On this rainy September Tuesday we had seventeen present for our lunch.  We are hoping to get a fantastic turnout next month on October 14 since we will have at least two classmates from out of state.  Tom Hale and Carl Factor will be attending, and Carl has also reserved a room for us at Eagle Sticks at 5 PM for dinner.  So if you can't make it for lunch, plan on attending for the evening meal.
Cornelia and Bill Ferguson had a wonderful vacation in upper New York State in Chautauqua with their family.  
Sandy Geyer Miller sent us a "news letter" that was 21 pages long with beautiful pictures of their vacation in the four corners.  They traveled 1000 miles and saw National Parks, monuments, and Indian Reservations.  Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado meet at the four corners and is the only place in the United States where four corners come together at one place.  Here a person can put each of their hands and feet in four states at the same time.  Sandy looks great in the pictures on this historical vacation.
Barbara Baughman Williamson was a guest of her sister-in-law at Greenbriar!  What a treat that must have been!  She was pampered with a hot stone massage, facial, and manicure.  Barb and Kent will be leaving on October 4 for a cruise to Bermuda to celebrate their anniversary.  We are wishing them both a very happy anniversary cruise.
Donna Frame Swope and Paul will be off to Myrtle Beach again the first part of November with good friends.  This will be their second trip there this year since they enjoy the theaters, restaurants and visiting with their friends.  Donna and Paul also took a three week vacation this summer and visited with their daughter, Teresa, and her family in Michigan.  We are hoping we can talk Donna and Paul in attending the October lunch.
Gloria Warner Poynter and Norman took an unusual vacation with all of their children and grandchildren.  They all traveled to Bozeman, Montana.  They rode Appaloosa horses in that beautiful area of Montana every day, and also did a lot of hiking.  What a vigorous vacation!  This is a vacation their children and grandchildren will never forget.
Lois Havens let us know that Marjorie Mautz Dixon is having knee replacement on September 16.  Marjorie also has fibromyalgia, and we pray that she will do well with her knee replacement.
We all signed a birthday card for Joann Cooper Patterson.  Her birthday is on September 11.  Donna Smith Iden is having her birthday tomorrow.  Happy birthday to both of you.
Shirley Holdren Smith announced that Linda Achauer Steer's husband Roland had aortic valve replacement at the Cleveland Clinic on July 10.  He had already had bypass surgery and pacemaker placement.  After Roland arrived home it was found that he had a Staph infection.  He has been at Riverside Hospital for four weeks on life support fighting to get rid of the infection.  Please keep Linda and Roland in your prayers at this difficult time.
As most of you already know, Donis Toler passed away on August 22, 2008.  He retired from Zanesville City Schools after forty years of service as a high school teacher.  He was the first African American head baseball coach (1967-1988) and was in the role of football coach for 42 years until 2003.  He continued to serve the students of Zanesville City Schools as a substitute teacher since his time of retirement.  All of us at the August lunch signed a card for him when he was in the hospital.  Shirley took the card to the hospital and gave it to his daughter.  Shirley asked if she would try to give it to Donis when he had a lucid moment.  His daughter was very moved and said no one does something like this, and was excited to show the card to Donis and read the names of his classmates to him.  Donis will be missed by his family, friends, church members, his classmates, and the Zanesville High School.  He was forever a Zanesville Blue Devil!  We voted to send a $100 check from our class to the scholarship memorial in his memory.
Shirley also said she talked with Sue and Chuck Gause.  They are hoping to attend our next lunch.  We are looking forward to seeing both of them.
The Christmas party was discussed.  It was decided to return to Bryon's Place again for our Christmas celebration.  Maryanna Fenton agreed to make the arrangements for us again this year.  Thank you, Maryanna!
Shirley shared with us that her energy level is very low.  There are times when she can barely make it across the living room when she is on the oral chemo pills.  She is taking them for a two week period, and then off for two weeks.  We will continue to pray that she be healed, to have more energy and less tiredness, and that she continues to have a positive attitude at this difficult time.
Shirley stated that "Age is important only if it is cheese or wine!"
She led us in the blessing.
We then enjoyed our food and stories.  I hope to see all of you next month at the Golden Corral at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, October 14.
Martha K. Roberts Cannon