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Last week, I needed a scorecard to keep track of my activities

By Jo Ellen Dale

Another busy week!  Last Tuesday I was up at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for our 6:30 class at United Christian Presbyterian Church. We are doing a very interesting study that is led by Rev. John Johnson and afterward, we all go to breakfast at Our Place. From there, I hurried to the Chamber of Commerce, where I volunteer. Relieved at 11:20 a.m. by fellow volunteer Mark Johnson. I went to Kiwanis as I am program chairman for October. I was pleased to introduce Hal Middleton, a retired teacher who spent 13 years at Stet and finished his career in Richmond. He spoke of his reasons for becoming a teacher and was complimentary to Kiwanis for its efforts to help children. He said that he did his best not to bore his students and we could vouch for that after hearing him speak.
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Also on Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Jay Nixon and party were at The 19th Hole to meet, greet and answer questions. Refreshments were provided to an enthusiastic crowd, myself among them.
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On Wednesday, as usual I joined the Walkers’ Club for breakfast. That afternoon I volunteered at the hospital gift shop. The Ray County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has a beautiful quilt it is raffling as well as a Christmas tree. Tickets may be purchased at the gift shop and there are some available for the quilt at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.
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Thursday morning there was a regular meeting of the hospital auxiliary at the hospital. Nancy Loman had prepared her delicious cinnamon rolls and coffee, which we enjoyed before and during the meeting. Among other items of business, the members voted favorably on three requests from various departments of the hospital. Hospital Director Bob Littleton was on hand to thank the group for its many donations. Most of the money is made in the gift shop, all of which is put back into the hospital in one way or another. The gift  shop is a very good place to shop because no sales tax is charged. On the 20th of each month, everything except Linda’s Floral and cosmetics is 20 percent off.
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The third annual O’Dell Family Reunion was held at Maurice Roberts Park on Sunday, Sept. 23. They say they were blessed with great fall weather and the attendance was 48 this year. Some of those present were: Benita Carter, Farrell and Maxine Wrisinger, Judy Wrisinger, Gary and Carolene Nolker, Annabelle Nolker, Peggy Sullard, Chastidy Loftin and boys, Steve, Rhonda and Charlie Felkins, David and Rachel Thomas, Chelsea  and Dalton Dunwoodie, Brian Wrisinger, Aaron Wrisinger, Alisha Williams and Tayla Williams, Orie Lunch, Bob Russel and daughter, Marion and Wanda Sullard, Arbie O’Dell, Royce Eastabrooks and many more. Good food and good fellowship was enjoyed by all.
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On Saturday, the annual “Walk to Defeet ALS” was held at the high school track. Doughnuts and coffee were served as the walkers gathered and the walk itself began at 10 a.m. As we covered the distance around the track the weather began to look more and more threatening so I only completed two-and-a-quarter miles instead of my usual three. At the end of the walk we were given the good news that the money raised topped last year’s total and I believe it was the best ever. Trophies were given Norman Osterberg for raising the most money – as an individual and as a team.
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On Oct. 21, there will be an open house at the Veterans’ Building to celebrate the 100th birthday of Lloyd Early. Mr. Early sings with the God Squad and all his friends are urged to come out to wish him many happy returns.
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This week I have been shopping even more at Apple Market, which has 10 percent off on all grocery items. I urge all of you to take advantage of this. I am there at least once a day and sometimes even twice. We must do our best to keep them in business. The employees are so friendly, and as I always forget some little something, like my wallet or my coupon book, someone always comes running after me to return it. My late brother was very impressed that the owner carried out his groceries, something that would never happen in Los Angeles, where he last lived.
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Thursday evening, Oct. 11, the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held at the Shrine Club with food prepared by Nadler’s. The theme of the banquet was “Grow to the Future” and the speaker for the event was Nancy Bruns, president of the Lee’s Summit Chamber since 2000. She began her Chamber career in 1986, serving there Chambers during that time. She has been awarded the Certified Chamber Executive designation and is well known for her work. She spoke on growing in the future. Awards were passed out, a silent auction was held and items were picked up after the meeting. A very enjoyable evening.
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Sunday I attended the musical “Seussical, Jr., the Musical!” and was once again amazed at the talent displayed by these young people. I was especially impressed with the singing and the choreography, which was always in sync with not a word fluffed or forgotten or a misstep in the rather complicated dancing. And believe me, that was not easy with masks and costumes making it difficult to see. My compliments as well to the production staff. Congratulations to all on a job well done!
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I would like to thank everyone for the magazines and paperback books that have been donated to the hospital auxiliary. However, at this time we’ve received so much that the closet in the gift shop as well as the magazine racks are overflowing. Some I can take to Shirkey’s and a few are damaged to the extent that they are ready for the recycle.
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On Oct. 15, the Kiwanis Bill George Golf Tournament was held at Shirkey Golf Course. The district governor and his friend from North Kansas City came and played, which was an  honor for the club. Many businesses around town sponsored the event, which is always popular.
I look forward to hearing from more of you.

Until then, Dale...@aol.com

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