Happy 50th Birthday to The Flower Box City Newcomers' Club!!! This milestone was celebrated Monday Oct 14 at their regular meeting. Members enjoyed a baked potato bar, salad and birthday cake. Originally formed as the Welcome Wagon in 1969, they greeted and welcomed newcomers to the Neosho area. On June 12, 1989, the club disassociated from the national Welcome Wagon organization and formed an independent non-profit group called the Flower Box City Newcomers' Club. The objectives remain to acquaint newcomers with the Neosho area and become involved in community service. The club's Catering Service is the major contributor of time and money to the community. The club meets the second Monday of each month at the First Christian Church, 1314 Oak Ridge Drive, Neosho. MO. Lunch, program, and a brief business meeting are conducted. Visitors are always welcome!
Loretta Taylor, Club member and longtime resident/ business owner in Stella, spoke about this interesting town where bald eagles gather. Stella is gearing up for their annual "Stellabration" Saturday Nov 9 starting at 10:00 am with a parade at 12:00 pm. Loretta gave the history of The Stella Veterans Memorial built just north of the land where Cardwell Memorial Hospital once stood. The hospital, built in 1920, served the community until the 1980's. After it closed, deterioration necessitated its removal. The city bought the property, and because of asbestos in the building, the EPA tore it down. The area is now a beautiful memorial to all veterans and worth the trip there to see.