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Martha Sparks
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MAN — The Krantz family was invited to speak at the August 23 START (Seniors Taking Active Role Today) meeting. Members of the family included Rebecca Krantz, mother; Vicki Krantz Gibson, daughter; and William Vest, grandson. Bill Fisher and Barbara Bloomquist accompanied the Krantz’s.

Gretchen Donahue and her team decorated the fellowship hall at Bruce McDonald United Methodist Church to reflect a “man’s world” as START was recognizing the men members. The table covers were in colors of green, blue, black and orange. Various colored placemats were used with multi-colored striped napkins. The decorating team had given a specific theme to each two tables—men and toys, men and sports, men as Mr. Fix It, and men as coal miners. The decorations for the “men and toys” tables featured different models of cars including a race track; for “men and sports” tables, the decorations included various ball caps; for “Mr. Fix It” tables, the decorations included a tool box and various hand tools; and for “the coal mining table, the decorations included several miner’s hats and an old lamp that would have been used years ago.

START President Frank Thompson called the meeting to order, recognized the guests, and asked Rev. Randy Sites to say the prayer of thanks.

After eating lunch, sandwiched in between a lot of talking, the August birthday members were recognized. The birthday celebrants were Angeline Bassham, Jerry Garrett, Lounice Jeffrey, Maxine Justice, Bill McNeely, Rev. Randy Sites, Barbara Spears, Donna Thibault and Pebble Vance. The audience sang the “Happy Birthday” song accompanied by Alice Harrison at the piano. During the singing, Shirley Brown, START photographer, took a picture of the birthday celebrants.

Afterwards, the Krantz family gave a brief history concerning the Krantz family’s ownership of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home and then talked about making “Pre-Need” arrangements. Making these arrangements prevents the family of a deceased from having to do this during their time of extreme grief. This was followed by a question/answer session. During this session, Bill Fisher representing Homesteaders Life Insurance Company re-emphasized some of what Vicki and William had talked about. It was a very informative presentation and also helped alleviate possible fears about the security of the funds that a person pays at the time he/she make the “pre-need” arrangements.

The Krantz family distributed an old fashioned fan and a ballpoint pen to all the attendees. Also, the family donated a beautiful garden stepping stone to use as a door prize which was won by Bernie Queen.

Afterwards, the men members were recognized with each being presented a certificate reflecting the number of years worked in their primary job and included a logo of the industry in which they worked along with a ballpoint pen and key chain. The men members present for this recognition included Arthur Brunty, Elmer Jeffrey, Bernie Queen, Merlin Spears, Bill McNeely, Rev. Randy Sites, Dr. Rallos, Shirley Brown, W. T. Coyer, Paul Thibault, Frank Combs, Mayor Jim Blevins, and Robert Perry. A picture was made of the recipients.

During the business session, Alice Harrison gave the treasurer’s report; plans were made for a catered picnic to be held on the grounds of Green Branch Freewill Baptist Church on Thursday, September 27; and it was announced by Donna McNeely that an AARP sponsored safety driving course would be offered at Bruce McDonald United Methodist Church on August 28 and 29. Members were reminded to wear their START T-shirt at the picnic. Buddy Grimmett will be serenading the picnickers with banjo music.

The 49 members and guests signing the attendance register were Lessie Bailey, Dr. Rallos, Merlin and Delores Spears, Lou Arnold, Norma Jean Nelson, Elmer and Lounice Jeffrey, Barbara Spears, JoAnne Hensley, Dorothy Altizer, Garnet Triplett, Rebecca Krantz, Vicky Krantz Gibson, William Vest, Geraldine Bunch, Mayor Jim Blevins, Alice Harrison, Pauline Jeffrey, Paul and Donna Thibault, Bill Fisher, Barbara Bloomquist, Frank and Elaine Thompson, Bill and Donna McNeely, Bernie Queen, Shirley and Zettie Brown, Frank Combs, Arthur and Barbara Brunty, Anna R. Vance, Mae Osborne, Peggy Mosley, Maxine Justice, Elizabeth Tackett, Jean Wintz, W. T. Coyer, Rev. Randy Sites, Mike and Gretchen Donahue, Laura Hinchman, Robert Perry, Betty Gentry, Jane Grimmette, Pebble Vance, and Angeline Bassham.

The next meeting will be a “picnic meeting” held Thursday, September 27, at the Greenbranch Freewill Baptist Church beginning at noon.

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