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Jo’s Jottings: Tornado scare, among other events, make for busy week

By Jo Ellen Dale

At the noon meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club, the program was presented by William Luntsfort about his time in Iraq.  He illustrated his remarks with slides projected on the wall.  It was very interesting and informative concerning the various tribes and languages to be found.  Of course most of the people speak English.
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The same day, Kiwanis’s monthly evening meeting was held at the 19th Hole.  Unfortunately only five of us were there and Mr. Luntsfort was unable to come at the last minute.  For a program, Marti Cowherd talked about the progress being made by the new Lexington club.  I wish to emphasize again that the once -monthly evening meetings are held for the benefit of those unable to attend the regular noon meeting, for members and sponsors of Key Club at the high school and for anyone making up a meeting to attain perfect attendance.  I urge you to take advantage of the evening meetings.  Hope to see you there in May.
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Wednesday morning after breakfast at Our Place, with some of my friends I went to the book club at the Ray County Library.  We had a lively discussion of the book, “Embers” by Sandor Marai.  Some confessed to being unable to read the entire book.  I  managed to struggle through it, although I found it depressing.  It has been declared a masterpiece of Central European literature.  I look forward to reading the next book by Debbie Macomber.
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Friday, as is my custom, I went to Rotary Club at the 19th Hole and heard a very interesting program given by Jim Rippy about the flag of our country.  He had some facts about how the flag began, who made it and how and when it should be displayed.  He also emphasized that we should buy flags that are made in the USA, and that they are available at the Veterans’ Memorial Building at a modest cost.  He also made it clear that the flag or replica thereof should never be used as an article of clothing or decoration.
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Friday evening, the Chamber of Commerce and Shirkey Golf Club held an after hours at the golf club and it was well attended.  The food consisted of a whole roast hog with many side dishes. I always enjoy these events as I see friends there whom I do not see otherwise. Hosts for the evening were Shirkey Nursing and Rehab, Shirkey Hospice and House of Hope. A silent auction was held with proceeds going to a worthy cause.
Saturday and Sunday the chamber and Shirkey sponsored the 2014 Deuce Classic golf tournament.  There were 34 two-man teams playing despite the rain.
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After church Sunday, I went to the fish fry held at the American Legion.  Unfortunately I arrived at 11:30 a.m. and it did not begin until noon.  The meal was well worth waiting for as always and I had some to take home.  In the afternoon I went out to Shirkey to check on the golf tournament. On arriving, I found that all players had been called in because of a tornado that seemed to be heading our way.  We were all hustled down to the lower floor where we watched the torrential rain flooding the course and parking lot.  In a way it was very fortunate for me because I do not have a basement, only crawl space, and I am not going down there.
It has come to my attention that in mentioning my new great-granddaughter I failed to give her name, which is Devereux.  Her 3-year-old brother informed me in no uncertain terms that she is his Devereux. His name is Myers and although he doesn’t see me often, he knew me. As some of you are aware, a Dale female is a rare thing.
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I have been having trouble with my computer so I hasten to send this in before it locks up again.
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Hope to hear from more of you next week.    Dale...@aol.com

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