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By Jo Ellen Dale

At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club June 11, Steve Meyer made a report on the status of the annual Bill George Golf Tournament.  The committee has set the date for the event Friday, Sept. 6, with a tee-off time of 1 p.m. following lunch. This year it will be a three-person scramble. It is hoped there will be more teams this year, so if you are interested contact Steve Meyer. Another report at the meeting, this one by Interclub Chairman Don Kern, advised members that there will be an interclub with Carrollton June 24. It is an evening meeting, so anyone going should meet in the parking lot of the United Christian Presbyterian Church to depart at 5:30 p.m.. Program for the day was given by Jane Bartlett, who talked about dealing with grief, especially when the bereaved one is a child. She has been of great help to all ages who are dealing with this She highly recommended the book, “Tear Soup.” Well done, Jane!
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Thursday the members of Ray County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary enjoyed a luncheon meeting at Hometown Pizza. The large crowd almost filled the dining room and everyone agreed the food was delicious. Speaker for the day was Hospital Administrator Bob Littleton, who spoke on future plans for improvements. He also complemented the Auxiliary on all the contributions the organization has made over the years.
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On Friday, Bonnie Pointer McCalley and I met for lunch at the 19th Hole and then I went into the Rotary Club meeting since Nathan Preston, the 911 director, was the speaker. Before his talk, President Lea Johnson announced that the next meeting would be changed to Hometown Pizza June 28 due to conflicts at the golf course. Preston then began his remarks by citing the need to attract more people and businesses to our city. He went on to talk about several big draws to accomplish this, such as the Mushroom Festival,  a major source of income, the Spring Fling and summer carnival. He said the very successful Outlaw Days would be put on again Sept. 20-21. He also praised the Farris Theatre as an excellent draw and said that it is unique.
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I visited the Farmers Market on Saturday but was a little late and only one stand was still operating, but I was still able to buy some delicious peaches. Next Saturday I will remind myself to get there earlier.
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There was a big crowd at the golf course today and I stopped to see what was happening. Larry Best told me that it was the AT&T Tournament and that last Tuesday was the Ladies Invitational Tournament. Speaking of a draw to our town, our golf course attracts many greens fee players and tournaments. Wish I could still swing a club, but I can at least sit in the club house and watch some of the action.
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Weekend guests in the home of Bonnie Pointer McCalley and her daughter Elise were Bonnie’s nephews, Max Fearing of Kansas City, Mo. and David Fearing of Kansas City, Kan.
I have heard of several family reunions lately and hope to have that news in my next column.

Until then,                 DaleDbdale@aol.com

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