Richmond man honored for year’s service as potentate

By Jo Ellen Dale

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the 117th Annual Potentate Ball of Allah Temple #6 was held at the Holiday Inn Kansas City Sports Complex honoring Noble Roger Elliott for a successful year as Illustrious Potentate. Congratulations from the organization’s Lodges, Shrine, Eastern Star and businesses in Richmond and throughout the state were expressed in the brochure issued at the time.
Drinking glasses were also given out imprinted with Roger as Illustrious Potentate and Anna Jackson as Illustrious Commandress. We add our congratulations, Roger.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Merrifield were in Columbia Oct. 23 to see their grandson, Daniel Merrifield, play football. His team, the Chiefs, won the game 14-0.  Mr. and Mrs. Jim Harless of Independence went with them while there they visited with their son, Don and family,
Oct. 27, Billie Hamann and I met the other members of our Old Couples’ Club at the Red Lobster restaurant in Overland Park for lunch.  I over-indulged in my favorite shrimp dinner, and we all then went to the home of Fred and Paula Burress for dessert. I am happy to report that Paula’s ankle break has healed swiftly and she no longer has to wear the clumsy boot.
I have received word from Christie Gill White, director of Handbell Choir at William Jewell College, that the choir will be performing Sunday, Nov. 6, on the college campus. She included the program, which contained such works as “Allegro” for flute choir by Joseph Boismortier, the “Adagio” by Samuel Barber, “Wizards and Wizards” by Phyllis Louke.  The Handbell Choir will also do original compositions for bells. Sounds like an ambitious program and well worth the short drive to Liberty.
I have heard from Jane Strobel that she and Harold had a wonderful trip to Tennessee with lovely weather until their return to Missouri. She also wrote that they attended the 50th wedding anniversary of Donald and Lynda Gill Brown, formerly of Richmond. Lynda is the daughter of Hallie Gill and the late Wesley Gill. Donald is the son of the late Helen and David Shelton. Although the Browns live in Florida, the celebration was held in Morristown, Tenn. where their son, David, and their four grandchildren live. Others attending were Winona Brown, Donald’s sister, and Elaine Wyatt.
Oct. 25, the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club was held at The 19th Hole restaurant. The program chairman, Shannon Wollard, introduced Crystal Milligan, president of Community 2000, who introduced the Hardin-Central principal and guest students from Hardin.  These young people are members of B.A.D.D., a group dedicated to preventing teen drinking, drunk driving and drug abuse. We were very impressed with their presentation.
Bonnie Pointer McCalley entertained 46 members of her family with a luncheon Oct. 28. Bonnie’s sister, Rosana Beary Fearing, was interred in Richmond Memory Gardens that morning after a funeral service in Kansas City, Kan. Our sympathy to all.
The chili and soup dinner at the Veterans Building in Richmond on Saturday was well attended and the soup was delicious. I like chili but it does not like me. I understand from Millard Yoakum that a respectable amount of money was earned and that he had sold a large part of the tickets.
On Sunday, the chili and soup dinner at the United Methodist Church to fund Gabriella’s Garden was also a big success. I am pleased to see t work has begun on the garden, which will certainly beautify that side of the Square.
Oct. 30 was the final meeting of LOGOS, held at St. John’s CME Church with Halloween as the theme. This program, which I have mentioned before, has been very successful.  This was the last session, and I found the costumes to be the best of all, with the adults joining in as well. Rev. John Johnson was attired as “ Mrs. Doubtfire,” Carter Rogers was costumed as “The Black-Eye Pea” and the children were everything from an angel to the Green Hornet. I am sure all who participated will miss our meetings.
Hope you were especially careful with all the little ghosts and goblins scurrying around town Monday. I wore my witch’s costume that I put together for the meeting Sunday afternoon. A belated Happy All Hallow’s Eve.

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