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Jo’s Jottings: Summer busy reunion season, but also a time for celebrations

By Jo Ellen Dale

Hoey and Leona Love will be celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary on June 30 and the family requests a card shower to honor them.  They are in room 404 at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Let’s all remember this special couple on their day.
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At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club June 18, the scheduled speaker, Maria Antonia, was unable to attend because of a death in the family.  However Jim Rippy had plenty of time to introduce our 2nd Quarter Star Award winner, Christal Milligan.  Milligan (maiden name Watson) has accomplished many things in her life and Rippy passed out a sheet listing the major ones. I have long considered Christal one of my kids.  Our congratulations.
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During the business meeting, Steve Meyer gave a report on the Bill George Golf Tournament, which will be held Friday, Sept. 6. Meyer also discussed methods that can be used to obtain sponsors and teams.  This is a major income for the club.
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Rita May writes with several items of interest.  First, the 4th annual teen dance during the Mushroom Festival was a big success with 145 kids participating and Rob Kinnard doing his usual fine job as D.J.. Then on June 9, Rita attended her 40th high school reunion to celebrate her graduation from Southwest High School.  The reunion was held at the Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan.  She reports it was a wonderful gathering and she was able to visit with many former classmates.  From June 10-15, she attended the Joshua Camp for the fifth year, teaching archery, helping with the tie dyed shirts and aiding in many other ways.  This camp is for youngsters with Tourette’s, Asperger’s, ADJD and OCD syndromes.  Her son Anthony attended as a camper.  This will be his last year as he graduated from high school this year, but he could possibly come back next year as a helper.  She says it is a very inspiring experience and the kids become like family.  Well done, Rita!
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June 10, Miss Hannah Norris and her parents, Charlie and Melissa, took a trip to Estes Park, Colo., where they stayed in a cabin by the river. The first day they hiked up to Bear Lake which is an easy trail that almost anyone could do.  They hiked up three other trails and saw two bull moose.  One day they stayed in Fort Collins, where Melissa attended college.  They thought it a super clean, beautiful town with lots to see. The last day they went to the bison ranch in Cheyenne, Wyo., where they rode horses from Wyoming to Colorado and back.  They also thought the ranch was great with lots of animals such as camels, ostrich and buffalo, which were tame enough to come right up to the train and be fed.  All in all, they declared it a wonderful trip and they hope to go back some day.
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Friday, none of my “Friday Friends” were able to meet me for lunch and as I have a standing invitation from Rotary Club. I went in to hear the program given by Fire Chief, Lonnie Quick.  He spoke of his many years as a Marine Corpsman and how he came to enlist.  He told us of the many venues in which he served including two years at the Pentagon, five weeks aboard a U.S. ship and training at Camp Pendleton, Camp LeJeune, Quantico and others.  He also spoke of how this fitted him for his years as fire chief of Richmond.  He peppered his remarks with wry humor, which kept the audience, including myself, laughing and very attentive.  Well done, Chief!!
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Thursday, my son Chuck came for an overnight visit and we had a late dinner at Hometown Pizza.  There was a large crowd of friends and well wishers there to celebrate with Christal Milligan the completion of her radiation treatments.  Christal said that she is ready to move on and was very appreciative of the Star Award presented to her at Kiwanis.
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I am told that 143 people attended the Offutt Family Reunion held at the United Christian Presbyterian Church.  That is what I call a reunion!  There was so much fun, fellowship and food that they shared the leftovers with the Sunday congregation. I may receive more information on it later.
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Seeing a larger than usual crowd at the golf course last week, I stopped in to find out what was going on.  One large group was celebrating the retirement of Trudy Gaines after 40 years in the office of the Orrick Farm Service.  Another large group was putting on a baby shower for Holly Hamm Clevenger, daughter of Brenda Hamm and wife of Norman Clevenger.  Congratulations and good wishes to both.
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Bonnie George writes that on June 22 Bill, Bobby and Billy George and Dane Henningsen played in the Northeast Alumni golf tournament at Adam’s Point course in Blue Springs,.  They won the championship flight in spite of the hot, windy day.  All of them said that they enjoyed the day.
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Try to keep cool and send me your news at Dale...@aol.com.

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