A Josie’s lunch of Italian baked chicken breast, baked potato, spaghetti, salad, and bread plus a variety of cakes prepared by the committee were enjoyed by 31 members and one guest. Members present were Ruth Anderson, Marcia Beggs, Peggy Coble, Alma Cook, Wilma Duley, Rebecca Edmondson, Barbara Farstvedt, Martha Flanagan, Linda Garrison, Mary Griffith, Alice Holt, Marva Sue Holt, Colleen Johnson, Betty Martin, Myrna Martin, Erma McClure, Athena McColm, Margaret McColm, Pat Niggeman, Hilda Parrish, Beverly Rahmeier, Connie Sarwinski, Fay Scholes, Barbara Simpson, LaDonna Smith, Mary Soper, Pat Spriggs, Lorna Stover, Ann Thiele, Jane Ann Turner, Marilyn Wheatley and guest present was Jane Martin.

Our program was given by Jane Martin, K.A.R.S.P District 6 Director. Martin recognized two members for their hours of community service: Beverly Rahmeier and Cheri Walden.

President Pat Spriggs called the business meeting to order. She introduced two new members—Ann Thiele and Marilyn Wheatley.

Rebecca Edmondson, secretary, read the minutes of the May 17 meeting and Myrna Martin gave the treasurer’s report. The secretary read thank-you notes from the four 2017 scholarship recipients: Kelsey Spence, Shelby Bagdriwicz, Rylee Evans, and Jenna Morris.

Colleen Johnson stated the Teen Center is struggling financially. A fundraiser Paddle Party will be held at the Girl Scout House, this Thursday, Sept. 21. If you cannot attend, please consider sending a check to Trish Boyes, manager.

Lorna Stover told of the Quilt Show at Memorial Hall in Joplin on Sept. 22 and 23. She will be exhibiting her first quilt. Come see the 160 quilts, 20 of which were sewn by men.

Ruth Anderson invited all to the Neutral Methodist Church this Saturday night, Sept. 23, at 5 p.m. to a free dinner catered by Red, White, & Blue and to a free concert of the Potter’s Wheel plus some local talent.

Jane Ann Turner announced that Mercy Auxiliary is having a fundraiser on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the St. Rose Parish Hall. These sheets, blankets, throws, pillows, etc. make wonderful gifts.

Lorna Stover requested we keep our fellow teachers fighting cancer in our prayers. During this current school year, Stover will be volunteering at the Service Valley school library where granddaughter, Bethany teaches.

Athena McColm thanked Lorna Stover for her years of service as president.

The next meeting will be Oct. 18, at the Columbus Methodist Church. The Pittsburg K.A.R.S.P group is invited to attend this meeting. Jane Ann Turner is chairman of that meeting’s committee.

The scholarship door prize, a fall wreath, was won by Barbara Simpson. Other door prizes were won by Alice Holt, Mary Soper, Colleen Stover, Marilyn Wheatley, Jane Ann Turner, Myrna Martin, Lorna Stover, Martha Garrison, Linda Garrison, Athena McColm, Beverly Rahmeier, and Erma McClure.