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Annual event feeds friendships, helps missions

Ingrid Underwood and Janet Laut sat at a table in the fellowship hall of Memorial United Methodist Church on March 24.

The two ladies were among the hundreds enjoying salads of all varieties during the annual Spring Salad Luncheon held as a missions fundraisers by the MUM United Methodist Women group.

“It’s a beautiful day,” Underwood said. “The weather is so great, everybody is so happy. You can just tell spring is here and the birds are singing…sitting outside I said ‘ah, this is Heaven’.”

Underwood has been attending the luncheon for a number of years, saying it’s one of her favorite events.

“It’s always exciting and wonderful to see all the volunteers…all the ladies and the gentlemen helping serve,” she said. “It’s lovely to be with friends and see people you don’t see every day.”

This was the second time Laut would be in attendance. And, she said the luncheon gives surprises she would never imagine.

“I get to sample salads that I’ve never had before,” she said, commenting on the cornbread salad was a first for her.

Across the room, Patti Krause was enjoying lunch with family and coworkers. She said one of her favorite salads is one she

“Snickers salad keeps me coming back,” she said. “The first year I came, I said ‘the only thing the salad lunch lacks is chocolate for dessert.’ So, one of my customers started making this Snickers salad. It has Snickers candy bars in it.”

She couldn’t recall if it was her fifth or sixth time to attend. But, sitting next to her was Sue Krause, her mother-in-law, and a first-time attendee.

“I’m a newbie,” Sue said. “I thought I’d better try it. I’ll be 75, so I thought it was time to start.”

Susan Webb is the event organizer. She said it began years ago and continues to be a popular event – selling out consistently each year.

“(Served are) salads prepared by ladies of the church,” she said. “We have a number of missions that are supported. We just sell tickets. Very rarely do we advertise because it’s just by word of mouth and we sell our tickets out.

“We will serve about 300 people. We have groups that come from several of the different churches. It’s a really good fellowship and I think it’s an outreach to the people of our community just to let them come and see our church and that we’re eager to have them come visit us.”

Webb said there are three or four who serve as her “right-hand” helpers – with another 35 to 40 volunteering the day of the luncheon. The group begins planning the luncheon right around Christmas time for the luncheon – typically held around the Easter holiday.

Among those helping are Jetty Reese and Diana Sitzes. The two enjoy volunteering their time in the kitchen.

“It’s money for missions and we all have a good time,” Reese said of the reason she comes back each year. “We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t have a good time. It’s nice to come somewhere where everything is pretty and you get to taste a lot of salads.”

Sitzes commended Webb for her leadership in preparing for the dinner – something that all have said becomes a tradition transcending faiths.

Sue Brown said she’s comes every year with fellow parishioners from St. Joseph Catholic Church. She said they’ve been attending for at least four or five years.

“The good food and fellowship keeps us coming back,” she said. “It’s very nice…a good variety. We buy tickets every year because we don’t want to miss it.”

“We buy tickets every year because we don’t want to miss it,” Sue Brown, on the Spring Salad Luncheon at Memorial United Methodist Church

Good food with friends and family is what the Spring Salad Luncheon at Memorial United Methodist Church is about. Pictured are (from left) Sue Krause, Patti Krause, Vicki Kyle, Julie Summers, Bessie Thomure and Darlene McWilliams. See a gallery of photos from the luncheon at <a href=

farmingtonpressonline.com.” width=”800″ /> Good food with friends and family is what the Spring Salad Luncheon at Memorial United Methodist Church is about. Pictured are (from left) Sue Krause, Patti Krause, Vicki Kyle, Julie Summers, Bessie Thomure and Darlene McWilliams. See a gallery of photos from the luncheon at farmingtonpressonline.com.

Those attending the Spring Salad Luncheon have a variety to chose from with every type of salad imaginable.

Those attending the Spring Salad Luncheon have a variety to chose from with every type of salad imaginable.

A card highlights all the missions organizations benefiting from the Spring Salad Luncheon.

A card highlights all the missions organizations benefiting from the Spring Salad Luncheon.

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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