43rd chamber banquet, successful ALS walk highlight a busy week

By Jo Ellen Dale

Sue Davidson recently attended the State Farm Insurance Co. convention in Las Vegas, Nev. It was held at the Connie Mack convention center. Sue’s son, Mike, is vice-chairman of State Farm.  He conducted most of the meetings.  The convention section that Sue and family attended was held on Oct.3-4.  Other family members attending were Sue’s son, Phil Davidson, and wife, Diane, of Columbia, Mo., and their sons, Matt and wife, Crystal, of Raymore and Scott Davidson of Kansas City.  Mike and Patti’s children who were there were Adam Davidson of Peoria, Ill., Abby Davidson of Chicago and Angie and Brad O’Neil of St. Louis.  The trip and convention were enjoyed by all and it was a fun time for the whole family.
Jonathan Pointer of Kingston, N.Y. and Hollywood, Calif, spent Tuesday and Wednesday of last week visiting in the home of his mother, Bonnie Pointer McCalley.  Other guests on Tuesday evening were Mike Abbott of Warrensburg, Mr. & Mrs. Erik Pointer of Lexington and Elise Pointer.
Anita and August Mautino entertained with a wiener roast at their home on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed a good time.  Attending were Bob and Wanda Harshner, Steve and Pam Harshner, Rhonda Franklin, Caitlin and Carissa Sprout, Ryan and Logan Harshner of Blue Springs, Mo., Kevin and Kim Harshner and Barbara Wood of Independence, Mo., Margie and Tori Bowman and Justin and Sarah Meierer of Richmond.
The annual Chamber of Commerce banquet was held Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Shrine Club with a large crowd in attendance. The meal was catered by Nadlers and as always was delicious and plentiful. Bill Downs gave the welcome and his Past President’s report. President Alyson Crane gave her report followed by introduction of volunteer Ambassadors by Ellen Vandiver, executive secretary of the chamber. Speaker for the evening was Bill Severns, who played baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers and who was very entertaining. He also spoke briefly of the book he has written titled “Keepers of the Sandlot”. President Crane then closed the 43rd annual banquet with a few remarks.
Friday I had lunch at the 19th Hole restaurant with Bonnie McCalley which was delicious as always.  Apparently when I wrote in an earlier column about the farewell for Renee Fickess I started a rumor that the restaurant had closed.  Not so.  Hope that I did not scare any of you away.
On Saturday the annual “Walk to Defeat ALS” was a big success (see photos this page). More than 100 walkers including myself took part. There were teams from around the area and of course the Johnson family. Team Tom had 31 present, Templeton Trail Riders had 21 and the Johnson family made up the rest. Mark Johnson has survived this dread disease for 11 plus years and he and his family are determined to find a cause and cure. The walk took place around the high school track, which was lined with pictures of those afflicted with or who have succumbed to this illness. After the walk, trophies were awarded and the amount of money announced which was almost $7,000.  I urge you to support this cause in any way possible.
The Logos program was held at the United Christian Presbyterian Church. The theme for the afternoon was Wild Wild West and the costumes were very authentic. This is a joint effort of the U.C.P.C. and St. John’s CME churches.  There are three Sundays remaining and it has been a great success.The theme for the next meeting is Mardi Gras and will be held at the St. John’s church.
A  chili and soup dinner will be held at the United Methodist Church on Oct. 30 to benefit Gabriella’s Garden. I see that work has already started and look forward to the completion as we have too many empty buildings around the Square.
I hope that you are enjoying the cooler weather as much as I am.  Until next week,

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