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Jo’s Jottings: Autism program informative, praises Ideal Industries

By Jo Ellen Dale

At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club on Oct. 23, a new member was inducted. Mac Proffitt sponsored Troy Pyle, who was welcomed warmly by club members. There were 17 members present and two guests,  Nichol, who came with Marti Cowherd, and Joe Don McGaugh, with Judge David Miller.  Speaker for the day was Will Talbert, who brought a slide presentation about autism.  Will and his wife, Denise have an autistic son, Jackson, who is employed by Ideal Industries.  Will discussed his son’s autism, which he emphasized is not a disease but a syndrome. They felt fortunate that it was discovered early on when they took him to the doctor for an ear infection and were referred to Children’s Mercy Hospital, where Jackson was diagnosed.  There is medication that is a help to some, but there is no known cause or cure thus far.  Unlike some with the syndrome, Jackson functions and communicates well.  Will also had high praise for Ideal Industries, calling it a model for work centers for people with special needs throughout the state. An excellent program and timely as more and more cases of autism are being diagnosed.
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Wednesday was my day to keep the auxiliary gift shop at Ray County Memorial Hospital and I would like to remind you that tickets are available for the quilt and the Christmas tree. The drawings will be soon, so don’t miss these opportunities.
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Thursday, members of our old couple’s club met at the Tequila-Jalisco Restaurant for lunch and came to my house for dessert, coffee and fellowship.  It is so good to get together with old friends and we are happy to make this a monthly event.  Next time we will go to Fred and Paula Burress’s in Overland Park. That is if the prediction for a mild fall and winter still holds.
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A special event honoring veterans will be held on Nov. 11 on the courthouse lawn beginning at 11 a.m..  Some of the attractions will be a solo by Elise Pointer, numbers by the RHS symphonic band and the 5th grade chorus, as well as a talk by Ron Brohammer.  I always attend and find it a very stirring patriotic tribute.
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On Nov. 1, a luncheon will be held at Hometown Pizza for the Ray County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary at 11 a.m.  I would like to remind you again that the hospital gift shop that is run by the auxiliary is a good place to shop for gifts.  On the 20th of each month, everything in the shop with the exception of cards and Linda’s Floral items is 20 percent off.  All proceeds are funneled back into the hospital.
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Friday evening, I received a call from Lora Frances McGaugh asking me to include the following item in my column.  Last week she and her husband Bennie and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Kendricks attended a luncheon and candidate forum at the senior center in Carrollton with their grandson Joe Don.  I apologize to Mrs. McGaugh in advance if there are any spelling errors as, because of my hearing impairment, it is difficult to take news over the phone.
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Also on Friday, I was invited to attend a meeting of Rotary Club  to hear the program.  Julie Stevenson presented an overview of a new program at Sunrise Elementary School, known as Operation Rise (Raising Individual Student Expectation).  She stated that mass customized learning will be used to implement the program that is a modern approach that motivates and meets learner needs of the students every hour of the day.  This explanation was found in the brochures that she passed out. Having taught for so many years, I found similarities to a program tried in our schools many years ago called individualized instruction.  I found that any and all programs must be adapted to the particular subject being taught, the size of the classes and other factors.
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The chili and soup dinner held at the American Legion building on Saturday seemed to be an unqualified success.  Alice Neely and I went early and found the soup to be delicious.  We also took a dinner to Myra Hamann and later I returned for another take out of chili.  There was such an impressive array of desserts that it was difficult to choose.  As always, we were able to greet and visit with old friends whom we do not see often.
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I would like to remind everyone that the election is coming up very soon.  By all means,  exercise your hard won right to vote for the candidate of your choice, but please do not feel that you must downgrade his or her opponent.
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Sunday morning after teaching my class at the United Christian Presbyterian Church, I attended worship services at the United Methodist Church at the invitation of Elise Pointer and her mother, Bonnie Pointer McCalley.  Elise sang a lovely solo, “Hold Thou My Hand”, and Bruce Thurman at the organ and Marguerite Thurman at the piano provided more lovely music.  Following the service we all went downstairs to the chili-soup luncheon put on as a fund raiser for Gabriella’s Garden.  The chicken noodle soup was delicious and I could not resist the layered chocolate dessert.  I felt right at home having attended the church when my uncle, Rev. Ernest Jones, and his wife Margaret accepted the post and I visited them in the summers.
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