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Jo’s Jottings: Trips, auditions and programs on Alphapointe, history’s what ifs

By Jo Ellen Dale

Charles and Rose Swafford recently returned from a trip to Rapid City, S.D. to visit their son, Mike Swafford and his family. They enjoyed a cook-out with some of his neighbors who were originally from Orrick and Overland Park, Kan. Mike is the manager for radio station KXMZ in Rapid City. They declared it was a very enjoyable trip.
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A regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club was held at the 19th Hole Tuesday, July 30 with 14 members present and a guest. Nathan Preston introduced the speaker for the day, Dustin Altic, an account executive with Alphapointe. The latter is a 100-year-old non-profit organization that helps visually impaired individuals. Alphapointe was created by the Kansas City Association for the Blind and has 200 employees, many of whom are visually impaired. They work on assembly lines putting together ball-point pens as well as manufacturing plastic bottles. Altic also held a drawing after his talk for some of the products made by Alphapointe, which John Richardson won. A very interesting program.
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Thursday, I entertained the members of our former couples’ club for dessert after lunch at one of our favorite places, Tequila Jalisco. As we were visiting later around the table, I happened to mention that my disposal was not working. Fred Burress, who is very handy with such things, took a look at it and managed to get it going in no time. Those present in addition to myself were Fred and his wife, Paula Burress, of Overland Park, Kan., Jack and Jessamine Layman of Independence and Billie Hamann of Richmond.
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Thursday evening, I went to the dinner meeting at the American Legion hall. After dinner the men and women conducted their separate business meetings. At the Auxiliary meeting, officers for the coming year were installed.
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Friday, I had an early lunch at the 19th Hole with Bonnie McCalley and then I went into Rotary to hear the program. Doug Kirk gave a very interesting talk on the “What ifs of our history.” He concluded by saying that most of them turned out to be in favor of our nation. He touched on the various wars of our nation and how they began, which was very thought-provoking. During the business meeting, several checks were awarded to various organizations from the funds raised by the Reverse Raffle.
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Roger Elliott went to the Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge for the state of Missouri in Columbia July 16-19. While there, he was recognized as being “Past Master of the Year” for 2013-14 for outstanding service in to the organization by Michael T. Johnson, Most Worshipful Grand Master of Missouri. Congratulations, Roger!
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Sandy Burns has sent more information about her daughter’s trip to St. Louis in July to audition for the “Voice.” She took Ryan Burns and friend Allison Haynes there, where the young ladies (I quote), “Sang their hearts out.” Allison is the daughter of Jason and Dawn Haynes and she and Ryan loved every minute of it. Hundreds of contestants auditioned.
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Arlyn and Sandy Burns traveled to Nebraska July 28 to help celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of Sandy’s aunt, Kay and Uncle Russ Hicks. Sandy’s brothers, Mark and wife Coleen Pearson and Mike Pearson and Kathy Smith were also there, along with 300 other family members and friends to celebrate the occasion.
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For the last several weeks, I have heard cicadas and where I come from that meant that we would have frost in six weeks. If so, this has seemed like a very short summer! School will be starting soon, so let’s all be careful and watch for the kids crossing the streets on their way to classes and above all observe the speed limits. Again today, a car flew by me in a 35 mph zone as if it were jet propelled.
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Don’t forget that there will be a presentation of “Nunsence” at the Farris Theatre this weekend. I am sure it will be great and can hardly wait to see it. I may even go twice.

Until next week, DaleDbdale@aol.com

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