Jo’s Jottings: Richmond church hosting mission group assisting in Orrick cleanup

By Jo Ellen Dale

I have received word from Gerald D. Smith, a second cousin once removed of my late husband, Dick Dale, that he will be in Richmond next week to do genealogy research.  He is the son of Emma Fern Dale Smith of Richmond, although she moved to Oklahoma in the early 1940s.
The United Christian Presbyterian Church is giving housing to a group from a St. Louis church on a mission trip to help rebuild Orrick, which was devastated by a tornado recently.  They will be here until Sunday, when the church will host a farewell luncheon for them.
I would like to thank everyone for the cards, flowers, calls and good wishes on the occasion of my birthday.  It is incredible that the years seem to fly.
I stopped at the golf club Friday morning to see if anything special was scheduled for the day and found that a large number of players would be on hand for a tournament to raise funds for the Touchdown Club. So many in fact, that Rotary would be meeting at Hometown Pizza.
Holly Moentmann reports that she and Bud went to West Point, N.Y. for the graduation of their second grandson May 28 from the military academy. Grant Peterson, son of Bud’s daughter Jennifer, graduated as a “star man” in the class of 2014.  She says that they are very proud of him, as well as the other grandson who graduated in 2010 and Bud’s son Jim, who graduated in 1981. Bud himself graduated in 1958, making three generations to graduate from “The Long Gray Line.”  Speaker at both grandsons’ graduations was President Obama. Bud’s class presents grandchildren of that class’s graduates with a silver tray, so there were three grandchildren so honored.  Holly and Bud also attended the parade, which Holly says always sends chills of patriotism through her.  I agree with her that these young men and women go through much in their four years at the Point and we should honor them for their willingness to serve their country.
Monday evening a group of Kiwanians from Richmond journeyed to Carrollton to help that club celebrate its 60th anniversary. The Richmond club was the founding club for Carrollton.  The event was held in the Rupe Center with a delicious dinner being served first.  The large auditorium was filled and I was pleased to be part of such an auspicious occasion.  This took the place of the regular Tuesday meeting for our club, so I was able to go to the salad luncheon held at the United Christian Presbyterian Church.

Until next week,

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