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Neighbors

June 11, 2009

The De Soto United Methodist Church Women will leave at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for an outing at Camp Chippewa near Ottawa. The group invites all the women of the congregation to the outing, which will include a wagon ride tour of the camp and a picnic lunch.

Dan Tucker is still in need of help to finish the memorial garden at the De Soto United Methodist Church. Volunteers can call him at (913) 441-8082.

The De Soto United Methodist Church Choir will perform a special at 9:30 a.m. Father’s Day, June 21. The song will be “This Little Light of Mine.”

The De Soto United Methodist Church’s new worship service times went into affect Sunday. The Children’s Choir will not met for the summer and children and adult Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. on Sundays.

The De Soto Baptist Church had its vacation Bible school program at service Sunday. The program concluded a successful week, in which 75 children attended vocational Bible school. With the teachers, there were more than 115 in the program with the Rev. Richard Copeland, Sally Beck, Doug Opdycke and Richele Hodges bringing forth the message in action. Karen Wall led the action songs with the children on stage. Paula Jones was in charge of serving food with many helpers. Mary Jo McDaniel had wonderful crafts each day that reemphasized the message of the day. Doug was in charge of recreation.

Jodi Hitchcock visited from the De Soto Multi-Service Center to tell the children about their peers in need. The children brought many sacks of canned food to give to the center. Firefighters from the De Soto Fire Department visited Friday to present safety lessons and allow the kids to explore the department’s trucks.

There was a picnic after service Sunday for the children, their parents and others in the congregation.

The Sewing for Others group that meets in the Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall in looking for more women to join the group. The group’s next meeting will be from 1 to 3 p.m., June 16.

The De Soto Baptist Church will observe Flag Day on Sunday. It will also be brown-bag Sunday.

The need this week at the De Soto Multi-Service Center is Spaghetti Os and next week’s need is cereals. Paper goods and baby items are always welcome.

Among those celebrating birthdays are Willard Kibbee, Jen Lange, Denise King, Jodi Lynn King, Q.V. Snowden, Devin Higginbothan, Sharon Coatney, Debbie Chandler, my nephew Rick Lester in Colorado and grandson Marty Nalley of Oklahoma.

Those celebrating anniversaries include Roger and Carolyn Warren, John and Julie Riffel, Jesse and Elizabeth Lundquist and former De Soto residents Roger and Hazel Verrill, who will mark 54 years together.

Roger and Hazel visited me last week. Roger put my garden in the years the couple were my neighbors. Roger still works for the De Soto school district and is a cook at Mill Valley High School. Hazel was crossing guard in Overland park and is now retired. They still talk about taking a trip back to Roger’s hometown in Maine.

Among those on the sick list are Reta Jenks, who is back home after being taken to the Olathe Medical Center for treatment for a concussion after a fall and can only lay on her sides, Joe Woywod, Pat Weese — who was able to attend church Sunday to see her grandchildren who were in vacation Bible school — Rebecca Gulley had her tonsils removed and Dulles Gulley had tonsilities and a high temperature causing him to miss the end of vacation Bible school.

The De Soto Relay for Life was well-attended with a good many luminaries (I supported 10 of them). Speakers at the event included De Soto Mayor Dave Anderson, who pushed me around the track during the first survivors’ lap and event chairman Rita Jones taking over for a second lap. I was the luminaria of family members during the laps.

My son Michael said during his weekly call Sunday that he was coming this weekend to the De Soto High School Alumni Banquet. The alumni dinner will be start at 6 p.m. and the dance will be from 8 p.m. to midnight at the De Soto VFW 6654 Post.

During his weekly call, my son Edwin said his church’s youth group had a fundraiser. The church’s senior group is to go on a mission to San Antonio and the youth mission to New Orleans. He said more than 1,400 were signed up for vacation Bible school.

My son Jerry and his wife, Linda, took me Thursday to Olathe to the annual President’s Club Avon meeting at the Charles Ritz. Four districts were at the meeting. One woman present had sold Avon for 53 years and another for 50. Both topped my 48 years.

My great grandson Hayden had a busy weekend playing baseball, having on game that went 10 innings with his team winning, 3-2. On Sunday, his team won the championship and the Longball Classic trophy.

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