Entertainment, fellowship and home-cooked food was enjoyed by those attending the 104th Robertsville Community Institute on Tuesday, March 14, in the local grange hall, which was colorfully decorated for St. Patrick's Day.
The two sessions were conducted by President Bill Walter, who gave the welcome, led the Pledge to the Flag and provided a variety of jokes and stories during the day. His wife, Nancy, was the flag-bearer.
Nearly 60 people attended the morning and afternoon sessions despite the cold and snowy weather. Kevin Smith, of Canton, attended for the first time. Those traveling the furthest distance were from Akron. The oldest woman was 92 and the oldest man was 85.
A traditional part of the yearly get-together was the family-style ham dinner at noon prepared and served by members of the grange, who were headed by Dick and Geraldine Lotze. The tables were centered with bud vases of silk tulips. Devotions and noon grace were given by Pastor Ruthann Bosley of West Lebanon United Methodist Church in Dalton.
Featured speakers were humorist Ed Cochran, of Beach City, who told stories concerning the Amish families, and Chris Kenny, representative of the McKinley Museum, who presented videos and music of the early presidents in the White House.
Special music was provided by Flo Shephard, of East Canton, with a piano/vocal solo; Randy Raws, of Louisville, vocalist; and Don Huscusson on guitar/harmonica/vocal. Group singing of old favorites was led by Vice President Duane Munk with Lynn Schaeffer as pianist.
Skits were presented by Lou Ellen Slater "Rindercella" and four grange friends: Bill Walter, Richard Mahoney, Jim Shephard and Darla Sutton.
The meeting adjourned with President Walter thanking everyone for coming and inviting them back next year for March 13. Mark your calendar, bring a friend, and hope to see you at the only active institute in Stark County.