Speakers help club members understand the needs of others

By Jo Ellen Dale

A regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club was held Jan. 31 at the 19th Hole restaurant.  During the business meeting conducted by Pres. Vickie McGinnis, Bob Bond introduced his guest, Father Anthony from Uganda, who  made a moving plea for help for the children of Uganda who are so needy.
Another guest was Larry McCarter, twin brother of Jerry McCarter and at first glance I thought I was seeing double.
The program was given by one of our newest members, Tom Cisco, who with his wife Erin owns M&M  Surveying originally owned by Terry McCanless and Dave Monroe.
He described the ups and downs of his company, which also depends on the housing industry but says that things are much better now and they have been able to hire additional people.  We are proud of individual business owners and all that they do for our community.
Rain at last, but the hail was a little hard to drive through on my way home from walking at the American Legion building.  On Feb. 2, a regular meeting was held at the Legion building with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and meetings following.
Before the meetings, however, Ben Hayden, chaplain of Northcare Hospice in North Kansas City, spoke to the group about the work of his organization. He also passed out brochures detailing what is available to anyone facing a terminal illness.  He stressed the need for volunteers. His talk was very well received.  During the business meeting of auxiliary meetings, it was voted to send three delegates to Girl’s State this year.
On Thursday afternoon my bridge club met at the home of Joan Lewis with the usual lovely refreshments. This is why I rarely eat lunch before going because the hostess serves enough to satisfy even my appetite. I think I have mentioned that a friend once asked me, “How does anyone your size eat so much?”. I am trying to follow guidelines for a healthy diet.
Saturday evening, more than 400 people gathered at the Farris Theatre for an unusual photographing event. The finished picture will be a mural to cover a wall in the newly renovated portion behind the actual theatre itself. Using very bright lights and a special camera, the photographer took shots of the audience in increments, which will then be arranged into a single mural.  It was hard to remain seated for so long and still manage to look toward the camera without moving too much.  I look forward to seeing the finished product.
I was very happy to see a former student, Jill Jones, in church on Sunday morning. She was in Richmond to attend the Farris happening and to visit family and friends. She told me that she is able to access this column online and enjoys reading about old friends and former students.
On Thursday, Feb. 9, there will be a regular meeting of  the RCMH Auxiliary at the hospital at 10 a.m.  I am magazine chairman of the organization and would like to take this opportunity to thank all of  you who have made donations.
At the moment, we seem to have an embarrassment of riches. The magazines that we cannot use I take to Shirkey, as they are always happy to receive them.
Please remember to remove your name and address from all and bring them to the Gift Shop  for sorting and putting on the racks.
Thursday evening, Feb. 9, there will be a Valentine Banquet at the United Christian Presbyterian Church at 6:30 p.m. This is an annual event and always well attended.
Remember that on Saturday, Feb. 11, the Masons will hold a fish fry at Eagleton Center from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their fish is always delicious and I am told that they obtain it from overseas. However, it is their skill in preparing it and the side dishes that really make it irresistible.
When I was at the 19th Hole restaurant on Friday to meet friends for lunch, I saw that Rotary Club is now meeting there weekly. Maurice Salter stopped by the table and reminded me of the upcoming Reverse Raffle to be held Feb. 25.  He promised to give me further details, such as what the money collected will be used for and the cost. Dinner will be included.
The news has been slow to come in this week so please keep sending.  I would like to wish all of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day.   DaleDbdale

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