Jo’s Jottings: Mickey Mouse-themed birthday a big success for Monte Livingston

By Jo Ellen Dale

On Jan. 19, a birthday celebration for Monte Livingston was held with many family members attending. Those present were his wife, Louise; daughter, Samantha Waterman; granddaughter, Jacey Waterman; son, Mark Livingston, and wife, Gayle; grandsons, Matthew and Mitchell Livingston; and friend, Brad Gibson. The theme of the party was Mickey Mouse because the cartoon character appeared the same year that Monte was born. Decorations were in accord with the mouse, too. Everyone had a wonderful time.
At Kiwanis on Jan. 14, the program was presented by Michelle Zweirs, who is director of the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency in Richmond. She spoke of the work of the agency, including plans for a new early learning center and day care that I read in about in tonight’s paper. Richmond City Council rejected annexing the property into the city limits because of concerns such as the possibility the city might be required to install sewer lines to the new building in future (it’s currently on a lagoon system). Michelle also talked of ways in which MVCAA helps indigent people and their children.
During the business meeting, the Walter Zeller Award was presented to Levan Thurman. Also during the meeting, the upcoming chili/soup lunch was discussed and the need for a lieutenant governor for the MO/ARK district was stressed.
Carol Williamson, Karen Southwick and Dawn Abbott journeyed south to Springfield the weekend of Jan. 10 to visit their friend, Stacey Jorgensen. Stacey entertained them in her beautiful home with several tasty meals. They also visited downtown Springfield, where they met Stacey’s son, John Lehnen. They shared many laughs and memories. Of course, a trip down Highway 13 would not be complete without a stop at the Osceola Cheese mart. Sounds like a great time was had by all.
At the Rotary meeting last Friday at the 19th Hole restaurant, it was reported that 105 tickets to the Reverse Raffle had been sold but that many remain. The organizers hope that by the event Feb. 22, all will be purchased. A new member, Ron Peterson, was welcomed and inducted. The program was given by Terry and Shannon Berkbuegler on the Shelter Box Disaster Relief organization, which provides practical life-saving aid worldwide. They said that every year millions of families are left homeless and bereft as the result of natural or man-made disasters. The aim is to provide them with all that is needed to survive, including tents, food, clothing, blankets and even a way to purify contaminated water. They mentioned the involvement of Rotary International in funding and helping with this program. They also pointed out the expense of delivering the boxes to the right place. Their remarks were illustrated with slides, which made it even more interesting. Forms were passed out with instructions on how to make a donation to this worthy effort.
Try not to blow away on one of these windy days. As for myself, I have needed an anchor.
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