Etcetera - 07/21/11


Joe Drazan has put together "Walla Walla, 1866-1920," a new CD from the Kirkman House Museum.

The retired Whitman College librarian compiled and edited 1,800 illustrated advertisements and 300 images for the benefit of the museum. He's assembled many collections of historic images from around the valley and offered them to non-profit organizations as fundraisers.

The CDs are $10 each and can be purchased at the museum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Call the museum at 529-4373 to reserve a copy.

Wilma McBain said she's had the pleasure of being president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary District 10 in 2009-2011. "Our ladies work very hard for all veterans," she said. Auxiliary members were honored for their work during the state convention June 23-25 in Yakima.

"These awards are a small token to show them how much they are appreciated," Wilma said.

Wilma is among those movers and shakers within the VFW organization who received national recognition awards for outstanding performance, starting with President of the Year in District 10. She was honored nationally also for 100 percent in paid membership dues for District 10 and outstanding performance of community service and received a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service and Dedication for Hospitalized Veterans Washington Department VAVS representative.

The Outstanding District Historian Award went to Derith Kelley.

In Division 1, Daryl Meidinger Post 446, College Place, Kathy Hayes was named Auxiliary President of the Year 2011. She received a national membership award for 100 percent paid dues and the third-place bronze coin Lora Walters Award. Barbara Ellwein garnered a first place in Americanism, second in Extension, first in youth activities and first in Project Prepare/Protect. Other awards went to: Nicole Nelsen, second for Cancer project; Juanita Hunter, first in Membership; and Linda Mortin, second in Veterans and Family Support.

Division 2, Strain-Miller-Landkammer Post 2351 in Pomeroy: Dianne Jones, a national award for 100 percent in paid membership dues.

Division 4: Grant Farmer Post 992 in Walla Walla: Paulette Riveria, national membership award for 100 percent paid dues, second in Lora Walters Award, Auxiliary President of the Year, and third places in Project Prepare/Protect and Fallen Soldiers. Other awards went to Barbara McDonald, fourth in Buddy Poppy; Kim Burres, third in Cancer; Judy Gum, second in Americanism; Wilma McBain, second in community service; Connie Johnson, second in Extension and Retention; Lisa Bigalow, third in Youth Activities; and Susan Fleming, third in Legislature.

And the state recognized Julie Borgers for 45 years of service as a VAVS representative in Walla Walla.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313.


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