Etcetera - 05/26/10

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Various military associations are planning gatherings this year, including the following:

Patrol Gunboat Association reunion at the Radisson Hotel, Nashville (Tenn.) Airport Aug. 4-8, (Asheville and Tacoma Class PGs, tenders and staffs), contact Terry W. McManuels, 1673 Kilt St., Virginia Beach, VA 23464, 757-479-2261, macs@visi.net; WAVES national convention at Marriott Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, Va., Aug. 23-29 (for Woman of the Sea Services , U.S. Navy and Navy Nurse Corps, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Maritime Service, WRENS and associated reserves, contact Dassa Carvey, 948 Ewell Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455, 757-460-1021, dassa@att.net; USS Canberra Oct. 13-17 at the Hilton Cincinnati Airport Hotel, Florence, Ky., for (CA-70/CAG-2, 1943-1970), contact: Ken Minick, P.O. Box 130, Belpre, OH 45714, 740-423-8976, crewservices@usscanberra.com; USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13/DDG-44), Aug. 11-15 at Adam's mark Hotel, Buffalo, NY, contact Rodger Hall, 1286 Steakhouse Road, Knoxville, IL 61448, 309-289-8750, hallr44@yahoo.com; and the USS Columbus Ca-74/CG-12/SSN-762 reunion Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Best Western Albany Airport Inn, contact Allen R. Hope, president, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505, 260-486-2221, hope4391@verizon.net.

Organizers urge early registration as most hotels close out group reservations 30 days prior to the reunions.

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The 2010 Rotary Clubs of Walla Walla are sponsoring a raffle fundraiser to benefit club scholarships for local students and youth programs and other projects in the community.

Fred Moore, president of Sunrise Rotary Club in Walla Walla, spoke to the Milton-Freewater Rotary Club on May 18 about the benefit. He said Rotarians will sell 4,000 tickets at $20 apiece.

Winners names will be drawn on Sept. 5, during the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days, said Milton-Freewater Rotary member Robby Robbins. The grand prize is $20,000 and six additional prizes total $9,000. For more details, contact Fred at 509-876-1580 for more information.

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Pioneer Middle School eighth grader Elli Rassbauch was named district winner of the Girls Rock the House initiative to get girls involved in politics, according to the May 14 Walla Walla Public School Week in Review. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers will host Elli this summer in Washington, D.C., where she will go in June with her mother. Elli will meet other women serving in Congress, too. Elli will attend a reception with the other district winners from around the country as part of the trip. Parents Kathryn Southwick-Hess and Donna Wujek organized the local effort.

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