Jo’s Jotting: Holidays a time of travel, family and, this year, very cold weather

By Jo Ellen Dale

On Dec. 8, Larry and Kathy Best and some of their family attended the ballet “The Nutcracker” at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.  Those going were Larry and Kathy Best, Tyler and Daphne Best, Danny and Heather Farnan and Trevor and Bethany Best.  Before the performance they had brunch. The occasion was the celebration of Kathy’s birthday.
Kathryn Adams writes that Zachary Adams, son of Jeff and Kim Adams and grandson of Werner and Sharon Moentmann and Kathryn and the late Tom Adams was named to the Missouri All State Soccer Second Team. Zachary is a senior at Clinton High School.  He is a three-sport letterman in soccer, basketball and baseball.  Congratulations to Zach and I know the family is very proud.
At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club Dec. 17, it was announced that there will be no meetings Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 for obvious reasons.  Other items considered in the business meeting were the chili/soup dinner to be held Feb. 8, 2014 at the United Christian Presbyterian Church and the Star Award, which will be announced at the board meeting Jan. 7, 2014.
Representing Kiwanis at the Chartering Banquet for the new Lexington Kiwanis Club were President Bill Dooley, Interclub Chairman Don Kerin and Barb Dooley, all from the Richmond chapter.  Lt. Gov. Loren Gurber and MO-ARK Past President Gary Goebel were masters of ceremonies at the Chartering and Induction Ceremonies. Congratulations to Marti Cowherd, the new club liason for getting the Lexington club off to a great start.  January is membership month for the Richmond club, so members were urged to bring prospective members to the meeting.
At the Rotary Club meeting held last Friday, the Paul Harris Award was presented to Crystal Milligan.
The program was presented by Bill Cosgrove of the Blue Springs club. He spoke of his great-grandfather’s business of selling horses all over the world.  He added that some of the horses were purchased by Jesse and Frank James.  He went on to speak humorously of his life and its many twists and turns.  I enjoyed his remarks very much.
Monday was bitterly cold with snow flurries but I managed to drive to the hospital, where I served double duty at the desk and in the gift shop.  I stayed for lunch as they were serving one of my favorites, spinach souffle. As I look outside now it is brighter and no longer snowing, so I may venture out again to get some things for Christmas dinner.  My son Chuck, who is a very good cook, is bringing most of the food.
Please send me all your news of family gatherings and visitors over the holiday.  I wish for all of you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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