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Jo’s Jottings: Eating three meals out at civic clubs in one day a personal best

By Jo Ellen Dale

I am sure that all of you are as ready for Spring as am I.  For the first time since I have been a member, Kiwanis Club was called off last week due to the weather.  I was certainly hopeful we could resume this week, which we did. However I saw on TV that another storm was headed in our direction.  That left me snowed in. I spent time watching television and the closings of schools and businesses, which was endless.  My drive was cleared but I heeded the warnings about staying in unless it was absolutely necessary to venture out. I glad that’s over now.
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I also received an email from the 19th Hole saying that the restaurant would be closed Feb. 8-9, another weather disappointment as I like to have lunch there after church.  I could only hope that we would all be able to attend the Kiwanis chili/soup lunch on Saturday, Feb. 8, which we did in spite of the frigid temperatures.
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Another chance for some good food will be put on by the Spartan baseball team at the United Methodist Church Sunday, Feb. 16.  They will be serving spaghetti and all the trimmings from 11  a.m. to 2  p.m.  This is the third year for the fundraiser and we should all get out and support our Richmond youth.
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I have received a note from Carol Williamson that she and her brother, Hal Middleton, went to the Sprint Center Wednesday evening to a tennis event.  They saw Michael Chang, Jim Courier, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe play.  These athletes were at their peak more than 20 ago.  Hal and Carol had dinner with Jim Robinson, a former Richmond High School teacher before the match. It was an enjoyable evening, she says, watching three great matches.
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Christie Gill White, director of handbell choirs at William Jewell College, has sent me a flier for their coming Missouri Ozark tour, which was canceled last year because of the snowstorm. Sad to  say, but none of the choir’s venues are close enough for me to attend. They have played in Richmond, and I sincerely hope that they will be here again sometime in the future. They are outstanding!
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Rotary Club met Friday at the 19th Hole and members enjoyed joking and laughing during the meeting, which lifted everyone’s spirits.  Doug Kirk put on a very interesting program on World War II, to which I could personally relate as I was in high school during the conflict. He spoke easily and without notes and had some very little- known information about that time.
I was astonished at the total of people killed of all nationalities and am not sure that the number included the mass killings of Jewish people, men, women and children. He pointed out that there was advance notice of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which was not heeded and that there was a plot to assassinate Hitler, which came to naught.
He said that news was slow to travel in that day and word of the armistice was late in coming and several were killed after it was in effect.
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Saturday was my kind of day.  Biscuits and gravy breakfast at the Masonic Lodge, chili or soup at the United Christian Presbyterian Church put on by Richmond Kiwanis Club and barbeque at the Veteran’s Building.  Eating out three times a day may be my record. There was a good turnout especially at the Kiwanis chili/soup.  In fact, so much so that they ran out of chili.
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On Sunday I attended a fundraiser spaghetti dinner and auction to benefit Help-Hope-Live.  It is an organization that will help with medical expenses for Kathy Graham, a young woman who needs a double lung transplant.  Held at the Shrine Club, it was well attended and raised a considerable amount of money.  I left before the auction, but was told by Billie Leach that the bidding for all items went well.  Personally, he shelled out $250 for a pie.  Must have been exciting to watch.
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