Kiwanians learn all about Richmond’s city government … and then some

By Jo Ellen Dale

At a regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club on July 31, there were 19 members present and two guests. Guests were Troy Pyle, guest of Mac Proffitt, and City Clerk Tonya Willim, guest of City Administrator Ron Brohammer.
The city administrator, a Kiwanis member, gave a program on the “State of the City of Richmond”. He gave all a handout of the city’s organizational structure and said that his guest, the city clerk, also serves as the assistant city administrator and is a valuable member of his team.
He started with a trivia contest about Richmond, surprising us with how little most of us know.  He continued by explaining exactly how the structure is made up and the purview of each.  Of course, finances were also discussed.  A very interesting and informative program with a little humor thrown in.
I have been in contact recently with Verlee Henningsen. She and husband, Allan, just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  Some 40 years ago, Allan Henningsen was superintendent of schools in Richmond and she said that they have very fond memories of living here.  I saw them several years ago in Columbia at graduation exercises at the University of Missouri, when my grandson Jeff and their grandson Adam were graduating.  Now she tells me that Adam has just taken the bar exam and hopes to be a practicing attorney soon.  I told her that my grandson is still at MU working on a Ph.D. in microbiology. They send greetings to all who remember them.
One day last week, Larry Brune took Alice Neely and me for a spin in his new ride, though not at the same time as it only seats two.  It was a great deal of fun and almost made me wish for one in which to buzz around town.  Almost, that is.
In happy news I have heard that Faith Hall, daughter of Ann and Bob Hall, will marry Dean Locke on Sept. 22 in Odessa at the Grienton Baptist Church. We offer warm congratulations to the happy couple.
Last weekend my son Chuck and I drove to St. Louis for the first birthday parties for my first great-grandson, Myers Matthew Dale.  It was a wonderful time although the little man is such a live wire that he couldn’t sit still for long.  The party was held in the new home of his grandparents, Jeff and Sherri Washington, and many family members were there to help him celebrate.  The next morning Myers, his parents, my daughter-in-law Liz and my grandsons Jeff and Chris enjoyed breakfast together before Chuck and I began the journey home.  All in all a very happy trip.
While in St. Louis we enjoyed two rather heavy rains which I wish I could have pointed in the direction of Richmond.  At least it has been marginally cooler the last two nights and the weather analysts offer some hope for relief from the drought.

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