Jo’s Jottings: Kiwanis learns about latest developments at Wentworth

By Jo Ellen Dale

At the regular meeting of Kiwanis Club April 23, the program was presented by Joe Aull, vice president of operations at Wentworth Military Academy.  Mr. Aull was a former Missouri State Representative and his father and my late husband were longtime friends. He gave a very interesting and informative program about WMA and passed out brochures about the school, which is both a high school and junior college.  One change he mentioned was that they no longer use textbooks since all students have computers and thecurriculum is computer driven. They also have a summer program.  The present enrollment is about 100 in high school and 200 in junior College.  In addition they have about 500 commuters.  The cost per year is about the same as other boarding schools.
Rita May writes that the Richmond High School band traveled to Branson recently to compete in the Haygoods Show.  They were presented a large trophy and she declared it to be an awesome evening of entertainment. Her son Anthony is in the band. The next day they all went to Silver Dollar City for shopping and Sunday they enjoyed going to a fun park with go-karts and miniature golf.  Rita says the band director, Jeff Claymore, did a superb job of planning everything.  On the way home, they stopped to eat at Lambert’s, home of the “throwed rolls,” and between dodging rolls enjoyed the delicious food.  As Anthony is a senior, he will not be going next year but this year was a weekend to remember.
Thursday morning, along with several other Kiwanians, I attended the Key Club meeting at RHS.  They were electing officers for the coming year and it was interesting to watch the process.  There was also discussion of the entry they will have in the Mushroom Festival Parade.
At noon Thursday I attended the Chamber of Commerce luncheon at The 19th Hole, where I enjoyed soup, sandwich and dessert lunch.  The program was presented by Scott Behrens of the Husch Blackwell law firm of Kansas City, who spoke about health care, specifically about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  It was very interesting and informative.  During the meeting, Larry Goodloe spoke about a subsidiary of Ray County Transportation, Direct Transit.
Friday I again was invited to attend Rotary Club and the speaker there was Brad Spears from the Federal Reserve.  He discussed the state of the economy and said that there has been some improvement.  He pointed out that we are enjoying the lowest interest rates in many years, which should stimulate construction and promote jobs.  He said that houses and other buildings are the only things still made in the U.S.  In addition, he said that small businesses in small towns provide a boost to the economy.  Following his remarks he answered questions.
Over the weekend I again had the pleasure of an overnight visit from my son, Chuck.  Saturday he had a practice round at Shirkey Golf Club in preparation for the Todd Hamann tournament next weekend in which he and his cousin, Ernie Jones, will play.  Sunday he and Ernie went to Warrensburg to play another practice round.
Don’t forget the VFW breakfast this Saturday, May 4, from 6 to 11 a.m. at the American Legion building.  I will be there, as you know. I never miss a chance to eat out.  Another thing to look forward to is the Mushroom Festival and parade.

I look forward to hearing more of your news next week.


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