The Crowder Foundation held their annual Festival of Wreathes on Tuesday evening. The event was very well attended and there were marvelous things to bid on at the silent and live auctions. Bob Laswell volunteered his services as auctioneer again this year and did a great job as always. I tried to bid on a 1966 Mustang but Ross Babbitt wanted it a little more than I did! Vicki will enjoy driving it. The Babbitt's also provided a wonderful dinner and as usual, I had two desserts! Jane was bidding on the silent auction and surprised me with a camo office chair. All I need now is a beard like Phil!
Wednesday we drove to Springfield for the Annual Nursing Home Legislator Lunch. Nursing Homes and Long-term care facilities in the area provide lunch yearly for Legislators to thank us for helping them care for those who cannot care for themselves. It was extremely well attended by Representatives and Senators alike.
Thursday we were at MSSU meeting with Dr. Marble and their Board. They had many of the same concerns, as did the K12 Administrators. The State has only so many dollars to divvy up and our job is to spend them as wisely as possible. Higher Ed Institutions around the State have been handcuffed by the Governor, in that they are not able to raise tuition. No one wants to see the price of an education go up, but it only takes common sense to realize that you cannot continue to provide a high quality product when your costs exceed your revenue. Only the Federal Government gets to print money, not our colleges. At noon, I was privileged to attend the Golden Living Center Thanksgiving Banquet. Susan Woods and her capable staff did an absolutely remarkable job of preparing and serving a sit down meal to several hundred residents and their families. (And one hungry State Rep) We are certainly blessed to have such a great facility in our back yard. The list of sponsors and volunteers participating is way too long to mention, but it sure makes me proud that we live in an area that is so caring!
Lamar, Seneca, and Webb City football teams are all going to represent us at the State football Championships next week! Not bad for little old Southwest Missouri.
I've said it many times, but there just isn't anyplace I'd rather live than right here. After Church Sunday Jane and I went to the Dairy Queen in Seneca. There was a family with six children sitting right across from us and all of the children prayed out loud in unison before starting their meal! It just doesn't get any better than that.