Jo’s Jottings: City’s rec director, superintendent of schools give talks to service clubs

By Jo Ellen Dale

At the regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club on Tuesday, July 29, the program was given by Haley Williams, head of the city’s recreation program.  She passed out brochures about the aims and objectives of the department.  She also displayed slides to illustrate her remarks. The mission statement says, “The Richmond Recreation Department exists to provide excellent, diverse and FUN opportunities for Richmond citizens.”  Among them were sports such as basketball, youth soccer, baseball, swimming, youth football and youth and adult volleyball and softball.  She also spoke of some of the department’s needs, such as a new floor for the city gym and better night lighting at the swimming pool.  It was a very interesting and informative program.
At the Wednesday morning breakfast club, Pauline Masters promised to send me news for this column, which she did.  She wrote that her daughters, Jo Ann Whatley from Bolivar and Marilyn Hamann from Warrensburg, came in on Sunday for a visit.  They all went to the Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs for the 90th birthday party for Ardis Driskill.  Jo Ann spent the night, which delighted Pauline as she isn’t able to come very often for a visit.
That afternoon, I volunteered at the hospital gift shop, which I do every other Wednesday.  As usual, I had lunch before opening the shop.  The food is always delicious and the price is definitely right, especially for a member of the Auxiliary.
On Friday, the John W. Carter Lodge held a barbeque, which I always like to attend as the sandwiches and dinners are the best.  I intended to go to the meeting of Rotary Club, but found that because of the tournament for “Mack Attack” to make money for cystic fibrosis research, they were meeting elsewhere.  It took a while but I finally tracked them down in time to hear the program.  Superintendent of  Schools Mike  Aytes spoke and passed out brochures on Proposition 1, which was on Tuesday’s ballot. His remarks were very interesting and informative.
I was told that the “Mack Attack” golf tournament  was very successful with more than 100 players participating.  This is a very important event for the effort to find a cure for cystic fibrosis and should be supported in any way possible.
Sunday evening I went to my church, United Christian Presbyterian, for the ice cream social.  There were several flavors of homemade ice cream and many cookies, pies and cakes, and of course I had to try most of them.  There were many people in attendance and it was great to visit with several old friends.
Please keep sending me your news,

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