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Jo’s Jottings: Clubs, friends and family keep things lively this holiday season

By Jo Ellen Dale

As usual, I attended the Rotary Club meeting held Nov. 14.  During the business meeting, a number of things were discussed including the Christmas Light Parade to be held Dec. 5. A report was also given on the various activities of the Interact Club at the high school, which is sponsored by Rotary.  Among other things, they decorated a Christmas tree at the Chamber of Commerce and donated to the Breakfast for Santa project.
John Gill spoke about the Rotary project to donate and distribute shoes in the Dominican Republic.  Margie Bowman gave the program on the reverse raffle project.  A ticket for two people is $125, and the prizes are autographed footballs, bats and quilts. It will be held Feb. 22, 2014.
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Sunday, Nov. 17, I met friends for lunch at the 19th Hole restaurant.  Those present in addition to myself were Jean Davault, Joan Lewis, Bonnie McCalley, Mary Richeson and Betty Riley.  In spite of a fairly brisk wind, there were some brave souls out on the golf course.
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I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving and seeing my 2-year-old great-grandson, Myers Matthew Dale, and the rest of the family, of course.  However, I don’t get to see them as often as I would like.  I don’t drive to St. Louis or Arkansas anymore, and they are so busy it is difficult for them to come here – especially with the threat of a bad winter hanging over us.
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Speaking of the weather, I have needed an anchor the last two days for sure.  The wind has been blowing a gale and I am worried about the elm tree in my backyard, part of which has already blown down.  It is rotten in the middle and has been braced to try to keep it together.
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At a regular meeting of Richmond Kiwanis Club held at the 19th Hole, F.G. Weary III presented a very interesting program on his experiences during World War II.  He began by saying that he was born in Richmond and having lived in various other places, was extremely glad to be home again.  He distributed a handout that outlined his remarks, which I found very helpful.
It was also somewhat nostalgic for me as it brought back memories that I have of the WW II years.
Hope to hear from more of you about your Thanksgiving celebrations.
Until then, DaleDbdale@aol.com.

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