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By Jo Ellen Dale
Kiwanis Club held a regular meeting March 12 at the 19th Hole. A new member, Joy Story, sponsored by Jerry McCarter, was inducted into the club. In other business, it was voted favorably to donate to the After Prom and the hat was passed for the Back Pack Program with a tidy sum being collected. Jim Rippy introduced David Powell our First Quarter Star Award recipient. David was accompanied by his daughter, Dawn. The program was introduced by Vickie McGinnis, program chairman. Speaker Rob Swafford discussed the Use Tax for Richmond, which will be up for a vote April 2. It is also known as the Equalization Tax because it is a tax on items purchased outside Missouri. Member Ron Brohammer also spoke on the tax, further explaining its purpose.
Bonnie McCalley and I were hostesses for a regular meeting of the Allen-Morton-Watkins Chapter DAR held at the United Methodist Church. Guests of the chapter were the high school seniors who were recipients of the Good Citizen Awards, as well as their parents or counselors. One of the recipients was chosen to enter the state contest. They all spoke of their future plans and hopes. Hearing and meeting with these fine young people I had the thought that the future of our country is in good hands. More about this event appeared in the Richmond News Thursday, March 14. The recipients’ photo is on the newspaper’s Web site at www.richmond-dailynews.com in case you didn’t see it last week.
Wednesday the annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon was put on at the United Christian Presbyterian Church with an excellent turnout. Those of us serving or helping in any way decided to do so by the “wearin o’ the green.” The tables were decorated in like manner. There were many compliments on the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with vegetables and desserts.
Early Thursday morning I joined three other Kiwanians to attend a meeting of the Key Club at Richmond High School. We met in the room of Mr. McCrary, who sponsors the club. Club members made plans for their upcoming Book Fair and we enjoyed seeing these fine young people in action.
Bonnie McCalley and I were the only ones who made it to the Friday Friends lunch at the 19th Hole. Rotary was meeting at the same time and the program was being given by Ron Brohammer on the Use Tax to be voted on soon. As he did after giving the same program at Kiwanis, he urged everyone to become informed and to get out and vote.
Saturday Bonnie and I took advantage of eating out again at the Christian Union Church where a ham and bean dinner was served. The desserts looked so good I could have eaten another one. After all the eating I have done this week I will need to exercise more next week.
Sunday I was one of a large number of people who enjoyed a delicious spaghetti dinner with salad and dessert put on by the Knights of Columbus at the Veteran’s Building. I was told that the money made will stay right in this area, which I think is a plus. I always enjoy visiting with friends at these events.
Don’t forget that the Masons will be putting on another of its fish fries Friday, March 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 23 the John W. Carter Lodge will serve a pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon.
The calendar says that spring begins March 20 and I for one hope that is correct. Today was chilly and the wind was so strong that I needed an anchor.
Don’t forget the Holy Week luncheons coming up at the United Methodist Church with a different church being responsible each day. Do join us for good food and a worship service.
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