Jo’s Jottings: Singing ‘Kumbaya’ and learning about boys’ ranch among week’s highlights

By Jo Ellen Dale

At the Kiwanis Club meeting last Tuesday, March 11, we had a very interesting program on Butterfield Youth Services, Inc.  given by Bob Stewart, the director of development.  This boys ‘ranch was founded in 1963 by Tom Butterfield to provide community living  for abused, neglected or emotionally troubled children.  It grew rapidly and in 1982 was the subject of a made-for-television movie titled, “The Children Nobody Wanted.”
Tom Butterfield was the bachelor father to 150 homeless youths and his basic premise was simple, “All a child needs is someone to love and be loved by.” We are indebted to Nathan Preston, our program chairman, for this excellent program.
Last Sunday our minister, Rev. Dr. Galvin, proved that he really knows how to keep the congregation awake.  As part of his sermon he had us sing in traditional beat the song “Kumbaya” and he then proceeded to jazz up the tempo and even had us clapping in rhythm. I can’t wait to hear his sermon next Sunday.
Tim Connealy writes that he and Barbara Dickson recently vacationed in Florida for two weeks.  They started their trip in St. Louis to see Barbara’s granddaughter, Madison Ideker, compete in the state swimming meet.  Madison placed ninth in one event. Then it was off to Pensacola, Fla. to visit Tim’s brother Keith and his wife Linda.  From there on to Venice, Fla. where Tim played a lot of golf and it is rumored that Barbara did some shopping.  On the way back, they stopped and enjoyed the Ringling Brothers Circus museum in Sarasota, Fla.  Welcome home, Tim and Barbara.  Sounds like a wonderful trip.
Friday, our old couples’ club had lunch at our usual place, Tequila Jalisco, and happily my son Chuck was here just long enough to join us. Unfortunately, he had to leave from the restaurant for an appointment and could not join us for dessert at Billie Hamann’s.   Others present were Jack and Jessamine Layman and Fred and Paula Burress. I am sorry to say that I could not make it to the lunch put on by the new Carter Lodge facility on Main Street.
Saturday was another good day for eating out.  I had breakfast at the Business Expo held at the middle school and it was interesting to browse among the 40 or so vendors.  I thought it unfortunate that while I was there it seemed there were more vendors than townspeople.  Perhaps the beautiful day was too tempting to do anything indoors.  Also there were other things going on.  Bonnie Pointer McCalley and I had a ham and bean dinner at the Christian Union Church.
Sunday, seeing a  number of cars at the 19th Hole, I stopped by to see if anything newsworthy was going on.  I found that it was a third birthday party for Miss Addalee Louise Logsdon, daughter of Ashley Logsdon.  This  young lady had six grandmothers and great- grandmothers, all of whom were present among the 30 people there. Grandmothers were: Sheila Logsdon and Trish Harris; Great-grandmothers included Ethel Woods, Mary Maynard, Jackie Harris and Susan Logston. Ashley told me that they now live in Springfield, where Addalee goes to Precious Gems Daycare and Ashley attends Missouri State University and works at pet warehouse.  Happy Birthday, Addalee.
Monday when I volunteered at Ray County Memorial Hospital’s front desk, I wore my green Irish hat in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and had many favorable comments as well as a few astonished looks.  I am of Irish descent, so I thought it only appropriate.  At lunch, Bonnie Pointer McCalley and I enjoyed corned beef and cabbage.  And yes, I was still “wearin’ me hat.”
I look forward to hearing from you next week.   

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