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A magazine dedicated to Southwest Missourians

Influential Women

May 2017


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A magazine dedicated to Southwest Missourians

May 2017

From the publisher’s desk


nyone who has spent time with a group of journalists knows that “media conspiracy” charges are false. We journalists are an independent bunch who can’t agree on something as simple as the proper use of commas, much less anything of substance. This was apparent last month when we combed through numerous highlyqualified nominees for our inaugural 10 Influential Women edition. After thorough discussion, we finally came up with the 10 whom we felt best represent this inaugural class. That this deliberation was necessary was a very good problem to have, and we hope to face a similar problem when picking our “10 Under 40,” which publishes in September.

When I decided to add the 10 Influential Women feature to Connection, I hoped we would accomplish two things: Recognize women who have made an impact in our community, and inspire other women to achieve their goals. What I didn’t expect was that I, too, would be inspired.

Influential Women

On the cover: Connection Magazine took nominations from community members and selected the inaugural class of 10 Influential Women. stories about their mothers and mother figures. Meagan Ruffing has excellent advice on how mothers should take care of themselves, not just on Mother’s Day, but year-round. Local physical trainer and life coach Dionne Zebert gives advice on how women can find the strength inside them. Murray Bishoff asked women with the Monett Senior Center what makes Mother’s Day special for them, and Julia Kilmer writes that our mothers are all around us, biological or not. Murray also has a great article on a CoxHealth program that is helping children make healthier life choices.

One common thread in these women’s stories is that they Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours. We hope you enall faced challenges and crossroads that led them where they joy this month’s edition of Connection as much as we enjoyed are today. They’ve all tried and failed at various aspects of putting it together. their lives, both professional and personal. But, instead of giving up after things got hard, these women persisted until they got what they wanted out of life. We can all learn something from them. This is the month we celebrate mothers, and local residents Yvonne Kerr and Penny Dean have contributed great

Jacob Brower Publisher, Connection Magazine

Jacob Brower is publisher of Connection Magazine, The Monett Times and Cassville Democrat. He is president of the Missouri Associated Press Media Editors (APME) and serves on the Missouri Press Association’s board of directors. He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jwbrower, and on Instagram @jwbrower1

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May 2017 Mothers surround

Fulfilling the role of mother is a needed skill applied with love toward the community Page 29

Self care shows love

Moms who tend to themselves tend to live fulfilling lives Page 33

Taking health home

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Extended mothering

A narrative account of the life of a ‘fairy godmother’ Page 53

Making it special Mothers give their thoughts Page 57


Moments to memories

A narrative of a daughter spending meaningful time with her mother Page 59


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Donna Beckett

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Monett has been Donna Beckett’s home for nearly all her life. She moved to Monett when she was only 4 years old. She graduated from Monett High School, and started her banking career soon after high school at Gillioz Bank & Trust Company. She started working in the bookkeeping department and left as vice president and cashier. She worked with Jack Henry, who eventually began his own software company. Gillioz Bank was the first Jack Henry Software bank. Some of the employees traveled to IBM at Kansas City to see this huge computer that filled the room. “My how things have changed,” Beckett said. She later took 15 years off of banking to be a stay-at-home mom to her daughters, Denae and Dedre. After years of volunteering, Beckett worked for Monett schools for five years. Nearly 13 years ago, Beckett got back into banking at Community National Bank in Monett, where she now serves as vice president and chief operations officer. “I love being a part of the Monett community — a place I have called home for many years now,” Beckett said.

Monett High School graduate

What are some factors that have led to your professional and/or personal successes? Several years ago, Jack Fox, president of the former Gillioz Bank & Trust, hired me as a young person to start my banking career. There is a lot of history in that bank name and I was for-

Education: Civic groups/etc:

tunate to be trained by a great group of employees. Those who know me now would be surprised to know that I was a quiet and shy person. One Friday afternoon at work, Jack Fox came to me and said, “Let’s take a ride.” We went to the airport and he gave me the ride of my life in that bright yellow bi-plane. He made the comment he hadn’t heard me talk that much since he hired me, and I haven’t stopped talking since! It was a very special ride for a young banker, and a bonus was I was still on the time clock getting paid to have fun! Today, I work at Community National Bank in Monett, and both banks have a lot in common from my prospective. They pride themselves in giving excellent customer service, employees volunteer in the community and both banks maintain dedicated long-term friendly employees. Of course, my personal successes are marring Dave 42 years ago and after being blessed with two beautiful children. After waiting 15 years for children, we learned that sometimes your prayers aren’t answered immediately, but don’t give up!

 Past president, Monett Chamber of Commerce  American Red Cross Bloodmobile chairwoman volunteer for 30 years; chairwoman of Monett chapter for 24 years; top southwest Missouri American Red Cross female blood donor with more than 22 gallons of blood donated.  Barry/ Lawrence Crimestoppers board member and officer  Dining for Diabetes  Monett Community Kitchen  Original board member of the Monett Alumni Association  Secretary/treasurer of the Class of 1972  Judge, local district of Future Business Leaders of America  Committee for “Focus on the Future” for Scott Regional Technology School  Former board member, Monett Youth Baseball and Softball Association  Former board member, Monett WaterThrashers Swim Team

Family: Husband, David. Two daughters, Denae Beckett lives In Springfield and Dedre (Beckett) Fitzgerald of Broken Arrow, Okla. Connection Magazine | 11

Congratulations to Donna Beckett, Vice President/COO of Community National Bank, one of the area’s

“10 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN” as voted by readers of Connection Magazine

“Keep yourself strong and be prepared because you never know when someone might need your shoulder to lean on.” -Donna Beckett

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What advice would you give to other women in our community who wish to succeed in accomplishing their personal and professional goals? Surround yourself with good people at work, at church, and in the community. They will make you a better person and will support you on a bad day. Keep yourself strong and be prepared because you never know when someone might need your shoulder to lean on. Be steadfast in your character because you might not know what a person you encounter today is going through, and they deserve your respect. Recently, my pastor talked about standing on a rock foundation. I know my rock foundation is God, but I would also like to think Monett and southwest Missouri is a little part of that foundation. We might waver from time to time, but we will never fall.






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I am so proud to have been raised in the Monett area, to have attended Monett Schools, to work in Monett, to be married in Monett and to have raised my family in Monett. Hopefully, one day, my husband will let me retire in Monett. I am humbled by this honor and almost speechless. Although I may never know who nominated me, I want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy life to think of me. You have made me want to reach for new goals!

Debbie Berger Debbie Berger is originally from Indianapolis, and moved to Hawaii after college and marriage. She taught preschool at Hickam Air Force Base and gave piano lessons while her husband, Bob, served in the Navy. The couple moved to Monett in 1981 when Bob got a job at EFCO. “It was a tough time as a young mother, away from family and friends,” she said. She gave piano lessons and taught a small preschool in my home. When Bob started WinTech, Debbie worked in the plant making windows the first two years. She finally decided to use her college degree and worked in the Monett School system as a substitute teacher, teachers aid, and finally taught full time for about 10 years as a sixth grade language arts teacher. During that time, she taught an afterschool writing program that met twice a week. It was then that she began to be aware of the need for an after school place for kids. She quit teaching in 2005 and self-published a book for her dad titled “Dear Shirley,” based on the letters he had written to her mom while he was serving in the Korean War. During the next few years, she fell in love with coffee shops after visiting several in Oregon where her daughter was attending school. That’s when the idea began to form for a youth center/ coffee shop in Monett. Berger’s experience with teaching and her love of coffee shops lead to the next right thing. She connected with a group of people who had been meeting in Monett to discuss plans for a youth center. Their ideas merged and they opened The Den, located above the coffee shop, Mocha Jo’s, which is in a downtown building they renovated in Monett. The Den was active for about six years, closing after the YMCA opened. It served its purpose well

Occupation: Owner

Organization: Mocha Jo’s Coffee Cafe, Monett

Education: Bachelor’s degree in education, Indiana University

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for many kids, Berger said, and its former director, Brian Smith, is still working with some of those children today. Because of Mocha Jo’s location downtown, Berger became involved with Monett Main Street’s Design Committee, which lead her and Bob to purchase the buildings on the corner of Broadway and Fifth. “It seemed the right thing to do, but we didn’t know why,” she said. “When I heard that the Monett Historical Society was looking for a place to house their museum, it seemed the perfect fit!” The renovation on those buildings was recently completed, and the Historical Society is in the process of moving their museum. Berger has been involved in the planning of the new outside event pavilion downtown, which will have a water feature for kids and will serve as the location for the farmer’s market and other outside events. “Most folk don’t know that my husband and I own a small event center three miles south of Monett called The Barn, a renovated barn suitable for weddings, reunions, etc.,” Berger said. “It seems like we’re in the business of taking old things and making them new. We’re always looking for the next right thing to do.”

Member of:  Ozark Christian Church  Monett Main Street Design Committee  Monett Historical Society  Monett Chamber of Commerce  Flat Tire Gang  Springfield Bike Club  Springfield Orchid Society

Family: Husband, Bob. Daughters, Kristy and Cindy Berger. Son, Robby Berger, his wife Emily, and two grandchildren, Maddy and Charley

“It’s the small things that count the most. Do them well.” -Debbie Berger

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I’m not sure what success means exactly. If success means making money, I’m most definitely a failure. For me, success means listening carefully and trying wholeheartedly to do the things God has set in front of me to do, whether big or small. Success means doing the next right thing, even if it makes no sense at the time. I believe God uses every situation to mold and fit into something that can glorify Him and benefit others. Success means being willing to change and to think outside the box, but ideas are a dime a dozen. The turning point for me is the fact that my husband is extremely supportive and doesn’t scoff at my off-the-wall ideas. Once convinced — and sometimes that takes a lot of influence on my part — he jumps in and never looks back. Together we make a good team. What advice would you give to other women in our community who wish to succeed in accomplishing their personal and professional goals? Life seldom unfolds as you expect. Don’t let that be disappointing. It’s amazing how those curves along the road can lead to different opportunities you couldn’t have dreamed of. Let it happen and embrace change. It’s the small things that count the most. Do them well. An oak tree is the product of a little nut who didn’t give ground. When you know it’s the right thing, just do it.

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Carolyn Bishop Having grown up in Cassville as a young girl, Carolyn Bishop returned to the community in 1994 with her husband and two children to take over the State Farm Insurance agency that had been managed by her father. Over the past two decades, she has served on the Chamber of Commerce Board, the Booster Club, multiple committees at the First United Methodist Church of Cassville, and currently serves in the role of President of the Cassville Main Street Association. In this role, she has overseen the multi-year project of enhancing and beautifying Downtown Cassville, a project which has impacted businesses and individuals throughout the community. What are some factors that have led to your professional and/or personal successes? I strive to have a positive outlook in all that I do, and I truly believe that we are put on this earth to make a difference in the lives of others and in the community in which we live. I know that my success in any project I undertake is thanks to the support of my family and the generous people in our community.

Bachelor of science in business education; master’s degree in education

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What advice would you give to other women in our community who wish to succeed in accomplishing their personal and professional goals? I would tell other women to surround yourself with positive, supportive people and to dream big. Have a strong conviction that you can make a difference in what you are striving to do, and focus on how best to do it. Put God in the center of your life and let Him be your guide, and ultimately know that when you focus on the meeting the needs of others, in many ways, your own needs will be met.

 President, Cassville Main Street Association  Member, Community Foundation Education Committee  Administrative Council secretary and education chair, Cassville United Methodist Church

Family: Married with two grown children and three grandchildren

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Jennifer Duncan “Develop and maintain faith in God’s direction, in personal relationships and purposeful work.” -Jennifer Duncan

Occupation: Homemaker, lay counselor, Bible teacher

Education: High school: Shawnee High School, Shawnee, Okla.; Bachelor of arts, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee; master’s in religious education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City.

Civic groups/etc: • Member of Arnhart Baptist Church, Purdy • Lay counselor through Arnhart Baptist Church and the Family Life Center • Bible teacher for several community Bible studies and retreats • Devotional writer for Southwest Missouri Moms website.

Family: Late husband, John. Twin sons, Jay and wife Jennifer of Dallas, and Jeff and wife Christina of St. Louis. Granddaughters Grace, Kate, Emma and Meredith

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Jennifer Duncan grew up in central Missouri and Oklahoma, the daughter of a Baptist pastor/college professor. After graduation from college, she married John Duncan and they joined his family’s funeral business. During their 11 years in business in Mountain View, Duncan taught junior high school English for a few years, and she and John served in leadership in their church and community. They also adopted their twin sons, Jay and Jeff. In 1982, John felt that God was calling him to be a pastor, so the couple spent three years in Ft. Worth, Texas, attending seminary. In 1985, the couple served at First Baptist Church, Cassville, for nearly 23 years. During those years, Duncan served alongside John as he led the church to grow in numbers and to expand the building complex to include the new worship center, fellowship hall and Family Life Center. John also led the church to begin the worship site called “Northpoint.” Duncan served in the music program and various educational positions, completed her master’s degree through a seminary extension program and co-led a lay counseling program offering free non-professional, Biblical counseling to the community. During these years, Duncan’s sons completed their schooling in Cassville, got married, and launched their medical and coaching/teaching careers, giving Duncan four granddaughters. In 2007, the Duncans left Cassville to serve at an international church in Chiang Mai, Thailand. After three years, they moved back to Barry County and served at the Arnhart Baptist Church. John passed away unexpectedly in July 2015. Duncan is still a member of Arnhart Baptist Church, which serves as a base of ministry for her counseling, Bible teaching and writing. She said her special joy is time spent with her granddaughters.

What are some factors that have led to your professional and/or personal successes? I was raised in a home that emphasized personal integrity and Biblical principles. My husband and I sought to maintain a similar focus in our home and ministry. Through prayer and Bible study, I have sought the leadership of God’s Spirit in all life experiences. Faith in God gives my life a sense of peace and purpose. What advice would you give to other women in our community who wish to succeed in accomplishing their personal and professional goals? Develop and maintain faith in God’s direction, in personal relationships and purposeful work. Know that God gives ultimate victory through Jesus Christ, and wants to guide you to useful service.

Occupation: Chief of Police

Organization: Cassville Police Department

Education:  Cassville High School  Ozark Christian College  Associate of applied science: Reg. Veterinarian Technician, Law Enforcement Academy  Missouri Police Chiefs Command College

Dana Kammerlohr Dana Kammerlohr’s family moved to Cassville in August of 1964. Her parents bought Browns Jewelry Store and renamed it Tomblin’s Jewelry. Kammerlohr graduated from Cassville High School. She attended one year of college at Ozark Christian College. She was accepted into the veterinary technician program, from which she graduated and passed the Missouri State Board for Registered Veterinary Technicians. She worked in the veterinary field in private practice before changing careers. Kammerlohr then attended the Law Enforcement Academy and worked for the Barry County Sheriff’s Office for nearly 20 years. Her duties there consisted of being the D.A.R.E. officer in several schools in the county. “I loved being in the schools working with the students,” she said. In 2009, Kammerlohr was honored with the Lt. Ed Moses D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year award. She received the Soroptimist International of Americas Women of Distinction award in 1996. “My greatest award was the smile, hugs and high fives from the students at the schools,” she said. Kammerlohr also trained and worked Search and Rescue K-9s from 1988 to 2015. She also handled Narcotics K-9s for Barry County and other agencies; including both local and federal agencies. Barry County purchased a Narcotics/Tracking K-9 named Charka. At the K-9 Olympics

Civic groups/etc.: Cassville Chamber Of Commerce board member

Family: Husband, Dr. Chip Kammerlohr, and sister Chloe Epperly

held in Indiana, Charka placed first in residential narcotics and second in overall team. Kammerlohr purchased Charka when she left the Barry County Sheriff’s Office. She was also a D.A.R.E Mentor through the Missouri State Highway Patrol. She taught officers to be D.A.R.E Officers at the MSHP Academy from 1997 to 2005. As a deputy, she held the positions of D.A.R.E. officer, K-9 officer, lieutenant and captain. In 2009, Kammerlohr accepted the chief of police position with the City of Cassville. Her duties include, but are not limited to: planning, organizing and directing all activities of the Cassville Police Depart; preparing an annual budget for approval by council; supervising employees; developing and maintaining standard operating procedures; overseeing cases of the Cassville Police Department; overseeing and implementing departmental training; and writing and overseeing grants of the department. Her hobbies include riding horses and mules, working with dogs, and fishing.

What are some factors that have led to your professional and/or personal successes? I am a member of the First Christian Church and have relied on my faith in many difficult times and circumstances. Having a positive attitude about life always helps make life better. My faith in God has helped me become who I am and to strive to do the right thing through the years. I thank Him each day for what I have. I have always said you hire good people to do the job and stand back and let them do it. I have had very good friends and mentors throughout my career who gave me good advice. I have always had a strong support system with my family. My husband, Dr. Chip, has always been there to help me do my best in all that I have been involved in. He truly is the wind beneath my wings and I could not have accomplished what I have without his support. Having a positive attitude about life always helps one’s life to be better. My faith in God has helped me to be who I am and to strive to do the right thing through the years. I thank Him each day for what I have.

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Chief Kammerlohr! Thank you for all you do!

What advice would you give to other women in our community who wish to succeed in accomplishing their personal and professional goals? Have good role models and mentors in your life. Take ownership of your life and don’t be afraid to step outside the box if you feel you want to change careers. Always be true to yourself and strive to reach the goals you have set. I was taught at an early age to treat others as you would like to be treated. Women can be successful in the careers they choose. Being in the public eye through the years, I have had the chance to talk to young women and encourage them to follow their dreams. To realize you may have to adjust your dreams as life comes along but not to let anyone take those dreams away from you. You should always be the best that you can be. There is a country song that I love, “Be Humble and Kind.” One should listen to what it says.

“Take ownership of your life and don’t be afraid to step outside the box if you feel you want to change careers.”

Jennifer Duncan for being selected one of the 10 Most Influential Women in our area!

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-Dana Kammerlohr

Jill Holman LeCompte Jill Holman LeCompte was raised in Cassville and attended all 13 years in Cassville schools. She is the fourth of five children, raised on a beef ranch just east of Cassville. Many of her aunts were her teachers and principals in school (Eunice Thomas is her dad’s sister), so education runs deep and proud in her family. LeCompte said she loves music, and was in band and would sing at church. She was also a cheerleader and senior class president. LeCompte taught four years at Purdy and then came to Cassville schools in 1992. She has taught grades 1, 3 and 5. She was also a middle school cheer coach. She served as middle school assistant principal, athletic director, at-risk coordinator and summer school director. She was then named middle school principal, then later Intermediate principal. She was selected as director of instruction and curriculum and then became assistant superintendent. As assistant superintendent, LeCompte’s job entails working with federal programs; curriculum and instruction; professional development for administrators and teachers; coordinating district tests; directing tutoring; summer school reporting and food service; and coordinating the Bright Futures program. What are some factors that have led to your professional and/or personal successes? I think some factors that have led to any success I may have had would have to go back to an upbringing from my parents. Living on a farm and being a part of a family that raised beef cattle, it was instilled in me and my siblings, that work is a part of your life, and there is always work to be done. Reflecting on this question now, I would say that what I do is because It is what I am supposed to do. My dad,

Occupation: Assistant Superintendent of Cassville R- IV Schools; co-owner of Michael’s Hardware.

Education:  Graduate from Cassville High School (1984)  Bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Arkansas  Specialist degree from Missouri State University at 89, still owns and works a large beef cattle operation since I can remember, and he was the president of U-Haul for Missouri for more than 30 years while my mother was the director of nurses at South Barry County Hospital and they raised five children. What advice would you give to other women in our community who wish to succeed in accomplishing their personal and professional goals? For anyone, not just women, who wants to pursue a career, I have the following advice: 1. Marry a supportive, patient and understanding person. Rely on family and find and keep faithful friends.

Civic groups, etc:  Board of directors, South Barry County Hospital  Board of directors, West Region Hospital  Board of directors, Soroptimist International of Barry County  Adjunct Professor, Lindenwood University  President, Cassville High School Alumni Association  Member, First Baptist Church, Cassville

Family: Married to Michael for 30 years. Children: Victoria, Zane and Jillian

2. Don’t give up! I interviewed and was rejected seven times for various school administrative positions around the area. 3. Do not take yourself too seriously. My dad has repeatedly told me, “Don’t get a big head! Just when you think nothing can go wrong, it will go wrong! Keep focused.” 4. When you make mistakes, you have to forgive yourself and then redirect! 5. Choose joy and look for happiness in the day! I give my entire career and everything with it (good and bad) to God. He has been with me during my walk as an educator for 29 years!

“Choose joy and look for happiness in the day!” -Jill holman lecompte

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Vona Sue Wood

Occupation: Owner/Operator

Company: Steak Inn, Shell Knob

Education: High School graduate, Neosho

Civic Groups/etc: 30-year member, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce

Family: Married to James Wood, three children and four grandchildren

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Vona Sue Wood moved to Shell Knob in 1974 with a dream, and two years later, started The Steak Inn. Over the years, the restaurant has grown from a small 55-seat restaurant to the 155-seat restaurant our customers enjoy today. Wood thinks that over the past 40 years, every teenager in Shell Knob has worked there and now their children work there. “My employees are my family,” she said. “At the restaurant, other than being the owner/operator, I do the ordering, make the salads and take care of the business transactions, even mopping the floors from time to time. When you run your own business, you have to always be prepared to pick up a broom or a spatula, be the chef and the server.” Wood is a 30-year member of the Missouri Restaurant Association and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. She said she loves giving back to the community that has given so much to her. “One of the greatest honors of my job is seeing four generations of my customers grow up, start families and bring their own children in on Friday night for a family night,” she said. “I love it.” What are some factors that have led to your professional and/or personal successes? Great parents. They always stressed, be honest and do one’s best at anything we do. In business, as in life, relationships are everything. I have employees who have worked with me for nearly 30 years, and customers who have their own table and name plate on the booth. As I said before, I have been extremely fortunate to have outstanding employees and loyal customers. With those two things, everything else is a breeze. I always remember: nothing worthwhile ever comes easy, it takes hard work, self-discipline and determination to accomplish your dreams.

I have hosted benefits for my employees and members of the community, when they fall on hard times. I donate to many charitable events in our community. I sponsor the Shriners, Homer Sloan Fishing Tournament, Shakin’ in the Shell, Fourth of July fireworks and countless other community events. I proudly donate money to the local animal rescues and shelters. A fellow businesswoman was trying to open a restaurant, and was having extreme difficulties getting the capital, so I loaned her the money to help her realize her dream. I have been very blessed and try to give back whenever I can. What advice would you give to other women in our community who wish to succeed in accomplishing their personal and professional goals? As a woman, just starting out, trying to build something out of nothing was difficult. When I wanted to start The Steak Inn in 1976, I couldn’t get a loan. Bank after bank turned me down, but I never gave up. I had to pawn everything I own, even my canoe. Now, 41 years later, all I can say is: “It was worth it.” Never give up. Never stop fighting to accomplish your dreams. Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. It takes hard work, self-discipline and an unwavering determination.

“Never give up. Never stop fighting to accomplish your dreams. Nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. ” -Vona Sue Wood

Janell Patton Pierce City native Janell Patton was taking a writing class at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and her teacher made an announcement at the end of class one day that Freeman Hospital was looking for an intern to help with one of their largest fundraising events—the Mickey Mantle Charity Golf Classic. Patton applied and was selected for the internship. That was her first real exposure to fundraising, event planning and volunteer management. “It was truly an eye-opening experience because it made me realize that the success of any event comes down to the details,” Patton said. “To this day, I credit Lee Elliff Pound for instilling in me the true art of preparation, organization and communication. Everyone in life should have a mentor, and I had a great one!” After graduating from college, she decided to stay in Joplin, and took a job as the marketing director of the Joplin Family YMCA. Having a young son and wanting to be closer to family, the Pattons moved back to Monett, where Janell took a job at Cox Monett as the director of community relations. Next month, Patton will celebrate her 20- year service anniversary. “Working in a rural, critical access hospital is both fun and challenging,” Patton said. “No two days are the same. I often catch myself switching thoughts a million times a day. I used to tell people that I was the ‘director of stuff,’ but eventually, I was told that I had to stop telling people that, so sometimes I just say that I work in administration. “I like to tell people that I hit the lottery of jobs because I get to be a part of three amazing teams from CoxHealth — cor-

Occupation: Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services

Organization: Cox Monett Hospital

Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing and Management) from Missouri Southern State University, Joplin.

Civic groups/etc: porate communications, marketing and volunteer services. I feel blessed to have the job that I have because I get to tell my hospital’s story, and it’s a great one!” Wearing many hats is common in rural hospitals, so a portion of Patton’s job entails working with marketing at CoxHealth to coordinate our local advertising efforts. Another important part of her job involves media relations and social media. And the last part — which Patton said is near and dear to her heart — is coordinating Auxiliary and Volunteer Services. “I’m especially proud of the Cox Monett Auxiliary for carrying on the long tradition of serving others and helping the hospital become what it is today,” Patton said. “I’m also proud to say that, under my direction, the Cox Monett Auxiliary was named Auxiliary of the Year (small category) two times by the Missouri Hospital Association.

 Member, St. Lawrence Catholic Church  Member, Cox Monett Auxiliary  Member, Monett Care to Learn Advisory Committee  Member, Cox Monett Auxiliary  Former director, Monett Chamber of Commerce 2011-14.

Family: Married to Jim for 26 years. Two children: Aaron and Abigail

“Watch and learn from other women. I have some pretty amazing volunteers that I have had the privilege of knowing for 20 years now.” -Janell patton

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What are some factors that have led to your professional and/or personal successes? Growing up in a single parent family, I watched my mother sacrifice higher paying jobs and personal things so she could give her children the best life possible. She was a school bus driver (and drove our bus route) so she could get her chores done on the farm during the day and still be at home with me. She sewed most of my clothes and could whip out a dress in just one day. It was not an easy life, but I learned compassion, honesty, a strong work ethic, and the true meaning of love from her. I also learned that life is sometimes rotten, but you have to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep going.

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Watch and learn from other women. I have some pretty amazing volunteers that I have had the privilege of knowing for 20 years now. They have had a front row seat watching me grow professionally. Over the years, they have given me great advice and some much-needed criticism. I’m continually amazed by what they are able to accomplish and hope one day I can lend my talents and voice to inspire others like they have.

Ann Saunders Ann Saunders was born in Monett, moved away during her grade school years, returned in eighth grade and graduated from Monett High School. She began leadership training while in high school by involvement in student council. She served as student body president and was elected governor of Missouri Girls State. Saunders attended Drury University, where she was active in student government, serving as student body president and president of Kappa Delta sorority her junior year. She began working for John Morris Cos. in Springfield after graduation, and worked directly with John A. Morris, Johnny’s father. She was placed on his corporate management team as a 22 year old and learned valuable lessons about business. At that time, the group’s most notable companies were Brown Derby Liquor Stores, Bass Pro, and Glo Dry Cleaning. After becoming a mother, Saunders was called to spend more time at home. The family moved back to Monett and Saunders opened the Stone Cottage Gift Shop & Nursery (bedding plants, trees and shrubs) with her mother-in-law. “It worked well to have my growing family near me,” Saunders said. In the late 1990s, Saunders began providing contracted marketing to Monett Physical Therapy. A short time into the job, she was asked to serve as company administrator. While attending the Monett Chamber banquet in 1997, Saunders was approached by John Moore, Drury president, to consider an open position in development on main campus. A few months later the family moved to Springfield, and

Occupation: Director, southwest Missouri region, college of continuing professional studies

Organization: Drury University, Monett

Education: Bachelor of arts, Drury University: graduate studies, Drury and Missouri State University.

Civic groups/etc: Saunders took the position of director of major gifts. “I was able to travel, meet many Drury alums and learn a great deal about fundraising,” Saunders said. “It was another major personal growth opportunity. I was able to explore new talents and grew to truly love working with donors.” A few years later, Saunders’ husband had a job opportunity to work for Jack Henry & Associates and the couple also purchased a Curves franchise in Monett, so they moved back home once more. After selling the franchise in 2006, Saunders spent the next year substitute teaching. “As a mother of four, I had plenty to keep me busy,” she said. One day in late spring, Saunders was approached by Drury to consider opening a course delivery site in Monett. “I knew immediately it was an easy yes,” she said. “My love for both Drury and Monett were strong and I believed helping people had become one of the most important qualities of my work life, so I accepted.” In April 2007, Saunders embarked on growing a Drury site in Monett. The job was daunting at first, she said, as she

 Member, Monett Kiwanis  Board of directors, Monett Chamber of Commerce  Economic Restructuring Committee chairwoman, Monett Main Street  Chairwoman, Repurposed Faire  Diocesan Finance CouncilSpringfield Cape Girardeau  SRTC Advisory Committee

Family: Married to David for 31 years. Children: David II, Lauren Clarfelt, Ryan and John. Grandchildren: Isaac and Oliver Saunders

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was the only local staff member along with adjunct faculty. In the early days, she worked as many as 60 hours a week. As the student population grew, she was able to add staff and eventually move the site from the Monett Career Center, to the former United Methodist Church. After a couple years, she was able to negotiate the gift of the building to Drury and, in the next few months, the university will begin a capital campaign to renovate the 20,000 plus square foot facility. While working for Drury, Saunders has had the opportunity to write several grants along with co-workers. The most notable grant was announced last fall — a $1.94 million federal grant for migrant and farm worker students and families. “These funds have helped double our staff positions and will give back notably to our local economy,” she said. “Working with area individuals, schools and businesses is very rewarding. Watching a first generation student complete a bachelor’s degree, seeing the possibilities for a single mother, and knowing hundreds of lives are changed positively forever, makes going to work every day a blessing. I’ve raised millions of dollars and held positions of leadership, but seeing my children grow into amazing adults who are kind, generous and compassionate toward others is truly my greatest accomplishment.”

What are some factors that have led to your professional and/or personal successes? I must first give a shout out to my parents, because if not for them, I wouldn’t be here. I was raised with a firm yet loving father. He taught me many things, and pushed me to realize my talents. My mother was, and is, like an angel in my life. She loves me unconditionally and believes in me, pushes me to forgive and forget, which has been one of the most valuable lessons in my life. As a kid growing up, I was fortunate to spend a great deal of time with my grandparents and my dad’s siblings. I thought I was an adult at a young age, and was given much responsibility to match my mindset. I was inquisitive, wanted to learn, and they all allowed me to explore my gifts. I remember specifically hearing my Uncle John say, “You can do it!” If I hesitated to take a chance on failure, he always reminded me, all things are possible. As an adult, I’ve reflected on the impact this man had on my life. It’s important to note John was stricken with polio at the age of 16, the fall of his senior year. He spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. He saw the good in life, was spiritual, and was someone who totally believed in me. He was a sage in our family.

“If you’re afraid, ask for help. There are people around you who will help you overcome those fears.” -Ann Saunders

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What advice would you give to other women in our community who wish to succeed in accomplishing their personal and professional goals? I believe most anything is possible when we approach life, work and family with a humble heart, a dedicated work ethic and a skilled mind. • Get an education: Education is an essential part of success, and it can come in many forms. Don’t be afraid to learn something from every experience. • Dream: I think it’s important to dream. When I mentor young women, I frequently ask, “What do you want to do?” “What makes you happy?” “What are your talents?” “If you could be anything, what would it be?” • Develop your talents: I believe it’s mostly good to spend more time on developing our talents than focusing on our weaknesses, unless our weaknesses are detrimental to success. • Conquer fear: Don’t be afraid. Fear keeps us from realizing our dreams. So, if you’re afraid, ask for help. There are people around you who will help you overcome those fears. • Seek an advisor: Find a mentor. Self-advising is not always the best policy. When you have a person who you admire, respect or trust, you have the perfect teacher, example, and model to follow and from whom to seek support. • Remember the importance of character, to be ethical is critical to success. • Celebrate life, don’t be afraid to laugh with others and at yourself.

Angela Seymour Angela R. Seymour was born and raised in Columbus, Neb., and came to Missouri for college on a basketball and track scholarship to the University of Missouri – Rolla. She later changed her major to mathematics and transferred to Evangel University in Springfield, where she also participated in basketball and track. She moved to the Cassville area in the summer of 1994 after graduation to teach math and science, and coach at Southwest High School. In 1999, Seymour was offered the position at Crowder College to start the campus in Cassville. She has been with the college for nearly 18 years. In that time, the campus has grown from all part-time students to full-time students enrolled and completing full degree programs. The college also has a nationallyaccredited nursing program, Missouri State University on campus, and has educated thousands of students. As campus director, Seymour oversees all operations of the campus from facility maintenance and budget to programs of study. She hires and supervises all faculty and staff, promotes the campus in the community and often attend meetings in Neosho as the campus liaison, and handles all student discipline issues. She still advises and enrolls students on occasion, and helps some students with their math homework. In 2007, Seymour was named one of the 40 under 40 Honorees by the Joplin Business Journal.

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Education: Master’s of science in organizational leadership, Evangel University; bachelor of science in mathematics from Evangel University

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give me the strength to do His work. Second, I have never known any other way to be. My parents taught me that there is a big difference between reasons and excuses. When you have a mother who survived Polio, lived with what should have been crippling migraines her entire life, who buried three children and three husbands, walked into an airplane propeller and lived to tell the story, owned companies and ran her husband’s businesses, and opened her house to several foster children at any given time, you really have no excuse to fail. She could have used any one of those as an excuse, but instead, she took them as reasons to do things differently. She accomplished so much and never complained or put her problems on someone else. She is a powerful and determined woman and taught me that I can do so many things if I don’t fall victim to the excuses. I may have reasons to do things a different way when needed but never as an excuse to not do them.

I think two things have contributed to my drive. I don’t want to say success, because I often fail but I keep trying. First is God. If I do my best to follow His path, He will guide my steps and

In college, I worked two jobs (52 hours a week); was a member of the basketball, indoor, and outdoor track teams; took 17 to 20 hours a semester; was the youth leader at my church,

 Member, First Baptist Church of Cassville  Member, Rotary Club of Cassville  Member, Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce  Board of directors, Progress and Action through Community Effort (PACE)  Board of directors, Community Foundation of the Ozarks Cassville Affiliate  Adult leader, Boy Scout Troop 185  Coach and volunteer for local sports teams; performer in The Show

Family: Husband: Chris. Children: Charlie, 18, and Sharayah, 13

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and a volunteer basketball coach for the Special Olympics. God gave me the strength because I was following His path for my life and my mother taught me to not use excuses to fail. Oh and all of this in a convertible with no roof (that car sure helped me build character and perseverance). I want to be the same example to my children. I have not lived through the things my mother has, but I want them to see that life takes dedication and work. I want them to grow into great adults who make great spouses, parents, and community members. To my success, I credit God and my amazing family. I am humbled by how often I fail, yet God still loves me and wants to use me. My family is the best support a person could need. My husband is my rock, my best friend and my biggest fan. That man should be given an award. Is sainthood available? My children are amazing and I am blessed to be their mother. They are pure joy and amaze me every day. I love watching them grow and become who they are meant to be. God has big plans for them. My mother is my hero and my inspiration. What advice would you give to other women in our community who wish to succeed in accomplishing their personal and professional goals? Put God first, family second, and career third. There will be days when you must sacrifice a bit of family time for work, or work time for family, but keep a healthy balance and know which deadlines matter at that moment. I have learned that you can have a family and a career and excel at both. I have made peace with the fact that our house will never be clean again, the laundry will never be done, and that grass does not grow in our yard because the kids are always playing in

the yard – and I love every minute of it. Take time to love your family and to just be a mom and a wife once in a while. You can be an amazing mom and amazing wife and still be a successful professional, you just need a balance and allow yourself to be both. It takes work but it is worth it. Be dependable and effective. Do not do things half way. Be an asset to your employer and your community. As a leader, when things go right, be sure to give all the credit to those on your team. If things go wrong, take all the heat and protect your team. They are your team. If they failed it is because you failed. Never take credit for someone else’s work. If you give someone a responsibility, be sure to also give them the resources to accomplish it otherwise they are doomed for failure. Learn to speak people’s love language (language of appreciation in the workplace). When you speak your language and not theirs, they may not understand that you appreciate them. Life will throw things at you. It is what it is. Now, what are you going to do about it? Don’t think of an excuse, but find a reason to succeed in spite of it. Allow it to become your testimony of perseverance and strength. There is so much truth in the joy of the Lord, to have that joy in your soul through all things and trust in the Lord always. We all have times of happiness and sadness but the Joy of the Lord is my strength. Give glory to the Lord in all things and keep your eyes on Him.

“Be dependable and effective. Do not do things half way.” -Angela seymour

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veryone needs a nurturing, mother figure in their lives. Some have mothers throughout their adult lives, while others lose their mothers at a young age. Others find ‘second mothers,’ but there are mothers everywhere, nurturing and encouraging those around them. Consider the woman who stands in the gap for someone, the older woman who mentors a younger one, the aunt who fills the role of a mother lost, the friend who mends a hurt, offers encouragement, gives great advice, listens when there’s no one else, makes a home-cooked meal or just refreshes and comforts. The definition of family is not always those one is blood-related to, but are those who are there for them and meet one’s needs; the “friend who sticks closer than a brother,” as Proverbs 18:24 states in the Bible.

This Mother’s Day, celebrate and thank those who nurture you Story and photos by Julia Kilmer

In fact, there’s a good chance that someone is nurturing you at this moment or season in your life. Gail Reed, OACAC Neighborhood Center director in Cassville, knows about nurturing others; she’s been doing it for 23 years. OACAC’s services are built around caring for people, and are especially meaningful to those who don’t have a mother figure in their lives. “When people think of OACAC, they think of Head Start or energy assistance,” said Reed. “But we do a lot of things that nurture others. We do parenting classes to help anybody become a better parent or caregiver. We also teach a Life Skills class, and every year in May, we host a Ladies’ Day where we honor ladies. “We feed ladies breakfast and lunch, and bring speakers on topics like health and beauty, stress or self-defense and do door prizes. Ladies don’t get enough

LaDon VanZandt, RN, Cassville Primary School nurse, shares a smile with student Rylen Holman to brighten his day as she checks his temperature. Nurturing others is part of what she does every single day, and the extra care and warmth she provides is just as important as the treatment in making students feel better.

recognition for what they do, so we just try to make it really special for them and make them feel nurtured.” The center also teaches about nutrition and time management. “For mothers, time management just goes out the window because you never know what’s going to happen with your kids,” Reed said. “We also do a quarterly clothing giveaway; we have more fun with ladies getting to pick out clothes they would not have bought for themselves.” Lack of time to take care of themselves are issues with young women today, Reed said, so the center stands in the gap to provide that nurturing.

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“Young mothers are so pressed for time, that anything we can do to support them and give them a little bit of a break, helps. You’ll be a better mom if you take that little bit of time for yourself.” Reed recalled how, when her two sons were growing up, their friends referred to her as ‘mom.’ “You’ll hear women say, ‘She’s like my second mom to me.’ Many of my son’s friends call me mom and still do.” Rachel Sheats, a previous educator, and resident at Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation in Cassville, nurtures residents as an on-site ‘24/7 Angel’ with Hospice Compassus. Sheats is there in residents’ time of need, just like a mother would be. “I volunteer here as the 24/7 angel, and when there’s a death in the family, or they need someone to stay overnight

with their beloved, they call me and I sit with them until they pass or I’m relieved by a family member,” said Sheats. “I sit with them and pray with them. I hold their hand, and, even if they’re nonresponsive, I talk with them and sing hymns or crochet, just so they know I’m there. The hearing sensation is the last thing to die in the brain, so even though they’re in that deep realm of sleep, or unconscious, they can still hear. So I’ll sit there and gently rub their arm just to let them know I am there.” Sheats also checks on clients to see how they’re doing, help get anything they need, or takes them to the beautiful greenhouse attached to the facility to visit. “Some people don’t get visitors like others,” she said. The 24/7 Angel, a pilot program, is

the first of its kind, Sheats said, in an innovative skilled nursing facility that built the first attached greenhouse to a facility of its kind in the state, and allows residents to grow plants and flowers, giving them the opportunity to nurture something, and thereby, nurture themselves. The greenhouse and its serene setting provides a peaceful place to visit with family members, relax, and even helps ease anxiety levels, Heather Gusta, activities director, said. Sheats, who raised two boys, agrees women don’t have to be mothers to nurture others. “I, myself, was not a birth mother, we adopted our boys, but I still had the need to nurture, to hold them when they cried, tell them it was going to be OK, and when they did well, give them the support they needed.”

One person who nurtures others on almost continual basis throughout the day are school secretaries. Here, Cassville Primary School Secretary Lisa Cooper does just that when she takes time to listen to students Madison Yockey, 7, left, and Mason Smith, 7, share their reading skills with her. Cooper plays many nurturing roles throughout the day, including encourager, cheerleader, comforter, counselor and even nurse maid, when the school nurse is not available, finding Band-aids and sharing hugs to heal hurts.

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Cassville Middle School Librarian Becky Haynes guides sixth-grade students on a task in which they work as a team to create an animal out of nothing but Lego blocks. The assignment is part of the ‘future-ready libraries’ model, which challenges students to think outside the box and use their imaginations to come up with solutions.

School secretaries, nurses, teachers, foster parents and caregivers nurture others every day. Cassville Primary School Secretary Lisa Cooper acts as encourager, comforter, nursemaid and cheerleader. “It’s just a natural, positive way to encourage students,” said Catherine Weaver, elementary school principal. Cassville Primary School Nurse LaDon VanZandt, RN, checks out bumps and bruises all day, dispensing Bandaids and doses of nurturing that are just as important as the treatment. No matter one’s age, stage in life, or daily environment, ‘mothers,’ whether related or not, are all around us, and one doesn’t have to look very far to recognize and find the nurturing they need.

Roaring River Health and Rehabilitation residents Shawn Erke, left, and Rachel Sheats visit by a bed of growing peppers inside the greenhouse, which is attached to the building. Sheats volunteers as an a ‘24/7 Angel’ with Hospice Compassus, nurturing other residents around her by sitting with them, visiting, and helping them get whatever they need.

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Tips for self-care for every mom As moms, we can forget who we are. We have children and then, poof! We’re no longer taking care of just ourselves but for other human beings. How scary is that? Somewhere in the process of raising children, our dreams get put to the side for a better time or when the kids get out of diapers. The hours pass by, then days, then years, and before we know it, our kids are another year older and we find ourselves watching another year pass by without doing the things we dream about in our hearts. What better time than now? What better reason than this? What better place than here? Let your family shower you with gifts this year, but let the biggest gift you get, be the one you give yourself. I’m big on bucket lists. Anyone who knows me or has met me recently knows that I am always working towards checking something off my list. What could be more important than self-care? After all, we’re moms, and we take care of everyone, including ourselves. But wait, we’re supposed to take care of ourselves, but we all know that doesn’t happen. We put off the haircut because we don’t want to spend the extra money to get a baby sitter. We decide that another girls’ night out is a bad idea because we should be home with our kids. We put that cute shirt back at Target because we don’t really need new clothes. Sound familiar? Sure, maybe some of these things are true and yes, it’s OK to say no to certain things. But, for the most part, moms tend to leave themselves out. Don’t just think of Mother’s Day as one day for you – but use this Mother’s Day as a springboard for an entire year of things for you. Get a pen and paper and start jotting down the things you’ve always wanted to do. Write down the crazy ideas, like jumping out of a plane, or the sentimental ones, like planning the honeymoon you’ve always wanted. Life is too short to never know what you’re capable of doing. Get your spouse in on the fun and ask him what’s on his bucket list. Moms are the most selfless people I know, yet we feel so selfish when we do things for ourselves. Change the way you think about Mother’s Day and decide today that you will be more intentional about self-care.

Fun Facts:  This year marks the 103rd year that Mother’s Day became a national holiday. President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill in 1914, making the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.  A colored carnation means a person’s mother is living. A white carnation means that person’s mother has passed.  Mother’s Day is celebrated in different countries on different days in different months.

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Need a head start? Try some of these ideas.


Download the Starbucks app to your phone and put $10 in your account. Voila. Now you have a super easy way to get yourself a latte on one of those not-so-smooth school mornings. Bonus: Tell your husband and kids this is what you would like for Mother’s Day this year. Stock up on coffee gift cards.


Figure out what’s important to you. I’m not talking about what’s important to your kids or to your husband (although, both are great) but what’s important to you, the mom. Is it having a clean house? Is it looking well-polished? Is it getting respect? Decide what makes you feel good and go after it. Work towards the life you want and make small decisions every day that will end up being big changes over time. No one is going to do all of the things you think about all the time in your head. Us moms just have a special way of cramming so many to-do lists in our heads that there’s no possible way for anyone else to help with that. Dump. Those. Out. Free your mind and the rest will follow.


Plan a monthly girls’ night out with your friends. Start a text thread on your phone with a few of your closest gal pals and let them in on your new ‘self-care plan.’ Take turns deciding what you do for fun, but you go first. There’s nothing better than laughing so hard with your friends that you’re crying by the end of dinner. Every mom needs a tribe of other moms who get her.


Decide how you’re going to stay healthy. I know. This is usually everyone’s least favorite thing to talk about, but the truth is, you really do feel better after a great workout — not just physically, but mentally, too. Change it up and try something different. If gyms aren’t your thing, maybe you try a new route in your neighborhood. If you tend to be the type to back out of actually working out, find yourself an accountability partner. Make some goals for yourself and stick to them. This is a huge confidence booster and what mom couldn’t use that?

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Schedule that doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off. No, seriously. Get your ducks in a row and pick up that phone. Feeling depressed? Call a therapist and schedule an appointment. Call your doctor and see what your next steps are. Is there an ailment you’ve been dealing with because you don’t feel like making the time to sit down with someone and figure it out? Make that call today. It could save your life.

Think dental, too. Some of the way we feel can be contributed to the health of our teeth. Even if you haven’t been to the dentist in years, don’t let embarrassment stop you from making an appointment. This is about you and learning how to care for yourself. This Mother’s Day is going to be your best one yet. Start today by writing down a few things you would like to see happen this year. Tape the list in a place where you will see it every day so that you stay inspired to get things rolling. Self-care is vital to a mom’s self-esteem and overall sense of who she is. That sounds like a pretty good gift to me.

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Bryson Dothage today, after making adjustments to his diet, which have enabled him to live more actively. (below) Bryson Dothage before CARDIAC Kids, gaining weight that alarmed his mother, alerting her that he needed help. Both CARDIAC Kids and activities connected to Committed to Kids made the difference.

Committed to Kids carries forward CARDIAC Kids effort

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ince 2003, CoxHealth Systems has sought to help make children in southwest Missouri healthier through the CARDIAC Kids program. That effort has expanded beyond the school level with the Committed to Kids program, focusing on families to identify risks and teach new strategies that lead to long-term healthy living. The CARDIAC Kids program, short for “Coronary Artery Detection in Area Children,� developed by pediatric cardiologist Dr. William Neal and Ph.D. Dr. Eloise Elliott from the University of West Virginia and first launched as a pilot program in Monett, focuses on fifth-graders as a group that is starting to make independent decisions about eating and health, where change is still relatively easy to make. For those willing to participate, the program takes blood samples of students to measure cholesterol, as well as blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and diabetes risk by checking skin (acanthosis nigricans). Those showing high numbers are encouraged to follow up with their physician. Students are introduced to the idea of good nutrition, shown snacking alternatives, and taught how to make simple meals that are good for them.

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A Committed to Kids Fun Night in Sarcoxie involved engaging children in active behavior showing real fun in a physical lifestyle.

Verona 2016: Fifth-grade students from Verona received free Frisbees at the CARDIAC Kids Family Fun class. (left ) Monett 2014: A mother and son prepare a fruit and yogurt parfait during the CARDIAC Kids Family Fun class.

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In just four years, CoxHealth extended the program to many southwest Missouri communities to 14 schools. Cox Monett Hospital has extended its effort through the MFH Healthy Communities Healthy Schools grant to families in Monett and Pierce City with scholarships for the Committed to Kids program, offered free to families of fifth-graders in CARDIAC Kids. According to Shawn Hayden, project coordinator for population health with CoxHealth, “For CARDIAC Kids participants, we offer a one-time class CARDIAC Family Fun. We focus on heart healthy eating and physical activities. Then we encourage the families that come to CARDIAC Kids to come to Committed to Kids, where we focus on nutrition, physical activity, behavior and health. We look for total body wellness.” After a decade, the Committed to Kids program, which focuses on children ages 11 to 14, has had many success stories. A recent one is Bryson Dothage, 11, a fifth-grader from Pierce City. He joined the CARDIAC Kids program last fall. “I noticed when he was playing ball last summer the amount of weight he was gaining,” said Sarah Banks, Bryson’s mother. “In two months, Bryson had gained 11 pounds last summer. His doctor said he didn’t want Bryson to gain any more weight until he was 16. I didn’t realize how bad it was. In the fall he had the test and he was ‘very high’ in Trigylcerides.” Sarah consulted Lauren Holland, community educator at Cox Monett, who recommended the Committed to Kids program. A grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health has opened the program to families facing health challenges. “Bryson has had nothing but fun,” his mother added. “He’s not using his inhaler as much.” “I feel better,” Bryson said. “I can run faster. I can keep up. I don’t have to always stop and get something to drink. In basketball, the only time I need my inhaler is at halftime. Before, the only way I could get to first base in baseball was if I hit it over the fence. Before, I was always wanting food. Now I go out on the trampoline instead.” “Bryson and his mother are in a competition on steps, to see whose pedometer will read the most,” said Nancy Ridgley, Cox Monett Center for Health Improvement. “On the way to class, Bryson got out and ran around the car and said, ‘I’m getting in more steps before class.’ The biggest change is in eating habits.” Bryson conceded he really misses Ranch Doritos, which Ridgley said are little more than salt and fat. In contrast he has added more salads, fruits and vegetables to his diet. Bryson’s mother observed she has watched her son at the grocery store reading labels, checking for fat and sugar content, something he never did before.

A blood draw, starting the CARDIAC Kids process, reveals what is not obvious on the surface: whether a child has high cholesterol, early diabetes signs, or other issues that may prompt a referral to a doctor.

“Sarah had issues at home,” Holland said. “What Bryson has done is encouraged them to make better choices about food.” “He’s become the healthy eating champion of the family,” Hayden said. That appears to extend to letting grandma know her regular soda pop is not a healthy choice. She, however, still gets her soda by virtue of family rank. Holland said she goes to student assemblies and talks about Heart Healthy activities. Students take a permission slip home and have an opportunity to join organized events that promote physical activity and heart healthy eating. Anyone knowing a family that needs advice on how to become more healthy is invited to contact her at the hospital. Connection Magazine | 39


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Kaia Johnson, who is now in eighth grade, participated in CARDIAC Kids as a fifth-grader and since has been involved in Committed to Kids. Her mother, Angela Johnson, noticed Kaia’s BMI numbers ran “a little high,” putting her in an at-risk category. Angela contacted Holland who suggested joining the regular Monday night exercise class. By sixth grade, Kaia’s numbers had dropped, but she kept coming. Mother and daughter began coming to Committed to Kids, soaking up discussions about healthy eating, especially the mental part of it. “It’s a family commitment,” Angela said. “It’s really learning how to cook at home, to use the Stop Light Diet, that says if it’s green, you can eat all you want. They helped me learn what to pack for a track or a swim meet.” Kaia wasn’t a problem eater in that she always liked fruits and vegetables. Her issue may have been more portion size and figuring out what is enough. More exercise also makes it OK to eat more. “I know she feels better, especially in how she looks,” Angela said. “I try to get in 10,000 steps a day, too,” Kaia added. “They come to our cooking classes,” Hayden said, another program Hayden runs as part of the Healthy Kids/Healthy Communities initiative. “I put her to work preparing food while I talk to the parents.” “I’m glad we went through the program and continued,” Angela said. “I’m not on her anymore for watching what she eats. It’s a lifestyle. I used to say, ‘That’s enough. You don’t need that.’ I don’t have to say anything to her any more.” “That’s something every parent has to do,” Ridgley said. “You don’t want to nag them. You don’t want them to go the other way and hate eating.” A new session starts on May 15 that provides a bridge between CARDIAC Kids and Committed to Kids. Grant money remains key to continuing the programs. Interested persons can contact Lauren Holland at Cox Monett Hospital.

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Hit the woods As the weather starts to warm up, it is the perfect time to get out to the woods to enjoy a camping trip with family or friends. The Ozarks are filled with beautiful places to explore. From a day trip to Roaring River State Park, to a weekend floating trip on the Buffalo River, there are countless ways to stay active while enjoying nature.

Breakfast: Campfire oats For an easy and hearty breakfast, combine water, old fashioned oats, dried or fresh fruit, nuts or nut butter, and seeds in a pot and cook on the campfire or grill until oats are fluffy. Stir until toppings are evenly distributed and serve.

Camping is a great way to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. To keep your energy high for your outdoor activities, be sure to fuel your body right. Instead of filling your coolers with hot dogs, sports drinks, and candy bars, try some of these tasty, yet healthy, camping meal ideas.

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Lunch: Wrap it up If you are spending the day hiking or out on the river, you will want a lunch that is packable and easy to prepare. Try wrapping a tuna pack with hummus, onion, tomato, cheese, and sliced veggies in a whole wheat tortilla. Throw in a juicy apple or some trail mix for an energy booster.

Beverages Don’t forget to stay hydrated! Plan on packing two liters of water for each camper per day. Be sure to check to see what water sources are available and if there is any treated water available or if you will have to bring your own. Freezing water bottles can keep the cooler extra cold until you are ready to drink them.

Dinner is a good time to start an open fire and try out some creative recipes. Foil packs are an easy way to enjoy some delicious flavors while re-fueling after a long day. Foil packs can be made with any combination of protein, vegetables, and seasonings. In a large Ziplock bag, combine the protein (such as cubed chicken breast), veggies (onion, tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, garlic, potatoes, and beans), herbs or spices, and lemon juice or Italian dressing. Mix well, then divide evenly between sheets of aluminum foil. Bring the sides of the foil together and fold several times. Wrap each pack in an extra layer of foil and place in the hot coals of a campfire until the protein is fully cooked and potatoes are tender. Flip the packs a few times during cooking. Be careful when opening the packs as they will be full of hot steam.

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Savory Bacon and Crab Bread Pudding Eggs Benedict Ingredients 1 tablespoon butter 3 cups dry bread cubes 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1 strip bacon, chopped 1/4 cup minced onion 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper 1/3 cup chicken broth, or more as needed 1/3 cup heavy cream 1 large egg 1/2 lemon, juiced 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest 4 ounces fresh lump crabmeat salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste 1/2 tablespoon distilled white vinegar 2 eggs 1/4 cup hollandaise sauce 1 pinch cayenne pepper, for garnish

Directions n Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. n Butter the insides of 2 (10-ounce) ramekins and place on a baking sheet. n Place bread cubes into a large bowl, set aside. n Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir bacon in hot oil until browned and almost crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove excess oil from skillet and discard. n Stir in onion and cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in red pepper and cook for an additional minute. n Stir in chicken broth and heavy cream; cook until mixture begins to simmer, about 1 to 2 minutes. n Pour cream mixture over bread cubes and mix thoroughly until all liquid is absorbed. n Stir in 1 egg, lemon juice, tarragon, and lemon zest. n Mix in crabmeat, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. n Spoon Mixture into prepared ramekins and bake in a preheated oven until tops are golden brown, about 20 minutes. n Remove ramekins from oven and top each bread pudding with a poached egg. Spoon hollandaise sauce over each egg. Garnish with cayenne pepper.

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Blueberry Waffles with Fast Blueberry Sauce Ingredients

Banana Crumb Muffins Ingredients 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 bananas, mashed 3/4 cup white sugar 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/3 cup butter, melted 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon butter

Directions n Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers. n In a large bowl, mix together 1-1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

3 egg yolks, beaten 1-2/3 cups milk 2 cups all-purpose flour 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup melted butter 3 egg whites, stiffly beaten 2/3 cup blueberries 1-1/2 cups blueberries 3 tablespoons honey 1/2 cup orange juice 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions n In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks and milk. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in butter, and set mixture aside for about 30 minutes. n Preheat a lightly greased waffle iron. n Fold egg whites and 2/3 cup blueberries into the mixture. Scoop portions of the mixture into the prepared waffle iron, and cook until golden brown. n To prepare the sauce, in a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix 1-1/2 cups blueberries, honey and 1/4 cup orange juice. Bring to a boil. Mix remaining orange juice and cornstarch in a small bowl, and stir into the blueberry mixture. Stir constantly until thickened. Serve warm over waffles.

n In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins. n Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

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Directions n Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a heavy duty baking sheet with parchment paper. To prepare fruit, cover with boiling water and let stand 5 minutes. Drain and dry with paper toweling. n In a two cup measure, stir together the egg, buttermilk and vanilla, maple syrup and maple extract. n In a food processor bowl, place the flour, oatmeal, corn starch, baking powder, soda, salt and sugar. Process briefly to blend ingredients. Drop in chunks of butter and pulse to cut in. Stop when you have a coarse, grainy mixture. Alternately you can do this by had with a pastry blender or two knives. n Remove mixture to a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center. Stir in buttermilk/egg mixture. Blend in dried cherries. Stir with a fork to make a soft dough. n Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead only to get a slightly cohesive dough. Divide the dough into 3 equal size pieces. Pat each piece into an 8 to 10 inch circle, 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Cut each circle into eight wedges. Place on baking sheet. Paint tops with beaten egg white and garnish with about 1 teaspoon of the sugar. n Bake at 425 degrees F for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 cup sour cream 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups chopped rhubarb 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions n Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. n Whisk flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl. Beat butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a separate large bowl until smooth, and stir in sour cream, egg, and vanilla extract, mixing well. Stir flour mixture into sour cream mixture just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Spread rhubarb over batter. Mix white sugar with cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the rhubarb. n Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes.

Sunday Morning Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes Ingredients 3/4 cup milk 1 tablespoon vinegar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 egg 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon poppy seeds 1 teaspoon lemon zest cooking spray

Directions n Stir the milk, vinegar, and lemon juice together in a bowl. Let stand 10 minutes to curdle. Whisk in egg, butter, and vanilla extract. n In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, poppy seeds, and lemon zest until well combined. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and whisk a few times until the batter is mostly free of lumps. n Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup of batter per pancake into the skillet and cook until bubbles appear on the surface, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes over with a spatula and brown the other side, about 2 more minutes.


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Guinness Irish Wheat

A trek away from their traditional offerings, Guinness Irish Wheat is a newer brew on the shelves. With Irish-grow, Irish-malted wheat, a longer fermentation period brings out banana, clove and citrus flavors unique to the beer compared to Guinness’ popular stouts. On, the beer has earned an 86 out of 100 score from the community, and an 87 out of 100 from the site’s owners.

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Califresca Red Sangria

For those yearning for the dog days of summer, a Califresca Red Sangria may be just the right medicine on a rainy spring day. Brewed by the Smirnoff brewery in the U.S., Califresca is a mix of red wine, berry, grape and citrus flavors, combined with a sparkling touch to the palate. The fruit-infused brew is available year-round.

Dr. McGillicuddy’s Mentholmint

“Shooting straight since 1865” is the slogan of Dr. McGillicuddy’s Liqueur, and nothing goes down easier than the trademark Dr. McGillicuddy’s Mentholmint. Lore says the doctor used the spirit to encourage socialization at the Shady Eye Saloon, and to cover up beer breath. One part Mentholmint is also good mixed with three parts vodka for a Dr. Mintini.

Not Your Mom’s Apple Pie

The makers of Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Small Town Brewery must have gotten tired of dad’s drinks, as they have now inserted a woman’s touch and released a Not Your Mother’s Apple Pie. The idea was driven by a demand for fruit- and tea-flavored drinks, and the apple pie offering is flush with crisp apple and light cinnamon notes.

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A strong woman is a powerful woman. Why? Well let’s look at the definition of “strong” to find out. The first thing that may come to your mind is “physically powerful.” However, there is another definition, which is, “Having or showing ability or achievement in a specific field.” Strong woman, you are an expert in many fields and wear many hats. And just like that brick house that looks so strong from the exterior but all the workings are in the interior of the house. That house is

refuge from the storm, it is where a family is loved, fed and nurtured. I consider myself a strong woman. I’ve had to deal with some major life challenges. I lost my mother to cancer at age 15. I became a wife and mother at 17. Then a divorced single mom at 21. Instead of those experiences breaking me, they made me emotionally strong. I was determined to fight my way through. It was hard, but those experiences have made me stronger. The first 20 years of my life were hard. The last 20 have been remarkable. I anticipate my next 20 years will be my best.

Pain is something that can cut deep into your soul. Hurts and mistakes can make you feel like a failure. But the strong woman becomes strong because of the pain she has faced and won. If you have been knocked down and stood back up, and learned through the trial, you are a strong woman. I once heard it said “always a lesson, never a failure.” Life is full of these ups and downs. Allow those experiences to make you emotionally strong, focused and a fighter. I hope your expectations are high for your future strong women.

The virtuous strong woman.

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Having high moral standards and living life according to those standards set her apart from the rest. She shows love and kindness to all she meets. She disciplines her children with love, wisdom and truth. She takes time for herself. She guards her health and takes great care of her body. She feeds her body with intention because she cherishes it. She exercises her body because it’s functional to her life to be physically strong. The strong woman knows that she needs to be a sturdy vessel, for there is a lot to be done.

Behind every successful man is a great woman. A wife is her husband’s helpmate and best friend. She loves him, she encourages him, soothes him and is there for him when he needs her. When there is a balanced and deep mutual love between husband and wife, there is no greater, sweeter gift on Earth. Be good to each other.

The successful strong woman. She can use the trials of life as stepping stones, to get her where she wants to go. She will use every brick that is thrown at her to build her dreams. Picture the life you want, set goals and work toward achieving a better future for yourself and those you love. Remember, good things take time. Persevere and be diligent. You can do it! I’m doing it every day!

The strong purposeful woman. Confidence will make you walk with purpose. When you’ve gone through the storms of life and come out in one piece, your confidence will grow. You are confident because you know your strengths and you know your value. Because you know your strength you won’t give up and you won’t give in. People will admire you for who you are.

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You, strong woman, are a force to be reckoned with. The roller coaster ride of life has made you tough, molded and refined you into the woman you are today! Pictured in this photograph are strong women who represent women everywhere — women who are loved, honored and cherished. Women who have been abused and mistreated. Women who have mourned and grieved, loved and dreamed. Women who have set goals and achieved them. Women who have failed and learned. Strong women living with disease, striving for better health, encouragers, counselors and friends. Some are mothers, mothers to be, sisters, 50 | May 2017

daughters, grandmothers and aunts. Some are married, some are single, some are divorced. Pictured here are the risen and the fallen. These are those who fell seven times and stood up eight. My prayer is for you to see the strength in these strong women, because they represent you. These strong women represent you and your strength. You, too, are a strong woman!

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We were blessed as children because Santa called us personally every year to see exactly what we wanted for Christmas. (Later I realized it was Za, who had a deep voice, extracting the information). One year, after telling Santa exactly what page on the Sears catalog my choice could be found, “Santa” asked if anyone else in the family needed a Christmas gift. I spoke right up and said, “Yes, my friend ZaZa needs new underpants!” (I had overheard her tell Mom she was going to “Monkey Wards” to look for some.) Santa laughed and laughed at that, but Mom gave me a stern look. When Santa asked what size Za needed I said, “Pretty big, because she has a fat bottom!” This sent Santa into fits of Ho-Ho-Ho’s and mother snatched the phone from my hand and sent me to my room. I guess you can’t talk to Santa about underwear! Connection Magazine | 55

Zella had a little blue parakeet she called “Cutie Boy” and she worked with him daily to teach him to talk and do tricks. In a deep voice he could state his address and phone number (in case he got lost), wolf whistle, say ‘Penny and Sissy--two little angels.’ Later, when my baby sister was born, he could say ‘Becky’s a doll.’

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That wonderful lady bought me roller rink skates, my first transistor radio, a Brownie Hawkeye flash camera and many diaries. She watched my plays, watched me graduate from high school and held my first child. What an loving extraordinary woman. Never having any children, she “adopted” my sisters and me as her own. I will forever be grateful and blessed by her presence in my life. Here lately, I find myself humming, “Playmate come out and play with me and bring your dollies three. Climb up my apple tree. Play in my rain barrel, Slide down my cellar door. And we’ll be jolly friends forevermore.” Zella was truly my forevermore friend.

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What would make Mother’s Day special for you? That was the question asked of ladies attending a recent dance hosted by the Monett Senior Center at the Monett City Park Casino. Carol Hirsch, Pierce City: “Just to get to see my kids and know that they’re all well and happy. And they are. There have been times when they weren’t. I’ve lived in the same house for 56 years. So all Mother’s Days are special. I miss my mom. I always fixed dinner for her. We had a restaurant [the Spic ‘N Span in Pierce City] all my growing up years. For her to come up where she didn’t have to cook was special for her. Presents were never a big deal. My husband, Fred’s mother, had a birthday that fell on other side of Mother’s Day. She’d say, “I had a lot of Mother’s Day, but not much of a birthday.” It’s all about family.” Sharon Coe-Terry, Carthage, whose late first husband was Gary Terry of Purdy: “Just having my children at home with me and to be able to see my grandkids. I don’t get to see them very often.

Lynda Pendergraft, Gateway, Ark.: “Spending time with my children. I have three, two girls and a boy, and seven grandchildren. Just being with them is all I need. That makes me happy. Just being with my mother, Effie Cealo, made a special Mother’s Day. She was always there for me. “ Angela Burns, Wheaton:

A special Mother’s Day I remember was when my late husband [Larry Cole], who’s been gone for 15 years, took me out to dinner.’.”

“Having my kids all go to church on Sunday would make Mother’s Day special. We go to the Solid Rock Baptist Church. The kids usually bring me something, but they don’t have to. Just being together is enough.

Margie Washeck, rural Monett:

My mother loved flowers and going to church. That made Mother’s Day special for her. “

“To have my family with me. That’s a beautiful day. A special Mother’s Day for me was when my kids took me out to eat and came back to the house and visited more. I had a great day.” Margaret Kerr, rural Monett: “Having my family together. That would be the best thing. All Mother’s Days are special.”

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Jan Bishop, rural Washburn: “What would make Mother’s Day special for me would be if all three of my kids and their children were home. My son lives in Cassville. My two daughters live in Atlanta, Georgia. Mother’s Day was special with my mom when all four of us got together.”

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Diana Gray, Granby: What would make my Mother’s Day great? Probably to have my kids come home. They won’t. Most of them live in Atlanta. When the kids were younger, having them home made Mother’s Day special. The best was back when we all got together, when we had mothers and grandmothers, back when Mother’s Day was Mother’s Day. My mother liked real flowers for the yard. We had to bring her live flowers. She said, “Don’t bring me fake flowers now or for my grave.” I still take her real flowers there. She loved irises.“ Rhonda Brown, Seligman: “What would make Mother’s Day special would be having my children and grandchildren well, healthy and successful. A special Mother’s Day I remember was when we had my mother, my brothers, my mother-in-law and my dad’s sister there. We had a great big dinner.” Mary Roller Williams, Monett: “Just being with family. We used to come to the Monett park on Mother’s Day. It’s always been a beautiful park. For my own mother, Lucille McPhail Roller, I always got her flowers. I usually got them from Monett Floral. “

One lady said she was only 5 years old when her mother died, and that she had never had children. The question left her shaking her head, with a wistful expression lingering on her face.

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ot long ago, Joetta Johnston, the activities director at Lacoba Homes, decided she would have the residents do acrylic paintings on canvas. I was so surprised! Everyone there said they had never painted before, much less on canvas. I often attend craft activities with Mom (Marjorie Overstreet) to give her assistance, since she has Parkinson’s tremors and because I enjoy being with her. I thought to myself, “I have no clue how to do this.” Joetta assured us that we could do it. First, we had to decide what to paint. To get us started, Joetta said she could trace a drawing on the canvas with a pencil, but we would have to choose the drawing. Mom and I looked through a Precious Moments coloring book and found just the right picture — a little angel standing on a cloud with a wheelchair beside him. On the wheelchair was a sign that read, “Wheelchair for sale.” I thought, “How appropriate! When Mom gets to Heaven she won’t need her wheelchair anymore.” Joetta told us to paint a blue background over most of the canvas, except for where the angel was standing. She put a dab of blue paint and another of white paint on a small paper plate and told us to mix them to make a lighter shade of blue. She gave Mom a paintbrush. This was something Mom could do with ease. It was fun for me to watch

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her. Finally, she got tired and needed a short break. She wanted me to work on it for a while. Then I got to experience the enjoyment of trying to paint. Before long, Mom said she was ready to resume. Finally, our time ran out, and we put our painting supplies away. The next day, our goal was to finish the background. As Mom did this, she got closer and closer to the cloud on which the angel stood. I was concerned that her tremors would cause her to get blue paint on the white cloud. I suggested she let me paint the rest of the background as well as the words on the sign and some of the finer details. As I painted, I could tell that Mom was not pleased with my work. I have never been good with my hands. I have to admit she was right. My painting skills are not very good. I actually decided that Mom’s skills with the

tremors were as good or better than mine without tremors. Perhaps it would be better if I did not try to help. Making the decision not to work on the painting anymore, I asked Joetta if she would help Mom finish it the next time the group met. I knew she would have a good idea about what Mom was capable of and would give her the proper assistance that she needed. A few days later, I looked at the completed painting and thought it was pretty good. Mom’s name was painted on the lower part of the canvas. It will not sell for a million dollars, and maybe not even for one single dollar, but it is precious to me. Yvonne Kerr is a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Monett. Her mother, Marjorie Overstreet, is a resident at Lacoba Homes in Monett.

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Proud parent




Tatym Elizabeth Walker, 4, of Carl Junction, is the daughter of Kevin and Kelli Walker, and the granddaughter of Larry and Charlotte Schoen and Vaughn and Bonnie Walker, all of Monett.

Are you a proud parent? If so, take this opportunity to show off that cute kid of yours. We invite you to share a photo of your child to be featured in Connection’s very own proud parent cutest kid contest. Email your child’s photo to connection@ Photos should be sent in the original JPG format at the highest resolution possible. Remember to include your child’s name, parent’s name, age, city and your contact information. The contest is open to children ages 10 and younger. The photos submitted will be used for the sole purpose of this contest.

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Dexter belongs to Ted Dorton of Verona. “He is a loyal 24/7 farm companion,” Dorton said. “His diet includes ice cream and beef jerky on a daily basis.”

If you think your furry or feathered friend is the cutest in the area, let us know! We invite you to share a photo of your pet to be featured in Connection’s Cutest Pet contest. Email your pet’s photo to Photos should be sent in the original JPG format at the highest resolution possible. Remember to include your pet’s name, city of residence and your contact information.

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Familiar Faces

Trinity Lutheran School Carnival








8 Despite the stormy weather, several people turned out at the annual Trinity Lutheran School Carnival, held Friday, March 24, in Freistatt.

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Justin Patterson and daughter, Norah Stephanie Moennig and her 1-month-old son, Caster Thatcher Woodward had a bird’s eye view atop the back of his dad, Matt Woodward. Bertie Brittenham with granddaughters Hope and Faith Brittenham Anna and Emily Peters

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Karsen Rhea and Anna Krueger Sara Ticknor and daughter Kailee Ticknor Glenn Obermann with grandson Kameron Obermann, daughter-in-law Sarah Obermann, and wife Toni Obermann

9. Joe and Loretta Pennington 10. Gabriella Zangotita and Elizabeth Martin

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The Monett Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership meeting and banquet on March 9 at the Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett




6 Owners of The Niche, David and Rachel Luebbering, hosted a grand opening celebration Saturday, April 1, at the store, located east of Monett on Hwy. 60. Food, fun, contests and door prizes were highlights of the day.

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Brayden Pendergraft with his uncle, Logan Pendergraft Edna Strickland and Emily Sisney Chantella Dawn Davison, Lindsey Baker and Kyla Moore Aidan and Walter Branch Glenda Schoen and Carol Durbin

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10 1. Brad and Robin Anderson, and Tefanie and Bryan Orwig 2. DeLinda and Brent Daingerfield 3. Mary and Gary Swanger 4. Corie and Ryan Post, and Robyn Kleiboeker 5. Michelle Crim, Tiffany Tallent and Annette Spencer 6. Mike and Laura Stupperich, and Kris Johnson 7. Tina Shaw, Jake Bailey and Samantha Hull 8. Sherry and Rob Lotufo 9. Jeremy and Brenna George 10. Lora Wright and Kristen Abramovitz 11. Julie Vaughn, Jackie and Rodney Fuller and Sarah Hohensee 12. Darren Indovina, Lenny Davis, Bridget Indovina, David and Gabby Jimenez, Julie Davis and Sara Johnson



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The Monett Chamber of Commerce and the Monett Young Professionals Network hosted an Easter Egg Hunt on April 8 at the Monett City Park Casino.







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Tour De Cass, benefitting the Crowder College Foundation, was held Friday, March 31 at the Cassville Golf Club.



1. Lexie Hicks McCracken, Tesni McCracken, Pat Mitchell, and Taryn McCracken 2. Ally, Bill and Mason Stonebraker 3. Whitney, Raymond and Ivy Delgado 4. Robert, Paislie and Dominic Delgado 5. Front: Maddux, Sabrena and Ragean Harvey. Back: Wendy Harvey 6. Olivia Freiburger, Betty Ruscha, Amelia Freiburger and Emma Ruscha 7. Front: Monica and Emily Reyes. Back: Melissa and JosĂŠ Reyes 8. Front: Hunter Berry, Brayden Berry and Kinleigh Rock. Back: Debbie Long and Nisha Wise 9. Brooklynn and Nathan Sharp, Tiffany Fahrenkrug and Leta Thornton 10. Raylan, Nichole and Hayden Patton

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Leah Treadwell and Kelsey Fields Melissa and Lance Massey, and Richard Asbill Jacque Ritchie and Joanna Decker Rick Ragsdale and Blake Fields Natalie and Ben Lindley, and Chris and Angela Seymour Andy Wood and Tammy McCracken

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The Monett High School Fashion Class held its third annual Fashion Show on April 7 at the MHS Performing Arts Center.










11 1. Linda Robbins, Kristin Umfleet and Shanda Blackburn 2. Kelley Carr, Julie Witt and Regina Bowsher 3. Ann Saunders, Millie Schumacher and Judy Hudson 4. Anneliese and Amy Lindsay, and Ann and

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12 Emily Knight Adriana and Marcelino Diaz Pat Watson and Kathy Cook Mendy Hubbard, Beth Nation, and Rebecca and Meredith Merriman Guadalupe Castro and Liliana and Shelina Sanchez

9. Karen, Adolfo and Maria Rivera 10. Katie Kurima, Michael Majors, Darian McCracken, Brandon Majors and Conner Durkin 11. Julissa Diaz and Promise Sanchez 12. Veronica Aldaba, Alma Cecenas, Yesena Ramirez and Jennifer Cordero

The Monett Kiwanis Club held its pancake dinner fundraiser on April 6 at the Scott Regional Technology Center in Monett.







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1. Landyn Mayes and Melissa Rodriguez 2. Miranda and Samantha Hull 3. David and Kathy Parrigon 4. Kelton Carr and Mikayla Bussell 5. Ken Gauthier and George Ballay 6. Cathy Lewis, Norma Clinton and Gina Milburn 7. Chad and Cale Flynt 8. Melissa and Andrew Brown 9. Carolyn Courtney, Doris Langford and Ann Groskurth 10. Frances Thomas and Justin Green

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Local residents participated in the seventh annual Trivia Night, benefiting the Cassville Education Fund, on Friday, March 10.

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Freedom Bank team, from left: Kaylyn Bryant, Ruth McClure and Ben Lindley. Cassville Schools team, from left: Kami Willis, Lisa Reid, Patty Ewing and Jana Hightower. Arvest Bank team, from left: Josh Sater, Kayla Linenbrink and Karin Linenbrink. First State Bank team, from left, Dora Garcia (standing), Annette Smith, Judy and Kelly Hayes, Samuel Jackson, Alicia Luney, and Robin and Randy Henderson. Purdy Academic team, from left: Elizabeth Hoffman, Audrey Hancock and Brooke Farris. Purdy Academic team, from left: Liz Moore, Bayleigh Schad and Hannah Reid.

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The Cassville Democrat/Barry County Advertiser team. Front row, from left: Kara and Jacob Brower, Charlea Estes and Isaac Jones. Back row, from left: Jared Lankford, Wade Hermansen and Jim Craig. Cassville Branch Library team, from left: Devon Forsythe, Susan Lambert. Anne Angle, JoEllen Fielding, Janeth Henbest, Ruth Thompson and Marolyn Wood. Cassville student team. Front row, from left: David Oliphant and Dylan Renkoski. Second row: Jonathan Oliphant, Camron Sloan, Elizabeth Ray and Olivia Holman. Back row: Cole O’Neill and Zac Acheson.

calendar May 3

 Caregiver Support Group meets at Oak

Pointe of Monett from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 1011 Old Airport Road in Monett. For more information call Kathy 417-2353500.

 Blood Pressure checks by Ozark Method-

ist Manor, 10:30 a.m. at Cassville Senior Center.

 A Fall Prevention presentation will be

held at 11:30 a.m. at the Cassville Senior Center.

 Blood pressure checks will be held at

the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob beginning at 10:30 a.m.

May 4

 Paint class begins at 9 a.m. at the Cass-

ville Senior Center, 1111 Fair Street.

May 5

 The Cassville Chamber of Commerce

First Friday Coffee will be held at the Commerce Bank from 8-8:45 a.m.

 Grace’s Foot Care will begin at 9 a.m.

at the Cassville Senior Center, 1111 Fair Street. Call 417-847-4510 for an appointment.

 Bridge begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Cass-

ville Senior Center.

May 6

 The 31st annual Dogwood Truck and

Motorcycle Festival, sponsored by the Cassville Chamber of Commerce, will be held. Awards will be for Top 30, Dogwood Dozen, and Specialty Picks. Entry forms are available at the Chamber office. Call Brittany for more information, 417-8472814.

 Monthly dance hosted by the Cassville

Senior Center will be held from 7-10 p.m. Finger foods are welcome. Admission is $4. For more information, call 417-8463024.

May 8

 The Seligman Chamber of Commerce

will sponsor a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Highway 37 beginning at 7 p.m. No alcohol or smoking. Under age 18 admitted free. For more information, call 417-662-3612.

May 12

 A Mothers Day lunch will be served from

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mothers who enter their names will be eligible for winning a prize. Call 417-847-4510 for more information.

May 13

 The River Bassin Trail Kayak Fishing

Tournament will be held at Shell Knob. Call the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce for more details at 417-858-3300.

MY CONNECTION — Sandy Cupps, her mother, Norma Schultz, and daughter, Julie Shelby (not pictured) traveled to Baltimore the weekend of March 11 for a wedding. While there they visited Ft. McHenry, the home of the Star Spangled Banner.

 The Seligman Chamber of Commerce

will sponsor a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Highway 37 beginning at 7 p.m. No alcohol or smoking. Under age 18 admitted free. For more information, call 417-662-3612.

May 16

 Grace Health Services will be held at the

Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob by appointment. Call 417-858-6952.

May 17

 Blood Pressure checks will be held at the

Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob beginning at 10:30 a.m.

May 18

 Paint Class begins at 9 a.m. at the Cass-

ville Senior Center, 1111 Fair Street, in Cassville.  The Alzheimer Support Group will meet at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob at 2 p.m.

May 19

 The 10th annual Chamber of Commerce

Golf Tournament will be held at the Cassville Golf Course. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Tee time at 1 p.m. Call Brittany for more information at 417-847-2814.

May 20

 The Multi Species Fishing Tournament

at Kings River Marina on Table Rock Lake will be held. Call the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce for more details at 417-8583300.

 The Seligman Chamber of Commerce

will sponsor a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Highway 37, beginning at 7 p.m. No alcohol or smoking. Under age 18 admitted free. For more information, call 417-662-3612.

May 22

 Nell’s Nails will be held by appointment

at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob by appointment. Call 417-8586952

May 24

 Nell’s Nails will begin at 9 a.m. at the

Cassville Senior Center, 1111 Fair Street, Cassville. Call 417-847-4510 for an appointment. (walk-ins are also welcomed).

 WIC will be at the Central Crossing Senior

Center in Shell Knob. For an appointment call 417-847-2114.

May 25

 The Pierce City Senior Center monthly

dance will be held at the center.

May 26

 OJ’s cookout will be held at the Central

Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob.

May 29

 The Seligman Chamber of Commerce

will sponsor a dance at the Seligman Chamber Event Center on Highway 37, beginning at 7 p.m. No alcohol or smoking. Under age 18 admitted free. For more information, call 417-662-3612.

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GROUPS  Caregiver Support Group meets the

first Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Oak Pointe of Monett, 1011 Old Airport Road. For more information, call Kathy at 417-235-3500.  Grief Care Support, sponsored commu-

nity support by Integrity Hospice, is held the last Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in Marionville at Methodist Manor, 205 South College Ave., in the Alice Lounge. Care group is for anyone experiencing grief through loss.  The Aurora Diabetes Support Group

meets the third Wednesday of each month at Mercy Hospital in Aurora in the Private Dining Room from 4-5 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Note: There is no meeting in December.  The Parkinson’s Support Group meets

at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1600 N. Central in Monett on the second Thursday of every month. No charge to attend. Call 417-269-3616 or 888-3543618 to register.  The Grief Support Group meets the first

and third Tuesday of each month at Oak Pointe of Monett, 1011 Old Airport Road, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Kathy at 417-235-3500.  Celebrate Recovery meets at 7 p.m. at

the Golden Baptist Church on Highway J in Golden every Monday of each month. Dinner is served at 6:15 p.m. This is for anyone with hurts, habit or hang-ups.

 The Turning Point AA Group meets at

7 p.m. at the west corner of Mitchell Plaza on Hwy. 86 in Eagle Rock on Mondays and Tuesday every month.  DivorceCare divorce recovery seminar and support group meets at the First Baptist Church, 602 West Street in Cassville, at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Call for more information, 417-847-2965.  Cassville Al-Anon Family Group meets

at 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Cassville every Thursday of each month.  Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m.

the first Tuesday of every month in the basement of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, located at the corner of Seven and Cale streets in Monett, 417-442-3706.  Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous group meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at the First Baptist Church Activity Center, 618 Second Street in Washburn. 417-489-7662.

Cassville Senior Center

1111 Fair Street  Dominos every Friday at Noon. Call 417-847-4510 for more information.

Central Crossing Senior Center Shell Knob, regular events:

 Friends’ Bridge every Friday. Call Quita

at 417-271-9803 for details.

 Cards Galore every Friday with Pitch

beginning at 9 a.m.

 The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

 Domino Poker, every day from 12:45.

Group of Cassville meets at 8 p.m. at 1308 Harold Street in Cassville on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays every month.

 Mah Jongg every Monday and Wednes-

 Caregiver Support Group meets at Oak

Pointe of Monett from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 1011 Old Airport Road in Monett. For more information, call Kathy 417-235-3500.

day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 Line dancing every Tuesday and Thurs-

day from 9-10:30 a.m.

 Quilting for Charity every Wednesday

and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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 Balance and flexibility class is held every

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Parting shot “As wave is driven by wave And each, pursued, pursues the wave ahead, So time flies on and follows, flies, and follows, Always, for ever and new. What was before Is left behind; what never was is now; And every passing moment is renewed.”

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