Jo’s Jottings: Service club to experiment with once-a-month evening meeting

By Jo Ellen Dale

The Richmond Kiwanis Club held a regular meeting on Sept. 3 at the 19th Hole restaurant.  During the business meeting a thank-you card was read and we were advised that we had lost a member. Steve Meyer updated the group on the Bill George Golf Tournament and he reported that the number of entries is up this year by a sizeable amount. President Marti Cowherd announced that the club will be meeting at night once a month to see if it could attract more members or some who are unable to attend at noon. The Oct. 22 meeting will be held at 6 p.m.  at Hometown Pizza. It is hoped that many, including spouses and Key Club members, can attend. We were also reminded that the annual banquet will be held Sept. 24.  Special guests will be Governor Gary Goebel and Lt. Governor Loren Gruber.  It will be held at the 19 Hole at 6 p.m.
Last Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., a joint meeting of the three circles of the United Christian Presbyterian Church was held at the church in order to hear a presentation by Prof. Ed Chasteen of William Jewell  College. He spoke of his life while dealing with MS.  He has ridden his bicycle across the United States and back from east to west to south and north.  He told us the fascinating story of his life while dealing with his disability.  It certainly has not held him back in any way.  He also had his book, “My Life on a Bicycle” for sale and it is an amazing story. He has been labeled “The Pedalin’ Prof from William Jewell College.”  We are indebted to Rose Rader and son Kent for securing this program for us.  After the program, we adjourned to the dining room for refreshments and visiting with Prof. Chasteen.
I felt very surprised and flattered to be informed that my name will be put on the Wall of Honor at Richmond High School.  I would like to thank the R-XVI Education Foundation for choosing me and Rita May for proposing me for this recognition.
On Friday after having lunch at the 19th Hole, I went in to Rotary to hear the program.  It was given by Laurel Kindle, Missouri Director of Quilts of Valor. She talked about how the program started and how it has become a grassroots community effort connecting those at home with wounded combat  warriors and veterans.  She then cited many moving stories about the recipients of these quilts and how much it meant to them to be thanked in this way.  The quilters are all volunteers and either purchase their own supplies or work from donated fabric.  To date, 88,931 quilts have been awarded nationally and internationally. She then donated a quilt to veteran Kenneth Holland.  There were a number of quilters there for the presentation.   Also at the meeting, new member Connie Taylor was welcomed into the club.
After the meeting, Connie told me that Ray County Women’s Resource Center will be having a banquet to raise funds on Sept. 19.  Seating is full but you are welcome to volunteer.  See Connie if you are interested in volunteering or helping with donations.  This is a very important effort so she hopes that many will respond.
Saturday, my son Chuck Dale came to have lunch with me and at his suggestion we visited the Ray County Museum.  Linda Emley, who was one of Chuck’s classmates at RHS, gave us the grand tour.  It is a fascinating place with a history just as much so and I find something new every time I am there.  I pointed out to Chuck that two of our Godbey relatives had attended Woodson Institute and he was especially interested in the band room, where he saw his old uniform hanging.Then we went to Apple Market to bid farewell to our friends as they closed for good that day.  And a sad day it was as they will be missed.
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