While sitting at a table in the clubhouse after a game, George remarked to a fellow club member, ‘I’m not going to play golf with Jim anymore. He cheats. ’ ‘Why do you say that? ’ asked his friend. ‘Well, he found his lost ball two feet from the green’, replied George indignantly. ‘That’s entirely possible’, commented his friend. ‘Not when I had his golf ball in my pocket’, retorted George with finality.

It was a wonderful 4th of July in Choteau. I loved the band concert in the park. We appreciated the Loose Mules on Main Avenue in the afternoon. While there I met Kay Fineran Luthin. Such a lovely lady.

After the parade, we ate at the steak fry. I meet people there from Colorado, Virginia, Texas, and Oregon. I also met a friend of mine from high school, Deanna Swenson Rice and her husband, Bert. They live in Maryland. The rodeo was good and I loved the big huge screen. What a great addition. We lawnmower ladies (plus one man) have such an amusing time. I am the oldest now with this gang and the youngest was high-schooler, Taylor Asselstine.

We were so happy to get some new people interested in our fun-loving group. As usual Gloria Lannen and Patty Roth did a fantastic job organizing and outfitting this outlandish troop.

I got to visit with Tatiana Dreyer (a young 87-year-old) while she was in town from Pullman, Washington. Her son, Paul Dreyer (Choteau computer guru) had us over one evening. Tatiana was born in Korea (North Korea now) and later got placed in an orphanage in Shanghai, China when she was 6-years-old; because, her father was dead and her mother wanted her to receive a Russian education which China permitted. Her father was in the White Russian Army from the Ukraine and was sent to Siberia during the Bolshevik Revolution. Her mother was from Siberia. Tatiana’s three siblings are now deceased.

When she was 17-years-old she got married to a merchant marine from California. Together they had one daughter. Later they divorced and she moved to Oregon and met her second husband Harold Dreyer in 1950. Together they had a blended family and she raised 10 children in Power. She worked at Choteau Safeway for 18 years. I also met her son, Hal from Longview, Washington. What a totally remarkable and colorful lady. I enjoyed her visit very much.

I had the good fortune to meet with Jessica Davis and Justin Kjos. Justin is from Spokane and works in Conrad at the Building Center. Jessica also works in Conrad at Big Sky Special Needs Cooperative. They are tying the knot September 2, 2017 in Choteau. I do wish this very nice couple the best. The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can’t improve your lie. - George Deukmejian

The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course. - Billy Graham I am leaving for Canada around July 14th. My email is