The political process is alive and well in Walla Walla, said Mari Sams Tester, a member of American Association of University Women.
More than 100 people attended the recent AAUW Voter's Forum at Walla Walla Community College, Mari said.
Candidates who attended were Richard Greenwood and Virginia Romine, both running for county coroner; John Turner and Bill White, both for county sheriff; and Brenda High and Maureen Walsh, 16th District State Representative Position 1. "Moderator Susan Palmer kept a lively pace and the audience participation brought many thoughtful questions, during the two-hour session. Comments from both candidates and attendees stated that it was a definite success," Mari said. She is AAUW public policy chairwoman.
Members of American Association of University Women hold several fundraisers each year to fund local and national scholarships for women as well as special projects in the community.
AAUW netted approximately $8,000 from its eighth annual Kitchen Tour, member Linda Moats reported.
Kitchen Tour Committee co-chairwomen Sarah Chandler and Pearl Crain said the tour was once again a "fun and financially successful day." They counted 342 participants, who started the tour at Someone's in the Kitchen on Oct. 3.
Seven diverse, innovative kitchens, both new and remodeled, were showcased through the generosity of homeowners Tiffany and Paul Jenes, Teri and Rick Voth, Maryand John Sutliff, Debbieand Jack Sands, Robin Consani and Michael Dolan, Diane and Roger Sexton and Theresa and Tom Mattis who opened their homes and explained the details of their beautiful, unique kitchens.
New additions to this year's tour included a door prize of a one night's stay at WallaFaces Inns, donated by Debbie and Rick Johnston, event partners. Two of the kitchen were staged by Real Deals Home Decor and Romanza. Raffle items were donated by Providence Fine Living, Cugini's Italian Deli, Klicker's, Colville Patisserie and Someone's In The Kitchen.
Local cookbook authors Jill Chandler and Laurie Harrison signed and sold copies of their Two Sisters Cookbook.
Another successful addition to the even was a Tour Chat at WallaFaces Tasting Room at the conclusion of the day. Desserts were donated by DaVine Delights, The Cookie Tree, Safeway Bakery and John's Wheatland Bakery.
"Despite economic pressures, local sponsors supported the event by advertising in the tour booklet contributing $2,110." Valley florists provided arrangements for the kitchens and Sandy's U Rent gifted balloons to help identify participating homes. "Community support was exceptional this year," Linda said.
Fifty-five AAUW members volunteered to host the tour kitchens or work on the committee, provided a warm welcome and informative commentary to all tour participants, Linda said.
The 2010 tour will be on Oct. 2.
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