Rotary raises $1,000 for local food pantry

Jo’s Jottings/By Jo Ellen Dale


Ilah Logston spent the weekend in Jefferson City with son, Mike, and family. They all attended a performance of “Godspell,” in which grandson, Seth, was cast as Jesus. She was delighted with his rendition of the role.

The Richmond Kiwanis Club had its awards banquet at The 19th Hole restaurant on Sept. 20. As usual, the food was delicious and enough for two meals for me. After the awards were presented, officers for the coming year were introduced and installed. It was reported that the golf tournament held the day before had raised a respectable amount of money and that the weather for it was perfect.

Richmond Rotary Club members raised over $1,000 Saturday for “Sack Out Hunger” at Richmond Apple Market. Later next week, club members will purchase items from the store for our Salvation Army food pantry. Another very special donation – around 3,000 pounds of pasta – was donated by American Pasta Co. in Excelsior Springs to the food pantry. Jerry Berning, Joe Smithey and Mike Nolker helped Rotary obtain the pasta. Swafford Ford generously donated their time, unloading the gift to Salvation Army’s loading dock. The need is very great. If you can spare some non-perishable canned goods or money, Ray County Salvation Army and its recipients would be grateful.

Some of you may remember Rev. James Craddock, former minister of First Christian Church in Richmond. I joined the church during his tenure in the 1950s.  His daughter has sent word of a celebration planned for his 90th birthday on Oct. 7.  He lives in a retirement center in Indianapolis, Ind., and I have the address if anyone would like to send a card.

Last Friday evening, Alice Neely, Bev Gray and I attended the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours held at Hometown Pizza, co-sponsored by State Bank and Hometown Pizza.  The food was varied, tasty and including, of course, pizza cut in finger-food sizes.  A large crowd was in attendance and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

On Sunday, I attended “Praise in the Park 2011,” coordinated by St. John’s CME Church in Maurice Roberts Park. As luck would have it, I arrived just as the St. John’s choir was singing, which is always my favorite part.  The youth choir sang first with much enthusiasm and dancing to the beat. Then the adults performed with precision and joy.  All choir members had shirts imprinted with the slogan “Praise in the Park 2011.”  How could anyone not clap, pat a foot or otherwise join in?  Well done! I am looking forward to next year. Pictures were printed in the Monday edition of the Richmond News, complete with names of the performers.

My son, Chuck, spent last weekend at the lake and tells me that the weather was perfect.  While there he saw some clients but also celebrated his birthday.  He and I had our celebration the week before. He has reached what his Dad always called the “double nickel” birthday.

Debby Ginow was on vacation from her position at the US Bank and she and her husband, Danny, spent a very pleasant time in Branson.  They enjoyed all the different things available.  It is a unique place and has drawn visitors from all over the country.

Scott and Leslyn Farmer spent last weekend in Kansas City with their son, Farrell, his wife, Lisa, and their girls, Ellie and Macie.  On Saturday, they took them to Worlds of Fun where they all had a wonderful time especially on the rides.  Saturday evening they watched the sad MU vs. OU game.  Then Sunday afternoon, they went shopping.  Sounds like much fun.

Tuesday at the regular Kiwanis Club meeting, Renee Fickess and crew surprised us with a steak and French fries lunch, free of charge in appreciation for the years that the club has met with them. The program was very interesting concerning a program for autistic children or those with cerebral palsy in which riding horseback is used as therapy.  We were treated to astonishing stories of successes with these children.  I asked if it was used for deaf/mutes, but was told that so far that had not been considered.  Personally, I love horses just as long as I am not on them.  During the meeting, a collection was taken up for the backpack program with good results.

Remember, that there will be a fish fry and silent auction at the United Christian Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.

Again, I would like to thank all the readers who have been kind enough to comment favorably on this column.  It has been my pleasure to bring your happenings to the News.
















































































































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