The good news is the election is over. We can remain hopeful that the next four years will be an improvement from the last four years. We can also hope that more eyes are opened to the political process and all its warts. Perhaps changes will occur, but to date, instead of changes it’s been a trend of second term presidents, with exception of George Herbert Walker Bush. We had eight years of Ronald Reagan, eight years of William Clinton, eight years of George W. Bush and now eight years of Barack Obama. So, like Groundhog Day when we must wait six more weeks…, we must wait four more years for another presidential election, knowing change is inevitable because of term limits. Until then I hope you find encouragement in the following poem.
“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow—
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out—
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.”
This Sunday is Veteran’s Day, when we honor those who have so bravely served their country. America was founded on the principle of freedom, justice and liberty for all. Our nation’s soldiers serve to protect our country and its ideals. Veteran’s Day is when we should all take a sacred moment to remember those who dedicate their lives to achieve peace and democracy. The Versailles Veterans will be serving a free bean soup and cornbread meal from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at the Vet’s Club. The public is invited.
Congratulations to Samuel Prakel who was received the Wendy’s High School Heisman award on Wednesday of this week. This award is given to deserving high school seniors based on their academic achievements, athletic accomplishments, community-leadership, and involvement in various extracurricular activities during grades 9 – 11.
Congratulations to Nick Rutschilling who was named the National Winner of the Swine Production Placement Award at the National FFA Convention. Nick is a graduate of Versailles and the son of Linda and Mark Rutschilling.
Wednesday, November 14th St. Denis Catholic Church will be hosting a Parish Café in their basement from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. This is open to the entire community. Speakers Justine Raterman, Jackie Stonebraker and their parents Jim and Karen Raterman will be talking about how to balance faith, family and sports. For many, this is a sensitive issue. There will be imported coffee, decaf coffee, tea and cold drinks as well as cookies and pretzels and chips served.
The Vet’s Club will be holding a Six Week Bid Euchre tournament beginning Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 pm. All card playing men and women are welcomed. Sign up sheet is downstairs or for more information contact “Card Czar” Ralph Kunk at 526-3358.
Second National Bank of downtown Greenville is hosting a Bingo and Progressive Euchre party on Friday, November 16th. Bingo begins at 10 am, lunch at 11:15 am and Progressive Euchre at Noon. The cost is only $5.00 a person. For more information contact Leigh at 547-2553.
Next Friday, November 16th the Versailles Modern Mothers Club will be hosting the 3rd Annual Quarter Raffle to benefit local and surrounding communities at the Riviera Room at the Stillwater Golf Course. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the raffle begins at 7:00pm. Admission is $3.00. Snacks are provided and a cash bar is available. If you would like to reserve a table, please contact Lori at 937-526-5598 or email@example.com.
Healing prayers and get well wishes to Jerry Paulus, Donna Petitjean, Janice Dirksen, Bob Grilliot, Elsje Rodenburg, Jerry Stammen, Ann George Wehrley, Alice Broering, Cecilia Subler, Rusty Whittaker, Brooke Leach, Donna Francis, Tom Henry, Sandy DeLaet, Denny Petitjean, Linus Monnin, John Magoto, Betty Schlarman and all those in need that are not mentioned by name but in need of prayers.
Happy Birthday wishes to Sheri Stone, Stacy Poeppelman, Donna Petitjean, Gina Boerger, Diane Elsas, Karen Oldiges, Deb Richard, Jerry Pequignot, Shelby Smith, Ron Schulze, A.J. Bey, George Stuck, Jim Trittschuh, Sharon Henry, Randy Monnin, Amy Schoen, Marcy Roll, Kristy Earick, and Kay Dapore. Happy anniversary wishes to Carol and Phil Borchers (40), Diane and Jim Grillot (41), Bonnie and Jerry Bey, Rosemary and Jerry Paulus, Stephanie and Ken Swallow, Tammy and Jeff O’Reilly and Angel and Shane Borchers. Hello to Randi and Dan Smith, Jodie Bohman, Theresa Boerger, Dr. Jeff Monnin, Tammy Drees, and Jarica Beard.
My heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of Doris Arling, Bud Treon, Bill Graves, Melia Liles, and Red Kremer, also remembering the lives of Marilyn Bulcher, Joan Dabe, Sparky Baumer, Don Canan, Helen Frantz, Esther Grilliot, Lois Grilliot, Steve Hahn, Janet Helsel, Fred Lumpkin, Flora Neargarder, Wanda Paul, Harold Ranly, Leo Schieltz, Merv Schulze, and George Self as the anniversary of their departure from this world approaches.
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” ~Abraham Lincoln
“When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?” ~George Canning
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.