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Jo’s Jottings: A week of seeing friends, learning ends with a day of exercise

By Jo Ellen Dale

The regular meeting of Richmond Kiwanis Club was held Tuesday, May 14 at the 19th Hole Restaurant with 14 members present.  During the business meeting, President Marti Cowherd read two notes of thanks, one for the club’s donation to the Teen Dance and one for the donation to the Kiwanis International Project, Eliminate.  She also announced that Lt. Governor L.C. Gruber will be attending our meeting June 4 to go over the  Amendments to Kiwanis International Bylaws and Policies.  Program Chairman Nathan Preston introduced the speaker for the day, Rayne Ethetton, who is assistant director of the Youth Drama Camp at the Farris Theatre.  She spoke with great enthusiasm about her work with the young people and the benefits they derive.  She called on individuals to help by sponsoring a child who cannot afford the modest charge for the camp.  Excellent program.
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Tuesday afternoon I attended the regular meeting of the Allen-Morton-Watkins Chapter of DAR.  Harriet Minnick gave a very interesting and informative program on the DAR schools, in particular “The Kate Duncan Smith DAR School” in Alabama, which is sometimes called “The Gem of Gunter Mountain.”
This school was opened in 1924 by the Alabama Society of DAR joined by the National Society DAR in 1928.  Although much has changed, the purpose of the school is to provide an education for isolated mountain children while instilling in them  a sense of patriotism, an understanding of their civic responsibilities and an appreciation for their heritage and the history of our nation.
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Friday I had lunch at the 19th Hole and as usual was invited to join the Rotary Club meeting for the program.  President Lea Johnson announced that the program for the day was unable to come but proceeded in fine style by asking members if they had anything to contribute.  Several did and finally Lea concluded by talking of his days as an airline pilot.  He mentioned some of the changes he has noticed in flying today as opposed to his time.  It was very interesting to me as I am a “white knuckle flyer” and tend to get deathly ill as well.
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I attended one graduation party held for Anthony May and it was lovely.  Congratulations to Anthony and to all the graduates and best wishes for a successful future in whatever field they choose.
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After church at the United Christian Presbyterian, we were treated to a potato bar put on by the young people as a fundraiser.  Thanks to the efforts of their leader, Cheryl McIntosh, and others it was a huge success.  I invited Bonnie Pointer McCalley and her daughter Elise to join me and they thought the food delicious as did I.
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Sunday the family of Vanda Wegeng entertained with a surprise party for her 90th birthday.  It was such a pleasure to see all of them.  Vanda and I have been friends for years and were once almost neighbors.  I think she was genuinely surprised and it was a happy occasion for all.
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Monday morning I walked at the family life center of my church as is my custom and then went to my volunteer job at the Ray County Memorial Hospital desk.  Had I known how busy I would be walking the length and breadth of the hospital several times to take care of my duties, I would have skipped my early morning exercise. However, the key to health seems to be to keep moving.
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I do have several things to look forward to coming up, including an overnight visit from my son, Chuck.  He stays so busy as a financial planner that I almost have to make an appointment to see him.  I am just glad that he is doing well.  He and my grandson Jeff will be playing in the Todd Hamann Memorial Golf Tournament coming up next week. Weather permitting that is.

Until we write again, Dale...@aol.com.

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