Walla Walla Gun Club became a full-fledged member of Camas Prairie Trapshooting Association.
For several years the WWGC held the Camas Prairie Handicap trapshoot, but was not officially in the organization and thus unable to participate in all the team functions and trophies.
"Now we can. Thanks to all the member clubs of the CPTA for making this happen," said Bob Bloch, WWGC secretary-treasurer.
The club recently bought a used SW model Pat-Trap automatic trap from Medford Gun Club. President Mark Jungmann will head to Medford after Jan. 1 to pick it up and check it out.
The board also voted to purchase a new Pat-Trap automatic, which makes a total of 12 automatic traps available for shooting.
"This will greatly speed up the doubles events especially, since they are only conducted on automatic traps at WWGC," Bob said. He added that Dexter Tourville at Medford bird-dogged the sale for them.
The club is inaugurating its first interactive e-blast in its online newsletter.
When a user's mouse is passed over the Cabela's ad on the page, they can click directly to the outdoor supplier's website. Cabela's is a sponsor of WWGC for 2012.
For nonprofits, having a corporate sponsor is a big deal. "We are thrilled to have them back among us," Bob said. WWGC will be closed for regular shooting on New Year's Day.
A program overseen by Pioneer Middle School Principal Mira Gobel, Assistant Principal Jack Mehn and seventh grade Advancement Via Individual Determination elective teacher Cheryl Herr is pointing students toward success.
The trio told Walla Walla Public School Board members at a recent meeting that the AVID program is changing the culture at Pioneer, because students say they're learning how to improve their study skills, set goals and stay focused on their success.
Cheryl added that teaching the class has re-energized her career and it is an honor to work with the students.
More information about AVID can be found online at www.wwps.org and www.avid.org.
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