced that Shirkey’s will donate 700 hot dogs and he will be talking to Wonder bread and Walmart about donations of buns and soda pop. As program chair for the month, I introduced one of our own, Nathan Preston, director of 911 who gave an enthusiastic report on the Outlaw Days fall festival. A reenactment of the robbing of the Hughes-Wasson Bank by the James and Younger Gang was the centerpiece. He estimated that some 2,000 took part in the festivities, which is an unbelievable number for the first year of any event. They plan to try and make this an annual event with the same format next year. We certainly will look forward to it.
I really enjoyed a visit last weekend from Dr. Lluis Planas and the 45th reunion of the Class of 1967, which we attended. The turnout of both alums and teachers was quite remarkable. One room was completely filled and others went into another to visit and catch up. Later in the evening, members of other classes came to visit. I cannot list the names because it would take up the whole column. Chal Young served as master of ceremonies and also won the award for the person coming the longest distance, having traveled from Ireland. It was wonderful to see so many of my former students and fellow teachers. The committee members who worked so hard planning the reunion deserve a great deal of credit. A delightful evening on all counts. I am sure there will be a picture in the Richmond News soon.
Congratulations and good wishes are in order for Loyd Early on the occasion of his 100th birthday. He is still singing with the God Squad and entertaining the “old folks”. Several celebrations have been held to fete him.
Please remember that next Saturday, Oct. 27 a chili dinner will be held at the American Legion building put on by Ray County Veterans. Their food is always excellent and all-you-can-eat for $5 is a bargain these days.
While Dr. Planas was here we went to visit Myra Hamann because when he was a foreign exchange student here for a year he lived with Alice and Harry Jones and Myra is Harry’s sister. It was a lovely afternoon and Lluis had not seen the new Lexington Bridge. He and Myra and I took a leisurely drive through the countryside, where the trees are finally beginning to show a display of color.
On Monday of this week, Myra Hamann had several visitors to say nothing of flowers and cakes to help her celebrate her birthday. We wish her many happy returns of the day.
I recommend that all of you slow up and smell the roses which are growing in profusion this year in spite of the dry weather. The yellow ones are especially lovely.
Remember to watch out for all the little ghosts and goblins who will be out on Halloween. There is also a need for more donations and help with “Trick or Treat Street,” which has been an excellent undertaking. You may take donations to Richmond City Hall or the police department between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Friday until Oct. 25.
Christie White, director of handbell choirs at William Jewell College writes that the choirs will give a concert on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Gano Chapel on the campus. The group will play a couple of original compositions by Mary Kay Parrish and Margaret Tucker. The flute choir will also present a diverse program. A new work, “Capricious Winds” written in 2006 by the Japanese composer Satoshi Yagisawa will feature the piccolo and the alto flute. Sounds like a wonderful musical evening. Christie is the daughter of Ray and Lucille Gill of Richmond. The news was a little slow to come in this week so please keep sending.