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Jo’s Jottings: Fellowship, learning, food and a spoon of good-old gravy

By Jo Ellen Dale

Sunday after church at the United Christian Presbyterian we were invited into the family life center for leftovers from the chili-soup dinner put on the day before by the Mens’ Fellowship.  It was just as good and perhaps even better.  The desserts were plentiful.
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After eating I hurried out to the 19th Hole hoping to meet my Methodist friends as usual.  Unfortunately I was a little late and just missed them.  However, Lawrence and Yvonne Clark invited me to join them and we had a good visit.  They recently returned from a trip to Hawaii and said it was wonderful.
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At the regular Kiwanis Club meeting last Tuesday members continued telling something about themselves for the program.  It will be continued next Tuesday as the time ran out and there may be some who have missed these meetings and will need to tell their story.  Plans were discussed for the chili-soup dinner on Feb. 9 and members were asked to sign up to help in various capacities.  Everyone is to bring a dessert.
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Recently I have been taking my morning  walk in the family life center at the United Christian Presbyterian Church.  When it was built it was meant to be an area for exercising and walking as well as many other things.  Now there is a Zumba class that meets there and Rev. Johnson tells me that they are very active – in more ways than one. As for me, I will stick to walking for my physical activity.
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Last Friday I attended the Rotary Club meeting as President Leamon Johnson has issued a standing invitation as I have said before.  The program was given by Michelle Zwiers, who is a Community Outreach Specialist with Missouri Valley Community Action Agency.  The Mission of this organization is “To engage communities and focus resources to end poverty.” She was very articulate and interesting.  After her talk she answered questions.
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Saturday I had biscuits and gravy at the Masonic Lodge.  Usually I just have the biscuits as I consumed too much gravy in my youth during the depression to really enjoy it now.  However, I did try a scoop full on one biscuit and found it to be delicious and full of large chunks of sausage. Maybe next time I will try 2 scoops.  The Masons will be putting on another fish fry later in the month and I am really looking forward to that.
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Don’t forget that the musical Potpourri that I mentioned in my last column will be held at the Farris Theatre next Sunday, Feb. 10, and I am especially looking forward to hearing some of the musicians whom I have not heard in quite a while.
There will be a chance to visit with them after the performance in the Friends Gallery two doors down from the theatre. Come one, come all.
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