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Jo’s Jottings: Service clubs offer programs on use tax, aid to families hurt by sex abuse

By Jo Ellen Dale

I hear thunder rumbling in the distance so I will try to jot a few lines before I feel that I should turn off my computer.
Last Tuesday, I attended both the noon and evening meetings of the Richmond Kiwanis Club.  The program at both was given by Brad Hogan on the use tax to be voted on April 8.  It was very interesting and cleared up some points for me.
Of course, I will not suggest which way I think anyone should vote, but I cannot emphasize too strongly the importance of voting. Voting is both a privilege and an obligation and is not granted in all countries in the world. Inform yourself and vote!!
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Also last Tuesday, there was an open house held at Mediacom with hand- outs to explain any changes.  Refreshments were served.
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Wednesday was a busy day for me beginning with breakfast at Our Place, where I was joined by Sandy Burns, Bob Russell and Peggy Sullard.  It happened to be Sandy’s birthday and she remarked that it was also the late Jean Hamacher’s birthday, which they often celebrated together.  We remembered our friend Jean fondly and she will be sadly missed.
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At 9:30, I joined my book club for a discussion of the book just read.  It is always interesting and members discuss other books they have read.  Someone always brings cookies or other sweets which we share as we talk.  If any of you are interested, join us on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the community room in the library.
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On Friday, as usual, I ate lunch with Rotary Club.  The program was given by former Richmondite Carol Kelly D’Attoma, whose father was the minister at the First Baptist Church in Richmond in the 1970s.  She and my older son graduated from high school in the same class. She spoke of the organization SACRED, of which she is the President/Chief Executive. Their mission is to provide transitional financial assistance to families experiencing hardship due to a report of sexual child abuse by the primary income earner.  I was amazed to learn that each year there are 100,000 reported cases of sexual abuse and it is estimated that 70 percent of cases are never reported. She concluded by reading a letter from an abused child and answering questions. SACRED is an acronym for Sexually Abused Children’s Relief Endeavor.
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Also on Friday, seeing a large number of cars and school buses at Shirkey Golf Course I stopped to see what was going on.  It was the 2014 Orrick Bearcat Invitational tournament. There were four-person teams from Orrick, Concordia, Gallatin, Hamilton, Windsor, Barstow, Crest Ridge, Green Ridge and Plattsburg.  The young golfers were obviously enjoying themselves on a beautiful day.
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Sunday after church, I joined friends at the 19th Hole for lunch. Several of us had the shrimp, which was excellent as usual.  I have mentioned before that they know just how to cook it because fried one second too long and it will be tough as shoe leather.  Although a bit windy, it was a beautiful day and many golfers were taking advantage of it.
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I will close by sharing my happy news, I am a great-grandmother again.  This time we have a girl in the family and I hope to be able to see her and family in St. Louis at Easter. She joins a big brother who will be 3 years old in August.
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On April 5, the Friends of the Farris will hold a fundraiser show, “Got To Go Digital.”  I am told by Brandee Curtis that movies cannot be shown until the digitization is complete.
If you need more information, you may contact one of the board members.  We all need to pitch in to help with this cause.  I certainly plan to be there and hope to see many of you there, too.
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Try not to blow away in the wind and keep sending.     DaleDbdale@aol.com

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