The call for volunteers to go to Chapman to help rebuild after the storm was announced Sunday at De Soto Baptist Church. Call the Copelands or the Woywods to help the American Red Cross this week.
¢ Two free clinics for junior tennis players will be offered later this summer. A USPTA-certified tennis professional and players from the De Soto High School tennis team will run the clinics. Sessions are July 28-31 and Aug. 4-7. Times are 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m. for 4- to 6-year-olds, 6 p.m.-6:45 p.m. for 7- and 8-year-olds, and 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m. for 9- and 10-year-olds. For more information, call Kevin Kowalik at (913) 302-3313.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church secretary is out of the office for the week for surgery. Janice Wilcox will be the substitute secretary.
¢ The Agape Circle of the De Soto United Methodist Church will be meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the house of Diane Lavenberg.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church "Faith Brigade" (named for their Relay for Life team) would like to thank the community for its support for the group's fundraising activities. The team surpassed its goal of $1,500 and, as of June 12, had raised $3,568, which earned the group the designation of a silver team. There were 14 team members, and the captain was Jan Vaughn.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church is having a picnic from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 22 at Kill Creek Park, Shelter No. 3. Guests are asked to bring side dishes, lawn chairs, games and music. The Fellowship Committee will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages. The shelter is located at 11670 Homestead Lane. For more information, call Ed Wilcox at 585-1394 or Ron Hooper at 441-6335.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church recognized all the fathers in the congregation on Father's Day. Joe Woywod's brother George and his wife were visitors. George has been on the health concerns list for several months. Matthew Woywod sang a special solo, "People Need the Lord," during the service. After service the congregation had snacks that were delicious.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church had the Rev. Wallace Smith fill the pulpit Sunday because the Rev. Richard Copeland was out of town. Wallace's wife, Christy, and their two children are residents of Shawnee. Wallace is employed by the American Baptist Church to start a new church in Shawnee in the growing area near Kansas Highway 7 and Shawnee Mission Parkway. He and his family recently moved to Shawnee from Indianapolis, where Wallace was the preacher at a Baptist church.
The Copelands were in Nebraska attending their grandson Jon Hodges' baseball game.
¢ Mary Alley came over June 11 and did a very thorough cleaning job in my home. The bedding was changed, and the bathroom and floors were all cleaned. She also did some shopping for me and mailed some of my things.
¢ I had a telephone call on Thursday from former De Soto resident Elaine Hardin Boyd. She was checking on me and many other people in De Soto. I told her of our successful vacation Bible school at De Soto Baptist Church. She said she was glad she made the move to Louisiana from Texas. She said she was using a walker, wheelchair and a cane some. She had to replace a hip some time ago. I told her of the many changes in town, like how there is no grocery store and three banks.
¢ For those who enjoy musical theater, Leslie Hodges will perform in the Theatre in the Park's production of "Oklahoma" Thursday through Sunday at Shawnee Mission Park. Lucas and Rick Walter will perform in "Titanic the Musical" at Theatre in the Park Aug. 1-3 and 7-10.
¢ Laura Long, who is in the Vintage Park nursing home in Gardner, called me this week to ask about everyone in De Soto.
¢ I had two visitors Saturday afternoon. One was with the deaf school, and she brought one of her pupils with her. I told her about my vacation Bible school success and my family doings, and she signed it to her pupil. She left me a Bible story book, too.
¢ The Willow Springs F.C.E. will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday at De Soto Baptist Church. Leota Fruit will be the hostess, and the event will be a covered dish luncheon.
¢ Those celebrating birthdays this week are Tom Tush, Sophia Templin, McKenzie King, Pam Plummer, Nate Schotanus, June Davison, Lisa Schmucker, Zachary Yarbrough, Will Smalley, Cole Towner, James Ingalls, Linda Lane, Judy Hartshorn, El Freeda Payton, Wayne Loglise and my granddaughter Karla Ruth Modelski, who lives in Illinois.
¢ Those celebrating anniversaries this week are Tim and Stephanie Slitor, Dan and Annette Tucker, Mike and Tammy McKinski, Bruce and Nicole Yarbrough, and Debbie and Paul Chandler.
¢ The De Soto Multi-Service Center needs canned fruit this week. Next week the center will need tuna. Paper goods and baby items always are needed.
¢ There are several on the sick list this week. Gary Martin has been on the prayer list with his illness and surgery. He is in Olathe Medical Center. They have asked for no visitors for Gary, only cards and phone calls. Merle Couch is still in a Sedalia, Mo., hospital and needs our prayers with his critical condition. Lawrence Allen is at home recovering from recent surgery. Juanita Martinez fell in her home this past week and broke her hip. She was to have emergency surgery at the Olathe Medical Center. Jeff Hodges was to have surgery. Bill McDowell is still at the Hillside Village rehab with his health problems. I was glad to see Billie Boyd at church and walking better after her recent fall. Bobby Gulley is making good reports after his recent surgery. The Coatneys, who live in Linwood, had a tree crash on their roof Thursday night when the tornado went through.