Jo’s Jottings: With homecoming weekend and many reunions, activity was nonstop

By Jo Ellen Dale

At a regular meeting of the Richmond Kiwanis Club Sept. 23, the program was presented by the Carole Jones Agency on the importance of Life Insurance. The speaker used slides to illustrate her remarks.

Wednesday I met my friends for breakfast at Our Place and we were joined by owner Marlene Skyles, who as always, entertained us with some jokes that cheered us for the day. Later that morning, I went to the Book Club meeting at Ray County Library, where we discussed the most recent book, a non-fiction about letters from a pioneer woman. We agreed that it was beautifully written.

Thursday, I stopped by the golf course in search of news but found that just regular men’s day play was taking place. The course is beautifully green, except for the touches of color in some of the trees signaling the onset of fall.

A regular meeting of Rotary Club was held Friday, with President Marc Guy presiding. Guy announced that in two weeks Rotary will meet at the library. During the business meeting, a report was given on the Richmond High School Interact Club. Brad Hogan gave a very interesting program on the challenges facing the club in the future. He also read from a letter written by Admiral Perry, the Arctic explorer who is credited with finding the North Pole, to his mother when Perry was just 20. Perry expressed wonder about the future as life seems to happen at warp speed.

Friday evening I attended a tailgate dinner preceding the football game to which all Wall of Honor recipients both past and to be inducted were invited. Following the meal, the ones honored previously were given their plaques to keep and the present group learned that their plaques will hang in the Richmond High School commons until next year.

Saturday’s reunion for the Class of 1964 was an unqualified success. An overflow crowd gathered at the golf course for a delicious dinner catered by Nadler’s. There were several former teachers there as well, including George Pirch and his wife, Ruth, Ardis Driskill, Mary Merrifield and myself. Some of the alums had hardly changed at all and it was a joy for me to visit with them. Since I was substituting that year, I didn’t have many students in the class as regularly assigned students, but I actually had more of them off and on.

Sunday after church, I joined friends for lunch at the 19th Hole. That afternoon, I went to the 50th Anniversary Party for Jerry and Marian Berning, also held at the 19th Hole. The place was packed with well wishers and family. The refreshments were delicious, and the room was filled with gaiety and laughter. Congratulations Jerry and Marian and many happy returns of the day.

Aaron, Natalie and Connor Lauck from St. Louis came Homecoming weekend and visited Bob and JoEllen Lauck, Ryan Lauck and Karla Voltmer. Aaron attended his 15th class reunion.

Enjoy the cooler weather and please send more news next week.

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