Jo’s Jottings: Club meetings are the heart of the community, a place to learn

By Jo Ellen Dale

Richmond Kiwanis Club held a regular meeting at the 19th Hole restaurant. As I wrote last week, the program of having each member tell something of his or her life continued. During the business meeting, plans were discussed for the coming chili-soup dinner Feb. 9. Members were asked to take tickets to sell. As I am a terrible saleswoman, I buy mine and give them away.
Billie Hamann was hostess for our old couples’ club last Wednesday. We had lunch at the Tequila-Jalisco restaurant and then went to Billie’s for dessert. We were all ready for a nap in the afternoon.
I was happy on Thursday that my son Chuck came and stayed overnight. The next morning he left for Tan-Tar-A Lodge, where a meeting of Missouri Music Educators was being held. He majored in music at first during his college years at Central Methodist University, but later changed to business. He is now a Certified Financial Planner for Waddell and Reed. Some friends teased him that CFP stood for “Chuck finally passed,” as he had to take the difficult test more than once. He still plays in jazz bands to keep up with his music. His major instrument is the euphonium, and when he was in high school I had to lug the horn home since he worked after school. This prompted me to tell him that he needed a smaller horn or a bigger mother.
As I mentioned last week, I was invited to Rotary Club. President Lea Johnson reminded me that he had issued me a standing invitation to all meetings. The speaker was Maria Antonia, an Orrick-area resident who was seen on television for almost 30 years. She now works at the Bishop Sullivan Center as Director of Communications. This nondenominational independent organization helps anyone with food, job search, housing, clothing, literacy or other needs. She is obviously very enthusiastic about the work and illustrated her talk with filmed statements from clients. She pointed out that one problem was the pride of those needing help making them reluctant to accept charity. Ms. Antonia came to this country from Cuba when she was 5 years old, and speaks English perfectly as well as her own language. It was a great pleasure to hear her and to be able to visit with her bilingually.
On Saturday I walked in the life center of my church, United Christian Presbyterian. The men were hard at work preparing for their chili-soup luncheon to be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day. The delicious smells coming from the kitchen made me hungry. There have been so many excellent chances for eating out in January and February promises to be even better beginning with the Kiwanis chili-soup Feb/ 9.
Let’s hope that the predicted precipitation will be enough to lessen the desert-like conditions in this part of the country.


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