Jo’s Jottings: A busy week, including a talk by Ike Skelton for DAR members

By Jo Ellen Dale

The 6th annual Ladies of the Class of ‘72 was held Friday, Oct. 4 at Jeffrey Kyle’s restaurant.  Those attending were Linda Hoppock Hugelman, Donna Clark Tarr, Gina Pitchford Stickley, Carol Case Scott, Cheryl Lauck McIntosh, Janet Lee Duncan, Joyce King Jellum, Kathi Drisdell, Leslyn Woods Farmer, Mary Anderson Taylor, Mona Railey Baker, Rhonda Russell Taber and Terry Richie Keen.  Also attending were two guests, Alisa Baker and Donna Scott.  A wonderful afternoon of visiting, eating and picture taking was had by all.  I am ashamed to say that I was invited as a teacher of the class but failed to put it in my day book, aka my brains, and did not make it.  I will try to do better next year.
The Allen-Morton-Watkins chapter of DAR held a meeting Oct. 9 at the United Methodist Church.  Speaker for the day was Congressman Ike Skelton.  He began by mentioning that his first wife was DAR and that he was SAR. He then said that his mother was a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. He went on to say that his father was in the Navy during WWI and was quite an orator as well.  He spoke of his years in the House of Representatives and about being appointed now to the committee to plan the centennial of WWI of which Committee he is now chairman.
Ike has written a book that took him about two years and he said that it turned out to be more difficult than he first thought.  The next evening he was at a book signing at River Reader to promote it, but unfortunately I was unable to attend.  I hope to obtain a copy.
Thursday, Oct. 10, the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet was held at the American Legion building and it was catered by Nadler’s. The largest crowd ever, some 130, was in attendance. After the social hour and dinner various groups and people were recognized and many awards were presented. Speaker for the evening was Troy Nash, a highly regarded expert in both urban and rural economic development and real estate marketing.  He told of his early life growing up in very poor circumstances and how through a mentor he obtained a good education that pointed his life in the right direction, allowing him to accomplish many things.  He said – and I agree – that education is the key to a better world.
Friday I attended Rotary Club and enjoyed an unusual program presented by Stan Barr and his sister, Shirley Power.  They have been part of the world’s longest, non-stop river race, the MR340, 340 miles on the Missouri River.  All sorts of vessels from canoes, kayaks, outriggers to stand-up paddle boats take part in the race. Their talk was illustrated with a DVD.  They first raced in 2012 in a canoe that Stan had to repair because of a substantial hole in the boat and they raced under the name “The Hole n 1 Canoe Crew.” Their time was 81 hours and 17 minutes, 100 hours being the time limit set for crews to finish.  Ground crews made up of families and friends follow along and scheduled stops are made.
A question-and-answer period followed the presentation and I asked them when and how they slept.  The answer was “hardly at all.” The popularity of this event has grown so much, that in 2013 274 vessels started but only 178 completed the race.  Now the completion time is only 88 hours. Very interesting, but it makes me seasick to even think about it.
Janet Sneed writes of another race, the Dam Run at Smithville Lake Oct. 5.  She and Linda Douglas, Brenda Hamm, Sharla Linville, Teresa Daniels all ran the 5K. Linda won first place and Sharla won third place.  Sharla Linville started a runners’ boot camp three years ago and the group tries to compete in 5Ks in the area.
Patty Solomon reports that her family gathered in Corder Oct. 13 to celebrate Joyce Solomon’s 88th birthday, which was Oct. 10.  They dined at J&B’s Cafe where Joyce’s son in law, Paul Goring, is the proprietor.  Those in attendance were Glen Alan Solomon and his wife Carol from Hamlton, Susan Bartlett from Higginsville, grandson Derek Goring and his daughter Jade from Olathe, and Patty Solomon.  After lunch and birthday cake, everyone went over to a lovely little park and enjoyed the beautiful weather and watched great-granddaughter Jade play on the slides and merry-go-round.  Jade is the granddaughter of the late Linda Solomon Goring. Sounds like a wonderful family outing.

Until next week,            

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