Etcetera - 12/01/10

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Doris Huddell was feted at a Nov. 19 brunch in the at Merriam Street Apartments Fireside Room as holding the longest membership here in Daughters of the American Revolution with 65 years. Fellow members of the DAR Narcissa Prentiss chapter celebrated with Doris and also recognized Eunice Hansens and Jeanne Eiffert, both with 58-year memberships; Sarita McCaw, 56 years; Beryl Dawkins, 40 years; Jean Small, 36 years; and Jo Winn with 29 years.

"These special women continue to participate in the life of the chapter and share their wisdom and experiences with the not-so-long-time members, including our six newest members, said Chris Crowder, regent.

Membership is open to women who have a revolutionary patriot in their family tree. The worldwide non-¬?profit, non-¬?political women's volunteer service organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

All women 18 years and older who can prove a direct lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution may join.

DAR has been around since 1890 and there has been a DAR chapter in the Walla Walla Valley since 1915.

Local members are actively engaged in the group's mission to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism.

For information details, contact Chris at 529-0899 or dartoday@gmail.com.

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Members of Walla Walla Noon Rotary have been very busy around town lately, said member Chris Coates.

One recent weekend 14 "brave souls" cleaned up the service club's section of Highway 12, between Wilbur and Rees avenues. They "went out in the questionable weather to keep Walla Walla beautiful," Chris said.

They also planted more trees in various locations throughout the community as part of their ongoing urban reforestation project.

Ned Schafer, tree planting committee chairman, said the crew of 35 Rotarians and family members planted 170 new trees, kicking the total to 5,000-plus trees in the last 18 years.

Every spring and fall members are out with this planting project to keep Walla Walla a beautiful place in which to live, Chris said.

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Eastern Washington University awarded Walla Wallan Juventino Aranda a Chicano Education Program $1,000 scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year.

Recipients are Chicano students who show academic merit. The 2003 Walla Walla High School graduate is taking sculpture and Chicano studies courses at EWU.

His parents are Juventino and Irma Aranda of Walla Walla.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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