Etcetera - 07/13/10

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College Place Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary Post 466 members attended the annual state convention in Vancouver, Wash., June 16-19, and came away with honors.

Committee chairmen are recognized for all of the work they do during the year, Auxiliary member Barbara Ellwein noted.

The Post and Auxiliary 466 did very well. In their division, they took home four first-place medallions and one third-place certificate.

First-place winners were Barbara, for the Americanism and Youth Activities committees; Viola Silver for the Legislative and Political Action Committee; and Christina Silver for the Veterans and Family Support Committee. Nikki Nelson took third place for the Cancer Aid and Research Committee.

Auxiliary President Kathy Hays garnered the Lora Waters Outstanding Auxiliary President of the Year.

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary is involved in several programs each year: Americanism, Buddy Poppies, Cancer Aid and Research, Community Service, Hospital, Legislative/PAC, Membership, Veterans and Family Support, Voice of Democracy/Patriots Pen/State Jr. Essay, and Youth Activities.

Those interested in joining the Ladies Auxiliary or helping with any of the programs may contact Kathy at 509-525-3889.

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Milton-Freewater Rotary member David Shannon spoke to fellow Rotarians during a June meeting about his round-the-world cruise with wife Bonnie. The trip was long enough that David planned to present it in three parts. An early 50th wedding anniversary present, their 119-day cruise started in San Diego on Jan. 22 and wound up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on May 11.

They sailed aboard Regent Cruise Lines' M/S Seven Seas Voyager, a 670-foot long/94.5-foot beam, that provides accommodations for about 700 passengers and 447 crew, David told those assembled.

On the first leg of the journey, the Shannons steamed from San Diego to French Polynesia, visiting several ports of call such as Moorea, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Fiji, Vanatu, and New Caledonia.

Once they arrived at Australia, they visited Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Darwin.

Most port calls were one day duration. They arrived early in the morning and left about dinner time. Each port had various guided tours scheduled for passengers.

Lecturers on board provided presentations on current events, geology, art and culture of each port visit, he said.

While on the cruise, David kept a blog that can be viewed at collegeplacefuturist.blogspot.com. For more details about the Shannons' trip, call David at 509-529-1176.

Also during the Rotary meeting, President Larry Widner reported that the club presented $5,000 in scholarships to Mac-Hi students this year.

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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