Etcetera: Young artist wins CP Lions Club poster contest

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Budding artist Heather Campbell's vision of peace won the College Place Lions Club peace poster contest.

"Peace begins with the individual but its effects flow out to the whole world," Heather wrote when she submitted her poster to the contest. She received a certificate and a $25 gift card reward for her entry from College Place Lions Club President Crystal Walk, according to a release.

Lions clubs worldwide annually sponsor the Lions International peace poster contest in local schools. The event encourages young people to artistically express their visions of peace, said David Walk, College Place Lions Club first vice president.

A seventh-grader at Rogers Adventist School in College Place, Heather said through increased practice, that her art has improved. She used colored pencils for the drawing, which pictures a young girl surrounded by art supplies, sketch books, six peace symbols, seven hearts and two friends. "If it's a calm picture it will make people feel calm," she said.

Heather's poster will be entered in the Lions Multiple District 19 contest and hopefully advance, David said.

"I think her work compares quite favorably to winners from across the world," he said.

Members voted to give Heather the gift card in appreciation for her concerted effort. "When she was presented the award the applause from the students at the assembly was very hearty. Her art is appreciated at the school as evidenced by (one of her posters,) which was hanging at the school's assembly area," David said.

In addition, aphoto and article by David about the College Place club's mascot appeared in the Lions International District 19 newsletter for Washington, northern Idaho and British Columbia, Canada, called The Border Crossing.

The club had acquired an African lion, now stuffed and mounted, that they displayed during the Veterans Day parade this fall. "The Crossing saw the vets parade photo featured on our website and asked for a copy," Dave said.

"The lion's name is King," said Dorie Williams, who's been involved with College Place Lions Club for 50 years. She said charter member Whitney Miller acquired the living lion, King, his mate Tanya and a couple of cubs in the early 1960s and they brought him to area parades while he was alive.

After King died, Whitney took him to the taxidermist and they kept the stuffed King at the clubhouse. He comes out of retirement for occasional special meetings or to appear at Halloween fun houses. "He continued to be our faithful mascot," Dorie said.

Six years ago, Dorie's husband, Lion Bucky Williams, made a platform that mounts on the back of their pickup truck. "He decorated it handsomely to create a den from which the College Place "Lion King" rules over Veterans Day parades," David wrote in his article.

"The Crossing saw the Vets Parade photo feature on our website and asked for a copy. Now L19 is arranging for King to be a part of the International Lions Convention Parade, which Seattle is hosting in July." Crystal, David and King plan to attend, he said.

Three hundred donors of prominence received public recognition for the recently completed Phase 1A of Fort Walla Walla Museum's Services & Facilities Enhancement Project, said Paul Franzmann, communications manager, in a release.

Former Museum board member Rick Wylie and Jack Delaney, retired from Whitman College, constructed the large commemorative plaque out of hickory that is reminiscent of Washington Territory-era false-front stores.

Outwest Printing provided the laser-cut lettering on the recognition board that lists each donor and was installed in the Museum's Grand Hall.

Assisting with the installation were Museum Board member Tony Wenham, owner of Tony's Sub Shop, Museum volunteer Bob Bonstead, Museum Collections Manager Laura Schulz, Paul and Museum Director James Payne.

"The plaque is truly magnificent," James said in the release. "Rick and Jack have designed and prepared a masterful piece of woodworking. We are grateful for their gifts of time, skill, and support, as we acknowledge those who contributed $1,000 and more towards our wonderful new building."

The Museum received visitors daily during its new, extended season through Dec. 23.

Meryl and Martha Odman won a bright red Volkswagen bug that Abajian Motors donated to raise money for the Meza family. Mari and Efrain Meza's daughter Malani, 6, died in a house fire Oct. 19 that also inflicted serious burns on the hands and feet of daughter Genesis, 5, and destroyed their Milton-Freewater home. Organizer Jasper Winn said 500 raffle tickets were sold at $10 apiece. He was touched by the generosity of the donors and those who bought tickets in support of the Milton-Freewater family. An account at Baker Boyer Bank benefits the family and Stateline Community Church and Simmons Insurance Group were accepting donations of clothing and household goods for the family.

Walla Wallan Holly Jones and her horse are what separate cows from the herd. Her weekend pastime has bloomed into a passion, according to husband Brian Jones.

All her hard work atop 6-year-old mare BNL Lucky Duck took Holly to a seventh-place finish in the National Cutting Horse Association World Standings in its $5,000 Novice Non Pro Class. She is the only rider from Area 1, which encompasses the Pacific Northwest, who finished in the top 15 of her class, Brian said via e-mail.

The NCHA awarded Holy a sterling silver belt buckle and an embroidered awards coat on Dec. 9 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Holly and "Lucky" finished first in NCHA's Area l for Oregon, Washington and Alaska and came away with a bronze trophy.

Holly won the Non Pro Rider saddle the Washington Cutting Horse Association awarded for finishing first in the Non Pro Class and the $5,000 Novice Non Pro. She finished first in Cascade Cow Cutting $5,000 Novice Non Pro class. For these classes she rode BNL Lucky Duck.

In the Blue Mountain Cutting Club she won the Non Pro class aboard Miss N Shane, her 10-year-old gelding.

For each of these first-place wins, she received a buckle. Only one buckle per class, per year, is given out by each cutting association, unlike other sports that furnish buckles or saddles with each competition, Brian said.

Earning a cutting saddle is more difficult, as WCHA awarded only four in 2010: one each to the top horse, top trainer, top non pro rider and top amateur rider.

Holly credits these wins to having great horses and a wonderful trainer, Nina Lundgren of Eltopia, Wash., formerly of the Lowden/Milton-Freewater area.

Holly also said her own success is due to support from Brian and friends.

"Nina trained both horses so she not only knows them, but she has coached, encouraged and supported me all the way," Holly said. Nina also had other clients that finished well this year. Classes that are based on either the horse's earnings or the rider's earnings. In Area 1 standings, Nina had horses or clients that finished first or second in eight out of 12 classes.

She was the only trainer in the Northwest who had four clients finish in the NCHA World Standings.

Holly said Nina has the talent to understand and train the horses and coach clients to become the best they can be.

"Having four Area 1 riders finish in the World Standings reflects well on the trainer. This is a very tough sport. Not only must the horse be well trained, tuned and correct, it is a very mental game for the rider. It is a sport not about just the horse and rider though, there is are cows thrown into the mix," Holly said.

"One never knows what they are going to do. It is 21/2 minutes of sheer adrenaline. It's comparable to a black diamond ski run ... with lots of turns and surprises all the way. No two runs are ever the same."

Once the horse and rider separate a cow from the herd, the rider loosens the reins and lets the horse keep the cow apart. In the 21/2 allotted minutes, the rider will cut from two to three cows. Points between 60 and 80 go to the cutter and 70 is about average.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com.

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