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By Jo Ellen Dale
Barb Hardwick writes that she and her brother, Jim and wife Vicki O’Dell of Neosho, flew to Anchorage, Alaska and rented a car for a 10-day road trip to Valdez, Seward, Fairbanks and Denali National Park, then back to Anchorage. She says they saw moose, caribou, a bear, humpback whales, sea lions and sea otters. The best event for them was a scenic flyover of Mt. McKinley. All in all she deemed it a wonderful trip.
July 9 a regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club was held at the 19th Hole restaurant. President Marti Cowherd announced that toward the end of July she will be attending a Division 3 Leadership Training session and she would also like to have three members go with her as delegates to the district convention. She also discussed the 2013 amendments to the Kiwanis International Constitution By-laws.
The program was given by Troy Pyle on Aquaculture, a relatively new field. Troy has his business going right here in Richmond and it is located behind Arnette limited on West Main, where the industrial park once was. He employs six people but does most of the work himself. Due to my hearing disability I was not able to understand all that he said about his products, but did understand that they are used in the water for the benefit of the fish or sometimes put directly on the fish dispelling the old myth that “ you can’t take a fish out of water.” Very interesting and avant-garde program.
Wednesday was a very busy day with a PEO coffee being held at the home of Nancy Jones with a report on the convention. After the meeting, Billie Hamann and I went to Independence to meet the members of our old couples’ club for lunch at Longhorn Steak House and dessert later at the home of the host and hostess. Those present, in addition to Billie and myself, were Jack and Jessamine Layman and Fred and Paula Burress.
Friday, as none of my friends showed up, I had lunch with the Rotary Club. It was an overflow crowd and the room was packed. In the absence of the scheduled program, Linda Emley gave a very interesting talk on her long-time friend, Milford Wyss. I always enjoy hearing her speak as she is well informed and articulate. During the business meeting, new officers took over and they were as follows: President. Morris Salter; President Elect, Mark Guy; Secretary, Jean Greenlee; Treasurer, Debbie Carter; Sergeant at Arms, Danielle Rogers; Program Chair, Scott Farmer; Membership, Lea Johnson; Public Relations, Margie Bowman; Interact, Bob Lauck/Janine Clampitt and Grant, Doug Kirk. It was announced that the first raffle drawing was coming up but more are available.
Also on Friday, the Lexington Booster Club was holding a tournament with a large turnout.
I was surprised to have an instant message from my oldest grandson, Matt, who is spending a lot of time in Los Angeles preparing some TV commercials. He is a graphic designer among other things and tells me that I will be able to view his work on several channels that I watch. He also said that it is hard being away from his wife and small son. I hope to see all of the family later in the summer.
Saturday, I was happy to find Myra Hamann was in town for the weekend. I went out to see her and her daughter, Susie Rose, who was also there. As it was almost lunch time when we finished a game of Scrabble, I went to the Oink and Moo to pick up some food for us that we all enjoyed. Again if you have not tried this new restaurant, which now has extended hours, you definitely should.
Saturday my son Chuck and my grandson Jeff played in the Todd Hamann Memorial Golf Tournament. When I asked how they did the reply was, “We didn’t win anything but we had a great time.” it was a really hot day so I can see how it could affect their game. Jeff had to go back to Columbia, where he is working on a doctorate in microbiology so I did not get to see him. Again!
For the seventh consecutive year, the United Christian Presbyterian Church hosted a “Bike And Build” group as they traveled across the U.S. from Providence, R.I. to San Francisco, Calif. There were 30 kids in the group this year, most of them were college students or recent graduates. As they travel, these enthusiastic young people work to raise awareness of the need for affordable housing. Prior to their trip, each student is required to raise $4,500 to help pay their expenses, and to donate to such projects as Habitat For Humanity. They also stop at several Habitat work sites along the way to help build. Each summer, the members of United Christian Presbyterian Church provide overnight housing, showers, dinner and breakfast before sending the group on its way.
I look forward to having more news from you next week. DaleDbdale@aol.com