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Jo’s Jottings: Kiwanians learn number of abused and neglected children alarming

By Jo Ellen Dale

So far this has been a busy week.  At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club Tuesday, Aug. 12, the program was given by Marti Cowherd concerning youth programs especially for abused and neglected children.   Some of the statistics were astounding i.e. there are approximately three million cases of abuse or neglect impacting almost 5.5 million children.  She then passed out work sheets concerning Kiwanis International Youth Protection Guidelines. A very interesting and informative program.
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Wednesday morning I met the “breakfast club” at Our Place and later joined other members of the United Christian Presbyterian Church Womens’ Ministries to give our kitchen a thorough cleaning. It reminded me that I need to do the same at home as I eat out so much that it is a chore that I sadly neglect.
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A week ago Thursday there was a regular meeting of the Ray County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.  We enjoyed cookies and coffee and after a short business meeting, the program was given by Donna Lamar on the hospital’s emergency-response plan.  She emphasized that any of us volunteering or working in the hospital need to be aware of all the hospital color codes and their meanings.  For example, Code Blue is Cardiac Arrest, Code Red is Fire, Code Gray is Tornado and several others. She also explained the procedure to be followed in each case.  She gave us handouts, which were very specific in explaining all of the above. There were a good number in attendance including the hospital administrator and several donations to various departments were approved.
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Friday, Billie Hamann and I went to Independence to join the other members of our old couples’ club for lunch.  I was delighted that my son Chuck was able to join us for lunch but could not stay long as he had a call to get back to the office. That evening I was just too tired to attend the Chamber of Commerce’s After Hours since I always enjoy these events.
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Saturday, another tournament was held at the golf club with a large number from Wellington participating.  As it was only a one-day event, I was able to have lunch Sunday with Methodist friends.
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Sunday I went to the Farris Theatre to wish F.G. Weary a happy birthday.  I was not able to stay long, but there were already many friends in attendance.  I told him that I was happy to know at least one person who is a little older than I.
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Monday I took care of my volunteer jobs at the hospital and the Chamber of Commerce.  As usual, I began the day with a brisk walk in my church’s Family Life Center. I once enjoyed walking outside in my neighborhood, but had to give it up after an unfortunate encounter with an overly enthusiastic Lab in which I ended up on the ground.  The dog just stood there and I declare he was laughing at me.
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I was disappointed not to hear from more of you this week.  Perhaps the beginning of school has curtailed any trips or visits, but I trust that next week will be better.
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