Jo’s Jottings: Richmond teacher ends career among friends on Plaza

By Jo Ellen Dale

Celebrating the end of her 26-year teaching career, Carol Williamson and husband, Tom, hosted a dinner at the Capital Grille on the Country Club Plaza on Saturday, July 13. Those attending were John and Stacey Jorgensen of Nixa, Jana Backs and Jess Backs of Lexington, Jeff and Karen Southwick and Tom Bowman and Sara Seidel of Richmond  It was an evening of laughter, reminiscing and spectacular food. Our congratulations, Carol.
At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club July 23, 2013, there were 19 members and three guests present. During the business meeting, President Marti Cowherd read a thank- you note from the 4-H clubs for providing funds for their trophies. She also reported on the Division 3 Training session held the week before at Finnegan’s restaurant in North Kansas City. Chairman Don Kerin announced that an interclub was scheduled for the following Thursday with the Liberty club.
Program for the day was given by Lisa Hastings, Richmond’s director of community development. She has one assistant but mainly handles the enforcement of city ordinances herself. She gave out brochures outlining the purview of her office and in addition she handles the awarding of the Yard of the Month for each of the four wards. She is one busy young lady.
There were only three of us at the Wednesday Walkers’ breakfast club at Our Place, but owner Marlene Skyles joined us as always and we had a laughing good time. Sandy Burns told us of a trip she took with her granddaughter who was trying out for “The Voice” TV show.
They had much fun and Sandy has promised to send me more details about it. Later, I volunteered at the hospital gift shop and was amazed at all the new merchandise.
Kathryn Adams attended her granddaughter’s play July 20 in Liberty. It was put on by Act 1, a drama camp ministry, at the end of camp session. The play was consisted of variations of “Les Miserables.” Abigail and Megan Day were in the cast. Sounds interesting. I wish I could have seen it.
Friday I was pleased to have a visit from my son Chuck and he spent the night. We had dinner at the Oink and Moo and enjoyed visiting with friends we saw there. As is always the case, the servings were generous enough that I took home a doggy bag.
The next morning, Chuck and I took a long walk around the neighborhood before breakfast. I had forgotten how hard it is to walk up and down hills on the black top road. I guess I am spoiled by walking in my church’s family life center.
On Saturday, I stopped at the golf course for lunch and to see what had attracted so many players. The club was having a three-man scramble tournament with 53 teams made up of players from all over the area, as well as Kansas and one from Texas. I was delighted to see my old friend Randy Martinez, former computer tech at Ray County Memorial Hospital here from Texas.
Finally, a little of that wet stuff is falling on my parched lawn and some of my flowers. More is predicted and I certainly hope the forecast is accurate.
The only green spot around the house was under a huge limb from one of my ancient ash trees, which had fallen ,ßcovering almost a third of my side yard. Luckily I was able to get someone to cut it up and haul it off. Thanks, Ron.
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