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Jo’s Jottings: SeAirLan celebrates 35th anniversary in fast company

By Jo Ellen Dale

Last Tuesday there was no program at the regular Kiwanis Club meeting as the first meeting of the month there is always a board meeting.    There were nominations for new officers and the vote will take place at the May 21 meeting.
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SeAirLan World Tours celebrated its 35th anniversary in Louisville, Ky.  The company sponsored a horse at Churchill Downs for the pre-Kentucky Anniversary honors included presented the trophy to the owner, jockey and trainer of the winning horse.  There were 50 people on this tour.  SeAirLan was also on board the Belle of Cincinnati riverboat in a race up the Ohio River against the Belle of Louisville.  There was a 35th Anniversary celebration dinner party at Dr. Rocky’s restaurant.  Hardin’s Jim Strain, owner and general manager of SeAirLan, was presented hundreds of letters, photos and cards congratulating him for 35 years in the travel business.  Warm congratulations, Jim.
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I received an e-mail from Chris Farnan Sesti telling me that she also attended the Kentucky Derby and had a marvelous time.  Her picture was in the Richmond News as a surprise for her mother, Helen Farnan.
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Women’s Ministries of the United Christian Presbyterian Church held its Mother and Child Banquet Wednesday evening, May 8 at the church.  The turnout was disappointing but many other things were going on at the same time.  After dinner games were played and some would say that I made out like a bandit.  I won a prize for being the oldest person there and another for having the winning number in a drawing.
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Rotary Club  was celebrating its 90th anniversary last Friday.  Dignitaries there were District Governor Kenny Harris and past District Governors Larry Lunsford and John Gill.  During the business meeting, it was announced that Richmond Rotary has donated a total of $220,224 to area groups and organizations from 2004-2013, which includes proceeds from the club’s annual Reverse Raffle since 2006. Rob Swafford then cited some interesting facts about the club through the years such as that the club became coed in 1995 and how long some of those present had been members. First speaker was Larry Lunsford, who emphasized that the club should look to the future. He was given a gift of a shoe tree.  Kenny Harris spoke of the worldwide connection among Rotarians. Jean Greenlee, a former student of mine, was presented an award for her faithfulness to the club and her service as recording secretary for 10 years.
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I hope that your Mother’s Day was as happy as mine.  Saturday, my former daughter-in-law Angie Dale surprised me by coming to Richmond and taking me to lunch.  Angie is a world traveler and told me that the next trip may be to South Africa. I told her I thought Richmondite Tommy Cook was still there.  Sunday, my son Chuck Dale took me to lunch at Jeffrey Kyle’s and brought me a lovely hanging plant and other gifts. In the afternoon we visited Ernie and Nancy Jones.  While there I remarked that I am always saying to friends “Don’t get old,” which they think is amusing.  What I mean is that we can’t do anything about aging but that we do not have to get old.  In other words, keep up with the times and always move forward.
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Wilma Carter and her daughters Pat Macey and Karen Branson recently spent time in Anaheim and San Diego, Calif. visiting relatives.  They were joined by Wilma’s niece, Barbara Carter of Anaheim, and flew to Maui, Hawaii.  They spent seven days enjoying the Road to Hana (aka the Hana Highway), sunrise at the Haleakala volcano crater, the Marine Aquarium, snorkeling, driving up-country to a lavendar farm, the Hawaiian theatre production “Ulalena” and a special luau to celebrate Wilma’s upcoming 90th birthday in July.  They add that it was a special time for all.
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I really appreciate all of you sending your news.  As I said in my first column, “This is your column and I will try to quote you without too many mistakes.”
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Until next week, Dale...@aol.com

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