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Jo’s Jottings: After almost 65 years, the Rainbow Garden Club still active

By Jo Ellen Dale

Vera White writes that the Rainbow Garden Club met Thursday of last week at the senior center.  Dorothy Jelinek, DeNelda Jongerius, Oneida Stansbury, Jackie VanHoy, Evelyn Douglas and I were in attendance.  The group was welcomed by Wendel Hendricks, president of the site council, and Pat Mills.  Ms. Mills explained the opportunities at the center.  Plans are being made for the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the Rainbow Garden Club in November.  DeNelda Jongerius will be the hostess for June.  I envy these ladies as I am unable to grow anything except a few house plants.

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Thursday, May 8, a Mother and Daughter Banquet was held at the United Christian Presbyterian Church with the best attendance in the last few years.  The carry-in dinner was delicious and of course I had to try a little of everything.  Prizes were awarded for various things and I won one for being the oldest mother there. After the meal, we went into the sanctuary for the program given by Kent Rader, one of our own. Rader is a well-known speaker and author who is noted for his clean and highly amusing humor. He chose as his subject the adage, “Men may work from sun to sun but women’s work is never done.” He spoke easily and without notes and really connected with the audience.
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Friday I again attended Rotary Club and heard a very interesting program I heard some time ago at Kiwanis.  Bob G. Stewart, director of development for Butterfield Youth Services, Inc. spoke on the founding and purpose of the organization.  It was founded in 1963 by Tom Butterfield to protect and be an advocate for homeless children.  The simple basic credo is “All a child needs is someone to love and be loved by.” He began the Butterfield Boy’s Ranch to provide a community living alternative for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children.  Since then, the first home for girls was established, CBS aired a made-for-television movie called, “The Children Nobody Wanted.” Reader’s Digest published an article about Tom Butterfield and the Child & Family Therapy Center was opened.
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Saturday I joined friends for the pancake breakfast at the veterans’ building.  The veterans really know how to serve up a good meal for good causes.  That afternoon I was invited to a graduation party for Denton Williams at the family’s home.  Cake and punch were served and when I mentioned that I had not been in the house since they remodeled it I was given the grand tour. Mr. Williams did the work himself and it was very impressive.
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Sunday we had an excellent service and Rev. Ron Galvin recognized both the mothers in the congregation and the high school graduates. I had a wonderful Mother’s Day as my son Chuck came to take me out to lunch and was able to stay into the afternoon. I had greetings from my daughter-in-law and other family members, which made me very happy.
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Monday I saw so many cars and buses at the golf course that I stopped in to see what was going on.  It was the 2014 Class 2 Sectional Tournament with 31 players and coaches from Lawson, Maryville, Richmond, Trenton, Summit Christian School, Brookfield, Warsaw, O’Hara, Lexington, Lafayette County and Archie. The weather looked threatening but I believe they were able to complete the rounds.
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Looking forward to hearing from more of you next week.             Dale...@aol.com

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