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Jo’s Jottings: A busy week over, an even busier weekend awaits us this week

By Jo Ellen Dale

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the annual Awards Banquet of the Richmond Kiwanis Club was held at the 19th Hole restaurant. Special guests present were Gary Goebel, governor-elect of the MOARK district and Division 3, Lt. Gov. Loren Gruber of the Marshall Club and their wives. Mr. Gruber was the speaker for the evening and told the group why he joined Kiwanis. Another highlight of the banquet was the installation of officers for the coming year. They are: President Marti Cowherd, President Elect Bill Dooley, Vice President John Richardson, Secretary Jerry McCarter and Treasurer Steve Meyer. Board members for 2013-14 are Bryan McMahon and Christina DeShields, and for 2014-15, Ed Hughes and Patty Walker. Outgoing officers were introduced and given warm thanks for a job well done.
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Jerry McCarter writes that he and his youngest son Mark drove to Escondido, Calif. recently to visit Jerry’s oldest brother, Steve. The first night of the trip was spent in Amarillo, Texas, and the next day they journeyed to the vicinity of Flagstaff, Ariz. The next day, on to the Grand Canyon – which neither of them had seen before – and they thought it quite an amazing sight. From there, they went to Las Vegas and drove along the “strip,” although in daylight none of the famous lights were on. Then they went on to Hoover Dam, which they say is too big to take in all at once. From there it was on to Escondido. At Jerry’s brother’s, they dined at a Japanese restaurant and had a side dish they had never sampled before, which was boiled soybeans that must be squeezed out of the hulls, which are too tough to eat. That dish sounds like the boiled peanuts, which were a delicacy in the South back in the day. Jerry called this 14-day trip their “trip around the world”. Returning via Colorado Springs and across Kansas, Jerry says that they felt a lot like Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz” and the saying, “There’s no place like home,” to which he added, “I truly know now what is really meant by the term.” Welcome home, Jerry.
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Congratulations are in order for Faith Hall on the occasion of her marriage to Dean Locke. Faith is one of the cooks in the Ray County Memorial Hospital cafeteria, which I praised in a previous column. She is the daughter of Bob and Ann Hall. We wish for the couple many happy years together.
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On Friday as usual, I met friends for lunch and we were surprised by an invitation to attend the Rotary Club meeting to hear the program. It was given by Michelle Watley, Rotary Foundation Scholarship winner and ambassador to other countries. She described her travels, showing slides to illustrate her remarks. Her first stop was in Holland, which she said is very different from the U.S.A. During her journey through other European countries, she met and talked with many important people in Rome, Berlin and Iceland. She added that to change the world we must all look within ourselves and then work on public policy. A very articulate and interesting young woman. Thanks to Leamon Johnson and Ray Gill for letting us join the Rotary Club for this excellent program.
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I stood patiently last Friday with many others waiting for the RHS Homecoming Parade to begin. It was well worth the wait. I believe it was one of the longest and best that I have seen. A great deal of candy was thrown to the many children among the spectators. The only thing that I would like to see modified is that instead of throwing the candy, which causes many of the children to run out in street, they would have volunteers walking alongside the cars and floats and handing out the candy, thus avoiding any unfortunate accidents. In the afternoon, I went to the Farris Friends Gallery to greet friends and former students here for Homecoming and the game, which the Spartans won handily. Way to go team!
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At the last meeting of TOPS ( Take Of Pounds Sensibly), Jeana Jackson won the marble game for a sizable amount of cash, $69.50. My late mother-in-law, Norma Dale, was a regular member of this group and she then joined KOPS ( Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) when she lost the desired number of pounds.
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On Saturday, Alice Neely and I attended the annual Veterans Picnic on the grounds of the Ray County Museum. The food was delicious, hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by my cousin, Allen Dale, and Bruce Taylor with side dishes and desserts provided by members of the historical society. The most impressive part of the program, which followed, was the reading of the names of the many Ray countians who have lost their lives in defense of our way of life and the sounding of the bell after each. We must never forget how much we owe these brave young men and women.
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On Sunday morning, Sept. 30, Barbara Porter was honored during the worship service and afterward at a reception for her faithful 20 years service to first, the Presbyterian, and then to the United Christian Presbyterian Church, as executive secretary. Rev. Johnson praised her for going above and beyond the duties expected of her. Members of her family were there to share in the service and reception. I would like to add that she has been a great help to me in finding subjects for children’s’ time and in getting used books for my Sunday school class. Many thanks, Barbara.
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There are many events coming up in October. On Friday, Oct. 5, there will be a fish fry at the United Christian Presbyterian Church from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Methodist Market will also begin on that day with lunch being served at noon. On the same day, however, I am invited to a reunion at noon of the girls of the RHS Class of ‘72, which I want to attend as some of the girls were in my classes. On Saturday, Oct. 6, a biscuits and gravy breakfast will be held at the Assembly of God Church to raise money for the Relay for Life. On Sunday, another place to stop by will be the Farris Friends Gallery, which will be open at 1 p.m. for the Spartanalia exhibit of RHS memorabilia. It will be possible to lunch at the Methodist Market and still make it to the Farris. This should give  you an idea of why I never dine at home.
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Enjoy the beautiful weather and send me your news.  DaleDbdale@aol.com

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