Coming or going, county residents leave an impression

By JoEllen Dale

On Friday, Nov. 30, Elise Pointer served as clinician for the Grandview High School choral department in Grandview.  Karrie Beth Moore Reitz is the head of the department.  That evening I joined Elise and her mother, Bonnie Pointer McCalley, for dinner at Fubbler’s Cove in Orrick.  Bonnie and I opted for breakfast, which is served all day.
At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club on Dec. 4 at the 19th Hole, there were 17 members present and one honorary member, Neisha Fernandez.  As it was Neisha’s last meeting, we all bid her a fond farewell. Don Kerin announced that there will be an interclub on Dec. 12 with the NKC Kiwanis Club. At each meeting, President Marti Cowherd has been asking one member to give a short bio.  This week It was Bryan McMahon who told us something of himself.  He joked that he is a diehard Jayhawk but was sponsored anyway by Judge David Miller and Brian Bush.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Nolker of Richmond entertained on Thanksgiving Day with a dinner.  Present were Mrs. Walter Nolker of Lawson, Derrick Nolker and daughter Isobel of Platte City, Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Thacker, Carly and Dalton of Hardin, Mrs. Melvin Thacker, Elaine Carter, Mrs. Jimmy Carter and Pat Thompson of Richmond.  It was a lovely family gathering.
Last Sunday afternoon I attended another performance of “It’s A wonderful Life, A Live Radio Show” and was even more impressed than before.  Looking back I wish that I had seen all them.  Each time I could hear a little more of the dialogue, which was fast-paced with not a slip.  Plus they all performed as if they were on stage and not just the radio. At the finale of each show, I was on my feet cheering along with the rest of the audience.
This week looks even busier than last with the DAR Christmas Luncheon and Kiwanis on Tuesday, Womens’ Ministries of the United Christian Presbyterian Church luncheon on Wednesday and Christmas fast approaching. With the chilly weather we’ve had lately, it really has begun to feel like winter, which officially begins on Dec. 21. Wrap up when you go shopping and stay warm and safe.
Monday was my day to volunteer at the front desk at Ray County Memorial Hospital, and as I have not taken a flu shot I am required to wear a mask.  At times that can be an inconvenience,but on the other hand it does cover my wrinkles.  Speaking of the hospital, they had a very successful Christmas party at the American Legion building judging from the number of tables set and the beautiful decorations.  I hope that all of you appreciate our local hospital as much as I do. It has been deemed one of the best in its class and is staffed by excellent personnel.  I have already said many times how much I enjoy eating in the cafeteria.
It is time to begin sending Christmas cards and this year I will be sending as many greetings as possible through email, Facebook or texting.  My handwriting is all but illegible so to all my friend who read this column, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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