ETCETERA - Lioness Club's new slate of officers steps up

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New officers will fill leadership roles with Walla Walla Valley Lioness Club, starting this month, reported Veva Hepler, secretary.

Taking the lead as president is Sandi Conley. She will serve with LaVonne Reser, first vice president; Phyllis Whidden, second vice president; Carolyn McCane, membership chairwoman, who continues also as newsletter editor; Veva as secretary' Shareen Knowles, treasurer; Belle Washington, chaplain and "Lioness of the Year;" and Frances Roth, Tail Twister, assisted by Jane Samples.

The service group's spring food drive brought in five barrels of non-perishable goods and $325 in monetary donations. They raised $500 for the Lions Sight and Hearing drive on White Cane Day.

In May, the Lionesses hosted Pioneer Park Aviary benefit breakfast at Applebee's Restaurant and $644.50.

Walla Walla High School grad Alec Gautier received a $600 Lioness scholarship. The son of Robert and Rachelle Tiberino, the Running Start participant plans to spend a second year at Walla Walla Community College, then study mechanical engineering at Boise State University.

Lioness Club is open to guests at its meetings, which are 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in the fireplace room at Merriam House, 104 Merriam St., and 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at members' homes. For more information, call Veva at 522-0687.

Elected for a second year running, Crystal Walk will continue to wield the gavel when presiding at College Place Lions Club meetings.

New officers for 2011-2012 were installed by Scott Williams, former Lions Club Zone chairman, at a special ceremony at Lions Club Park.

David Nichols took the installation oath and will serve as Lions Tail Twister. That means he's responsible for bolstering club spirits and maintaining its traditions.

New Lion board members are Jan Gorman and Wayman Sinden. Wayman also chairs the committee that administrates funds to help College Place residents experiencing difficulties with their eyesight. After many years as club treasurer, Jan moves to the Board.

Former club president and secretary Jerry Davis is new Lions treasurer. Vice presidents are Susie Davis, Annette Rudie and David Walk, who will also serve as club secretary.

Crystal said, " ‘We Serve.' That's the Lions International motto and how our members treat the club and the community. It's an honor to serve with them."

Fort Walla Walla Museum became a think tank of sorts when 24 teachers from the greater New Haven, Conn., region visited as part of their ongoing three-year professional development course in American history.

The elementary teachers are on more than 300 federal Department of Education's Area Cooperative Educational Services or ACES grants nationwide. They are learning more about history of the nation to take it back to their classrooms, said Paul Franzmann, communications manager, in a release.

The museum received the group through its admission-free School Tour Program, sponsored by Boise, Inc.'s Wallula Mill, Exchange Club of Walla Walla, AmericanWest Bank and several trusts.

Led by Project Director Joe Jelen and Project Historian Tom Thurston, the group flew into Boise and toured the Idaho State Historical Society museum. En route to Walla Walla, they also visisted Baker City's Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Tamstslikt Cultural Center, Whitman Mission National Historic Site and Fort Walla Walla Museum. The group's next destinations included the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center at the The Dalles and Mount Hood near Portland, before flying home.

Joe told Museum staff that after touring various facilities, the group meets in the evening for classroom-type discussion revolving around what they saw during the day. Those discussions lead to ways in which to bring their new knowledge to the classroom.

And Tom observed that like many elementary teachers, a full grounding in particular content areas is not common in groups like his. Also like many elementary teachers, the pursuit of quality instructional lessons becomes a passion they happily pursue.

When it comes to history, he said without proper background, teaching regarding the history of the American West can become stereotypical "Old West movie teaching."

The teachers represented the core of a larger group involved with the program, some of whom are unable to afford the time away from other obligations.

A number of teachers said they were impressed at the broad reach of regional history at Fort Walla Walla Museum, which they said is too often missing in the standard narrative.

The museum is on Myra Road in Fort Walla Walla Park. It is currently open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free to members and children under 6, $3 for children ages 6-12, $6 for seniors 62 and older and students, and $7 general admission. Membership includes free admission to more than 40 Living History performances and other benefits, beginning at $27. Garner further details 509-525-7703, info@fortwallawallamuseum.org or fortwallawallamuseum.org.

Dipping into an ice cream treat between 5-11 p.m. Thursday July 28 at Baskin Robbins will help the Community Center for Youth, said Cynthia Selde, director of programs and operations at CCY.

Thirty-one percent of sales will go to CCY to help it offer better programming to more teens.

CCY provides a safe place to hang out and engage in fun, formative activities to area teens in sixth through 12th grades. Through the free program, participants are supervised by highly qualified staff and volunteers, Cynthia added. For more details, call her at 509-526-2571 or see www.wwccy.org .

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

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