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Cuba Visit by Chris Kerr

Our own Chris Kerr got his feet wet on public speaking and gave us a bit of a history lesson. Looking back, it’s hard to believe how we had our head in the sand and without leaders like President Kennedy we might all be speaking Russia now.  We practiced getting under our desk in the case of an attack and were told to stay there for at least a minute.  Don’t know about you but I’m glad we didn’t have to put that to the test. Chris had a film from 1957 he shared with us, talking about the dangers. He also had the dog tags he and his brother were issued when he went to Cuba with Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. As he spoke Spanish he came in real handy to interpret.  Things has improved a great deal; the state wage is now $14 a month, citizens are allowed to have cell phones and they are allowed to feed tourist in their home and keep the money. They need toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. Paul Harvey said several years ago on his show, no country can be a world power that can’t take care of its countries personal needs. Let’s face it folks, you may not agree with the last election but we have it good!

Next Week: Allie Harmon is bringing us Mark Harmon of whom he says is no relation. Should be a lively meeting but leave your firearms at home.

Housekeeping:  Mike Simpson read the prayer, Caroline Grimm led the pledge and Jillian from UT Speech and Hearing made a return visit.