118 Juniper Ct
47906 March 25, 1971
Dear David, Bonnie and Debbie,
Came home from Rochester today. Had been attending a meeting of W.S.C.S. Program Planning Committee. Also had gone to LaPorte yesterday to have new tires put on my car. Janssens live there and Garnett is manager of the Sears store there. I went there yesterday and spent the night with them and went on to Rochester today. I am very tired this evening—having sat all day on a hard chair, then drove home 60 miles. When I arrived home Dad told me that the Conference office had called me to tell me that a special meeting had been called for tomorrow evening for the Division of Christian Outreach—of which group I am also a member. I called the secretary about half an hour ago and told him as tired as I am tonight, I may not be there. There seems to be some trouble over money. The Conference Council met yesterday and cut our budget about 13 percent and we have to meet to decide how we will reallocate askings. The way our Conference is organized—the Division of Christian Outreach has to decide on who gets what—or I should say how much. There are askings of $259,701.00 and our budget was for $198,726.00 and now that has been cut. The thing I can’t quite understand is why we have to meet and spend all the time we do on making the decisions then have the Conference Council question our decisions, and the Council has the power to give or take away from our budget. This new Conference is just a little more than 2 years old and I suppose we are going thru some of the growing pains any infant organization has.
We are entertaining the bridge club Sunday night and since I have been away home for a day and one half, I need to stay home to get a few things done before Sunday. Besides I don’t want to drive 120 miles again tomorrow.—This is tomorrow—I mean I have slept a night and today I feel much rested and guess I will make the trip, since I am a member of the Division and should be on hand for any decisions.
At least we seem to be having some spring weather. However, it is not very warm yet, but at least the sun is shining today and that gives one the impression spring can’t be too far away. I remember one time when we lived in Kentland, we had a blizzard after the middle of April and traffic was tied up and people were sleeping in the gym. We were in Kentland not long ago and everywhere I looked the town seemed to be in a state of deterioration. However, the merchants along main street have added a shelter to the front of their stores, so one can shop along that one section—Kenneys, Hopkins Hardware, Ashtons Dress Shop, Al Thomas’s drug store, the Colonial Inn and an office building—without getting wet when it rains. LeBeau wouldn’t go along with the idea, so the roof stops at his place. Looks little odd, but that is the way it is.
This morning I got the vegetables cut for the Chinese dinner we are going to serve the bridge club Sunday evening. Since I have to be away tonight, thought I had better get some of my preparations taken care of today. I have had the chicken, pork, chicken livers and shrimp in the freezer for a long time. We haven’t tried this dinner with the club, so don’t know whether it will be a success or not. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Dad is a little dubious about having this kind of dinner for the club, but I figure everyone has to do his own thing and if they don’t like it they can eat what they like the next day. Very few persons have said they didn’t like the “Steamboat.” It is a fun sort of dinner and since I have all the chopping done ahead of time, won’t have so much to do Sunday.
Dad has built some more shelves for me in my office. I had been using that book shelf you had in school, but decided it was inadequate and thought shelves from floor to ceiling would be much more convenient. Dad says I will just have more junk, but I am going to surprise him and throw away a lot of the papers which have accumulated.
I am in the process of sorting and storing slides in a cabinet which Dad built. He found the pattern in a magazine and it holds the projector and there is storage space for several thousand slides. I am in the putting away process now. Have finished storing the pictures we took last year in Japan. Have put away the ones we took in Switzerland and other places around the world in 1969. Have stored on 1964’s. Since I have them in order, it won’t take long to transfer them to the new storage place. Will take a picture of the project when it is finished.
Thanks for the pictures of Debbie and of you. Get Bonnie in on the next ones.
Must get this in the box.
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