By TYLER MASK
Zonta Club of Mineral Wells hosted their Status of Women Luncheon on Monday at the Holiday Hills Country Club, and it was comfortably packed. The luncheon’s purpose was to promote professional and executive women, ZCMW President Dacey Malone said.
“The Status of Women Luncheon is an annual tradition wherein we honor several women in the Palo Pinto County area who have excelled in all areas of life, including their professions, contributions to their communities and their personal lives,” Malone said.
Special to this year’s event was guest speaker, Wichita Falls Justice of the Peace Janice Ralston Sons, with her program entitled, “Laughter: The Best Medicine.”
Sons was Woman of the Year in Wichita Falls (1990-1991) and is well-known throughout Texas. She has held a public office in Wichita County Since 1988 and is active in the community, serving on the boards of the Arc of Wichita County, YMCA, Susan G. Komen Wichita Falls Race for the Cure and Constable Association of Texas. She currently serves as president for Arc and YMCA. Her awards include Hirschi High School Alumni of the Year, induction into the North Texas Women Hall of Fame and two Distinguished Leadership Awards by Leadership Wichita Falls.
The moment Sons took the stage, the audience was not prepared for the massive workout they were going to receive from laughter. According to the audience’s nonverbal response, Sons was a riot.
From stories dealing with Wichita Falls’ inmates and performing marriages to stories about her own life, she bombarded the audience with what she calls “the best medicine.”
One of the audience’s favorite laughing “doses” was a story about an 80 year old man dating a 40-year-old woman.
“There was an 80-year-old man going with a 40-year-old woman,” Sons said. “The-40-year-old wanted to go partying. The 80-year-old man did not want to go party. She hounded him until finally they went out dancing – she wanted to go dancing. Well, they get out dancing, and he hooked up with another woman. They got into a row, and [the 40-year-old woman] shot her. So now, [the man] is in front of the judge, and the judge says, ‘You’re charged with aggravated assault.’ [The man] said, ‘Stop, stop that right here. I want you to know, I didn’t aggravate her, she aggravated me. I didn’t want to go dancing in the first place.’”