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Jo’s Jotting: As community comes and goes, dinners are often the destination

By Jo Ellen Dale

A regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club was held March 5 at the 19th Hole restaurant.  During the meeting, it was announced that Key Club will meet March 14 and members were urged to attend.  President Marti Cowherd and Bill Dooley reported on their trip to the Midwinter MOARK Conference in Springdale, Ark. Bill talked also about the Kiwanis International project, Neo-Natal or Eliminate Tetanus Project. Kiwanis is teaming up with UNICEF and great progress has been made worldwide. Many people do not know that a tetanus shot only lasts a few years and that people must be re-inoculated. Instead of a regular board meeting, a roundtable discussion of possible new service projects was held.
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Wednesday several members of the Walkers Breakfast Club met and signed a card for Alice Neely, who has moved to a retirement center near Liberty.  We will miss her.  Later I attended the meeting of Chapter CO, P.E.O. at the home of Kathy Jackson.  A large group was in attendance and two new members were welcomed into the chapter.  That evening I made it to choir practice at the United Christian Presbyterian Church.  At the same time, a dinner was being held at the church for family and friends of the late Lois Jean Allnutt.  The delicious aromas from the kitchen made me hungry. However, some of my friends say that I am always hungry.
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I was pleased to see Cameron LaBarr at the hospital last week.  He was in town visiting his mother and grandparents. His grandfather, Milford Wyss, has been in the hospital but is now much improved and hopes to be going home soon. Cameron has now returned to Cleveland, Tenn.,  where he is a professor of choral music directing at Lee University. Dr. LaBarr was awarded a  fellowship to attend and participate in the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Leaders.  He was selected as one of 50 attendees from around the world. Quite an honor. We are proud of you Cameron.
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Ernie and Nancy Jones have returned from a trip to Plano, Texas to visit his sister, Jane Jones Hellmann and family.
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Saturday morning, Bonnie Pointer McCalley and I had breakfast at the St. John’s CME Church.  It was an all-you-can-eat feast of bacon, sausage, eggs, waffles, hashbrowns and drink of your choice. The only disappointing thing about it was the poor turnout. Perhaps there have been so many opportunities for breakfast and lunch that people have eaten out too much. But as you know, I rarely miss one.
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Speaking of eating, Saturday I went to the Shrine Club for the chili and dessert cook-off.  For a minimal charge one could sample the numerous types of chili and dessert.  My first taste must have contained jalapeno peppers because it almost took the roof off of my mouth.  There were others that were not as hot and one of my favorites was a turkey chili.  All of the desserts were delicious and some unusual.  A chocolate cream pecan pie, for example, was irresistible especially to an old “chocoholic” like me.
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As I mentioned last week, the Richmond Spartans 10-and- under baseball team’s spaghetti dinner was held at the Methodist Church and I am happy to report there was a great turn-out. In addition to delicious food, the young men acted as waiters and the service was impeccable.  We hardly had to turn a hand as they carried and fetched for all of us.
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Gary Manning tells me that March 22-23 the Henrietta Baptist Church and the Ray County Arts Association will present “The Living Lord’s Supper” at the Farris Theatre at 7 p.m.  Admission is only $5.  This is a performance that you do not want to miss.
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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will put on a spaghetti dinner on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17 at the Ray County Veterans’ Building on Clark Street.  Another opportunity for a delicious meal and visiting with friends. The dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and carry-out orders are welcomed.
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Today has been rather chilly, but warmer weather is promised this week.  Bring it on!
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I eagerly await your news items.    DaleDbdale@aol.com

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