Etcetera - 06/14/10

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After nearly a year-long stay, Milton-Freewater Rotary Club's Youth Exchange Student Elena Pinna from Thiesi, Sardinia, will leave the Walla Walla Valley on June 22 to return home, Rotary member Robby Robbins reported. President Larry Widner presented her with a 100th anniversary Pendleton blanket as a graduation gift. Member Marilyn McBride hosted a farewell party for Elena in her home, attended by fellow members. Marilyn also introduced the club's outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Grant Hendly, who will leave for Taiwan in mid-August.

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Fil Rivera will continue to lead Veterans of Foreign Wars Grant Farmer Post 992 as its commander for the 2010-2011 term.

Many members plan to attend the state convention June 16-19 in Vancouver. Fil will serve the local post with officers Larry Diederich, senior vice comander; Elaine Van Diver, junior vice commander; Jay Kilmer, quartermaster adjutant; Don Schack, chaplain; J.R. Cast and Charles French, service officers; Buzz Logan, judge advocate; Art Bergman, Don DeGrandmont and Phil Clifton, trustees.

Paulette Rivera will serve the Ladies Auxiliary as president for the same term, along with Lisa Bigalow, senior vice president; Sherri Moore, junior vice president; Susan Fleming, secretary, Joyce Lovell, conductress; Martha Logan, guard; Joanne Brown, chaplain; and Darlene DeGrandmont and Carolyn Grassi-Marr, trustees two and three, respectively.

In addition, the post has a number of members serviing as officers in District 10. For the Post, Art Bergman, commander; Mike Hayes, junior vice commander; Fil Rivera, senior vice commander; Buzz Logan, judge advocate; Jay Kilmer, quartermaster adjutant; Don Schack, chaplain; Jim Grose, surgeon; Ken Silver, service officer; and Jerry Berg, Steve Jacobson and Larry Diederich, trustees. For the Auxiliary, Wilma McBain, president; Sandra Westrand, senior vice president; Paulette Rivera, junior vice president; Julie Borgers, secretary-treasurer; Derith Kelly, chaplain; Joyce Lovell, conductress; Lisa Bigalow, guard; and Lisa Bigalow, historian.

The post, at 102 N. Colville St., is continuing efforts to send packages to overseas troops. A list of most-requested items by men and women in the service is available for those wishing to contribute. The post has received several letters of appreciation.

For more details, call 525-1310. Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.

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