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Jo’s Jotting: Fonda Elliott guest of honor at Commandress Ball in Kansas City

By Jo Ellen Dale

Fonda Elliott, wife of Roger Elliott, is the Commandress of Allah Court No. 6, the Daughters of Isis in Kansas City, Mo.  She was selected to represent the court at Imperial Session, which is a joint session attended by all Shriners and Daughters throughout the United States.  The court honored her this past weekend with a Commandress Ball at the Ramada Inn in Kansas City.  Festivities included a cocktail hour, banquet and dancing afterwards. Fonda writes that it was an enjoyable experience to be named Commandress for 2013.  She adds that The Daughters of Isis is a truly wonderful alliance between women working for the good of those in need.  Congratulations Fonda.
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The Richmond Kiwanis Club is trying something new by having an evening meeting once a month.  The first was held a week ago Tuesday at Hometown Pizza.  There were several there who do not always come to the noon meeting, including the president of Key Club.  There was a discussion about continuing the evening meetings, but nothing definite was decided.  There will be another in November.
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Last Thursday, I saw Billie Leach as I was having lunch at the 19th Hole and he told me that he, his wife, his daughter and son-in-law and grandchildren took a trip to Hawaii.  They enjoyed everything very much, except the eight- hour plane trip.  I can relate to that since any plane trip is a nightmare for me.  I have had two invitations to visit Hawaii, but the thought of having to travel by air or by sea has always discouraged me.
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It’s beginning to feel a lot like fall with the trees turning beautiful colors and a definite nip in the air.  Someone told me that there are indications of a hard winter in store.  I hope that these omens are just a lot of “old wives’ tales” but that remains to be seen.
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My son Chuck and friend Tom Dunham are in Orlando, Fla. visiting with another old friend, Bob Acree.  This morning Chuck sent me a text that they are playing golf and it is much warmer there than here.  I am afraid that the frosty morning has killed my flowers that I failed to bring inside.
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Once again I attended a meeting of Rotary Club at the 19th Hole and found the program very interesting.  Program Chairman Brad Hogan talked about the many things that the Richmond Chamber of Commerce sponsors and how much good it does for the community.  Natalie Lamar, director of the chamber, was to have given the talk but she was unable to come. He also mentioned how many Rotarians are on the chamber board, some of whom were present at the meeting.  As I have mentioned before there is a need for more volunteers.
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Saturday, I had lunch at the American Legion and enjoyed the soup very much.  Others said that the chili was delicious and the array of luscious looking desserts were hard to resist. It was also great to be able to visit with many friends there.  I can tell you from personal experience that it is no fun to eat alone.
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On Sunday after church I ate at the chili-soup dinner at the United Methodist Church and found the chicken noodle soup to be wonderful.  In fact it was more like chicken noodle stew than soup.  Needless to say, the desserts were hard to resist.
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Again on Sunday, I attended the performance of “Vintage Hitchcock” and was able to catch a lot more of the dialog.  It reminded me of the days before television when my family would gather around the radio to enjoy similar productions.  There were some great, old shows on then that I would now have trouble keeping up with due to my hearing loss.
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Be sure to watch out for the little goblins and witches who will be out and about on Halloween.  Some of them will have costumes with hoods or masks that will make it difficult for them to see. Trick or Treat Street has been a great thing for entertaining them and keeping them safe.
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On Friday, Nov. 1 the Masons will be having another fish fry which I hope many of  you will attend.  I certainly plan to be there.
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Elise Pointer has been quite busy during the month of October.  On Oct. 12 she attended the nuptials of former student and friend, Sarah Dothage to Taylor Morrissey.  Sarah is active in the musical theatre scene in Kansas City.  On Oct. 20, Elise attended a recital of dear friend and former student Dr. Andrew Fochs at the Hawthorne House of Parkville.  Andrew is an operatic tenor who lives in New York City.  On Oct. 26,
Elise served as a judge for the Missouri All State Choir.

Until next time, Dale...@aol.com

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