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Jo’s Jottings: Routine club business, two lively talks and a special birthday

By Jo Ellen Dale

Not as many of you have sent news this week so this column may be a little abbreviated.
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During the regular Richmond Kiwanis meeting May 21 several announcements were made and items of business taken care of.  Copies of the suggested by-law revisions were handed out for study. Also passed out were copies of a letter from Mayo Clinic in Arizona concerning a generous donation by Ray and Lucille Gill to the proton beam development and pictures of the Healing Garden Fountain at the Mayo Clinic Specialty building.  The nominating committee presented the names of Nathan Preston for vice president, Ron Brohammer and yours truly for board members and the nominations were confirmed.  Speaker for the day was Haley Morrissey, recreation director for the city of Richmond.  She spoke and gave out brochures about the many recreation activities for young and old.  The main part of her talk concerned the pressing need for a new gymnasium floor.  This floor, having been built in 1954, is in urgent need of replacing and she expects a campaign to begin shortly to raise the funds.  She then answered questions.  Haley’s talk was a very timely program.
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My son Chuck Dale came to Richmond Thursday to play golf with a client and friends.  It was the regular men’s day at the club and they were frying fish.  Chuck, however, came on home to go out to dinner with me at Hometown Pizza and we had our favorite.  He did spend the night, but had to leave early next morning to go on to more appointments.
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Friday’s Rotary Club program was especially interesting to me since it concerned WWII.  Doug Kirk spoke about many interesting occurrences and coincidences throughout the war.  As it took place during my teenage years, I, too, have vivid memories of what transpired.  To my generation, Pearl Harbor day had the same significance as 9/11 does to today’s.
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I was so happy to be invited to Miss Hannah Norris’ 10th birthday party given by her parents at their home.  Family, friends and neighbors enjoyed cake and ice cream.  Hannah received many lovely gifts and was obviously excited by it all. I have adopted Hannah as my great- granddaughter since I have none of my own. Happy Birthday, Hannah!
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Friday guests in the home of Bonnie Pointer McCalley were her niece and nephew, Mr. & Mrs. Nelson Enloe of Independence.  They enjoyed lunch together and decorated graves in Memory Gardens and Sunny Slope cemeteries.
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Saturday morning, Bonnie, her daughter Elise and I had breakfast at Our Place to celebrate Elise’s birthday.  It was delicious as always.
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Sunday after church I had planned to have lunch at the 19th Hole, but found that due to illness there was no cook there.  I knew that Hometown Pizza was closed and finally decided to eat at home.  As you know that is a rarity.
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I hear thunder and the sky is very dark so it is time to turn off my computer and “batten down the hatches.”

Keep sending. I enjoy hearing from you all.

DaleDbdale@aol.com

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