by Michael Smith
The 2023-24 version of the Grain Valley girls swim team is arguably the best in the six-year history of the program.
Last Saturday, the Eagles had their biggest win in team history when they beat out 13 other teams to take first place with 454 points.
Not only that, but nine school records have been broken this season and have times in 10 different events that would qualify for an entry into the Missouri State High School Girls Swimming and Diving Championships in February.
While Grain Valley head coach Julie Reilly and her girls admit the team doesn’t have the numbers to compete for a state trophy, this could be a year the Eagles make some noise and have some girls earn all-state or honorable mention honors.
“I think this group of girls is amazing,” Reilly said. “I don’t know if it’s the best, but it probably is. They all want it.”
The 200 and 400 free relay teams are standing out for the Eagles as each of them are currently seeded seventh among all teams in the state in Class 1.
The 200 free relay team of Katelyn Epple, Kalli Beard, Riley Wade and Jay’me Whitley currently have a season-best time of 1:44.75, which was the first-place time at the Belton Invitational.
The 400 free relay team of Ellie Martin, Beard, Emily Holzworth and Epple had their season best time at the Belton Invitational with a time of 3:48.60.
“I have a lot of faith in our relays,” Beard said. “They are my favorite events to swim in. We work really well together.”
If the Eagles relay teams can stay in the top eight at the state meet, they would finish high enough for an all-state honor, given to the top eight finishers of each event.
The Grain Valley 200 medley relay team is also an event it could excel at during the state competition. It’s currently seeded at No. 14 with a season-best time of 1:59.85.
Reilly noted that continuity is a big factor in the success of the relay teams as many of the swimmers competed on the relay teams last season. Relays are events which require good teamwork and timing of dives once one swimmer is finished with their leg of the race.
“We have had some time to build it up and they want it a little bit this year,” Reilly said.
For the individual events, the Eagles have four swimmers who have times good enough to qualify for state in seven different events. The top 32 times qualify and swimmers can only compete in two individual events at the state meet.
Beard currently has times good enough to qualify in the 50 free (25.82 seconds, No. 24 seed) and the 100 butterfly (1:02.89, No. 22 seed). Last season, Beard made it to the finals of the 100 butterfly at state and hopes to repeat that feat this season.
“Hopefully I will rank higher than I did last season,” Beard said.
Martin is in a good position to push for an all-state honorable mention time at state as she is in the top 20 in two different events. She is ranked 20th in the 200 individual medley with a season-best time of 2:18.25 and is the No. 15 seed in the 500 free with a time of 5:33.43.
“I saw a lot of time drops at the Belton Invitational which helped move me up in the rankings,” Martin said. “I am really thinking I am going to improve as the season goes and I can’t wait to
see what happens.”
Epple said she didn’t make it to the finals for either of her events last season, but will push to do that this time around. She is currently ranked No. 31 in the 100 free with a time of 56.64 seconds and is 19th in the 200 free at 2:04.
Wade also has a state consideration time in the 100 breaststroke as she is currently seeded 25th with a time of 1:15.07.
“I think any of those girls could be top 16 or higher (at state),” Reilly said. “Our relays could be in the top 16 and two of them could end up in the top eight.”
Grain Valley will compete in the Suburban White Conference Championships at 1 p.m. Feb. 3.
From left, Grain Valley swimmers Katelyn Epple, Kalli Beard and Ellie Martin all have times in two events each that would qualify them for the state meet for the 2023-24 season. They are also a part of the Eagles 200 free and 400 free relay teams which are seeded seventh in the state. Photo credit: Michael Smith
by Michael Smith
The Grain Valley boys basketball team may have had their best offensive performance of the season.
The Eagles took on Fort Osage in the third-place game of the Grain Valley Invitational and looked like a well-oiled machine on offense. Cuts and screens led to wide open shots behind the 3-point line or an open look right at the basket in the second half.
Not only that, but seven players scored at least six points and three of them had double figures in Grain Valley’s 67-48 victory Friday at home.
“Coach told us that this was the best team and the best offensive basketball we have played this season,” Grain Valley senior forward Stylz Blackmon said. “It was very entertaining for him to watch, he said. Just watching us being able to orchestrate our offense for an entire 32 minute game, is something he’s been waiting for us to do.”
Grain Valley (10-7) was tied with the Indians 15-15 at the end of the first period and dominated from there. The Eagles outscored Fort Osage 20-10 in the second period to take a 35-25 lead into halftime.
“They went to the zone at one point and we were able to dismantle that.”
Blackmon dominated in the first half, scoring 13 of his game-high 19 points and junior Aaron Barr chipped in with nine points in the first 16 minutes.
Grain Valley then started to run away with it in the third by extending the lead to 54-37. The team ran the offense well and used organized plays to find easy looks.
In that period, a pick and pop set up by sophomore Eli Herbert led to a wide-open three from the right wing that he buried. Herbert also made an open layup on a back cut and a pin-down screen from Blackmon opened up a cutting lane for senior Logan Marcum, who put in an open layup.
In the fourth, the Indians didn’t get any closer than 14 points as the Eagles continued to get it done on the offensive end. Senior Jackson Schoen threaded a bounced pass through a tight window to hit a cutting Herbert, who converted on a conventional 3-point play after making a layup. Senior Matthew Leonard also had an assist in which he found Schoen cutting baseline for an open layup.
“We did a great job having balance,” Grain Valley head coach Andy Herbert said. “We’ve found that groove and rhythm on how everyone is going to get theirs. We executed well. We laughed because we talked about how earlier in the year, we couldn’t even set up a play.
“There was the back cut Eli got that led to the and-one, we have worked on that all year. (That play) hasn’t gone well in the past.”
Andy Herbert noted his team looked better on defense in the second half and that was especially apparent on a play Leonard made midway through the fourth. He blocked the shot of Fort Osage’s 6-foot-2 forward Grayson Harris, rifled a pass to Marcum on the fast break, which led to another basket for the Eagles.
“I don’t know how tall he is, he’s 5-8, 5-9 or 5-10,” Herbert said of Leonard, “but he’s an explosive athlete and he can get off the ground quickly and he’s smart. He’s the unsung hero of this group.”
Barr and Herbert each added 13 points apiece for the Eagles and Marcum and sophomore forward Samuel Pendergrass added seven each.
Grain Valley senior forward Stylz Blackmon goes up for a layup while his shot is being contested by a pair of Fort Osage defenders during a 67-48 victory Friday at home. Photo credit: Clara Jaques
Grain Valley sophomore Eli Herbert drives baseline for a layup attempt. Photo credit: Clara Jaques
by Cole Arndorfer
The Grain Valley Schools Board of Education met on Thursday, January 18, for their first meeting of 2024.
Superintendent Dr. Brad Welle led off the meeting with his report for the month. In his report, Welle recognized the first-year participants of the leadership seminar. Welle and Dr. Allen also talked about various leadership initiatives taking place in both North and South Middle School.
In wrapping up the report, Welle noted the construction and financial updates that were given to the board as part of his report.
Addressing construction updates, assistant superintendent Dr. Nick Gooch told the board that the projects are still trending ahead of schedule with crews working on painting and various other tasks.
Gooch reported that the district has been able to take some of the project’s contingency money and put it to other improvements around the district. So far, the district has been able to use some of the money to provide some additional storage outside of athletics and activities spaces at the high school. They are also looking into some asphalt replacements and improvements at the high school. The district is also awaiting findings from the safety audit to identify safety items that may need improvements within the schools.
Under unfinished business, the board unanimously approved ballot language to be placed on the April 2024 ballot requesting a levy increase. The main focus with this tax levy issue, Welle explained, is on improving and providing competitive teacher pay. Welle said that the ballot language will include safeguards that would allow the district to use that money in the general fund in the case that state funding was reduced, but he does not see that happening.
In an email to district parents and patrons, Welle addressed the levy issue.
“Voters will be asked to raise the operating tax levy rate ceiling by $0.65. The district commits to reducing the debt service levy by $0.40, resulting in an estimated overall tax levy ceiling increase of $0.25. With the passage of this measure, the owner of a home with a market value of $250,000 would see an increase of $119 per year.
The primary purpose of this ballot measure is for competitive pay, but some general operating expenses of the district including security are also expected to be impacted.”
Under new business, the board discussed the timeline for the budget planning process for the 2024-2025 school year. After some discussion on that, the board discussed information about the 2024-2025 district calendar. Some priorities on the calendar, discussed by Gooch, would be to balance out the amount of time that students are in session across all district schools. According to Gooch, this would allow the district to add another professional development and teacher work day to the calendar, while still increasing the in-session hours for the district.
Following new business, the board adjourned into executive session. The next Board of Education meeting will take place on February 22 at 6 pm in the Leadership Center.
by Cole Arndorfer
The Grain Valley Board of Aldermen met Monday, January 22nd for the second regularly scheduled meeting in January.
City Clerk Jamie Logan administered the oath of office for police officer Derek King. King was joined by his family in celebration of his joining the GVPD.
Following the oath, the board moved into the resolution portion of the meeting.
First, the board approved a resolution allowing the city to enter into an agreement with Earthworks Excavation to demolish and clear the former Sni-A-Bar farm structures at 600 SW Buckner Tarsney Road. This will remove all the structures on the property besides the park maintenance facility. It will also remove all the concrete around the pool area to provide a level property for further development. This was approved 4-1 with Alderman Arnold being the lone dissenting vote, and Alderman Bray absent.
The second resolution approved by the board allows the city to renew the software maintenance and support agreement with Brightly Software. The city has used Brightly Software for six years and this is just a renewal to their current agreement. The resolution was approved unanimously.
The final resolution unanimously approved allows the city to makes upgrades to eight sets of bleachers at Monkey Mountain Park, providing a better and safer seating area for spectators at the baseball/softball fields.
Next, the board heard the second reading of a bill to amend the section in the city code regarding court costs. This is essentially just an update to the codes, keeping up with state laws on the subject. This bill was passed 5-0.
The second bill the board took action on was the second reading of a bill to amend the section in the city code regarding rental rates and fees for the community center and pool. This must be done in order to reflect what is shown in the 2024 city budget. This bill was also approved 5-0.
Following this, the board moved into the City Administrator’s report. Ken Murphy used his brief report to thank the city workers who worked tirelessly in the snow and ice to clear roads and keep people safe, and to welcome Officer King to the team.
In Alderman Cleaver’s comments, he brought up the desire to move meetings to an earlier time. Alderman Arnold noted that a reason the meetings start at 7:00pm is to allow those who work outside of Grain Valley to come home and eat dinner without being rushed. In order to make a change to meeting times, the board would have to approve a change in the city code. After some discussion, the board agreed on 6:30pm and will prepare a bill for a future meeting including the time change and a clause that allows for virtual meetings in cases of inclement weather.
Mayor Todd shared that he met with the homeowners association from Woodbury Estates to gather information on the situation regarding a loan due on a neighborhood pool. Using this information, the board will hold a workshop to find some possible solutions for the homeowners association and present them their findings.
The next Board of Aldermen’s meeting will take place at 7:00pm on February 12 at City Hall.
Sni-A-Bar Elementary students were among hundreds of students who attended the "Battle of the Brains" awards ceremony on January 23rd, and the team placed third for their "Disasster Strikes" proposal, winning a $20,000 grant for the school. Earlier in the school year, they were named Top 20 out of 740 big idea submissions in the Kansas City area in Burns & McDonnell’s STEM competition.
The 2023-24 competition included more than 6,800 students from 245 schools across 50 school districts throughout the Kansas City region. Judges — STEM professionals from Burns & McDonnell and Science City — followed an evaluation process to rank entries according to specific criteria, ranging from creativity and inspiration to how interactive and engaging the exhibit would be for visitors.
“All of the students’ proposed exhibits were amazing — it was really hard to pick a winner,” George Guastello, president and CEO of Union Station said. “Battle of the Brains is an incredible program that has transformed Science City into a museum full of STEM activities for kids of all ages.”
Delta Woods Middle School in Blue Springs won the competition with its ElectroMAGNIFICENT! entry.
The Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains competition is one of the nation’s most unique K-12 STEM programs, with thousands of students competing to pitch their unique classroom idea for a permanent exhibit at Science City. Student participation has nearly tripled since the first competition in 2011.
Burns & McDonnell has designed and built seven major exhibits that have transformed Science City, or more than half of the nearly 100,000 square feet of the science center’s interactive exhibit space.
Students from Sni-A-Bar Elementary School celebrated their third place win in the Battle of the Brains competition. The school was awarded a $20,000 grant in honor of the team's winning entry. Photo credit: Grain Valley Schools
Valley Social Coffeehouse celebrates grand opening during record cold; offers cozy community space and full menu
Brenda and Rob Eslinger have purchased the former Joeshmoes Coffee space and opened Valley Social Coffeehouse. The Eslingers have deep roots in Grain Valley. Brenda grew up in Grain Valley and their five children were also raised in Grain Valley.
The new business celebrated its grand opening January 13th with a ribbon cutting on one of the coldest days on record. Despite the temps outside, the full house inside was an indication of the support the Eslingers have in this new endeavor.
In addition to a full drink menu, the coffeehouse offers a variety of breakfast and lunch items, as well as retail items.
Valley Social Coffeehouse is located at 120 S Buckner Tarsney Road in Grain Valley. Their hours have recently expanded as follows: Monday to Friday: 6:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday: 7:00am - 6:00pm, and Sunday: 7:00am - 4:00pm.
For more information or to place an order, visit www.valleysocialcoffeehouse.com
Members of the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce as well as friends and family of Brenda and Rob Eslinger gathered on January 13th for a ribbon cutting to celebrate their grand opening. Photo credit: Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce
Brenda and Rob Eslinger are the new owners of Valley Social Coffeehouse at 120 S Buckner Tarsney Road. Photo credit: Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce
by Marcia Napier, Grain Valley Historical Society
If you are a regular reader of this column then you know I’m on a quest to discover more about some of the oldest homes in Grain Valley. This week, my curiosity led me to Yennie Street named for Peter Joseph Yennie who was a resident of Grain Valley according to the 1910 U. S. Census. His first wife, who died in 1912, was Minnie Cates. That’s right, Mrs. Minnie Yennie! He later married Willa Ann Turner and they moved to Strasberg, Missouri, in Cass County.
On a 1904 city map, Yennie is an east/west street which ran along the northern edge of town. At that time there were only nine structures on the north side of the street. The building at the north end of Capelle Street was labeled Hard Shell Baptist Church. When it became a church and how long it existed is unknown to me. Several years ago, Patricia Parr Davis, spoke at a meeting of the historical society. Her talk, “Growing Up in Grain Valley,” included going up and down each street and telling who lived in each house in the early 1940s.
She also referred to the Hard Shell Baptist Church at this location. Hard Shell Baptist –also known as Primitive Baptist, Regular Baptist, Old School Baptist and Foot Washing Baptist – are conservative Baptist adhering to a degree of Calvinist beliefs. They coalesced out of the controversy among Baptists in the early 19th century over the appropriateness of mission boards, tract societies, and temperance societies. Primitive Baptists are a subset of the Calvinistic Baptist tradition. The adjective "primitive" in the name is used in the sense of "original".
If I were to talk about “growing up in Grain Valley, I would refer to the structure as the home of Guy and Hattie Thompson. According to the 1950 U. S. Census, the Thompsons lived in this house with their five children. Mr. Thompson died in 1953. My memory of the house goes back to the late 1950s when Mrs. Thompson lived there with her grown son Paul. He was always working on cars in the garage at the back.
Maybe it was the steep roof, maybe it was because there was no front porch at that time, or maybe it was because my grandmother called it the old Hard Shell Baptist Church; at any rate, that’s what I think of when I drive past. I wonder who attended, if it was a large congregation, and when did it cease to exist. As usual, I have many more questions than answers.
Today, at 120 plus years, it in an attractive, well-maintained piece of history with a pretty little front porch. If only the wall could talk!
Photo credit: Grain Valley Historical Society
(StatePoint) Children and teens can be moody, but when signs of mental health troubles last for weeks, don’t assume it’s just a passing mood.
Suicide is a leading cause of death among U.S. children, teens and young adults ages 10-24, and rates have been on the rise. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all teens be screened for suicide risk starting at age 12.
While no single cause has been identified, suicide is often preceded by depression that is undiagnosed or untreated. Most youth show some warning signs or behavior changes in advance. Families and their doctors can work together to identify if a child or teen is struggling with depression, anxiety or substance use, all of which increase the risk of suicide.
“Suicide is complex, but often preventable,” said Janet Lee, MD, FAAP. “When a person talks about killing themselves or feeling hopeless or trapped, it should always be taken seriously.”
Don’t be afraid to ask your child or teen to talk about their mental health or if they’re contemplating suicide. Asking directly is the best way to know what your child is thinking. Studies show that it is safe to ask about suicide risk and that asking the question will not put the idea into their head. Note that your child may initially turn away or be silent, but actions may speak louder than words. Watch for major changes in your child’s sleep patterns, appetite and social activities. Self-isolation, especially for kids who usually enjoy hanging out with friends or participating in activities, can signal serious difficulties.
“Your goal should be to create a safe space where your child can trust you to listen and express concern without judgment or blame,” Dr. Lee said.
If your child says something like “I want to die” or “I don’t care anymore,” some suggested responses are:
• “I’m sorry you are feeling this way—can you share a bit more?”
• “It sounds like you’re in tremendous pain and you can’t see a way out.”
• “Maybe you’re wondering how life got this complicated and difficult.”
• “Right now, you’re not sure of the answers to the problems you’re facing.”
• “You must really, really be hurting inside to consider ending your life.”
Common causes of stress that increase the risk of suicide include major life-changing events, including the loss of a loved one to death, divorce, deployment or incarceration. Bullying, discrimination, racism and stigma surrounding mental heath or suicide can also increase risks. Children who have witnessed or are suffering violence or domestic abuse, engage in self-harming behavior or experienced a suicide in their school or friend group are also at higher risk of suicide.
Research has shown there are protective factors that help reduce the risk of suicide, including ready access to health care. Maintaining close connections to family, friends and one’s community is also important.
Parents and guardians should limit access to lethal means, such as removing firearms and locking up medications or other potential poisons or weapons in the home. Half of youth suicides occur with firearms—and suicide attempts with firearms are almost always fatal. Teens and adolescents who attempt suicide with a firearm almost always use a gun found in their house, studies find.
“Suicide is often impulsive and a moment of crisis can escalate quickly,” Dr. Lee said. “If your child is considering suicide, call or text 988 or chat on 988lifeline.org right away. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, as well as prevention and crisis resources.”
For more information, visit HealthyChildren.org.
As children grow and become more independent, it can be more challenging to know what they are thinking and feeling. However, if you see signs that your child’s mental health is under threat, it’s important to tune in and take action.
Missouri governor’s final State of State touts abortion ban, infrastructure spending
by Jason Hancock, Missouri Independent
In his final address to a joint session of the Missouri General Assembly, Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday pointed to outlawing abortion, increasing infrastructure spending and appointing five statewide office holders as the legacy of his six years in office.
“I’ll be leaving here with my head held high,” Parson told lawmakers during his annual State of the State address.
Parson can’t seek re-election because of term limits. After years in the legislature, and 18 months as lieutenant governor, he was elevated to the state’s highest office in 2018 after then-Gov. Eric Greitens was forced to resign in disgrace.
He was elected to a full four-year term in 2020.
When he took over, Parson said, Missourians were “tired of the turmoil, political infighting and self involved personalities. They were tired of quitters.
“We declared a fresh start and the return of stability,” he said. “We committed to ensuring the next generations have their opportunity at the American Dream. We promised the return of integrity. Above all, we promised to return a people first mentality to state government, and that’s our final commitment to Missourians. Until our final day, we’ll continue putting people first.”
Twice during his speech he noted that abortion is illegal in Missouri, thanks to a bill he signed in 2019 that included a trigger that outlawed the procedure if the U.S. Supreme Court ever struck down Roe v. Wade.
That Supreme Court ruling eventually came in 2022. Abortion-rights advocates have now launched an initiative petition campaign seeking to overturn the ban.
“We fought the fight for life,” Parson said in his speech.
Infrastructure spending has been the main thrust of Parson’s agenda during his time in office. He told lawmakers Wednesday that over the last six years Missouri has rebuilt more than 1,000 bridges and repaired 50% of its entire highway system.
But the infrastructure project that could be his biggest legacy is Interstate 70.
Parson had hoped to rebuild portions of the interstate as part of his budget proposal last year. Legislative leaders decided the governor’s plan didn’t go far enough, boosting funding to $1.4 billion in general revenue and $1.4 billion in borrowed funds to widen the interstate across the state.
“The expansion of I-70 has been talked about in this building for decades. Decades of hot air. Decades of passing the buck,” he said. “Under our administration, this General Assembly and the leadership of (Senate Appropriations Chairman Lincoln) Hough, decades of inaction turned to action. This summer, construction on I-70 is set to begin in Columbia.”
Parson also noted the fact that he’s filled vacancies in three statewide offices, appointing Vivek Malek as treasurer, Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor and Andrew Bailey as attorney general. He previously appointed Eric Schmitt attorney general and Scott Fitzpatrick as treasurer.
And he said his administration has “reshaped our Supreme Court and judiciary as a whole. We’ve protected Second Amendment rights, focused on law and order and safeguarded Missouri’s landmark castle doctrine.”
Missouri has maintained its AAA bond rating, enacted three tax cuts and “paid down Missouri’s debt by over $600 million,” Parson said.
He also bragged that the clemency backlog he inherited “has been totally cleared for the first time in decades.”
“In less than six years,” he said, “we’ve accomplished more than most governors are able to in eight years.”
Delivering the Democrats response to Parson’s speech, House Minority Leader Crystal Quade of Springfield was asked about the governor’s legacy.
“The legacy of Gov. Parson is riddled with a lot of unfortunate events,” she said. “He talked about a lot of really great things that he accomplished, but we didn’t talk about the (Department of Revenue) director who had to get fired for fumbling the tax tables and charging Missourians too much in their taxes. We didn’t talk abouta Department of Health director who tracked women’s periods.”
She added: “There are a lot of things that we could talk about that have not been great within this administration.”
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Submitted by Xi Iota Phi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi
The ladies of Xi Iota Phi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi have been busy the last six months of the 2023 year.
In June we held our monthly meeting at the home of Chris Smith. Linda Ebert provided our program on the Princess Tree, which originates from China. Members enjoyed our yearly retreat at the lake at Linda’s home, as usual we all had a great time relaxing, playing in the lake and of course each other’s company.
For July Debbie Woods was our hostess for our meeting in Grain Valley. Since our programs this year are centered around flowers, Debbie did her program on Gazing balls and their history. For our service the chapter donated to the Chain of Hope, which supports reducing the overpopulation of pets and alleviating the suffering of abused and neglected animals in the Kansas City area.
August found us at the home of Cathy Talley. Cathy's program was about the Cosmos flower, once she was done she passed out cosmos seed packets to all of us to plant next spring. Discussion was had about the upcoming convention and ordering pink shirts for those in attendance to wear, as well as whoever else wanted one to order.
In September we enjoyed meeting at the home of Chris Smith again and her program was on the dogwood tree. Chris was gracious and served us “Miller tacos” for dinner, which were delicious!! For our social we went to Olive Garden for dinner and then went and played a really fun round of pre-historic mini golf in Independence. To our sad dismay we learned that one of our dear members had some serious health issues and needed to take a leave of absence. We all let her know we love her and will support her anyway we can.
Turning to the fall time of the year, October, Our social for the month was our yearly Pref Tea which was held at the Tea room in Greenwood, Mo.The committee did a great job on picking a location that was beautiful and delicious.Two of our sisters lost their father/father-in-law and yellow roses were sent to them along with our sympathies.
Our monthly meeting was held at Debbie Reardon’s home and her program was about Iris.
Going into the holiday season, beginning with November, members met at the home of Karen Sutton. Karen taught us about the difference in pumpkins and which type is used for making pumpkin pies and which type is used for jack-o-lanterns. For our social, we went to Union Station to enjoy the Holiday Reflection exhibit, and the numerous electric trains. Afterward we went to dinner to one of our favorites, mexican. Members also enjoyed a night out at the yearly fund raiser Dazzling Diva’s for Cancer Action.
To finish off the 2023 year we met at the home of Karen LaJaunie for our Christmas celebration where she did a program fitting with Christmas on the poinsettia plant. Everyone brought appetizers to share, as well as a gift exchange with our secret sister, and our tradition of gifts for each other. We had guests for the evening, Christy Donner and Kim Meyers,former members, which we were all glad to have time to catch up and visit with. We also voted on our Valentine Queen for 2024, which we are happy to say is Debbie Woods.
We are all excited to see what the new year brings and have many things to be grateful for, besides each other.